Cops, accused on edge over anonymous plaints

Grappling with the drug problem in the state, Punjab Police are faced with a new challenge: handling anonymous complaints meant to harass individuals.A number of complaints have been filed with the Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Batala and Amritsar police, accusing Faridkot residents of indulging in drug trade. Similarly, the Faridkot police have received drug complaints against individuals living in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala.While most of these complaints turn out to be false after investigation, the police and the accused remain on tenterhooks. Those summoned have to travel to other districts to present themselves before the police, causing undue harassment.Jaswinder Singh of Sadhawala village, Faridkot, was recently summoned by the CIA Staff of the Jalandhar (rural) police, asking him to join investigation in a drug trafficking complaint. He reached Jalandhar with around 20 villagers, including panchayat members and the sarpanch, who vouched for him in writing, prompting the police to close his file.
The complainant wrote under a pseudonym.

Jaswant Singh, Avtar Singh, Jagsir Singh and Naib Singh of Golewala village of Faridkot underwent similar agony.
On Wednesday, they were summoned by Gurdaspur and Jalandhar police to face inquiry into a drug trafficking complaint. Like in Jaswinder’s case, an anonymous complaint was filed with the CIA Staff in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar against the four.
Golewala sarpanch Sukhmander Singh said the accused had a clean image and had no prior record. “All panchayat members and some former sarpanches gave an undertaking to the police vouching for the accused,” he said.Faridkot SSP Rajbachan Singh Sandhu said the police had been receiving similar complaints across the state. “The police are having a tough time dealing with such complaints. We can’t ignore complaints involving drug trade. But we have asked our staff in the field not to harass the innocent,” said the SSP.

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