Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Haryana STF team dissolved for role in extortion racket

Panipat/Gurgaon: A special force created to fight terrorism and crime in Haryana was disbanded on Monday after 8 members, including Chief of the Crack Unit, were accused of dacoity and extortion. All the 8 Cops of the Special Task Force (STF), including an Asst Superintendent of Police, had been detained and were being questioned at the Panipat city police station. Senior SP Rajender Singh told that among those detained was ASP Ashok Sheoran, who is a Haryana Police Service officer.Others include policemen of ranks of head constable and constable. Sources said more policemen could be involved in the case. On March 11, Members of STF had barged into an office of a share broker in Panipat & looted Rs 6 lakh after tying up its owner. Later, they tried to extort Rs 10 lakh from the owner of Malhotra Jewellers, claiming they were members of a vigilance team from Chandigarh. The owner of the shop,VK Malhotra, pleaded that he did not have the money and handed over Rs 1 lakh with the promise that he would pay the rest of the amount in a short while. When they returned, Malhotra told them that he had informed the police and would hand over the money only in their presence. Hearing this, the extortionist slipped out of the shop on the pretext of calling other members of his team.

During subsequent investigations, the police zeroed in on Jagbir Singh, who had served Panipat police before joining the STF, after going through CCTV footage of the shop. The police also traced their location in the area of crime.
S P S Rathore stripped of his police medal

The Centre on Monday finally stripped disgraced former Haryana Police Chief SP S Rathore convicted for molesting teenager Ruchika of his police medal. The (formal) notification was issued in the light of the decision taken by the home ministry in this regard in January, said a senior official.He said the home ministry has also written to the Union Public Service Commission and the ministry of personnel, seeking their views on reducing/discontinuation of the pension and other post-retirement benefits of convicted retired cop. The Centre has also asked all the states and Union Territories to send information about those cops convicted for moral turpitude. Detailed information is sought to initiate the process of stripping individual of his or her police medal in due course on a case-to-case basis, said the official.

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