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‘Cow vigilantes’ kill man in Bhaderwah

Killing triggers violent protests, 7 detained, curfew imposed

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JAMMU, May 16: A man was killed and another wounded with minor injuries, when some unidentified persons fired on them late night in a village of Bhaderwah tehsil in Doda district.

Nayeem Ahmed Shah (50) resident of Qilla Mohalla in Bhaderwah accompanied by Yasir Hussain and another person had gone to village Basti. The incident happened, when they were returning back to Qilla Mohalla from Basti village with their horses, according to Yasir, an eyewitness, who claimed to have survived the deadly attack. He was speaking with the local media in Bhaderwah.

“We were stopped by a group of around eight men, and they were hurling abuses at us. They were cow vigilantes. Before we could even understand anything, one of them fired at Nayeem Shah, killing him on spot,” said Yasir.

 

Yasir along with the other friend fled for safety and at a distance, they noticed Nayeem was not with them. “We both went back to the spot, that is at the Nalthi village bridge and were stunned to find him lying dead there,” he said. He was shot in the forehead.

Nayeem was lying in the pool of blood, Yasir who was also wounded in the firing said. Yasir and his friend dragged Nayeem’s body to a safer place, and then informed their family members about the incident, sources said.

As soon as people came to know about the killing, massive protests broke out in several places of Bhaderwah town like the historic Seri Bazaar, Tekiya Chowk, and Pasri Bus Stand.

The protesters pelted stones at the vehicles, and on some business establishments, compelling the authorities to snap internet services as well as impose curfew restrictions.

Sensing trouble, police swung into action, and detained seven persons suspected to be involved in the killing of Nayeem. One is still at large.

A It was learnt by The Citizen that single barrel gun (country made) was used in killing the middle aged man by the ‘cow vigilantes’, though still not confirmed by the police department.

Family members and relatives of the deceased came to know about the detention of seven suspected persons, they rushed towards the police station Bhaderwah.

At this place, they started holding demonstrations demanding that the accused be handed over to them. Within no time, the demonstration turned violent and they allegedly attacked the police station Bhaderwah in a fit of anger, while the police tried to disperse them with a baton charge and tear gas shells.

The Army has been called in to help the police and paramilitary forces to restore peace in Bhaderwah town.

People have alleged that a similar incident happened two months back at Nalthi at the same place where Nayeem was shot dead. A person namely Fareed Ahmed of Qilla Mohallah was caught and badly assaulted by the same group of eight and the police allegedly took no action, according to the locals.

Anjuman-e-Islamia, Bhadarwah, president, Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh, has termed the killing as ‘cold blooded’ murder, and demanded arrest of all the accused persons.

Till the filing of this report, the situation in Bhaderwah was tense but under control.

Meanwhile, the Internet has been suspended in the entire district. “One person with the name of Nayeem was coming from Chatergala side. When he reached a spot near Nalti area, he was killed and another person received splinter injuries (in firing),” Jammu Zone IGP MK Sinha told PTI.

“The situation is tense but under control. Curfew has been imposed in the town,” the IGP said.

Police had detained seven people, they said.

Internet services have been blocked in the district.

Azad, Omar condemn killing

Srinagar, May 16: Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and General Secretary AICC, Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed his grief over the killing of a youth in Bhadarwah.

“Those responsible for this gruesome murder must be brought to book immediately and punished as per the law of the land. At the same time I appeal to all to maintain peace, mutual trust and tranquility. Some miscreants will always try to spoil the peaceful atmosphere and communal harmony of the town in particular and the district in general. It is the responsibility of each one of usto ensure peace and maintain communal harmony at every cost,” said Azad in a statement issued.

Earlier Azad spoke to Deputy Commissioner of the District and asked for initiating magisterial inquiry.

 Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Thursday condemned killing of young Nayeem by cow vigilantes in Bhadarwah last night, saying that the frequency and severity of cow vigilante violence has been a dreadful hallmark of Modi led central government.

While expressing sympathies with the grieved family, Omar said, “I urge the incumbent administration to initiate a time bound inquiry into the incident and bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book. Mean time I also urge the people to maintain traditional camaraderie and brotherhood. In this hour of grief, I pray for strength to the bereaved to bear the loss,” he said.

Party vice president said that the self-anointed vigilantes knowing that there is no one to reprimand them are rampantly indulging in such gruesome acts. “The utter laid back attitude of the incumbent central and state government gives an impression that there is a tacit alliance between the two,” he said.

“The incident of Bhadarwah cannot be singled out; yesterday a Muslim in Assam was coerced to eat pork. Had the incumbent central government properly reined in these elements, such incidents would not have been recurring time and again,” he said.


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Metropolitan Project: Over 94 lakh kanals identified in JK

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Srinagar, Jul 18: Over 94 lakh kanals of land has been identified across Jammu and Kashmir for developing the state under the ambitious Metropolitan Region Development Authorities (MRDA) project.

Under the project, two Metropolitan Region Development Authorities will reduce the deficit on infrastructure – water supply, roads, sewage, drainage, light rails, e-buses and other amenities.

“The authorities will also develop satellite townships in Greater Jammu and Greater Srinagar. Million square feet IT parks will also be developed in these townships,” the document reads.

 

Governor Satya Pal Malik-led administration recently announced creation of Jammu Metropolitan Region Development Authority and Srinagar Metropolitan Region Development Authority — to provide an integrative framework for the purpose of planned development of these regions.

As per the details, the government has identified 94,22,465 kanals of land in 2559 villages of 14 districts in the state.

In Kashmir, 1452 villages comprising of 4989304 kanals of land would be covered under MRDA.

In Srinagar district, 124 villages comprising 514116 kanals of land would be covered. In Pulwama, 922715 kanals of land in 240 villages have been identified for implementation of project under MRDA.

Similarly, 331799, 1049195, 451400, 142461 kanals of land would be covered in Kulgam, Baramulla, Shopian, and Bandipora districts respectively.

Around 44,33,161 kanals of land would be covered in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Reasi, Udhampur under MRDA.

The MRDAs, as per the document, have been selected on the principles of regional planning and development.

An official of Housing and Urban Development Department said a process has begun for acquisition of land for the project.

“All types of land are being covered under MRDAs. Besides government land, we have also identified private land which ought to be acquired. But some land owners are not willing to provide land saying that government is not paying them commensurate to market value,” the official said.

He said the land owners want promulgation of an ordinance to replace old law “which will enable them fair compensation during acquisition”.

Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta said that all types of land were being covered under MRDAs. “We will acquire private land wherever needed,” Gupta added.

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India to Pak: Release, repatriate Jadhav immediately

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New Delhi, Jul 18: Describing the detention of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan as “illegal” and under “fabricated” charges, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Thursday urged Islamabad to release and repatriate him immediately.

Making a statement in Rajya Sabha, he said the verdict of the International Court of Justice is not only a vindication for Jadhav but also for all those who believe in the rule of law.

The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism”.

 

Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by the Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017.

A bench led by President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf ordered an “effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”.

The bench also ruled by 15 votes to 1 that Pakistan had violated India’s rights to consular visits after Jadhav’s arrest.

Pakistan “deprived the Republic of India of the right to communicate with and have access to Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation”, the judges had said.

Pakistan was under the obligation to inform India about the arrest and detention of Jadhav under the Vienna Convention, Judge Yusuf had ruled.

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Jadhav guilty of crimes against people: Imran

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Islamabad, Jul 18: Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan Thursday said that he appreciated the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision to “not to acquit, release & return” Kulbhushan Jadhav, day after the world court in The Hague directed Pakistan to review the death penalty given to the former Indian Navy commander.

Holding Jadhav responsible for “crime against” Pakistani people, Khan said Pakistan will proceed per law.

“Appreciate ICJ’s decision not to acquit, release & return Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav to India. He is guilty of crimes against the people of Pakistan. Pakistan shall proceed further as per law,” Imran tweeted.

 

On Wednesday, the ICJ ordered Pakistan to make an “effective review and reconsideration” of the conviction and death sentence of Jadhav.

The world court also rejected all objections raised by Pakistan, granting consular access to Jadhav “without further delay”, in a verdict that was hailed in India as a “big victory” for the country. It agreed with India’s stand that Pakistan had violated the Vienna Convention by denying access.

In a reprieve for Jadhav, 49, a retired Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” after a closed trial in April 2017, a 16-member bench by a 15:1 vote continued the stay on the execution.

A Chinese judge was part of the majority verdict while the ad hoc judge from Pakistan on the bench headed by President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia gave a dissenting opinion.

Rejecting Pakistan’s objection to admissibility of the Indian application in the case, the court in its 42-page order held that “a continued stay of execution constitutes an indispensable condition for the effective review” of the sentence of Jadhav that had strained relations between the two neighbouring countries.

The bench, however, rejected some remedies sought by India, including annulment of the military court’s decision convicting Jadhav, his release and safe passage to India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the verdict, saying “truth and justice” have prevailed while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj described it as a “big victory” for India.

Despite the order backing India, Pakistan claimed victory. The country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted: “Jadhav shall remain in Pakistan. He shall be treated in accordance with the laws of Pakistan.” Jadhav was arrested in Balochistan on 3 March, 2016, by Pakistani security agencies and was convicted of being a spy. In April 2017, Pakistan had announced that Jadhav was given death sentence by a military court.

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