In the wake of the recently surfaced star bus ticketing money fraud, the Sitabuldi police officials have begun probing into the issue.
The probing started with an investigation against 35 city bus conductors who are accused of drawing money illegally from cash cards of 63 passengers.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation's (NMC) city transport department has also begun verification of data of all the 5,800 cash cards that have been issued to the commuters.
Talking to TOI, chairman of city transport committee Bunty Kukde said that the police have started the inquiry on the basis of a complaint which was lodged by him.
"City transport department and two private agencies were not lodging complaint against the conductors even though this was a serious issue. I lodged a complaint with Sitabuldi police last week. I will regularly follow up and ensure offences are registered against all culprits," he said.
Hemant Kharabe, PI, said that the case’s preliminary investigation has started.
"I met Kukde and took details about the case. NMC has been made the complainant. The offence will be registered against the accused in the case and detailed investigation will be done," he said.
Shivaji Jagtap, the city transport manager informed that four official letters had been sent to the private agencies who supply conductors viz. Unity Security Force, and Security and Intelligence Services (SIS). The letters have directed the agencies to file a police complaint against the conducted found accused in the case.
Turns out the agencies did not lodge any complaint against its conductors.
"It is the responsibility of the agencies, as per terms and conditions of the contract. But the agencies did not lodge a police complaint. Show cause notice will be issued to the agencies. Also, we have started the process to recover the misappropriated amount of Rs12.36 lakh from the two agencies. We will deduct the amount from their monthly payments," Jagtap said.
The first instance of ticketing fraud surfaced in November 2017. Around 35 bus conductors were suspended in December by integrated bus transport manager — Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS), on the orders of NMC.
However, no police complaint was lodged even back then.
Information source: timesofindia
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