GUWAHATI: A team of the Chief Minister’s Special Vigilance Cell, Assam has apprehended five accused persons – Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Asif, Sri Lalji, Sarvesh Rao and Ravindra Kumar Uttar Pradesh who fraudulently withdrew money from the chief minister’s relief fund.
Superintendent of Police, CM Special Vigilance Cell, Rosie Kalita said that the chief minister’s office detected some unusual transactions in the chief minister’s relief fund following which Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal immediately instructed the vigilance cell to start an investigation on the matter.
“On receipt of an instruction from the Chief Minister on August 12, the special vigilance cell filed an FIR in the vigilance police station. During the investigation, it was found that some amounts were fraudulently withdrawn by cheques in the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by forging the cheques and signatures of chief minister of Assam,” the SP said.
She further said, “On August 27, a team of 7 officers of the vigilance cell went and raided some remote areas of Gorakhpur and Basti districts of Uttar Pradesh and apprehended 5 accused persons – Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Asif, Sri Lalji, Sarvesh Rao and Ravindra Kumar.”
The SP said that during the investigation, the criminals admitted to having committed the offence, and also said that they had committed the same from other states but only recently they tried this from the state of Assam starting with the withdrawal of very fewer amounts.
“It was completely a covert operation so that the culprits do not get alerted. Chief Minister himself monitored the case on a daily basis,” the SP said.
She also revealed that the government money fraudulently withdrawn was refunded by the State Bank of India as there were faults on their part.
Earlier, Sonowal had warned that he will not allow a single penny meant for the poor people of Assam to go to the hands of the criminals and any criminals whoever they might be and wherever they are located will be arrested forthwith.