Chandigarh: Inderbir Singh, a 2007-batch IPS officer who was among three-member Punjab cadre police officials’ panel for being appointed as the next SSP of Chandigarh, along with four of his subordinates including a DSP, has landed in an extortion case, allegedly committed a few weeks back when he was posted as the top cop in Sangrur district.
During the preliminary investigation, conducted by Inderbir’s successor Mandeep Singh Sidhu, a PPS officer, the crime involves a sum of nearly Rs 19 lakh that they all allegedly extorted from two farmers while threatening to implicate them in a murder case. Sidhu, who took the charge from Inderbir on April 3, has even recommended an FIR against all five cops with also suggesting a thorough Vigilance probe, after finding them guilty in his initial probe. Taking cognisance of Sidhu’s report which he submitted through the DIG and IG of Patiala range, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered a vigilance inquiry against all of them, with also ordering all five of them to be transferred to the Police Lines pending inquiry.
Finding it one of the most embarrassing cases for the state police, the Chief Minister has further ordered the removal of Inderbir Singh’s name from the panel for the post of SSP Chandigarh in view of the change in his vigilance clearance status. Punjab Vigilance Bureau Director V Neerja said that the Chief Director Baljinder Singh Uppal assigned the inquiry to Shive Kumar Verma, IG, Economic Offences Wing, with a direction to complete it at the earliest possible.
CM Amarinder Singh orders vigilance probe against former SSP, a DSP and three other cops in Sangrur extortion case
Capt against any laxity
Chandigarh: Shocked over the incident, the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed senior government officials to take appropriate steps to ensure that the matter is taken to its logical conclusion. Nobody found guilty of any laxity or complicity should be allowed to go scot free, Amarinder has instructed the officials, asserting that corruption of any kind will not be tolerated.
The two-page report which Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu submitted to Patiala Zone IG AS Rai and DIG Sukhchain Singh Gill, carries the names of former Sangrur SSP Inderbir Singh, Sunam DSP Jashandeep Gill, Longowal SHO SI Sikandar Singh, Sangrur city police post in-charge ASI Baljinder Singh and Badrukhan post in-charge Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Gurmail Singh.
What is the case?
A 25-year-old financier, Hardev Singh, was shot dead in Longowal in February by five gangsters ‘led’ by Davinder Singh alias Babli Randhawa. They later posted a video celebrating the murder. wo farmers, Dhanwant Singh of Kotra Amrhu village and Harjinder Singh of Dugga village, alleged that they were taken into custody illegally, merely because they knew Randhawa before he became a gangster.
How did lid blow off?
According to information, with the change of guard in the state, alike many others, the then Sangrur SSP Inderbir Singh was also shifted from his position. The government replaced him with Mandeep Singh Sidhu, who had remained Sangrur SSP in the past too. A day after his joining, Sidhu was approached by the victim’s family. Finding them in a pathetic condition, seeking justice, Sidhu brought the matter into his seniors and once getting a go ahead, he launched the probe.
Facebook used as extortion tool
Highly placed sources in the Police Department said that the accused policemen summoned dozens of people in that murder case. Dhanwant and Harjinder were also among them. The five cops, who are now under VB scanner, also called a number of people who had liked the video of the murderers celebrating the killing which was posted on Facebook. Senior officials of VB also now suspect that those summoned for liking Facebook page could also be extorted. Inquiry officials will reach out to the maximum people to ascertain the actual quantum of the money involved in the crime.
Inderbir’s another controversial act
Chandigarh: Which comes as a shock for all in the Police Department, a day after getting transferred from Sangrur, on April 2, Inderbir Singh ordered the transfer of 12 SHOs in Sangrur. The matter reached headquarters and from there new SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu got a direction to revoke his predecessor’s order immediately. Though Sidhu tried to convince his seniors against the move, he was asked to follow the directions, following which within 24 hours of taking over the charge, he revoked the transfer orders of all 12 SHOs.