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Court directs police to reinvestigate 1993 murder of Jamaat activist




Bandipora, July 8: A local court here has directed police a re-investigation the case related to the killing of a Jamaat activist in north Kashmir’s Hajin area in the year 1993 citing that the investigations in the case were carried out for the sake of completing mere formalities. The court of Judicial Magistrate first class Sumbal has directed the police to re-investigate the case related to the murder of Jamat-e-Islami activist, Abdul Khaliq Wani of Madwan area of Hajin around two decades ago by the pro-government militia group, Ikhwan. The killing allegedly involves the present legislator of Congress party from Bandipora constituency, Usman Majid, then an active member of a pro-government militia group, Ikhwan. The court has directed for reopening of a 24-year-oldmurder case for fair and open investigation in which MLA Bandipora Usman Majid is one of the accused. Usman was then the main member of counterinsurgency group Ikhwanul Muslimeen headed by Kuka Parrey. The court has also directed SP Bandipora to give protection to victim family from Hajin and the witnesses and complete investigation in eight weeks. Usman is alleged to have killed Abdul Khaliq Wani in1993 and FIR 73 then registered was lodged against him in which family of the deceased was dissatisfied with the investigation and had moved to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The JK High court directed CJM Sumbal for disposal as per law of the closed FIR. Court after hearing both parties arrived at the conclusion that ends of justice were not met and the case needs to be reopened for fair and transparent investigation. People have taken a sigh of relief at the court order and expect justice in the case. Court has observed that “killer is a Killer” and should undergo trial. The court also observed that failure of the investigating agency to forward the final report of the investigation even after the expiry of 24 years of the incident is a colourable exercise of discretion/ choice and misuse of their power and position. The protest petition has been filed by Advocate Parvez Imroz on behalf of the family of the victim. Background of the case On June 07, 1993, then police-post Hajin received information from reliable sources that on the night intervening 06/07 June 1993, one person namely Abdul Khaliq Wani S/O, Ghulam Qadir Wani a resident of Madwan Prang was shot killed by some unknown gunmen, who has been buried by his legal heirs. On receipt of this information report in daily dairy at Police Post Hajin was entered as report No 6 on 07.06.1993 and thereafter the extract of the report of daily dairy were sent to Police station Sumbal for registration of the formal FIR. Police Station Sumbal on receipt of an extract of daily dairy report No 6 dated 07.06.1993 of Police Post Hajin registered the case/ FIR No 79/ 1993 U/S 302 RPC, 25/27 IA Act and 4 (III) TADA. Accordingly, the investigation was commenced in the matter. While investigating the matter, the Investigating officer came to know on 06.06.1993 at 8:15 pm Abdul Aziz Wani S/o Subhan, Abdul Sattar Wani son of Ghulam Qadir (brother of deceased), Ghulam Nabi Bhat son in law of Mohammad Dar, Sajad Ahmad Wani son of the deceased Abdul Khaliq Wani, Mohammad Ismail Wani son of Subhan Wani (brother in law of deceased), Ghulam Nabi Dar son of SalamDar, Ali Mohammad Hajam son of Mohammad Ramzan, had picked up body of the deceased who was killed by unknown gunmen atGurkhud Band near the orchard of Subhan Malik and the dead body was not shifted to hospital for post-mortem as the people of the area were terrified due to incident and at 12:00 am the legal heirs of the deceased buried the deceased without the post-mortem examination. However, the body of deceased was examined by the witnesses who found the deceased to had received four bullets on his chest. The statement of these personswas recorded. According to the petitioner, who is also the eyewitness of the murder has filed a protest petition wherein he has alleged that MLA Bandipora Usman Majeed, then a member of the counter-insurgency force, Ikhwan, along with other Ikhwani’s, shot dead Abdul Khaliq Wani, resident of Madwan, Hajin, Bandipora District, for his association with the Jamaat-e-Islami. The killing was witnessed by the family members of the victim. The police filed an FIR against unidentified gunmen while on 3 June 2016, Justice S. Ramalingam, of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court admitted a petition on this case, issued notice for response to the parties including MLA Usman Majeed, and directed for a status report by the Police to be filed on the next date of hearing in the week of 11 July 2016. “The family of the victim, despite the existing fear, had approached the High Court to direct the Police to carry out proper and fair investigations into the killing by constituting a Special Investigation Team. Family members who are eyewitnesses to the murder are willing to have their statements recorded against MLA Usman Majeed and the other accused Ikhwanis.


Entrepreneur duo comes up with ‘Fast Beetle’, valley’s ‘first’ logistics company

Hirra Azmat



Srinagar, Jan 22: In the fast paced world, convenience and ease of access is a mantra that no business can afford to ignore.

In Kashmir too, the customer demands his pound of flesh and businesses have begun to cater to this aspect.

Enter ‘Fast Beetle’, a specialised delivery service that began operations last year and claims to be the first logistics company in the entire valley that provides end-to-end service to the entrepreneurs, specifically women.


Owned by two young entrepreneurs, Sami Ullah and Abid Rashid, the logistics company promises to take on the challenge of fulfilling the promise of timely delivery. They ensure that orders received from many valley based e-commerce websites reach the customer within a day.

After completing his MBA, Sami Ullah, 27, started working with a company called ‘Kashmir Box’. He came across many e-commerce website owners who were facing problems in the delivery of their products. This triggered the idea behind his startup.“What I observed was that the issue was mostly faced by female entrepreneurs. They find difficult to move out from their home every day. So I decided why not set up a delivery service,” recalls Sami Ullah.

Last year in September, Sami Ullah started working on the idea along with his friend Abid, who too has an MBA.
After two months of research, the duo gradually built their network with the local e-commerce websites, soon interacting with over 50 entrepreneurs, mostly women.

“In the first stage, we did the mapping of Instagram pages and accordingly approached them,” recounts Sami Ullah.

The founders started the company with a moderate capital saved from their previous jobs and they worked on a minimum-profit basis.

However, their start-up didn’t progress the way they had planned. The challenges came as the business started to evolve.“As the customers multiplied, the phone calls about the delivery details increased too.

The clients would call us repeatedly to ensure if their product was delivered. The whole process became tedious,” says Sami Ullah.

The duo then developed a software that streamlined the order details including the delivery status.“When the entrepreneurs create an order, the company receives an e-mail automatically through the system. Our admin assigns the delivery boys and then forwards the details of the order.  It provides an end to end protection to our clients,” explains Sami Ullah.

At present, the duo functions from a warehouse in Zaldagar area of old-city.

They have five people working for them.

The company receives over 50-60 orders on an average every day and has, so far, delivered over 4,000 orders.

They now earn double than what their jobs offered and are proud owners of five motorcycles used for the delivery purposes.“Most deliveries that we do are for cosmetics, medicines, clothes, shoes and other grocery items,” says Sami Ullah.

The company charges the client a commission on the total value of the order.

The company has extended its cash on delivery services in Anantnag, Sopore and Baramulla and plans to start a franchise model in every district in the future.

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No public transport in late hours; authorities say electric buses in offing

Sakeena Banday



Srinagar, Jan 22: Authorities have failed to provide inter and intra-district public transport service for the people of Kashmir, especially during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Each working day, commuters can be seen jostling for seats in private cabs here, a limited number of which ply to and fro the districts of Kashmir.
At Jehangir Chowk in Srinagar, people are seen anxiously waiting for a cab in late hours, knowing if they miss one, they may have to wait for hours for another.

A similar situation is also faced by the commuters on various city routes, who complain about the absence of passenger buses and cabs.


In addition to the hassle, the passengers pay a much higher fare than they would have had there been any government transport service available.
“After 5 pm, cabs running from Lal Chowk to Nishat are difficult to find and even after waiting for hours at Jehangir Chowk, we hardly find any transport in the evening,” said a resident of Nishat, who travels to the city-centre each day.

The problem, commuters say, aggravates in winters because of lesser daylight.“There is hardly any direct cab service between Lal Chowk and Soura. I travel by bus which moves very slowly, wasting a good hour and a half for the journey that can be completed within 30 minutes,” a resident from Soura said.

Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon said the government’s plan to run eco-friendly, battery-powered buses will be rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir soon.“It will take some time because we need to set up electric charge-stations. Till then, by the month of March, 50 to 70 city buses should be started (sic),” he said.

Asked about inter-district transport, Samoon said: “We will try to start night services and transport services for long routes as well.”

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JK fully prepared for census of water bodies: Revenue Deptt



Jammu, Jan 22: Department of Revenue today said that Financial Commissioner (Revenue), who is also Census Commissioner, has initiated all the requisite measures for smooth conduct of 6th Minor Irrigation Census and first census of Water Bodies with the reference year 2017-18.
The census is being conducted in Jammu and Kashmir along with other States by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
For conducting the census efficiently, field functionaries of Revenue Department viz Tehsildars/ Naib-Tehsildars/ Girdawars/Patwaries/OQs have been imparted training at their respective District Headquarters in all Districts except Leh and Kargil by the Planning Cell in the Office of Financial Commissioner, Revenue.
The schedules along with Guidelines and Instruction Manual have been distributed among the Tehsils. Village directory required by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India has been prepared and sent to the concerned.
“Deputy Commissioners have been authorized as per plan of activities approved by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to procure Mobile Devices for each Tehsil as required for capturing photographs of water bodies, a statement of the Department said.
“A mobile-friendly app/software would be made available by the concerned Ministry.”
All enumerators have been kept in the state of readiness for field operation which shall commence as per the time schedule to be circulated by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, the statement added.

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