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Unchecked bribery in forest check post leading to Srisailam from markapur

Reported on April 28, 2011 from Cuddapah , Andhra Pradesh  ι Report #32074

I ALONG WITH MY FAMILY MEMBERS TRAVELLED TO SRISAILAM FROM CHENNAI. WE REACHED THE FOOT HILLS OF SRISAILAM AT AROUND 13.00 HRS. OUR VEHICLE WAS STOPPED AT THIS POINT AND WE ARE ASKED TO ENTER THE VEHICLE NUMBERS IN A REGISTER. WE ENTERED OUR VEHICLE NUMBERS TN-09 BE 0598 AND TN-47R 7000 AND ANOTHER FRIEND OF US ALSO REGISTERED HIS NUMBER, WHICH I DON'T REMEMBER. AFTER ENTERING THE NUMBERS, THE OFFICIAL IN THE CHECK POST ASKED US TO PAY RS.10/ VEHICLE AND PROCEED. I ASKED HIM TO GIVE RECEIPT FOR THE PAYMENT BUT HE REPLIED THAT THERE IS NO RECEIPT. THEN I TOLD HIM THAT I WILL TAKE UP THE MATTER WITH HIGHER OFFICIALS AND YELLED AT HIM FOR HIS BEHAVIOUR. MEANWHILE, OTHER VEHICLES ARE ROUTINELY PAYING RS.10 AT THE CHECK POST.ON OUR WAY BACK, THEY ALLOWED OUR VEHICLES WITHOUT ASKING QUESTIONS. SO I FEEL THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHECKING IS NOT TO SAFE GUARD THE FOREST OR CONTROL THE NAXAL MENACE BUT TO FLEECE A COMMON MAN.
NOTE: I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE CHECK POST IS LOCATED BUT THE OPTIONS HERE ARE *******

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