Chandigarh: The recovery by the Faridkot police of arms and ammunition from the official quarters of suspended assistant jail superintendent Karamjit Singh Bhullar on Wednesday has again brought the conduct of the jail official under the scanner.
Bhullar is already facing a police probe for facilitating narcotics into jail premises by hobnobbing with inmates, drug lords and smugglers in lieu of hefty sums.
Faridkot SSP Sukhwinder Singh Mann confirmed that based on a tip-off, the early-morning check was conducted at the official quarters of Bhullar on the Faridkot jail premises, and arms and ammunition was seized.
“We have booked Bhullar under the Arms Act. We will see what further action we need to take,” the SSP said.
Meanwhile, sources in police said the Faridkot cops found a rifle and a number of cartridges, four mobile phones, 30 empty cartridges, cartridges of a prohibited .38 bore weapon, a laptop and his regular conversation with various people on the Internet. The police would scrutinise the mobile numbers and for what purpose these were being used by Bhullar.
Interestingly, the quarters which the Faridkot cops raided have been occupied by Bhullar in an unauthorised manner for the past more than two years since he was transferred from here in 2013.
Facing probe in 33 offences
Police revealed that Bhullar had been facing probe in 33 offences since 2009. Besides being accused of being involved in the supply of drugs within the jail premises, Bhullar in 2012 was charged with hoodwinking his senior officer at the central jail, Ferozepur. He was accused of stealing the jail record and later seeking it from the jail superintendent. It was found that Bhullar himself had stolen the record and was demanding it from the superintendent to blackmail him.
In the same year, Bhullar was accused of blackening the face of inmate Ravinder Singh and even got him assaulted by a group of prisoners. After the investigation, it came to light that Bhullar was helping dreaded criminal Rajeev Raja recover money from Ravinder in lieu of narcotic drugs.
A dossier prepared by Punjab Police revealed that Bhullar would often send to solitary confinement inmates who disobeyed his orders and refused to be dragged into drug trade.
Bhullar was also accused of holding a 10-minute meeting with dreaded criminal and gangster Sukhmeet Singh in Patiala central jail in 2014. Additional district and sessions judge MS Rattu (retired) is holding a probe in the case.
In March, the Kapurthala SSP compiled a report saying when Bhullar was liaison and welfare officer he took money from inmates for allowing them to take prohibited goods inside the jail premises. And those who were unable to pay were sent to solitary confinement.
In July, the Kapurthala SSP again prepared a report that mentioned inmate Lucky’s revelation during interrogation that Bhullar was instrumental in getting heroin supplied on the jail premises, and for this Lucky paid Rs 70,000 every month to the suspended jail official.
Meanwhile, Bhullar’s colleagues said no police officer was ready to take action against him all these years for fear of being blackmailed. Bhullar was known for filing petitions and dragging fellow colleagues to court so as to keep them in check.