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Naka info leak case: SSP asks for removal of tainted traffic cop

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 06, 2014
First Published: 12:20 IST(6/7/2014) | Last Updated: 12:21 IST(6/7/2014)

The UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) traffic Maneesh Chaudhry has recommended removal of Gurpreet Chadha from the post of traffic marshal, after another inquiry indicted him in connection with naka information leaked on WhatsApp.

Action has also been recommended against the two Punjab Police cops who were involved along with Chadha in leaking information of police nakas on WhatsApp.

The sources in the traffic police revealed that the SSP has written to the UT inspector general of police RP Upadhyaya recommending the removal of Chadha.

The senior superintendent of police has also urged the IGP to write to Punjab police seeking action against the head constable and constable involved in the case. Gurpreet Singh Chadha was previously also indicted for leaking information of check posts through the instant messaging application WhatsApp.

He was found to be involved following an inquiry made by UT cyber crime cell.

In fact, Chadha had himself lodged a complaint about the group ‘Chandigarh di mundeer,’ and alleged that information was being leaked by the Chandigarh police staff.

The police had also recorded the statements of 25 members of the group in which information about the check posts was leaked.

While Marshal was temporarily suspended from duty, the decision was later revoked.

Since September 2013, there had been cases when residents, especially the youngsters, had exchanged messages on social media like popular mobile phone application WhatsApp and others, about the location of nakas before they were put on the ground.

After the initial inquiry into the leak case in May, the cyber cell had reported that messages had been sent from the mobile phone of traffic marshal Chadha via Bluetooth to a resident in February.

Meanwhile the traffic marshal continues claiming that he was not responsible for the leak.

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