Pramod Walke, a police constable from Nagpur, was suspended from work after a video surfaced of him showering money on a group of young schoolgirls. The girls were dancing on stage at an event in school on the occasion of Republic Day.
Walke, who was in an inebriated state, came under the scanner after the video went viral on social media. The constable was shunted out of his duty and a probe was ordered yesterday.
Constable Pramod Walke was shunted out of his beat duty and a probe was ordered yesterday.
The constable was on duty in the vicinity and had dropped in to watch the programme at the Zila Parishad school, where a group of Class 6 girls were performing on stage, while a patriotic was being played.
In the video, Mr Walke can be seen climbing on the stage, taking a wad of currency notes, circling them in the air and showering it on the girls, much to the shock of the audience.
According to reports, Walke, who is stationed at the Nand police chawki under Bhiwapur police station, was on duty in the vicinity and had dropped in to watch the programme at the Zila Parishad school, where a group of Class 6 girls were performing on stage.
In the video, Walke is seen climbing on the stage, taking a wad of currency notes, circling them in the air and showering it on the girls.
This incident caught the Internet’s attention just days after the Supreme Court allowed dance bars to reopen in Mumbai. The judicature states that performer may be tipped but the guests are not allowed to shower money on them.
Videos of the bizarre incident shot by many on their mobile phones, went viral, prompting the girls’ parents to demand action against the policeman for the alleged indiscretion.
Confirming the incident, another police officer, Santosh Vairagade said that Constable Walke has written a letter explaining his action.
He defended himself saying he had gone there for crowd control, but some people, “impressed by the girls’ performance”, collected cash and requested him to go on the stage and present it to them on their behalf.
“But after stepping on the stage, the constable’s act was found objectionable, though his body language did not suggest vulgarity,” Mr Vairagade told reporters.