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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 7:46 PM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 7:46 PM (IST)

RTA staffers strike work as cops round up employees

Will continue to take action against guilty, says SP

Sunit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, April 21

A high-voltage drama was witnessed as a team of CIA-I wing of the district police rounded up two employees from a local office of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) for questioning on Friday.

As per official sources, employees of the local RTA office opposed the move of the CIA staff to take away their colleagues – Vinay Kumar and Sumit – but to no avail.

The incident triggered a statewide stir, with RTA staffers alleging that their colleagues were rounded up by the police team without giving any notices. The RTA employees announced a statewide strike.

Within a couple of hours, the employees rounded up by the CIA team were let off after questioning, though the police authorities maintained that they had been sent back after recording their statement and giving notices to join the investigation.

Talking to The Tribune, Rohtak SP Pankaj Nain asserted that striking of work or any such move notwithstanding, action against government officials found guilty of corruption and other irregularities would continue.

It may be pertinent to mention here that the CIA wing of the district police had recently claimed to have unearthed a racket involving government officials, criminals and middlemen under which overloaded trucks were allowed to pass through the state at the rate of Rs 3,000 per district per month.

As per the local police authorities, the members of the gang used to charge the said amount from the truckers in the name of the RTA.

Two members of the gang, including a clerk at the SDM office in Dadri district, have been arrested.

As per the investigators, the criminal-government official network is spread across Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani, Dadri, Sonepat, Panipat and Jhajjar district and may have offshoots in other states.

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