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Touts,officials hand-in-glove in CFC racket,say police

Nexus came to fore after student lodged complaint on July 13

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: July 31, 2012 1:37:51 am

Nexus came to fore after student lodged complaint on July 13

With a student reporting a case of forged documents being submitted at the collectorate’s Citizen Facilitation Centre (CFC) recently,the police have come across a nexus between officers of the agency that was earlier appointed to run the CFC and touts. So far,the police have arrested two persons and are on the lookout for four others. Cops have also seized 10 documents that have a fake seal. The police suspect there may be more such documents.

Sub-divisional officer (Haveli) Avinash Hadgal said they are making sure that whoever is involved in the racket is arrested. “We have received several complaints and action will be taken against errant officials and touts,’’ said Hadgal. He said that it was a matter of grave concern and the documents handed over to the citizens would be thoroughly checked.

There have been several such cases at the CFC in the past,too. The issue came to the fore again after the student lodged a complaint with the Bundgarden police on July 13.

Sub-inspector S D Waghmare said two people have been arrested and the police have prepared a list of persons from the previous agency who could be involved in the racket. He added that no official complaints have been registered in cases where the seals are missing from documents. He said he has sought investigation on the collectorate’s part and more arrests are likely. “We have enough evidence and there are several cases of persons having forged documents. Some students have torn the documents knowing that the investigation is on,’’ said Waghmare.

The documents seized so far are domicile,non-creamy layer and income certificates.

District Collector Vikas Deshmukh had issued orders that the functioning at CFCs should be streamlined and touts or agents should be shunted out of the premises.

Earlier,Hadgal was allegedly manhandled by a mob at the district collector’s office and the administration had ordered action against touts and agents outside the CFC. The action was initiated jointly with the city police. District officials had asked the CFC personnel not to entertain agents or touts.

“We have been asking lawyers not to offer their services on the district collectorate premises. They can do so only outside the premises. However,it seems that people utilise their services,’’ said an official.

CCTV cameras,too,have been installed on the premises. The official said the documents being submitted and handed out as well as the stamps and seals were being thoroughly checked.

With the huge rush at the CFC,the administration had sought help from the police till August. The district officials have been reiterating that it is illegal to engage touts for securing certificates and the administration has not appointed any middlemen or agents.

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