Cop arrested by CBI dies during questioning in Jammu

Mushtaq Ahmed, Head Constable working as Munshi in Women Police Station, Kathua who was caught red handed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today and arrested for accepting bribe of Rs 3000 from a complainant died, during questioning under mysterious circumstances later yesterday.

According to reports, the cop who was working in Women Police Station Kathua was arrested by a team of CBI sleuths on the basis of a complaint from a person for demanding a bribe of Rs 3000. During his questioning by the team of CBI sleuths at Women Police Station, Kathua, he felt some sort uneasiness and was shifted in the Women Cell jeep to Medical College Kathua for examination and check up but his condition deteriorated there and later he breathed his last.

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When contacted, SSP Kathua, Shivdeep Singh said that trap was laid by CBI and they had nothing to do in the investigation and police has no role to play in the matter.

However, no one from CBI was available for comment nor any official handout was issued by the agency after the death of the cop.

A handout issued by CBI earlier after his arrest said that the cop was arrested in connection with demand of bribe of Rs. 5,000 from a complainant.

FIR RC0042023A0005 was registered under Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act,
1988 (as amended in 2018).

He was arrested on the basis of complaint regarding demand of bribe by the accused, the handout said.

It was alleged that in the month of February, 2023, the accused Mushtaq Ahmed, Head Constable asked complainant’s father to send him (complainant) to Police Station to meet him.

After few days, when the complainant met the accused, he told him that a complaint was filed against the complainant for creating video of a lady and for harassing her.

The accused Head Constable (Munshi), Women Police Station, Kathua was demanding bribe of Rs 5,000 from the complainant for not taking action against him in the matter, CBI said.

During verification, allegations mentioned in the complaint were found to be genuine and it was revealed that Mushtaq Ahmed was demanding bribe of Rs 5,000 from the complainant for not taking action against him.

On the request of the complainant, the accused reduced the demand of bribe to Rs 3,000. Accordingly, today a trap was laid by CBI and the accused was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,000/- from the complainant.

The CBI also conducted searches at the office and residential premises of the accused at Billawar.