DIG Md Nehal (left) speaks to traders at Adityapur police station on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Aug 2: DIG (Kolhan) suspended four policemen and recommended departmental action against an OC after over 300 industrialists and businessmen laid siege to the Adityapur police station to complain of extortion by a group of cops.
The industrialists, under the aegis of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA), demanded action against the cops, particularly Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Madan Mohan Lal and police constable Binod Prasad, alleging they were stopping company trucks under the pretext of spot checks and then slapped false cases if they refused to cough up huge sums of money.
While the industrialists gheraoed the Adityapur police station of the neighbouring district, it was none other than DIG (Kolhan) Mohammed Nehal who assured them of a proper investigation into their allegations.
“After investigations, I have ordered the suspension of four police personnel. They are Binod Prasad (constable, Simdega), B.K. Jha, Bahadur Mahto and Giriwar Mahto (ASI and constables, Adityapur). I have also recommended departmental action against Adityapur police station officer-in-charge Ajay Kumar for their involvement in extortion and harassment,” Nehal told The Telegraph.
ASIA president S.N. Thakur said that the group of rogue of policemen had been harassing them for the last three months.
“Goods carriers were stopped by the policemen and asked to show documents. When the driver and helpers did so, the policemen claimed they were fake and asked them to park their vehicles at a local police station and get in touch with one Binod Prasad for negotiating an amount for the vehicle’s release after a final okay from the SP, Seraikela-Kharsawan,” alleged Thakur.
He said the vans and trucks were parked at police stations of Adityapur, RIT and Gamharia till a final deal was struck.
“Industrialists were asked to pay around Rs 5 lakh for each truck. Those who did not had false cases registered against them at different police stations,” Thakur elaborated.
The industrialists then convened a meeting among themselves at Chamber Bhawan in Bistupur yesterday and decided to stage an agitation.
SCCI president Suresh Sonthalia lauded the DIG for his intervention. “We are happy that the DIG came to the Adityapur thana personally to look into our allegations,” he said.