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2017 Kupwara disappearance, torture incident: Army unit yet to produce entry-exit register

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Srinagar, Feb 21: In the disappearance and torture incident involving Army in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Jammu Kashmir Police have submitted a report before State Human Rights Commission stating that accused Army unit has so far not produced the Entry/Exit Register in original of Gate number: 01 Trimukha Camp of Kupwara before the Special Investigating Team for which they have been requested.

After the petition filed by Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, the  Commission had sought detailed status report from DGP and SSP Kupwara after one Manzoor Ahmed Khan disappeared from 27 Rashtriya Rifles camp on May 31, 2017 while another youth Nasarullah who was also taken into custody was found half dead nearby the army camp in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

As per petitioner army’s 27 RR “Trehmukh Top post” Kupwara took Manzoor Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Qadir and Nasarullah Khan son of Sharifulla Khan of Devar Lolab into custody on May 31, 2017 and since then Manzoor is missing while Nasarullah was found half dead nearby army camp and was shifted to SKIMS for treatment where doctors after checkup found his kidneys have been damaged due to torture.

 

Accordingly, Police Station Lalpora Kupwara had registered two back to back FIRs vide number 62 and 63 of 2017 under section 307, 342, 323 of RPC in this regard while it formed a SIT headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Kupwara.

The report submitted by SIT before State Human Rights Commission states: “After a lot of correspondence and persuasions, the concerned Army authorities presented the accused/other army officers and officials at Headquarters 8 Sector RR Cherkoot Lolab where they were questioned thoroughly by the SIT who have all denied their involvement in the case. The concerned Army Unit has so far not produced the Entry/Exit Register in original of Gate number: 01 Trimukha Camp of Kupwara before the Special Investigating Team for which they have been requested. Further investigation into the case is going on.”

Meanwhile, the SKIMS Soura has also submitted its report with regard to condition of Nasarullah who was discharged from the hospital after 27 days. SKIMS authorities in its report have said that the patient is stable and healthy now.

 


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Caged Mehbooba gets new winter home

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Srinagar, Nov 15: Ending speculations, detained Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti was shifted from Cheshmashahi hut to a ministerial bungalow at Moulana Azad Road Srinagar on Friday.

The development comes 10 days after her daughter Iltija Mufti tweeted a letter she had written to district development commissioner Srinagar urging him to shift her to “suitable location” in view of her falling health.

“As you are aware, my mother Ms Mehbooba Mufti, former CM of J&K has been jailed since August 5. A doctor recently ran multiple tests on her as she wasn’t keeping well. As per those tests, her Vitamin D3, haemoglobin and calcium levels are low,” Iltija had written in her letter.

 

Waking up to Mehbooba’s falling health, J&K government decided to shift her to a location equipped with proper heating arrangements.

Earlier, there were speculations that she might be shifted to Jammu.

However, on Friday government bit the bullet and shifted her to a new location in Srinagar.  “The Cheshmashahi hut where she was under detention is not equipped with adequate heating arrangements. She has been shifted to a posh bungalow which served as an official residence of former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh. It is equipped with adequate heating arrangements,” a source said.

Mehbooba was detained few hours before Centre abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories on August 5.

The PDP chief earlier refused to meet her party leaders last month fearing it might be projected as normalcy by Centre.

Mehbooba is among three former chief ministers including Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, who have been jailed since August 5. While Farooq, who was slapped with Public Safety Act, has been detained in his home, Omar is lodged at Hari Niwas guest house, which has been designated as sub jail.

Government has also decided to shift political detainees from Centaur Hotel to a private hotel at Shivpora Sonawar.

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Detained politicians refuse to sign bonds

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Nov 15:  Centre’s fresh overtures have failed after incarcerated political leaders refused to sign the bonds to secure early release from jails.

At least 31 leaders of National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference and Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement are under detention at the Centaur Hotel on the banks of Dal Lake since Centre abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two union territories.

Sources said authorities approached detainees several times in recent past to persuade them to sign a bond for their release. “Farooq, Omar, and Mehbooba have also been approached several times by authorities. They however have refused to sign the bond. These leaders are adamant and they won’t budge an inch from their stand on Article 370 and bifurcation of state,” sources said.

 

Officials said leaders will face prolonged detention and won’t be released unless they sign a bond. “Political leaders will be shifted from Centaur Hotel to a hotel in Sonawar or MLA hostel Srinagar,” they said.

Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija Mufti confirmed that government made several attempts to get her mother sign a bond, which she refused. “I don’t know when exactly she was recently approached for signing on bond”, she said.

National Conference MP from Anantnag, Justice (retd) Hasnian Masoodi said detention of political leaders was “unjustified without any legal grounds”.

“Why should political leaders sign bond to secure their release?  Signing bonds will mean that were against peace. Government should understand what position they (political detainees) have held and their detention is unjustified,” Masoodi said.

Detainees are supposed to deposit Rs 10,000 as surety. And in case they breach the bond, they have to pay Rs 40,000.  Under Section 107, the bail bond asks detainees “not to commit a breach of peace” or “do an act that may probably occasion a breach of the peace”.

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PDD to issue curtailment schedule next week:More power cuts in offing

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Valleyities have all reasons to worry as darker nights are in the offing with Power Development Department (PDD) issuing electricity curtailment schedule in next four days. 

Kashmir has been facing abrupt power cuts since November 7, when valley received season’s first snowfall.

An official of Power Development Department said there would be further reduction in power supply from next week.

 

“There will be at least 6-hour power curtailment in metered areas and over 8-hour load shedding in non-metered areas of Srinagar district,” the official said. 

In other districts, the official said, there will be 6 to 8 hours power curtailment in metered areas and over 8-hours in non-metered areas.

As per rules, metered areas are bound to get round the clock power supply.

Chief Engineer, Power Development Department, Kashmir, Hashmat Qazi  told The Kashmir Monitor hat there is a need for power curtailment schedule in view of the increase in demand.

“We did not curtail power this year till snowfall hit Kashmir on November 7. The load has increased now. We are framing power curtailment schedule which will be issued within three to four days,” he said.          

On chances of any improvement in power supply this year, he said it all depends on the people. “If they use electricity judiciously, then there will be improvement in power supply. We have to optimize things from available resources.”

The PDD has 1200 MWs of electricity available. However, during winters, the demand reaches over 2000 MWs.

Centre has been allotting additional 700 MWs of power to Jammu and Kashmir in view of higher demand in winters.  However, PDD has failed to augment existing infrastructure to receive additional electricity from the central grids.   

At the same time, PDD is yet to restore electricity in various parts of Kashmir since November 7.

 “Towers have collapsed at various places resulting electricity could not be restored in Magam, Beerwah, Arizal and Khaag areas,” Qazi said.

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