55 pipes seized, official hand suspected
SRINAGAR: Police seized 55 water supply pipes belonging to the department of public health engineering (PHE) from Handwara area of Kupwara district on Monday. Police sources said that after the pipers were recovered when police were tipped off that a pile of pipers was concealed by some employees of the department to sell them illegally to private buyers.
A few days back, the PHE division Handwara had received a consignment of pipes for varied uses in the area. As many as 55 pipes among them were stolen and dumped at a place outside the departmental store. Police registered a case (FIR No 279/2017), under section 409, 120 RPC and start the further investigation. Police said the involvement of senior officials and other employees of the PHE department Handwara can not ruled out.
Sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Handwara Shabir Ahmad Khan confirmed seizure of pipes.