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Rural police intensify probe to trace policeman

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He allegedly withheld seized documents

The Rural police have intensified the probe to net Karunakaran, an additional sub-inspector (ASI) at the Koyilandy police station, who was found absconding after his alleged role in withholding some of the material evidences in a money laundering case was exposed.

Senior police officers said the cyber cell was currently trying to track his location and take him into custody for more investigation.

“Also, we have decided to interrogate the persons who tried to influence the officer and divert the case by attempting to destroy the evidence,” they said.

Internal inquiry

The covert role played by the ASI came to light when the Rural police conducted an internal inquiry into the incident after noticing his reluctance to submit some of the important documents, including signed cheque books and promissory notes seized in connection with an Operation Kubera raid, in the court.

During the inquiry, senior police officers tracked his attempts to replace the original documents with some other papers, allegedly handed over by the accused in the money laundering case.

He was later charged under Sections 120 (B) (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC.

As the incident drew wide attention, the Koyilandy Circle Inspector forwarded a special report to the higher-ups, recommending a department-level action against the ASI. According to police sources, he would be suspended from service.

Delving deep

The Rural police have also decided to examine in detail all the promissory notes and cheque books that were seized from the money launders and kept under the custody of the ASI.

“We want to get the details of the signatories in the cheque books in order to identify the actual victims and the shady deals of money launderers,” said a senior police officer from Koyilandy.

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