Cop, six others get 7-yr jail term for dacoity, blackmailing

Faridkot: A local court has sentenced a head constable and six other persons, mostly from electronic media, to seven years rigorous imprisonment for dacoity and blackmailing.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 22,000 on each of the convicts.

A case under various sections of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against the accused in October 2008 on the complaint of Binder Singh.

Singh alleged that the accused intercepted his oil tanker near Ramean village, made video clippings of the tanker and snatched Rs 1.4 lakh from him.

The accused also threatened to telecast the video in a report on oil adulteration and demanded Rs five lakh from him.

The accused were identified as Sarup Singh, head constable at Jaitu police station in the district, Gurmit Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Harinder Singh, Parminder Singh, Partap Singh and Satish Kumar.