It took Bachittar Singh, the head constable posted at the Punjab Police headquarters in Chandigarh arrested for duping a man on the pretext of getting his son recruited as an inspector, eight months to lure his victims and collect Rs 2 crore from them.
Interrogation has revealed that all the victims were either his relatives or colleagues. While he struck the first deal in March last year, the last one was concluded in October, Sadar police station house officer Janpal Singh told a local court, where the accused was produced, on Saturday. Police have recorded statements of all the 15 victims, he said.
During the interrogation, Bachittar Singh has also revealed the amount collected from the victims for specific posts: Rs 40 lakh for sub-inspector and Rs 12 lakh for constable. While 11 of the victims had been promised a job as constable, four had paid up to become sub-inspector.
After striking the deal and collecting the money, Bachittar Singh used to hand over the money to Amandeep Singh, alias Aman Skoda, after keeping his share of 25%, said the SHO. Skoda was recently arrested by the Ferozepur police in a similar case.
The SHO told the court that the accused also maintained a list of financial dealings with the victims. The piece of paper on which he penned down the details has been recovered, he said. According to it, the accused cop had partly returned the money to some of the victims.
The accused had bought one-acre land in Moga from the amount collected by him, said the SHO. As cops are yet to establish the further flow of money, the SHO sought an extension of Bachittar Singh’s remand, to which the court agreed. Now, the accused will be produced in court on Monday.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harvinder Singh, who is investigating the case, said police are thoroughly investigating the case and procuring details of the accused’s recent investments. The DSP said raids are on to trace the whereabouts of Surinder Kaur, his wife and co-accused in the case.