Swin­dled truck driver al­leges po­lice ap­a­thy

Duped of ` 6.17 lakh, man claims cops asked him to pay for car­ry­ing out raids

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LUD­HI­ANA: A truck driver who was al­legedly swin­dled of 6.17 lakh by two men has ac­cused the po­lice of­fi­cials of hav­ing taken him for a ride.

Left with no money and faced with debt, he is in a dilemma whether to pur­sue the case with the po­lice or re­sign him­self to his fate.

In Oc­to­ber last year, truck driver Pavit­tar Singh of Noor­pura vil­lage in Raikot tehsil had gone to an ATM to with­draw money from his ac­count to pay for his son’s mar­riage func­tion and to build a new room at his house. He had got the money by sell­ing his truck for 6.5 lakh. Not know­ing how to use the ATM, he asked for help from two men. They al­legedly swiped his ATM card and trans­ferred

6.17 lakh from his ac­count to some other ac­count.

“Later I came to know that the two men had with­drawn 6.17 lakh from my ac­count,” Pavit­tar said. “I com­plained to the se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (Lud­hi­ana ru­ral).”

How­ever, po­lice of­fi­cials de­manded money to carry out a search op­er­a­tion, said Pavit­tar.

In­stead of with­draw­ing the money di­rectly from the ATM, the swindlers had trans­ferred the amount to sev­eral ac­counts from Pavit­tar’s ac­count. This could be eas­ily traced by the po­lice had they wanted to probe the case, said Pavit­tar.

“In­stead of get­ting in­for­ma­tion from the re­spec­tive banks, the po­lice are dilly dal­ly­ing on the mat­ter,” Pavit­tar said. “The SSP marked an in­quiry to Raikot po­lice sta­tion and asked them to ar­rest the swindlers. The Raikot po­lice of­fi­cials told me that they had got in­for­ma­tion about some sus­pects who had been caught for a sim­i­lar crime in an­other dis­trict. They asked me to hire a car and go to that par­tic­u­lar po­lice sta­tion. In do­ing this, not only was my time wasted, but I also had to shell out more money.”

“In ad­di­tion to hir­ing cabs for the po­lice per­son­nel, I had to foot their food bills when they vis­ited Sirhind, Muk­e­rian and Mansa,” Pavit­tar said. “I have

In­stead of get­ting in­for­ma­tion from the re­spec­tive banks, the po­lice are dilly dal­ly­ing

on the mat­ter PAV I T TA R S I N G H

of Noor­pura vil­lage

no money left; I bor­rowed 50,000 from a com­mis­sion agent to meet the po­lice of­fi­cials’ de­mands as they claimed to have raided var­i­ous places out­side Lud­hi­ana dis­trict.”

“I have to pay a huge in­ter­est on the money bor­rowed, and all of it has been spent,” Pavit­tar said amid tears. “I have not a sin­gle penny left; I have no other source of in­come.”

Asked to com­ment, Dil­bag Singh, SHO of Raikot po­lice sta­tion, said: “We have al­ready ini­ti­ated a probe. The banks have been asked to pro­vide the trans­ac­tion record. We have some clues and will soon ar­rest the swindlers.”

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Pavit­tar Singh.

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