Udaipur : A sub-inspector (SI) posted at the Pratapnagar police station here, fled away from station on Friday night when he came to know that the ACB sleuths had caught his agent red handed taking bribe of rupees thirty thousand from a woman, against releasing her scooter that had been illegally seized by the SI some days ago. The woman had been accused in a theft case who had been arrested and jailed.
When she came out on bail, she demanded her scooter back but the SI refused to do so unless she paid the bribe money of 50 thousand, authorities said. The middleman Mohammed Salim resident of Pratapnagar was produced before the ACB court here on Saturday who have been sent to judicial custody. “ We had received a complaint from Lakshmi wo Sandeep Parihar resident of Gandhinagar who said that she had been accused in a theft case some time back. SI JagdishChandra Sen had been the investigating officer in the case . Sen arrested her and even seized her scooter for no reasons and kept the vehicle in his illegal custody” Dr Rajesh Bharadwaj, additional SP-ACB told Udaipur Kiran.
The woman was sent to jail and latter released. After being freed the woman contacted the SI and requested to return her scooter but the SI threatened her that the case is yet pending and that even her husband would be booked if she didn’t give him a sum of 50 thousand rupees. The SI asked the woman to strike a deal with his close aid Saleem who conducted the dealings on the cop’s behalf. The deal was agreed at 30 thousand rupees. Meanwhile, the complainant approached the ACB and revealed the details. After verifying the conversations, the sleuths laid a trap. Lakshmi called Salim at her house on Friday night to give him the promised money and as Salim received the money, the ACB sleuths nabbed him. Salim confessed to have taken bribe on the cop’s behalf. Later they made him call the SI to tell that he had collected the payment. The SI told Salim to wait till he reached there to take the money.
The ACB team waited for the SI, however the latter smelled the danger and fled from midway. He didn’t go back to the station and had been absconding since. “ The SI had demanded the bribe for taking no more action against her and her husband in the theft case. He had even received 40 thousand rupees earlier from the woman through Salim for not using third degree in the police custody and to produce the challan at earliest” HarishChandra Singh, the circle inspector of the ACB team said. The ACB has ceiled the SI’s room at the police station and a team had been sent to locate him at his ancestral village, Bharadwaj said.