Ex-serviceman at the end of the sword tip as Tehsildar, Girdawar Patwari along with fraudsters goes berserk! Can the revenue officials stoop so low? By the look of things for money they can strip off anyone!
-‘Tehsildar by all means looks to be a smart man and he wants to eat with both hands and that too together. In this Abdul Qayoom the Tehsildar entered a family dispute, sided with one brother out of the three and went to an extent of creating a family feud with complete disregards to the instructions passed by the Munsiff Court, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, DC Poonch and SDM, Sub Division Mendhar. Now the first question is that does he deserve to be a Tehsildar? The answer is absolutely a big ‘No’, then what is doing sitting on the chair of Tehsildar Mankote’?
-‘ He may be brilliant but here his brilliance contains all possible dark shades in manufacturing money by siding with one family member who is a renowned land grabber of the Tehsil and is demanding money from the other two. One is an Ex serviceman and the other is serving as a trooper in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)’!
-‘Though it is a known norm that the revenue officials are big time crooks and they can go to any level to earn money yet the fact is that here the Tehsildar has gone berserk and sitting in his high office is playing truant and ruining the name of government in UT administration. Qayoom should have been on the radar of the Deputy Commissioner for the things which he has done in this case. He is running his own fraudster empire where girdawars and patwaris are all part of this ugly rigmarole. It is not me saying it but it is the documents who are speaking for themselves. As the story continues we would be attaching each and every one of them with this tale of the fraudsters’.
-‘Qayoom perhaps joined the revenue department with one singular aim and that was to earn as much as he could. In Mankote the people are simple and the money gobbling wolf sitting Tehsil Headquarters bullies them, cheats them, gets their signs falsely showing his authority, loots the state exchequer and passes on all falsified information. In this regard the complainant who is a former armed forces man has forwarded as application to the Director Anti Corruption Bureau (excerpts of the same are with the story) so that the necessary action can be taken against this outrageous man who is running the Tehsil affairs as if he is emperor but seriously speaking of small things. A man who is not satisfied with the salary he gets at the end of the month’! That is what the people of Mankote and Balnoi are saying!
-‘The manuals of public administration in UT Jammu and Kashmir say that if you love your duty and the place where you are serving, you must be willing to defend it from fraud, bigotry, and recklessness even from the top most official. But if the Tehsildar of a place which Mr. Qayoom is, goes awry, wonky and wayward then what do you do?’! The people want answers and none are forthcoming! The question is will they ever? So far the answer is negative!’
-‘ I said it before and I repeat it, when you’re dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don’t say than what they do. Qayoom has committed blunders and his free and frank verbosity is all but a vase full of lies and Manier Hussein who has launched a crusade against him has all the documents and he has decided that he would not take things lying down. He did mention while speaking to me that accepting fraud from the Tehsildar means accepting fraud in our personal lives. For sure Qayoom has entered his personal life and as a soldier Manier has no idea of giving it up soon till his case is decided’!If it has happened with Manier it can happen with anyone?
We have covered many land frauds in Mendhar and the administration has acted in a fabulous way but this one is bit unique where the revenue officials have got into a family issue and want to mint money with both hands from the parties at loggerheads. All this has been done by altering records in favor of one party for money obviously and telling the other party that you pay to the tune of one Lakh and we will not disturb the records. Playing this tricky and slimy roulette is the Tehsildar Abdul Qayoom. My personal (author) experience suggests that the revenue officials, lower or upper, engage in a wide range of land frauds in Sub Division Mendhar with the common people. This is simply one more.
I The case:
An application against Tehsildar Mankote Abdul Qayoom for tampering/ altering the land record at village Balnoi Tehsil Mankote by false means and by accepting bribe has been forwarded to the anti corruption bureau UT Jammu and Kashmir.
The land under Khasra No. 718/26(18-8) Kanals, 27(8-11 Kanals), 30(5-10 Kanals) is situated at village Balnoi, Tehsil Mankote. The land is an ownership mass on the name of. One Sultan, Saboo and others were all evacuees of 1947.
The same was recorded in the name of Sh. Mohd Din S/o Lal Din Gujjar resident of village Balnoi as a legal possession holder on this evacuee land. Mohd Din S/o Lal Din the aforementioned had expired a long time back.
In 2014, the then girdawar entered the girdawari entries on the name of Khadam Hussain, Manier Hussain and Mohd Azam all sons of Mohd Din deceased and these girdawari entries continued till the month of June-2021.
In the month of April 2021 Khadam Hussain S/o Mohd Din put up an application in the office of the Divisional Commissioner Jammu for direction to the Deputy Commissioner Poonch for rectification of the above mentioned land records in other words altering the girdawaris in his name and presented a case that the entries made were wrong and illegal, which definitely was not the case.
On the direction of the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Deputy Commissioner Poonch directed the Tehsildar Mankote Abdul Qayoom to hold an enquiry into the matter and investigate the wrongs done by fraud and illegal means and report the same.
II. The Tehsildar Abdul Qayoom enters the fray:
On 27/5/2021 Tehsildar Mankote Abdul Qayoom reported to the Deputy Commissioner Poonch that the above land record has been recorded correctly and the application of Khadam Hussain S/o Mohd Din for changing of Girdawari is baseless. Till this time the Tehsildar was doing the right thing on the right track.
But then suddenly changed gears. On 4 June 2021, Tehsildar Mankote, without informing Sarpanch, Panches or any other person including Maneir, visited the village Balnol, met some people there and took the signatures of a few of them on a blank paper. For what he did that, he never spelled the same out.
On that very day Manier was not present at Balnoi as he had gone to Mendhar for buying medicines but could not turn up due to corona curfew and moreover there was no vehicle available. His younger brother Mohd Azam was also not present there as he is a CISF serving personnel and was on his duty.
But Khadam Hussain was trying to change the land records and Tehsildar Mankote was supporting the same. The double game had begun.
Therefore on 5th of June 2021, Manier filed an application in the Munsiff Court Mendhar seeking a stay order on changing the land record of the above mentioned land situated at Balnoi. By the way no one takes them seriously in Sub Division Mendhar. This one too was not given the due weight it deserved.
The stay order of the Hon’ble Court was forwarded to the Tehsildar in the shape of a soft copy on Whatsapp on June the 5 2021. Nothing wrong in this because most of the official communication is going on via app. But on 12th June 2021 the hard copy of the order (stay order) was provided to Qayoom along with the direction of the SDM Mendhar Sahil Jandial directing the Tehsildar not to tamper the land records. Still the gentleman in the cloak of a fraudster refrained from taking the requisite action. The question is why? Well the answer is a plain white wall!
III. Manier struggles to pass through the impassable official door:
On June the 12 , 2021 the Tehsildar demanded a bribe of Rs One Lakh as per Manier and said that your land record will not be tampered with if you give me this amount. This was a clear instance of arm twisting and black mailing. But Manier was not in a position to give him such an amount. He had Mohd Rayaz as a witness to this conversation.
Finally on 14th of June Tehsildar Mankote tampered /changed the above mentioned land records i.e. girdawari on the name of Khadam Hussain mentioning in the record that he visited the mentioned spot on 30 of May 2021.
But according to Manier this was a false statement because he visited the site/spot on 04″ June 2021. Witnesses are also available here.
This also proves that Abdul Qayoom had taken a bribe from Khadam Hussain and conveniently changed the land records i.e. girdawari entry on the name of Khadam Hussain. The conclusion by Manier looks plausible because he did not pay Rupees one Lakh demanded from him. That was for not changing the records.
On 4th of July 2021 Manier called a panchayat meeting at Balnol under the supervision of Sarpanch in which various prominent members of the village were present. In the meeting various parameters/angles of this case were observed and it was concluded that after the death of Mohd Din, Maneer Hussain and Mohd Azam were residing on the same land and Khadam Hussain has also shifted there with them in 2020.
In the meeting it was also concluded that on 4th of June 2021 Tehsildar Mankote had taken the signatures of two persons namely Mohd Fazal S/o Mohd Din and Talib Hussain S/o Dil Mohd by fraudulent means. They had no knowledge as to what they were signing for and moreover the pressure of the Tehsildar was far too great since he is considered a big man in the Tehsil. They were made to sign on blank paper.
Manier was categorical that if any dispute/quarrel arises between the brothers, or any untoward happens then Tehsildar Mankote Abdul Qayoom will be responsible for the same.
IV: A straightforward case of misuse of power for making money:
Going by the documents it is clear that plenty of wrongs have happened otherwise why should an individual telling lies approach the Director of the Anti Corruption Bureau. He has the documentary evidence along with the witnesses so everything suggests that:
Tehsildar Mankote is demanding and accepting illegal gratification in an open and disdainful manner which does not speak very highly of the conduct of the administrative officer.
It is rather strange that his activities are not being checked by law enforcement agencies. He tampered the revenue records fraudulently when an amount of Rs 100000/ was not given to him from one side on his repeated demands.
Thus an investigation is required to be made into it and moreover an administrative lawful action as deemed fit for demanding a bribe and misusing his official powers.
Khadam Hussain is a land grabber who has already grabbed land of his uncle and now along with the Tehsildar Mankote is grabbing the land which belongs to the whole family.
In a petty theft you steal money, gold etc.; in a land theft you steal the future of a family! The second crime can be committed only by the meanest people and Khadam perhaps falls in that category! Such a heavy crime results in a heavy price as a complete family gets ruined and the revenue officials providing all the assists does not sound all that good. Anyone would say so but not the man known as Abdul Qayoom, Tehsildar Mankote by designation. Mankote is a beautiful countryside but incompetence and blatant frauds done by the revenue officials are unacceptable and it is because all the bad precedence has been set here. In short, the burden of a porter is temporary, but the burden of a crooked revenue official is permanent because his conscience always carries the enormous burden of his frauds! Examples in UT Jammu and Kashmir are in plenty! Add this one also to the list!