Shopian: Revenue officials in the district have been alarmed by, what they suspect, is a gang preparing forged documents with seals and signatures of Revenue officials.
Officials said that they were taken by surprise when a bank manager brought into their notice some documents, which turned out to be fake.
On Aug 16, Imamsahib branch of J&K Bank received an application for KCC loan, with the applicant attaching some revenue documents in support. The Branch manager asked for spot verification of the land as per revenue extract, but the applicants fled making the manager suspect the case.
The bank manager informed the concerned Tehsildar about the incident, upon which, the concerned revenue magistrate of Imamsahib Tehsil asked for an enquiry to check the genuineness of the revenue documents submitted to the bank for sanction of KCC loan. Officials said the enquiry found the revenue extracts submitted by the applicant, along with stamps and signatures of revenue officers and officials, to be fake.
The applicant was asked to present himself in the Tehsil office to record his statement. “The accused named his adopted son who upon questioning revealed that there is a big gang operating in Shopian and adjoining districts which has made stamps of revenue officers /officials illegally and are making fake revenue documents to get bank loans,” officials said.
Since the forged stamps of tehsildars, naib tehsildars and patwaris can have dangerous consequence, as for as transfer of property, bank transactions, and issuance of certificates at Tehsil level are concerned, the official asked the police to file an FIR.
“It is as such directed that FIR be lodged in the matter so that the matter is investigated and accused are brought to law” the letter addressed to SHO Shopian reads.
A senior police officer based in Shopian told Kashmir Reader that he will verify the matter first and investigation will be initiated accordingly.