4 education officers arrested for misappropriation of funds in Sopore

Srinagar, Mar 1: Four education officers were today arrested for misappropriation of funds under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in the apple township of Sopore in North Kashmir district of Baramulla.
A Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) spokesperson said an investigation was initiated to ascertain misappropriation of the Government funds in Education Zone Dangerpora Sopore.
He said during investigation it was found out that an amount of Rs 23,19,321 was released and withdrawn from government accounts against the allotted cost of Rs 9.99 lakh in the construction of three roomed School building under SSA in the premises of Government Middle School Rajpora Sopore during the period 2012-13.
“The excess drawn amount to the tune of Rs 13,20,321 was misappropriated by the officers and officials of Education Zone Dangerpora Sopore by way of abuse of their official position and in furtherance of criminal conspiracy hatched among themselves,” he said.
He said accused included, Mohammad Shafi Wani, the then ZEO Dangerpora, Sopore, Mehraj-ud-din Shawl, the then Zonal Education Planning officer Dangerpora Sopore, Ali Mohammad Mushki, the then Headmaster Government Middle School Rajpora Sopore; Rifat Ara, the then Junior Assistant ZEO office Dangerpora Sopore and Zahoor Ahmad Shah, teacher in Government Middle School Rajpora sopore.
“Soon after the registration of the Case, the sleuths of VOK swung into action and affected the arrest of the accused, Wani, Shawl, Mushki, and Shah,” he added.
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