SRINAGAR: Crime Branch Kashmir Crime Branch Kashmir on Friday lodged an FIR against an Estates Department official for duping gullible people offering to provide government plots for residential purposes.

“Acting on a complaint, it was found that an official of Estates Department projected himself as a member of an NGO involved in arranging plots for the needy people.

“The accused induced the complainant to pay a huge amount in advance for getting plots allotted in favour of desirous families. The complainant paid the amount but neither was the residential plot allotted nor has the money been returned,” a statement of the Crime Branch said.

Subsequently, a probe was initiated by the Crime Branch which revealed that the accused along with others lured the complainant and his relatives into paying Rs. 7.5 lakh for the promised government plot, the statement added.

Accordingly, a case under FIR No. 44/2018 U/S 420, 468, 471, 120-B RPC against the employee of the Estates Department was registered.