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Future of 300 schools, 10k teachers, one lakh students at stake

Kashmir News Service





Srinagar, Mar 1: The parents whose wards are enrolled in the schools run by Falah-e-Aam Trust Jammu and Kashmir here in Kashmir are worried about the future of their wards as the authorities have reportedly issued notices to various schools, asking them to stop the educational activities forthwith.

The development comes a day after the Governor of India banned Jamaat-e-Islami for its alleged links within militants.

In this afternoon, a school in Bandipora Ajas was sealed by the authorities but was unsealed after the intervention of Tehsildar, reports reaching KNS said.


Sources told Kashmir News Service that at least 300 schools are being run by FAT having 10 thousand teachers with an approx enrolment of one lakh students.

They said most of the students are orphans, belonging to poor and downtrodden families. They said FAT is imparting education without caste, colour and creed.

Sources said that authorities at several schools including Ajas Bandipora, Manigam Ganderbal and Baramulla have been given notices, asking them to shut educational activities forthwith.

The uncertainty over the closure of schools has put the career and future of students, teachers and others working in the schools at stake, besides causing anxiety among the parents of those whose wards are enrolled in these schools.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Falah-e-Aam Trust Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Maqbool talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) said “we have no direct relation with Jamaat-e-Islami as FAT is solely confined in imparting education.”

He said Jamaat is a political organization and those who have some kind of grudge with it should deal with them politically.

He confirmed that notices were sent to school authorities at various places. “At least 18 among 300 schools are directly controlled by FAT and rest are administered by local committees,” he said.

He said FAT will knock the doors of Court to seek continuation of smooth conduct of educational activities so that the future of students and career of teachers and other office bearers is not ruined.

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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP




Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.


Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal




Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.


He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.


He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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