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PHRO seeks probe into how suspended ASI got reinstated

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PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 23

Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Jorawar Singh, who was dismissed by the Tarn Taran police on Saturday, after his video of consuming drugs went viral on social media, was earlier arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) for possessing drugs a year ago.

An STF was constituted by the state government to nail drug peddlers and stem the problem of rampant drug addiction in the border state.

He was posted at the Gharinda police station in Amritsar rural police district at that time. Though he managed to get a bail within a month, the police never filed a final report in the court even after a year.

The Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO headed by retired justice Ajit Singh Bains, has now demanded a high-level probe into how he managed to get bail and got reinstated in the department with his tainted record. According to rules, an official gets suspended after an FIR is registered against him.

On August 12, 2019, a team of STF border range headed by Inspector Varmeet Singh got a tip-off that ASI Jorawar Singh and ASI Avtar Singh, both posted at the Gharinda police station, were hooked to drugs. The informer told that the duo had links with drug peddlers and used to smuggle drugs in Gharinda and its adjoining areas besides other parts of the border belt.

Following this, an FIR under Sections 21, 25, 29 and 27 of the NDPS Act was registered against them and a raid was conducted. They were caught red-handed at Bhakna Chowk while consuming heroin. The STF recovered 10-gm heroin from ASI Avtar Singh and 5-gm heroin from ASI Jorawar Singh. After their arrest, ASI Avtar Singh shot himself in the STF custody the next morning.

Sarabjit Singh of the PHRO pointed out that a cop with such tainted record was reinstated in the department. "Not only this, he was again posted in the border belt by the Punjab Police," he said, adding that: "Ironically, the STF did not even file the final reports in the case in the court. This needs a high-level probe. We urge Capt Amarinder Singh to probe the matter as to how a cop booked under the NDPS Act for having connections with drug peddlers managed to get bail and was reinstated in the department."

from The Tribune

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