GUWAHATI: Seven individuals, including a police officer and her husband, have been arrested in Assam’s Bajali district on allegations of demanding money.
The arrests unfolded over the weekend, with the former additional superintendent of police (ASP) of Bajali and her husband, along with another civilian, taken into custody on Saturday night. Four other policemen were apprehended on Saturday in connection with the case. All seven individuals are currently in police remand, according to reports in the local press.
Among those arrested are a sub-inspector responsible for the Bhawanipur outpost under Patacharkuchi Police Station, two drivers of the Balaji superintendent of police, and a personal security officer of the former ASP (HQ), Bajali.
Additionally, the superintendent of police in Bajali was transferred in light of the unfolding scandal.
The arrests stem from a CID case registered on Thursday, initially targeting seven police personnel in Bajali, including a deputy superintendent of police and two sub-inspectors.
Director General of Police GP Singh addressed the case on social media, stating that it was initiated following a complaint of extortion by some Bajali district personnel during the first week of August. While the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption unit couldn’t set up a trap, the case proceeded after establishing the complaint’s credibility.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma highlighted that the Director General of Police has been granted full authority to take action against any personnel found engaging in misconduct or abusing the public in any manner. The situation continues to evolve as investigations into the corruption allegations progress.