REW XEns clash at RDD review meet, FIR lodged

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 15: A scene was created just before the commencement of review meeting of the Rural Development Department (RDD), Jammu division, at Panchayat Bhawan, Railwaly Road, this morning, when two Executive Engineers (XEns) of REW resorted to verbal clash and counter allegations of corruption and embezzlements on each other.
Official sources said that Director Rural Development Department, Jammu, was about to take review meeting in the conference hall of the Panchayat Bhawan at 11 am. All the ACDs, SE REW, all Executive Engineers and District Panchayat Officers (DPOs) from Jammu division had been asked to attend the meeting.
When some officers were just standing in the sun and waiting for the director in the compound, Executive Engineer, REW, Udhampur Bashir Ahmed Sheikh allegedly started abusing another Executive Engineer, REW Samba, Ashok Kumar Pargotra. Sheikh alleged that Pargotra was getting false and fabricated news items published in various news papers against him. This led to verbal clash between the two. Even both came to near blows and were controlled and dragged away by other officers standing there. They raised allegations and counter allegations against each other for some time. They stopped only after the director arrived there at the gate.
Later, after the meeting Pargotra lodged an FIR against BA Sheikh at Trikuta Nagar Police Station alleging that Sheikh has threatened to kill him and also get his family members kidnapped. He also alleged he had written about the corruption and embezzlement related scandals in RDD Samba during 2015-16 and 16-17 to the Governor and Chief Secretary to expose the nexus of some people and that is why this officer was scared and trying to eliminate him and waged direct confrontation. He demanded that security should be provided to him.
SHO, concerned Parvez Sajjad when contacted said that police has taken cognizance of the matter under sections 504/506 RPC and investigation has been started. He said that a counter FIR has also been lodged by the other party.


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