Cops booked on extortion charge

Complaint received from liquor contractor

Cops booked on extortion charge

Cops posted at the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police have been booked for allegedly extorting money from a liquor contractor operating in the city.

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 29

Cops posted at the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police have been booked for allegedly extorting money from a liquor contractor operating in the city.

UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal said a complaint in this regard was received from the liquor contractor, who alleged that the cops were extorting money from him.

We are yet to identify the cops. The CCTV footage will be scrutinised to identify them. We will probe all complaints and action will be taken against those found involved in this.—Kuldeep Singh Chahal, UT SSP

 

CCTV footage was submitted along with the complaint to substantiate the claim. Two cops posted in the crime branch are reportedly seen in the footage.

A police official said the complainant was verified based on which a case of extortion and under Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at the Sector 39 police station.

“We are yet to identify the cops. The CCTV footage will be scrutinised to identify them,” the SSP said.

He said several complaints were received from liquor contractors, who alleged that cops used to extort money from them. “We will probe all complaints and action will be taken against those found involved in this,” he said.

Interestingly, a few days ago, the in-charge of the operations cell, Inspector Ranjit Singh, was also transferred to the Police Lines, Sector 26, on a complaint of a liquor trader.


Senior officers under lens too?

Police sources said the role of senior police officers posted at the crime branch would also be probed to establish if they were involved in the extortion.

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