SRINAGAR: Refuting the claims of Crime Branch, CAPD Director Mir Mushtaq said that it was his department which had initiated action. We dont know where from CB sleuths came. We were doing zero balancing of all the stores and after the inquiry it was found that something was fishy. Before we could have initiated action against the culprit, CB raided the godowns, he said.
He further said that they have constituted a committee to probe the matter. It will be only after the submission of report that we could initiate action against the culprit, he said.
The director CAPD also admitted frauds in the department. This is nothing new. The Crime Branch raided the godown today but we have launched this drive some four months back. We have recovered Rs 5,20,0000 from the officials who had embezzled over 3700 quintals of sugar in Srinagar. We conducted raids in Budgam district where we found over 100 quintals of rice missing, Mir said.
The Director CAPD said that process is on and the department has already attached eight officials including tehsil supervisor officer of Letpora to directorate of CAPD. The deputy director CAPD was conducting the inquiry and we are yet to receive his report.
Mir said that he wants to see the department clean from the officers and officials who indulge in such rackets. We have already recommended certain measures to the government for cleaning up the department.
Sources in the department said that there are around 25 government food granaries in Kashmir and there have been complaints of missing ration in these godowns. In Beerwa, Seikhpora and Sonpah in Budgam district there must be over 100 quintals of rice missing. Similarly, we have launched a drive in Baramulla, Bandipore, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag wherefrom we have received complaints of irregularities, Mir said. KNS/ CNS
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