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CB initiates probe in alleged sand, clay scam

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Srinagar, Oct 27: The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch (CB) has initiated a probe against the sand mafia for extracting sand illegally from the river Jehlum.

The residents of Vethpora, Soitent, Batwara, Indiranagar, and Sonwar have written a letter to IGP Crime about the sand mafia active in these areas.

Following which the Crime Branch has initiated a probe and SSP Crime Srinagar as per an order CHQ-K-438+726/18 PVK-76/2018, PVK-76/2018 has been asked to investigate the matter.

 

The Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar as per a communiqué, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS), has also written to Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Kashmir to look into the matter.

As per the letter submitted before the IGP Crime by the residents, the land mafia was converted into a sand mafia.

“No enquiry has been conducted by the concerned authorities till date. The involved brokers are still busy in the above said scam and no action has been taken against them till date,” the letter reads, a copy of which lies with Early Times.

The letter reads that persons/brokers have extracted all these willow plants and all the supports connected with the river banks for their own purposes. “The said act was not included in their work order,” it reads.

“They have extracted the sand from the banks of Jehlum in hundred crores of rupees and the whole safety of bands have come to the ground level.

These brokers are using the letter pads of the local mosques and the local mohalla committees for grant of extracting the clay as they have mentioned in it the false and fake leveling/filling of graveyards, play grounds etc,” the letter reads.

As per the residents, the “sand mafia,” has been taking full advantage of non-serious attitude of Irrigation and Flood Control Department.

“Sand mafia has been putting at risk, the lives of thousands of residents. For extracting sand, they have breached the river. Number of tippers can be seen, lifting the sand,” a local resident Sharif Ahmad of Rajbagh said.

“The movement of tippers shakes our houses, which were badly damaged because of the September 2014 floods,” he said. The residents said that sand extraction has been weakening the embankments of the river.

“They just place the silt along the embankments, which weakens the embankments. The weakening of embankments and breaching can prove fatal,” said another resident Imran Ahmad.

Referring to the September 2014 floods, the residents said that there is every chance that the water may enter into their locality, in case of floods.

“We suffered a lot because of September 2014 floods. We want to ensure our safety. We can go to any extent for that,” they said. Similar complaints are coming from several areas where people living on Jehlum banks said that sand mafia has made their lives into hell.

The residents said that they brought the issue into the notice of the concerned authorities several times but despite assurances, nothing happened.


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Jammu airport to function till 9 PM

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Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.

In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.

The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.

 

Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.

This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.

The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.

Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.

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Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home

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Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.

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PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC

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Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.

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