Ajay Devgn is back and how! This time the actor doesn’t don a uniform but plays a badass income tax officer who is ready to take on the ‘powerful corrupt’ in Raj Kumar Gupta’s Raid. And once again, Ajay is a clear winner at the box office. His film, which opened at Rs 10.04 crore on Friday, is continuing its winning streak at the ticket windows. Going by the numbers, Raid is said to cross the Rs 50-crore mark very soon.
Raj Kumar Gupta’s “Raid” is set in Lucknow in the 80’s when India was still a closed economy. During a tense income tax raid, an honest officer (Ajay Devgn) tries to implicate a powerful politician for his ill-gotten wealth.
Devgn’s Amay Patnaik, the director would have you believe, is an anomaly among government officers – someone who refuses to accept any favours, even defying the country’s prime minister in his quest to catch the corrupt.
Here we are sharing 3 true stories of public servants:-
In 2005, an A grade officer working as a manager for the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was murdered for taking action against two petrol pumps in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. Manjunath had ordered the sealing of the petrol pumps for three months, as they were caught for selling adulterated fuel. Ignoring the order, one of the pumps began operations and Manjunath decided to raid it. During the operation, he was shot dead.
In 2011, Yashwant Sonawane, Additional District Collector of Malegaon was burnt alive with kerosene by the oil mafia at Manmad in Maharashtra. The 44-year-old Sonawane had caught the oil mafia pilfering fuel from a tanker. Sonawane was building a case against a person named Popat Shinde, the prime accused in his murder. Shinde has been working with the oil mafia for over 30 years. Sonawane had seized 4,000 litres of kerosene and 3,000 litres of petrol from Shinde’s dhaba.
An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar was killed while chasing a tractor loaded with illegally mined stones in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. Kumar had spotted a tractor during patrolling and tried to stop it, blocking its path by his Jeep. But the driver of the tractor ploughed into him. The death caused outrage across the country because Kumar was evidently killed for trying to combat illegal mining in the state.