NGO copies logo of JKP, claims working for police; inquiry initiated

Vishal Sharma

A non-governmental organization (NGO) working under the name and style ‘State Anti Corruption Anti Crime Cell’ is openly misusing logo of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The NGO has copied virtually every part of the logo of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) and has even issued identity cards to its members which resemble more with I-cards of police department especially the Crime Branch. The matter came to light, when while during a press conference the members issued press notes carrying logo imitating logo of JK police.

The trust is also issuing joining letters to members with letter head carrying police logo and text ‘State Anti Corruption Anti Crime Cell’. Though when the core committee of the trust was grilled by the Newspoint about the imitation of police logo, it said that it has nothing wrong in copying the logo of Jammu and Kashmir police as their trust is also working for the welfare of the society and that’s too with the assistance of police, vigilance, CID etc.

The identity cards issued by the trust to its members are bearing the police logo owing to which they completely look like government agency identity cards as very cleverly the word ‘Trust’ has not been printed on it. Not only this Police /CID/Vigilance/CBI have been also printed that’s too in red color on the card besides ‘RTI Commission Govt of India’ is also printed beneath the imitated logo.

Though, the trust claims itself to be an approved and registered one by Jammu Kashmir High Court Jammu GR No 6138252 Act XII 1860 but the question arising is that how it has got approval from the High Court with police logo?

Not only this, even the president of the trust Gurpreet Singh Dutta has put-up a name plate in front of his personal vehicle on which it text ‘State President Anti Corruption Anti Crime Cell’ has been printed on the police logo (color combination) due to which the car looks like a crime branch vehicle.

Overall the use of police logo by the trust is unlawful and threat to security as well as its identity cards could be misused by the mischievous elements as it completely resembles with the police department identity card.

On being asked, DIG Jammu- Kathua range Ashkoor Wani over the issue, he thanked Newspoint for bringing this issue into his notice and said that he is referring the case to SSP Jammu for verification as no one is allowed to use the logo of police and the way in which the Identify card has been designed it seems like the person is above DySP.

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