Corrupt Punjab Cop Caught By Vigilance Net


Hoshiarpur SP (D) Randir Singh Uppal being escorted by Vigilance Bureau officials after his arrest in Hoshiarpur on Monday.

Two AK-47 rifles recovered from Hoshiarpur SP (D) Randir Singh Uppal’s Amritsar residence.

JALANDHAR – While the Punjab Police is still trying to come out of the shock caused by the recent arrests of two of its senior police officers, Randhir Singh Uppal, SP (Detective) Hoshiarpur, was arrested from his office by the officials of the state Vigilance Bureau while, he was allegedly in the process of accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a Nangal resident Roopdaman Ohri.

Uppal is the third senior Punjab Police official to be arrested in a bribery case, after the recent arrests of DSP Raka Ghirra and AIG Parmdip Singh in similar cases by the CBI. These arrests have created ripples across the police top brass in the state. Ohri has alleged that Uppal had demanded a bribe of Rs 2 lakh for taking action against his Hoshiarpur-based tenant who had sold off his ancestral shop in the Kotwali Bazaar on the basis of fake documents.

Meanwhile, a Vigilance Bureau team led by the Jalandhar Vigilance Bureau SSP, Surjit Singh Grewal, and Hoshiarpur Vigilance Bureau DSP, Baldev Singh, has sealed the official residence of Uppal.The SSP has also despatched another special team to raid the Amritsar-based residence of Uppal. “We expect to find more incriminating evidence or articles from his house,” said a Vigilance Bureau official. Uppal who, offered no resistance at the time of his arrest from his office around 5 pm has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act. “He was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant,” said Grewal.