Gadchiroli police evacuated two revenue officials with full security drill on Wednesday in view of an alleged Naxal threat following allegations of corruption against them in recruitment of “kotwals”, who are village-level revenue officials.
The two officials, Tahsildar Suryakant Yeole and Naib Tahsildar Chandrakant Telang, allegedly took bribe from candidates for the selection and following a complaint by some “affected” candidates were under threat from the latter as per intelligence reports.
The evacuation happened following urgent directives from the Home Ministry, with the police doing road opening in various sensitive stretches in the 250-odd km distance between Sironcha and Gadchiroli.
Talking to The Indian Express, Yeole refuted allegations saying some local staff conspired against him and his deputy as they found the two a hurdle. He claimed there was no threat from Naxals and it was a deliberately-created impression.””It will all come out in the probe”” Yeole said.
Yeole and Telang, working at Sironcha from December 2013 and October 2012, have been transferred to Wardha and Bhandara.
Inspector General of Police (Nagpur range) Ravindra Kadam confirmed the evacuation. “We had reports of threat perception, so we did the exercise. We wanted to prevent possibility of any untoward incident in the wake of allegations and the reported threat,” he said.
The kotwal recruitment for 18 posts through a written test happened in May and 12 posts were filled up.
Collector Ranjit Kumar said, “I had some complaints about the recruitment process. So, I asked the complainants to provide me with some evidence so I could act. They couldn’t furnish any. So, I couldn’t act against the officials. I did take the process away from them and handed it over to the SDOs.”