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Amritsar cops under scanner for ‘pilferage’ of Rs 18 lakh seized from drug peddlers

A few days after Sangrur former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh was charged with extortion of money, the role of Amritsar rural police has also come under the scanner over allegations of pilferage of Rs 18 lakh recovered from two drug peddlers, along with 1kg heroin, under the Jhander police station.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2017 09:01 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
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A few days after Sangrur former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh was charged with extortion of money, the role of Amritsar rural police has also come under the scanner over allegations of pilferage of Rs 18 lakh recovered from two drug peddlers, along with 1kg heroin, under the Jhander police station.

Sources said initially the police high-ups tried to cover it up to save the force from embarrassment, but when the case reached the police headquarters, inspector general of police (IGP), border zone, Naunihal Singh, formed a special investigation team (SIT) led by deputy inspector general of police, Amritsar range, AK Mittal.

The recovery of Rs 18 lakh was shown in the amended FIR after interrogation of the accused.

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The police booked one Balkar Singh of Nashehra Dhala village and his relative Pardeep Kumar Pindu of Crystal Colony of Amritsar with 800gm and 320gm of heroin, respectively, on April 11.

As per the police, teams Beas SHO Amandeep Singh and CIA in-charge Harpal Singh and Amandeep Singh set up a checkpoint near Baath village to nab the accused. A Pakistani SIM card was also recovered from their possession. However, the police did not mention the Rs 18 lakh recovered from the accused in the FIR. The probe was monitored by Amritsar Rural SSP J Elanchezihian when the accused were on police remand.

An official privy to the case told Hindustan Times that when the DIG interrogated the accused again on April 17, the FIR was amended showing recovery of 120gm of heroin and Rs 14 lakh from Pardeep and Rs 3 lakh Balkar.

Naunihal, when contacted, said there was “some confusion” regarding the recovery of money.

“Since both the accused are relatives, their statements on the money collected by selling heroin were not matching. However, when senior officials interrogated the accused, the recovered amount was matched and accordingly the FIR was amended,” said the IG, who said the SIT was not formed officially.

“We can believe that there was no pilferage. However, the question remains why the DIG had to interrogate the case personally, when the SSP was monitoring it. The act is rare and there was something fishy,” a senior official in the police headquarters said.

Behind deputing DIG to probe the case, the IG said the issue was referred to a senior official in order to clear doubts of “pilferage”. “Moreover, it was a case of big recovery. The case is crystal clear now,” said the IG.

The SSP, when contacted, also denied allegations of pilferage. “Senior officials can always monitor the case, there is nothing unusual in it,” the SSP said.