March 12, 2012 1:31:17 am
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB),which is investigating the liquor bribes case,on Sunday arrested seven policemen including two Officers on Special Duty (OSD),one Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) and five inspectors. The arrests shook the state police as the ACB has completed investigation of alleged payoffs and bribes by liquor syndicates to police and excise officers in just four districts while investigation is in progress in 16 other districts.
During the course of investigation,seven police officials were arrested today for having received bribes from the liquor syndicates as quid pro quo for allowing various violations such as overlooking the violations of the Provisions of AP Excise Act and Rules by the liquor shops such as sale of liquor over and above MRP,loose sale of liquor and opening of liquor shops beyond the prescribed timings,operation of illicit liquor shops,sale of non-duty paid liquor, ACB DG Bhoopathi Babu said.
Liquor shopowners from five to 18 shops formed groups known as syndicates and pooled in money to bribe police and excise officials to look the other way while they overcharged customers and violated rules.
In raids conducted on Sunday afternoon,ACB officers arrested Additional SP and OSD of Kothagudem in Khammam district S Ram Prasad,Additional SP and OSD of Adilabad District B Umameshwara Rao,Circle inspector of Subedari Police Station in Warangal district K Ranadheer,DySP awaiting posting in DGP Office Veereshwar Rao,Circle Inspector of Kazipet in Warangal district Vijaya Sarathi,Circle Inspector of Adilabad Rural V Sreedhar Rao,and Circle Inspector of Police Control Room in Kurnool District B Gunashekar Babu. All of them have been arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from liquor shops while in their present postings as well as former postings.
OSD Ram Prasad allegedly receives Rs 1 lakh every month from liquor syndicates in Kothagudem. ACB said he was formerly posted as DySP,Mahabubabad,where he received the same amount as bribe every month to allow liquor shops to charge maximum retail price or sometimes above MRP and let shops remain open till midnight. DySP Veershwar Rao was formerly posted at Hanankonda in Warangal district where he allegedly collected lakhs as bribes to allow liquor shops to sell above MRPs.
Sources in the ACB said that four other policemen,who were supposed to be arrested on Sunday,are absconding. An official said one inspector,who had slipped away from his house,later came to the ACB headquarters at Hyderabad and surrendered. His arrest will be made public on Monday.
The seven policemen were produced before the Second Additional Special Judge for ACB cases,Hyderabad,for judicial custody.
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