Crime Branch Kashmir Files FIR against ex-DC, others for allowing ‘illegal’ stone crusher in Kupwara

SRINAGAR: Crime Branch Kashmir on Saturday registered a case against a former Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and other officials for allegedly granting No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to a hot mix plant in violation of rules in Hyhama.
The Crime Branch Kashmir said it registered the FIR (35/2020 u/s 447,468,120B RPC and Section 5(2) Prevention of Corruption Act Svt. 2006) after conducting a preliminary verification into a written complaint lodged with it by inhabitants of Gutlipora, Hyhama Kupwara.
The inhabitants have alleged that in brazen violation of extant rules and regulations governing grant of NOC for establishing a Crusher/Hot Mix Plant, the authorities concerned had issued NOC to a Crusher/Hot Mix Plant in 2017 to one M/S National Infra Construction Company Gutlipora Kupwara. They alleged that the revenue records of the piece of land on which the Hot Mix Plant was established had been “manipulated” by the then revenue authorities.
“The Crime Branch After conducting a preliminary verification including spot inspection etc. into the matter prima facie found that the allegations are substantiated,” an officer of the Crime Branch said.
During the verification it was revealed that M/S National Infra Construction Company Gutlipora, Hyhama, a partnership firm, had sought registration with the DIC Kupwara for establishing Stone Crusher/Hot Mix Plant, it said.
The registration of the plant was to be governed by the Government Order (No. 104/Ind of 2015 dated 14.07.2015), where under the Plant Holder was required to seek the NOCs from the Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara regarding ownership of land, etc, State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) regarding Pollution Control, Geology and Mining regarding location, feasibility and availability of raw material, Forest Department, I&FC and Fisheries Department. The then Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara had “illegally” issued NOC in favour of the Plant on 27 March 2017 in violation of the standing laws and rules regulating the establishment of such plants, it said.