Family of village heads blamed for loot

Srinagar:  Scores of people from far-flung Brenwar area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district Monday alleged that at least five village representatives from the same family have let loose a reign of terror in Brenwar and Jabad halqas. They said that one ‘Choudhri family’ known as Jehra family in the area are harassing locals who complain against them before the police while the family is involved in misappropriation of government funds and schemes meant for the development of the Brenwar area.

Locals from Brenwar said that five members of Choudhri Family have occupied Brenwar and Jabad halqas. They said that two of the family members are Sarpanhs (Ghulam Muhammad Choudhri, Jabad, Abdul Rashid Choudhri, Brenwar) while one is Naib Sarpanch Nazir Ahmed Choudhri, halqa Jabad, Panch Brenwar, Muhammad Shafi Choudhri and village headman Brenwar Saif-u-Din Choudhri.

“These village representatives belonged to a particular political party and they have grabbed all the funds that were meant for the development of the area. There are dilapidated roads while the area is reeling is under darkness from past three weeks as three damaged transformers have not been replaced,” a local from Brenwar said adding that when some people approached district administration to probe into the misappropriation of funds, all these village heads threatened us of dire consequences and even they beat up some youth.

The locals of Brenwar and Jabad appealed the authorities to go for a thorough probe into the embezzlement of funds and put a curb over their ‘illegal’ activities.

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