Risk your life and be damned! This is the new feeling gripping the police officials in the state. Reason: Many of them have not got the assured prize money despite catching many a wanted criminals and extremists over the years. The list of Maoists and criminals includes the likes of Ajay Kanu, Guddu Sharma, Kirani Yadav, Shatrughna Yadav, Kavijee, Arvind and Pradhumna Sharma, who carried huge awards.
The police nabbed Kanu in 2002. He was carrying a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh on his head at that time. But the prize money did not reach the policemen concerned despite recommendation. Later, Kanu also managed to flee after orchestrating the Jehanabad jailbreak on November 13, 2005. The government, however, increased the prize money to Rs 5 lakh after the jailbreak.
Similarly, Kameshwar Baitha, a native of Palamu (Jharkhand), and Guddu Sharma, a resident of Masaurhi (Patna), were apprehended from Patna and Kaimur respectively last year. They carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh on their heads. Apart from this, three top-ranking leaders of outfit, Kirani, Shatrughna and Kavijee, who carried Rs 50,000 each on their heads were arrested from Patna district.
Putul Sao and Birju Kahar, two notorious criminals of Danapur involved in several cases of murder, loot and extortion, were killed in an encounter with the police in the State Capital. The duo were carrying a reward of Rs 25,000. But, even after a lapse of more than two years, the prize money has not been given to the members of the police team.
"The names of the police personnel engaged in nabbing the criminals/extremists are sent o the police headquarters every year. The same is forwarded to the Home Department for its approval. But, the list is gathering dust in the finance department," said a senior police officer.
The officer revealed that at times, irrelevant queries are made from the department concerned. As a result, the matter gets delayed. All top-ranking officials of the State administration refused to make official comment on the issue. "Ask the Finance Department officials," was the cryptic reply of a senior IPS officer posted at the police headquarters when Hindustan Times approached him for his comment.
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