Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

BATHINDA : The vig­i­lance bureau (VB) on Thurs­day ar­rested su­per­in­ten­dent of Mansa jail, Davin­der Singh Rand­hawa, in a cor­rup­tion case. He was named in the case af­ter Mansa jail wel­fare of­fi­cer Sikan­der Singh and a mur­der con­vict Pawan Ku­mar locked in the jail were ar­rested tak­ing bribe from the fam­ily of an­other in­mate on a road out­side the jail on De­cem­ber 17 last year.

The VB had also booked jail deputy su­per­in­ten­dent Gur­jit Singh in this con­nec­tion, who is on the run.

Bathinda su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (VB) Bhupin­der Singh said the call de­tails of ac­cused Pawan’s mo­bile phone re­vealed that he had talked to Rand­hawa be­fore com­ing out of jail with Sikan­der Singh on De­cem­ber 17. The mo­bile was used in the jail reg­u­larly. Ravin­der Singh, a res­i­dent of Shah­bad in Haryana, had com­plained to VB that his brother Gau­rav Ku­mar, a con­vict in a drug case, lodged in Mansa jail was be­ing ha­rassed for hand­ing over Rs 86, 200 to some other in­mates, whose fam­ily mem­bers had de­posited the amount in Gau­rav’s ac­count. Gau­rav worked as an as­sis­tant to Pawan in jail can­teen, who is un­der­go­ing 20-year im­pris­on­ment in mur­der case.

As the deputy su­per­in­ten­dent came to know about it, he started ha­rass­ing him to pay the money. Gur­jit had also beaten Gau­rav in his of­fice ask­ing him to pay the money in bank ac­count and an ad­di­tional Rs 50, 000 af­ter which Gau­rav called his fam­ily ask­ing them to pay money to avoid his tor­ture, while deputy su­per­in­ten­dent kept pres­sur­ing Gau­rav through Pawan to pay the money.

Hav­ing laid a trap, Gau­rav’s brother came with the money on De­cem­ber 17, 2017. Sikan­der Singh along with Pawan Ku­mar went to a place near jail to re­ceive Rs 50, 000 in cash and a cheque for Rs 86, 200. They were ar­rested red handed. A case of crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and un­der Preven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act was regis­tered against the ac­cused.

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