An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in charge of the malkhana (store) of the Baltana civil lines police station along with his son and nephew was arrested on Sunday for allegedly stealing arms and selling them.
The accused are ASI Surinderjit Singh, Baljodh Singh (son) and Tajinder Singh Sabhi (nephew) who is the alleged mastermind behind the illegal trade of weapons.
Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Opinderjit Singh Ghumman said during an inspection of the weapons kept in the malkhana, it was found that as many as six pistols seized by the police in different cases, were missing.
The police registered a case under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Surinderjit.
stolen by the ASI,” the SSP said.
As per information, the theft came to light when a Jora Singha village resident, who had deposited his pistol at the police station during the assembly elections last year, came to collect it. The cops were left red faced when they found the pistol was missing.
Failing to get any satisfactory reply from them, the man approached senior officials who also pressurised him to remain mum.
Later, the case was marked to the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA). During investigation, it was found that Surinderjit’s son Baljodh sold a revolver to his friend Lovepreet Singh, son of a home guards jawan Kashmir Singh.
Lovepreet used to brandish the pistol in the presence of his neighbourers, who reported the matter to the police. On the basis of the information Baljodh provided, the police recovered a .32 bore revolver and two cartridges from Lovepreet.
A Chinese pistol and four cartridges were recovered from one Jasjeet Singh, a resident of Kabir Park in Amritsar. A .32 bore revolver was recovered from Navroop Singh, a resident of Gobind Nagar while a .32 bore revolver was seized from Gurbej Singh of Tarn Taran, the police said.