Tribune News Service
Patiala, August 28
Amid the ongoing crackdown against the illicit liquor trade, a Station House officer (SHO) in Patiala has been booked for allegedly letting off liquor smugglers in lieu of a bribe.
Sukhwinder Singh, who was posted as the Ghanaur SHO, has been booked under Sections 409, 213 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 7 and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Man arrested for sheltering accused
Tarn Taran: Jasbir Singh Sheera of Thura in Patiala district was arrested by the Sadar police for allegedly giving shelter to one of the main accused in the spurious liquor tragedy. The police said the accused gave shelter to Rachhpal Singh Shalu of Dhotian. Sheera was booked under Sections 212 and 216 of the IPC. OC
The SHO was booked following an investigation by the anti-narcotics cell of Fatehgarh Sahib, wherein an accused smuggler was let off by a constable of the Ghanaur police station on August 24 after taking some liquor bottles and a bribe of Rs 9,500 from the smuggler.
The constable had revealed during the probe that he had given the money to the SHO concerned. Consequently, the Fatehgarh Sahib SSP wrote to the Patiala SSP to take action against the accused SHO, which led to the arrest.
Patiala SSP Vikramjeet Singh Duggal said strict action would be taken against liquor smugglers along with their facilitators. No one would be spared, he said.
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