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Protectors turn offenders

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times   October 14, 2012
First Published: 21:27 IST(14/10/2012) | Last Updated: 21:31 IST(14/10/2012)

Something has seriously gone wrong with the police commissionerate of Ludhiana. Supposed protectors of law and order are fast turning into offenders.

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In the last one month alone, beginning September 8, as many as seven police personnel from the commissionerate have been found indulging in various criminal activities.

The range of crimes allegedly committed by these police personnel is frightening. From rape to murder and from abduction to corruption: you name it, they have it.

Gurdeep Singh Randhawa, president, People Welfare Council, said the indulgence of police personnel in criminal activities was shocking. "They are supposed to protect us. They are custodians of law. They should be setting an example," he said.

Harmohan Singh Sandhu, ADCP (special branch), said, "Law is equal to all. The one who commit crime would be punished according to law of the land. No matter what position he or she holds."

Though Sandhu promised of a strict action against the guilty officials, several of them have been absconding after committing the crimes. Here's a recap of the incidents of the last one month in which police officials from the commissonerate have been involved.

On September 8, assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Gurcharan Singh was booked by the vigilance department for accepting graft of Rs. 25 lakh from a tainted motor vehicle inspector Rakesh Kumar. The ACP took the money for favoring Kumar in a corruption case. He managed to flee, but surrendered in Mohali about a week ago.

On September 10, sub-Inspector Balwinder Singh, station house officer (SHO), police station Doraha, was booked by the vigilance bureau for accepting bribe from a chemist's father. The bureau arrested his two aides, but he managed to flee. He is still at large.

Traffic cop Rajbir Singh's name came under the scanner in the death case of Abhinav Sachdeva, son of industrialist Sunil Sachdeva. Abhinav was found dead under mysterious circumstances. The police have not yet cleared the role of the cop in the case.

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Harjit Singh, police station Meharban, was arrested by former ACP (east) Naveen Singh for taking Rs. 5,000 as bribe on September 21.

Head constable Anil Kumar was booked for assisting the undertrial, Amrik Singh, escape from police custody on October 8. Kumar lied to the police claiming the undertrial had escaped from the court premises.

On October 10, head constable Balwinder Singh was booked by the Dugri police for raping a woman and making an obscene MMS of her. The accused is still at large.

Head constable Amrik Singh was arrested from a brothel running from a hotel in the Shivpuri area on October 10. The accused outsmarted the police and fled. He is still absconding.

Constable Vijay Kumar and his son were booked for causing death in a road accident on October 12. No arrest has been made so far.

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