J&K top cop Basant Rath clarifies after video of him slapping civilian goes viral

After a video of him apparently slapping a man went viral, Inspector General of Police (Traffic), Jammu and Kashmir, Basant Rath has clarified the series of events that led to the altercation.

Earlier today, a video surfaced on social media purportedly showing Rath slapping a person repeatedly and calling him an idiot.

The video shows Rath, who is not in uniform, calling an unidentified person an idiot and slapping him repeatedly. He slaps the person at least four times asking him to shut up.

After being castigated for his actions online, Rath wrote a Facebook explaining that the 40-second clip that went viral was part of a longer 25-minute conversation.

A longer video of the conversation has also found its way online.

"The guy posed to be a medical student from Delhi spending his vacation in Srinagar. He asked me a lot of questions that were political in nature. I trusted him as a friend. And my answers were honest and politically incorrect," IPS officer said

When Rath realised the conversation was being filmed by the man's friends, he asked them to stop filming after which the group created a scene which triggered the scuffle.

"Friends, there is no question of me doing something that would make me lose the kind of affection I've got in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the biggest achievement of my life. Life, not career, Rath wrote in the post.

Rath said the incident was more than two months old and he would regret my choice to engage with the guy that afternoon for a pretty long time.

No police complaint has been filed in the matter, police said.

Rath has previously been served official warnings for writing articles criticising the government for various news websites.

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