SVO nabs cop for accepting bribe to release cattle

Jammu: The sleuths of Jammu Vigilance organisation on Thursday arrested a police cop while demanding and accepting a bribe from the complainant for releasing his cattle. “Our team has caught red handed an official of Police Station Gharota, while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant, in order to release his buffalo alongwith its calf, with reference to the court orders,” Dr Haseeb Mughal, SSP Vigilance Jammu here said. He said that the complainant had lodged that he had purchased a buffalo alongwith a two day’s old calf for Rs 60,000 and was taking the animals to his home in a jeep pickup when he was stopped by some locals of the area and thereafter handed-over to officials of Gharota who came on the spot. The SSP said that the complainant was taken to the police station alongwith the cattle and the vehicle where an FIR was registered against him. “On May 15, the SHO P/s Gharota was directed by the Court to release the animals and the order was served in the police station but the concerned Investigating Officer Head Constable Sohan Lal refused to honour the court order and in turn demanded an amount of Rs 10,000 as bribe for releasing the animals,” he added. The complainant was reluctant to pay the bribe amount but under the compelling circumstances he was going to pay Rs 10,000 to the IO, but before that he approached the Vigilance organization for initiation of an appropriate legal action. Acting swiftly, a formal case was registered at Police Station VOJ for investigation and after competing all the required legal formalities, the team of Vigilance laid a successful trap.