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ASI arrested in Kupwara while accepting bribe

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Srinagar: Anti Corruption Bureau sleuths on Tuesday arrested a police officer in Kupwara district for demanding and accepting a bribe from a driver for getting his vehicle released from the court.

The ACB received a complaint on its helpline alleging therein that Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Sultan Mir of Police Station Kupwara is demanding bribe for providing report to the court on an application moved by him, a spokesman of the ACB said in a statement issued here today.

The complainant had made an application through his counsel before the court for release of his truck and its documents which were seized by the police in an accident case, the spokesman said.

The complainant pleaded that his truck met with an accident on November 29 last year near Heri, Kupwara, he said.

“During investigations of the accident case the documents of the complainant’s vehicle and the vehicle were seized by the Police Station, Kupwara. For releasing these documents and vehicle the complainant moved an application before the Sessions Court Kupwara,” he said adding the Court sought report from Police station Kupwara.

The complainant approached ASI Mohammad Sultan Mir, Investigating Officer of the case for providing report to the court.

ASI Mir demanded bribe from him for providing report to the court, the complainant said.

The spokesman said that as the contents of complaint prima facie disclosed the commission of offence as defined under section 7 of the P.C Act 1988, accordingly, a Case FIR No. 01/2022 was registered at Police Station ACB Baramulla against ASI Mohammad Sultan Mir, posted at Police Station Kupwara.

“During the course of investigation a trap team was constituted. The trap team caught ASI red handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses,” the spokesman said.

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