Cutting Down Of Poplar-Trees Without Auction:Official Claims His Signatures Were Forged

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BANDIPORE — Government has constituted a committee to probe the matter related to cut­ting of poplar trees by PHE Sub- Division Sumbal here in North Kashmir’s Bandipora distirct.

As reported earlier, Public Health and Engineering Depart­ment has sold over 40 giant pop­lar trees worth lakhs to a local contractor for Rs nine thousand only at Shilwath village of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

PHE sub division Sumbal and division Sopore without any advertisement or auction sold these trees vide GR num­ber of the receipt 36452, dated 21/7/2018 to a local contractor who also happens to the em­ployee of the same department.

Since the contractor has sold the timber in market, now the Executive Engineer PHE is claiming that his signatures were done frequently on the receipt of auction papers.

“My signatures were fraud­ulently done over the auction receipts. A committee has been constituted under the supervision of a Technical Of­ficer that will submit report within the period of ten days,” Executive Engineer PHE said.

“It was the news report from news agency CNS that jolted me. I was completely un­aware about the incident,” he claimed and added that guilty will face the music under law.

Reports said that the local contractor who paid Rs 9,000 and cut down over 40 lofty poplar trees is an employee of the same department. The gov­ernment record shows that the said contractor Rameez Ah­mad Mir son of Abdul Rahman Mir, a resident of Shilwath village was engaged in the de­partment as a casual labourer in May 2008 vide CV Number 658, dated 3/09. Mir is current­ly posted at Tergam Sumbal.

Reports said that this blue eyed contractor actually made a secret plan to cut down the trees with other officials of the same department. The con­tractor and the other employ­ees after selling these trees to private parties deposited Rs 9,000 in the State Treasury and distributed rest of the amount among each other. (CNS)

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