Anti-Encroachment Drive Turns Ugly

(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

Police Arrests 3 Corporation Employees, SMC Orders Time-Bound Inquiry

Srinagar- Police on Tuesday arrested three employees of the Srinagar Municipal Corpo­ration (SMC) for allegedly as­saulting traffic cops who had issued a challan for violating the Motor Vehicle Act.

“An incident has come to notice wherein one SMC em­ployee aggrieved by challan on not having HSRP, came back and broke a traffic booth with others, later assaulted traffic personnel on duty. In this re­gard FIR has been registered in Shergari PS against 3 delin­quent SMC employees,” the Sri­nagar police tweeted.

The police said all three ac­cused employees were formally arrested after following legal formalities.”The three had also kidnapped the traffic personnel in a car after creating a ruckus. FIR No 06/2023 stands regis­tered in Shergari PS,” it added.

However, the SMC employ­ees alleged that they had de­molished an encroachment of the traffic department which had infuriated the cops.

Pertinently, the officials of the Srinagar Municipal Corpo­ration (SMC) on Tuesday de­molished a Traffic Police booth opposite Tagore Hall saying that it was an encroachment.

However, officials of the traffic department said the SMC officials demolished the booth after a vehicle of SMC was fined for not plying with High Security Registration Number plate (HSRP) and reg­istration papers.

Videos of the incident have surfaced on social media show­ing the officials of the Traffic De­partment and Srinagar Munici­pal Corporation (SMC) trading barbs at each other and accusing each other of misconduct.

The video which has gone viral on social media shows a traffic official accusing the offi­cials of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) of demol­ishing the official Traffic Booth on the basis of personal grudge.

However, SMC officials re­futed the allegation saying it was an encroachment.

“Why don't you remove street vendors, why was the traffic booth attacked. You take bribes from the street vendors that is why you are not remov­ing vendors from the streets of the crowded marketplace” the traffic policeman can be seen yelling at SMC officials.

The SMC officials said the traffic booth was an encroach­ment that was the only reason it was demolished.

A traffic policeman can also be seen holding an SMC of­ficial by his arm and saying no notice was served to them be­fore the demolition took place.

The SMC official responds by saying the traffic police can­not dictate terms to the officials of the municipality.

Meanwhile, SMC placed two employees under suspension.

“It has come to the notice of competent Authority that Ni­yaz Ahmad Gabroo I/C Ward Of­ficer Ward No. 30 and Ovais Fa­rooq Khan Tax Assistant Ward 30 have indulged in a conduct, which is unbecoming on part of a civil servant. Pending enquiry into the matter Niyaz Ah­mad Gabroo I/C Ward Officer Ward No. 30 and Ovais Fa­rooq Khan Tax Assistant Ward 30 are put under suspension with immediate effect and shall remain attached in the office of Secretary, Srinagar Municipal Corporation,” reads a suspen­sion order issued by Joint Com­missioner SMC,.

The police as well as SMC's action followed as videos of heated arguments between the traffic police personnel and the corporation employees have been widely circulated on so­cial media here.

“Ghulam Hassan mir, Joint commissioner Planning SMC, shall do the detailed enquiry and submit report within 7 days,” the order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer.

In the videos, the traffic cops can be seen asking the SMC employees for the notice of de­molition before they remove the purported encroachment.

follow this link to join our whatsapp group : join now


Legal Disclaimer:
MENAFN provides the information “as is” without warranty of any kind. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, images, videos, licenses, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained in this article. If you have any complaints or copyright issues related to this article, kindly contact the provider above.