Four police officials booked for ‘bribery’

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CHAKWAL: District Police Officer (DPO) Mohammad Haroon Joiya suspended four officials after they were booked by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on the charge of bribery, sources told Dawn on Monday.

Two of the four officials were arrested by the ACE while a sub-inspector and an assistant sub-inspector obtained pre-arrest bail from a local court.

Imran Abbas, a resident of Karsal village, filed an application with the ACE Chakwal stating he was picked up on October 11 last year by Sub-Inspector Badar Munir, who was then the incharge of the Crime Investigation Agency. Assistant Sub-Inspector Adeel Fiyaz was also included in the police team.

Mr Abbas claimed that the police booked him under a false case of possessing hashish just to extort money from him.

“When my brother approached the police, the SI and ASI demanded Rs300,000,” he alleged.

He said his brother gave Rs200,000 to Mr Munir and Mr Fiyaz through constable Mudassar but even then was booked under the Control of Narcotics Substance Act 1997 and sent to the judicial lockup.

The sources said the police had claimed to have recovered 1,200gm hashish from the possession of Mr Abbas. A few days ago, Mr Abbas was freed on bail.

“When I came out of the jail, the same police officials started demanding Rs100,000 more. They threatened to book me in another case if I failed to arrange the amount,” Mr Abbas told Dawn.

Having left with no option, Mr Abbas approached the ACE. A team led by magistrate Naseer Abbas was constituted to probe the matter.

“As I called Mr Munir for giving him Rs100,000, he asked me to hand over the cash to Mohammad Usman, a constable posted to the Chakwal Saddar police station,” Mr Abbas added.

As soon as Mr Usman got the money from Mr Abbas, the raiding team arrested him and recovered the amount. On his confession, another constable, Mudassar, was also arrested.

“I have suspended the four officials and an inquiry will be conducted by DSP headquarters and due action would be taken against the accused in the light of the inquiry,” the DPO told Dawn.

Published in Dawn, January 2nd, 2018

Courtesy: DAWN

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