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” he says. For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App More Related News "A vehicle in Mevani’s convoy was hit by a stone but nobody was injured. Do not rub your eyes, stated: ? Between February 2008-2013,stroking seven fours. He is credited with turning the anarchic constituency of 1990s into a law abiding one. about the same as its IPC rate.Other indicators pointed to a similar conclusion It was quite clear that under Akhilesh’s government serious crimes such as riots kidnapping extortion rape and murder went up while the administration continued to stay in denial SP leader Azam Khan said that the gangrape of a mother and daughter in Bulandshahr was ‘political conspiracy’– rape-accused minister Gayatri Prajapati went ‘missing’ the girl who said an SP MLA had raped her was found murdered — bang in the middle of election campaign The BJP promised that if the party was elected to power one of its first jobs would be to restore the writ of law Yogi is now traversing the distance between promise and performance The new Uttar Pradesh CM has already set a blazing pace of work He has shown admirable resolve to tackle the deep rot within the state’s complacent bureaucracy that was complicit in the corruption of earlier regimes A laissez-faire paradigm that aided corruption is swiftly being replaced by a stricter environment based on accountability Many IAS and IPS officers including DMs have been transferred several employees long past their retirement age have been given golden handshakes officials have been warned against bribery ministers have been asked to declare their assets as Yogi has taken control Focus on personal probity have been complemented by actions and promises Farm loans have been waivered work on providing uninterrupted power supply has begun in right earnest Yogi has also promised English education from the nursery level vowed to regulate the fee structure in educational institutions and build more medical colleges For a month-old CM this is an impressive resume However Yogi’s biggest challenge lies in restoring law and order The difficulty level is formidable The recent spate of attacks on police stations arson destruction of property torching of police vehicles threats and beating up of officers is the symptom of a much deeper malaise To stop and reverse this trend the Yogi administration first needs to diagnose the problem And the problem is that police in Uttar Pradesh suffers from an acute erosion of power It is any administration’s biggest headache when criminals and subversive elements do not fear law enforcers That Uttar Pradesh has reached this tipping point is not Yogi’s fault but as the chief minister it is incumbent on him to restore the state’s writ His job has been rendered tougher by the fact that a new Hindutva triumphalism has been added to the mix Hence instead of being just a law and order issue restoring law and order in the state has now also become a political challenge The impunity with which members of Bajrang Dal Vishwa Hindu Parishad and some goons under Hindutva banner attacked Agra’s police stations hurled stones and roughed up policemen demanding the release of five accused point to a total lack of fear or retribution How did it come to such a pass There are two reasons One nobody fears the police anymore in Uttar Pradesh – a sad legacy of the SP regime – and goons who claim to represent Hindutva feel that ‘now it is their turn to create mayhem’ There might be aeons of difference between claim and reality but to these criminals ‘Hindutva’ provides the perfect cover and political immunity for their crimes Media focus also promises instant notoriety and infamy If Yogi is serious about restoring law and order in the state he must call the bluff of these goons and show them the strong arm of law If amember of a right-wing student’s group shows the audacity to slap a high-ranking police officer it sends a chilling message down the rank and file Yogi must show the administrative and more importantly political resolve to take the cases registered against these goons to their logical conclusion and not allow his administration and police to buckle under any pressure Any failure at this stage will show up Yogi as a paper tiger Thanks to the wonderful performance of the spin doctors belonging to the “Congress-mukt Bharat” camp we have now been led to believe that the grand old Indian National Congress is almost gone for good We have also been gripped by the perception that the Bharatiya Janata Party will sooner rather than later be marching ahead winning elections across the nation from Kamrup in the East to Kutch in the West Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South Representational image Reuters And all this would happen by 2019 Little wonder then that an over-zealous Times of India came up with this front page banner headline Friday morning: “A Congless India Almost” But a spin is a spin And perceptions and realities often differ in politics Scratch the surface just a little and you will come up with at least three political realities that may not jell well with the current perception: First Congress has bagged 115 seats in total compared to the BJP’s overall tally of 64 in the recently concluded Assembly elections in five states This effectively means that the BJP could win just four seats in as many states if you leave aside Assam By now all the details are out in the open The Congress has in fact bettered its performance in three states – West Bengal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry After a long long time in West Bengal the grand old party finds itself placed in the second spot with 44 seats – 11 seats above the combined strength of the Left That’s no mean achievement in the face of what is now known as “didigiri” on one hand and big brotherly attitude of the leftists on the other The BJP remains stuck at three seats even as the Congress could raise its tally by two seats compared to the 2011 Assembly elections In Tamil Nadu the Congress won eight seats this time against five in the 2011 polls And in Puducherry the party has now got 15 seats compared to just seven in the 2011 Assembly elections Second even a casual look at the voting percentage figures makes it clear that Amit Shah’s party couldn’t match its 2014 performance in four of the five states that went to polls – not even in Assam where the BJP could get just above 29 percent votes on its own this time At the peak of the Modi wave in 2014 the BJP had polled here over 36 percent votes Indeed Kerala is the only state in India where the BJP could match its 2014 performance – voting percentage wise It’s a different thing if the party could win a solitary seat in this southern state Third BJP’s ignominious defeat in Bihar and morale-boosting victory in Assam are more or less similar in nature and spirit The only difference is that Amit Shah’s party was at the receiving end of a potent coalition called “mahagathbandhan” in Bihar compared to Assam where the party romped home on the strength of a rainbow coalition of not-so-similar political forces The Congress refused to learn lessons from Bihar But the BJP did – and quite commendably at that Few people know that in the second week of December last year the Congress the AIUDF and the AGP had almost stitched a deal to fight the Assembly elections together in Assam Prompted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a series of meetings had taken place in this regard in New Delhi Everything had been decided upon and only a formal announcement remained to be made in this regard Even Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi wanted this alliance to materialise But there is always a gap between the proverbial cup and the lips For reasons best known to himself and his son it was Tarun Gogoi who set his foot down and called off the formal announcement The alliance was dead even before it was born The fate of the Congress was sealed in turn Can you imagine what would have happened in Assam had this proposed coalition seen the light of day The BJP which had been smarting under the weight of the Bihar debacle had learnt its lessons rather well Ably aided by Sarbananda Sonowal who had migrated to BJP from AGP and Himanta Biswa Sarma who had joined the saffron camp deserting the Congress Amit Shah didn’t lose time in stitching a coalition with AGP and BPF The day this alliance was formed Himanta Biswa Sarma who happened to be Tarun Gogoi’s master strategist in the earlier days declared: “The BJP will win hands down” And they did win hands down Their confidence was based on the failure of the Congress to stitch an alliance with AIUDF and AGP The Telangana Rashtra Samithi triumphed in its maiden contest in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections literally sweeping the polls with a victory in 100-plus seats out of the 150 divisions in the City The Telangana Bhavan TRS headquarters wore a festive look with several leaders greeting one another and smearing gulal TRS leader K Chandrasekar Rao celebrates the win in Hyderabad Civic Polls Image courtesy: @India272/Twitter Though the victory of the TRS was a fait accompli the crushing defeat it has inflicted on the Congress and the TDP-BJP combine with a bang may have surely benumbed the bosses of the Opposition parties especially TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu who claimed that “nobody have more rights on Hyderabad than me” It’s a ‘fatah poster niklaa hero’ moment for the TRS especially IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) son of the TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) for he took upon his shoulders the onus of leading the party from the infantry The Grand Old Party Congress which has separated the State of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh hasn’t crossed a woefully small number of just two municipal divisions out of 150 The high-decibel campaign especially in the media channels and some friendly newspapers by the Telugu Desam Party-Bharatiya Janata Party ended up in a whimper Chandrababu Naidu and Venkaiah Naidu separately campaigned addressing several public meetings at different places in the city only to end up with a humiliating four seats out of 150 The bombast of the TDP’s ‘gung-ho’ claims of ‘so-called development’ just petered out The jingoistic propaganda that the two parties were responsible for the growth of IT in the city did not cut much ice with the electors These two formations are almost extinct in the city as far as the GHMC is concerned The Majlis-e-Ittehaadul Muslimeen (MIM) though found itself to be the second largest party in the GHMC council with about 40 seats surely hasn’t done as expected The party contested 62 seats and hoped to bag about 50 seats The violence indulged in by MIM cadres and leaders including the party supremo Asaduddin Owaisi indicated the frustration levels of the party TRS supremo KCR has indeed played his cards very cleverly His son KTR challenged the opponents that he would renounce politics and take a ‘political sanyas’ if his party did not win 100 seats and also wrest the Mayoral position With a view to saving the skin of the TRS and also of his son in case of any eventuality the Chief Minister has kept the door ajar for the MIM saying that the latter was “anyway a friendly party” Almost every leader from every other party joined the issue with KTR Most important of them all was TDP MLA and main accused in the cash-for-vote case A Revanth Reddy who had thrown a challenge that he would leave Telangana State if the TRS won National secretariat member of the Communist Party of India (CPI) K Narayana challenged that he would snip his ear if the TRS won Ever since the poll results began trickling in social media is agog with witty comments awaiting the losers to fulfil their challenges The Congress did not have a strategy from the beginning and “strategically” nominated Vikram Goud son of former minister Mukesh Goud as its mayor candidate He also lost the polls Former Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy was trounced by the TRS candidate with a majority if whopping 14000-plus votes in Tarnaka division Another former Mayor Majeed Hussain (MIM) however won The TDP-BJP combine has pinned its hopes on the large migrant population in divisions spread around the outskirts of the city and expected big victories But their expectations were belied beyond their imagination by the electorate The experiment of projecting Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh as the party’s star campaigner also conked off However KCR’s strategy that “none of the migrants is an outsider and all those living in the city are Hyderabadis and that there is no incident causing security concerns among people from Andhra” has indeed paid off At the end of the day a beaming KTR came in front of the media and announced that the TRS had scripted a new history in the city and the results were a referendum to the TRS Government’s performance in the last 18 months “Our responsibility has increased It has been proved beyond doubt that we enjoy the support of all sections of people in the City We are bowing our heads and expressing gratitude wholeheartedly We will stay committed to the promises made in the manifesto The TRS victory means the people reposed their confidence in the leadership of the TRS and KCR and we will not belie their expectations” he said Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: July 17 2016 1:00 am Pema Khandu the new leader of the Congress legislative party in Arunachal Pradesh (Photo: PTI) Top News The Congress on Saturday pulled off a coup in Arunachal Pradesh bringing the rebels back into its fold six months after they deserted the party under the leadership of Kalikho Pul – the Nabam Tuki government fell as a consequence However if sources are to be believed it did not happen overnight: the party had been working on the rebels for the last one and a half months Sources said that about one and a half months ago Congress leaders in the state sensed that all was not well in the Kalikho Pul camp Both Pema Khandu and Chowna Mein – the latter deputy chief minister in the Pul cabinet – were unhappy with what they called “authoritarian style” of Pul and his decisions – ironical since that was one of the charges they had hurled against Tuki READ: Arunachal Pradesh: How the Congress staged a coup and won back the rebels Congress leaders especially Arunachal East MP Ninong Ering quietly reached out to them The Supreme Court order was nowhere in sight then The message was conveyed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi who chose to maintain an arm’s length from the negotiations letting the leaders and AICC general secretary-in charge of the state handle the delicate situation Informal talks went on for a month Word spread but both Khandu and Mein issued public statements that all was well The Congress interlocutors told them that one among them – and the choice would be theirs – would be the chief minister of a Congress government The talks gained urgency after the Supreme Court verdict READ: Lessons from Uttarakhand and Arunachal: What court orders on Central rule say Senior leader Kapil Sibal who was Tuki’s lawyer in the Supreme Court convinced him that in the interest of the party he would have to make way for someone else Tuki knew the writing on the wall Sources said Tuki was told about the plan a day after the verdict He agreed Ering and others remained in touch with Mein Unexpectedly for the Congress the rebels among themselves decided to project Khandu as their leader “It came from them And they are not rebels They are all Congressmen” a senior leader said READ: Modi govt toppling elected govts in greed for power says Sonia Gandhi On Friday morning the matter was taken to Gandhi who gave ago ahead The signal was relayed to the rebel leaders who left Guwahati and reached Itanagar in the evening Through the night Congress leaders were anxious and kept their fingers crossed knowing well that the BJP camp was planning a counter attack However things went according to script and all the MLAs reached the CLP meeting and elected Khandu as the new leader For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Berlin | Published: September 17 2017 7:40 pm Christian Gentner (right) has suffered various facial injuries after his collision with Koen Casteels (Source: AP) Top News VfB Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner has suffered various facial injuries after his collision with VfL Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels in Saturday’s Bundesliga game his club said Casteels leaped high to try and catch the ball in the penalty area and his knee caught Gentner in the face in the process “Extensive examinations revealed that Christian Gentner had suffered breaks to the lower and lateral (parts of his) eye-socket his nose and his upper-jaw” said Stuttgart in a statement “The 31-year-old will undergo surgery over the next few days and is expected to make a complete recovery” Stuttgart’s sporting director Michael Reschke described it as a “cruel blow” for Gentner “The most important news though is that he will make a full recovery” he added “Christian is enormously important for us both on as well as off the pitch In the four Bundesliga games we’ve played thus far he has impressively proven his exceptional qualities” Wolfsburg have wished Gentner a speedy recovery but could not immediately be reached for further comment Belgian goalkeeper Casteels has yet to comment The incident caused controversy because the referee waved play on and did not consult the video assistant to see whether Casteels had committed a foul Video referees are being trialled in the Bundesliga this season For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Anjali Bhardwaj Amrita Johri | Updated: May 16 2016 1:42 am As part of the assessments 20000 RTI applications filed to different public authorities in the country were collected of which detailed analysis of a randomly selected sample of 5000 applications was undertaken Related News The Right to Information (RTI) Act has undoubtedly been a most empowering legislation for citizens The law has initiated the vital task of redistributing power in a democratic framework It is perhaps this paradigm shift in the locus of power that has resulted in consistent efforts by the powerful to denigrate it The latest attack on the legislation was witnessed recently in the Rajya Sabha with several members of Parliament across party lines demanding amendments to the act A key allegation made on the floor of the House was that the RTI is being widely misused especially to blackmail public functionaries It was also argued that government servants are unable to take decisions objectively for fear of the RTI This is not the first time that the issue of misuse of the RTI Act has been flagged The previous prime minister alleged that a large number of frivolous and vexatious RTI applications are being filed resulting in a negative impact on the efficiency of the government These assertions however are not backed by data or evidence — a point which the office of the previous PM had to publicly concede when the RTI was invoked to ask for the basis of the PM’s views Similarly one of the MPs who raised these issues in the Rajya Sabha has reportedly admitted that his statements were based on anecdotal evidence drawn from some isolated cases On the contrary two national studies on the implementation of the RTI carried out by the RTI Assessment and Advocacy Group (RaaG) in collaboration with the National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) tell a completely different story As part of the assessments 20000 RTI applications filed to different public authorities in the country were collected of which detailed analysis of a randomly selected sample of 5000 applications was undertaken Less than 1 per cent of the RTI applications analysed pointed towards the misuse of the law in terms of frivolous or vexatious information requests The majority of applicants sought basic information about decisions and action taken by the government norms related to the functioning of public authorities and the use of public resources In fact the studies showed that close to 70 per cent of the RTI applications sought information that should either have been made public proactively or communicated to the applicant without needing to file an RTI application The analysis also revealed that a little over 1 per cent applications were voluminous in terms of requiring a lot of information which could divert time of public servants Again a majority of the voluminous applications were asking for information that should have been disclosed proactively Clearly the poor compliance by public authorities with statutory provisions related to proactive disclosure of information is forcing people to file applications for information that should be publicly available to them Even a government-sponsored nation-wide study in 2009 did not find any evidence to flag misuse In any case how can objective government information obtained under the RTI be used to blackmail or harass anyone On the other hand if there is some wrongdoing the RTI applicant would be rendering a service to the society by exposing it Another claim made by an MP was that anyone even a “panwadi” (paan seller) and a “chaiwala” (tea seller) without establishing their locus can use the RTI to ask questions on sensitive issues from the government such as national secrets related to missile programs and international relations But the assertion that the RTI can be used to compromise national security is totally unfounded Section 8 of the RTI Act spells out the restrictions to peoples’ right to information It exempts disclosure of various categories of information including information which would prejudicially affect the security of India and its relations with a foreign state and personal information which has no bearing on public activity or interest Finally it is unclear why the honourable MP took exception to the use of the RTI legislation by citizens from a humble background like a panwadi or a chaiwala After all our MPs never seem to complain when they get votes and collect taxes (the poorest of the poor pay indirect taxes) from these very people Then why the hesitation to be answerable to them The RTI Act is premised on the idea that democracy requires an informed citizenry Members of Parliament would be well advised to look at the evidence before mulling amendments to it The writers are members of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shiny Varghese | Published: April 28 2017 3:00 am Pragati Maidan Top News FOUR DAYS after the demolition of the Hall of Nations the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) has released the layout plan for the redevelopment of Pragati Maidan The Integrated Exhibition and Convention Centre (IECC) project involves seven exhibition halls a convention centre an administrative block and an underground parking Chairman-Managing Director L C Goyal said that the traffic plan in and around Pragati Maidan will happen simultaneously with the project The architects for the Rs 2254-cr project are Delhi-based Arcop Associates and Singapore-based Aedas Pvt Ltd ITPO is confident of holding its auto and defence expos within the exhibition halls clad in aluminium panels and glass There will be single halls of 1000 square metre (sqm) and continuous spaces of 25000 sqm The elliptical Convention Centre (50000 sqm) encased in red stone Dholpur white stone Glass Reinforced Concrete and glass with its curved-sloping facade and a 45 m elevated podium will have over 28 meeting rooms and multi-function halls On the rooftop will be three helipads 100m x 100m each in keeping with international requirements of such sites What Goyal is proud to talk about is the six-lane underground tunnel that will connect Mathura Road to Ring Road and will cut across the 130-acre Pragati Maidan complex This plan will make Mathura Road signal free allowing smooth access for visitors While the entire complex has over 2400 trees Goyal assures that the 15-acre landscaped area in the redevelopment plan will have its own variety of trees “We have got the necessary permission from the Delhi Forest Department and Delhi Development Authority has assured that they will provide land where we can plant more trees elsewhere in the city” he said “This will be a landmark project where southeast Asian nations can hold exhibitions People have memories of the buildings here but we are doing new things for architecture Both the Convention Centre and the Administrative Block have the highest GRIHA ratings” he added For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Vikram S Mehta | Published: June 1 2015 12:00 am Carbon taxes should be explicitly acknowledged and integrated into our pricing mechanism The final price of products should reflect the external costs on society of carbon emissions (Illustration by Pradeep Yadav) Related News The government’s policy pronouncements over the past year have thrown into sharp relief the conflict between its energy policy and its green agenda It should endeavour to settle this conflict over the coming year The purpose of this article is to recommend the steps it should take to do so The government has announced that it will treble coal production from the current 500 million tonnes per annum to 15 billion tonnes by 2022 Coal is the dirtiest fuel in the energy basket Separately it has committed to increasing solar energy capacity from the current 25 gigawatt (GW) to 100 GW and wind energy from 25 GW to 50GW (approximately) also by 2022 This is in line with the prime minister’s commitment to push economic development on to a low-carbon growth path and his call for a saffron (solar) revolution The chief economic advisor has in an article in this paper (‘Green road to Paris’ IE May 13) reinforced this “green” message by arguing that India has moved from a regime of “carbon subsidisation” to “carbon taxation” He has based his argument on the fact that the benefit of low oil prices has not been fully passed on to the consumer His logic could be challenged but it is important to note the use of the term “carbon taxation” by a government official Read separately each of these pronouncements is defensible India sits on the fifth largest reserves of coal in the world and the goal to provide secure reliable and affordable energy to the public on a 24/7 basis cannot be achieved unless these indigenous deposits are harnessed But India is also highly vulnerable to global warming One hundred and fifty million people live along its 7500 km coastline Their livelihoods would be severely impacted if sea levels rose Further there are millions of farmers in north India who are dependent on the waters from the 10000-plus glaciers that mark the Himalayas Were these glaciers to recede the impact on agricultural output could be severe The point is that coal offers the least-cost option for energy security and cannot but be encouraged Equally the green agenda has to be accorded high priority We can no longer afford the option of developing first and cleaning up later Read together however these statements are in conflict The commitment to push the dirtiest fuel in the energy basket does not sit comfortably with the commitment to move the economy on to a low carbon clean energy and environmentally responsible growth path The target to fast-track solar and wind energy loses its clean energy sheen when in parallel a target is set to burn more coal than perhaps any other country in the world (more so than even China ) The claim of “carbon taxation” gets knocked on the head by a distortionary pricing mechanism that discourages investment in the exploration and production of the environmentally more benign natural gas So how does one square this circle What must the government do to reconcile these understandable but conflictual objectives I would suggest the following steps for consideration in the coming year One the price of natural gas should be aligned to trade parity levels The current price has been administratively set at below market levels This has discouraged the flow of risk capital into exploration and choked the development of discovered reserves Natural gas is a relatively clean fossil fuel and pending the shift to renewables it should be seen as the transitional bulwark of our fossil fuel-based energy system Two carbon taxes should be explicitly acknowledged and integrated into our pricing mechanism The final price of products should reflect the external costs on society of carbon emissions It should not be as is suggested by the CEA an implicit claim on the peg of a revenue-generating exercise No one likes taxes and few governments have bitten this particular bullet But now that the notion of such a tax has been publicly aired it might make sense to derive the tax by direct reference to levels of emissions Three the measurement of carbon emissions by different industries and economic segments must be sophisticated and the data held in a centralised bank Lack of accurate and reliable data is an impediment to effectively tackling environmental pollution Four old power plants running on subcritical and inefficient turbines rank amongst the heaviest emitters of greenhouse gases State governments should be persuaded to either upgrade or close down these plants Five the present grid infrastructure is not strong enough to absorb a massive influx of variable and intermittent renewable energy The requisite “smart” capacity cannot be built quickly The focus next year should be on decentralised power and in particular small-scale solar Six urban air pollution has now reached deathly proportions Thirteen of our cities rank amongst the most polluted in the world One reason is the exponential increase of vehicular traffic There are a number of excellent studies that have suggested a number of non-exclusive actions to reverse this trend These range from strengthening public transport to discouraging city driving to influencing behavioural change towards matters like car-sharing The government should dust off these reports and look at implementing these recommendations Seven demand-side management is a powerful instrument to tackle the problem of energy deficit and energy sustainability So far it has not been effectively deployed because of pricing distortions and subsidies Kerosene LPG power water and urea are still heavily subsidised These distortions will have to be corrected to effectuate this instrument Eight emissions norms building standards and efficiency standards have not been comprehensively implemented because of weak and ill-defined regulatory structures These structures must be strengthened Nine the clean energy fund is flush with cash but its management is opaque This should be corrected and the money effectively and transparently deployed to leapfrog old technologies Finally it must be recognised that energy policy and the green agenda are two sides of the same coin They have to be tackled conjointly The institutions of governance must be redesigned to reflect this fundamental reality The writer is senior fellow Brookings Institution and executive chairman Brookings India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Published: June 26 2017 4:19 am The theft only came to light last week when a number of the bank’s customers approached the manager of the bank’s Goregaon West branch to complain that cheques they had deposited several days ago in the drop-box located in the ATM booth outside the bank building were yet to be debited from their accounts (Representational Image) Top News The Goregaon police are on the lookout for two men who stole cheques from the drop-box of a nationalised bank in the suburb earlier this week making away with an unspecified number of cheques The theft only came to light last week when a number of the bank’s customers approached the manager of the bank’s Goregaon West branch to complain that cheques they had deposited several days ago in the drop-box located in the ATM booth outside the bank building were yet to be debited from their accounts According to the police the manager having ascertained that the cheques had not been deposited to the accounts mentioned stopped payment before investigating what had happened to the cheques “The manager then consulted with the bank’s security department which advised him to review footage of CCTV cameras mounted in the ATM booth” said an officer at Goregaon police station The police said when the manager checked the footage he found that at 130 pm on June 11 two unidentified men entered the ATM booth and approached the cheque drop-box “In the footage the men are seen using a key to open the drop-box and taking away the cheques stored in it The manager believes the men were in possession of a duplicate key” said the officer However the bank registered a complaint with the police on June 21 after carrying out an internal inquiry of its own The Goregaon police have charged the two unidentified men with theft The bank is unsure how many cheques were in the drop-box when the men stole them the police said The only lead the police have so far is that the thieves recently encashed one of the stolen cheques “The thieves were looking for cheques on which they could manipulate the amounts easily They have changed the amount on one of the cheques from Rs 12000 to Rs 120000 We are investigating that transaction” said the official The officer added that the police are also probing how the thieves acquired the duplicate key and whether they were employed at the bank at any time For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News

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