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Fraud in Home Guard enrolment

Marri Ramu

Eleven ‘corrupt' police officers likely to be suspended


HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police have identified 11 police officers, who allegedly had a role in fraudulently recruiting nearly 800 Home Guards (HG) between 2004 and 2009.

Police sources said a report on the scam in which crores of rupees changed hands, has been sent to the DGP, and the 11 police officers of the Home Guards wing are likely to be suspended. The identified officers included two commandants, four assistant commandants -- of the rank of superintendent of police and deputy superintendent of police respectively -- and five Reserve Inspectors.

City police officials ordered a departmental inquiry in January of 2010 on a tip-off about fraud in HG enrolment. After finding prima facie evidence, criminal cases were registered, first at Karkhana police station and then at Mirchowk. On learning that the fraud was bigger than what they thought of, the higher-ups ordered a probe by the Joint Commissioner (Headquarters).

It was found that the HG wing officials created a departmental order letter sending some HGs on deputation to different Government wings, including Road Transport Corporation. The list contained names of the HGs already enrolled. “But the officials sent candidates, from whom they had collected money, in the place of names mentioned in the list,” the sources said.

The money collected from each candidate ranged from Rs.10,000 to Rs.30,000. In some cases, the officials gathered details of HGs, who quit after securing other jobs or on other grounds. Instead of removing such names from the rolls, the officials sent “their candidates” on deputation to other places after preparing departmental letters.

“The role of ministerial staff too has come under scanner as the letters were prepared by them though at the behest of officials,” sources said. The Hyderabad police officials decided to record statements of HGs who had allegedly given money to the officials. But they are not sure how many of the 800 HGs would come forward to depose evidence against the officials.

Serious action

Based on their statements, another detailed report would be sent to the DGP seeking serious action against the officials. Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Khan confirmed that irregularities were reported in enrolment of HGs in Hyderabad and a report was sent to the government.

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