Police had refuted the report and blamed unknown persons
Srinagar: A report by Tehsildar Imam Sahib submitted to District Commissioner (DC) Shopian about felling of walnut trees in Woyen village this week under a police cordon (reported by Kashmir Reader) squarely puts the blame on local police officer, despite police refuting the allegations in a statement issued earlier.
The police statement issued on Wednesday said that some unknown persons had felled the walnut trees in the village, however, the revenue official’s report (No. 267/NTB, Dated 20/02/2018) accessed by Kashmir Reader says that that Sub-Inspector Javid Ahmad has “misused his official position.”
“In addition, the said SI is seen often indulged in revenue and other matters, which is beyond his competence and authority, for extracting money from public, as many oral as well as written complaints are received by undersigned against him,” the Tehsildar has stated in his report.
The Tehsilar mentioned that he had contacted the police official on phone in order to stop the cutting of walnut trees and asked him to produce the accused at his office. “But during the call, the said SI revealed that some trees were also cut down under his guidance as he needed wood of walnut trees for himself and DySP Imam Sahib for some personal use,” the report reads. It adds that Javaid Ahmad requested the Tehsildar to keep the matter up to “Tehsil level only.”
Upon further verification of the complaint related to the cutting of walnut trees, the report says, it came to light that some part of village Woyen had been cordoned off for the cutting of the trees.
The report states that the owners of the felled walnut trees were present along with labourers during the cutting. “It has been verified from locals of the area,” the report says.
Action under law is being taken by SDM Zainapora as well as by the Tehsildar against the culprits, it said.
SDM Zainapora Syed Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that he called the owners of the trees on Thursday to ascertain facts.
“Law is equal for everyone. Whosoever is found guilty after completing the investigation will be punished accordingly,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian did not respond to calls despite several attempts.