(MENAFN - Kashmir Observer) JAMMU — The Jammu and Kashmir Police's crime branch Wednesday arrested a government employee for allegedly duping people of crores of rupees on the pretext of providing different household products at cheap rates in Poonch district, officials said.
A complaint was lodged at the Mendhar police station by some persons, including Abdul Karim of Pathanteer, alleging Tariq Mehmood, Murtaza Ahmed, Imtiaz Ahmed and others duped crores of rupees from people of Mendhar tehsil and its surrounding areas, they said.
After receiving the complaint, an FIR was 420 RPC (cheating) was registered at the Mendhar police station. The case was later transferred to crime branch, the officials said.
The probe was taken up by the crime branch on May 22 and accordingly a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted headed by Bushan Kumar Ganjoo, Deputy Superintendent of Police Crime Branch, Jammu, who swung into action and arrested main suspect Tariq Mehmood, they said.
He is being interrogated to ascertain the modus operandi of crime and other aspects related to the case, the officials said.
Mehmood is a pharmacist and presently posted at a health sub centre Bathoi, Mahore District Reasi.
He reportedly stands suspended by authorities. Investigation in the case is underway, the officials said.
Block Development Officer caught accepting bribe
Block Development Officer Sopore was Wednesday caught red-handed while accepting a bribe, the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) Jammu and Kashmir said.
'Today, on 22nd of May-2019 a written complaint was lodged with Anti-Corruption Bureau (North Kashmir), by a daily wage worker in Block Sopore who alleged that Block Development officer Sopore, namely Ab. Rashid Ahanger demands bribe for releasing their wages,' the anti-graft body said in a statement.
On this complaint, it said, a case FIR No. 09/2019 under section 5(2) J & K P.C Act Svt; 2006, 4-A Amendment Act- 2014 was registered and investigation taken up.
During the course of investigation, a successful trap team was constituted under the supervision of DySP Sajad Ahmad who laid a successful trap and the said Block Development Officer was 'caught red handed while demanding and accepting the bribe from the complainant.'
Further investigation into the case is going on.
DFO among 7 officials suspended for failing to protect forests
Taking note of the large scale encroachment of forest land in the region, the advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Wednesday directed the principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) to order immediate suspension of seven officials, including the divisional forest officer.
As per the order, the advisor to Governor Satya Pal Malik has directed PCCF to place Bhadarwah DFO Khalid Amin Mehta, Range Officer (RO) Chiralla Sunil Sharma, forester of Jaie Block Rattan Kumar and all the forest guards posted in compartments 1 to 12 of Chiralla range under suspension and attach them with the office of PCCF till further order.
The PCCF has been asked to hold an enquiry and submit the report to administrative department in a maximum of 10 days time.
There were media reports on unabated green felling in Tanta area of Chiralla range and encroachment of forest land.
Environment activists and villagers living near forest have flayed the authorities for inaction, accusing them of conniving with the timber smugglers and encroachers.
They expressed concern in wake of several pictures and videos doing rounds on social media that show large scale felling of Cedar trees using diesel cutters by smugglers.
Activists say illegal deforestation by timber mafia is fast depleting the forest cover on the hills, once home to dense coniferous forests.
PCCF Suresh Chug could not be contacted to react on the issue.