Shimla, August 11: In a bid to curb corruption, the police chief of Himachal Pradesh's Una district has issued a unique diktat barring police personnel manning checkpoints from keeping more than Rs 200 with them.
Una superintendent of police Diwakar Sharma said the decision was taken after he received complaints alleging that police personnel at checkpoints demanded bribes from pilgrims entering the hill state.
The decision was taken after we received a slew of complaints alleging that policemen at checkpoints were seeking bribes, especially from pilgrims coming from neighbouring Punjab to pay their obeisance at the temples located in Himachal Pradesh, the SP told PTI.
Sharma said the district was the entry point for thousands of pilgrims coming from Punjab to pray at the state's various holy shrines including Chintpurni, Jawalji and Kangra. The directive was issued yesterday and implemented from today.
If a particular cop posted at any check-post wants to keep more than the permissible limit of Rs 200 as personal cash with him or her, then the police personnel will have to mention the exact amount in the daily diary of the concerned police station, Sharma said.
The SP further said he had suspended five cops after catching them red-handed while taking bribes from pilgrims at Mubarakpur check-post on March 28.
Subsequently, the policemen posted at Marwari check-post were transferred on suspicion of taking a bribe on June 20, he said, adding that the power to issue challans and compound vehicles of some cops was withdrawn after they were found guilty of corruption.
Despite the crackdown, the complaints of cops at check-points seeking bribes kept pouring in forcing Sharma to issue the unique directive, he said. "I have carried out several surprise raids as a commoner since my posting as SP in Una on January 4 and found that corruption is rampant at checkpoints," he said. "I am hopeful this decision will act as a deterrent," he added.