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Scam in UP Home Guards’ attendance, probe begins

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Lucknow, Nov 13: After the recent provident fund scam in the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation, another scam in the state has now come to light related to allotting duties to home guards, according to the police on Wednesday.

According to reports, the scam has taken place in Gautam Buddha Nagar where crores of rupees have been swindled by marking fake attendance for home guards.

The Yogi Adityanath government has already initiated an inquiry into the matter. Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in Gautam Buddha Nagar to register an FIR against those responsible for the scam.

A four member team has been set up to conduct a thorough probe into the matter. The Director General of Police (DGP) told reporters here that the fraud was a case of “virtual policing” because those marked ‘present’ in the registers were actually not present.

The SSP has made a preliminary investigation into the matter and has recommended that a case be registered against the concerned home guard officials.

According to Gautam Buddha Nagar SSP Vaibhav Krishna said he had received information that several home guards do not report for duty even as their attendance was being marked. Some officials were reportedly drawing their emoluments.

Initial investigations showed that the signatures of those in charge of police stations were being faked to withdraw the money.

“I have written to the state government and requested an inquiry after which the DG Home Guards set up the committee which includes SSO Lucknow Sunil Kumar, Mirzapur District Commandant Shailendra Pratap Singh, Baghpat Division Commandant, and Meerut Divisional Commandant D.D. Maurya,” he said.

The team visited all the police stations and discovered fake registers and seals. The maximum forgery had been done at the Knowledge Park police station.

“The money would be transferred into the account of the home guards and those officials involved in the scam, would later take their share. In just two months, five police stations have been defrauded of a sum of Rs 7 lakh,” the SSP said.

In case the scam extends across state, the money involved would run into several crores, sources said.

The home guard is an Indian paramilitary police force, tasked as an auxiliary to the main police force. The home guards are not on regular salary but are paid a daily allowance of Rs 500, which has recently been increased by the Supreme Court to Rs 672.

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Mamata visits Kolkata market, enquire about onion price

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Kolkata, Dec 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited a prominent south Kolkata market and quizzed the vegetable seller and stockist about the exorbitant price of onions, now being sold between Rs 130 and Rs 140 a kilogram to retail customers.

Banerjee, who was onway to Kharagpur in West Midnapore district, stopped her convoy and went to Jadu Babu’s Market at Bhowanipore close to her Kaligrhat residence.

She first spoke to a number of retail sellers.

“Didi (‘elder sister’ as Banerjee is affectionately called) asked me at what price I was selling onions. When I said I am selling the bulb around Rs 130 and Rs 140 a kg, she asked me at what price I was buying it. I informed her I was buying it at Rs 120 a kg from the stockist,” said a seller Shila Roy.

Banerjee then asked her to name the stockist.

On knowing his name, Banerjee summoned him and asked him at what price he was selling it to the retailers. After the stockist said he was getting a price of Rs 120 a kilo, the Chief Minister wanted to know why the rate was so high when the state government was selling the vegetable at Rs 59 a kilo.

“Dal me kuch kala hai (something is wrong),” Banerjee said.

She then spoke to other onion sellers in the market.

In the wake of the devastating blaze that took the lives of 43 workers at a bag factory in Delhi, Banerjee instructed the market authorities to ensure that plastic sheets being used atop the stalls be removed.

Sometime after Banerjee left the market, police officers arrived there and started preparing a list of those trading in onions.

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29 sex workers rescued from spa, saloon in Kolkata; 30 held

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INDIA (West Bengal - Calcutta) -Sex workers waiting for customers at Munsigaunge red light area in Kolkata .- Arindam Mukherjee

Kolkata, Dec 9 : Thirty persons, including brothel managers, pimps and customers, were arrested after 29 sex workers were rescued by the Kolkata Police during simultaneous raids at two beauty parlours and two other premises in the city, an officer said on Monday.

The raids were carried out in the southern and central part of Kolkata by the anti-human trafficking unit of the city police on Saturday night, Joint Commissioner (crime) Murlidhar Sharma said.

Eight persons, including the brothel manager, were arrested and seven sex workers were removed from a third floor flat on Prince Anwar Shah Road under Jadavpur police station.

Nine customers, 10 sex workers, one manager and two pimps were found during a raid and search at the Sweet & Shower Family Saloon and Spa on Bhagwan Mahavir Sarani under Bhawanipore police station. A brothel was being operated from the spa.

The sex workers were removed as victims and the others were taken into custody.

During the third raid, two customers, the brothel owner and the manager were arrested from the first floor of a Rashbehari Avenue premises under Gariahat police station. Six sex workers were removed.

The police also raided the Guys and Dolls Beauty Parlour, which was also being used as a brothel, in central Kolkata’s Mirza Galib Street under New Market police station and arrested the brothel manager, two pimps and three customers. Six sex workers were removed.

Cases under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and relevant sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act have been lodged against the accused in the respective police stations.

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Another Unnao molestation victim contests UP police stand

The FIR further mentions the same accused had made an attempt to rape the woman on September 17, and a case about that was also pending.

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Lucknow, Dec 9 : Unnerved by the surge in rape complaints and the police apathy, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh seems to have gone into a denial mode.

The government spokesman here on Monday denied an Unnao woman’s allegation that the police refused to lodge her complaint, and said the FIR had been filed. He also released an unsigned FIR copy.

According to reports, the woman had gone to the Bihar police station in the Unnao district to lodge a complaint against some men who had attempted to molest her. She was told by the cops: “Rape toh hua nahi, jab hoga tab aana (Rape has not happened, come when it happens)”.

It happened on September 29 and the woman related her tale of woes to reporters who had gone to the Hindupur village on Saturday to report upon rape victim who was set ablaze by accused.

According to the FIR released by the government, the complaint was registered by the Bihar police on November 6. It’s also mentioned in the FIR that the woman had lodged two complaints regarding molestation attempts on September 30 and October 10, and the Superintendent of Police had asked the Bihar police to investigate the case and take action.

The Bihar police, instead, lodged a case of disruption of peace against the accused and closed the case.

The FIR further mentions the same accused had made an attempt to rape the woman on September 17, and a case about that was also pending.

The woman told IANS on Monday, none of the accused had been arrested.

“The police took me to a magistrate on November 6 and recorded my statement. After that they left me at my home. I was not given any copy of the FIR. I don’t even know whether it had been registered or not. I asked Station House Officer (SHO) Ajay Kumar Tripathi when the accused would be arrested, he said there would be no arrest. These men are absconding now,” she said on the phone.

SHO Tripathi was suspended by the government on the Sunday night.

The woman said she and her family were under constant threat from the accused who are apparently powerful.

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