civic set-up unearthed in Jhansi
Fake job rackets are passe. In Uttar Pradesh, new-age fraudsters are redefining
trickery. Authorities here have unearthed a fully functional "branch"
office of a "Nagar Nigam" in Jhansi.
The office, run by an employee of Jhansi
Nagar Nigam, not only employed over 20 people, but was also performing civic
works and collecting taxes and even issuing birth and death certificates. It was
only after the authorities got a whiff that the person running it, Shyam Valmiki
alias Shyam Netaji, was caught.
Jhansi district magistrate (DM) Rajeev Agarwal, shocked by the manner in which
the entire racket was operating, says: "It would've been difficult for me
to believe that a racket like this could exist, had we not actually stumbled
Almost all the senior district officials admit that some of the JNN employees
must have been complicit — keeping mum because the prime accused "took
care" of their "interests".
The racket was unearthed when some of the sweepers appointed by Valmiki went to
senior JNN officials to complain that their salaries were being released by the
"We were shocked to hear this as we ourselves weren't aware that our
department had a branch office in Jhansi,"
says Senior Swasthya Adhikari (SSA) Dr R Kulshreshtra.
Although a team from the local Sipri
police station reached the fake JNN branch office and searched its premises, no
formal FIR was lodged till late Sunday night.
Police believe the racket was initially confined to fake appointment of
sweepers. Valmiki's idea, according to the police, would have primarily been to
pocket Rs 40 lakh in the name of ensuring their appointment and then disappear.
"But he later seems to have decided to carry on with the office as it
didn't appear to be a loss-making proposition. And when he tried to change his
decision, things went out of hand," said a police officer.
According to Anirudh Singh Yadav, posted as head supervisor of sweepers at
Valmiki’s fake office, "There was hardly any scope for suspicion because,
after submitting the papers, we went for a medical examination and were provided
certificates from the office of the Nagar Swathya Adhikari (NSA), Dr Bharadwaj."
office had been set up 7 km from the city and a huge signboard of Jhansi Nagar
Nigam was placed there.
: The Times Of India