The police have booked three people, two of whom are dead, for making calls to the area manager of Food Corporation of India (FCI), Bathinda, while impersonating as senior police officials to get some work done.
Bathinda SSP (Vigilance) Sukhdev Singh Chahal had marked the investigation to Bathinda SP (D) Naveen Singla.
On December 22, following the instructions and investigation marked by the SSP (vigilance), the Bathinda police booked Zakir Hussain and Khushi Mohammad, both dead, and one Vikas Garg Vicky under Sections 170 (personating public officer), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code at Kotwali police station, Bathinda.
The case was registered on the complaint of FCI, Bathinda, area manager Rajiv Mishra who alleged that on November 25 the owners of Jai Baba Rice Mill in Mansa district called him up, identifying themselves as the Bathinda SSP (vigilance) and DIG Amar Singh Chahal to get their dumping account of milled rice shifted from Budhlada to Bhikhi town of Mansa district.
Suspecting the behaviour of 'callers', the FCI manager cross checked with the offices of both the police officers and found that no such calls or instructions were given by them.
The complainant alleged that Sanjay Kumar, Dimpy and Vikas Garg Vicky of Mansa were harassing him by making fake calls in name of senior police officials. However, the police in their investigation named two dead people as accused.
Sources revealed that accused Vicky also runs Ganesh Rice Mills in Bhikhi and is a partner in Preetam and Company at Ali Sher Khan village, while both the dead accused belonged to the same village. While Zakir died in November 2011, his father Khushi Mohammad died in 2001.
"None of the accused had directly approached me for shifting their delivery point of milled rice instead they started making fake calls as I believe they wanted me to shift from here like other officials have been transferred. The matter is being investigated by the Bathinda SSP (vigilance)," the FCI area manager added.
Bathinda SSP (vigilance) Sukhdev Singh Chahal and SP (D) Naveen Singla did not attend phone calls despite repeated attempts.