Cop, aide held for collecting ‘goonda tax’ from truckers - ECAS Punjab

Cop, aide held for collecting ‘goonda tax’ from truckers

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Tribune News Service

Moga, August 12

An ASI of the Punjab Police and his associate, posing as a sales tax inspector, have been arrested for allegedly collecting "goonda tax" from truck drivers ferrying goods during the night at inter-district borders.

Confirming this, a senior official of the district police said a case under Sections 384, 419 and 34 of the IPC and Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, had been registered at the Kot-ise-Khan police station against ASI Major Singh, posted at Balkhandi police post, and his accomplice Sukhmandar Singh, a resident of Galauti village.

The accused cop has also been suspended from the service and a departmental inquiry has been initiated against him.

Sources said the cop and his accomplice had set up a temporary police naka on the Amritsar road near Cheema village on August 10 and stopped two trucks.

They asked the drivers to show the tax invoices of the goods. When the truck drivers asked Sukhmandar for his identity card, he refused to show it and instead, forcibly took Rs 800 from each of them. While he took money from the drivers, the ASI stood guard to ensure that the drivers did not create any trouble.

AAP spokesman Navdeep Singh Sangha alleged that the police officials at nakas used private manpower to collect bribe so as to escape the law. "The trend has been going on for the past many years," he alleged, while urging the government to streamline the police functioning at the grass-roots level.

from The Tribune

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