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Patnaik report on mafia

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY (programme and implementation) GB Patnaik submitted a report in the High Court recently on mafia role in government contracts and other such illegal activities .

india Updated: May 11, 2006 01:27 IST

PRINCIPAL SECRETARY (programme and implementation) GB Patnaik submitted a report in the High Court recently on mafia role in government contracts and other such illegal activities .

Here is what Patnaik had to say (sic) on the menace in the report.

“In writ petition No. 5018 (MS)/ 2005 Chandrika Prasad Nishad v/s State of UP and others, Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, Lucknow bench, Lucknow constituted a one-man committee on 16-12-2005 and appointed me as one man committee to hold necessary inquiry and submit a report in light of the affidavit filed by ADG Crime on behalf of DG Police regarding activities of mafia in cornering government contracts and such other illegal activities.

Hon’ble Court directed that the inquiry report should define the term mafia and “give a brief sketch of present scenario and modus operandi of the working of mafia as well as shall submit (his) recommendation to check the interference of mafia in the affairs of the State.

Hon’ble Court further directed that the inquiry officer should also look into the political influence in mafia activities. On 17.2.2006 Hon’ble Court further instructed that the report also should furnish statistical data related to various crimes committed in the State in the last 3 years.

After getting the order of Hon’ble High Court through the Chief Secretary, a meeting was convened. Secretaries/ HoDs of important departments such as Home, PWD, Irrigation, Urban Development, Industrial Development, Medical and Health, Forest, Excise, Rural Development, Rural Engineering Service, Housing, Mining and Geology etc. and Managing Directors of Corporations such as UP Bridge Corporation, Jal Nigam, Noida and representatives of Divisional Railway Manager NR and NER were requested to participate in the meeting.

Subsequently, there was extensive interaction with senior bureaucrats and police officers, before writing this report.

During the meeting and discussion with officers of various departments, it was generally felt that there were mafia groups, which monopolized various Govt. contracts. Most of such groups directly participate in tenders and when they do not participate, they try to influence who should be awarded the tenders. To curb the influence of such groups, Govt. from time to time has issued instructions and various departments have initiated steps to ensure that mafia groups do not get Govt. contracts/ leases etc. As far back as Jan. 1993 (during President Rule), the then DGP Shri Prakash Singh issued detailed instruction to take steps to eradicate such groups. He exhorted the police force to take bold action as “ Mafia groups are a curse to the society and action against them a pious duty.”

In (English version) the circular dated the 11th Jan 1993 Shri Singh enumerated the word mafia (and their activities) which normally meant such organization of criminals who tried to run parallel government or administration within the State/ province and to fulfill such object create an atmosphere of panic and terror through the following crimes:

(1)To kill or to get somebody killed by taking money.

(2)To take supply and construction in various government departments like PWD.

(3)To take forcible possession of vacant government or private land or disputed land or buildings.

(4)To purchase the buildings under tenancy by exerting terror and there after forcibly evicting the tenants.

(5)To get permits for bus/ taxi etc. illegally and to misuse the same.
(6)To get contract for taxi/ cycle stand etc. illegally in their name or in benami names and to collect money from it.

(7)To collect ransom illegally from markets, mandis and factories.

(8)To organize illegal acts like running of gambling dens and brothel houses.

(9)To recover ransom by abducting the members/ children of rich families.

(10)To do all kinds of illegal acts by influencing politicians and with their support.

First Published: May 11, 2006 01:27 IST