Problem In J&K Not Over With Scrapping Of Art 370, Those Seeking ‘Azadi’ Must Be Integrated With ‘Bharat’: RSS
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the abrogation of Article 370 which had given a special status to Jammu and Kashmir has not solved the problem completely, and there is a section of population there which still speaks of “Azadi” (independence). Speaking at a book launch function here, he said society must reach out to this section so as to integrate it with “Bharat”.
He visited Kashmir recently and saw that abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 has paved the way for development in the region, Bhagwat said. He also saw Muslim students from Jammu and Kashmir stating during a program in Mumbai last month that they wanted to be part of India and now they could be Indian without any barrier, he said.
Earlier, Jammu and Ladakh faced “discrimination” and 80 per cent of the resources spent on Kashmir Valley went into local leaders’ pockets without benefiting people, the RSS chief said. Now this has changed and people’s lives there are “happier”, he claimed.
Article 370 also came in the way of taking action against terrorists but now nobody fears terrorists, he added. “People who had put stones in the hands of their children instead of books have stopped praising them (terrorists). There is an open atmosphere….Tomorrow elections will be held and new government will be formed,” the RSS chief said.
But sometimes we get complacent and lethargic when “hurdles are removed”, Bhagwat said, adding, “The problem has not gone away. Was Article 370 the problem? The reason why Article 370 had been created was the problem. “There is one section, which….persuaded by Pakistan and with communal feelings in the heart says (demands) Azaadi (freedom/independence). And these sections are still there,” Bhagwat said.
Many in Kashmir identify with Indian nationalism, he said. But there are some others who are happy that “corrupt leaders have gone to jail” and there is development, but “in their hearts they feel even with all this, if we get independence, it will be good,” Bhagwat said.
“And the problem lies there,” he added. “We will need to speed up efforts for assimilation,” the RSS chief said, adding that Indian society should take benefit of the “good atmosphere” prevailing now and “reach out to all of them and establish close relations….make them feel that they belong to Bharat.”(PTI)
Manali-Leh Highway Shut Owing To Possible Snowfall
Manali, Oct 17: Authorities on Sunday closed the highway for two days that connects this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort with Leh in Ladakh owing to possible snowfall this week.
They also advised motorists to avoid travelling on high mountain passes till October 18.
“Chances of snowfall on the Manali-Leh National Highway-21 are high till October 18. We have closed the traffic movement beyond Darcha,” Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told IANS.
The General Reserve Engineering Force, a wing of the Border Roads Organisation, maintains the Manali-Leh highway that passes through rugged Himalayan ranges, including the Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft).
The weather at the passes is harsh. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions.
The highway is strategically important to maintain supplies for the armed forces posted in the forward areas of Ladakh region along the borders with China and Pakistan.—(IANS)
ACB Arrests Mohd Sharief, Panchayat Secretary, Rural Development Department Of Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz, District Poonch While Accepting Bribe Of Rs 50,000/-
Jammu: A complaint was received in the office of the ACB P/S Central, J&K, Jammu against Mohd Sharief s/o Mishri R/o Draba Khatana Tehsil Surankote, District Poonch, presently posted as Secretary (RDD Deptt) Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz alleging therein that the accused is demanding bribe of Rs. 5000/- per file for release of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) 1st installment from the beneficiaries of the said scheme who are homeless poor villagers of Panchayat Halqa, Draba Khatana, Poonch through the complainant who happens to be the Sarpanch of that Panchayat. The said complainant / Sarpanch was told by the accused to collect Rs. 5000/- per file as his commission / bribe for the release of the payment from the beneficiaries.
2. Based upon the facts disclosed in the complaint which prima facie constituted an offence under section 7 of the PC Act 1988 (as amended in 2018). A verification was got conducted and it is found that there are 10 beneficiaries whose payments was blocked by the said accused for the want of bribe money at the tune of Rs. 5,000/- per file which amounts to Rs. 50,000/- in total.
3. Accordingly, an FIR No. 09/2021 was registered in P/S Central ACB, J&K on 12.10.2021 against the accused person. Consequently a trap team was constituted whereupon the accused person was caught red handed on the spot while accepting the bribe of Rs. 50,000/- and accordingly was placed under arrest in the case. Searches are being conducted at the official and residential premises of the accused.
4. Further investigation in the case is under progress.
After Resigning From National Conference, Devender Rana, Surjit Singh Slathia Join BJP
New Delhi, Oct 11: A day after resigning from the National Conference, Devender Rana, the former head of its Jammu division, along with another party leader Surjit Singh Slathia joined the BJP on Monday.
Rana and Slathia joined the BJP at its headquarters here in the presence of Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Hardeep Singh Puri and Jitendra Singh.
Rana, who is a former MLA and the younger brother of Union minister Jitendra Singh, has also served as a political advisor to former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah.
BJP general secretary in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir Tarun Chugh and its Jammu and Kashmir unit chief Ravinder Raina welcomed them in the party.
Rana has been advocating for the Jammu declaration – a joint declaration of several political, social and business organisations, primarily demanding restoration of statehood for the Jammu region and not for the whole Jammu and Kashmir.
In 2019, the Centre had revoked the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.—(PTI)
Big Setback To National Conference, Devinder Singh Rana And Surjeet Singh Salathia Resigns From Party
Jammu, Oct 10: In a major setback to National Conference, its Jammu face and former MLA Nagrota Devinder Singh Rana resigned from basic membership of the party on Sunday.
Sources told that Rana resigned from basic membership of the party today.
According to sources, former MLA Surjeet Singh Salathia, another prominent Jammu face of NC , is also resigning from the party.
Both, according to sources, are likely to join BJP tomorrow in Jammu.
Rana was considered close to former Chief Minister and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah.
Over 50 Agitated Sarpanches, Panches Resign En Masse In Ramban Jammu And Kashmir
Banihal/Jammu, Oct 9: Over 50 sarpanches and panches have resigned en masse in two blocks of Ramban district in Jammu and Kashmir over various issues, officials said on Saturday.
They have resigned alleging lack of promised empowerment, unnecessary interference and their side-lining by the administration during the ongoing public outreach programme of the central ministers, officials said.
Amid the en mass resignation by rural civic body representatives, Peoples Democratic Party took a pot-shot at the BJP government, saying the “cosmetic normalcy and pomp and show being projected (in the Union Territory) stands punctured.”
Officials, however, said the district panchayat officer Ashok Singh held a meeting with the representatives of the agitated members and requested them to withdraw their resignation, seeking to assure them that all their genuine grievances would be addressed at the earliest.
About 50 sarpanches and panches, belonging to Banihal and Ramsu blocks, submitted their resignation en-mass to concerned Block Development Council chairpersons on Friday after an emergency meeting, the officials said.
Sarpanches Ghulam Rasool Mattoo, Tanveer Ahmad Katoch and Mohammad Rafiq Khan alleged that the promises made to them by the government have only remained on the papers.
They alleged that they are being ignored and face unnecessary interference in developmental works while the promised participation of 30 government departments in Gram Sabhas has proved a “crude joke”.
Referring to the visit of central government ministers under the public outreach programme, they said the local administration is not honouring their protocols and only selected representatives are invited to have meetings with visiting ministers to mislead the government.
“Only one sarpanch among 12 was allowed to meet the visiting Minister of State for Rural Development in Banihal. Mattoo was also not allowed to meet the Railway minister to raise public issues,” Katoch said, adding they are facing humiliation as they are unable to fulfil any promise made to the public.
Mattoo alleged that contractors are running the show on the ground as the government failed to implement the Panchayati Raj and they are not allowed to take part in the tendering process for different projects.
Sharing a two-page resignation letter of the panches and sarpanches on Twitter, PDP spokesperson Mohit Bhan wrote, “55 Panches & Sarpanches resign en masse. Cosmetic normalcy pomp & show being projected stands punctured. The government failed in securing these elected representatives & neither could empower them to carry out public welfare works.
“The government”s claim of taking democracy to its grassroots stands exposed by this mass resignation. Panches and Sarpanches were ignored during the recent Union ministers’ visit & the administration continues to treat them as decorative pieces,” the PDP leader said.
Ramban district president of J&K Panchayat Conference, Mohammad Iqbal Katoch said a group of agitating panches and sarpanches met the district panchayat officer Ashok Singh on Saturday and apprised him of their grievances.
“The officer requested them to withdraw their resignation with an assurance that all their grievances will be addressed in shortest possible time,” Katoch, who was also present during the meeting said.
He added that another meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday to sort out the issues raised by the panches and sarpanches in their joint resignation letter.—(PTI)
PDP Demands LG’s Resignation Over Deteriorating Security Situation In Kashmir, Stages Protest At Party Headquarters
Srinagar, Oct 08 In the wake of series of civilian killings in the past one week in Kashmir, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) demanded Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha’s resignation on Friday.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarter, PDP Suhail Bukhari said that the LG has lost his moral authority to continue his job in the erstwhile state following the recent killing of the civilians in the valley.
“For the past two years, MHA is directly controlling the security situation in the valley. And look what it has led to us today,” Bukhari said as per news agency
Bukhari said, the onus lies on the Government of India and its administration for the deteriorating security situation in the valley.
“No Kashmiri is feeling safe today. The situation has worsened here, ” he said. “We demand immediate resignation of the LG.”
The PDP workers later staged a protest and tried to match towards the city center Lal Chowk. However, police throttled their attempt and limited them within the premises of their party office.
Home Minister Amit Shah Likely To Visit Jammu And Kashmir This Month
New Delhi, Oct 5: Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir later this month as part of the central government”s mega outreach programme, officials said on Tuesday.
Shah will visit both regions of the Union Territory — Kashmir and Jammu — and the tour may take place from October 23 to 25.
The home minister is likely to visit Jammu and Kashmir this month as part of the government”s mega outreach programme under which 70 Union ministers are visiting the UT, an official from the ministry said.
During his trip, Shah will visit remote areas of the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu region, and take stock of various development initiatives.
The home minister also may attend a high-level law and order meeting with senior officials of the UT administration, the police, the paramilitary and the army, another official said.
A number of central ministers have already visited the UT while tours of several others are in the pipeline. (PTI)
Congress Stage Protest Against Priyanka Gandhi’s Arrest, Demands UP Govt’s Resignation
Srinagar, Oct 05: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Tuesday staged a protest against the arrest of senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh and demanded the resignation of the Yogi government in the state.
Addressing the media, at the party headquarters, JKPCC President G A Mir said that the police highhandedness against the Gandhi is condemnable and it reflects the lawlessness in the state.
“Priyanka ji wanted to sympathise with the farmers and was alone. Her arrest is condemnable,” Mir said.
Gandhi is currently holding General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh.
Mir said all the Congress workers have gathered at the party headquarter to send the message that they all are in solidarity with the farmers of the country.
“The police is not allowing us to move outside of our office. We are here to register our protest,” he said.
Arms Consignment Dropped By Pakistan Drone Recovered In Jammu
Jammu, Oct 3: An arms consignment believed to have been dropped by a drone from Pakistan has been recovered by police near the International Border here, officials said on Sunday.
The recovery made from the dropped packet included an AK assault rifle, three magazines, 30 rounds and a telescope, the officials said.
They said the recovery was made from Sounjana village of Phalain Mandal, about six km from the IB, late Saturday night after a villager informed police about a humming sound and dropping of a payload by a suspected drone from Pakistan.
Police immediately cordoned off the village and launched a search operation during which a yellow packet tied to strings and a wooden base to carry the payload was found, leading to the recovery of the arms and ammunition, the officials said.
A case has been registered and efforts are on to identify the persons who were supposed to receive the consignment on the Indian side.
Drone activities from Pakistan have witnessed an alarming increase over the past one year, posing a major challenge to security forces guarding the borders.
Security forces shot down two drones and recovered a large quantity of payloads including rifles, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), sticky bombs and narcotics at different places over the past one year.
The security grid at the border was also intensified after the dropping of two bombs by drones at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Jammu in June this year.—(PTI)
Cross LoC Trade Case: NIA Conducts Searches At 9 Locations In J&K,‘Documents, Digital Devices, Other Material Recovered From Suspects’
Srinagar, Oct 03: National Investigation Agency (NIA) Saturday said that it conducted searches at multiple locations in J&K in connection with the Cross LoC Trade case.
In a statement, the NIA spokesman said that with the assistance of J&K Police, CRPF and ITBP, it conducted searches at 09 locations in Poonch district of UT of Jammu & Kashmir at the premises of the suspected LoC traders in relation to case no. RC-17/2016/NIA/DLI.
“The case was registered on 09.12.2016 by NIA under Section 17 of UA(P) Act, 1967. LoC Trade was started in the year 2008 as a part of confidence-building measures between J&K and PaK. The trade was based on a barter system and third party origin goods were not allowed. The instant case is related to the large scale transfer of funds from Pakistan to India through the import of California Almonds (badam-giri) and other items via the Cross LoC Trade Facilitation Centres (TFCs) located at Salamabad, Uri, District Baramulla and Chakkan-Da-Bag, District Poonch. These funds were purportedly being used for fomenting terrorism / separatism in Jammu & Kashmir,” the NIA spokesman said.
He said that investigation into the case revealed that some of the traders having excess imports were channeling the surplus profit generated to militant organizations while others are suspected to have links / connections with proscribed terrorist organizations.
“During the searches conducted today, documents, digital devices and other incriminating materials have been recovered from the premises of the suspects,” the NIA spokesman said.
PoK Resident Nabbed Along LoC In Mendhar: Army
Poonch, Oct 01: The Army on Friday said that they have apprehended a PoK man, while he was trying to sneak in from Line of Control in Balnoi area in Mendhar sub-division of Poonch district.
An official told that he was apprehended today afternoon and is in the custody of army in a local camp.
Meanwhile, Jammu based defence spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand in a statement said that it has been informed that a PoK resident has been apprehended by the army troops on LoC in Balnoi along Mendhar river while he was trying to infiltrate.kno
DDC Chairperson, Locals Protest Against Railway Companies In Reasi, Allege Poor Working Conditions For Workers Engaged In Railway Land Works
Reasi, Oct 01: The District Development Council chairperson of Reasi, along with other political representatives, civil society members and family members of workers engaged by railway companies for railway land works on Friday held a protest demonstration against the administration and railway companies for playing with the lives of workers.
Officials told that the DDC chairperson and others have demanded an audit into the lapses made by railway companies in ensuring good working condition for workers.
They said that in the last four days, two railway workers lost their lives due to poor working condition.
“The insensitive approach of administration and railway companies can be gauged from the fact that an Assam based worker who died yesterday in a railway tunnel and concerned company not even bothered to remove his body from the spot and is even not ready to shift his body,” said DDC chairperson, SS Naag
He appealed to the authorities to ensure that good working conditions for the workers in the area.kno
Chaos Outside GMC Jammu As Police Try To Remove NHM Workers Protesting Against Their Termination, ‘Protest Enters 3rd Day Outside GMC Jammu’
Jammu, Oct 01: Chaotic scenes were witnessed on Friday after police tried to remove NHM workers, who are on protest for the last three consecutive days outside GMC Jammu, protesting against their termination orders.
Officials told that hundreds of police tried to remove the NHM employees who were engaged during Covid-19 pandemic have been protesting for the last three days against their termination orders, leading to chaos.
They said that they are protesting since Wednesday and on Thursday police tried to remove them, leading to chaos.
They said the chaos continued on Friday as well after police and the NHM workers entered into a scuffle outside main gate of GMC Jammu.
According to officials the workers are demanding continuation of their services.kno
Two Women Washed Away By Flash Flood In Rajouri, Searches Underway
Rajouri, Oct 01: Two women were washed away in flash flood when they were working in their fields in Chatyari Bagla village of Rajouri late last evening.
The locals told that the duo was washed away when they were working in their fields near the rivulet.
They said that search and rescue operation was underway since last evening to trace the women.
21 More Absconders Evading Arrest Since Years Arrested In Reasi: Police
Reasi, Sep 30: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday said that it have arrested 21 more absconders, who were evading arrests since years in the Reasi district in the last four weeks, while around 100 absconders have been arrested since May this year under the F’rari Giraftari drive in the district.
As per a statement a spokesperson said that 21 more absconders, evading arrests since years have been arrested, while 35 warrants have been executed in the last four week under F’rari Giraftari drive against underground criminals and absconders in Reasi.
“Around 100 absconding criminals which include 04 OGWs, 10 surrendered militants, 05 murder and attempt to murderer accused of whom 19 were involved in kidnapping and rape, 09 were involved in drug peddling and 53 were involved in other offences and were evading arrests since years have been arrested and produced in the concerned courts since May 2021, while 154 general warrants of Arrest issued by Hon’ble Courts have been executed,” the statement reads.
It reads that out of these 100 absconders 12 have been arrested after 30 years, 18 after 20 years, 31 apprehended after 10 years and 39 were arrested after 05 years of commission of crime. “Meanwhile, 10 absconders under pressure of being caught have opted to surrender before the concerned courts of district than being caught by Reasi Police.”
Meanwhile, as per the statement, Senior Superintendent of Police Reasi, Shailender Singh said that F’rari Giraftari is an initiative for arresting the absconders who are evading arrests since years. “Under this drive Reasi Police remained successful in nabbing hardcore, notorious and habitual criminals who were evading the due process of law since years and against whom General Warrants of Arrest were issued by Hon’ble Courts were pending.”
He said that the arrests of these criminals are important police work to maintain peace and tranquility in the area and Reasi Police will leave no stone unturned to arrest and produce them in concerned trial court of law.
The statement reads that to proactively tighten the noose against the criminals, six months back, Police in the Reasi district have recommended nine cases for cancellation of gun licenses with dossiers of history sheeters of the district.
“Seven Gun Licenses have been cancelled and two cases are under process,” it reads.kno
Doctor Suspended After 32 Students, Who Were Reported Covid Positive, Test Negative On RTPCR In Rajouri
Rajouri, Sep 30: The authorities on Thursday suspended a doctor of CHC Thanamandi after 32 students at a private school were reported Covid-19 positive under the doctor’s supervision and later they turned out to be negative for Covid-19 during RTPCR testing in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district.
An order, stated that during the Testing on 27.09.2021, at one of the Private School in Thanamandi Zone, under the supervision of Dr. Shabab Ahmed (Dental Surgeon) Nodal Officer COVID-19, 32 students were detected COVID-19 Positive and as per SOPs, they were shifted to Covid Care Centre Plangarh for Isolation.
“The RTPCR Test of all the Students was conducted on 28.09.2021, wherein all have reported “Negative”, Now therefore, in view of the lackadaisical approach & dereliction of duties, Dr. Shabab Ahmed, Dental Surgeon CHC Thanamandi (Nodal Officer, COVID-19 Block Thanamandi) is hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect, pending further enquiry into the matter,” the order reads.
It reads that during the period of the suspension he shall remain attached with the office of the Addl. Deputy Commissioner, Koteranka.
“Further, Block Medical Officer, Darhal, is hereby directed to explain her position, regarding the lapse on the part of Health Department, within 3 days, positively, so that further action under Service rules may be initiated,” it reads.
Holding Of Salaries: Director Of Information And Public Relations (DIPR) Rescinds Order
Srinagar, Sep 29: Director of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) has decided to rescind the order that it had issued holding the salaries of employees who allegedly were not remaining present on duty during the visit of dignitaries in Jammu and Kashmir.
Yesterday, the employees had staged a protest demanding release of salary. They had alleged that salaries were stopped for unknown reasons.
“Based on the report received from Joint Director Information, Kashmir it has been certified that all employees were present on duty in connection with the visit of various dignitaries to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, Order No. INF/101 of 2021 dated 28.09.2021 issued under endorsement No.INF/Estt-II/2021/2131- 41 dated 28.09.2021 and Notice issued under endorsement No. INF/Estt-141/2021/2121-30 dated 28.09.2021 are withdrawn.
“The order that has been withdrawn was about the absence of employees but the fact is that no employee remains absent and work round the clock,” said an employee.
He said though order has been withdrawn but they are going to meet the Director and will urge him to release the salaries of employees of both Kashmir and Jammu Division.
Meanwhile, DIPR employees in Jammu observed pen down strike demanding release of salaries.