Ludhiana: An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of traffic wing was suspended for duping commuters by issuing forged challan receipts, on Monday.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Dr Narinder Bhargava suspended the cop with immediate effect and ordered an inquiry against him.
The accused has been identified as ASI Charanjit Singh, who was transferred to traffic wing one-and-a-half month ago. He was deputed at Ferozepur Road near Satpaul Mittal Road (Malhar road). Earlier, he was driver at the marriage dispute cell.
It is pertinent to mention here that the ASI had got printed forged receipt books for challaning commuters.
The matter came to the fore, when a commuter, whom the ASI had challaned, contacted the traffic police office accusing him of overcharging. He alleged that on-the-spot challans were not issued for more than Rs 300, but he was fined Rs 1,000.
Following this, when traffic police officials investigated the matter, they found a receipt of `300 attached with the challan. But, the commuter produced a copy of the Rs 1,000 receipt issued by the ASI.
In the investigation, the police found that the accused ASI had printed a forged receipt book. He used to charge `1,000 from commuters against challans and used to issue forged receipts to them. He used to keep `700 and submit `300 with the department after issuing receipt from the departmental receipt book.
The officials also found that he used to dupe commuters of other state and districts, as locals were aware about the fact that traffic cops were authorised to collect Rs 300 as fine on the spot. He also had an idea that the locals could contact the officials about the matter and he might get caught.
The officials have also been suspecting involvement of some other cops in the scam.
DCP Narinder Bhargava said, “He has not only duped several commuters, but also cheated his own department.”