Police going slow on cheating cases involving govt officials?

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 11:44 IST

The lackadaisical attitude of local police has led to delay in solving three separate cases of cheating. In the high-profile cases, which were detected in February, police investigations have either been ‘halted’ after the arrest of one accused in the crime or luck has been the absconders’ way that has lead to drag the cases far beyond their threshold.

Three separate cases of cheating were registered in two different police stations last month, leading to arrest of a few accused. However, preliminary investigation of the cases revealed involvement of other people, but police investigation was halted with the arrest of one person.

On February 8, the gatka coach of Punjabi university was arrested for duping a man of Rs 10.30 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad. During the inter rogation, accused Avtar Singh revealed that there was a team working with him, following which the police arrested one Gurmeet Singh, who divulged the names of two others involved in the crime, Sukhdarshan Singh and Manjit Singh. Despite knowing their whereabouts, police failed to arrest them even after a month. Till date, no prompt action had been initiated to arrest the absconders.

DSP Harvinder Singh said the two names framed during the interrogation were not enough to arrest them. However, the police were investigating the involvement of accused in the case and probing their role in the fraud and efforts are on to procure the evidences against them.

Case 1

Travel fraud: Punjabi varsity gatka coach held

Points to investigate

How did the accused managed to prepare fake visa and ticket? Besides, how did they target their victims and whether there was any international link in the case?

Case 2

Kharar lab scam: Health officer arrested

Health officer attached with Rajindra Hospital and the local municipal corporation, Dr Yadvinder Singh Banga, was arrested in the infamous Kharar chemical laboratory scam on February 18. The accused had duped Rs 22 lakh to certify certain samples as fail. During his interrogation, Dr Banga revealed names of two people — Kulwant Singh and Jagdeep Singh — as the middleman of the ‘nexus’. The case was registered at civil lines police station, but the police failed to take the investigation of the case to the next level. City deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Harpal Singh, said the police are making efforts to nab the accused and conducting raids at suspected places. He added that the police investigation was not dependent on the arrest of the names framed in Dr Banga’s interrogation. Meanwhile, the police are trying to procure substantial evidence against the duo to nab. Further, the connection with Kharar lab scam has not been furnished yet.

Points to investigate

How did the money reached Kharar laboratory? Besides, how many officials of Kharar lab were involved in this nexus and who were the beneficiaries of the money paid by the complainant to Dr Banga?

Case 3

PAP assistant accountant booked for embezzlement

Assistant accountant of the Punjab Armed Police’s 36 Battalion at Bahadurgarh in Patiala, Narinder Singh, was booked for embezzlement of Rs 10.50 lakh from police department’s official account on February 13. A case was registered following the enquiry report of the Commandant of the battalion under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant or by banker, merchant or agent) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sadar police staition. A month has passed, but the local police have failed to arrest the accused. Rural deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Harvinder Singh, said on the basis of enquiry report of PAP 36 battalion, the police have registered a case and are investigating to procure substantial evidence against the accused. He added that the police were conducting raids at suspected places to nab the accused.

Points to investigate

How did the accused manage to embezzle a huge amount from the official account of PAP 36 battalion?

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