After absconding for over a month in an alleged graft case, a 34-year-old police constable with the Local Intelligence Branch (LIB) of Aravalli Police, surrendered at the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) police station in Aravalli Thursday.
The accused, Bharatsinh Zala, had allegedly fled with Rs 2 lakh cash on October 5, when he was lured into a trap by the ACB team of Gandhinagar in an alleged graft case. The accused, however, grew suspicious during the course of the trap and managed to evade the police. According to the police, Zala surrendered in the ACB police station of Aravalli on Thursday. He was presented in front of a sessions court in Modasa of Aravalli, which granted the police a four-day transit remand period.
“The accused constable is being brought to the ACB police station in Gandhinagar, as the offence against him was registered over there in October. We are also trying to recover the cash he fled with,” said an ACB police officer.
Zala, a native of Modasa Taluka in Aravalli, was posted as a constable at the LIB in SP office of Aravalli. He has been booked under sections 7A and 12 of the Anti-Corruption Act.
As per police, the complainant Chirag Pancholi (33) — a native of Udaipur in Rajasthan — was allegedly asked by the constable to pay Rs 2,00,000 cash as bribe, if he didn’t want his name to be lodged in a liquor smuggling case.
“I have multiple cases of liquor smuggling cases lodged against me, in different police stations of Gujarat and their trials are under way. I run a mobile phone shop now and have left that business. However, for the past six months, I have been threatened by Zala who demanded Rs 2 lakh from me, saying that he will add my name in another case. I then approached ACB Gandhinagar, where the officers handed me marked bills of Rs 2 lakh face value and asked me to give it to Zala in Modasa on October 5, as per their trap,” said Pancholi in his complaint. According to police, Zala appeared at the spot, asked Pancholi to sit in his car after which the latter handed him Rs 2 lakh. However, Zala grew suspicious and hurried away in his car with Pancholi, whom he later dropped at a roadside in Modasa.