Fine turns into ex­tor­tion as Wadala GRP cops forge pa­pers

Six po­lice of­fi­cers booked for tak­ing the money from a youth, but not mak­ing an en­try for it in their on­line regis­ter; 27-yr-old vic­tim not given re­ceipt ei­ther

Mid Day - - City - ANURAG KAM­BLE anurag.kam­[email protected]

THE in­fa­mous Wadala Gov­ern­ment Rail­way Po­lice (GRP) has once again landed in trou­ble for ex­tort­ing money from a 27-year-old boy and try­ing to forge doc­u­ments to cover-up their act. Six po­lice of­fi­cers have been booked for tak­ing a fine of `300 from the youth, who was trav­el­ling in a lo­cal train coach for hand­i­capped peo­ple, but not mak­ing an en­try of it in the CCTNS sys­tem (an on­line data­base of cops for reg­is­ter­ing in­for­ma­tion of of­fences and ac­cused). They had also not is­sued him a re­ceipt.

Wrong coach

On Jan­uary 7, the cul­prits were on pa­trol duty at the Wadala rail­way sta­tion when around 11.30 am they caught nine pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling in a wrong coach of a CST-bound train. All of them were taken to the po­lice sta­tion. “Nine pas­sen­gers were fined `1,200, but 27-year-old Ab­bas Ali Khan said he didn’t have money,” said an of­fi­cer of Wadala GRP.

“Ab­bas was trav­el­ling from Go­vandi to Reach Road when he was caught at the sta­tion. When he told the cops on duty that he was new to the city and was not aware that there were sep­a­rate com­part­ments for hand­i­capped peo­ple, they took him to the po­lice sta­tion. My son got scared and started cry­ing. He gave them `300 that he had in his pocket and called me up,” said Subrato Ali Khan, Ab­bas’s fa­ther.

Sources said As­sis­tant Sub-In­spec­tor Ashok Kute en­tered de­tails re­gard­ing the fines col­lected from nine peo­ple in the CCTNS, but not for the amount he took from Ab­bas. When he nar­rated the in­ci­dent to his fa­ther, Subrato com­plained about it to DCP Pu­rushot­tam Karad, who in­formed Se­nior PI Ra­jen­dra Pal and or­dered an in­quiry.

In-be­tween

In­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter re­vealed that the in­ci­dent hap­pened just after se­nior PI of Wadala GRP got trans­ferred and main cul­prit Ra­jen­dra Pal was given charge of the po­lice sta­tion for two days. Later, on Jan­uary 7 evening Pal took over charge as the PI. When he went through the ros­ter that day, he found that the regis­ter for non-cog­nis­able of­fences had men­tion of only nine names of pas­sen­gers with their sig­na­tures be­low them. He signed on the page and asked Ab­bas to meet him at the po­lice sta­tion the fol­low­ing day.

“When we went to the po­lice sta­tion on Jan­uary 8, all the six of­fi­cers who had taken ac­tion against him were present. They told us that the se­nior in­spec­tor was not present and took my son’s sig­na­ture in the regis­ter,” said Subrato. When Pal called up Ab­bas later in the day and asked him why he hadn’t shown up at the po­lice sta­tion, he said his sub­or­di­nates in­formed him that he wasn’t present. Pal sensed that some­thing was wrong and asked Ab­bas to meet him out­side the po­lice sta­tion. “We told him what­ever had hap­pened, after which he as­sured to take ac­tion against the cul­prits,” added Subrato.

Doc­u­ments forged

When Pal checked the regis­ter again, he found that Ab­bas’s name and sig­na­ture were added later, as only nine names were en­tered in the CCTNS on

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