Two Shops Gutted In Nocturnal Blaze In Barbarshah Area Of Srinagar District
Srinagar, June 29 Two shops were gutted in nocturnal blaze in Barbarshah area of Kashmir capital Srinagar.
Local sources told that an interior designing shop ‘Nazakat Interiors’ caught fire that engulfed a spare parts shop. Both shops were gutted in the blaze.
They said that ‘Nazakat Interiors’ is owned by one Mehrajuddin, a resident of Shergari Srinagar while spare parts shop belongs to a local from Mandar Bagh Srinagar Rafiq Ahmed Shah.
Local sources said that fire fighters doused the fire in time. Both the shops were partially damaged in the fire incident.
The cause of fire is being looked into the by police that has registered a case in this regard. knt
Two Jaish Militants Involved In Attack On SPO, His Family In Awantipore Identified: IGP Kashmir
Srinagar, Jun 29: Kashmir police chief Vijay Kumar Tuesday said that the two attackers who killed a special police officer (SPO), his wife and daughter at Hariparigam, Awantipore on June 27 night, have been identified as two Jaish-e-Muhammad militants one of whom is a foreigner.
“Two Jaish militants carried out the attack on SPO Fayaz Ahmed at Haripargiam killing him, his wife and his daughter. One attackers is a foreign militant and another is a local,” the IGP Kashmir said while addressing a press conference at PCR Srinagar.
He said that both the militants will be tracked down soon as the searches have already been launched in Awantipore belt. The IGP Kashmir said that militants are targeting innocent civilians and unarmed policemen be that one at Habba Kadal, another at Kanipora, Srinagar or the SPO and his family members at Hariparigam. “These killings are aimed at creating a fear psychosis to disrupt the ongoing tourist season,” the IGP said. “We can’t stop our men from going home on leave. They are from this place and have a right to visit their families.”—kno
MHA Hands Over Jammu Air Force Station Attack Case To National Investigation Agency (NIA)
Srinagar, June 29: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday handed over the Jammu Air Force station attack case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Earlier, multiple agencies including the NIA, National Security Guards along with the local police and Air Force authorities were looking into the first of its kind terror attack in the country which has not caused any major damage to the equipment or personnel but had the potential of causing heavy damage to the infrastructure there.
The investigators were probing the possibility of drones having been launched from nearby locations in Jammu even as drones were seen hovering close to the Army facilities in the city.
The drones, however, could not be captured were taken out from the area by their handlers in the Army-related incident too.
on Monday, sources had said that while investigating the Jammu airbase attack, it was emerging that the drones which were used to carry out the hit, dropped the explosives and were moved out from the area by their handlers.
“In investigations at the attack site, the investigators have not yet been able to find parts of any drone. This suggests that the drones used to carry out the attack dropped the explosives over the airbase and were navigated away from the area by their handlers,” they had added.
Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is taking all possible measures to ensure that such an incident is not repeated at other places and a high alert has been sounded at all stations.
Two low-intensity explosions were reported early Sunday morning in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station.
One of the blasts caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area.
There was no damage to any equipment, the IAF said.
An investigation into the matter is in progress along with civil agencies, it added. (ANI)
Top Lashkar Commander, Foreign Militant Killed In Srinagar Gunfight: IGP Kashmir, Says Abrar Was Arrested At Parimpora Yesterday, After Interrogating Him, Forces Launched Operation To Recover His Weapon, But Foreign Militant Was Hiding In House He Opened Fire Triggering Gunfight, Abrar Was Also Hit By Bullets Leading To His Death; 2 AK-47 Rifles Recovered
Srinagar, Jun 29: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar Tuesday said that a top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander and a foreign militant were killed in an overnight gunfight at Maloora area of Parimpora on Srinagar outskirts.
He said the Lashkar commander Abrar Nadeem was first arrested at Parimpora by the joint security teams yesterday afternoon. “He was taken to a police station where joint teams of police, army and CRPF interrogated him. Abrar disclosed that he had kept his weapon AK-47 at Maloora area after which joint teams cordoned the area and launched the searches in a house,” the IGP Kumar said addressing a press conference at Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar.
He said that forces had taken Abrar along and when the house was being searched, a foreign militant was hiding inside, who fired at the forces, in which Abrar sustained injuries besides the CRPF men including an officer.
“Abrar had not disclosed about foreign militant hiding in the house,” the IGP said, adding that in the night-long gunfight, Abrar and the foreign militant were killed. “Two AK-47-rifles were recovered from the encounter site,” he said.
The IGP said that Abrar was wanted in the Lawaypora shoot-out case where he along with another militant Khursheed Mir had killed three CRPF men in March this year. “Khursheed Mir was killed in the recent Sopore gunfight and the rifle he had snatched from the slain CRPF man was also recovered from him. TRF outfit had recently released a video in which Khursheed was shown snatching the weapon and firing at the CRPF men and Lawaypora,” the IGP Kashmir said.
He said the killing of Abrar and another foreign militant is a big success for the forces. “While arresting Abrar, joint teams had recovered a pistol and a grenade,” IGP Kumar said. Asked whether Lashkar has its active men in Srinagar, the IGP said that after “radicalization and indoctrination”, six youth from Srinagar joined militancy of which one was killed recently. “Five others are active and will be killed or arrested soon,” he said, adding that there is a “network of sleeper cells” also active in Srinagar and efforts are on to break that nexus soon.”—kno
Female Health Worker Commits Suicide In Budgam Area Of Central Kashmir
Budgam, Jun 29: A female health worker has allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her home in Dalipora area of Nagam in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday late evening.
Sources told that a woman (name withheld), a health worker at PHC Hufroo Chadoora, consumed some poisonous substance at her home last night.
He said that the woman was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom she was shifted to Srinagar hospital, however, died on the way.
Meanwhile, police has started investigation into the matter–kno
Searches In Jammu Areas After Suspicious Drone Movement
Jammu, Jun 29: Security forces have launched searches in some peripheral areas of Jammu city after suspected drone movement was noticed on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, officials said.
Officials told that on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, suspected drone movement took place in Sunjwan area of Jammu.
“After the suspected movement, searches have been launched in the area and teams of security forces are on job to trace the drone,” the officials said—kno
ASI Among Five Cops Injured As SOG’s Mobile Bunker Turns Turtle In Kunzer Baramulla
Srinagar, June 26: Five policemen including an Assistant Sub Inspector were injured when a vehicle they were travelling in turned turtle in Kunzer area of Baramulla district on Saturday, officials said.
They said the accident took place near Pinjoora village of the Kunzer as driver of the vehicle lost control over the vehicle—mobile bunker of Special Operation Group (SOG).
The injured have been identified as Harvander Singh (ASI), Mukhtar Ahmad (driver/SPO), Ajaz Ahmad (SPO), Firdous Ahmad (constable), Imtiyaz Ahmad (SPO).
Confirming the accident, a police officer told GNS that the injured were shifted to Sub District Hospital Magam for treatment. However, two of them—Ajaz Ahmad and Imtiyaz Ahmad—have been referred to SMHS hospital here for further treatment. gns
Delta Plus Variant: Jammu Biggest Grain Market Observes Voluntary Weekend Lockdown
Jammu, Jun 26: The biggest grain market in Jammu wore a deserted look on Saturday as the local traders” body decided to continue the weekend lockdown amid the detection of the first case of COVID-19 Delta Plus variant in the province.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on June 20 announced the lifting of the weekend curfew from eight districts, including Jammu, owing to a significant improvement in Covid-19 situation.
All shops and business establishments in the Nehru Market and adjoining areas including Asia Chowk and Vikram chowk remained closed in response to the call given by Traders Federation Ware House Nehru Market.
“We have decided to continue the weekend lockdown for the next three weeks as a precautionary measure in view of the detection of the first Delta Plus variant case and the apprehension of the third wave,” the federation president Deepak Gupta said.
On June 23, the principal of Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu, Shashi Sudhan Sharma said the first case of the Delta Plus variant, classified as variant of concern, was detected in Katra township of Reasi district.
Gupta hailed the efforts of the Union Territory administration in bringing down the curve of daily case count and deaths but said “we all should take extra care and strictly follow the SOPs to win this war against COVID-19.”
“Although administration has lifted the weekend lockdown and allowed us to open shops for the whole week, as a responsible trade organisation, we have decided to continue the weekend lockdown for the next three weeks,” he said.
He said all shops would remain closed on every Saturday and Sunday during this period.
Meanwhile, the shops and business establishments reopened in most parts of Jammu district along with Samba, Kathua, Reasi and Udhampur in Jammu province and Shopian, Ganderbal and Bandipora in Kashmir in accordance with the government order.
However, these establishments remained closed in the rest of the 12 districts across Jammu and Kashmir owing to the weekend lockdown restrictions, officials said.—(PTI)
GoI Promised Plebiscite, Autonomy And Went Back, Let’s Not Jump On Anything: Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar, June 26: National Conference president and member parliament Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that “let’s not jump and see if the centre was ready to remove mistrust existing on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Let me make it clear. I told them that the first Prime Minister promised us plebiscite and went back on it. (P. V.) Narasimha Rao promised us autonomy and said sky is the limit. He promised us autonomy on the floor of the House. Where is it,” Farooq said while addressing the media here first time after the all party meeting chaired by Prime Minister by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I tell you frankly there is level of mistrust and that mistrust has to be removed and how you (GoI) remove it, you have to decide. That is why Dr Karan Singh, if you see today’s newspaper, said that statehood must be brought forward,” he said as per GNS correspondent.
“Let’s not jump. Let’s see what they do to remove that mistrust and will they continue the mistrust,” Farooq said as Omar Abdullah pushed him to say “ok it’s enough” to draw close the presser.
Farooq was responding to the question if there is possibility of second meet with central leadership. “Nothing is fixed as of now,” Omar, who was flanking Farooq, said.
Earlier at the start of the presser, the senior Abdullah said meeting with the Prime Minister “was very good.”
“Every party kept their opinion before them. It related to somehow better situation in J&K and start political process in J&K. I have nothing else to say. Unless I talk to my party, I cannot speak any further on the issue. Rest as Omar sahib has talked about to press regarding it,” Farooq said.
Asked that you and other participants talked in individual party capacities and not as PAGD (People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration) and it should that be construed as an end of the Gupkar alliance, Farooq said: “Why should there be end of the alliance?”
At this time, Omar interrupted and said: “we were not invited on the basis of alliance. Had it been so, only one would have been invited. There, the parties were invited. National Conference, PDP and CPI (M), who are members of Gupkar alliance, attended the meeting.
In the meeting we didn’t say anything outside the agenda of the Gupkar Alliance.”
He further said: “We said that we don’t accept 5 August 2019 decisions. We have to peacefully, constitutionally, legally and politically do everything what it takes to undo it (5 August 2019) decision.
Where does Gupkar alliance deviated from agenda? Nobody among us, Gupkar alliance members, said that we accept 5 August and move forward.”
The former chief minister Omar Abdullah said that at APM, “We said people are disappointed and do not accept the decision.”
“We don’t want to betray people. If we tell people that we are seeking reversal of August 5 from Modi Sahib, it would be a betrayal? Those who snatched from us, shall we betrayal people by saying we are getting it back from them?”
He said that in the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, both “Mehboobaji and Farooq sahib” said that it took BJP 70 years to fulfill its agenda and “if it takes us 70 weeks or 70 months, or whatever time it takes, we will not retract from our mission.”
“Whatever we had to say, we said so in clear words and the Prime Minister listened. What else we had to say?”
Regarding Delimitation Commission, Omar said that the party has authorized “Dr Sahib” to take the view as and when necessary. “There has been no fresh approach from delimitation commission and as and when delimitation makes an approach to Dr Sahib, he will take the view.”
Asked what is that view, he said, “why should we tell you (press) here, we will tell delimitation commission.”
Asked regarding Union Home Mnister Amit Shah’s view that there ought to be delimitation and elections as precursor to polls, Omar said, “Amit Shah’s talk came after others spoke. Before Prime Minister’s address, Ghulam Nabi Azad (senior congress leader) expressed view on behalf of all of us and said that this timeline is not acceptable to us. Not delimitation-election-statehood but delimitation-statehood-election. If you have to conduct election, return statehood and the only there can be talk on elections.”
Omar further said: “This has been put across by Azad sahib and we will continue to stress on it. We will do so time and again.”
Regarding Article 370, Omar said not body except Ghulam Nabi Azad and Muzaffar Hussain Being ‘unfortunately’ talked about ‘sub judice’ nature of it. “We said we will fight for it peacefully, constitutionally, legally and politically,” Omar said, adding, “I don’t believe that just it is before Supreme Court that we cannot talk about it. It is subject of discussion. It was subject in DDC polls. We will continue to agitate matter. We will peacefully, constitutionally, legally and politically we will continue to exercise our right.”
Asked that until Article 370 is restored, will you not be contesting elections personally, he said, “I am not sitting personally here. I represent party. I have time and again answered this question that I have no intention of contesting elections for now and party decision is there at its own place.”
Asked if it was about only assembly elections or included parliament polls, he said, “What is you to do with it. I have said that I have no intention to contest elections for now.”
Asked if Muzaffar Beigh and Ghulam Nabi Azad by talking sub-judice nature of Article 370 have weakened the stance of Gupkar alliance, Omar said, “neither of them are members of Gupkar Alliance. Muzaffar Hussain sahib was the member and in fact he openly told PM that he has no political allegiance
And he doesn’t represent any party. Azad sahib belongs to Congress and that they have their own view. This view is not binding on use and Gupkar alliance.”
Omar further said, “Just because this matter is before Supreme Court or other matters are before (it), does it mean we stop talking about them. Babri Majid demolition was before Supreme Court and did BJP stop talking about it. They continue to push their agenda of Ram temple. Just because the matter is sub judice or before Supreme Court, it will not stop us from expressing our views and we will continue to do so.”
He added: “Talk to people in J&K, if any one tells us to stop talking about hospital construction, Deputy Commissioner arrest someone for merely saying that he wish to talk to local officer as outsiders do not comprehend him..people are being harassed and arrested. There is unchecked bureaucratic rule and if people say all this good till there is decision from Supreme Court, we will surrender .”
He said if people want relief and if they want there should be an officer who listens to them and address their problems and those who care about education and health, “the vehicle can move on both tracks.” “We will not leave that (Article 370) fight. However wherever people get some kind of solace, we should do it”. gns
Dr Ahangar Gets Six Months Extension As Director SKIMS
Srinagar, Jun 26: Director Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Prof. A.G. Ahangar, who was going to retire today, got further extension in his service on Saturday by the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha.
In an order, government said that Dr A.G. Ahanger, who was going to retire today has been given further extension of six months in view of he situation arising due to Covid-19
“In view of the situation arising due to COVID-19, it is hereby ordered that Prof. A. G. Ahangar, Director, SKIMS and Ex- Officio Secretary to the Government, who was to retire on attaining the age of 65 years on 25.06.2021, shall continue to hold the post of Director, SKIMS and Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government till 31.12.2021, in terms of Government Order No.358 dated 04.05.2021 issued by H&ME Department,” reads the order.
The order stated that during this period, Prof. A. G. Ahangar will not look after the issues related to procurement and appointments in the Institute, which shall be looked after by a Committee to be constituted by the Government.
Notably, many senior medicos had demanded extension in his tenure due to the prevailing situation in Covid-19 while as around one dozen medicos had submitted forms to get the top post—kno
Two Arrested For Murdering Teenager In Rajouri Village: Police
Rajouri, Jun 26: The Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested two persons in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old boy in Khawas village of Rajouri district.
Police in an official statement, said that one person namely Balvinder Singh (19) son of Suraj Ram, resident of Keri, Khawas was attacked by two persons in which he received injuries and subsequently died.
It said that the accused after committing the crime had fled from the spot.
As per the statement, several police parties were immediately deputed to search for and arrest the accused. “Acting promptly and professionally, police party led by SHO Budhal Mushtak Ahmed and in charge PP Khawas, SI Sudershan successfully tracked and arrested the accused within few hours of the commission of the offence.”
The accused have been identified as Kuldeep Singh son of Vakil Singh and Kaka son of Abdul Shakoor—both resident of Dassal Jatan locality of Rajouri.
As per the statement a case FIR no. 69/21 under sections 302/452/34/IPC and 4/25 Arms Act has been registered at Police Station Budhal and further legal proceedings in the matter were underway—kno
International Drug De-addiction Day: Situation Alarming In Kashmir Not Just Boys Girls Too Consume Opium, Brown Sugar, Alcohol Says Director Health Services Kashmir
Srinagar, Jun 26: As the world observes International Drug De-Addiction Day, top health officials in Valley painted a grim picture of Kashmir stating that not just boys but girls too have fallen prey to drug abuse and drugs like opium, brown sugar and alcohol consumption is touching new heights in the region.
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Rather said that figures available with the department of health are just the “tip of ice-berg” as the situation is quite alarming. “Let me tell you that not just the boys but girls too are consuming drugs like opium, brown sugar and alcohol in Kashmir. Many youth also mix drugs with fluids and alcohol,” he said. Director Health, however, said that drug abuse is not a fatal ‘disease’ and that if detected on time, addicts can be saved.
“Its high time that parents and the local area committees must chip-in by identifying drug addicts in their respective areas. Once an addict is identified, he or she needs to be treated with love and affection,” said Dr Mushtaq, adding that “once the patient is admitted in a drug de-addiction centre, there is a full-fledged treatment procedure as per the drug policy framed in 2019.”
He said that the first role of drug de-addiction is that of law enforcement agencies, especially police who need to break the chain of supply. “Then health department and the health and medical education department plays its role of providing various therapies like Oral Substitution Therapy and other therapies to treat the patient. There have been so many success stories of youth who quit drug abuse after being treated by the doctors,” he said. Dr Mushtaq said that Prime Minister Narendera Modi had identified 120 districts across the country for making them “drug free” but only 20 districts are following the policy that includes eight districts of J&K. “We are the second UT after Punjab to have a full-fledged drug policy framed in 2019.”
He said that in eight districts of J&K there is an Anti Drug Treatment Facility available. “Besides, treatment for drug addicts is available at all districts, sub district hospitals, health centres and also at the primary health centres where special doctors are available for the addicts,” Director Health Services Kashmir said.
Asked about the primary reasons for rising numbers of drug addiction in Kashmir, he said that rifts/quarrels between parents at home, bad company of friends, anxiety and depression are main reasons that push the Kashmiri youth including girls towards drug abuse. “There is a role of psychologists too who are available at various government hospitals across Kashmir. When the patient is in treatment, then comes the rehabilitation part which is the responsibility of the social welfare department,” he said. The top health officials and it’s high time various segments of society must unite to defeat the drug abuse before the situation goes out of hand. “At present every house is involved in drug abuse. It’s a ‘ghar, ghar ki kahani(tale of every house in Kashmir). Figures have shown a steep rise in since 2018,” he said—kno
Youth Commits Suicide In Ajas Area Of Bandipora District
Bandipora, Jun 26: A 28-year-old youth has committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at his home in Bazipora Ajas area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday.
An official told that the youth (name withheld) consumed some poisonous substance at his residence in Bazipora locality of Ajas today morning.
“Soon after the incident he was immediately rushed to community health center (CHC) Sumbal for treatment where died,” he said, adding that the reason for the suicide was not immediately known.
The official said that police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and further investigations have been initiated in this regard—kno
Police Prevents Minor Girl From Committing Suicide In Ganderbal
Ganderbal, June 26: The Jammu and Kashmir police prevented a minor girl from committing suicide in Shalhar Dab area of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
An official told that the police on last evening prevented the minor from committing suicide after she was found attempting into river Jhelum near Shalhar Dab village.
He said that after noticing her movement as doubtful, duty officer Shadipora rushed towards her and foiled her suicidal attempt.
“The Girl (name with held), resident of Magam locality of Budgam was pacified and after proper counselling was handed over to her parents,” he said—kno