Bharatiya Janata Party Minority Morcha (BJPMM) former district unit president Patras Soni and his uncle, Bhola Bhatti, have been made accused in a cash-for-job scam and arrested.
A few days ago, the local police had received complaints that they had duped unemployed youths of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of finding them jobs in Punjab Police. Complainant Major Singh of Warring village in Tarn Taran district claims to have paid the leader Rs 7 lakh last year through Bhatti for the recruitment of his son, Ranjit Singh.
Raghbeer Singh of Amritsar’s Wadala village also claims to have paid Soni Rs 3 lakh for a police job. “He neither got us the job nor returned our money,” Raghbeer stated in his police complaint, adding:
“He gave us police uniform along with bogus joining letters carrying belt number, date of joining, and even fake signatures of the DGP (director general of police).”
Mukha of Ferozepur’s Hakewala village charged Soni with duping him of Rs 1.21 lakh to get his nephew hired as a cop. Ferozepur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Hardyal Singh Mann confirmed that Patras and his uncle had been booked under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and remanded in police custody for two days. Being in police custody, Soni was unavailable for comments.
Meanwhile, BJP state vice-president Mohan Lal Sethi said the party had expelled Soni several months ago.