Srinagar, July 11: Crime Branch Kashmir has booked an employee for Power Development Department in Bandipora for fraudulently transferring over Rs 5 crore in his personal bank account and those of his kin.
The agency, as per a government spokesperson, had received a complaint against one Mushtaq Ahmed Malik of Argam Bandipora, the Senior Assistant in the office of Executive engineer, Electric Division Sumbal, who has supposedly drawn bills of the department amounting to crores of rupees and credited into his personal account and the accounts of his family members in different banks.
The suspect has managed to transfer/credit an amount of Rs 5.72 crore in his personal Account number and account numbers of his family members and earned an amount of Rs 43.82 lacs as interest in the bank Accounts operated by him and his family members in different branches of J&K Bank. The Bank Accounts unearthed so for stand frozen.
The said suspect has been found to have fraudulently drained an amount of Rs.5 crore, 72 lacs and 52 thousands from official account NO. 0089010200012 standing in the name of Executive Engineer Electric Division Sumbal, and credited/transferred dishonestly and fraudulently into 22 Accounts numbers maintained and operated in the name of the accused and his family members.
The acts committed and omitted on the part of accused Mushtaq Ahmed Malik S/O late Sonaullah Malik R/O Argam Bandipora, the employee of PDD Division Sumbal, prima-facie disclose commission of offences punishable U/S 420 RPC r/w5(2) P.C Act .Accordingly case FIR NO. 25/2018 was registered in Police Station Crime Branch Kashmir.
During investigation house search of said Mushtaq Ahmed Malik Sr. Assistant PDD Electric Division Sumbal, was conducted at Argam Bandipora after obtaining proper search warrant from the Court of Anti-Corruption Srinagar,
During the search of the house in presence of Magistrate and independent witnesses and lady contingent, important documents relating to the case and appointment orders of officials in PDD were recovered, besides other relevant material like official seals and original certificates of some un-related persons were also recovered.
The accused Mushtaq Ahmed Malik Sr. Assistant PDD Electric Division Sumbal, has been taken into custody and is being questioned. Investigation of the case is going on and further searches and arrests are expected.
Pakistan militant held, vehicle siezed in Pattan
Srinagar, April 22: A Pakistani millitant and a driver were arrested by government forces at Chainabal area of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday.
Official sources told GNS that a joint team of Army’s 29, SOG and CRPF stop a Mahindra car (DL 12 CA 4189). During searches the joint team apprehended two persons boarding the vehicle including the militant and the driver.
The vehicle has also been seized while as the Pakistani militant identified as Aqib alias Chota Dujana and driver namely Tafazul of Srinagar were taken to Police Station Pattan for further questioning.
A police officer also confirmed the incident to GNS but declined to commit further.
Traders protest in Srinagar against suspension of cross-LoC trade
Srinagar Apr 22: Traders affected by the suspension of cross-LoC trade by the Centre held a protest march in Srinagar on Monday.
Scores of traders engaged in cross-LoC trade on the Uri-Muzaffarabad route demanded revocation of the suspension order, and sought a fool-proof mechanism for smooth operations.
The traders claimed that suspension of the trade had cost them losses over crores of rupees as their goods were either in transit or lying in godowns.
President, LoC traders Association Tanveer Ahmad Wani claimed each trader had a huge liability in the form of loans from banks and pending stocks at home.
He demanded the resuming of the trade in order to avoid their losses ahead. “The wholesale dealers have started asking for payments as they realized that the trade has been closed indefinitely. We are in a very difficult situation as our entire tradable items, which mostly includes fruits have not arrived at trade facilitation center in Uri, which we could sell to earn livelihood,” he said.
Wani informed a delegation of the LoC traders met Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday adding they are planning to visit MHA office in New Delhi in coming week with their grievances.
“We have no choice other than to commit suicide. It is not only concerning traders but transporters and labourers who have been associated with this trade for the last 10 years,” he said.
Another trader Tanveer Ahmad Mir, who runs business in the name of Kako importers and exporters, said the LoC trade suspension has involved his rupees four crores alone.
“The transaction, which is based on barter system has not happened yet. I am worried about the pending payment for the month to my dealers. Presently stock of stocks of embroidery suits and other items are lying in my store,” he said.
Mir said the government should have intimidated them ahead of announcing this decision to avoid their losses.
“The work regarding installation of full body scanner is going on. Other facilities have also been set up to ensure transparency. The government should continue the trade besides installing advanced mechanism ahead,” he said.
Mohammad Haneef, a 28 years old postgraduate who has been working as a labourer for the last eight years at Trade Facilitation Centre is equally worried with the suspension of the trade.
He said many like him joined as labourers after finding no employment opportunities in the government sector despite an academic qualifications.
“This was the only means to earn bread for our families, which too has been snatched now. There are no good avenues of employment in Uri and we fear our families will have to starve ahead,” he said.
Time to review Article 370, 35A in J&K: Rajnath Singh
Jaipur Apr 22: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said India’s stand against militancy has been weakened on several occasions by the Congress party.
Addressing a press conference here, Singh said, “They (Congress) have given a new theory of Hindu militancy. There is no religion or caste of militancy. Their new theory weakened India’s stand against militancy.”
He said repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was another such case which undermined India’s stand.
“In 2004, India had an agreement with Pakistan in which its former army chief had assured that the country will not provide shelter and allow militancy to flourish on its soil, but Congress tried weakening India’s stand, saying Pakistan was also a victim of militancy,” he said.
The home minister said the opposition was doing politics over issues which should not be politicised.
Instead of praising the defence forces after the airstrike in Balakot of Pakistan, the opposition parties questioned it with queries on number of militants killed, he said.
“When such types of questions are asked, it weakens India’s stand against militancy,” he said.
Speaking on the Congress’ election manifesto promising to scrap the sedition law, Singh said the law should be further strengthened but it should not be misused.
Talking about Articles 370 and 35A for Jammu and Kashmir, he said it was a temporary arrangement and it was time to review it.
“How much the entitlement benefitted Jammu and Kashmir? When a few people are raising questions there should be two prime ministers in the country then what is the significance of Article 370 and 35A,” Singh asked.
He exuded confidence that the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections reflected a wave in favour of the BJP, and there was no doubt the party will get a clear majority and possibly the NDA will achieve 3/4th majority.
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