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Vigilance Bureau arrests DSP for taking bribe of Rs 20 lakh in murder case

The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Wednesday arrested a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Sushil Kumar, for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 20 lakh for re-nominating the name of a person in a 2019 murder case.

As per details, the case pertains to November 7, 2019 when a mahant, Dayal Das, was shot dead by two unidentified persons at Dera Baba Harka Das in Kotsukhia village in Kotkapura.

Following the killing, a murder case was registered at Police Station Sadar Kotkapura against two unknown persons and Sant Jarnail Das Kapurewale and others on the complaint of Sant Gagan Das, who is a disciple of Sant Baba Haridas. Later, one of the accused in the case, Sant Jarnail Das, was given a clean chit by DSP (Headquarter) of Moga, Ravinder Singh.

Vigilance officials said that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had summoned IGP (Faridkot Range) Pardeep Kumar Yadav to file an affidavit in the case. Thereafter, the IGP had constituted a special investigation team (SIT) — headed by DSP of Faridkot, Gagnesh Kumar, and comprising other members, including DSP Faridkot, Sushil Kumar, DSP Baghapurana, Jasjot Singh, and SI, Khem Chand — to crack the case.

In November 2022, SP Gagnesh Kumar, DSP Sushil Kumar and SI Khem Chand had demanded Rs 50 lakh as a bribe from Sant Gagan Das to re-nominate and arrest Sant Jarnail Das Kapurewale and to help him (Gagan Das) in this case. The deal was later settled at Rs 35 lakh, of which the police officers had already taken Rs 20 lakh in two instalments— Rs 15 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, on November 9, 2022 and November 22, 2022.

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