JAMMU: A policeman was caught by the Vigilance Organization Jammu (VOJ), demanding and accepting a bribe from a man for the release of his cattle.
The VOJ caught the official of Police Station Gharota red handed on Thursday while he was demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 in order to release a complainant’s buffalo along with its calf, the anti-graft body spokesperson said.
In the complainant’s statement to the VOJ, he said that he had purchased a buffalo along with a two-day-old calf for Rs. 60,000 and was taking the animals to his home in a Bolero pickup when he was stopped by some locals of the area and thereafter handed over to Gharota police station officials who came to the spot.
He was taken to the station along with the cattle and the vehicle, and an FIR was registered against him. However, on May 15, Station House Officer, Police Station Gharota, was directed by the court to release the animals in his favour, and the said order was served on the police station.
But the case Investigating Officer, Head Constable Sohan Lal, alias Sonu, refused to honour the court order and, instead, demanded an amount of Rs. 10,000 as bribe for releasing the animals.
The complainant was reluctant to pay the amount but, under the compelling circumstances, was about to pay HC Lal but approached the VOJ before that instead for the initiation of appropriate legal action.
Acting swiftly, a formal case (FIR 10/2018) was registered at Police Station VOJ for investigation and, after completing all required legal formalities, the Vigilance team laid a successful trap.