The investigation officer into one of the biggest scams to have hit the district, disappearance of two lakh wheat bags from a PUNGRAIN godown, has been replaced after he failed to get any clue into the whereabouts of the main accused, suspended PUNGRAIN inspector Yashpal Singh in over 15 days.
Banga (city) SHO Daljit Singh now takes over from ASI Inderjeet Singh as the investigating officer.
Apart from the inspector, unidentified commission agents, transporters and even officials of the food supply department are suspected to be involved in this large scale embezzlement. This fact was reported by deputy director KC Kajal in the preliminary report.
Sources added that due to police laxity and failure to act in time, the accused's family had managed to leave the town, making investigation that much difficult. It has also been reported that the investigation is sought to be derailed by powerful friends and relatives of the accused in Chandigarh.
SHO Daljit Singh said: "We will write to the revenue department to seek details on land and other immovable property of the accused." He claimed that the call details of the main accused had been accessed and that he would be behind bars soon.
HT was first to report the wheat embezzlement scam, which is expected to have caused a loss of Rs 21 crore to the state government over three years.
The accused inspector was booked under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) at the Banga police station on June 13.