Taking strict action against the earring cops, DIG (Border Range), Amritsar, Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, on Friday dismissed five traffic policemen, including the traffic in-charge, after he caught them red-handed taking bribe from the truck drivers, here at the Batala bypass.
Interestingly, a team of traffic police led by traffic in-charge Tersem Singh had laid a naka on Batala-Amritsar bypass and were reportedly taking bribe from the truck drivers. However, they were noticed by the DIG who was crossing the spot.
According to the information available, on Friday evening, the DIG was on his was back to Amritsar from Gurdaspur and when he reached the Batala bypass, he saw long queue of vehicles on the roadside.
Suspecting the activities of the policemen, he called Batala SSP Daljinder Singh and district transport officer Jaswinder Singh Grewal and asked them if they had passed the orders on setting up the naka on the bypass, to which the officials answered him in negative.
Later, the DIG himself entered into a truck and as one of the policemen asked for bribe from the truck driver, he caught him red-handed accepting the bribe from the driver.
The policemen were, later, arrested and dismissed from service after the DIG invoked Section 311 of the constitution, which called for immediate dismissal from service of any employee found indulging in any wrong doing by his senior officer. The constables were identified as Balwinder Singh, Kamal Kumar, Ranjot Singh and Gurmej Singh.
Confirming the incident, the Batala SSP said he had recently passed instructions that the traffic cops would do duty only within city limits and no check post would be set up on the highway without his permission.