A Punjab Police Head Constable and four Home Guards jawans were today arrested and sent to judicial remand for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 50 from a truck driver during night checking near Khai Pheme Ki village in the wee hours today.The five erring personnel are Tejinder Singh, Head Constable, Punjab Police; Mangat Lal, Balkar Singh, Kulwant Singh and Tarsem Singh, all Punjab Home Guards jawans.Police sources said that one Kuldip Singh, a resident of Marian Wala Khurd village, had filed a complaint that while he was taking his truck loaded with fodder from Bahmniwala village to Santokhgark in Himachal Pradesh, some security men, who had laid a “naka” near Khai Pheme Ki village on the Ferozepur-Fazilka road, signalled him to stop.The policemen demanded bribe from him following which he handed over Rs 50 to them. Later, the driver lodged a complaint at Sadar police station and informed the SHO.Yadwinder Singh, SHO, Ferozepur Sadar, said that as soon as he got the information at 2.50 am on his mobile phone, he went to the spot and frisked the jawans on duty.“I found Rs 640 from their pockets which they had perhaps collected from different truck drivers,” said the SHO. He said that all the men on duty were booked under PC Act 1988, 7/13 (2) IPC. “Today, we presented them in court which sent them to 14 days judicial remand,” he said.Manminder Singh, SSP, said that there was zero tolerance on corruption. “The amount might be meagre but a stern signal has to go to all policemen that no unethical practice will be tolerated,” he said.Vibhor Sharma, DSP (City), said all arrested jawans had been given warning umpteen times as there were reports of them taking bribe.
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