Probe ordered after Kanpur post office issues stamps featuring gangsters



The Kanpur postal department has ordered an inquiry after the main post office in the city issued stamps featuring underworld boss Chhota Rajan and slain gangster Munna Bajrangi, officials said on Tuesday.

They printed twelve stamps each of Rajan and Bajrangi under the ‘My Stamp’ scheme, which was launched by the department a few years back.

Calling it was a lapse by the person manning the ‘My Stamp’ desk, Postmaster General V.K Varma said that they have launched a probe.

“An anonymous person paid Rs 600 for the stamps, having a face value of Rs 5,” Varma said.

“Without asking for identification papers, which is essential, the person manning the ‘My Stamp’ desk released 12 stamps each with the pictures,” he said.

“Philately department in-charge Rajneesh Kumar, who was prima facie found guilty, was suspended.”

“We have also issued show-cause notices to some other employees in this regard,” the postmaster general said.

“Efforts are on to zero in on the person who got the photographs of the criminals printed under the ‘My Stamp’ scheme,” he added.

”It has been decided to take strict measures in the future to ensure we do not repeat such errors,” Varma said.

Under the ‘My Stamp’ scheme, anyone paying Rs 300 can get stamps with their photos or that of their family members printed and released.

Rajan is currently in a Mumbai prison, and Bajrangi was murdered in UP’s Baghpat prison in 2018. (PTI)


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