A video purportedly showing a Sikh policeman saving a Muslim youth from a mob after the latter was allegedly found in a compromising position with a Hindu girl at a temple near Ramnagar in Nainital district has gone viral.
Uttarakhand ADG (law and order) Ashok Kumar said the incident occurred earlier this week when a Muslim youth went to meet his girlfriend, a Hindu, at Garjia Devi temple about 15 km from Ramnagar.
Locals somehow came to know about it and reached the temple to "teach the duo a lesson", he said.
On being informed about a trouble in the area, sub-inspector Gagandeep Singh rushed to the spot where he found a mob preparing to attack the couple alleging that they had been found in a compromising position.
He immediately rushed to their rescue drawing the Muslim youth close to him to act as a shield to him, and in the process taking several blows from the mob on himself, the ADG said, adding the mob was dispersed and the couple was taken to a police station from where they were sent back to their families.
Five people whose faces are visible in the clip have been booked and a search is on to nab them. A reward of Rs 2,500 has been announced for Gagandeep Singh for his act of bravery, he said.
We salute the courage, compassion & presence of mind of our young colleague from #Uttarakhand Police in saving a man from a lynch mob. SI Gagandeep Singh exemplifies the values that should guide every police officer.https://t.co/e7AoXGzAPn@tsrawatbjp @HMOIndia @CMuttarakhand— IPS Association (@IPS_Association) May 25, 2018
The Uttarakhand cop is now being hailed as a hero on the social media. The IPS Association has also lauded the deed of the cop.
This police officer is an inspiration for all.— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) May 25, 2018
Gagandeep Singh bravely stood against the goons and almost single handedly prevented a possible lynching. pic.twitter.com/49MThFwWQ9
Gagandeep Singh, Courageous Brave, Sikh Police Officer saved a Muslim man who came to meet his Hindu Girlfriend, from being Lynched by Hindutva Mob in Uttarakhand. #ISalute #SinghIsKing pic.twitter.com/oXGgGHCUfv— Aarti (@aartic02) May 24, 2018
Rare moments when we take pride in men and women of integrity in public services. Gagandeep Singh discharged his duty as a police officer and saved a Muslim youth from being lynched by a mob. Respect !#GagandeepSingh pic.twitter.com/iCdrS53zRy— karvaan (@Karvaan_2018) May 25, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)