Four police officers and a local were charged on Saturday with bribery, extortion and forcible confinement for allegedly threatening to implicate five men in a drug scavenging and extortion case. ₹8.35 lakh of them.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Surender Pal Singh said four cops stationed at Sadhaura Police Station – Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASI) Daulat Ram and Rajesh Kumar and Chief Constables (HC) Labh Singh and Jasjeet Singh – and a resident of Shyampur village Krishan Kumar, was named in the FIR registered under Sections 384, 342 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 7 of the Prevention of Crime Act corruption.
“DSP (Raduar) Rajat Gulia investigated the matter and the matter was registered at Sadhaura Police Station based on a source report submitted by him. Now DSP (Bilaspur) Aashish Chaudhary will investigate all the allegations and until then the officers will remain under suspension. Civil servants who do not work honestly will be treated accordingly,” the SP added.
According to the police, the suspended cops took ₹30,000 from a Raman, who runs an auto repair shop, instead of implicating him in a drug deal in April. His friend Sandeep filed a complaint with ADGP, Ambala range, Shrikant Jadhav and an investigation was carried out by DSP Gulia.
“The drug case concerns the recovery of 98.33 g of opium from a Gaurav on April 29. A case registered on complaint of ASI Rajesh the next day. ASI Daulat Ram was entrusted with the investigation. On April 30, cops detained Raman for allegedly having ties to Gaurav and took him to the police station,” the FIR copy reads.
Thereupon Gaurav’s family was informed and his brother Rajji along with Sandeep and Krishna reached the police station where Raman was threatened. However, Krishan negotiated with the cops, who asked ₹40,000 and a deal was set at ₹30,000, reads the FIR again.
Sandeep told the DSP that the amount was given to Krishan, who turned it over to the cops and that Raman was released.
“The next morning I found a police vehicle outside Rajan’s house and learned that they had extorted ₹80,000 from him two days later. I also learned that the police took ₹25,000 Babbal, ₹2 lakh of Shanty and ₹5 lakh from Vikram Bhogpur in the same way,” he added.