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Kapurthala police fails to comply with ADGP orders

The Kapurthala police has failed to take any disciplinary action allegedly under political pressure against a head constable who fabricated false cases against six persons.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 13, 2012 17:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Kapurthala police has failed to take any disciplinary action allegedly under political pressure against a head constable who fabricated false cases against six persons.

Surinder Singh, a resident of Nasirpur village in Sultanpur Lodhi alleged this while circulating copies of report to media persons in a press conference held at Jalandhar on Thursday.

Additional director general of police (ADGP-Internal Vigilance Cell) had given instructions to take action after an inquiry conducted by deputy superintendent of police (DSP-Internal Vigilance Cell) Balvir Singh, who found head constable Gurdeep Singh accused.

"On my complaint addressed to DGP, an enquiry was conducted by DSP who recorded the statements of 11 witnesses of our side and 4 from the other side, and submitted a thorough report to ADGP and Human Rights Cell," said Surinder.

The report clearly stated that head constable Gurdeep Singh, Kapurthala Police Control Room, has managed to fabricate a false case against Surinder Singh and five other persons. The case investigating officer Narinder Singh of Jalandhar Police did not perform his duty honestly and his actions are condemnable, stated the report. Gurdeep Singh, also left his station without getting his leaves sanctioned and informing to senior authorities, stated in report. The Enquiry officer in his report strongly recommended a disciplinary and departmental action against both Gurdeep Singh and Narinder Singh.

The ADGP office, vide office memo number 3098 dated 26-03-12 directed senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kapurthala to comply with the recommendations made by the enquiry officer but the SSP office returned back the report vide memo number 221/HRC dated 09-04-2012, showing inability to take action because the report was not approved by Punjab DGP.

Again vide office memo number 5062 dated 18-05-2012, the ADGP office directed the SSP office to take action on the report and send the compliance report clearly mentioning, "I have been asked by the DGP to take the decision. So please take further action and send compliance report to this office."

Thereafter, on 04-07-2012 vide memo number 7053, again directed the SSP office to submit the compliance and action taken report within seven days but police again showed little interest.

Interestingly, taking advantage of the situation, the Sultanpur Lodhi police presented a challan in court against Surinder Singh and others on April 10, 2012. The ADGP office, again, vide office letter number 8667 dated August 13 asked explanation for this act.

"The police is not taking any action against the accused because he has strong political backing in Sultanpur Lodhi and we all are being threatened by Gurdeep Singh and other police men. Instead of complying with the instructions of ADGP, they are trying to harass us and managed to declare me as proclaimed offender," alleged Surinder Singh.

Sultanpur Lodhi DSP Mandeep Singh, when contacted, said, "We have not received any copies of the recommendations so far. It is a proper channel we have to follow. When we will get directions in this regard, we will take suitable action, till then, Surinder Singh, the complainant has been declared as proclaimed offender."

"You informed us late, if you would have informed us earlier that he is holding a press conference, I would have sent my team to arrest him immediately," said energetic DSP.

Meanwhile, SSP Kapurthala Inderbir Singh, showed his ignorance on the case. "I have joined the district recently. The matter is not in my notice. Tomorrow morning, I will go through the records and the suitable action will be taken on the recommendations," he said.

First Published: Sep 13, 2012 14:39 IST