Police officers suspended for looting fish after vehicle carrying it overturns in eastern India
Police officers, which included station-in-charge, constable and a driver constable were suspended for looting fish and extorting money from a driver after his fish-laden truck had overturned in eastern India’s Jharkhand.
The incident reportedly happened in Dumri, Giridih district on January 27.
Visuals showed people looting the fish that had spilled all over on the road after the truck that was carrying it had overturned. People put the fish into packets before running away from the spot. According to a report, Jitendra Yadav was on his way to Motihari in northern India’s Bihar from West Bengal, carrying 10 quintals of fish. Unfortunately, his vehicle overturned near a toll plaza at Kulgo and people looted around two quintals of fish and ran away.
However, his ordeal took a tougher turn when the police took his accident vehicle along with the fishes to the police station. The police reportedly took some fish from the remaining eight quintals and also asked for a sum of Rs 10,000 (USD 122.50) to release his vehicle. He eventually ended up paying Rs 6,000 ($73.49) online.
The driver then made a complaint about this incident to the Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Renu, who took cognizance of this issue and suspended the three policemen after an investigation proved the charge to be true.