ANDHRA PRADESH

It's a fact: CID can't be on the move!

Hyderabad Sept. 21. One simply cannot miss the irony! Inspectors of the Crime Investigation Department, who are investigating cases like the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam, do not have vehicles. They have neither secretarial assistance nor separate landline telephone connections. No cell phones either.

The CID, the leading investigating agency, is entrusted with solving sensational cases reported across the State. Investigation into such cases demands extensive travelling as a considerable number of cases have inter-district and inter-State connections. However, an examination of the infrastructure at the CID brings to fore the pathetic working conditions under which its staff is forced to work, trace and tackle cases.

The CID wing taking care of the cases relating to the city has a strength of four Inspectors and two DSPs. After the recent re-organisation, the CID has 12 Inspectors and 10 DSPs. Surprisingly, none of the Inspectors is provided with a four-wheeler -- a minimum requirement for any investigating officer.

It is paradoxical that one car or jeep is provided for two DSPs. Even the support staff given to the Inspectors is inadequate. An SI, a head constable and four constables are the only men to assist one Inspector. With the limited staff, the Inspector has to attend the trial of cases in courts, execute warrants, make arrests, do field enquiries and conduct searches.

"Working in such outrageous conditions, it is no wonder CID officials have failed to file a chargesheet in the fake stamp paper scam," a police officer observes.

In this age of information technology-driven administration, none of the Inspectors is provided with a computer. Except the lock-up room given to the anti-dacoity cell, there is no space earmarked for interrogating the accused persons or suspects. The DSPs, who set out for field enquiries, are given one driver making it difficult to travel during the night to conduct investigation. The travel allowance is Rs. 1,250 for an SI and Rs. 2,500 for an Inspector.

It is said that while the strength of supervising officers, of the rank of the SP and above, has increased, the strength of lower rung staff has remained the same. At any given point of time, one Inspector would be investigating at least 10 cases. In some cases like the Deendar Anjuman, the investigating officers had to examine at least 300 to 400 witnesses and record 100 panchanamas.

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