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Govt orders probe into Gujarat conman’s Kashmir visits

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The Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday ordered an inquiry to probe into various aspects related to visits of alleged Gujarat conman, Kiran Patel to Kashmir Valley.

As per a government order, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Vijay Kumar Bidhuri has been appointed as inquiry officer to inquire into the matter.

The government accorded sanction to inquire into the various aspects related to the visits of Kiran Patel to Kashmir during the past months and the security arrangements made thereof.

“The inquiry officer shall identify the lapses on the part of the Officers and officials concerned and submit a detailed report within one week,” reads an order issued by Additional Chief Secretary Home Department, Raj Kumar Goyal.

Kiran Bhai Patel, a ‘conman’ from Gujarat who was posing as Additional Director of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO),  had been operating in the region for several months, has reportedly duped several locals using various fraudulent schemes.

He is currently in judicial custody lodged in Srinagar Central Jail. Police have already registered an FIR No 19 of 2023 against him at Police Station Nishat for criminal intention and indulging in activities within the jurisdiction of this police station and other parts of Kashmir and by employing a high degree of forged means. [KNT]



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