Under pressure from the state election commission to perform in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, the city police on Friday stopped a car carrying cash of UCO Bank and did not let off the vehicle for hours even as the employees concerned produced the documents.
Interestingly, the car was let off only after senior officials of the commisisonerate police called up mediapersons and got the photo session done at the checking point near HMV College.
The Rs 77 lakh cash was delivered after six hours, causing delay in banking transactions.
The employees of UCO Bank, Civil Lines Amritsar, including head cashier Hardial Singh, security guard Gurdial Singh and driver Arud Singh, were carrying Rs 77 lakh in a white Ford Figo (PB02-BX-8023).
The car was stopped at the checking point outside HMV College around 11 am by a policeman, Malkiat Singh, who asked for documents from the bank employees who immediately showed documents to him.
Malkiat Singh called up additional deputy commissioner of police-1 Naresh Kumar Dogra, assistant commissioner of police (central) Dev Dutt Sharma and inspector Ravinder Singh.
The senior officials informed mediapersons about this and urged them to reach the spot.
After having their photographs clicked, the officials returned. But the humiliation of bank employees did not stop here.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, security guard Gurdial Singh said, "The police caused trouble without any reason despite we had all valid documents for carrying cash with us."
He said there was no need of calling senior police officials after they produced documents to the checking squad.
"Due to the unnecessary interception, the cash delivery at bank's branch in Bhargo camp got delayed by five hours," he added.
He said that the matter was taken up with SDM- 1 Neeraj Kumar Gupta who expressed annoyance at the way policemen handled the case.
Gupta said when he got information, a squad headed by naib tehsildar Gurwaryam Singh was sent to the spot. Gurwaryam said after checking documents and inquiring from both branches, the bank employees were let off.
ADCP Dogra was unavailable for comments despite HT tried to contact him.
Chief election officer on Thursday had directed district election officers (DEOs) to submit daily reports about the performance of flying squads and static surveillance teams to curb the flow of money and liquor during elections.