State police headquarters from where the CID functions
The role of Ranchi police in a 2010 kerosene oil haul case has come under the scanner with a CID report revealing that officers from Ratu thana had falsely implicated three men who had actually helped them bust the racket.
According to the report, Ratu police had slapped false charges on Manoj Kumar (42), Santosh Sahu (45) and Mahesh Kumar (35) although they had no role in illegal sale of kerosene oil, which was recovered during raids at Kathitand. Then Ratu officer-in-charge and investigation officer Sanjay Kumar particularly invited censure for fabricating story, evidences and witnesses to build the false case against the trio.
Manoj Kumar, who had tried to lay his hands on the CID report through RTI but faced strong opposition, finally got it on August 3 after State Information Commission ruled in his favour. A copy of the report is with The Telegraph.
The case dates back to May 20, 2010, when Ratu police, acting on the instruction of then SDO, conducted two raids on the premises of PDS dealers Dipak Sahu and Rajkumar Sahu and confiscated around 25,000 litres of kerosene oil meant for illegal sale in the open market.
While filing the FIR, police also included the names of whistle-blowers Manoj, Santosh and Mahesh, saying they were close associates of Dipak and Rajkumar. The three were shown as the main receivers of confiscated consignment.
They further claimed that Manoj also runs a PDS shop and had previously gone to jail in a case pertaining to illegal sale of kerosene oil. A chargesheet against all five was submitted at a lower court in Ranchi in 2011.
However, former chief minister Arjun Munda ordered a CID probe into the case in July 2011 on the basis of requests made by the trio’s families.
The report not only found the charges false but also several discrepancies in investigations and submissions by Ratu police. For instance, Kishun Mahali and Manoj Mahali were named as independent witnesses, while the CID, during its investigations, found them to be “casual employees” of Ratu police station. One Jitendra Kumar Mishra at Kokar, whom police showed as a prime witness against Manoj, Santosh and Mahesh, doesn’t exist at all.
“It seems the investigation officer did not apply his mind rationally. He has produced eyewitnesses who either don’t exist or are not independent,” CID DSP said in the report.
Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh said he needed to check the file. “The case is sub-judice, but in no situation can police implicate innocent people. If found guilty, action will be taken against the officers,” he said.