Two separate incidents brought disrepute to the Punjab Police Wednesday. While a serving Sub-Inspector was arrested for allegedly robbing and extorting money and valuables from a duo, a suspended Mohali ASI was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a Kansala village resident last year.
In the first case, Fakir Chand, who is posted as an SI in the wireless division of the Fazilka police, was arrested along with an accomplice for allegedly extorting money and valuables from two youths a few days ago. Police said, two friends – Mohit Sapra, a resident of Fatehabad, and Gaurav, a resident of Delhi – were on their way from Delhi to Panchkula on February 1 to deliver three newly bought Apple iPhones to one of their relatives in Panchkula.
“They alleged that a sedan stopped beside them on Zirakpur highway and three persons including a woman and a man in uniform stepped outside. Chand was in his uniform accompanied by his accomplices, Nirmal Singh and Harjinder Kaur. Chand allegedly told the victims that he is a police officer posted in Zirakpur and would get them arrested on trumped up charges of molesting the woman if they did not hand him over their money,” police said.
Chand and others then robbed the duo of Rs 23,000 cash and the three expensive mobile phones. Police booked them for robbery, extortion, wrongful restraint and assault during theft attempt under Section 382, 389, 356, 341 and 34 of the IPC with the Zirakpur police. Police are trying to trace the third accused Harjinder Kaur.
Meanwhile, a Mohali court has sentenced suspended Mohali Police ASI Jarnail Singh to a three-year imprisonment for accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe in February last. He was arrested by the Vigilance Bureau in a red-handed trap after he accepted Rs 1 lakh from Dalwinder Singh alias ‘Fauji’. Dalwinder said that the ASI was trying to frame his son in a gangrape case as he was known to one of the accused in a gangrape case involving two nursing students. Jarnail was convicted under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and was later released on bail.