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After ACB raids, unnerved CE visits under investigation Engineer’s residence in Bijbehara
2/16/2020 11:24:33 PM
Saahil Suhail
Early Times Report

Anantnag, Feb 16: After Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) raids at the residence of former Executive Engineer of PHE Division Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Bijbehara town; a top engineer, who heads one of the departments in Kashmir, met the officer on Saturday late night apparently to enquiry about the raid.
Highly placed sources told Early Times that the officer, who heads one of the departments in Kashmir, was previously posted in South Kashmir as Superintend Engineer of PHE department.
They said that the engineer parked his official vehicle a kilometer away from the residence of former Executive Engineer and even removed official board mentioning the name of the department that was fixed on the front mirror of the Scorpio.
“He was flanked by one more officer. Duo went inside the residence of former Executive Engineer and met him,” Sources revealed to Early Times.
The officer’s unexpected visit after raids and searches conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau has raised several questions.
“The Anti-Corruption Bureau must probe the officer and his role in irregularities that have surfaced in PHE Division Bijbehara as he was Superintend Engineer of PHE department,” an officer, who wished anonymity, told Early Times.
Pertinent to mention here, a team of officers of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) led by DySP rank officer raided the residence of Bashir Ahmad Shah in Bijbehara and conducted searches on Saturday. Before retirement, Shah was holding the post of Executive Engineer PHE Division Bijbehara.
According to sources, Shah is accused of having floated norms while allotting contracts and executing works in different areas of PHE Division Bijbehara.
They said that the tainted engineer has also procured pipes and other material on high rates.
Officials of PHE Division Bijbehara are also accused having committed serious irregularities while realigning the pipeline on Kishtwar-Anantnag road from Semthantop to Anantnag.
The works of over 3.5 Cr have been allotted to some blue-eyed contractors without floating tenders. The officers have also prepared fake bills and withdrawn huge amounts on the name of restoring schemes affected by 2014 floods.
In December 2018, a team of vigilance now ACB had raided the Civil Public Health Engineering (PHE) Division office in Bijbehara Anantnag district and had seized some important documents. Raid was conducted after the Vigilance received complaints about large scale irregularities committed post 2014 floods.
It was also alleged that irregularities were committed in execution of 1MGD Rambirpora-Kehribal Water Supply Scheme, which has been taken up under NABARD at a cost of Rs 21.71 crore, Hassanpora-Tavella water supply scheme, Kistwar-Semthan water supply scheme and in other high budgeted schemes.
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