Panchmahal: A complaint has been filed
against 14 persons, including Gujarat government officials and
a village sarpanch, for allegedly swindling Rs 38 lakh meant
for the 2002 post-Godhra riot victims of Khanpur taluka here,
police said today.
Deputy district development officer (DDO) Bhupensinh
Bhabhore filed the complaint yesterday at Bakor police station
in Khanpur against government officials who had held various
positions from Taluka development officer (TDO) and assistant
TDO, to clerk between 2002-2009, they said.
Those accused include retired TDO Gunvantlal Bhavsar,
former TDO Chandu Ninama, who is presently deputy DDO,
Vadodara district panchayat, and Anil Modi, who was sarpanch
of Pandarwada village between February 2002 to July 2003.
All persons have been accused of cheating, forgery,
criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy.
The fraud came to light after some of the riot victims
complained that they have not received compensation as
declared by the State government.
Following the complaint, inquiry into the matter revealed
that funds had been swindled off by the government officials,
police said adding that investigation into the matter was on
and no arrests have been made yet.
According to the complaint, the accused swindled Rs 38.25
lakh by allegedly forging documents and creating false
identities of the riot victims. They submitted fake documents,
collected the cheque and deposited it in other accounts, it
The complaint further said that all the accused connived
with each other to prepare fake documents and flouted
government rules and regulations to swindle the money.
Other accused are Hakji Bhabhor, (retd) former TDO,
Piyush Makwana, ex-TDO, at present TDO Santrampur, Kirit Shah,
(retd) ex-TDO, Indrajitsinh Raul, ex-Addl Engineer, Mahendra
Joshi, ex junior clerk, Moti Damor ex-Addl Engineer, Govind
Vankar, former Addl engineer, Jayanti Patel, ex TDO,
Sabirhussain Rasool, senior clerk, J J Joshi, incharge deputy
accountant, and Gulam Kharadi, a resident of Pandarwada