The Punjab government has suspended Vigilance Bureau (Moga) Superintendent of Police Baransi Dass for allegedly falsely implicating a patwari in the Rs 8-crore paddy scam spread over Moga,Muktsar and Ferozepur districts.
According to sources,while the government had on Saturday suspended Dass for wrongfully implicating patwari Mohan Singh,orders in this regard were issued on Sunday.
The scam came to light in May,2011 when paddy worth Rs 2.65 crore belonging to the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (PUNSUP) was found missing from Land Power Agrotech Private Limited (Rice Mill) in Ferozepur. A case was registered in this regard in January 11,this year.
The Revenue Patwar Union is up in arms against the State Vigilance Bureau (VB),which had arrested Mohan Singh the union vice-president on February 18 from his residence at Tripari in Patiala. The VB had claimed that Singh could have felicitated the sale of the stolen paddy. After his arrest,the Fatehgarh Sahib unit of the patwar union,in which Singh was serving,went on an indefinite strike and started a dharna outside the office of the Fatehgarh Sahib DC.
Following this,the VB ordered a re-investigation into the case. In his probe report,Amritsar SSP (Vigilance Bureau) R S Brar stated that Mohan Singh had no role in the scam and has been wrongfully implicated. On February 23,Singh was released from Ferozepur Jail.
On Sunday,the members of the Patwari Union met Additional Director General of Police-cum-Chief Director (Vigilance Bureau) S S Saini,where they were told that Baransi Dass has been suspended.
Moreover,Bureau IGP S K Asthana will conduct another inquiry into the incident.
The patwari union had alleged that Singh was picked up by the VB on the behest of Patiala SSP (Vigilance) Shiv Kumar and then handed over to Dass,who falsely implicated him. Our indefinite strike has been postponed for now. But if the Bureau does not take any action,we will again sit on a dharna on March 2, said Mohan Singh.
The owner of the rice mill,Ramesh Garg,besides a PUNSUP inspector,are currently in police custody. Gargs son Akash also an accused in the case is absconding.