“On 12th April 2003, Amitabh Kumar Das sent a damaging report against the rail mafia vide Memo Number 342/CR. The whistle-blowing report described in details how the Bihari underworld had grabbed lucrative railway contracts worth crores of rupees. Railway contracts in the Patna-Mokama sector were given to the Surajbhan Singh gang, contracts in the Patna-Mughalsarai sector were given to the Sunil Pandey gang and contracts in the Patna-Gaya sector and the Dhanbad division were given to the Pandav Sena of Babloo Singh.” Axed IPS Officer told The Morning Chronicle in an interview here in Patna on Wednesday who had moved to Patna Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal after his compulsory retirement this year two months back.
Das, a, 1994 batch IPS officer was given premature retirement on the 13th August in the “public interest”. Last year Das was given promotion to the IG rank after the Supreme Court quashed all charges against him. At the time of his premature retirement in the “public interest”, Das faced no charges. Das moved the Patna bench of the CAT (Central Administrative Tribunal) on Tuesday through his counsel Dinu Kumar. Das explosive report against the rail mafia and Nitish Kumar’s numerous photographs with mafia dons form the court case parts as annextures.
Alleged Victimisation of IPS Officer
Amitabh Kumar Das, the axed IPS officer has moved the court alleging that he has been victimised for exposing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ‘s links with the rail mafia. From 2001 to 2003, Das was the Railways SP and Nitish was the Railways Minister.
Kurmi-Bhumihar Political Alliance
At that time, Nitish Kumar was the Railways Minister and RCP Singh (IAS 1984 UP) was his OSD (Officer on Special Duty ). RCP Singh is now a Rajya Sabha MP from JDU. Both Nitish and RCP are Kurmi by caste and all railway contractors were Bhumihars. Through railway contracts, Nitish was laying the foundation of the Kurmi-Bhumihar political alliance.
Giriraj Singh and Ranvir Sena
Amitabh Kumar Das has also accused the Union Government of being ill-disposed towards him. On the 10th November 2014, Das charged the Union Minister Giriraj Singh with cordial relationship with the Ranveer Sena, an outlawed private militia of landlords. Das wrote to the Special Branch calling for an Intelligence Bureau inquiry into the whole matter.
BIhar CM’s alleged links with Mafias
In his case, Das has also mentioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ‘s proximity to the don – turned – MLA Anant Singh. Das wrote a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar on the 5th March 2009 informing him about illegal arms in Anant Singh’ s armoury at his village Ladma under the Barh police station in Patna. The letter, written just before the Lok Sabha polls, disclosed that Anant Singh had weapons like AK 47, AK 56, LMG etc at his Ladma house. Nitish Kumar was upset at these disclosures, Das has alleged in his court case. A photograph of Nitish seeking blessings from Anant Singh has been submitted as an annexture.
IPS’s Crackdown on Politicians
Das, known as a no-nonsense IPS officer in the police circles, has served as SP of Deoghar, Lakhisarai, Kishanganj, Arwal and Buxar with distinction. As the SP of Lakhisarai, his crackdown on the sand mafia and the Suryagarha MLA Prahlad Yadav is still remembered. As the SP of the Naxal – infested Arwal he locked horns with the the local MLA and then Bihar Minister Akhilesh Singh. He also recommended POTA against the Ranveer Sena. As the SP, Kishanganj, Das was a thorn in the side of the Seemanchal strongman Taslimuddin. In 2005, the Election Commission of India sent him as the SP of Buxar just before the Assembly polls. Das put the Dumraon MLA Dadan Pahalwan behind bars and prevented him from becoming a Minister in the Bihar Cabinet. Das enjoys such a formidable reputation at the national level that this year the Election Commission of India made him its Police Observer for Nagaland and Karnataka assembly polls. Even the Transparency International, which fights corruption all over the globe, wrote a letter to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh protesting against his premature retirement!
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar S/O Ram Lakhan Prasad has also been made a respondent in the court case.