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No dearth of Daya Nayaks in STF

LAURELS APART, the elite Special Task Force (STF) boasts of a fair share of ill-famed Daya Nayaks within! Well-connected and neck-deep in all types of dirty business, this breed of cops is causing an irreparable damage to the overall image of the agency.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 01:20 IST

LAURELS APART, the elite Special Task Force (STF) boasts of a fair share of ill-famed Daya Nayaks within!

Well-connected and neck-deep in all types of dirty business, this breed of cops is causing an irreparable damage to the overall image of the agency.

Sample this: A crime-buster normally engaged in all major operations was found in regular conversation with Mukhtar Ansari.

Accompanied by chums of Tariq Parveen, the closest confidant of gangster Abu Salem, another member of the STF courted serious trouble when he fired at will in a bar in Mumbai.

There is one more story of a STF man passing his service pistol to don Abhay Singh. Many believe the same pistol was used in gunning down MLA Krishnanand Rai.

The list of ill jobs is long and getting longer with each passing day. The bunch of STF baddies is now considered best in harbouring criminals, extortion, land grabbing and gunrunning. “Name it ... they are into it … STF isn’t the same it used to be earlier,” says a top cop, once closely associated with the agency.

Former SSP  of STF Anil Agarwal was shocked, literally, when he found one of his inspectors keeping a group of criminals at a factory in Unnao. He tried to delve a little further and learnt the criminals weren’t only hardcore but wanted by the police. All of them were ‘working’ (pulling off robberies) for their mentor in the STF.

But stars favoured the tainted cop as the SSP was shifted before he could recommend action. And the officer in question remained with the agency and recently manipulated a gallantry award for himself. It was despite his role in the STF operation against the D-2 gang headed by Rafiq was more than shoddy.

Whenever cops were hunting for a gangster in one state or the other, the officer and his cronies provided advance information of the STF strategy, all for a price. Similarly, his call reached Mukhtar Ansari when the MLA was wanted vis-a-vis Mau riots to brief him up on the situation. He and two constables of his team were found talking to Abhay Singh as well about mutual business interests.

Soon the group, say sources, joined hands with the mafia in tender-pooling and now have their close relatives working on several projects. “Doesn’t it seem surprising, just a constable with a service of seven years cruising around in his own luxury car... there are so many of them,” comments another source. 

In the STF, he points out, the group has worked out a system, which has its own economics, to support themselves and the criminals they engaged in the business.

The agency enjoys enough terror to ensure cash flow. It’s serving as a tool for them, feels a source. The seniors on their part are letting the system go unchecked for they feel “why to meddle when it delivers for the agency?”

But, still, there’s a growing feeling that slowly but surely the Daya Nayaks in the STF are becoming a bane for the agency and, if not checked, the result will be more than embarrassing for the STF.