Some police officers from the southeast district could be in trouble after a suspect in a robbery case alleged that they had pocketed Rs 7 crore from him and his associates three years ago. According to police sources, a Test Identification Parade was conducted a few days ago, during which the accused identified the police officers — including an ACP and an inspector, now posted as SHO.
A case is likely to be registered against the officers in the coming days, police sources said. According to police, on October 21 this year, a property dealer in Chhatarpur Extension was robbed of Rs 45 lakh in cash, gold jewellery and property papers.
During investigation, police questioned several suspects, including one Virendra from Ambedkar Nagar. Police sources said he initially denied being involved, but eventually disclosed that he and six of his associates had robbed Rs 7.67 crore from a hawala operator in Defence Colony in 2013.
“They distributed the money. But within 72 hours, one of them was detained by a police team in southeast district. Eventually, all of them were detained,” police sources said.
The police officers checked with their counterparts in the south district, but were told that no such robbery complaint had been filed. “The detained suspect alleged that they, along with the cash, were taken to the ACP’s office. He also alleged that after a meeting that lasted several hours, they were let off by police and told to keep Rs 67 lakh,” police sources said.
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On the basis of Virendra’s disclosure, Joint Commissioner of Police (southeast) R P Upadhyay ordered an internal inquiry, headed by two additional DCPs — Rajiv Ranjan from the southeast district and Manishi Chandra from south district.
“Both officers recorded the statements of the accused as well as the police officers. They conducted a Test Identification Parade recently and submitted their report to the JCP, who forwarded it to Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar Verma,” police sources said.
When contacted, DCP (south) Ishwar Singh said DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya should be contacted for a comment on the matter, since the inquiry is being conducted by his team. DCP Baaniya refused to comment.