Police official caught on tape taking bribe

Published: November 27, 2010

An amateur video aired by Express News shows a police officer taking a bribe. Parents of the kidnapped girl on the left. PHOTO: EXPRESS

An amateur video aired by Express News shows a police officer taking a bribe. Parents of the kidnapped girl on the left. PHOTO: EXPRESS An amateur video aired by Express News shows a police officer taking a bribe. Parents of the kidnapped girl on the left. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Express News caught on tape a police official accepting a bribe from a father for the recovery of his daughter who had been kidnapped allegedly by some influential landlords in Sargodha district.

Belonging to Kotli Ali Ahmad, a village on the suburbs of Sargodha, 18-year-old Sakina was returning home from her in-laws when landlords Azam and Tassaduq kidnapped her on August 7. Ghulam Muhammad, her father, registered a complaint in Bheera Police Station against the kidnappers but no proceedings took place.

The police, including ASI Meher Muhammad Shafiq, threatened the girl’s family and asked for a bribe of Rs20,000 for her recovery. Sakina’s brother-in-law Umar Hayat managed to give Rs10,000 after which the girl was returned, two and a half months later, under the condition that Sakina’s family would take no action against the kidnappers.

After Sakina was returned, the case was taken to court by the girl’s family, where she gave testimony against the kidnappers. The family’s lawyer alleged that the police is in cahoots with the landlords and is trying to get the case dismissed.

The case came to MNA Nadeem Afzal Gondal’s attention. “I complained against Meher Muhammad Shafiq to the DPO Sargodha a few days back,” he said. “I informed the DPO of Shafiq’s corruption, but no action was taken against him,” Gondal told Express News.

Responding to the news bulletin by Express News, RPO Sargodha Mian Jawaid Aslam took action, suspended Shafiq and filed a case against him under the police act. ASP Bhalwul Sarfaraz Nawaz arrested DPO Shafiq and was instructed to start an inquiry against him.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • SA
    Nov 27, 2010 - 11:52AM

    Sickening.. the word police itself is soon to become a “gaali”!Recommend

  • barlas
    Nov 27, 2010 - 11:54AM

    Its an alarming situation for gov..Recommend

  • Rusksana Ali
    Nov 27, 2010 - 12:25PM

    All these guys should be punished (after their salaries are raised to at least subsistence level) That’ll teach them.Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Nov 27, 2010 - 12:42PM

    The biggest looters, etc, is non other than our own “police”. Recommend

  • adraja
    Nov 27, 2010 - 2:23PM

    Police? What police?? They are all daakus hired for legal service! Recommend

  • Nasrat baloch
    Nov 27, 2010 - 3:16PM

    Its Punjabs good governess claims Rana Sanaullah daily on talk shows.Very easy to blame others.I think Punjab Police be recognized worldwide for their brilliant performances!Recommend

  • Vicky
    Nov 27, 2010 - 4:40PM

    Only criticizing and commenting won’t work.. whenever anyone get chance, just hit them back.
    Also, my opinion is that they are creation of this sick society and government so we all are responsible and guilty.Recommend

  • MIK
    Nov 27, 2010 - 7:01PM

    Such type of police should be abandoned…… but one of the core issue here.. is about the overpowered jagirdars and waderay ( the biggest threat to pakistan), their entrance in bureaucracy and then into parliaments have really make weak even more weaker as they bring this type of “landlord of anything” thinking in our decision making parliament. Recommend

  • Fahad
    Nov 28, 2010 - 12:15AM

    Hahahaha,, It’s not the first time and is not going to be the alst either.Recommend

  • Ahmad Usman
    Nov 28, 2010 - 11:58PM

    Im living in the same village and i also visited the same Police Station for this case..This man was getting money from both parties and he was very rude person overthere and also was working on the same station from a long time by the influence of Bharath Group overthere….there are also many person working on the same station from a long time and they work according to their own incent as they have the hand on back by Bharath Group and some locals Politician of Bharth GroupRecommend

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