Bengal DGP's new anti-graft tool: Tell the tale of corrupt officers
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West Bengal Police has found a novel way of tackling corruption. It has published the tale of two "corrupt officers" as well as actions taken against them in its gazette.
The article orders widespread publicity of the "nefarious acts" of the officers among their colleagues in order to send a clear message that any violation of the state government's policy of "zero tolerance against corruption" will be dealt firmly. The instructions to include the misconduct of the two officers in the West Bengal Police Gazette, published in mid-May, came from Director General of West Bengal Police Naparajit Mukherjee.
Sources in the West Bengal Police Directorate said the state police chief, apart from asking the DIG (headquarters) to publish the story in the police gazette, also sought to ensure that all policemen "remain extremely cautious to refrain themselves from such nefarious acts".
The two "corrupt" Enforcement Branch (EB) officers, against whom departmental action has already been taken for their alleged attempt to "extort money" from a Murshidabad-based person, were arrested and booked under five sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and two Sections of Indian Penal Code.
The officers named in the gazette are Jugol Kishor Ghosh (Inspector) and Prabir Bal (Assistant Sub-Inspector). According to the police gazette, the duo along with two other civilians allegedly tried to extort money from one Madan Ghatak of Behrampore, Murshidabad, on May 1. The cops were on leave when the alleged extortion attempt was made.
Ghatak, according to the gazette, lodged a complaint at Behrampore police station the same day, following which investigation was ordered. The officers and two others were arrested and produced before a local court, which ordered judicial custody of the four.
"In clear contravention of the declared policy of zero tolerance of corruption by the state government, it was found that Ghosh and Bal visited Murshidabad district in a totally unauthorised and unofficial manner and attempted to extort money from Ghatak," the investigation had revealed.
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