The Rs 40-lakh bribery case involving a head-constable-couple has turned into an alleged rs 2.25-crore fraud with 15 more victims being identified by the local police.
Police have shared the list of people duped by Bachittar Singh, a head constable in the Punjab director general of police (DGP) office, and his accomplices, including wife Surinder Kaur, with a local court.
Cops disclosed that the accused used to take money from the victims on the pretext of getting them or their kin a job as sub-inspector or constable in the Punjab Police.
Bachittar Singh, who was arrested on March 18, revealed the names of victims during interrogation, following which their details were verified, police told court. The victims hailed from Ferozepur, Fazikla and other parts of the state.
During the investigation, it came to the fore that Bachittar Singh used to lure the victims and collect money from them. He had been hired on commission basis by the prime accused, Amandeep Singh, alias Aman Skoda, who was recently arrested by the Moga police in connection with a similar case, said police.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Harvinder Singh, who is investigating the case, said as Aman Skoda’s name had come up in Bachittar Singh’s interrogation, they would seek his production warrant to dig out more facts in the case.
The DSP said Bachittar Singh’s link to the case was limited to Aman Skoda, as he used to hand over the money to him. “Only Skoda would be able to disclose the further channel through which the money used to flow,” he said.
Skoda is accused in similar cases across the state and was arrested from a beach at Puri in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Meanwhile, co-accused Surinder Kaur is still absconding and police are conducting raids to trace her whereabouts. Kaur, who was serving as a head constable with the Chandigarh Police, has been marked absent from duty, as she did not join work after holiday.
A police officer investigating the case said they were in regular contact with their UT counterparts, who were assisting them in catching the accused.
Bachittar Singh and Suridner Kaur were booked on March 18 for allegedly receiving a bribe of `40 lakh from complainant Sarwan Singh of Rotoke village in Sangrur on the pretext of getting his son recruited as an inspector in the state police department. They were booked under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) besides relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.