203 held for cor­rup­tion in Thane last year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A to­tal of 203 peo­ple, in­clud­ing po­lice­men and govern­ment of­fi­cials, were ar­rested for cor­rup­tion last year. Among them, the high­est num­ber of cases, 48, has been reg­is­tered against po­lice per­son­nel fol­lowed by zilla par­ishad of­fi­cials (30).

Ac­cord­ing to anti-cor­rup­tion bureau (ACB) records, 148 cases have been reg­is­tered with the Thane unit. “Now peo­ple are more alert and ap­proach us to file com­plaints against cor­rup­tion,” said an ACB of­fi­cer.

Seventy per cent of the reg­is­tered cases are from Thane district.

Thane, Pal­ghar, Raigad, Rat­na­giri and Sind­hudurg come un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Thane ACB.

The po­lice launched a toll-free num­ber (1064) in last year.

“Lodg­ing com­plaints against cor­rup­tion has be­come easy. If a per­son calls from Thane, the call will be di­rectly con­nected to Thane ACB con­trol room. If some­one calls from Raigad, it will be con­nected to Raigad ACB of­fice. Many peo­ple are com­ing for­ward to lodge com­plaints be­cause of rise in aware­ness,” said se­nior of­fi­cer from ACB depart­ment.

Sind­hudurg and Pal­ghar have the low­est num­ber of ACB com­plaints. “A com­plainant’s name is not dis­closed and all tip-offs are kept a se­cret,” said an ACB of­fi­cer.

A govern­ment of­fi­cial caught tak­ing bribe will be im­me­di­ately sus­pended for six months, pend­ing in­quiry.

In the last few years the po­lice have been con­duct­ing var­i­ous aware­ness pro­grammes.

“We hold a vig­i­lance week ev­ery year. We launched the helpline num­ber 1064 last year so that cor­rup­tion-re­lated com­plaints would be taken up quickly,” said the po­lice.

Hoard­ings have been put up across Thane city to cre­ate aware­ness among peo­ple dur­ing vig­i­lance week. Pam­phlets are dis­trib­uted in lo­cal trains, buses and au­torick­shaws. Street plays are staged in pub­lic places such as malls and mar­kets to spread aware­ness among the peo­ple.

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