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Hunt for new IGP, Div Com begins

Baseer Khan retiring, Pani to go on deputation

Mudassir Kuloo





Srinagar, May 14: Kashmir is set to have new heads of police and civil administration as valley’s police chief S P Pani is soon going on a central deputation while Divisional Commissioner, Baseer Ahmad Khan is retiring next month.

The government is looking for a new divisional commissioner and IGP police and has been finalising probable officers for these posts. 

Valley’s police chief S P Pani is soon going on a central deputation

“S P Pani, who was appointed as IGP Kashmir in February 2018 was on leave for the last few days. He has joined back but will proceed on a central deputation by the end of this month,” sources told The Kashmir Monitor.


Pani would be 10th IGP level officer among 19 JK cadre IGPs going on central deputation. There are several names making rounds for the post of IGP Kashmir.

“Among the front runners is Vijay Kumar, who is being relieved as IG CoBRA in CRPF and will be sent back to the state,” sources said.

Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) is a specialised unit of the Central Reserve Police Force.

Like Pani, Kumar too is well-versed with counterinsurgency operations. He has served as SP Pulwama, Awantipora, and Kulgam districts. He has also supervised anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.

Similarly, there are several other officers, whose names are being considered for the IGP post.

“Alok Kumar-IGP Traffic, Surinder Kumar Gupta-Director SSG, S Ahfadul Mujtaba-IGP Crime, and JP Singh are other probable officers for the post of IGP Kashmir,” the sources added.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan is retiring on June 30. He was appointed as Divisional Commissioner on July 29, 2016, when Valley was going through an unrest following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

In February this year, a search panel recommended his name for Ombudsman in Urban Local Bodies. However, formal orders for the same are yet to be issued.

The government is considering several officers to take up the post.

“Financial Commissioner Revenue, Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary Roads and Buildings, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, Planning Development and Monitoring, RohitKansal are the probable officers for the divisional commissioner’s post,” the sources added.

Similarly, Additional Director General of Police incharge Security, Law and Order and Home Guards, Muneer Ahmad Khan is reaching superannuation on June 30.

A high-level selection committee has recommended him for the post of Information Commissioner in the State Information Commission.



Missing B’pora teacher found dead in Wular




Srinagar, May 20: Body of a government school teacher missing for the last one week was recovered from Wular Lake under mysterious conditions near Leharwalpora area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday.

The police have started proceedings under 174 CrPc into the nature of death.

Reports said that some locals spotted the body in the Lake near Leharwalpora Monday morning and accordingly informed the concerned police station.


A police team immediately reached the spot and retrieved the body from the lake, they said.

The deceased has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Lone (27) son of Abdul Rehman Lone of Gurez at present Sheikhpora Colony Mantrigam Bandipora.

Mushtaq, a teacher by profession had left to attend his duty at Government High Secondary School Chuntimulla on May 13 but did not return since then.

Confirming the incident, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik said that an FSL team was rushed to the spot for medical examination.

“The medical team has been constituted for post-mortem including experts from GMC Srinagar in the presence of Magistrate,” he said.

Proper photography and videography is being done of entire proceedings. Rest all other medico legal formalities of the deceased are being done, he said.

We are awaiting FSL and medical report to come to ascertain the actual cause of death, he said.

“An enquiry under 174 CrPc has been initiated and further investigations have been taken up,” the officer added.

Pertinently, the family members and neighbors held a protest demonstration on May 18 and had urged administration for help in tracing their missing kin.

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Kashmir University gets A+ NAAC accreditation




Srinagar, May 20: After bagging 53rd rank in NIRF 2019 and 51st in QS India University Rankings 2019, the University of Kashmir added yet another feather to its cap by scoring A+ grade in the recent reaccreditation cycle by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

According to the result issued by NAAC, the University of Kashmir is scoring an impressive 3.31 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04 ahead of several other leading Universities in the country.

The University has scored 3.89 in Infrastructure and Learning Resources, 3.67 in Curricular Aspects, 3.18 in Teaching Learning and Evaluation, 3.05 in Research, Innovations and Extension, 3.61 in Institutional Values and Best Practices, 3.1 in Governance, Leadership and Management and 2.94 in Student Support and Progression.


The long-awaited accreditation was awarded to the University by peer NAAC team on Monday, May 20, 2019, which visited the varsity in the first week of May 2019 from 02-05-2019 to 04-05-2019.

It is in place to mention here that KU has earlier been accredited during its previous two cycles first in 2002 and then again in 2011 and on both these two occasions the University was awarded grade ‘A’ by NAAC.

Pertinently the Peer NAAC team comprising of six members during its visit to the University earlier this month applauded University for its research standards and stated that the varsity has made a quantum jump in its Infrastructure and Learning resources.

Being the chairperson of Monitoring and Steering Committee the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad personally monitored the preparedness of the University for the Peer NAAC team visit.

While congratulating the staff, students, scholars and alumni on the occasion Prof Talat said “I congratulate both teaching and non-teaching faculty, students, scholars and alumni for this tremendous feat. It was a team effort and we succeeded in our efforts. However at the same time we must understand that we don’t have to be complacent and work harder to achieve much higher grade next time so that our University gets international recognition.”

Registrar KU Dr Nisar A Mir said “I congratulate all the stakeholders of the University and this particular grade will ensure better job placements for our students and will fetch more fellowships to our scholars. Moreover, it will help us to upgrade our infrastructure while we will succeed in securing better funds from different funding agencies governed by UGC and other bodies.”

Governor congratulates varsity:

Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Monday congratulated Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of the University, his colleagues, staff and students for being awarded A+ Accreditation by peer NAAC Team.

Governor has expressed happiness on the impressive performance of the University by securing 3.31 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04. He has urged for making the University a leading Institute in teaching and research and wished it success in all its future academic endeavours.

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Mirwaiz Farooq’s anniversary: Curbs in parts of downtown today




Srinagar, May 20: The Srinagar administration has decided to impose curbs in parts of downtown on Tuesday on the eve of Awami Action Committee (AAC) rally from Jamia Masjid to Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq.

An official that restrictions will be imposed on Tuesday in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Khanyar. “The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure,” the official said.

Meanwhile, authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest ahead of the Eidgah Chalo call announced by Hurriyat (M) to observe death anniversary of Mirwaiz Farooq.


A police official confirmed that Mirwaiz had been placed under house while as restrictions Will be imposed in various parts of Srinagar.

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