On the order of the Punjab director general of police (DGP), a probe is underway into ‘backdoor entry’ of almost 700 cops across the state.
The order, issued by DGP Sumedh Singh Saini to all senior superintendents of police (SSPs), states that the intelligence wing of the police has “discovered” that 600-700 cops in the state have been enrolled before the actual process of recruitment was even started. These policemen have even been given salaries, says the DGP’s order.
Instructing police heads across the state that cops recruited in this manner be immediately identified, the DGP added that the reports should be sent to him immediately.
The DGP’s letter, dated November 25, was sent to the ADGP (armed battalion), Jalandhar; ADGP (intelligence); ADGP (government railway police); all inspectors general of various zones; DIGs and SSPs.
The letter states that as per the state intelligence report, about 600-700 persons had been recruited into the police force months before the start of the recruitment. It added that those candidates who have been affected due to this filling of posts are planning to move the Punjab and Haryana high court through a public interest litigation.
Sources said several persons, using political connections, had been recruited into the Punjab Police through the backdoor and their salaries were paid through the India Reserve Battalion (IRB), the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) or some other source of funds and not through the police department. They added that in this manner these cops are not “shown” as direct employees of the police.
When contacted, Mohinish Chawla, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police claimed that during the probe by the SSPs concerned, none of the employees was found to have been recruited wrongly into the police force in Ferozepur police range comprising Ferozepur, Faridkot, Moga and Fazilka.
Amar Singh Chahal, DIG, Bathinda range, also claimed that during the investigation in Mansa, Muktsar and Bathinda districts, none of the recently recruited persons were found to have come through the backdoor.