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IAS officer shunted out for slapping man in Chhattisgarh, CM apologises

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A Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer was removed by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday after a video showing the bureaucrat slapping a man for allegedly violating COVID-19 norms went viral. The bureaucrat Ranbir Sharma has been removed as the Surajpur district collector with immediate effect.

In the viral video, Sharma is seen upbraiding and slapping a man who attempts to show him a piece of paper and explain why he was out during the lockdown. The IAS officer then throws the man’s phone on the road and is heard telling the accompanying policemen Maaro isse (beat him up).” Notably, the man was out to buy medicines, according to media reports.

Chhattisgarh CM apologises

The chief minister has condemned the action of the bureaucrat and warned that such acts will not be tolerated in the state.

He tweeted, “A case of misbehaviour towards a young man by Surajpur Collector Ranbir Sharma has come to my notice via social media. It is very sad and condemnable. In Chhattisgarh, no such act will be tolerated at all.”

He added, “Instructions have been given to remove collector Ranbir Sharma with immediate effect. Misbehaviour by an official is unacceptable. I am upset about this incident. I apologise to the youth and his family.”

IAS Association condemns bureaucrat’s action

The IAS officers association has strongly condemned the district collector’s actions.  It tweeted, “It is unacceptable and against the basic tenets of the service and civility. Civil servants must have empathy and provide a healing touch to society at all times, more so in these difficult times.”

Ranbir Sharma apologises

After facing flak on social media and his political bosses, Sharma apologised for slapping the man. The district collector said it was due to the man’s insolent behaviour that he was agitated and thus slapped him.

“The youth claimed that he was on his way to get vaccinated, but there was no proper documentation. Later, he said he was going to see his grandmother,” the district collector said.

“I never had any intention to disrespect or belittle the person in the video. In this pandemic situation, Surajpur along with the entire Chhattisgarh state has been facing an irreparable loss of lives. We all employees of the state government are striving hard to tackle this problem,” he said.

 

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