Siddha Physician Become RDO takes on poll violators!

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TIRUCHI: The mobile phone of S Sangeetha, revenue divisional officer and the returning officer of Tiruchi West constituency, where state transport K N Nehru is contesting in April 13 rings almost non stop. And most of the calls are tip offs about alleged bribing of voters or violation of election code. The young officer from Mettur in Salem, a post-graduate in Siddha medicine, is determined to ensure fair elections and never ignores any telephone calls, though some of them turn out to be prank calls. 

In the wee hours of Tuesday too, she chose not to ignore a tip off that resulted in the seizure of Rs 5.11 crore cash. Sangeetha went to the spot in the wee hours of Tuesday with just one constable and her personal driver, without even alerting the local police, apparently cautious to prevent leakage of news of raid. For all that grit, she has never been in NSS or NCC and Sangeetha doesn't even remember herself as an adventurous sort. "It took some time for me to grasp the magnitude of the seizure. I was focused on securing the cash and handing them over to the authorities," says the 33-year-old officer. Her husband Murali is a civil contractor in Chennai. Daughter of Shanmugam, a retired deputy director of Veterinary medicine and Jamuna, Sangeetha followed her father's footsteps and completed post graduation in Siddha in the year 2000 and practiced for seven years in Chennai. "I was keen to enter public service even then," she said. It was her posting in Tiruvarur that moulded her into an upright and bold official. "The credit must go to the then Tiruvarur collector D Chandrasekaran. He is my Guru,'' recollected Sangeetha with gratitude. 

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