IAS Ranbir Sharma, collector in district Surajur in Chhattisgarh was removed from the office on Sunday after a viral video showed him slapping a man and throwing his mobile phone for violating Covid curfew norms.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel ordered the removal of Sharma from his post.
He along with some policemen on Saturday stopped Aman Mittal (23), who was on his motorcycle, on a road in Surajpur during the lockdown.
The video, has shown the man showing a piece of paper and something on his mobile phone to the collector, who takes the device and throws it on the ground.
Sharma is then seen slapping the man and encouraging two policemen, who rush to the spot and start hitting the man with sticks.
Chief Minister Baghel in a tweet in Hindi on Sunday said, “Through social media, the case of misbehaviour of Surajpur Collector Ranbir Sharma with a young man has come to my notice. It is very sad and condemnable. In Chhattisgarh, such acts will not be tolerated at all.”
“Instructions have been given to remove Sharma with immediate effect,” he added.
In another tweet, Baghel said such conduct was not acceptable by any officer during his/her administrative tenure.
“I am upset with this incident. I apologise to the young man and his family,” the CM tweeted.