The senior superintendent of police (SSP) suspended a constable posted at Link Road police station on Friday for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs. 5.7 lakh to release a scrap dealer from police custody. The SSP also ordered an inquiry into the complaint.
SSP Dharmendra Singh suspended constable Pankaj Yadav following a complaint by Saeed Ahmed, father of the scrap dealer. Ahmed accused Yadav of asking Rs. 10 lakh to release his son Tahir, who was picked up by the Link Road police on February 20 for questioning. Tahir works as a scrap dealer at the Site-4 area in Sahibabad.
“The constable is suspended with immediate effect and has been sent to police lines. He is suspended from active duty following charges of corruption. We will conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by the victim’s father to the SSP. A preliminary inquiry against the station house officer of Link Road police station for laxity in supervision will also be conducted by a deputy superintendent of police,” Ashish Srivastava, deputy superintendent of police (border), said.
Ahmed, in his complaint, alleged that the police constable was threatening to book Tahir for heinous crimes, if he did not receive Rs. 10 lakh. Ahmed said he managed to collect only Rs. 5.7 lakh and handed over the amount to Yadav.
Ahmed met the SSP after Tahir was released and submitted a written complaint.