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CRPF jawan cries torture, writes to Rajnath for help; CRPF denies charge

A jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has shot off a letter to the Union home minister, alleging torture by senior officers, after he was sent on attachment duty from his home district Gaya in Bihar to Ranga Reddy district in Telangana.

The CRPF has initiated departmental proceedings against him after he failed to rejoin duty on January 23 after 20 days leave.

Sanjeev Ranjan Singh, presently posted with the 159th battalion of the CRPF in Gaya district of Bihar, claimed that his hectic duty prevented him from attending to his wife, son and mother, who died due to illness.

Fighting Maoists in Magadh division of Bihar, he claimed that the Naxals blew up his ancestral house in Gaya in 2010.

“My repeated requests to rescind my transfer order to Ranga Reddy district in Telangana have fallen on deaf ears. I have lost my wife, a son and my mother who I could not attend properly during their illness due to my hectic duty in the force.”

“When I tried to apprise my commandant Dhirendra Verma, he misbehaved with me and asked me to join the new assignment. I had no option but to write to the home minister and other top brass of the CRPF for justice.”

CRPF commandant Dhirendra Verma brushed aside the allegations. “Singh never came to me with his complaint. He was scheduled to re-join duty on January 23 after 20 days leave. He told his immediate superiors that he would not join duty now. We have now initiated departmental proceedings against him.”

On his transfer, Verma said, “It is in fact not a transfer but attachment duty. He was transferred to Ranga Reddy for three months under the rotation scheme. He has been able to enjoy a home district posting only because we have been liberal. His grievances are baseless and illogical”, he said.

Singh joined the CRPF in 2006 and was attached with the CoBRA battalion in Gaya in 2010.

Officers said although the organisation was soft on him due to his personal problems, the jawan used to take advantage of the circumstances.

Source: HindustanTimes