Bengal cops bust job racket, Mukul Roy cries foul
New Delhi: The West Bengal Police has claimed to have busted a Rs 100 crore plus job racket in the Indian Railways following a crucial arrest in the Indian Capital.
The case, claimed a senior official of the West Bengal Police, came to light following last week’s arrest at the Delhi airport of Srijan Roy, the brother-in-law of BJP leader Mukul Roy. Interestingly, the FIR also names Mukul Roy as an accomplice in the crime.
Roy, however, got reprieve from the Calcutta High Court that said he should not be arrested before May 16, 2018. Roy, a founding member of Trinamool Congress, left the party to join the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2017. He is leading the BJP campaign in the Panchayat elections in West Bengal, scheduled on May 14, 2018.
Srijan, who has been remanded to police custody, was arrested by a team of police from Bizpur police station in North 24 Parganas district on the basis of complaints filed six years ago.
Srijan, claimed the official, had taken cash from over 200 people in West Bengal and neighbouring states when Mukul Roy was the Railway minister in 2012 during the second term of the UPA government at the Centre. Over 100 complaints started flooding the police stations in north 24 Parganas and also in Kolkata against Srijan. The first case, claimed the cops, was lodged against Srijan in 2012 and investigations began against Srijan. "Srijan Roy has been arrested for taking money on the pretext of providing them Railway contracts and jobs," a district police official said.
The official claimed that repeated attempts to arrest Srijan failed as he hoodwinked the cops time and again.
As per details offered by the cops, Srijan Roy operated through a network in Bengal and demanded cash from people seeking contracts and jobs with the Indian Railways. Often, he would travel to neighbouring Bhubaneswar, Puri and Ranchi and met job aspirants who offered him cash. The gullible young men and women were asked to shell out Rs 90,000 to Rs 10 lakhs for getting work permits from Railways, also jobs.
Srijan, claimed the official, promised execution of contracts within four to five months, and jobs within three months. When it did not happen, people lodged complaints with the cops.
Cases of people paying bribes for jobs with the Indian Railways is not new. In some cases, even fake appointment letters with forged signatures of Chief Personnel Officers were also given in some cases by people running well-oiled rackets.
Roy said in a telephonic interview that the arrest of his brother in law was a “political move”.
“They are targeting me but will not succeed,” said Roy, once a confidante of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.