IPS officer Basant Rath, who has earned the sobriquet of Bollywood cop hero ‘Singham’ for his unconventional style of functioning in the volatile Kashmir Valley, is facing flak over a video that has gone viral.

The video shows him arguing with and slapping a pedestrian in Srinagar.

Regretting the incident, Mr. Rath wrote on Facebook: “The guy, who posed to be a medical student, asked me a lot of questions that were political in nature. And my answers were honest and politically incorrect. I realised that his friends were recording them. When I asked them to delete the video, they created a scene. That triggered the scuffle.”

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