JAMMU: Strange but true! Massive funding being released to militancy infested Jammu and Kashmir by the Centre for combating terror, are being misused as per the whims and fantasies of officialsdom to oblige favourities.
The funds granted under Security Related Expenses (SRE) are generally uncounted for and spent on non productive purposes just to favour blue-eyed boys. In glaring deviation of norms, Ambassador cars fitted with red flasher lights and escort undesired elements. Such aberrations got attention of a judicial magistrate recently who booked drivers of various government vehicles, fitted with red flasher lights, and carrying family members of some ministers, bureaucrats and police officers.
Intriguingly, in certain cases the police organisation does not even own its vehicles under the use of some undesired elements.
Confusion runs rampant over the allotment of a bullet proof official Ambassador car and a security escort gypsy to S.D Rohmetra, Editor-in-Chief Daily Excelsior with top police brass expressing ignorance and denying having extended any facility to him, a chronic blackmailer and a Hawala racketeer. In a brazen manner, he is lavishly making use of beacon light on his vehicle, notwithstanding the fact that he does not fall under the category of those entitled to this.
This has even been clarified in letter No: SHQ/RTI/14/2011/1026-28 dated 19-1-12 from DIG Security, who confirms that S.D Rohmetra Daily Excelsior is not entitled for use of red light on top of vehicles.
If Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Dilbag Singh is to be believed then no vehicle has been deployed with Rohmetra while the fact is that he is not only roaming around in the city in a white Ambassador car, in full public and official gaze, but is also tailed by an escort vehicle. The red flasher light mocks at the government instructions on the entitlement of using these. IGP’s letter number, ZPHQ/RTI/CLI/2011/30/2428-79 dated 24th January 2012, however, categorically refutes deployment of any such vehicle of Rohmetra.
Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda also confirmed the IGP’s version. He said neither an escort has been provided to Rohmetra nor any permission granted for using red flasher light over his car. When told that Chittu was actually having two official vehicles and asked as at who has provided these to him and which agency was issuing PoL to these vehicles, Khoda quipped ‘many things were happening in the State’.
Since the contradictory statements by the two top police officials confounded the issue, STATE TIMES enquired from the Principal Secretary Home, B.R Sharma, who expressed ignorance about all this. He, however, added hurriedly that if true that the vehicles have not been provided officially, the government will certainly find the authority on whose instructions two vehicles remain deployed with Rohmetra. “In that event, the government will also work out the salary of staff and the expenses being incurred on official vehicles, it is surprising that where these expenses are being accounted for”, he maintained.
Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, when contacted, expressed his ignorance about the deployment of vehicles to Rohmetra and said if the vehicles have been allotted to undeserving and undesired elements then it is very wrong. He also disapproved and described as wrong use of beacon lights by such persons who are not entitled to it.
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