The Telegraph
Saturday , February 22 , 2014
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Boss ire makes squatter cop ill

Boss thunders, deputy loses thunder and goes on sick leave.

Bokaro deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Ravindra Kumar Singh, who made news for forcibly occupying a company bungalow earlier this week meant for a Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL) deputy general manager, drew strong censure from superintendent of police (SP) Jitendra Singh.

SP Singh told The Telegraph that he issued an order on Friday that the DSP must vacate quarter No. 25, Sector IC, within 48 hours.

“I have ordered the DSP to vacate the premises (of the bungalow he is encroaching) in two days,” SP Singh said over phone from Jhumra hills where he was on an anti-Maoist drive.

The Telegraph, in its Friday edition, carried a story on the Bokaro DSP who took illegal possession of the company bungalow and blustered about it as well (“Meet DSP Singh, the cop squatter”).

“There is proper way to get company quarters, taking allotment from Bokaro Steel Limited management. Quarters for DSP rank personnel are earmarked. No one is above the law, which is a basic premise that policemen must remember,” the SP added.

DSP Singh moved in during the beginning of this week.

Till Thursday, when faced with queries or requests from BSL authorities to vacate the company property, the DSP allegedly shot off threats to all and sundry, including senior executives, with arrests.

On Friday, he appeared to wilt under the media coverage, photograph and all.

“I am not well. I am resting and did not attend duty today (Friday),” he said. “Once I am well, I will also abide by rules framed for everyone,” he told The Telegraph on Friday.

However, all is not well.

The DSP did not say when he would get well.

And the publicity followed by the SP’s eviction order and DSP’s meekness — or illness, whatever the case may be — did not put the mind of original allottee BSL deputy general manager Amrendu Prakash at ease.

Prakash is learnt to have dropped his dream of quarter No. 25 like the proverbial hot potato.

He told his seniors that he “is no longer interested in quarter No. 25”. He also requested his seniors for a fresh official residence befitting his designation.

This case again brought under spotlight the mass encroachment of various properties owned by BSL, a SAIL unit, in Bokaro.

Policemen, bureaucrats, labour unions and powerful politicians cutting across party lines occupy company quarters illegally or don’t bother to vacate them even after transfer or retirement or shifting, as the case may be, often renting out the property for a quick buck.