Extortion racket: When an SSP was asked to pay bribe by cops in Uttar Pradesh
Out to unearth an illegal mining racket, a senior cop ended up negotiating with his own constables for letting off his truck in Etawah.lucknow Updated: Oct 04, 2017 13:03 IST
Out to unearth an illegal mining racket, a senior cop ended up negotiating with his own constables for letting off his truck in Etawah on Tuesday.
Vaibhav Krishna, Etawah’s senior superintendent of police (SSP), came face to face with the ugly side of the Khaki brigade when he, posing as a trucker along with his PRO JP Yadav and crime branch chief Satish Yadav, entered into Etawah from Bhind area of Madhya Pradesh.
First the truck was stopped at Udi crossing. Here, two constables asked Krishna to pay Rs 5,000 bribe for letting him proceed further. Krishna was travelling, disguised as a helper, in a truck laden with red sand. After the negotiations, the deal was locked at Rs 2,000 before the officer identified himself.
Two constables, Laxmi Kant and Shobhit Kumar, were instantly taken into custody. Later, an official of state transport corporation Rakesh Asthana, police constable Rajnesh Kumar and his car driver Janved Singh were also arrested for extorting money from truckers.
At yet another crossing, the SSP caught constable Sanjeev Kumar charging Rs 10,000 per truck.
Here, the team also seized 11 trucks, five luxury cars and Rs four lakh in cash.
In the follow up operation, 26 more people were arrested and cases registered against them at two places.
“Seven policemen have been suspended; three of them are station officers, two police post incharges and three constables,” said the SSP.
“I was shocked to see my men intensely negotiating with me about the money; they asked for Rs 5,000 then brought down the sum to Rs 2,000,” he said while revealing the modus operandi and how transport department officials were equally involved in the extortion racket.
The nexus between the cops and transport department men ensured that overloading of trucks and passenger buses goes unchecked and later money is extorted, which is distributed among all those involved.
Constable Sanjeev Kumar, the point person in Sahson, would collect the money and give the truckers a code, which the drivers would pass on to the pickets patrolling the roads. The code meant hassle free passage.
“I was getting the complaints for about two weeks; so I decided to check it out on Sunday and Monday nights with my colleagues. We decided to undertake this journey from Bhind into Etawah in a truck,” said the SSP.