Officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from Thane arrested Constable Vikas Munde of Ulhasnagar-1 police station while accepting bribe from a scrap dealer. During interrogation, Munde revealed that he was collecting the cash (Rs 1,000) on behalf of Sub-Inspector Vishal Padir and his informer. The two have been at large ever since Munde’s arrest on March 7.
ACB officials said action was taken after scrap dealer Sonu Gupta alias Bachchi registered a complaint with them. Investigations revealed that Padir himself had called Gupta demanding Rs 10,000 and threatened to arrest and falsely implicate him in a theft case if he didn’t comply. Padir’s informer Dharamdas Yadav alias Taklu had also called up Gupta and asked him to pay. An FIR has been lodged against Padir and Taklu.
ACB Inspector Ujwala Vaidya said, “We have arrested Munde and booked Padir and Taklu. We will get them soon.” Interestingly, Sonu Gupta’s father Moreshwar, also a scrap dealer from the area, has several FIRs registered against him at the same police station, and has been arrested in the past.
Officials of Ulhasnagar-1 police station have always been in the news over corruption charges. Senior Inspector Siddharth Wagh, Inspector Mahendra Chavhan and Padir are facing several allegations pertaining to graft. The trio is also facing an inquiry for attending the birthday party of a man whose brother is a notorious member of the land mafia and a robber. Even Munde was accused of thrashing a lawyer in the police station when the latter refused to pay him to register his client’s complaint.