Tribune Information Service

Ravi Dhaliwal

Pathankot, Might 25

The Pathankot police on Wednesday nabbed one of many metropolis’s largest ‘satta kings’, who additionally occurs to be a BJP councillor within the Sujanpur Municipal Committee, following a well-planned operation.

Ashok Bawa, a BJP councillor from Ward No. 5, was arrested on Wednesday morning. Officers’ declare he additionally used to fund campaigns of main politicians.

The BJP rank and file weren’t stunned once they heard of Bawa’s arrest as a result of it was a recognized indisputable fact that cops had been sizzling on his path for the previous couple of weeks.

An FIR was registered in opposition to Bawa and two of his accomplices — Vinod Kumar and Rocky Kumar — underneath Part 420 of the IPC (dishonest) and varied sections of the Public Playing Act on the Sujanpur police station.

Residents heaved a sigh of aid when the phrase unfold about Bawa’s arrest.

SSP Arun Saini mentioned he had acquired quite a few complaints from residents, significantly from the dad and mom of unemployed youth, following which he fashioned a particular group comprising SP (Investigation) Sohan Lal, DSP (Investigation) Sukhjinder Singh and Anil Pawar, Inspector (CIA workers) to look into the fees. In Pathankot and its adjoining cities of Sujanpur, Jhakholari, Malikpur and Sunderchak, the scandal was referred to as the “Bawa lottery system.” Kids from HP and J&Okay used to reach nearly every day to make straightforward cash by indulging in ‘satta’.

Police say Bawa was the kingpin who operated practically 80 odd stalls throughout the dual cities of Pathankot and Sujanpur. The cops recovered Rs 18 lakh from Bawa in money. “He additionally has another unlawful sources of earnings. My group is investigating these too,” mentioned SSP Saini.

An officer mentioned up to now, every time cops got here near nabbing Bawa, politicians stepped in to thwart his arrest. “Phrase would journey quick and every time we raided a selected stall, the opposite stalls would instantly wind up operations which made our process all of the tougher,” he mentioned.

“This has been happening for the final a number of years. Nevertheless, this time, we collected irrefutable proof in opposition to Bawa. The political class, fearing embarrassment, didn’t deem it match to defend him this time. It was once a nauseating feeling seeing lengthy strains of children line up at Bawa’s stalls within the metropolis. Now, all this has come to an finish,” he mentioned.


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