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Ex-SHO Bajwa to undergo dope test 

Jalandhar: Doctors at the de-addiction centre of the Jalandhar Civil Hospital — where former Mehatpur SHO Inspector Parminder Bajwa was admitted on Friday night — have been provided with medical reports, claiming he had a history of bipolar disorder.Bajwa had lodged an FIR against Shahkot bypoll Congress candidate Hardev Singh Laddi Sherowalia. It is claimed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a hospital in Doraha in 2016. Doctors have been asked to check if there has been a relapse.The team treating him said when hospitalised on Friday night, he was suffering from high BP and anxiety. Bajwa has been kept in isolation under heavy security. No visitor, including family members, is allowed to meet him.The doctors said he had shown a craving for alcohol on the first day and a dope test would be conducted on him. “With his history and symptoms of hyperactivity, we have been asked to check if it is owing to the bipolar disorder,” said a doctor.Dr Nirdosh Goyal, head of the department of psychiatry, said, “We want to keep him away from the hullabaloo outside. A board of doctors has been set up (on Saturday) for a psychiatric assessment regarding his condition and to finalise treatment,” he said. Dr Goyal said it was too early to confirm if Bajwa was suffering from bipolar disorder.Meanwhile, questions are being raised on how and why the police, who were reportedly aware of the “disorder” earlier, chose to keep his name on the panel of SHOs to be given a sensitive duty during the bypoll.Another question that is being raised is if he was fine till his posting, why did the problem reoccur only after he lodged an FIR against the Congress candidate.Police officers close to him point out that he was a capable officer and was awarded the DGP’s Commendation Disc twice in the last six months — once in Kapurthala after he busted an ATM gang and then in Jalandhar (Rural) in January this year.A police spokesperson said the process of placing Inspector Bajwa on suspension had been initiated.

He gave false info: Cops

The Chandigarh Police have sought a detailed report on the incident in which Bajwa provided information about the presence of gangsters at a bus stand here in April, which later turned out to be “untrue”. On April 23, Bajwa had called up the Chandigarh Police control room, informing them about the presence of 10 armed gangsters at a “dhaba” at the Sector-43 bus stand. “When I asked him about what colour of clothes the gangsters were wearing, Bajwa could not reply,” said Chandigarh Deputy Superintendent of Police (Operations) Jaswinder Singh.“We did not find any armed gangster. Some persons on whom Bajwa expressed suspicion were found to be genuine,” said the DSP. — PTI

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