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 bizarre transactions in the chief minister’s relief fund following which Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal immediately instructed the vigilance cell to begin 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. Throughout the investigation, it was once found that some amounts were fraudulently withdrawn by cheques in the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by forging the cheques and signatures of chief minister of Assam,” the SP said.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 all over the investigation, the criminals admitted to having dedicated the offence, and also said that they had dedicated 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 once totally a covert operation in order that the culprits do not get alerted. Chief Minister himself monitored the case every day,” the SP said.
She also revealed that the government money fraudulently withdrawn was once refunded by the State Bank of India as there were faults on their part.
Earlier, Sonowal had warned that he’ll not allow a unmarried penny meant for the bad people of Assam to go to the hands of the criminals and any criminals whoever they might be and wherever they’re located will be arrested forthwith.