LAHORE - The mystery behind the dispute between the Auqaf Department and the Punjab Police on a recent cash-snatching incident at Pir Makki (RA) shrine has intensified, with both the departments now blaming each other for corruption and mal-practices. A source here Wednesday informed that mediators in the Chief Ministers Secretariat had formed a committee to search out the truth, and assign responsibility on either of the two departments officials to resovle the matter. According to the details, Auqaf Manager Pir Makki shrine Badar Hayat filed an application in the Lower Mall Police Station for the registration of a case against a sub-inspector and six other policemen of the Special Branch alleging that they tried to snatch the cash at the time of monthly opening of the cash boxes of the shrine. This led to a scuffle in the course of which the Auqaf officials managed to make a movie of the incident. On this, the said policemen allegedly snatched the camera and fled away. As the Lower Mall police refused to register a case, the Auqaf Secretary wrote to the Inspector General of Police Punjab (IGP) and the CCPO under intimation to the Chief Secretary for the registration of a case. On silence of over one week, the Auqaf decided to move the Lahore High Court. In the meantime, the higher authorities in Punjab government came to know about the dispute. They summoned the officials of both departments for rapprochement for which a committee had been formed now. Sources in the Auqaf Ulema & Employees Association stated that the police laid serious allegations against Auqaf officials for stealing cash income from the cash boxes at the time of their opening, which was being closely monitored by the police. It was also reported that as against the sum of Rs 0.1 million collection, the vigilance by the police that month, yielded Rs 0.23 million over and above the normal cash collection. It is, however, not known as to who assigned this role to the police after reports of cash pilferage from the cash boxes. The cash-stealing complaints by unscrupulous elements were common before installation of surveillance cameras at the time of cash opening. It is feared that the CCTVs have lost their efficacy, and the suspicious elements have found new avenues of hoodwinking. As such the police had to step into to check the alleged mal-practices.