Five policemen suspended for taking bribe

Police get clips of corrupt cops on WhatsApp

Five Delhi Police officers have been suspended within days of the Vigilance Branch launching a helpline number to report cases of police corruption.

The helpline number 9910641064 was launched on August 6 for prompt assistance on video and audio recordings sent through WhatsApp.

“Two video and three audio clips regarding demand and acceptance of bribe were received. An action under Prevention of Corruption Act has been initiated against the erring police officers,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Vigilance Branch) Sindhu Pillai.

In the first complaint, a video clipping revealed an Assistant Sub-Inspector taking money from the complainant in lieu of police verification at Himmatgarh police post in central Delhi. On Monday, the complainant filed a written complaint with the Vigilance Branch police station.

It was alleged that ASI Tuki Singh from Hauz Qazi police station took Rs 400 as bribe. The complainant had recorded the conversation on his mobile phone while the ASI was accepting a bribe.

In the second complainant, six audio recordings were sent claiming that some staff of Ranjeet Nagar police station in central Delhi were corrupt. It was alleged that they were demanding a bribe from the complainant for allowing him to run a shop in Ranjeet Nagar main market.

“The recordings revealed that Constable Santram went to the complainant’s shop in August 2013 and demanded a payment of Rs 1,000 per month,” Pillai added.

An employee of the shop made a phone call to the cousin of the complainant and requested the constable to talk to him. During the conversation, Santram demanded Rs 1,000 per month, but finally settled for Rs 800. Later, in September 2013, Head Constable Kuldeep Tyagi took Rs 25,000 from the complainant for not sealing the shop on the order of the court.

The complainant further alleged that constables Ravi and Bijender went to his shop on August 2 and demanded Rs 500 per month for running a godown. After negotiations, Bijender finally agreed to take a monthly of Rs 300.

“All the conversations were recorded in the mobile phone of the complainant,” Pillai said.

Separate cases registered with Vigilance Branch police station are under investigation.
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