VB raids at RTA Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, employees found missing
Jalandhar – Following the recent investigations into the organised bribery in the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) in Hoshiarpur, the Vigilance Bureau on Friday jointly conducted raids at Automated Driving Test Tracks in Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar. As many as four teams of Vigilance Bureau Jalandhar led by three DSP rank officials, Inspectors, one Sub Inspector, nine Assistant Sub Inspectors, four jawans and senior government officials conducted raids, leading to panic among the employees on the spot. The VB officials swung into action after the arrest of ARTO Piara Singh from Hoshiarpur, whose driver Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Ramesh Chander was caught red handed while taking Rs 1.50 lakh bribe from private truck operators. The arrest of Ramesh Chander has brought the role of ARTO Piara Singh under scanner. Currently Piara Singh was lodged at Central Jail in Kapurthala. It was learnt that the VB officials zeroed in on Smart Chip Company employees, agents and touts, who were leading an organized way of taking bribe from daily applicants, big transporters and other prominent persons to get their licenses made at the RTA. SSP Vigilance Diljinder Singh Dhillon said that no sooner the raids were started, a majority of the government employees fled from their respective offices. “Many employees were found absent from duty, which was a clear indication of their alleged involvement in bribery nexus in the RTAʼ, they said.
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