Salem: In an unfortunate development, an inspector and a head constable of Kolathur police station near Salem were arrested by sleuths of Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC), for allegedly accepting Rs 5,000 from a worker to return his motorbike.
According to police, a team of police from Kolathur led by inspector P Ravindran,44, conducted surprise check near Kolathur last Friday during ‘Aadi Perukku’ festival following tip-off on illegal cock fighting event organized in the area. On seeing police, organizers and participants ran away from spot.
However, police seized 13 motorbikes from the public who were there to watch cock fight. Five of them got back their motorbikes after giving a bribe and police officials demanded Rs 5,000 from each visitor to release their bike. One of them, Senthil, who is working as farm worker, met head constable Ilango,40, for getting his motorbike recently. He was told to hand over Rs 5,000 as bribe to the inspector and head constable. As he had no money, he could not get his bike, said sources.
Meanwhile, he lodged complaint with the DVAC officials. As per instruction from officials, Senthil handed over of Rs 5,000 in cash to the inspector Ravindran at Kolathur police station on Friday. The DVAC team caught him red-handed. The inspector and head constable were arrested and sent to judicial remand. Further investigation is on....