Policeman suspended in Kashmir after bribe-taking video goes viral

Updated on Mar 24, 2017 09:59 PM IST

The policeman is seen in the video taking bribe from a trucker, who ostensibly violated traffic rules by driving the vehicle wearing a pheran

In this file photo school students are seen participating in a protest against corruption in Hyderabad.(AP File Photo)
In this file photo school students are seen participating in a protest against corruption in Hyderabad.(AP File Photo)
Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By

A policeman has been suspended in Kashmir on Friday after a video showing him taking bribe from a trucker went viral on the social media.

The middle-aged cop is heard telling the driver in the minute-long video that the bribe should be paid to avoid being fined for driving the vehicle wearing a pheran (a traditional Kashmiri cloak).

The video, shot with a mobile phone, has been viewed by more than one lakh people since it was loaded on a social networking site on Thursday night.

Inspector general of police (traffic) Jagjit Kumar said the erring policeman has been identified and put under suspension.

He added the incident had taken place somewhere in a rural area in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Assuring immediate action against such offenders, IGP Kumar asked people to promptly report such matters to the police.

In the video the policeman is also heard threatening the trucker: “I will take a picture of you wearing a pheran and send it to the judge along with the challan. I will tell him (Judge) that he (driver) is driving an LP (long platform) truck wearing a pheran.”

After receiving the bribe, the cop tried to strike an amiable chord with the driver, saying cops and truckers are always friends.

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    Chief of bureau of HT at Srinagar, Toufiq has been covering the volatile state of Kashmir for the past seven years. Was working as special correspondent in Indian Express in New Delhi, covering health and wellness. Has done human interest stories from across the country for almost a decade.

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