For Raguraj Singh, a police sub-inspector who collated the initial information that led to the busting of the Rs 100-crore global kidney racket, last Saturday was a very special day.
That day, friends and wellwishers thronged the Mudha Pandey police station to congratulate him: he had been made “in-charge” of the police station, his first posting in that capacity.
Singh was an active member of the team that busted the racket and won praise for the Moradabad police by uncovering people linked to the racket whose roots were traced overseas.
The young officer applied his wits to develop the case information along with other team members. “We worked hard to expose the entire gang,” said Singh.
Singh gave credit to senior officials, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Prem Prakash and team leader Manjil Saini, who he said backed them all along in exposing the racket. “We worked under their guidance and were successful in busting the racket,” said Singh.
Delighted over the success of the team, SSP Prem Prakash rewarded Singh on Saturday by making him station officer of Mudha Pandey police station.
Singh, who entered the police service in 2000, was chowki (outpost) in-charge in Budh Bazar when he was elevated as station officer. Father of two children, he feels his hard work had brought honour to his family. “My elder son, too, wants to join the police,” he said proudly.
Singh’s father, presently posted in JP Nagar as second officer in the fire service, and his two brothers, are also in the police. For Singh, khaki occupies an important place in his life, which he says “gives him the strength to protect the poor”.