Not paid for 6 months, died in line of duty

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Not paid for 6 months, died in line of duty
Ranchi:  The brave Jharkhand police inspector Francis Induwar who was killed by the Naxals has not been paid his salary for the last six months. This has come to notice after the state police department initiated the process to clear his pay certificate for reimbursement.

Induwar, who was found beheaded by Maoists two days ago, did not get his salary since March as he could not cut through the elaborate red tape after his transfer on promotion from Bokaro to Ranchi as the state Special Branch in March this year.

"As soon as I joined yesterday, I cleared his last pay certificate. I am looking into why it took so long," Bokaro Superintendent of Police Saket Kumar Singh said.

Singh has succeeded SP Laxman Prasad Singh after the recent reshuffle in the ranks of district police chiefs.

Inspector-General of Police (Special Branch) B B Pradhan explained that once transferred, a policeman has to hand over charges of old cases and deposit weapons given to him and this results in delay.

"The pay certificate is cleared by different sections in the police department after the transferred policeman hands over everything, including case diary and weapons, under his possession," Pradhan said here. The IG, however, said his salary would be cleared immediately.

Induwar was kidnapped on September 30 by the Maoists from Hembrom Bazaar in Khunti district, about 70 km from here.

But days later, he was killed by Maoists who demanded release of their three arrested leaders, including Kobad Ghandy, in exchange for the officer.

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