The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) superintendent of police (SP) in Moga, Banarasi Dass, has been suspended by his boss, Sumedh Singh Saini. According to orders issued by VB chief director Saini, there is reason to believe that Mohan Singh Bhedpura, a resident of Patiala district, was wrongly proceeded against in a case registered by the Vigilance Bureau police station, Ferozepur, on January 11.
Accordingly, the investigation was withdrawn from the investigating officer Banarasi Dass, and re-investigation of the case was entrusted to Ravcharan Singh Brar, SP, Vigilance Bureau, Amritsar. The re-investigation revealed that Bhedpura was “innocent” and was, therefore, duly discharged.
As per the orders, the matter requires to be examined at a senior level. SK Asthana, inspector general of police, VB, Ferozepur Zone, the supervisory officer of the VB police station Ferozepur, shall enquire into the role of all erring officers/officials and submit a report for the requisite action against the defaulters.
GS Benipal, tehsildar, VB, Punjab, shall assist SK Asthana in the inquiry. As per the orders, Dass shall remain attached with the VB headquarters in Chandigarh. Bhedpura, a patwari posted in Fatehgarh Sahib district, is vice-president of Revenue Patwar Union, Punjab.
A 14-member delegation of the union led by its state president Niramjit Singh Bajwa met Saini on Sunday at his residence. Bhedpura was part of the delegation.
The delegation told Saini that Bhedpura was picked up from his Patiala residence by the DSP, Vigilance, Mukatsar, on February 18 and released from Ferozepur jail on February 23 only when VB submitted an affidavit that Bhedpura was innocent.
Bhedpura said that the delegation told Saini that he was “physically and mentally tortured” and falsely implicated in the case to settle personal scores, as he raised his voice against an SSP of the VB. He said Saini patiently listened to the delegation and assured them of a high-level probe.