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Factory owner attempts sting operation against traffic policeman for alleged extortion

The factory owner decided to sting the policeman, Indu Bahadur, from the Home Guard, at Haibowal Chowk, when one of his workers was made to cough up Rs 100 by Bahadur, who threatened to challan him even though he had not violated any rules

punjab Updated: Feb 09, 2018 19:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
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A factory owner, Sudhansh Jain, on Friday attempted to conduct a sting operation against a traffic policeman, using his mobile phone to shoot a video of the cop allegedly extorting money from drivers.

The factory owner decided to sting the policeman, Indu Bahadur, from the Home Guard, at Haibowal Chowk, when one of his workers was made to cough up Rs 100 by Bahadur, who threatened to challan him even though he had not violated any rules.

Though police have said the video did not show Bahadur in the act of accepting money from drivers, he has been transferred to the Police Lines and an inquiry has been ordered.

“My employee was wearing a helmet. He was carrying a valid driving licence and all the requisite documents. In spite of that, the police official said he will issue a challan if my employee did not give him Rs 100,” alleged Jain.

After the worker narrated the incident to Jain, he went to the chowk where Bahadur was manning a checkpost. “I saw him trying to seek bribes from other commuters too and attempted to shoot a video with my mobile phone camera,”Jain added.

Realising he had been caught, Bahadur tried to flee but was chased and stopped by a crowd that had gathered when Jain was recording the video.

After that, the Haibowal police station was informed about the incident. Bahadur was frisked in the presence of inspector SHO Gurveer Singh SHO and five Rs 100 notes were found in his pocket.

Deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) (traffic) Sukhpal Singh Brar transferred the errant cop to the Police Lines and ordered an inquiry.

When contacted, Brar said Bahadur was on traffic duty with ASI Mohammad Rafiq. The video did not capture him while accepting money, but they were inquiring into the matter.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 19:09 IST