Swindled truck driver alleges police apathy
Duped of ` 6.17 lakh, man claims cops asked him to pay for carrying out raids
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“Later I came to know that the two men had withdrawn 6.17 lakh from my account,” Pavittar said.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
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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.”