THE POLICE on Friday arrested a constable and a retired policeman for allegedly looting a man, Rajkumar Jain on pretext of frisking him near the Collector’s office. The victim identified them and their motorbike and reported the matter to the police same day.
The accused, constable Rameshwar Sahu and retired cop Bhaiyyalal Mishra were produced before the court on Saturday from where they were sent to the Central Jail.
In two other incidents some two weeks ago, a Katni-based jeweller and an employee of the Bhilai-based company were also looted.
On November 20, 35 gram gold was looted the jeweller, Jaggu Soni. Next day, Vijay Kumar Mishra, the employee of Bhilai-based company was looted of Rs 2 lakh.
In both cases, victims lodged complaints with the police saying that the motorbike-borne man in khaki looted them on pretext of checking.
After the two incidents of loot, the police paraded cops before the victims but Sahu couldn’t be identified. When contacted, Omti CSP Satyendra Shukla said the police didn’t parade Sahu as he wasn’t on duty when the incidents took place. We thought that some cops on duty might be performing the act, he said.
Asked why the police didn’t take Sahu and Mishra on remand for interrogation in connection with other two loots, he said the police failed to get them on remand. We didn’t put up a weak case against them before the court.
The court sent them to jail as we recovered Rs 3,500 from them, which they looted from Jain, Shukla said. He said they called Jaggu but he didn’t identify Sahu. About Vijay Kumar, he said the police informed him.