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TIU Sergeant nabbed for bribery

Two Police officers including a Police Sergeant attached to the Terrorist Investigation Unit (TIU) at the Keselwatta Police Station were arrested by bribery sleuths on Tuesday for soliciting Rs. 100,000 as a gratification from a trishaw driver ostensibly to protect him from the law.

Director, Commission to Investigate Allegation or Corruption, SSP Neville Guruge said a trishaw driver was arrested at the Technical Junction by three Police officers who were clad in civil and demanded to pay Rs. 150,000 to release him and his three-wheeler. "The trishaw driver had four passports in his possession as he was attached to a foreign employment agency. Believing that he is a foreign employment agent, the three Police officers of the TIU demanded a sum of Rs. 150,000 as a bribe to refrain from taking legal action. The trishaw driver pleaded to reduce the amount and the three Police officers settled for Rs. 100,000 and released the driver and kept the three-wheeler and ordered him to pay the money before 6.30 p.m. on the same day," SSP Neville Guruge told the Daily News.

A team from the Bribery Commission was deployed to arrest the Police officers following a complaint lodged by the trishaw driver. "The bribery sleuths arrested a PS and a PC while accepting Rs. 100,000 from the trishaw driver in front of the Keselwatta Police Station," SSP Guruge added.

He said that Sub Inspector in-charge of the TIU at the Keselwatta Police Station who demanded the gratification was not present at the scene. "If some Police officers working at the TIU are corrupt in this way, terrorists might easily carry out their activities using such Police officers," SSP Guruge pointed out.

The suspects were produced before Hulftsdrop Magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi and remanded until June 25.

 

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