There was high drama in Hazaribagh on Saturday evening over the assault of one policeman by another, which led to the suspension of the more senior of the two.
Trouble began around 8.45pm, when Charhi police station officer-in-charge Binod Singh tried to take Jhanda Chowk, while driving towards Main Road in his personal car. He was stopped by traffic constable Akhilesh Singh, who pointed out that it was a no-entry zone, and Binod could not drive down the stretch.
An incensed Binod (43) reacted by getting out of his car to rough up Akhilesh (33). The constable was thrashed by the more senior cop even as a large crowd gathered to watch.
Though city traffic in-charge Anwar Ali soon reached the spot and tried to hush up the matter by advising Akhilesh not to report anything to seniors, word soon reached the Policemenís Association, whose members started gathering at Jhanda Chowk, demanding action against Binod.
Sensing trouble within the ranks, superintendent of police Manoj Kaushik sent deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Satish Chandra Jha to the spot to ascertain facts.
Akhilesh maintained he had been roughed up by Binod. Based on Jhaís report of the incident, Kaushik suspended Binod around 11pm.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Sunday, Jha confirmed Binodís suspension.
He said only policemen on duty were allowed to take no-entry zones, and those not on duty had to follow rules and regulations.