Hawal Donation: CJM Directs Police to Investigate the Matter

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Photo of the family which generated donations of Rs 2.7 million in few days.

Srinagar: Taking cognisance of the Hawal donation, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar on Saturday ordered Jammu and Kashmir Police to investigate the complaint against a person namely Shabir Ahmad Shah S/O Abdul Gaffar Shah R/o Gund Momin, Vilgam filed by Advocate Mohammad Amin (Muneer).

Notably, a few days ago, a video of the man claiming he is unable to feed his family went viral on social media. The video according to the complaint was shot by the “Journalist” Aquib Dar, correspondent at Young Bites (News Agency).

The court has also direct police to investigate the role of the said journalist.

The video evoked overwhelming response and within 24 hours the man received 27 lac rupees in the account, according to compliant.

Following the video, some NGO’s working in Srinagar refuted the claims of the man, saying they have been feeding the man and his family constantly.

According to the order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer, the CJM has directed SHO police station concerned to investigate /enquire the matter under section 202 CRPC and submit  the detailed report by or before the next date of hearing.

“I have perused the complaint and given my thoroughful consideration over the contents and the submissions made by the complainant. In order to ascertain the truthfulness or otherwise, I deem it proper to get the complaint investigated through SHO police station concerned u/s 202 CRPC,” the order copy reads.

In its complaint, advocate Mohammad Amin states that in a video, uploaded on Facebook by one of the news journalists of Young Bites, the accused has alleged that he has not been provided any support/help by any NGO and is without food items since many days and is surviving on water.

According to complainant, the journalist without verifying the credentials of the accused uploaded the video which went viral on social media and caused panic in the general public and NGOs, and people in general from different areas of the valley came with food items and transferred hefty amounts in the account of the Kupwara man.

The complainant states that as soon as this news spread, Aash Charitable Trust, which is operating in the said area, refuted the allegations of the accused Kupwara man.

The chairman of the trust informed that the said person has lied to general public and misled them by portraying himself as poor and helpless.

“The fact of the matter is that the person has been provided with the required food items and has been helped by our Trust on 02/05/2020 under serial no. 412,” the chairman of Aash said.

“He was also helped by other two trusts namely Tawheed Forum and Muslim Baitulmaal operating in the city. They also refuted the false allegations of the person.”

The complainant also mentions that the journalist who uploaded the video is in league with the person so “as to gain illegally and unlawfully” and has played a pivotal role in misleading, defrauding, deceiving and cheating the general public.

The complainant has sought criminal proceedings against the accused under section 415,416.417,420, 424, 23, 25, 505(1) IPC & sessions 03 of Epidemic Diseases of 1897, Section 66 D of Information and Technology Act. Besides Section 54 of Disaster Management Act 2005, Section 68-72 of Central Excise & Customs Law (Amendment At. 1991).

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib did his Masters in Convergent Journalism from Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and is currently working with Kashmir Observer as Special Correspondent. He has been contributing stories for the newspaper especially on Politics, Security & defence and has a keen interest in Environment.

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