The Commanding Officer (CO) of the State Disaster Management Force (SDRF) and three other personnel have been placed under suspension for their alleged involvement in corrupt practices while discharging their duties.
They have been suspended based on an inquiry report conducted by a team officers headed by additional Director General of Police (law and order), Clay Khongsai.
The erring CO of SDRF has been identified as Md Jakiruddin while the three others are officer-in-charge of SDRF inspector SL Thangjapao Vaiphei of CID (security); havildar RK Momosana of 5th IRB and rifleman Sagolsem Yainikhomngamba Meetei of Manipur Police Training Institute (MPTC). The trio are attached with the SDRF.
Speaking to the media during a conference at SP Imphal West office, Babupara Clay Khongsai said that Chief Minister N Biren Singh received a complaint which stated that some of the SDRF personnel are involved in corrupt practices.
Based on the complaint, ADGP (law and order) Clay Khongsai along with superintendent of police, Imphal East, M Pradip and additional superintendent of police (law and order), Imphal East Pramesh Arambam launched an enquiry at the office of SDRF located near western gate of 2nd Manipur Rifles’ gate on Tuesday.
Clay said that as per the complaint, some of the SDRF personnel have been taking unauthorised leaves by paying money to senior officials of SDRF.
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While interrogating SDRF personnel, it was revealed that Momosana and Yainikhomngamba are directly involved in committing the unauthorised activities, he added.
There is a total strength of around 152 SDRF personnel, and 117 of the total personnel turned up during the enquiry, said Clay.
Later, the two personnel along with 8 others were called up at the office of SP, Imphal East for further questioning.
On further questioning, the two personnel disclosed that they are involved in the unauthorised activity. They admitted taking money of around Rs 5,000 (without particular rate) from those wishing to skip duty for their personnel purposes.
Although they have been given off, they are still signed in as on duty, he added.
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Revealing further details of their unauthorised activities, the two personnel further disclosed that they would contact the commanding officer of SDRF and officer-in-charge if any personnel wanted to take unauthorised leave for around 1 month, by keeping them signed in as being on duty, said ADGP.
During the recent Manipur State Assembly Election, some SDRF personnel were allowed to skip their election duty by paying around Rs 7,000 to the higher officers of SDRF, said Clay.
He said that among the 152 personnel there are around 40 untrained personnel. Of the 26 female personnel, there are 12 unfit female personnel, he added.
The ADGP also said that four personnel, including CO SDRF, have been suspended, and a case has been registered at Vigilance department for further investigation.
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