e-Rakshaks, a new force against fraudulents

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2017 12:34:36

By Mukesh S Singh


Superintendent of Police Dr Sanjeev Shukla has devised the formula to protect villagers’ bank accounts from fraudulent callers from May 15.

All the 408 villages of four development blocks in the district will have trained e-Rakshaks

For a State mired in law and order situation that seems to go more volatile with each passing day, the biggest challenge for the State Police Force is to maintain its image as a people-friendly entity. A sure way of doing this is to promote community policing. However, Raipur Police has taken the idea a few notches up by introducing ‘e-Rakshaks.’

Come May 15, 2017, there will be thousands of volunteers across 408 villages in Raipur district, helping transform the way villagers can secure their bank accounts against fraudulent calls and e-con devices.

As more and more cases began to pile up in the police stations all over in the district, Raipur Police decided to take affirmative action against this rising tide of e-fraud. In an exclusive interview with The Hitavada, Raipur Superintendent of Police, Dr Sanjeev Shukla shared the details of a massive ‘e-Rakshak’ campaign.

“We are going to start from the grass root level in each village. Since you know, there are 408 villages in Raipur district comprising of four development blocks viz. Arang, Abhanpur, Dharsinwan and Raipur, we decided to focus on a set of Government employees who are in direct contact with the local villagers. The set people are the Mitanin, Anganwadi worker, Panchayat Secretary, Shikshakarmi, Patwari, Kotwaar and a Beat Police Constable. They will be contacted in each village, and then, they will be trained into the nitty-gritty of avoiding, identifying, reporting and lastly, catching the perpetrators of hoax calls, or fraudulent calls. The idea is simple. These seven people will be trained through the ToT system- or Training of Teachers- system, through series of lectures, audio-visual case studies and would be given pamphlets, leaflets, posters that they can distribute later within villagers,” encapsulated SP Raipur. In order to train these seven ‘e-Rakshaks’, according to the Raipur SP, a module has been prepared by Raipur Police along State Co-ordinator of State Literacy Mission, Prateek Pandey, who has already led several campaigns in the past preparing model teachers who would later, teach Shikshakarmis etc. in the village schools.

When asked how this idea was conceived, SP Shukla averred that he had designed a similar model in Jashpur earlier, where we created such ‘people-police network’ of informants against the perpetrators of human trafficking. “This network was fanned all over the district and through careful exchange of information, they broke the nexus of traffickers and several of them were arrested. I hope to repeat this entire exercise successfully in breaking the nexus of e- fraudsters,” said a confident SP Raipur.    

SP Dr Shukla further added that an army of 2856 ‘e-Rakshaks’ would be raised from all these 408 villages, which have been classified in categories A, B and C; depending on their population and prime locations with regards to their situation from National and Highways. ASP (Crime) Deepmala Kashyap along with technical experts from Cyber Crime Cell of Raipur Police would lead the training program to bring down the con mafia looking for destroying the innocent lives of thousands of farmers and rural people, he added.