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Vigilance arrests 2 SMC officers for facilitating illegal construction

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 22: Vigilance Organization Kashmir today arrested two officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) for facilitating illegal construction by abusing their official positions.
Verification conducted by the Vigilance revealed that the accused officers /officials of Ward No 28 (Batamaloo) Srinagar Municipal Corporation, have in conspiracy with the beneficiaries and by way of abuse of their official positions, facilitated/allowed raising of illegal and unauthorized constructions/ structures in Firdous Abad, Moomin Abad, Maharajipora Tengpora Bypass and Court Road Areas of the said ward.
The omissions/commissions on the part of these Public servants attracts provisions of offence u/s 5(1) ( d) r/w 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Svt 2006 , Sections 120-B and section 109 RPC, and accordingly a Case FIR No. 05/2017 P/S VOK was registered yesterday and the investigation was taken up.
Today both the accused officers, namely Shakeel Ahmad Sheikh of Gundabal Andergam, Pattan, then Ward Officer, Ward No. 28, SMC and Mohammad Yousuf Qazi of Waterwani Budgam, then Ward Officer W No. 28, SMC, were arrested and accordingly lodged in Police Station Shaheedgunj.
In the course of investigation other accused will also be arrested shortly, said an official handout.

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