There was drama at Dhariwal town on Monday when a Vigilance Bureau (VB) team from Gurdaspur attempted to catch red-handed,a Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) assistant engineer allegedly accepting a bribe.
While the bureau claimed that assistant engineer Sukhdev Raj fled the scene,his colleagues at PSPCL accused the VB of trying to frame him and blocked traffic on the busy Amritsar-Pathankot highway for over two hours.
Bureau officials,on the other hand,claimed that the assistant engineer handed over the bribe money to a tea stall owner after receiving it from the complainant in the case. They added that Sukhdev Raj managed to flee before they could catch him red-handed. Officials said the money is laced with a powder that turns the hands,of those who come in contact with it,red.
A probe has been ordered in the case, said VB SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghumman. DSP (VB) at Gurdaspur Pardeep Malik said his office had received a complaint from Gurnam Singh,a resident of Kaler Kalan village,who claimed that assistant engineer Sukhdev Raj had sought a bribe lower the penalty amount imposed on Singh for a violation.
The complainant said that the assistant engineer assured him that he would lower the penalty amount from over Rs 70,000 to somewhere around Rs 15,000 if he (complainant) paid him a bribe of Rs 8,000. The complainant claimed to have already paid Rs 2,000 and was to pay the remaining amount on Monday. He approached us and we laid a trap. The assistant engineer came out of his office with complainant to the tea stall and told him to hand over the money to the tea stall owner.
But,the complainant insisted that he (assistant engineer) take the money. Sukhdev Raj took the money and handed it over to the tea stall man. The money was recovered from that man who admitted that the assistant engineer had given him the money. But,before we could perform a test,the accused in the case managed to escape amid the protests, Malik said.
Assistant engineer Sukhdev Raj could not be reached for his comments. His phone was switched off.
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