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Man detained for ‘stealing’ barricades,says cop told him to ferry them

‘The police official helped me load the barricades in my tempo,but by the time I closed the door of my tempo,he left’

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 2, 2013 1:46:27 am

A tempo driver was rounded up by the UT Police on Tuesday night,after he was reportedly spotted standing on a road with a tempo loaded with barricades belonging to the police. The driver,Sukhdev Singh,claimed that a policeman had asked him to ferry the barricades from one place to another.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,Hallomajra-resident Sukhdev said,“I was on my way home from Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32,where I had dinner and alcohol,when I was stopped by a policeman at the Sectors 30,31,32 and 29 roundabout. He told me that the barricades,which were lying near the roundabout,had to be taken to a nearby place. I agreed to it,as I was afraid that he would challan me,if he figured out that I had consumed alcohol”.

Singh further said,“The person,who claimed to be a policeman and was in Khaki uniform,helped me load the barricades in my tempo. By the time I closed the door of my tempo,I saw him leave on his scooter. But,I did not know which way he went”.

Waiting for the “policeman” to return to fetch him,Singh was spotted by a PCR van. “The PCR staff called me and asked me why I was standing on the road alone,as it was 11.30 pm. I narrated the incident to them,but they accused me of stealing the barricades and took me to the police station”.

Singh was interrogated by the police officials. One of the officials said,“Singh,who hails from Haryana,lives with his in-laws whenever he visits Hallomajra. He returned from a tour on Tuesday night. Instead of going home,he went to GMCH-32 to have dinner. Singh said that there he met a friend,who gave him a bottle of liquor. Singh had three pegs,ate food and left for Hallomajra. When he reached Sector 29,he claimed that he was stopped by a policeman”.

“The PCR staff,who had stopped him,confirmed the claims made my Singh. The staff told the police officials that Singh was standing on the road waiting for the “policeman” to return and tell him where the barricades were to be dropped,” a police official said.

Singh was released after a Daily Diary Report (DDR) was registered. The officials said that they were investigating the matter. “We are trying to locate the person,who according to Singh asked him (Singh) to take the barricades. There is a possibility that the person was a police official and was seeking Singh’s help,” said the Industrial Area Police Station SHO.

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