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Five Goa cops suspended for taking bribe from Spanish tourist

india Updated: Jan 21, 2010 16:11 IST

Five policemen in Panaji have been suspended after they were found guilty of accepting bribe from a Spanish tourist in a case of traffic law violation, police said on Thursday.

An assistant sub-inspector, a head constable, two constables and a driver were suspended on Wednesday after they were found guilty of graft, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Arvind Gauns told PTI on Thursday.

Gauns said the team was caught accepting bribe from the tourist in a search conducted by the Goa Vigilance Department on last August on the Margao-Panaji highway.

The accused were deployed on an interceptor vehicle, which is supposed to monitor the traffic rule violations on the highways, he said.

The tourist was caught for not wearing a helmet while driving and was without a driving licence.

The Spaniard, in a statement to Vigilance Department, had said he was asked to pay Rs 1,600 as fine without 'challan' by the policemen. Subsequently, the amount was brought down to Rs 1,000 which he paid, police said.

The policemen had thrown the money into the nearby bushes when they realised that the department had trapped them, they said.

Gauns said a Vigilance Department probe had found the policemen guilty.