Guwahati: A team of Assam police nabbed five persons from Uttar Pradesh for their alleged involvement in spuriously withdrawing money from the Chief Minister’s relief fund.
Police in a statement stated, “On 27th of August, a team of 7 officers of the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell went and raided some remote areas of Gorakhpur and Basti districts of Uttar Pradesh and apprehended 5 accused persons. During interrogation they admitted to having committed the offence and also said that they had committed the same from other states.”
On August 12, Superintendent of Police, Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell, Rosie Kalita under instructions filed an FIR in the vigilance police station. Upon investigation it was discovered that some amounts of money were suspiciously withdrawn via cheques from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by forging the signature of the Chief Minister of Assam.
The accused, identified as Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Asif, Lalji, Sarvesh Rao and Ravindra Kumar, have been forwarded to the Special Court and will be in remand for 10 days as stated by the Police.
The operation was constantly monitored by the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal who reportedly gave a deadline of 15 days to the SP, CM Vigilance Cell to bring the culprits to justice.
“Chief Minister of Assam has warned that he will not allow a single penny meant for the poor people of Assam to go to the hands of criminals,” said police in its statement to the media.
It was further added by the Police that the money withdrawn was refunded by the State Bank of India as there were lapses on their part as well.
“This is a wakeup call for all the state governments of India to secure government funds as there are huge credit balances in the accounts and very less monitoring and auditing of the funds, and this is taken as an advantage by criminals who have been involved in fraudulent withdrawal of money from government funds across the country” the statement added.