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Friday, 2 October 2020

Patiala SHO ‘linked’ to mining mafia shifted

Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 1

A day after The Tribune reported that controversial SHO Kulwinder Singh had been posted back at the Shambhu police station despite his alleged links with the illegal mining mafia, the police official was shifted within 24 hours of his joining. He has now been posted as SHO, Kherhi Gandian.

Issue red-flagged by vigilance dept

In 2019, SHO Kulwinder Singh was shifted out of the Shambhu police station for his alleged illegal mining-related activities following an input by the Vigilance Department to the DGP, who had sought "a secret probe by the then IG, Patiala zone".

In 2019, Kulwinder was shifted out of the Shambhu police station for his alleged illegal mining-related activities following an input by the Vigilance Department to the DGP, who sought "a secret probe by the then IG, Patiala zone". The September 6, 2019, letter by DGP Dinkar Gupta states: "According to an input, Kulwinder Singh, SHO, Shambhu, is having active connivance with sand mafia." "The same SHO is close to local MLA Madan Lal Jalapur," said SAD spokesman Daljit Cheema. "Our party will raise the matter in the Vidhan Sabha," he said.

Earlier, the cop had courted controversy following illegal detention of a mining officer. "Following complaints of illegal mining from the Ghaggar river in Rajgarh village, I conducted a surprise check on Sunday and intercepted a tipper. Instead of stopping, the men tried to run me over. I fired in self-defence. They claimed they were associated with the local MLA and thrashed me," Tehal Singh Sekhon, general manager with the Mohali and Patiala Mining Department, had told the police in November 2017.

Sekhon had also alleged the SHO had kept him and his family members in illegal detention instead of acting against the mafia. The police had booked the accused for mining, but failed to act on the mining officer's complaint.

Congress Ghanaur MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur said he had asked the SSP to shift the SHO concerned following his links with the mining mafia.



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