Sleuths from the State Vigilance Bureau on Saturday arrested a junior cop posted at Sirdala police station in Nawada for allegedly accepting bribe of INR 17,000.
The team, led by DSP Vimalendu Prasad Verma, arrested a constable – Raj Prasad Bind who had demanded a bribe of INR 17000 from a truck owner for releasing his truck seized by the mining department.
The arrested policeman revealed that INR 15,000 was meant for the SHO while he had sought another INR 2000 for himself.
Bind is a native of Maranchi village of Paraiya in Gaya district. He was posted as a munshi (clerk) in Sirdala police station for the last six months.
ASP Veena Kumari of the Vigilance Bureau told that an FIR in this case had already been registered on January 17 by the truck owner Raj Kumar Prasad. The SHO of the police station will be charged too as both the complainant and the arrested junior cop have named the police station in-charge for demanding bribe.
The truck owner alleged that on January 14, the mining department had caught two gravel loaded trucks including one owned by him. The drivers of both the trucks failed to produce documents related to carry gravel legally and hence the trucks were seized and handed over to the Sirdala police station.
The next day, on January 15, one of the truck owners got his vehicle released after paying a fine of INR 32,500. On the second day, on January 16, Raj Kumar Prasad also paid a fine through a draft in the mining department and reached the police station to get his truck released. He was made to sit in the police station from 2 pm to 10:30 pm that day. The SHO asked his junior cop to demand bribe and release the truck.
On January 17, Raj Kumar lodged a complaint with the Vigilance department. After verification of the complaint, a squad was formed to nab the corrupt cops red-handed.
Sirdala police station SHO Virendra Chaudhary has described the charges against him as “false and baseless”.