A Patiala cop has paid the price for trying to cash in on a local resident's death.
The Vigilance Bureau on Monday evening arrested assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jagga Singh for accepting Rs 2,000 from a relative of the deceased as bribe for completing postmortem-related formalities. The VB caught Jagga red-handed in the mortuary of Rajindra Medical College and Hospital here.
As per rules, doctors perform the post-mortem only after receiving a written communication from the police. Jagga, posted at Tripuri police station, delayed the procedure for more than 10 hours so as to extort money from the family.
Tarlochan Singh, a resident of Ghuman Nagar in Patiala, suffered a heart attack on Sunday night. He was rushed to the hospital by his nephew, Jasvir Singh. Tarlochan was declared dead in the wee hours of Monday. Since the death took place in the emergency ward, the hospital authorities informed the police.
The ASI initially accused Jasvir, a labourer working for a gas agency in Haryana, of 'murdering' his uncle. Later, he sought a bribe of Rs 5,000. Upset at Jagga's tactics, Jasvir lodged a complaint with the Vigilance Bureau.
"He told us that a policeman was asking for bribe to complete the formalities," said VB senior superintendent of police (SSP) Varinderpal Singh.
As directed by the VB, Jasvir struck a deal for Rs 2,000 with the ASI and handed over marked currency notes. Instantly, a VB team caught Jagga taking bribe in the mortuary and recovered the notes. A case under sections 7 and 13 (b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against him. Subsequently, Tarlochan's body was handed over to family members for cremation.
Inspector general of police (IGP, Patiala zone) Paramjit Singh Gill said stern action would be taken against the accused for his "inhuman" act. Despite repeated attempts, Patiala SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill could not be contacted.
It is learnt that the ASI has been suspended.