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'Ganglords Have Become Leaders'

The full report of the committee constituted under home secretary N.N. Vohra to look into the nexus between criminals and politicians was never made public. Relevant excerpts.

'Ganglords Have Become Leaders'
'Ganglords Have Become Leaders'
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The full report of the committee constituted under home secretary N.N. Vohra to look into the nexus between criminals and politicians was never made public. It investigated the syndicates and Mafia organizations that have established relations and are sheltered by politicians and government officials. The excerpts from the report released in October 1993 tell that the government was aware of the gravity of the situation.

The report said: "The CBI director and the IB director have said that criminal gangs, armed militia, narcotics Mafia, smuggling gangs, illegal traders of drugs and economic lobbies have rapidly developed. During the last few years they have established contacts with bureaucrats/govt. officials, politicians, media persons and non-govvernment sector in strategically sensitive places. Some of these syndicates have various international relations including secret agencies.’

The IB director had also given some examples - "In states like Bihar, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh these gangs are given sanctuary by politicians in the party lines up to regional politicians and are protected by government officials. Some politicians have become leaders of these gangs/armed gangs and have been elected to regional bodies, state assemblies and even the parliament in the past few years. As a result such elements have acquired a considerable political influence which is disrupting government working and endangering life and property of common men. This is creating pessimism in the public…

"Some Mafia elements have taken up smuggling of narcotics and created a terrorism-narcotic network especially in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The costs of fighting elections have forced the politicians to nurture these elements, which has caused officials in deterrent/investigation agencies to make serious compromises. The disease has spread to almost every region in the country; coastal and border states are especially effected.’


Translated from Outlook Saptahik, dated February 17, 2003

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