Two Minor Boys injured in An Accidental Blast in Anantnag
Two minor boys identified as Liyakat Khan, about 14 years old son of Amjad Khan, and Ishfaq Khan son of Aarif Khan, about 12 years old have been injured when they were fiddling with some suspicious thing which exploded accidentally near Panchayat Mohalla Rakh-e-Brah in the jurisdiction of Police Station Uttersoo, said a police statement.
The spokesman said both the injured have been shifted to Srinagar hospital for treatment and condition of both the injured is said to be stable.
Police are investigating the cause of the explosion, they said.
10 Years Old Child Slips To Death in A Trench in North Kashmir
A ten year old kid died after he fell down into a trench at Haidermal Mawar area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
A police official said that boy was playing when he fell down into the trench. He identified the deceased as Sharafat Ali Khan son of Asghar Ali Khan a resident of Haidermal Mawar. Sharafat was a class 4th student and the lone son of his parents.
Doctors Force us To Visit Their Private Clinic For Surgery, Alleges North Kashmir Family
A family from North Kashmir Wednesday alleged that two doctors posted at Sub District Hospital in a bid to force their ailing son to go for a surgery at their private clinic remained absent from their duty when the patient needed them.
The family members who emerged in Press Enclave Srinagar today said they admitted Nisar Ahmed Parray (19) at Sub District Hospital Tangmarg after he developed some urinal infection.
“My brother needed surgery but Dr Abid Jabar and Dr Farooq Ahmed demanded Rs 30,000 from us with a word that they will perform the surgery at their private clinic. When we refused, they half-heartedly did surgery and left the hospital in a hurry,” Mushtaq Ahmed Parray told this Reporter.
He said that during night hours, his brother after the surgery lost blood profusely while in the absence of these two doctors, they arranged a private vehicle and shifted the patient to JVC Bemina.
“These doctors didn’t perform the surgery professionally as we refused to pay them money. Next day, when we protested against these two doctors, SDM Tangmarg Abdul Aziz came for their support and dragged us out from the hospital,” family members said.
The protesting family members while demanding action against the two doctors sought intervention of Health Minister Bali Bhagat.
When contacted Sub Divisional Magistrate Tangmarg, Mr Abdul Aziz said that he himself visited the hospital to inquire the matter. “I have already sought a report from hospital authorities and action will be taken if anybody is found on wrong foot,” he said and added that he objected only when the attendants raised slogans inside the hospital.
Despite repeated attempts, Block Medical Officer Tangmarg could not be contacted.
APDP Stages Silent Protest in Srinagar Demand Government To Trace Their Beloved Ones
Scores of members Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Wednesday staged a silent protest in Srinagar against the human rights violation in Kashmir. The protesters including men, women assembled at Srinagar’s Pratap Park and staged silent protest and demanded government to find out their beloved ones who are disappeared since years. The association members were carrying the banners and placards reading ‘stop crime against humanity, what lies beneath?.’ Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the APDP members said that the government has utterly failed to trace their beloved ones from past several years. The family members of disappeared youth, mostly females castigated the successive governments for being ‘indifferent’ towards their agony. A woman protester said that the government must trace their beloved ones who are disappeared since years. “We don’t want government jobs or any other compensation from the government but the only thing we demand is to trace our beloved ones,” she said. She also said that the successive regimes have miserably failed to trace their beloved ones. “We are still having hope that our beloved ones will come one day,” she said. “We have been fighting for 26 years against the enforced disappearances of our children. More than 10,000 individuals are missing who were taken into custody by different Indian agencies,” the APDP protesters said. They also appealed the international human rights bodies to intervene and help the families in tracing their beloved ones.
Ganderbal Police Solves Kidnapping Case Within Hours; Accused Arrested, Victim Girl Rescued
Ganderbal Police has solved a kidnapping case of a girl in shortest possible time and arrested the accused involved in the crime.
Ganderbal police received a complaint from one person Muhammad Maqbool Dar that his daughter (name withheld) has been kidnapped by Muhammad Altaf Dar son of Muhammad Amin Dar resident of Banyari Jalalpora Hajin
Acting swiftly, Ganderbal police acted constituted a team on the directions of ASP Ganderbal Fayaz Hussain, assisted by SHO Ganderbal Nisar Hurrah and investigation to trace the accused was started. Within hours of the report filed, the Police team traced the girl and the accused involved. The girl was rescued and the accused involved was arrested. After completion of legal formalities, the girl was handed over to her parents.
In this regard, a case FIR number 35/18 under section 109, 366 RPC was registered.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a case on the fidayeen attack at a training centre of the Central Reserve Police Force in South Kashmir’s Awantipora.The case was registered in compliance with an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs, reported Scroll.in.
On the intervening night of December 30-31 in 2017, a group of militants attacked the CRPF group centre at Awantipora in Pulwama district killing five personnel of the force and three militants were also killed in retaliatory action by the CRPF.
The National Investigation Agency registered the case under Sections 459, 460 and 307 of the Ranbir Penal Code, Sections 7 and 27 of Arms Act and Sections 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the report added.
The Met on Wednesday forecast three days of rain and snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, beginning Thursday evening. “Fairly widespread rain in the plains and snow in the higher reaches is likely to occur tomorrow evening onwards,” the Met office said. The overall improvement in minimum temperatures continued across the state with Srinagar recording a minimum of 4.9, Pahalgam 0.5 and Gulmarg minus one. Kargil recorded minus seven while Leh recorded minus five degrees Celsius. Both Jammu and Katra recorded 13.4 degrees Celsius. Batote recorded 8.6, Bannihal 5.9, Bhaderwah 6.9 and Udhampur 10.8 as the night’s lowest temperatures.
Police ‘Requests’ Not To Pay Heed To ‘Rumours’ About Hajin
Police on Wednesday said that certain sections of media mostly on cyber platforms are carrying news related to Hajan in a manner which is not correct. “Such malicious campaign indicates designs of mischief mongers to exploit the situation,” a police statement said. Police statement added “general Public is requested not to pay heed to such rumours.”
Pertinently, situation remained tense in north Kashmir’s Hajin today, as locals woke up to the allegedly dismantled grave of a non local militant buried there yesterday. The dead body of Abu Haris had been handed over to locals by his associates for burial, after he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Haris had escaped the cordon on Monday after being hit with two bullets. The locals are suspecting the body of Haris has been taken away in the dead of the night. Meanwhile shutdown continued in Hajin for the second consecutive day to mourn the killing of Haris. The authorities have snapped the internet services in the northern district Bandipora.
Umm Habibah (May Allah be pleased with her) the Mother of the Believers reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying, “A house will be built in Jannah for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak`ah of optional Salat other than the obligatory Salat in a day and a night (to seek the Pleasure of Allah).” [Muslim].
Aircel Asks TRAI To Issue Mobile Number Portability Codes For Subscribers in Licensed Circles
Here comes the official news about Aircel. While the company keep on saying that it’s still up for offering services, consumers are not ready to enjoy the service, thanks to the massive network down issue faced by them recently. Since then, Aircel startedreceiving a lot of MNP requests, and due to that, even the company’ servers crashed. Following the massive demand, Aircel approached telecom regulator Trai to facilitate Mobile Number Portability codes for the subscribers of Aircel and Dishnet Wireless Ltd in the licensed service areas of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Mumbai, North East, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal.
On February 22, 2018, Aircel Group comprising of Aircel and Dishnet Wireless subscribers informed that the company is undergoing deep financial stress due to various reasons which has also resulted in closing operations in six of their circles earlier.
Alongside this, Aircel Group also informed to the regulator that they have been severely impacted by their major Infra provider GTL Infra who has turned off as much as one-third of their total sites in different licensed service areas across the country. And as an emergency measure, they’re working out intra-circle roaming arrangements with other telecom service provides to help the existing subscribers remain connected and at least generate a porting code.
As mentioned earlier, Aircel Group also mentioned that a large number of requests for porting, the generation of Unique Porting Codes (UPC), is also delayed due to capacity constraints in their server. Therefore to help the subscribers porting out to other networks, Aircel has requested Trai to issue suitable direction for allotting additional codes to generate UPC in the licensed service areas where Aircel has a subscriber base of over one million.
Trai will be now issuing porting codes to all Aircel subscribers, subject to a subscriber being in the network for a period of 90 days. Aircel also requested Trai to extend the validity of UPCs up to 45 days to enable hassle-free porting.
As mentioned earlier, Aircel already closed services in Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh (West) with effect from January 31, 2018. And customers in the other licensed will be eligible to port out from the network.
Trai also revealed the customers should try to utilise the unspent balance before porting out from the network. Otherwise, the amount will be given to the customers in the form of recharge coupons or plans.
The Centre today sought to downplay the issue of presence of dreaded terror group IS in Jammu and Kashmir saying it has no existence in the Valley.
There is no physical infrastructure or manpower of the IS in the Valley. It does not exist in the Valley, a Home Ministry spokesperson said here.
The central government’s assertion came after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the killing of a policeman, Farooq Ahmad Yatoo, in Jammu-Kashmir on Sunday.
Another official said Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba could be behind the attack on the policeman, and Esha Fazali, a local militant who first joined the Hizbul Mujahideen and later shifted his allegiance to LeT, has emerged as the prime suspect.
However, Jammu and Kashmir DGP SP Vaid has said in Srinagar that it was now clear that ISIS had carried out the attack and it is “indeed a worrying sign”.
In November 2017, there were reports that the global terror organisation was involved in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar where a terrorist, identified as Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.
Amaq, which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed responsibility for that attack.
Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the banned terror group during funeral.
However, security officials had then claimed that Mugees belonged to an extremist group called Tehrik-ul- Mujahideen and was its Pulwama district commander.
The Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s.
However, police have found no logistical connection between the two, another official said.
The cadre strength of the group is very small and it has been facing an extreme shortage of weapons, officials said.
The Tehrik-Ul-Mujahideen was founded much before the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came into existence, they said.
After the killing of Mujees, Adil Ahmed has been appointed the group’s commander in Pulwama district.(PTI)
31 Government Employees Suspended For Unauthorized Absence in Budgam
On the directions of DDC Budgam Mohammad Harun Malik, a team of officials led by ADC Budgam Mohammad Farooq Dar conducted surprise visits of offices of various government departments and found 31 employees absent from their duties unauthorizedly. The employees were immediately put under suspension, official sources said.
The suspended employees include 10 from PDD, 6 from Assistant Commissioner Development office, 4 from BDO office, 3 from PHE, 3 from office of the Chief Education officer, 2 from CAPD, 1 from Fisheries, 1 from Sheep Husbandry department. Stressing on the punctuality in government offices, ADC said that strict action would be taken against the employees for remaining absent from their duties. He said that strict orders have been issued by the DC office to all the government employees to maintain punctuality and no carelessness towards their duties would be entertained.
CBI Forced Me To Frame Accused: J&K Sex Scandal Victim To High Court
Twelve years after a sex scandal that allegedly involved the rich and powerful of Srinagar, the victim and prime witness in the case has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, claiming that the CBI forced her to depose against the accused persons in 2006. She has pleaded that the trial court proceedings be stayed and it be directed to re-examine her as a prosecution witness. The victim has filed the appeal against the special CBI court order dated February 25, 2016 by which her application for recalling her as a witness was dismissed by the trial court. Arguments in the appeal case began Monday and will continue Tuesday. CBI counsel Sumeet Goel maintained that “the accused and prosecutrix have now connived with each other”.
In 2006, residents of a locality in Srinagar had approached police with a video that showed the victim nude. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court transferred the probe to CBI from the J&K Police after a hue and cry over the alleged sex racket. A number of influential people including two ministers, top police officers and others were accused in the case. The trial was later shifted to Chandigarh and cross-examination of the victim concluded on April 27, 2007. All the accused are now on bail and many have been acquitted. The victim’s plea is being heard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court along with that of accused Shabir Ahmad Laway, who also is seeking the victim’s re-examination. His plea had been dismissed by the trial court on February 2. “The petitioner did not lodge any complaint and her statement before the CBI does not disclose any grievance. The CBI recorded her wrong and baseless statement and was made to appear as PW1 before the Ld. Special Judge, CBI and was threatened by the CBI to give statement as per their dictates so as to make allegations against various persons who are now facing trial in the present FIR. The petitioner was released from custody by CBI after examination as witness,” stated the plea in the High Court. The victim’s counsel Rajat Khanna told The Indian Express that “the case shall now be heard daily till the arguments conclude”. In her plea, the victim said: “Due to the examination of the petitioner in custody, whereby she was forced to make allegations against innocent persons, has resulted in false implications of the persons.”
The victim said she did not have the “courage and strength to appear in person” before the trial court or before the competent authority due to the “fear psychosis generated by CBI”.
Nothing Can Be Said Till Attackers Are Not Caught: DGP on ISIS Soura Attack
Jammu and Kashmir police chief on Tuesday said that nothing could be said on the presence of ISIS in Kashmir until the militants involved in the killing of a policeman in Soura are not caught. ISIS on its media website A’maq claimed responsibility for Soura attack and also displayed the image of snatched rifle on it.
A policeman on guard duty outside the residence of a senior Hurriyat leader was killed by the attackers before decamping with his rifle in Soura.
Director General of Police SP Vaid told Greater Kashmir “since it is on their website and they have displayed image of snatched weapon. They are claiming it”. DGP said from their side unless the attackers are not caught nothing concrete can be said. “From our side we can say that unless we don’t catch…we can’t say anything,” DGP said.
J&K Police Told To Crack Down on Big Militant Funerals
Citing “glamourised funerals” of militants as a reason for recruitment of local youths into militancy, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s intelligence wing has asked the state police to take steps to prevent “massive and multiple” funerals of militants in the Valley, the Indian Express reported on Tuesday. “The funerals of killed militants have become a fertile ground for recruiters,” reads a confidential report sent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to Director General of Police S P Vaid, the reports said. The report states, “(The) massive gatherings that are being witnessed in funerals of killed local militants post-2016 unrest is a serious concern which has to be addressed…. These gatherings romanticise and glamourise the terrorists and give boost to militancy.” As per the report citing many examples of young men who have joined militant ranks after attending the funeral of a slain militant, the report says that militants have been successful in glamourising militancy by appearing at such funerals and offering gun salute. The report has suggested several measures to prevent such big funerals, gun salutes by other militants at these funerals, and to prevent recruitment of fresh militants. “After the killing of militant/militants, active militants give a gun salute… the miscreants consider it as an act of bravery and this works as an impetus for the local youth to join militancy,” it states. “Intelligence input should be generated about the exit routes of militants from such places and they should be chased and neutralised.” The report has also asked for making local religious preachers and mosque management committees accountable. “Local imams should be made accountable so that they desist from delivering charged/hateful speeches at funerals,” the report suggests. “(The) local auqaf committee should be taken into confidence so that they may not allow the public address systems of masjid to be used for provocative speeches at the funerals.” (Courtesy: The Indian Express)
Foreign Militant injured in Hajin Gunfight Succumbs
Action will be taken against those who give shelter, arrange funeral: IGP
A Pakistani militant who was injured in a gunfight with a joint team of government forces at Hajin on Monday has succumbed to injuries.
Identified as Abu Haris, the militant was buried in the Hajin and a large number of people attended his funeral.
This is for the first time in recent past that a foreign militant has been buried by the locals. The authorities had barred people from burying the foreign militants after a huge funeral was witnessed to Abu Qasim, Lashkar-e-Toiba commander who was killed in a gunfight with government forces in 2015.
Inspector General of Police Kashmir Range Swayam Prakash Pani told GNS that the militant had escaped with the help of his accomplices after an encounter with a joint team of police, army and CRPF.
He said that police could not take the body in order to avoid any breach of law and order situation in the area. He, however, said that action will be taken who have given shelter to the militant.
A case has been registered and those behind will be identified and action as per law will be taken against them.
“On specific input, yesterday security forces cordoned off Bon Mollah at Hajan. While the cordon was being laid there was an exchange of fire,” IGP said, adding “though in the search operation nobody was recovered consequently it was learnt that one militant of LeT was injured in the encounter”.
On Tuesday morning, IGP said, Police came to know about the death of the militant. “Since the body was already in the village request was made to the villagers to hand over the body to police. Meanwhile, the body was buried amidst a procession led by some miscreants. The Police are ascertaining the identity of the militant who is understood to be not a local militant. Also necessary legal action has been initiated against the people who led the protest and instigated public,” IGP added.
J&K Government Exam Paper Describes PoK As ‘Azad Kashmir’, Expert Who Framed The Question Black-Listed
A question in the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) exam has created a controversy as it described Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) as ‘Azad Kashmir.
The question read, “Jammu and Kashmir has an international border with China in the north and east, and the Line of Control separates it from the Pakistan-controlled territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in:
a) north and north-east respectively b) south and south-east respectively c) east and north-east respectively d) west and north-west respectively”
Chairman of Services Selection Board Jammu and Kashmir Simrandeep Singh told ANI that the expert, who framed the question, was black-listed and the matter would be investigated.
“I was told after the exam that the term ‘Azad Kashmir’ has been used in some context which is inappropriate. We have subject matter experts who frame the questions. We have identified the expert and have sorted an explanation from him that how he was so casual while framing the question where he used an incorrect term in the geography section,” he revealed.
“The question has been nullified from the exam. The Board has a procedure that whenever there is a question which is wrongly framed or the answers are incorrect, we expunge that question and everyone gets equal distribution of marks in that question,” he added.
UN Chief Calls For Syria Ceasefire To Be ‘immediately implemented’
The United Nations secretary-general Monday demanded the immediate implementation of 30-day ceasefire in Syria as the Damascus regime continued its deadly bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.
UN chief Antonio Guterres praised the adoption of a Security Council resolution on Saturday calling for the truce but underscored “Security Council resolutions are only meaningful if they are effectively implemented. “That is why I expect the resolution to be immediately implemented and sustained,” he told the opening of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Addressing the rights council after Guterres, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that Syria — and other conflict zones — had “become some of the most prolific slaughterhouses of humans in recent times”. On the proposed Syria truce, Zeid warned that “we have every reason to remain cautious.” The resolution “must be viewed against a backdrop of seven years of failure to stop the violence, seven years of unremitting and frightful mass killing.” Fresh bombardment by the Syrian regime killed at least 10 civilians in Eastern Ghouta on Monday, including nine members of a same family, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group said. Air strikes destroyed a building in Douma, the main town in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus, and buried alive an entire family, according to the Observatory. More than 500 civilians have been killed in regime and Russian bombardment on the enclave, which is controlled by Islamist and jihadist fighters, since February 18, the Observatory further said. Zeid has repeatedly and forcefully chastised the Security Council throughout the Syrian conflict for failing to refer the case to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He has blamed the council’s inability to act on Syria on the veto power held by several permanent members. Today, Zeid blasted veto-wielding members for the council’s intransigence on Syria and other conflicts, saying they bore “responsibility for the continuation of so much pain.” “It is time, for the love of mercy, that China, Russia and the United States… end the pernicious use of the veto,” he told the rights council. (AFP)
JK Government Considers Giving Amnesty To Jailed Youth After Appeal By Mother
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said her government will consider giving amnesty to a 23-year-old man, who has been languishing in jail, after his mother made an appeal for his release.
“In keeping with our commitments to dialogue & (and) social inclusion, we have decided to consider amnesty for 23-year-old Sheikh Danish Mushtaq, resident of Aloosa Bandipora,” Mehbooba wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The chief minister’s statement came just a day after the handicapped mother of the youth wrote an open letter to her, seeking amnesty for her incarcerated son. Fahmeeda wrote to Mufti yesterday saying her son was languishing in jail for many years.
“I am the handicapped mother of Mushtaq, who has been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) several times during the past few years on account of being an activist in separatist politics.
I saw a ray of hope when you announced amnesty for hundreds of youths, but it deepened my wounds when I did not find of my lone son’s name on the list,” she wrote.