Sangrur police book two ASIs for extorting money
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Baljinder Singh Chatha and his aide ASI were on Tuesday booked in an alleged bribe case.punjab Updated: Apr 18, 2017 18:44 IST
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Baljinder Singh Chatha and his aide ASI were on Tuesday booked in an alleged bribe case.
ASI Baljinder Singh Chattha is also facing vigilance probe in Sangrur extortion case including former Sangrur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Inderbir Singh, Sunam deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jashandeep Gill.
The police booked them for extorting money from family members of Rajasthan police cop Kanhaiya Lal, (52), who was allegedly arrested with 5kg opium by the Ajit Nagar police on March 7 from Sangrur.
The FIR says that Rajasthan’s district Chittorgarh-based Kanhaiya’s family members had reached Sangrur to meet Kanhaiya Lal in the jail and after a meeting on Monday, they were trying to approach the superintendent of police, but they were stopped by the ASIs near the police lines and asked not to complain to the senior officer. They also returned Rs 2 lakh, which they had taken as bribe from the family on March 6.
The daughters of Lal, Sunita and Mamta, alleged that their father was picked from Narwana, Haryana, on March 5 and Chatha called them for Rs 5 lakh bribe over phone.
“He (Chatha) rang from my father-in-law’s phone and asked us to come with money. As we reached Sangrur the next day, a cop in the civil dress met us and brought us to Baljinder Singh. By that time, they did not mention that why the police have arrested him. When we handed over Rs 2.5 lakh to them, we were told to wait a little. But, some time later, they threatened us to implicate us in false cases and asked us to go away,” said Kanhaiya Lal, Lal’s son-in-law (same name).
“They booked my father-in-law under the NDPS Act and also took Rs 2.5 lakh bribe,” he added.
The family said that when they met Lal on Monday for first time after the arrest, they came to know that he was picked up from Narwana and facing charges under the NDPS Act.
“After listening to my father’s story, we tried to approach the SP on Monday, but Chatha and his aide forced us to go back and promised to return the money. He came in civil dress with a cop, who was in uniform. As we observed the situation was not in our favour, we rushed towards the bus stand and tried to escape from the spot. But, they also reached the bus stand and forcefully handed over Rs 2 lakh” said Sunita Gujar, 25.
“He even promised to deposit Rs 50,000 in the account from Pathankot. We made video clips when they were trying to convince us. But, we submitted all evidence to the police and the SSP assured us justice. We also demand a high-level inquiry in the case because an ASI level officer could not dare to take such an extreme step without the support of his senior officers,” Sunita added.
The city police registered a case against Baljinder Singh Chattha and Balkar Singh under sections of 384 (punishment for extortion), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
“The case has been registered and investigation is on; the accused will be arrested soon” said, senior superintendent of police Mandeep Singh Sidhu.
First Published: Apr 18, 2017 18:19 IST