ACB Cracks Down on Corrupt Practices in Srinagar: Case registered against SHO Pantha Chowk

SRINAGAR, May 26: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a case against Inspector Azim Khan, Station House Officer (SHO) of Police Station Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, following a written complaint alleging corruption. The complaint claimed that Inspector Khan, through his intermediary Mushtaq Ahmad, demanded a bribe of Rs 8 lakh for issuing a report on an accident case.

Upon receiving the complaint, the ACB conducted a discreet pre-trap verification to ascertain the validity of the allegations. The investigation confirmed the complaint’s authenticity. Consequently, FIR No. 13/2024 was filed under Section 7 read with Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, at Police Station ACB Srinagar, and a formal investigation commenced.

The incident in question occurred on March 25, 2024, at the Khanmoh stone quarry site. During the excavation of minerals by Sameer Ahmad Najar using a hydraulic excavator, a boulder fell, severely damaging the machinery and grievously injuring a laborer named Mohd Mushtaq, who later succumbed to his injuries. Following the incident, the Khanmoh Police Post forwarded a report to SHO Pantha Chowk for FIR registration.

The ACB’s ongoing investigation aims to bring transparency and accountability to the handling of such cases and ensure that justice is served without corruption or undue influence.