The son of a senior police official in UP has been accused of making big money by running a recruitment racket in the police department itself.
The name of Ritesh Sinha, whose father DP Sinha is director general (DG) training in Lucknow, has been mentioned in the FIR lodged in this connection at Saharanpur, 450 kilometers west of Lucknow. Ritesh's name finds a mention along with two others Dhoom Singh Saini and Rishi Pal Maurya, both from Saharanpur.
Though DP Sinha said he has no knowledge of the entire thing, one of the accused Saini, who has been arrested and has told the police that they managed to recruit some helpers/followers (basically class four employees) with Ritesh's help. Police has learnt that the group has managed to recruit at least two people in Gorakhpur.
A review of all the class four appointments made in the police in the recent past has been ordered to get to the bottom of the job racket.
Though Ritesh has not been detained so far, additional director general (ADG) crime and law and order, AK Jain claimed that police zeroed in on the cop's son after putting his phone on electronic surveillance. "We have Ritesh's call details and investigation is on. The law would take its own course," he said. Asked whether DP Sinha too would be interrogated, Jain said, "We would have to go into the details of the incident. I can't say anything off hand."
Jain said there were local intelligence inputs that some people were running a job racket, taking Rs 50,000 per candidate for getting them appointed as police followers.
Subsequently, the police put some phones on surveillance and based on the call details and other prima facie evidence lodged a case against the accused. One of them was arrested later and he spilled the beans.
Jain said, "We have information that Ritesh had visited Saharanpur on 1st, 10th, 16th and 28th of last month and had stayed at Hotel Oasis. We believe that it was here that the deal was made. Investigations are underway."