Punjab Police And Its Love For Fake Encounters, Drugs And Money !!

Punjab Police And Its Love For Fake Encounters, Drugs And Money !!

The officer who overseen the torture of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal found to have ties to major drug smuggler. So here is the detailed report about the Punjab Police officer with the reference from the various media and social media sources.

Punjab Police inspector Inderjit Singh by the anti-drug special task force (STF) in a smuggling case, the agency summoned Raj Jit Singh, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Moga, for questioning .

Raj Jit, who was SSP of Tarn Taran in 2013 when Inderjit was posted there in the crime investigation agency (CIA), is the first serving SSP summoned in a drug-related case in the past at least five years. He had made headlines in 2013 when a certificate of his “death in a terror attack” was submitted by his daughter for quota admission in MBBS at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. The forgery was spotted during the counselling session; and Raj Jit Singh had later said it was a “goof-up”.

In the express matter, senior officials in STF told Hindustan Times that Inderjit was a “blue-eyed boy” of Raj Jit, hence his role in questionable acquittals in drug cases handled by Inderjit needs to be investigated.

According to Daily Post Report : The Punjab Police ‘drug inspector’ Inderjit Singh, was a ‘cat’ during the militancy era in Punjab and was inducted as a special police officer (SPO) in 1991. Later, he was inducted as a constable.

Inderjit was arrested after the special task force (STF) recovered 4-kg heroin, an AK-47 and other arms and ammunition besides Rs 16 lakh from his official quarters in Phagwara. He has confessed to having links with drug suppliers in Amritsar region.

Inderjit became a head constable in 2000 and was then given an ad-hoc promotion as inspector. it’s a common practice in Punjab Police to give ad-hoc promotions to cops, with the rider that they would withdraw salary of their original rank.The term ‘cat’ is used for those who were informers and helped the police to kill sikh youths in Fake Encounters.

According to Hindustan Times:

Some pages of the case diary written by the investigating officer in the alleged drug recovery from Punjab Police inspector Inderjit Singh have been found tampered with, giving a new twist to the high-profile case in which Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh Hundal’s name had cropped up.
Three pages of the case diary, dated June 18 and signed by a judicial magistrate, surfaced on social media on Saturday, carrying details of questioning of the senior superintendent of police.

The diary (called zimni), written by special task force (STF) additional inspector general (AIG) of police Mukhwinder Singh, has details of questioning of the SSP about his link with Inderjit, who was nabbed with 4kg heroin by an STF team in Kapurthala on June 12.

Inderjit, who was posted as CIA in-charge in Kapurthala, was dismissed from service.

Interestingly, one of the pages in the diary (written on computer) shows that the numbering of paragraphs has been changed manually after erasing the original number.

The belt number of Inderjit and the post of the investigating officer (AIG) were also found to be tampered with on the page.

Also, the details of questioning of Raj Jit is confusing in the case diary.

In the beginning of the paragraph, Raj Jit is quoted saying that he never received any money or gift from Inderjit but in the very next line he says he had made Inderjit take an oath that the money being given to him (SSP) was not drug money, thus creating a contradiction.

The SSP, who has already moved the Punjab and Haryana high court alleging the STF was trying to implicate him in the case following which a bench on Friday handed over the case to a new SIT, claimed that “few paras could be added later on in the case dairy to frame him”.

“One can only see why I have to move the court to get relief. I have full faith in the law of the land and I will get justice,” said Raj Jit when contacted by HT.

In his petition, the SSP said when he was summoned to join probe in June, he was coerced to give certain statements which were contrary to facts.

He claimed that theSTF head additional director general of police (ADGP) Harpreet Sidhuwas biased against him and wanted to implicate him. Also, he has demanded that the investigation be shifted to some other agency. Notably, the Punjab government through its advocate general has also supported his demand for shifting the case.

Sidhu, however, denied all allegations of tampering with the diary.

“I found from my inquiry from the AIG, who prepared the diary, that numbers and some information typed wrongly in the computer were corrected manually. Raj Jit was questioned by a panel of four senior officials of the STF. Anybody can get the document’s authenticity checked from any agency,” said Sidhu, when contacted by HT.
Daily Post writes:
The recent arrest of five policemen for indulging in drug trafficking and extortion case has brought a major embarrassment to the whole of police department in Punjab that was already suffering severe image crisis.
It is learnt that a police party comprising personnel from Counter Intelligence unit of the state police snatched 300 gm heroin from drug trafficker and extorted Rs 8 lakh under threat by impersonating as Special Task Force (STF) unit from Fazilka and released him without taking any legal action.

While disclosing the same, Harpreet Singh Sidhu ADGP-cum-Chief Special Task Force (STF) admitted that there was a nexus between drug traffickers and police existing in Punjab. His admission about the rogue elements in the law enforcement agency was enough to justify the public losing faith in Khaki.
Arrests, suspensions, registration of cases, compulsory retirements and also frequent transfers of police officers at all levels have become a regular part of news reporting in Punjab these days.

About three months ago, a 2007-batch IPS officer Inderbir Singh, who was among the three-member Punjab cadre police officials’ panel for being appointed as the SSP of Chandigarh, along with four of his subordinates including a DSP, had landed in an extortion case, allegedly committed when he was posted as the top cop in Sangrur district.
During the preliminary investigation, conducted by Inderbir’s successor Mandeep Singh Sidhu, a PPS officer, the crime involved a sum of nearly Rs 19 lakh that they all allegedly extorted from two farmers while threatening to implicate them in a murder case. Sitting SSP had even recommended an FIR against all five cops with also suggesting a thorough Vigilance Bureau probe, after finding them guilty in his initial probe. Now getting shunted from the field, they are all facing VB inquiry.

The incident not only put a blot on the uniform of an IPS officer but also snatched away a chance to get appointed as SSP Chandigarh, which is a prestigious post for Punjab cadre IPS officers.
Then, a CIA-staff Amritsar inspector Inderjit Singh was arrested about two months back and in that case the STF chief had claimed that the cop in question was having links with major drug suppliers in Amritsar. The CIA-staff inspector was also accused of being instrumental in seizing large quantities of drugs from peddlers over the years and then establishing himself as the bane of drug peddlers in whichever district he was posted to.

Related to this, the STF had also issued summons to Moga Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Raj Jit Singh Hundal.
About two months back, Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla, an IPS officer of 2009 batch, and a DSP Gurjit Singh Romana, known as the most honest officer of the district, landed in trouble for allegedly helping a narcotics peddler by illegally preparing an FIR cancellation report. The two officers faced major embarrassment when a 2011 batch IPS officer Nanak Singh, posted as SSP Faridkot, acting upon the directions of Bathinda zone IGP, conducted an inquiry and found the FIR cancellation totally wrong.

After directing the police to file the challan in the court and arrest the accused, the IGP M S Chhina then directed the DIG Bathinda range Ashish Chaudhary to ascertain the actual role of the two police officers.
Though the IGP had asked him to submit the report within 10 days, the DIG has not yet come up with the report even after crossing the deadline.

The system from top to bottom all has been corroded. About two months ago, an SHO, ASI and three constables posted at the Charik police station in Moga district were suspended for allegedly torturing a youth and taking bribe from him.

Meanwhile, there were reports of a sub-inspector smuggling drugs from the police ‘malkhana.’ Further, a head warder at Central Jail Bathinda was arrested with hundreds of tablets of banned habit-forming drugs. Interestingly, the shady cop was not only involved in supplying it to the inmates but he was also an addict, as learnt.
In the series, on March 26, SHO Satnampura Police Station in Phagwara was suspended on the charges of shielding a drug peddler. A case was also registered against him for accepting bribe.

Earlier, on March 23, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal himself caught on camera a traffic cop accepting bribe in Ludhiana district.

He shot a video of the episode and forwarded it to Ludhiana police commissioner. But as the cop in question belonged to Khanna, the SSP there suspended the cop in question.
Meanwhile, Punjab government also sent two senior PPS officers Salwinder Singh and Charanjit Singh Sharma on compulsory retirement. The two were facing lot of criticism from different quarters of society. Salwinder is the same SP whose name cropped up during Pathankot Airbase militant attack. Though NIA had given him a clean chit, as learnt, Salwinder was facing several charges of sexual harassment.

Apart from this, a cold war between the offices of Chief Minister and the Director General of Police is also now an open secret. If all this is seen in totality, Khaki is undoubtedly losing its sheen with also making people to withdraw their faith from the state’s law enforcing agency.

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