Flood victims accuse Patwari of providing fake cheques in Bemina

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The residents of Ibrahim Colony Bemina Tuesday alleged that concerned Revenue official issued fake cheques in favour of flood victims. The residents added that they were puzzled and returned home red-faced after Bank officials did not entertain their cheques while some residents were informed that amount they supposed to withdraw have already been withdrawn from their account.

The residents complained that only Rs 12600 were given to those whose houses were fully damaged during September floods.

“I received a cheque vide number (386497) from Mohalla Committee who informed that it has been given to them by Patwari Bemina Arshid Ahmed Baba. When I went to Bank to cash it, I was shocked to learn that the cheque was fake that the amount from the said cheque was already withdrawn,” Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, a Bemina resident said adding that neither Tehsidar Shalteng nor Patwari answered about the fraud committed by them.

Another resident said that concerned Patwari never bothered to assess the damage himself instead prepared a list of the affected people on the behest of some influential people in the area. “We appeal to Revenue Minister to look into the matter. We are sure that it is a big scam and the officials related to the distribution of cheques have surely looted the exchequer in the name of flood victims,” the residents told CNS adding that from past five months the Revenue official is avoid them on the pretext that he will check the records.

Despite repeated attempts, Tehsildar Shalteng Ghulam Ahmed Khan did not pick up the phone while the Patwari Arshid Ahmed Baba refuted the allegations saying that a cheque had gone missing and the matter has been resolved now.

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