Budgam Villagers Decry Panch Family’s “Loot”

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SRINAGAR: Villagers from the Budgam district held angry protests here on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of their sarpanch, deputy sarpanch and a panch, saying they belonged to the same family and had embezzled lakhs of rupees.

Hailing from Kutbal in the Chadoora block, the protestors said that the father-son-daughter trio had committed frauds by allotting large sums of money to ineligible persons.

“Because of the Rs 13 lakh fraud, a central team had recommended the dismissal of the sarpanch Muhammad Aslam Thakar, but the state government has yet to act because he is closely linked to the National Conference,” a protestor Mushtaq Ahmad said.

Thakar’s father, Abdul Ahad, is the deputy sarpanch in the village, while his sister is a panch, protestors said.

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