What propriety fails to teach, mistakes ingrain with added force. A case in point being the lesson learnt by authorities at the Karai Police Academy. As a fallout of the recent cases of two impersonators, having faked documents to show up as “qualified recruits” at the prestigious police academy, the top brass has tightened all checks and put the system in place. Accordingly, for the 4,300 recruits who report on March 28, the authorities will stringently verify biometrics, ID proofs such as passports, photo documents and Aadhar card credentials.
It may be recalled that one Mayur Tadvi and subsequently, law student Dhara Joshi, forged documents to gain entry into Karai Police Academy. While Tadvi’s name was called out only after a month of staying on campus and attending lessons as the other recruits, Joshi was caught early on when she produced a hand written note to secure admission on February 21.
The letter was scrutinized by SP Sujata Mazmudar and an FIR lodged at Dabhoda PS.
However, the fact that interns could have slipped through procedural checks pointed out the negligence of authorities in as much as it questioned any deeper nexus at work. Opposition leader Yuvrajsinh Jadeja (AAP), in particular, alleged that the administration is complicit and Rs 40 lakhs is taken for each fraudulent case.
As a fallout of investigations, armed PIs, H.J. Gohil and D.M. Angari, responsible for verification of PSI trainees at Karai, and four assistant drill inspectors — Vitan Patel, Hitesh Dangar, Parag Bhatt and Natha Patel (constable rank) — were suspended for negligence.
Briefing scribe on the matter, DGP Vikas Sahay who helms the Academy, stated that credentials of all 6,000 trainees currently enrolled, have been verified. “Biometrics, passport details and documents have been doubly checked. The two cases were owing to negligence and has nothing to do with a scam. We have suspended five persons for that,” he stated, rubbishing claims of a deeper nexus at work.
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