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Fortnight after Jalandhar raid, no trace of two ASIs ‘missing’ with Rs 6.66 crore


Fortnight after Jalandhar raid, no trace of two ASIs ‘missing’ with Rs 6.66 crore

Aman Sood

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 13

With no trace of two ASIs and an informer 'gone missing' with an alleged amount of Rs 6.66 crore, the functioning of the Khanna police is under the scanner. On Friday, all three were booked by the Mohali crime branch under Sections 406/34 of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

The ASIs 'vanished' with the money after a raid on the premises of Father Anthony Madassery in Jalandhar on March 29. Over a fortnight later, the Punjab Police are unable to trace their officers and informers, who helped recover the cash.The SIT is probing the role of the Khanna police suspected to be hand in glove with the informers.

The case brings to the fore the clout that 'criminals-turned-cats-turned-informers' enjoy in the police department. The Khanna police is suspected to have been taken for a ride by two such informers, who helped their friends in uniform to siphon the money. Sources say 'cats' Surinder and Harinder Singh Babbu, who were provided protection, would hold meetings at the SSP's office and even issue directions to junior cops.

The FIR in Mohali names ASIs Joginder Singh and Rajpreet Singh along with Surinder Singh of Naushera Khurd village in Pathankot on whose information the Khanna police raided Father Anthony's premises. “A team headed by Inspector Gurdeep Singh returned with Rs 9.66 crore. The two accused cops and Surinder used the Moga route and all that we know is that the cash went missing thereafter,” said Khanna SSP Dhruv Dahiya.

Asked if he had counted the cash, he replied: “I was in Bathinda heading an operation and by the time I reached back, Income Tax officials were already counting the money. We wanted to question Babbu on the missing cash but he is missing too”. Insiders say the two ASIs and informers remained in touch with the Khanna police for four days after Father Anthony raised the alarm.

"Dahiya even grilled members of the raiding team. The following day, they were also questioned by the Phillaur SIT. Instead of arresting them, they were allowed to go”, a source said.

SSP Dahiya said he met Babbu through DSP Manjit Singh, who said he would help them nab gangsters. “He regularly visited my office. Not a word on his criminal links, I was simply told he had earlier worked with some SSPs and the Intelligence wing. Babbu accompanied me to Bathinda during an operation to nab a gangster while Surinder accompanied a team to Jalandhar to recover the cash."

Insiders claim Inspector Amanpal Virk, ASI Joginder Singh, Rajpreet Singh and Ramandeep Singh were brought to Khanna during the poll code on Babbu’s asking. Even the Organised Crime Control Unit was not kept in the loop.

Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta told \IThe Tribune \Ithat a senior team of officers was conducting an enquiry. “Whoever is at fault will be proceeded against as per the law”, he said.

LAPSES GALORE

  • No videography was done when cash was recovered and counted
  • No ASI or informer booked/arrested after missing cash claim by father Anthony 
  • Despite grilling by the Khanna police and SIT, the accused cops allowed to go free
  • An inspector-level officer made head of a raiding team outside the district
  • The Jalandhar police not taken into confidence all this while
  • SSP led an operation in Bathinda with another 'cat' without informing Bathinda cops

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