KEROSENE SCAM: COPS POINT FINGERS AT CAPD
Srinagar, Feb 19: Even as police unearthed a kerosene scam allegedly involving officials of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department, no action is being initiated against the officials.
According to police, officials of the CAPD were involved in the scam which it unearthed earlier this month by seizing two oil tankers- carrying 17,000 litres of kerosene- one each at Alochi Bagh and Batamaloo Srinagar.
Police sources said the kerosene - meant for Below Poverty Line families of North Kashmir- was being sold in black market in Srinagar.
An FIR no. 07/2010 is already registered in police station Shergari. But no action has been initiated against the accused CAPD officials.
“Police has sought details regarding rosters, coupons, utilization certificates and number of depots but the officials haven’t responded. They seem to be very casual about the case,” sources said.
Police said that some oil depots in Srinagar city have built extra storage capacity where wholesale dealers unload extra kerosene every month. This additional oil, according to police, is diverted from other places to facilitate its black-marketing.
Police investigation has revealed that one such depot received 40,000 liters against the allotted quota of 3000 liters.
Superintendent of Police, City South, Muhammad Irshad, told Greater Kashmir that police have already seized 10 oil tankers. “Many wholesale dealers and retailers are under scanner. We are investigating the case,” he said.
Director CAPD, Meraj Ahmad Kenu, said, “We haven’t released any oil from here nor were we going to receive the oil from any of the seized tankers. It might belong to security forces or some private owners. We have nothing to do with it.”
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Feb 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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