New Delhi: On Friday, CNN-IBN and Open Magazine aired an explosive video of CRPF commandos stating that a Bihar Superintendent of Police and his SHO fraudulently claimed gallantry awards for an encounter in which they never took part. Two CRPF commandos, Ramzan and Imtiaz, who braved the bullets to fight the Naxals during the Rohtas encounter in January 2012, said they were sidelined for the awards.
After CNN-IBN aired the report, the implicated SP has vehemently denied the charges saying, "This story is fabricated and targets me. The video shown does not establish that I wasn't present at the spot."
However, former IPS officers have called for a thorough probe. Prakash Singh, a former DG of the Border Security Force, said it was "very distressing to see someone as senior as the Superintendent of Police to perpetrate this kind of fraud".
The CRPF and the Bihar police have also broken their silence. Senior CRPF officials told us that it was the Bihar police which prepared the FIR based on which the medals were handed out and that the commandos will be rewarded as per their contribution.
But the CRPF commandos have already punched holes in the sequence of events reconstructed by the concerned SHO in the FIR with their claims that the police officials arrived three hours later at the encounter site.
Until now, the Bihar Police has not initiated any inquiry to address important questions raised by this CRPF Batallion.