Doranda thana, where the CRPF jawan filed the FIR against a realtor on April 21
Ranchi, April 23: Gone are those times when the uniform evoked fear in the heart of the most hardened criminal. These days, police and security personnel are as easily falling prey to frauds and snatchers as the common man in the state capital.
A CRPF officer approached Doranda police on April 21 and filed an FIR against a real estate dealer, accusing him of duping him of around Rs 9 lakh.
According to Kanhaiya Singh, deputed as additional superintendent of police (operations) at Palamau, Heeralal Patel, who runs Tejaswini Real Estate Enterprises along with his partner Viswajeet Anand, tried to sell him government land in the garb of a private plot.
A resident of Shukla Colony, Patel committed the fraud in 2011 but the crime came to light only a few days ago when Singh went to take possession of the plot.
Patel and Anand are believed to have duped several other CRPF jawans and district policemen like Singh.
Confirming lodging of the FIR, officer-in-charge of Doranda police station Subodh Kumar Shirvastava said: “Like any other gullible customer, the CRPF officer (Singh) paid around Rs 9 lakh to purchase the land in question. But when he went to take possession of the plot a few days ago, he realised that it actually belongs to the government. He immediately asked Patel to return his money, who first agreed, but later went back on his words. Finally, the CRPF officers knocked on our doors.”
Singh said that he was not the only one to be duped by Patel and Anand.
“Over 20 CRPF officers and policemen of the district have been cheated. The amount ranges from Rs 5 lakh to 10 lakh. Patel and his partner had told us that after we buy the plots near Vikas Vidyalaya, they would build a housing society for police officers there,” he said.
“I took the initiative to bring the two to book by registering an FIR. Gradually, all we will follow,” Singh added.
Another CRPF officer P.R. Mishra, posted as additional superintendent of police (operations) in Khunti, admitted that Patel had similarly fooled him.
Mishra, who has lost Rs 5 lakh, is planning to file a police complaint as well.
“In forests, we face threat from extremists, while in town, we have frauds to deal with,” he added.
In another incident that goes on to show how petty criminals in Ranchi have become fearless, a woman constable of special branch lodged an FIR at Dhurwa police station on April 22, claiming that two youths on a speeding bike had snatched her imitation gold chain in front of the police headquarters around 10am the same day.
Sunita Kumari was on her way to Hatia on her two-wheeler when the two struck from behind. The snatchers were so fast that the constable could not see their bike number.
“Although the chain cost hardly Rs 450, it is a matter of concern that snatchers are daring to target police personnel, that too in front of the police headquarters. I have registered a case against unidentified persons and are trying our best to arrest the guilty,” said officer-in-charge of Dhurwa police station Indramani Choudhary.
An officer at Kotwali police station added that recently, a retired home guard, Biglal Oroan, was cheated by a land dealer in Harmu.