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Records of over 2K Sangrur cops under scrutiny

Records of over 2K Sangrur cops under scrutiny

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, September 13

A special committee formed by Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg has started the scrutiny of records of around 2,250 policemen to identify corrupt and inefficient officers involved in illegal activities.

The committee will prepare individual reports of all policemen while the SSP will take further legal and departmental action.

Though the police officers are tightlipped but sources said the committee, which was formed last month, includes SP (Headquarters) and two DSPs. The committee members under the supervision of the SSP have been working overtime to complete their task at the earliest. The members have been summoning the record of the policemen of various ranks and are checking whether any FIR has been registered, under which circumstances and sections it was filed, whether the cop was absolved or case is still pending in the court, departmental inquiries, major and minor punishments, absence from duty and its reasons.

In Sangrur, there are 1,700 constables, 350 head constables and the remaining 200 are ASIs, SIs and Inspectors.

“Policemen face different kind of FIRs, like some are facing corruption cases while there are some, who were booked for custodial deaths. Apart from it, there are complaints against many for misbehaviour, abusing their official position to favour someone and demanding money. Each and everything is being checked in detail,” said a senior officer.

The exercise is bound to cause panic among the erring policemen as they know that they are on the radar. Many are trying to get recommendations from politicians while others are trying their level best to approach their seniors through their connections to escape action.

“Our seniors should not focus on the complaints as these generally turn out to be fake,” a policeman said. Some others said: “Many times, we are absent from duty for unavoidable personal reasons as we don’t get leaves. We request the committee members to look at the reasons of absence thoroughly.”

When contacted, SSP Sandeep Garg, confirmed that the scrutiny of the records of policemen was going on.

“Under the government service rules, there is a provision for the scrutiny of performance after 15-25 years. The sole purpose is to reward efficient and honest officers, while punish those involved in illegal activities. The punishment may be compulsory retirement or dismissal, as per the recommendations of the committee,” the SSP said.

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