Inspector, aide nabbed for robbery
A Punjab police inspector and his aide were arrested on the charge of robbing people on the highway, on Thursday. The accused have been identified as inspector Fakir Chand, who is posted at Fazilka, and Nirmal Singh, a clerk in Indian Overseas Bank at Khanaur, Patiala.chandigarh Updated: Feb 13, 2015 14:09 IST
A Punjab police inspector and his aide were arrested on the charge of robbing people on the highway, on Thursday.
The accused have been identified as inspector Fakir Chand, who is posted at Fazilka, and Nirmal Singh, a clerk in Indian Overseas Bank at Khanaur, Patiala.
However, during the investigation, cops also came to know that a woman identified as Tajinder Kaur, a resident of Patiala, was also involved in the robbery. Cops are yet to arrest her.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “The inspector misused his official position to rob people, and the gang is responsible for committing many thefts in the area.”
Police nabbed the accused in connection of a snatching case on the Zirakpur highway on February 1.
Mohit Sapra, the complainant in the case, alleged the snatching incident happened when he, along with his friend Gaurav, was coming from Delhi and they halted near Zirakpur.
It has been alleged that Fakir Chand, in uniform, along with two others came and threatened him, saying they would file a case of sexual assault against them and Tejinder Kaur begun to tore her clothes.
After that, Gaurav and Mohit tried to resist but Nirmal Singh and Tejinder Kaur forcibly took away money from their pocket.
The complainant said that they took away around `23,000 cash and two expensive mobile phones and fled from the spot.
Bhullar added: “The accused are habitual offenders. Fakir Chand joined the police force in 1989 in the wireless branch. The trio used to rob innocent people by threatening them to file fake rape cases against them. We have also recovered many valuable items from them.”
It has been learnt that the trio were out on bail and there are several cases pending against them in SAS Nagar, Patiala and Ludhiana.
Meanwhile, police have registered a case under section 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft), 389 (putting person in fear of accusation of offence, in order to commit extortion), 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furthe rance of common intention)of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Registration number on car helps trace accused
During the time of the incident, the complainant had noted down the registration number of the car. The senior superintendent of police said the white Maruti Swift car (PB 11 BE 9616) has been registered by the name of inspector Fakir Chand, which helped them trace the accused.