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JAMMU: After seven years of investigations, the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) on Friday registered FIR against former Incharge Police Post Chowk Chabutra, presently posted as Inspector in Traffic Wing of J&K Police, for illegal confinement of three persons and demanding Rs 35,000 as bribe in 2010.
According to FIR, during October 2010, Sub Inspector Naveen Sharma, the then IC/PP Chowk Chabutra, by abusing his official position, registered a false FIR against Neeraj Chandail and Sandeep Anand, both business partners and kept them in illegal confinement. Moreover, Om Parkash Chandail, father of Neeraj Chandail was also illegally confined.
After their release on bail, both were again called to Police Station, confined illegally, handcuffed and paraded before the media as thieves who purportedly committed theft in their own shop. In addition, they were forced to pay Rs 35,000 bribe.
During the verification, it transpired that the accused SI registered FIR against these persons at 11:45 PM on October 14, 2010.
Before that he had raided the house of Neeraj Chandail, ransacked the household items and picked up his father Om Parkash Chandail and kept him in illegal confinement till noon of October 15, 2010.
When the two business partners reached the Police Station they were also pushed in to the lockup and kept in illegal confinement without any legal authority or remand till October 17, 2010.
It was also found during the vigilance probe that the shop where the alleged theft incident was reported was actually occupied by them on rent basis from the actual owner and did not belong to the purported complainant.
In view of the above it was found that Inspector Naveen Sharma had acted in sheer abuse of his official position and kept three persons Sandeep Anand and Neeraj Chandail, for two days and Om Parkash Chandail for about 12 hours, in illegal confinement. He also forced the trio to pay him Rs 35,000 as bribe money in lieu of submitting report to the court.
As such, FIR 20/2017 under section 5(1) d, read with 5 (2) 4-(a) J & K P.C. Act Svt 2006& Section 342 RPC has been registered against the aforesaid Traffic Inspector and further investigation has been set in motion.
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