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Govt’s anti-graft drive proves hoax, as most ‘corrupt officers get bureaucratic shield’

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Srinagar, Sep 20 : Even as the Vigilance Organization has recovered nearly eighteen million worth deposits and property worth millions from the Chief Engineer of UEED Mohammad Haneef Lone , the tainted officer surprisingly continues to hold on to his chair with Government failing to even attach him to the least.
The courtesy for him to continue to head the department despite such a huge recovery goes to his Commissioner Secretary and other higher authorities of Housing and Urban local bodies. Ironically his continuation of holding on to the chair is in serious contravention to government CSR 31 which warrants his immediate suspension following the registration of FIR by VOK.
Sources told KNS that Consequent upon the registration of FIR Vide Number 29/2018 for possession of disproportionate assets and subsequent multiple raids on the various residential premises of Lone, the VOK has freezed more than 18 million rupees bank and other deposits of the accused besides having found immovable properties worth millions.
Sources revealed that the tainted Chief Engineer had scores of bank accounts most of which he even himself did not remember.
Vigilance sources said that the investigation till date revealed that the tainted CE hailing from Gurez in district Bandipora, has purchased various properties besides having bank deposits and multiple accounts.
If sources are to be believed, Lone possesses 01 kanal land at Rawalpora, 02 Kanals at Mujgund, HMT ( Srinagar), 01 Kanal at Bandipora, Flat at Gulposh Apartments Bemina, Flat at Tawi Apartments Sidra Jammu, Flat at Royal Apartments at Talab Tillo Jammu and also has five personal cars in his possession. The sources added that they were expecting to dig out more properties from the accused Chief Engineer in the coming days.
However, what has made the case more interesting is that the accused lone is still functioning as Chief Engineer UEED obviously by the blessings of his immediate officers who look to have overlooked the seizure of such a huge haul of money and property. Sources in the VOK said that a letter was shot to the administrative department of Housing and urban local bodies urging them to put the tainted officer under suspension in accordance with the CSR 31 (b).
As per the CSR 31 (b),
The appointing Authority or any authority to which it si subordinate or any other authority empowered by the Government in this behalf, may place a government servant under suspension where,
(a) An inquiry into his conduct is contemplated or is pending, or
(b) A complaint against him of any criminal offence is under investigation or trial.
The sources said despite investigations of huge disproportionate assets going on against Lone, none of the authorities in the government have taken a call and placed him under suspension as per law which would have allowed the anti graft body to carry on the investigations without any interruptions and influence. They added that he could not be arrested due to his medical complications but added that putting him under suspension was inevitable as he can destroy many evidences while continuing to remain in chair.


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Stopping of trucks on Sgr-Jmu highway: Mutton, fruits, vegetables dealers suffer huge losses

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Srinagar, Apr 23: The mutton, vegetable and fruit dealers Tuesday claimed that they have suffered losses worth crores due to routine stopping of vehicles carrying these items by the traffic police on Srinagar- Jammu national highway.

The dealers said that trucks carrying livestock and other items are being stopped at various junctions on highway without any reason.

As per the dealers, the practice is prevalent from a long time, resulting in the escalation in the prices of essential commodities including mutton, vegetables and fruits.

 

General Secretary, All Kashmir Mutton Dealers Association (AKMDA), Kashmir, Mehraj-ud-din Ganie said that for the last three months, the truckers ferrying livestock to the valley are facing difficulties while travelling on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“For the last almost one week, 150-200 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur’s Jakhani area, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs 1 crore daily to the mutton industry, “he said.

Ganie added that “we have nothing to sell as our stocks are over.”

“We have taken advance from the customers, who require mutton for marriage purpose. We were not able to give consignments to them. If stock didn’t reach at an earliest, we won’t be able to provide consignments for next two days as well, “he said.

President, Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Companies Association (JKGTCA), Mohammad Sidiq Ronga admitted that truckers are being stopped for no reason.

“Attempts are being made to shatter our economy. The traffic police are stopping our trucks everyday. Usually trucks carrying goods reach Kashmir from Delhi in 24 hours but now it takes three to four days,”he said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said that “landslides at Manki Morh have been causing disruption in the traffic movement.”

“Earlier, we allowed traffic to move towards Kashmir but it resulted in congestion .Once congestion is over, we would allow them to proceed, “he said.

Meanwhile, traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora are planning to go indefinite strike from Monday 29.

The Mandi comprises more than 300 shops and around 3000 people are directly associated with it for earning their livelihood.

President, New Kashmir fruit Association Parimpora Bashir Ahmad said that they have called an indefinite strike from Monday 29. “Every day our fruit and vegetables- laden vehicles are stopped unnecessarily in Udhampur by police. Fruits have short life and get destroyed due to stopping of our vehicles on highway. We understand that Losses are inflicted deliberately, the president claimed.

He said that though they raised the issue many times with the top authorities but no heed has been paid in this regard. “Now we have decided to shut our business till our problem won’t be resolved,”

He said that they are not satisfied with the assurances given by the government and therefore they have decided to go for strike.

He claimed that due to unnecessary stopping of vehicles, the traders at fruit mandi are losing crores every month. “Deliberately our trucks are being stopped in the Udhampur region. We have seen that when a truck offers money to the police, only then they allow them to move towards Kashmir,” Bashir Ahmad claimed.

He further alleged that even on Sunday when traffic was not allowed on highway, they received several vegetable and fruit- laden trucks from Jammu, and “they told us that they paid money to the police who later allowed them to move”.

Sources said that supply of vegetables and fruits could be hit, triggering a price rise, if the strike begins and continues.

The supply of vegetables, fruits such as onions, Potato, Mangoes, oranges, Grapes, chillies, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes is largely dependent on this mandi.

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ECI’s assurances over fool-proof security have fallen flat: Mir

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Srinagar April 23: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency, G A Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit with great enthusiasm.

In a statement issued Mir also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.

Mir has expressed gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag, saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free, which was matter of enormous pleasure for Congress party.

 

Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag. The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir, he said.

Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident free elections, he added.

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Geelani’s son questioned by NIA in funding case

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New Delhi, Apr 23: Nayeem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.

Nayeem Geelani, who had been evading questioning by the NIA for long, appeared on Monday and a detailed questioning took place on Tuesday.

Geelani’s questioning comes days after the NIA quizzed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in connection with the same case. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.

 

The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

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