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In a major blow to corruption, Punjab Police has arrested Faridkot DSP Lakhveer Singh for accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a drug supplier in Tarn Taran. The DSP had taken this bribe amount in lieu of not naming the drug supplier in an FIR registered under the NDPS Act. Taking further action in this matter, Punjab Police has also taken DIG Inderbir Singh into custody.
The matter came to light when the Tarn Taran district police arrested drug supplier Pishaura Singh along with 250 grams of opium and drug money of Rs 1 lakh from a petrol pump near Patti Mor on Sunday. Pishaura, a resident of Model Boparae village of Tarn Taran, was wanted in the FIR of June 30, 2022, in which Surjit Singh, a resident of Madi Megha village of Tarn Taran, was arrested along with 900 grams of opium.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that during the investigation conducted by the Tarn Taran police, Surjeet revealed that he had bought opium from Pishaura Singh, the main supplier of drugs.
When raids started, contact with CIA in-charge
The DGP told that when the police started raiding to arrest him, Pishaura, through ASI Rashpal Singh, posted as MHC CIA Patti, in lieu of not arresting and not naming the CIA in-charge of Patti in this case 7- Tried to give bribe of Rs.8 lakh. But the in-charge refused to accept the bribe and the police teams continued their efforts to arrest Pishaura.
Deal done with DSP with the help of cousin
The DGP said that after this Pishaura met Hira Singh, brother of Rashpal Singh, through his acquaintance Nishan Singh resident of village Sito (Tarn Taran). Together they reached DSP Lakhveer, who is Heera Singh’s cousin. There the DSP fixed a deal for Rs 10 lakh to help the drug supplier and asked Heera Singh to keep the money with him.
Police also recovered cash worth Rs 9.97 lakh from Heera Singh’s house on the disclosure of Pishaura Singh. In this case, SSP Tarn Taran Ranjit Singh Dhillon said that the police have also named ASI Rashpal Singh, Nishan Singh and Hira Singh in the FIR and raids are being conducted for their arrest. At the same time, DIG Inderbir Singh has also been taken into custody in this entire nexus.
No police officer, employee involved in corruption will be spared. People can dial Punjab Government’s Anti-Corruption Action Line number 9501200200 to report corruption.
Gaurav Yadav, Acting DGP, Punjab Police