A special police team on Friday arrested an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a head constable for allegedly accepting Rs 10,000 bribe from a resident of Nasirpur Janian village in the district.
The team was led by Dharamkot subdivision deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurpreet Singh and Kot-Ise-Khan police station station house officer (SHO) Satwinder Singh.
Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jatinder Singh Khaira said the arrested policemen have been identified as ASI Baljinder Singh and head constable Gulab Singh who are posted at Kot-Ise-Khan presently.
According to police, Saraj Singh of Nasirpur Janian complained to the Dharamkot DSP that the ASI and the head constable had raided his home on June 9.
“They (the ASI and head constable) told me that they got a tip-off that some habit-forming drugs were stored at my house. When I denied it they started searching my house but did not recover anything objectionable. After that they started demanding Rs 50,000 as bribe to release me,” Saraj Singh mentioned in his complaint.
Saraj further said the two also threatened to register a criminal case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against him if he did not pay them the bribe.
According to police, Saraj Singh allegedly paid them Rs 20,000 as the first installment.
“They had been demanding the rest of the amount from me over the phone for the past few days,” said Saraj Singh.
Saraj Singh submitted a complaint to DSP Gurpreet Singh who formed a special team to nab the ASI and the head constable.
“When the ASI and the head constable came to the house of Saraj Singh on Thursday to collect the bribe, the police team caught them red-handed. We have also recovered Rs 10,000 which was paid as bribe to the duo,” the SSP said.
“A case has been registered against the two under Section 389, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and section 13-D/1of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, at the Kot-Ise-Khan police station on the basis of Saraj Singh’s statement. Further investigations are underway in this connection,” the SSP added.
The ASI and the head constable were produced in a local court which ordered to send them to judicial custody for 14 days.