2 head constables dismissed from service
Moga SSP Surjit Singh Grewal on Sunday dismissed from service head constables Gurdial Singh and Ranjit Singh of Moga police, who were the kingpins in the Moga passport scam that had surfaced in 2008.punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2012 19:59 IST
Moga SSP Surjit Singh Grewal on Sunday dismissed from service head constables Gurdial Singh and Ranjit Singh of Moga police, who were the kingpins in the Moga passport scam that had surfaced in 2008.
Head constable Jaswinder Singh of Moga police was dismissed earlier on June 1 this year.
The SSP said the two head constables were involved in three major criminal cases, which were registered by the Moga police.
"The police had registered a case against head constables Jaswinder Singh, Gurdial Singh and Ranjit Singh under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Passport Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act on July 13, 2008 at the city police station in Moga," the SSP said.
Grewal said the Moga police had also registered a case against the three head constables for allegedly cheating in the funds of the foreign regional registration office (FRRO) in 2010.
Sources alleged that some travel agencies, sub-agents of Baghapurana area and others were involved in cheating in funds of FRRO.
The Faridkot police had also dismissed Gurmit Singh, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), and Gurmukh Singh, a constable in Faridkot police, from service for the offence of helping head constable Jaswinder Singh in getting a fake passport. Jaswinder Singh was trying to leave the country by posing as Gurdeep Singh of Mallha village in Faridkot district. Gurdeep Singh had died a few years ago.
The SSP said another serious offence which was found by the special investigation cell was that the head constables had allegedly issued the police clearance certificate in 2004 to Jagdev Singh who is facing trial in the court for the murder of former MLA Nachhatter Singh Gill in 1991; the court had declared him a proclaimed offender in 1992.
During investigation, the special investigation cell found that 403 fake passports had been prepared from the same house at Dunneke village, Gandhi Road, Moga, and the other fake passports were prepared at Guru Ram Dass Nagar, Moga.
"The three head constables posted in the security of the SSP office in Moga from 1995 to 2008, clerk Didar Singh of the regional passport office, Chandigarh, and postman Ranjit Singh of Mahesri Sandhuan village in Moga district were the main accused in the passport scam. They allegedly forged documents, including age, education, address and even marriage certificates," he said.