Priya Singh in custody of Kasganj police.
LUCKNOW: Acting on complaints of Basic Shiksha Adhikaris (BSAs), police of five more districts — Rae Bareli, Ambedkarnagar, Bagpat, Aligarh and Saharanpur — lodged FIRs against ‘Anamika Shukla‘ who is accused of working in 25 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) simultaneously for 13 months and taking home approximately Rs 1 crore as salary.
Kasganj police on Saturday arrested one Priya Singh who was working on the credentials of Anamika Shukla. It led cops to believe that multiple persons could be impersonating Shukla, using her academic records, but the real Shukla remains elusive.
When TOI reported about her first on June 4, she was found working at Rae Bareli. Later, she was also spotted at a KGBV in Baghpat and Kasganj. In Kasganj, however, police found that the woman working as Anamika was actually Priya. UP basic education minister Satish Dwivedi accepted that ‘Shukla’ has been found working in at least four KGBVs and ordered a probe into the records of all 746 residential schools for girls.
While an FIR has already been lodged against Anamika Shukla in above-mentioned five districts, BSAs of Varanasi and Amethi are yet to file a formal complaint.
She has reportedly been found working in these districts as well.
Besides, Gonda police said that on the basis of information given by BSA Indrajeet Prajapati, accused Anamika Shuka pursed her Class X from Kasturba Balika Inter College and then Class XII from Beni Madhav Jang Bahadur Inter College in Paraspur of the district. She also completed graduation from Raghukul Mahila Vidyapeeth in 2012 of the same district. However, Shukla did not join any of the schools in Gonda, cops say.
Additional Director General of Police, law and order, Prashant Kumar told TOI that the education department started an internal investigation and then got FIRs registered acting on the report of the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force.
“We are waiting for FIRs to be filed against different ‘Anamikas’ across the state and then if need arises of any special cell or the STF, it will be given the probe,” Kumar said.
As per the complaint of BSA, Rae Bareli, Anand Prakash, Anamika joined as a science teacher at KGBV in Bachhrawan in March 2019. “During a preliminary inquiry, it surfaced that Anamika Shukla has also served in Ambedkarnagar, Saharanpur, Bagpat, Aligarh, Varanasi, Kasganj, Amethi,” said Prakash in his FIR to the police.
Prakash further added that Anamika was served several reminders to appear in person at the office but she never turned up, while on May 26, she sent her resignation. An FIR on the charges of dishonesty, cheating by impersonation, forgery of valuable security, forgery for purpose of cheating, using as genuine a forged document was lodged against her.
In the FIR lodged in Ambedkarnagar, BSA Atul Singh has stated that Anamika Shukla was kept on ad hoc basis as a science teacher at Alapur KGBV in March 2019. Later, it was learnt that she was also serving elsewhere, after which several letters asking her to visit the office were sent from March 7 to May 6, 2020. These letters were also addressed to her father Subash Shukla in Mainpuri but there was no reply.
Similarly, as another FIR lodged by Rajeev Ranjan Mishra, BSA, Baraut, Anamika Shukla got a job in December 2019. Later, due to some technical errors in transfer of funds, Shukla was asked to appear before the office of assistant director, basic education, in Meerut with all her documents but instead she sent a resignation letter on WhatsApp on March 13, 2020.
Two other FIRs were registered at Janakpuri police station in Saharanpur district and Pali Mukimpur police station of Aligarh district on the charges of dishonesty.