VELLORE:The sleuths of the Vellore unit of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) wing arrested a Head Constable (HC) of the Ambur Town Station in full public view near Viruthampet bus stand on Wednesday for demanding and accepting a bribe for releasing two bikes belonging to a youth.
The HC, D Vijayakumar (40), on duty, was caught red-handed when he accepted the chemical coated currency from complainant R Karthick (30) of Santrokuppam in Ambur at Viruthampet bus stand at 2 pm.
DVAC officials said that Karthick and his father were involved in smuggling sand from Palar in bullock carts. Vijayakumar demanded bribes for not arresting them and continued to demand money even after Karthick and his father stopped smuggling, threatening to arrest them for their past crime of smuggling sand. Irked by this, Karthick told the policeman that he would not give any more money as he had stopped the smuggling.
In response, Vijayakumar seized two bikes from Karthick’s house last Thursday. He asked Karthick to come to the station with the documents of the two-wheelers, which Karthick did the very next day. Vijayakumar, however, demanded Rs 2000 to release the bikes.
Karthick complained to and sought the help of DVAC to put an end to the policeman’s continued harassment.
Vijayakumar had asked Karthick to come to Viruthampet, where he was on bandobust duty, to hand over the bribe. A team of police personnel led by Additional Superintendent of Police of DVAC M Balasurbamanian arrested Vijayakumar after he accepted the bribe, the incident taking place in full public view. The sleuths filed a case against the constable under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and produced him before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court and remanded in judicial custody.