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Body of CRPF ASI who served in Kashmir cremated as ‘unclaimedby’ rly police

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Shimla, July 22: CRPF Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ajit Kumar spent the prime of his life serving in Kashmir
valley but when the 45-year-old was found dead in 'suspicious' circumstances near railway tracks in Karnal,
he was cremated as an "unidentified" person, courtesy what his family alleges was – official apathy.
On the evening of July 11 Kumar left his native Dehrat village in Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur district to take
a train for Delhi. He was scheduled to meet his paramilitary force colleague at New Delhi from where they
were to move to Assam to join duty after transfer from Srinagar, Kumar's family members said.
The family says they soon lost touch with Kumar after he left for the national capital. After making efforts for
a few hours, they approached the GRP post at Nangal Dam railway station, from where he had boarded the
train, on July 12 and lodged a report about his mysterious disappearance.
But their worst fears came true when they learnt three days later that Kumar was found dead near rail tracks
and cremated as an unidentified person.
"We were shocked to know that Kumar was cremated on July 15 by GRP Karnal after declaring his body as
unclaimed, whereas we had lodged a missing report on the night of July 12 -three days before his cremation
– with the Nangal Dam GRP police post," Rajeev Sharma, a relative of the deceased, told PTI.
Kumar's wife Sunita Devi and their three unmarried daughters could not see his face one last time due to the
negligent attitude of GRP officials, he alleged.
Karnal GRP officials, however, defended their action.
"As per the set rules, we kept his body for identification for 72 hours after recovering it from near tracks
about two kilometres from the Karnal railway station on July 12 around 2.30 am. We released photos of the
body in local media. No identity card or mobile phone was found from his clothes or near his body," Karnal
GRP police station SHO Inspector Inderjeet Singh said.
But the family cannot understand the logic of releasing pictures in local papers when the person is most
likely a traveller.
"What is the benefit of giving the photo in local media of the body of a person who was travelling in a train
passing through that area?" Sharma asked.
The authorities were completing mere formalities, the deceased ASI's family believes.
"Had they been serious in identifying the body, the Karnal GRP officials could have contacted other railway
stations," says Sharma.
He questions whether the police tried to investigate how the death occurred.
Kumar might have been killed by someone pushing him out of the running train, Sharma said.
Inspector Inderjeet Singh, however, ruled out the possibility of murder.

"Kumar was a well-built and could not have been pushed like this. His postmortem report indicated multiple
injury marks and there is possibility he might have fallen accidentally from the running train," Singh said
adding the deceased might have been sitting in the coach door because of the hot weather, dozed off and
fallen.
Kumar's family, however, are not convinced and want a thorough probe into his death.
Sharma also demanded exemplary action against GRP officials posted at both Karnal and Nangal Dam
alleging negligence.
Nangal Dam GRP officials did not inform their counterparts in Haryana about the missing report while the
Karnal GRP officials did not bother to collect any information after finding the body, he said.
SHO of Sirhind GRP police station Sub Inspector (SI) Sukhwinder Singh, under whose jurisdiction the Nangal
Dam GRP police post falls, said "There is no set procedure for informing counterparts in other states
regarding missing persons. As per norms, the reports of missing persons from Punjab is published in a state
gazette published by the criminal investigative agency at regular intervals," he added.
Sharma expressed surprise that even in this age, GRP officials were sticking to obsolete systems.
Meanwhile Kumar's family brought his ashes from Karnal GRP after identifying the body from his clothes and
photos on July 19. Later Devi immersed his ashes in Ganga in Haridwar.
"When we went to Karnal to take the ashes, a non-government organisation (NGO) even charged us Rs 3,000
for cremating the body," Sharma claimed.

 
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JKDFP hails Pak for goodwill gesture about Indian prisoners

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Srinagar, May 17: Hailing Pakistan for its goodwill gesture of releasing Indian prisoners, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said that the largest democracy of the world must also release Kashmiri political prisoners before EID so that they can celebrate the festival with their nears and dears.
The Freedom Party Spokesperson said in a statement that Pakistan government has exhibited maturity by its goodwill gesture and set an example to follow.
In a statement issued here, JKDFP Spokesperson praised the resolve and unflinching stance of its incarcerated chief, Shabir Shah towards the long standing Kashmir dispute, saying Shabir Shah despite his serious ailments is bravely resisting the hardships of Tihar jail.
“Shabir Shah is in his 32 year of imprisonment for advocating the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir. The people of Kashmir have also time and again acknowledged the unmatched sacrifices of Shabir Shah,” the spokesperson said.
The Spokesperson expressed serious concern over the pathetic condition Kashmiri political prisoners are made to face in and outside the state jails especially in Tihar Jail. He said that despite being political prisoners they are denied every right guaranteed in the jail manual. Revengeful attitude of the rulers has crossed every limit of heartlessness and insensitivity.
JKDFP said that slow and humiliating judicial process has already ruined the lives of so many young Kashmiri innocents who were arrested on factious cases and are yet to be augmented with the documentary evidence of their so called crimes.
New Delhi is prolonging the imprisonment of Shabir Shah, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, businessman Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreen and other political prisoners languishing in Tihar jail Delhi.
JKDFP said that it is unfortunate that the Hurriyat leaders are treated like criminals in jails which have been turned into worst interrogation centres. Hailing the uncompromising courage and dedication and undented commitment with the movement, JKDFP said that our political prisoners including, Shabir Shah, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Muzuffar Ahmad Dar, Talib Hussain, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Mir and others are the torch bearers of the movement.
The JKDFP Spokesperson hailed the resolve of Javaid Khan who is languishing in Tihar jail since last 24years. He said that Mirza Nisar, Latif Ahmed Waza, Ali Mohammad Bhat and Abdul Gani Ghoni are also praise worthy who are facing hardships since last 24 years in Jaipur and other jails.
JKDFP appealed United Nations Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Red cross to monitor and see the pathetic and inhuman treatment meted out to Kashmiri political prisoners and pressurize India to stop its inhuman and undemocratic attitude towards these political prisoners.

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DGP visits Shopian, Pulwama, interacts with officers

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Srinagar, May 17: Director General of Police (DGP), J&K Dilbag Singh visited the districts Shopian and Pulwama where he interacted with officers and personnel and also chaired security review meetings.
Director General of Police, J&K Dilbag Singh along with IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani visited twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama. The respective district SSP received the visiting officers. Guards of honour were presented to the DGP. The DGP chaired the officers meetings at both the district headquarters which were attended by the concerned district SSP along with other jurisdictional officers. After getting a briefing from the concerned district SsP regarding the working of the department in these districts, the DGP addressed the officers and also interacted with the personnel.
In his address to them the DGP complemented the police personnel for successful conduct of parliamentary elections in the state. He also praised the police and security forces for successful anti-militancy operations in these districts. He also impressed upon the officers to work with full professionalism, sincerity and in a dedicated manner for the welfare of the people while taking due care of their security. He advised the police to continue their fight against the drugs and book all those involved in this menace. The DGP while greeting the personnel distributed Ramzan gifts among them.
The meeting at Shopian was attended by SP Shopian Sandeep Choudhary, Addl. SP Shopian Arif Amin Shah and other jurisdictional officers including Dy.SSP. The meeting at Pulwama was attended by SP Pulwama Chandan Kohli, Addl. SP Pulwama Anwar-Ul-Haq and other jurisdictional officers including Dy.SSP.

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Dialogue between Indo-Pak only way to resolve J&K issue: NC

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Srinagar, May 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal on Friday asserted that result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only way to resolve the issue of J&K.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-E-Subah, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is not a consequence of lack of development rather the issue is political in nature. “The issue has held hostage the development of the sub-continent. Our party has all along maintained that the dialogue between the two nations affords a way out,” he said.
Additional general secretary further added, “The issue of J&K has been lingering since 1947, how long shall our people suffer? No sooner we impress for a political solution of our state, we are outrightly tainted as anti-national. This has to stop. The government has to see what holds good for the greater good of the country and the sub-continent at large. The BJP led government at the centre is using Kashmir to leverage its poll prospects elsewhere in the country which is bound to have serious ramifications for the country’s unity and integrity.”
Dr Kamal said, “During its stint in power the BJP has only amplified the hate against minorities particularly Muslims. This is not the idea of India which was visualized by the founders of a modern-day India nation-state; they visualized a secular progressive country shorn of all prejudices and hate. PM Modi has not a speck of affection for the minorities. The other day when a Hindu police officer lost his life while saving a Muslim man from the mob frenzy of communalists, PM Modi didn’t come up with a word of homage and accolade for the slain police officer. This people see with their own eyes? Now it is up to people to decide if they allow such a person to continue to be in the vanguard of the new government after elections,” he said.
Dr Kamal while flaying PM Modi for creating a humanitarian crisis in Kashmir by banning civilian traffic on national highway for two days a week said, “There was a marked difference in the security scenario of the state. However, what good was accomplished in the state suffered a setback during the reign of former BJP-PDP led coalition government. People still remember how painstakingly Dr Farooq Abdullah led government made GoI under the then BJP led NDA to have parleys with militants and other sections of the society. However, what good was achieved in successive NC led government in terms of peace and rapprochement was put into a chasm by BJP and PDP.”
He further said that the state suffered substantial attacks on its special status during the stint of a former BJP-PDP coalition government. “The GST bill we have been resisting was implanted by her only. The new tax regime has affected hoteliers, taxi drivers, craftsmen, edibles, books and other marginal traders. We have cautioned her about the implementation of GST but she didn’t heed our pleas. There has been a steep increase in the price of cooking gas cylinders; poor families find it very difficult to refill the cylinders. How can PDP protect our special status, it was PDP that destroyed the financial autonomy of our state?”

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