CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police have booked five persons, including former chiefs of Ferozepur BJP and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and two police officers, on charges of corruption and for trying to help drug smugglers and arms dealers.
Sources said a case has been registered on August 5 under Sections 420 (Cheating) and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, on former Ferozepur district BJP president Jugraj Singh Katora and former Ferozepur BJYM head Jimmy Sandhu, who also performed the duty of PA of Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma. They were reported to be in touch with an agent, who was trying to get some accused out of police custody.
The others booked in the case are deputy superintendent of police Balwinder Singh Sekhon, Lakhwinder Singh alias Lakha and Gurcharan Singh.
Sources said a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and for possessing fake currency was registered at Ferozepur Sadar Police Station against Amritpal Singh, Gurwinder Singh, Jagdip Kaur, wife of Amritpal Singh, and Jasvir Singh on June 20. Amritpal and his father Jasvir were arrested, but used their political and money power to wriggle out of custody. Sandhu, Sekhon and Lakhwinder benefited from this deal.
Jagdip also paid `3 lakh and it was routed to Katora through Gurcharan.
The case is linked with another one registered in March for fake arm licence entry against Manoj Kumar Khattar, who has since been arrested, and his brother Sonu Khattar, running Khattar Gun House in Ferozepur.
To help Sonu evade arrest, Sandhu reportedly took `15 lakh, claimed sources.
On Thursday, local Congress workers staged a demonstration and demanded the resignation of Kamal Sharma on moral grounds.