Tribune News Service
Patiala, September 30
Almost a year after being removed for his alleged role following the DGP’s letter for a probe for his “active connivance with sand mafia and for facilitating illegal mining”, the Patiala Police on Tuesday posted Inspector Kulwinder Singh back as Shambhu SHO. In November 2017, a senior mining official had alleged that the SHO had beaten him up in the police station at the “behest” of the local SHO and MLA.
In 2019, Kulwinder Singh was shunted out of the Shambhu police station for his alleged illegal mining-related activities following a written input by the Vigilance Department to the DGP, who sought “a secret probe by the then IG, Patiala Zone.”
The letter by DGP Dinkar Gupta, dated September 6, 2019, a copy of which is with The Tribune, states: “According to an input, Kulwinder Singh, SHO, Shambhu, is having active connivance with sand mafia.
“Please carry out a secret probe in the matter at your personal level and brief me. Meanwhile, the SHO may be shifted out of his present assignment,” reads the DGP’s letter to the IG. “The probe had indicted him and he was shifted,” said a top brass police officer.
“The same SHO is close to local MLA Madan Lal Jalapur,” said SAD spokesman Daljit Cheema. “Our party will raise this matter in the Vidhan Sabha,” he said.
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