Crime Branch conducts ‘weed out agents’ operation at 14 Govt offices

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Aug 2017 09:59:23


Staff Reporter,

The crackdown will continue to weed out the agents from govt offices, says DCP Kadam

Cops detain 69 agents, recover bogus medical certificates and seal of insurance company

The City Crime Branch on Tuesday conducted operation ‘Weed out Agents’ in 14 government offices and rounded up 69 agents out of which 28 were caught from the Regional Transport Offices (RTO). Several documents, bogus certificates and seals were seized by the police during the raids.

The police have checked 19 vendors at District Collector Office and caught six of them; six were nabbed from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Giripeth; 10 from RTO Office (Rural); 12 from RTO (East Nagpur); seven from sub-registrar office Administrative Building No. 1; two from Joint sub-registrar Office; five from Tehsil Office, Nagpur and two from Joint Sub-registrar office, Mahal.

DCP (Detection) Sambhaji Kadam informed that the operation -- ‘weed out agents’ -- conducted by 14 special teams including 16 officers and 60 constabulary staff. “We were receiving complaints about illegal jobs and corrupt practices being done by the agents at the government offices. They were creating fake certificates against payments,” said DCP Kadam.

The agents were charging Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 to get the work done at government offices, he added. The police are suspecting nexus between the agents and some government officials and their role would exposed after an inquiry.

The raids were started at 10.30 am. The special teams reached the government offices in plain clothes and started checking of the suspected persons. The vendors and agents, who were carrying documents and papers, were detained by the police and taken to the NIT Hall at Police Headquarters.

During checking of the papers and bags of the agents at NIT Hall, the cops discovered a bogus 14 medical fitness certificates from an agent -- Rajnish Vikas Gaikwad (42), a resident of Teka Naka, Pachpaoli. Gaikwad was nabbed from the RTO Rural office. The police said, the agent was using the bogus certificate for new license. The cops have also seized a bogus seal of Reliance General Insurance. It means that the agent was selling bogus insurance to citizens coming to RTO Rural. Gaikwad has been booked under Sections 373 of Indian Penal Code.

DCP Kadam further added that the raids would be carried out at the government offices every months to break the unholy nexus of agents and officials. It may be mentioned that 63 agents were nabbed by the police from the same government offices on June 30.
Under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Dr. K. Venkatesham and DCP Kadam, the raids were carried out by ACP Crime Somnath Waghchoure and his staff.