A sting operation conducted by trainee policemen recently and shared with Zee 24Taas on Thursday exposed how corrupt the police force is, right from the very beginning where one needs to allegedly pay bribes during recruitment training itself.
The sting operation conducted by the trainee policemen at the police training ground in Marol has exposed how the trainees have to pay bribes ranging from Rs50 to over Rs1 lakh.
The sting operation reveals how the trainees are given grooming in subtly collecting bribes for big and small things, how deals are struck and how money can be extorted.
If a police staff member who has been selected for training wants to go on leave or extend his leave, he has to pay a sum of Rs1,000 per day.
If a trainee policeman wants to get a field or bandobast duty assigned in the district he belongs to, he will have to shell out Rs300.
If a trainee comes late for the day’s parade and drill sessions, a sum of Rs50 can be given to waive off punishment.
If a trainee policeman is caught drunk, he ends up paying a bribe ranging between Rs500 and Rs5,000.
Similarly, the rate for stepping out of the training camp premises ranges from Rs500 to Rs5,000.
After the sting operation, its details were sent to the Maharashtra home minister RR Patil, director general of state police and other top officers and an inquiry was initiated in the matter.
However, the inquiry is being conducted without transferring the officer allegedly involved in the graft.