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Police vehicle blues: some bumps

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The Investigation Department of the Assam Police known as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has 16 cells dealing with different issues from cells dealing with crime against a person, crime against property, white collar crimes, arms, explosives, wild life, narcotics, drugs, extremists activities and several others. It is held as a credible agency that works to collate information to monitor criminal activities and guide investigating officers.

The present office at Ulubari is far spacious than the previous offices at  Ganeshguri, Lachitnagar, Ulubari (behind Bora Service) and Mathura Nagar enabling proper co-ordination and control on its activities. A casual visit to the office presents an opportunity to find a number of vehicles parked at different locations within the compound. Though they appear to be vehicles pressed for the department's service, they are actually off road and not in a condition to ply.

The CID has some 30 odd vehicles listed in its disposition as of November 7, 2012 among which some 7 different types of vehicles have been off road for long due to repairment or other reasons. Incidentally all the 7 vehicles appear in office records as vehicles attached to officials on duty- 2 Ambassador Cars, 2 Maruti Vans, 1 Jeep, 1 Dog Van and 1 Mini Bus.

Ambassador Car, Registration No. AS01A 6113 is attached with the SO, CID Assam; Maruti Car, Registration No. AS01B 7852 is attached with the MTO, CID;  Maruti Van (Omni), Registration No. AS01B 5071 is on Dog Squad Duty at 4 APBN; Jeep, Registration No. AS30 2090 attached with Shri K. Deka, APS, Dy. SP, CID; Mini Bus, Registration No. AS30 1859 attached with the headquarter presently. According to norms the MTO, CID is not issued a car. Dog Van, Registration No. AS30 1276 and Ambassador Car, Registration No. AS30 2796 are shown under repair. According to norms the MTO, CID is not entitled with any vehicle.

Contrary to transfer-posting rules the department has retained present MTO, CID, SI Golap Barua in different positions in the same branch for about 25 years. By rule an individual is offered 3 years posting at a place followed by tranfer-posting thereafter. On one count former SSP CID, N. F. Haque, IPS, instituted an internal enquiry during 2011-2012 into alleged anomalies by SI Golap Barua but before long Haque was transferred to take charge of 1 APBN at Najira as Commandant.

Portions of the Government's annual spend is being diverted to issue fuel against vehicles listed off the road. The possiblilty of senior officials  involved in the embezzlement cannot be ruled out. Else, how can such a matter go unnoticed in the office of an investigating agency itself, for more than three years to the count? There is certainly much more under the carpet than what really meets the eye. SI Golap Barua's monthly expenditure contradicts his salary slip in a great way, all of which goes in paying EMIs.

 

 

 

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