Seven Punjab cops booked, four arrested for taking bribe of Rs 65,000

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has booked seven police personnel on bribery charges.

The seven cops, identified as Assistant Sub Inspector Mahinder Singh, Head Constable Palwinder Singh, Head Constable Ram Singh, Constable Rajbir Singh, Constable Harpinder Singh, Constable Palwinder Singh, and Punjab Home Guard Lata Singh had allegedly accepted a bribe of Rs 65,000 on various occasions, news agency PTI reported. The accused had taken the bribe from complainant Baldev’s brother Sukhdev Singh for action against the accused.

They have been booked in a two-year-old case under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, news agency PTI quoted a spokesperson of the bureau as saying.

What happened?

A spokesperson of the bureau told PTI that Gurharpreet Singh had allegedly damaged the CCTV camera of a store run by Kanwalpreet Singh of Chattiwind village in August 2018.

Following this, Kanwalpreet Singh along with Baldev Singh, Sukhwant Singh, and others reached outside the house of accused Gurharpreet Singh. But they were allegedly attacked by Gurharpreet Singh and others.

The spokesperson further said a case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code against the accused Gurharpreet Singh.

However, Gurharpreet and his accomplices were not arrested, according to a complaint lodged with the bureau by Baldev.

Bribery charges against cops

During an investigation on the complaint, the bribery charges against the above-mentioned personnel were found to be genuine, PTI quoted the spokesperson as saying.

Head Constable Ram Singh, Constable Palwinder Singh, Constable Harpinder Singh, and Punjab Home Guard Lata Singh have been arrested.

Raids were on to arrest the remaining accused, PTI quoted the spokesperson, adding that departmental action would also be initiated against them.

(With inputs from PTI)

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