Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Apr 21: A group of truckers have been stealing boulder stones from the picturesque rivulet at Harwan area of Srinagar after allegedly bribing police and I&FC officials.
The stream, which is located at Chandpora area, according to locals is almost desiccated as these truckers have been stealing boulders stones.
Locals in Darbagh, Danihma and Chandpora complained that the truckers, allegedly with the support of local police and some corrupt officials of I&FC, have been doing this illegal practice since July last year.
"Some truck drivers have been continuously stealing boulder stones from Chandpora rivulet. They start loading their trucks at 11 in the night and the practice continues till 4 in the morning," the residents said.
They alleged that police and some corrupt officials of I&FC department have been helping them t
carry on this illegal practice.
We pay money to the police every month to allow us to carry on the practice. Around twenty truckers from different areas of Srinagar city load their trucks with boulder stones and sell these in open market.
"We tried to bring this issue into the notice of authorities concerned. However, nothing substantial was done in this regard. We even tried to catch hold of these truckers, but they warned us to be silent or face consequences,'' the residents added.
When this correspondent persuaded a trucker who gather stones from the stream to share some details, he said, "Kindly don't ever expose me as I may face serious consequences. We pay money to the police every month to allow us to carry on the practice."
He said that around twenty truckers from different areas of Srinagar city load their trucks with bolder stones.
"Actually we sell these boulders in open market as the same is used for construction purpose. This stone is mainly used for residential house plinths," the trucker said.
No police of I&FC official was available for comment.