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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:11 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:11 AM (IST)EMBEZZLEMENT CASE

Police fail to arrest head constable

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, April 15

The police have failed to arrest head constable Satnam Singh who was booked for his alleged role in the embezzlement of Rs 14 lakh, which went missing from the maalkhana of the Nathana police station.

It has been three weeks since the case was registered, but he is still absconding. The police claim that they have been conducting raids for his arrest. A case was registered against him under Section 409 of the IPC and Section 13 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, on the complaint of inspector Harbans Singh on March 25.

According to police sources, in May 2016, when Nathana SHO Harbans Singh checked the seized material and cash in maalkhana after taking charge, he found some cash missing. Head constable Satnam Singh was then munshi of the police station as well as in-charge of the maalkhana.

Harbans Singh reported to the Bathinda SSP’s office on May 23, 2016, that Rs 14,11,050 was missing from the maalkhana. The cash was seized in 12 cases registered by the Nathana police in the past. When officials started a probe two years ago, Satnam Singh gave in writing that he would deposit the whole amount till June 20, 2016, and then demanded 10 more days, but failed to do it.

On the other hand, accused Satnam Singh didn’t apply for an anticipatory bail and was trying to get a fresh inquiry ordered by a senior official, but top cops rejected his proposal, stating that the case was already registered after an inquiry by the DSP.

Nathana SHO Rashpal Singh said the police conducted raids for the arrest of Satnam Singh at his residence at Dalel Singhwala village, but could not find him.

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