In an eventful day for the Delhi Police, two Station House Officers (SHOs) and around eight police personnel were suspended from work on Wednesday. In another case, a constable was arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police.
Remarkably, it was a sting operation conducted by Delhi Police Commissioner YS Dadwal himself that felled one of the SHOs.
Wealthy SHO quizzed
The developments come a day after Delhi Government’s anti-corruption branch raided the office of Kalyanpuri SHO Roshan Lal and alleged he had amassed properties worth Rs 20 crore.
Lal, meanwhile, “joined investigation” on Wednesday along with his brother and was questioned by the ACB officials. More raids were conducted at “his properties” on Wednesday but no arrests were made.
Top cop ‘stings’
The highlight of the day, however, was Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal resorting to a sting operation to nail a group of corrupt policemen.
According to the police, after the murder of K.T. Shameer — a 39-year-old cloth merchant from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — the Delhi Police had formed an anti-tout team to tackle the menace of touts at the Indira Gandhi Airport. The team was headed by SHO of Palam police station Raj Kumar.
The sting operation conducted by Dadwal exposed the involvement of Kumar and his team members in the crime, a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
The police commissioner immediately took action and suspended six constables posted at the station along with the SHO.
Reacting to the development, Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said, “After getting complaints, the Delhi Police commissioner conducted a discreet inquiry and found the complaints were true.”
Police shared loot
In another case, the station house officer and a constable of Nihal Vihar police station were suspended and another constable was arrested after an investigation revealed the staff of the police station had let off a burglar wanted for a multi-million heist at Lajpat Nagar.
The trio had allegedly distributed a part of the bounty, which was recovered from the accused and let off the burglar.
“The SHO of Nihal Vihar, Suresh Kaushik and constable Surender were suspended a few days ago while constable Nafeed Singh was arrested for letting off a burglar who was wanted in a heist that took place in Lajpat Nagar,” a senior police officer said.
A complaint was registered by an official from Nihal Vihar police station with senior police officials regarding the heist and the matter was transferred to crime branch for investigations.
“During investigations, we came to know that Nafeed Singh had caught one of the burglars,” the official said. “Singh called Kaushik who sent Surender to the aide of Singh.” The two brought the burglar to police station and recovered Rs 7 lakh, which they distributed among themselves, the official said.