Three policemen were suspended after a video of some persons shaving the head of a youth, who was roaming with a female friend, in their presence went viral on social media. The incident took place on March 22 after the residents of South City Colony in Shahjahanpur called police on finding a youth and a girl roaming around together, SP K V Singh said on Saturday.

They caught hold of the youth and shaved off his hair despite three constables of Azizganj police post being present there. One of the constables captured the incident on his mobile phone camera, the SP said.

It was when the constable sent the video to his friend through WhatsApp that it went viral and the incident came to light, the SP said. The three constables — Suhel Ahmed, Layek Ahmed and Sonpal — have been put under suspension. Besides, an inquiry has been ordered against the in-charge of Azizganj police post K K Chaudhary who allegedly tried to hush up the matter, the Singh said. 

The Yogi Adityanath government has issued clear directions to police and administration to ensure that youngsters are not troubled unnecessarily in the name of curbing eve-teasing and action is taken against self-proclaimed “anti-Romeo” squads indulging in moral policing.