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Bandipora minor’s ‘rape’: High Court takes cognisance;asks police to file status report by Friday

Firdous Hassan





Srinagar, May 15: Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday took suo motu cognizance of the alleged ‘rape’ case of a three-year-old girl in Bandipora and directed Inspector General of Police (Kashmir zone) to file a status report by Friday.

A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan, taking notice of reports about the rape case, directed the IGP to file a status report about the investigations before 10 am on Friday.

A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped last week by her neighbour, leading to widespread outrage and protests against the incident.


The accused has been arrested by police and a special investigation team constituted for a speedy investigation of the incident.

Meanwhile, even as religious leaders appealed people to maintain peace, protests and shutdown Wednesday continued in many parts of Kashmir against the incident.

While the accused was arrested on the same day, protests continued in Kashmir for the last three days which spilled over to educational institutes.

To prevent protests, the authorities Wednesday suspended class work in educational institutes in almost all the districts of the valley.

A complete a shutdown was witnessed in Central Kashmir’s Bandipora district, where people demanded justice to the alleged rape victim.

All the shops and other business establishments in Magam and Budgam towns remained closed while authorities imposed restrictions in these places to avoid any untoward incident.

Reports said that the roads in the Budgam town wore a deserted look while forces were deployed in huge number to respond to any eventuality.

The internet services also remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day in the district where violent protests were reported for the past three days.

Similarly in Magam town of the Budgam district, all the shops remained closed while less traffic movement was witnessed on the roads leading to other parts of the district.

In Srinagar police resorted to tear gas shelling in Gojwara where girl students took out a protest against the Sumbal minor’s rape.

While demanding justice to the victim, the students raised slogans and marched on the road leading towards Hawal.

The students demanded capital punishment for the victim and raised slogans ‘Mulzim ko phansi do (Hang the culprit)’  “Mulzim ko goli maro (Shoot the culprit)”

Police intercepted the protest rally and resorted to tear gas shelling after the students tried to march towards main road in Gojwara.

One of the students said they held a peaceful protest against the alleged rape incident in Bandipora and Ganderbal.

“Such incidents are becoming a norm now. We were protesting against such heinous crimes but police came and fired shells at us. There was a stampede and many students suffered minor injured who fell on road,” she said.

The locals of the areas too were aghast over the police action against the students. “It was a peaceful protest but police fired tear gas shells due to which there was panic among the protesting students. The shops in the vicinity later downed their shutters immediately,” a shopkeeper said.

Meanwhile, a source said the police will submit its case dairy to the CJM Raja Mohammad Tasleem on Thursday after which he will issue orders related to the case.

CWC to cover Sumbal girl’s expenses

Srinagar, May 15: Taking cognisance of the alleged rape of a three-year old girl of Sumbal, Bandipora, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) has registered a case under POSCO against the accused youth and will also sponsor the monthly expenses of the child under Scholarship Scheme.

G A Sofi, State Mission Director, ICPS, as per Kashmir News Service said that the CWC has filed FIR under POSCO Act against the accused.

“The Child Welfare Committee will bear the monthly expenses of the girl child under the Scholarship scheme,” Sofi said, adding that the family of the girl will be counselled by the counsellors of CWC.

A three year girl was allegedly raped by a youth in Sumbal area of Bandipora which evoked widespread protests and condemnation in the state. (KNS)


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Zakir Musa killing: Shutdown, restrictions on Day 2 as well

Nisar Dharma



Srinagar, May 25: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir on the second as well against the killing of Zakir Musa, the militant ‘commander’ and chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead during an encounter in Dadsara, Tral early Friday morning.
Authorities also continued placing curbs in parts of the valley to foil any protests or clashes. Following the orders from the divisional administration, all educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed for the second consecutive day as well.
High-speed mobile internet continued to remain suspended in most districts of Kashmir although 2G- speed internet service was restored in Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama.
Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal line also remained suspended, the official said.
“Curfew continued to remain imposed in parts of the Kashmir valley today (Saturday) as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the official said.
In Srinagar, he added, strict restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
The official said that government forces including police and paramilitary was deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley following the strike call by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Zakir and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama – who was killed allegedly by government forces on Thursday.
Public transport was also off the roads.
Zakir, one of the most-wanted militant ‘commanders’ in Kashmir, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara Tral after forces launched a search operation late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.
His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley.

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Zakir’s death marks end of ‘radical jihad’: DGP




Srinagar, May 25: Police Saturday said the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa has ended the “cult and concept of radical jihad” and Zakir was the last militant of “ISIS-influenced ideology”.
“Zakir Musa had created a new concept of radical jihad and militancy in Kashmir. He was the last militant of such radicalised ideology. With his killing, security forces have eliminated the last such militant who was influenced by ISIS kind of militancy in Kashmir,” Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh was quoted saying by a local news agency.
The DGP said that youth should understand that “radical ideology or other kind of militancy leads to death and destruction.”
“Some youth were influenced by the radical ideology of Zakir Musa and we would see youth waving ISIS flags in Downtown around Jamia Masjid on Fridays. His killing is the death of radical concept of Jihad in Kashmir. Any radical idea of militancy is against the interests of youth and other people of the state,” the DGP said.
The DGP said that he appreciates and is grateful to the people of Kashmir for “maintaining peace and calm in the last three days.”
Zakir was killed in Dadsara village of Tral in Pulwama district by government forces in a gunfight during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
His killing triggered protests at several places with authorities imposing restrictions and Hurriyat calling for shutdown in Kashmir.

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‘Minorities have been cheated, have to stop it: Modi




New Delhi, May 25: A bow before the Constitution of India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first action after being unanimously elected the National Democratic Alliance’s leader as he set the agenda for the next term of his government in the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday.
In his address, Modi reached out to minorities, who he said have been “cheated” by the opposition and called for the lawmakers to earn their trust and put an end to the deception immediately.
“We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now we have to strive for sabka vishwas,” the PM said while addressing NDA MPs in parliament’s Central Hall Saturday evening.
“The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been in focus. I expect from you in 2019 that you would be able to make a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said.
The PM, who is likely to be sworn in next week, said this time in the general elections, people voted for pro-incumbency.
“There was pro-incumbency wave in this election, its result was a positive mandate,” the PM told NDA leaders, and added, “The 2019 elections have helped bring down walls, connect hearts.”
The BJP scored 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the national election and along with its allies, won a remarkable tally of 353.
The formality of allies naming PM Modi as the undisputed leader of the NDA was carried out in the Central Hall of parliament amid loud applause, desk-thumping and chants of “Modi, Modi”.
Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting.
On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal moved a resolution to elect PM Modi as the leader of the NDA Parliamentary Party which was supported by JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA.
“The people have accepted Narendra Modi experiment again from their heart. I want to say this about Modiji, whom I have worked with – for 20 years, he has not taken even a day off. He has worked 18 hours a day.”
On Friday, the council of ministers led by PM Modi submitted their resignation which was accepted by President Kovind, paving way for formation of new government.
Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, the president had had asked them to continue as a caretaker until the formation of a new government.

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