MOGA, April 9 -- The services of an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a constable were terminated for clearing the name of a gangster during the passport verification process in 2017 even as he had at least 7 cases registered against him at the time.

The gangster, Sukhdool Singh, alias Sukha, who hails from Duneke village of Moga district, had flown to Canada the same year. Sukha was even listed as a proclaimed offender (PO) in two cases at the time of making his passport.

The ASI, Prabhdyal Singh, was posted in the human trafficking branch while constable Gurwinder Singh was deployed in the uniform branch of the Moga police. An official said in 2017, ASI Prabhdyal was posted as a passport inquiry officer while Gurwinder was at the Sada...