Fugitive IPS officer surrunders before vigilance in Kullu

Shimla: Fugitive IPS police officer KK Indoria on Friday surrender before vigilance police team, ending a four month long search investigators out to nab him for involvement in a graft case have been making.

IG Vigilance Anurag Garg said suspended police officer KK Indoria on Friday morning had surrendered before vigilance police station Kullu.

Since the case is being investigated by a Shimla based special investigation unit (SIU), a team has left to arrest him, he said.

Garg disclosed that while the bureau had move an application before the courts seeking for attaching the property of the absconding police officer and declare him a proclaimed offender, a lawyer on behalf of the accused let the court know a few days ago that he was ill and recuperating in hospital. An application seeking time to surrender was also moved.

Earlier in May, Indoria had been denied bail both by the High Court and Supreme Court and had been evading arrest ever since.

The matter pertains to a time when the officer was serving as SP of Kullu district and is said to have collected payments from some companies executing hydropower projects in the area under the garb of providing them police protection for carrying out their activities.

The companies were said to be facing resistance from environmentalists and residents.

Investigators had earlier arrested and interrogated one Ramesh Volgha, a photography shop owner in Kullu, and found that a payment of over Rs 5 lakhs had been made into the account one Namdev Stone Crusher, Damtal in Kangra.

The illegal payment is said to have found its way into the account of the police officer under investigation.

Managers of two power companies were also detained and questioned by investigators in the case.

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