After declaring he has ‘not seen’ LCD in his office, BDO Kanipora finally “recovers” missing TV

Telling the tale: An empty shelf where the LCD TV was kept in BDO office Kanipora


By Salaar Khan

Srinagar: Block Development Officer (BDO), Kanipora, Aijaz Ahmad Shah, has finally located the missing LCD TV which went into “mysterious disappearance” after he took the charge of the office.

Following the story carried by The Kashmir Press as to how BDO Kanipora removed the LCD T.V from his office and shifted to his home, the rural development department initiated an inquiry to locate the missing TV.

The finally inquiry report while blaming the 2016 unrest in Kashmir for the disappearance of the TV, stated that missing TV has been recovered.

The final inquiry report stated that a team of officials was constituted to verify the allegations regarding the missing LCD TV.

“The team has submitted report. As per report the LCD/LED was installed in BDO office during tenure of Ex. BDO Sh. Zubair Ahmad.. There was every apprehension of damage during unrest of 2016 and block office was running from panchyat chattergam, hence LED/LCD model no. LEDUA32-FH32-FH4003R one unit 80cm was taken and placed in official departmental store and is safe there,” the inquiry report stated.

Earlier the BDO Kanipora, Aijaz Ahmad Shah maintained that he had not seen any such item in his office.

“The fact is that undersigned joined the block on 28.04.2016 and during take over no such item was either visible in office nor was any LED/LCD handed over to undersigned. The block was without any BDO for almost a month before I assumed the charge,” Shah wrote to The Kashmir Press.

BDO BK pora had shot a rebuttal to The Kashmir Press regarding the story “Loot of public property: How BDO Kanipora took department’s LCD TV to his home for personal use?” wherein the report revealed how he said officer has taken out the LCD TV and shifted to his home.

“Kindly refer your baseless news regarding loot of public property at block Kanipora . The news item is vehemently denied as their is no proof in it,” he wrote.

“Further for your kind information any departmental purchases are properly documented and entered on official Stock Register,and any issuance /write off,/ disposal etc. is done as per proper procedure. The undersigned has never seen nor taken any such item”

He also threatened The Kashmir Press with legal action for carrying the “baseless story”.

What did Kashmir Press Story contain?

 The story carried by the Press revealed how the LCD TV was removed by the current BDO B Kanipora, Aijaz Ahmad Shah after he took reigns of the office.  The officials told The Press that the officer took the LCD TV to his home stealthily.

While investigating further about the missing LCD TV, The Kashmir Press contacted the former BDO Kanipora, Zubair Ahmad Bhat, who confirmed that the BDO office Kanipora was given a new makeover during his tenure. He also said they had brought the LCD TV and put it in the office.

Another official in the BDO office said that the contract for the renovation of the office was given to the contractor Bashir Ahmad.

When contacted Bashir Ahmad, he said that he brought the Samsung LCD TV worth 28000 rupees and then put it in the BDO Kanipora office on the glass shelf.

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