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2 cops held for taking bribe from shopkeeper | The Indian Express

Related. Two days after the anti-corruption hotline was launched, it has resulted in yet another graft-related arrest. The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Saturday arrested two police constables, Sandeep and Ishwar, posted at Janakpuri police station, for allegedly demanding bribe from an NGO volunteer. The complainant first reported the matter to hotline and, on its directions, conducted a sting and submitted it to the ACB. Following this, a trap was laid and the policemen were arrested. According to ACB officers, the complainant sells sweaters and knitwear at the Janakpuri community centre and contributes half of his profit to the NGO working for HIV patients. He alleged that Sandeep and Ishwar, claiming to be beat officials, came to him in December and demanded a bribe. He said the constables demanded a bribe of Rs 3,000 every month to let him run his business. “The policemen allegedly told him that they would not let him do business until he agrees to pay them,” an officer said. The complainant called the anti-corruption hotline. He was told to conduct a sting that could serve as proof. “The next time the duo came to demand money from him, he recorded the conversation on his mobile phone. Armed with the audio clip, he approached the ACB and they laid a trap to nab the constables,” the officer said. The complainant asked the constables to come and collect the money, the next day. “Policemen in civvies were waiting to trap him. The two constables were caught while accepting the bribe,” the officer said. “They have been suspended and a department enquiry against them has been ordered,” he said. The police did not give out the name of the complainant as they wanted to protect the identity of the caller. “Whoever approaches us for help through the hotline, we make sure that their identity is protected,” the officer said.
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