SFC official hijacked timber laden truck


Bandipore: District Development Commissioner Bandipora, in North Kashmir has constituted a committee to probe the allegations leveled against a top State Forest Corporation Official who allegedly hijacked a timber laden truck with an intent to use the timber for the construction of his house.

 Reliable sources told news agency CNS that Divisional Manager State Forest Corporation Ganderbal Altaf Ahmed Qureshi loaded timber in two trucks at Forest Depot Nasu Bandipora. The timber was supposed to be unloaded at different points for selling purpose. However, Divisional Manager hijacked one of the trucks and unloaded the timber at Hakbara Hajan. Reliable sources said that illegally unloaded timber was for the personal use of the official.

As the top officials of the Corporation received this information, the accused official misled them by claiming that he unloaded the timber at Pehlipora Safapora Panchayat Ghar. Reports said that former Sarpanch Safapora informed the Corporation that no timber was unloaded at the Panchayat Ghar on the day, when truck was hijacked by the said offical.

“The Corporation is running in losses due to misdeeds of officials like him. The Corporation needs to probe the matter and initiate strict action against the incumbent accused Divisional Manager Ganderbal,” said an official wishing anonymity.

 He said that timber is not available in abundance at Forest depots because of such malpractices.

Confirming that a committee has been constituted to probe the matter, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Ahmed told CNS that Assistant Commissioner Revenue Masrat Hashim will head the committee and he has been asked to submit the report within a week’s time. The other members of the Committee are Divisional Forest officer Bandipora and Forest Range officer Kohima.

“It is the question of my reputation. Please don’t file the story. We can meet and sort it out,” the accused official said when contacted by CNS.


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