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CB files FIR against ex-DC, others for allowing ‘illegal’ stone crusher in Kupwara

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Srinagar: Crime Branch of police on Saturday registered a case against a former Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and other officials in a case pertaining to setting up a stone crusher, hot-mix plant “illegally” at Gutlipora, Hyhama Kupwara.

The Crime Branch Kashmir said it registered the case under relevant sections of law after conducting a preliminary verification into a written complaint lodged with it by people of Gutlipora, Hyhama Kupwara alleging brazen violation of extant rules and regulations governing grant of NOC for establishing a crusher/hot-mix plant, by M/S National Infra Construction Company, Gutlipora Kupwara.

They alleged that the revenue records of the piece of land on which the plant was established had been “manipulated” by the then Revenue authorities.

The Crime Branch after preliminary verification including spot inspection prima facie found that the allegations are substantiated, the Crime Branch said in a statement.

“The FIR has been registered against the then Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara; then Additional Deputy Commissioner Kupwara; District Revenue officers/officials; then General Manager District Industries Centre (DIC) Kupwara; then officers/officials of State Pollution Control Board (SPCB); then District officers/officials of Geology and Mining department, then officers/officials of Forest department; then Agriculture Officer, Kupwara and beneficiaries including Haji Mohabbat Ali Khan, son of Rehmatullah Khan, resident Shortpora Hyhama, Kupwara and others for setting up a stone crusher, hot-mix plant illegally at Gutlipora, Hyhama Kupwara,” it added.

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