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Police arrest main accuse in scholarship scam
3/19/2015 11:48:29 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Jammu, Mar 19: After evading inquiry for more than one week after Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, directed police on March 9 to investigate the scholarship scam, police late last night finally manage to arrest the main accused and registered an FIR against him.
As per the details available with "Early Times", Kishtwar police party led by SHO Police Station Kishtwar Sameer Jeelani under the supervision of SP Yoghal Manhas manage to arrest main accused Ajaiz Ahmed Kripak of Palmar for allegedly duping students by withdrawing their scholarship amount from their bank accounts through ATM cards. Ajaiz, ReT teacher by profession, was also running computer center namely "Catalog Computer" at Jamia Masjid Market Kishtwar. He was booked by the police under FIR No 47 and sections 419, 420, 466 and 467 of RPC.
The issue came to the fore front when a group of students staged protest outside the office of Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, seeking action against the computer training institute owner for his alleged involvement in usurping the scholarship money of students, after which the deputy commissioner asked police to file an FIR against the accused.
In their complaint, the students mentioned that the Union Ministry of Minority affairs had released scholarship of Rs 15,700 in favour of each of 75 trainees after which the head of the institution Ajaiz Kripak directed them to open an account in Punjab National Bank and submit the ATM card to him.
"He had himself withdrawn the sanctioned amount from their accounts through ATM without their knowledge and they came to know about it through SMS alerts on their phones" said Tahir Dar, one of the duped student.
"When we inquired from institute owner about withdrawal of amount from their bank accounts, he threatened us of dire consequences and simply refuted to return the withdrawn money" said another victim Imran ul Haq in his complaint and added that the accused also challenged them to approach whosoever they wanted with the threat that he would not return the withdrawn amount to them which amounts to nearly Rs 12 lakh.
The victims were happy over the arrest of the computer institute owner and made an appeal to the government to take stern action against him and demanded return of the withdrawn amount.
The accused, after his arrest, allegedly tried to make every possible attempt to influence police and also tried to provoke a few people to held protest outside the police station, Kishtwar, in his support but the same was foiled by the police with timely action. Police sources said that before registration of an FIR against the accused, police has collected sufficient proof against him. The local people hailed the effort of Kishtwar police for arresting the accused.
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