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Probe at CRPF door

- ‘Cops ignored paramilitary role in job scam’

Ranchi, Sept. 3: The four-member National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) team, probing the fake Naxalite surrender-cum-job scam allegedly masterminded by a former armyman in connivance with paramilitary personnel, this morning visited a base camp where the victims were lodged for “training”.

Between 2010 and 2012, Birsa Munda old jail, the camp of the 203rd CoBRA battalion, CRPF, hosted over 500 youths who were convinced by former armyman Ravi Bodra to pretend being Naxalites to bag jobs and benefits under the state’s rehab policy.

Sources said that as none of the senior paramilitary officers were present at the base camp today, NHRC members C.M. Mauri, Manjeet Singh, Kulveer Singh and Nikin Kumar spoke to CRPF jawans present.

It is learnt that the NHRC team also asked Ranchi police in the afternoon if the role of CRPF officers in the fake job scam had been probed or not.

Though Bodra and one of his chief aides, one and Dinesh Prajapati, who ran a coaching institute in Ranchi and hence had easy access to jobless youths, have been sent to Birsa Munda Central Jail, no CRPF officer has been nailed yet.

“Despite glaring evidence of CRPF involvement, Ranchi police have not made much move in that direction. I believe the team will stay in Jharkhand till September 6,” said a NHRC official, not willing to come on record.

Ranchi SP Anoop Birtharay only said: “The NHRC team have sought documents related with this case and investigations made so far.”

Yesterday, the rights panel team had questioned some of the victims who alleged they had faked their surrender, along with weapons, before the CRPF to become eligible for the jobs and benefits.

The youths said they had been kept at the base camp.