Police officer in soup for ‘shielding’ drug peddler in Phagwara

Updated on Mar 26, 2017 05:31 PM IST

The Kapurthala police have initiated criminal proceedings against a station house officer (SHO) for allegedly shielding a man in a drug case after taking a bribe from him.

Satnampura SHO Sulakhan Singh(HT Photo)
Satnampura SHO Sulakhan Singh(HT Photo)
Hindustan Times, Phagwara | By, Phagwara

The Kapurthala police have initiated criminal proceedings against a station house officer (SHO) for allegedly shielding a man in a drug case after taking bribe from him.

“We have initiated criminal proceedings against Satnampura SHO Sulakhan Singh after a preliminary probe conducted by Kapurthala senior superintendent of police (SSP) held him guilty,” said Jalandhar zone-II inspector general of police LK Yadav. The SHO has been shifted to police lines.

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According to the complaint, a team of Satnampura police station laid a trap in Adarsh Nagar on March 20 and registered a first hand information (FIR) against one Tarun Khurma of Mehli Gate under sections of 61/1/14 of the Excise Act and showed recovery of 16 liquor bottles from his possession in the case.

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The complainant, a local resident, alleged that some intoxicant was also seized from Tarun but the SHO did not slap charges under the NDPS Act. Subsequently, a probe was marked and it found the SHO guilty.

“We will not tolerate such conduct and the black sheep won’t be spared,” said the IG. He said relevant sections under the NDPS Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act would be added in the case. The new SHO would be deputed within a day, he added. SHO Sulakhan Singh, on his part, refuted the allegations.

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    Jatinder Mahal is a staff correspondent. He covers Jalandhar, Kapurthala and SBS Nagar district for Hindustan Times.

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