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Home guard scam: Officer held, commander surrenders in Lucknow court

Third arrest in siphoning of nearly Rs 10 lakh through fake muster rolls.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: November 26, 2019 6:03:38 am
home guard scam, lucknow home guard scam, lucknow scam, lucknow police, lucknow news  The Lucknow scam comes in the wake of a Rs 4 crore Home Guard attendance scam in Noida. (Representative Image)

Lucknow police on Monday arrested a block organiser posted at the Home Guard district commandant office, while a company commander surrendered before a court after their involvement was suspected in connection with a Home Guard attendance fraud in Lucknow.

Commander Sushil Singh and Block Organiser Rajkumar Verma were produced before a court which sent them to jail, according to a statement issued by Lucknow police.

On Thursday, Lucknow District Commandant Kripa Shankar Pandey was arrested after an FIR was registered against the district commandant office, its officials and employees under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged) of the IPC at Gomti Nagar police station.

According to police, the FIR was registered after scrutiny of documents by station house officer (SHO) of the Gudamba police station, Ritendra Pratap Singh. The investigation revealed that muster-rolls (attendance logs) provided by Vibhuti Khand and Gudamba police stations were inflated for July and August to siphon off extra money.

The scam amount in the Lucknow case at the two police stations is said to be around Rs 10 lakh.

According to the SSP, the probe was ordered after there were reports from concerned police stations that said a number of home guards were not available at the police station, but still fake muster rolls were prepared with fake signatures. “Based on this report, the station house officer (SHO) of Gudamba police station got an FIR registered at Gomti Nagar where the district commandant office is situated. Kripa Shankar Pandey has been arrested and further investigations are on,” Senior Superintendent of Police (Lucknow) Kalanidhi Naithani had said earlier.

Naithani had also said that there was earlier an inquiry in connection with the irregularities at Gudamba police station by Pratibha Ambedkar, then staff officer (SO) to Commandant General home guards, but the report was never made public.

The Lucknow scam comes in the wake of a Rs 4 crore Home Guard attendance scam in Noida. Home Guard officials had allegedly withdrawn money on behalf of some personnel by falsely making attendance entries into muster-rolls.

So far, five homeguard officials — Divisional Home Guard Commandant (Aligarh) Ram Narayan Chaurasia, Assistant District Commandant of Gautam Buddh Nagar Satish Chandra and three more officials have been arrested in the Noida scam.

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