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Kathua gang-rape and murder case: Sajad, Faesal, Tarigami, Hakeem,Mir welcome court verdict

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Srinagar, June 10: Politicians from various political parties on Monday welcomed the verdict by the Pathankot court which convicted six out of seven accused in connection with the Kathua gang-rape and murder case of an 8-year-old nomadic girl

Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Monday hailing the verdict of the court said, “I welcome the decision of the court to convict most of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case. Those convicted must be given strict punishment to set a strong deterrent for the perpetrators of such heinous crimes. True justice for the 8-year-old will be when such crimes against the women stop in the society.”

PC Chairman as per a statement issued here said that I also appreciated the role of J&K Police in the initial investigation and charge sheeting of the accused in the case.

 

President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal also welcomed the Court verdict in rape-murder case of a child from Rassana Kathua and called it a victory of truth over falsehood.

In his tweet, Shah Faesal called out the politicians who had tried to sabotage the investigation in the matter and gave credit to J&K Police and the Judiciary for standing their ground in-spite of the political pressure.

Shah Faesal said that politicization of this rape case was one of the most horrendous and shameful incidents of our time and those people who raised the communal bogey against the victim’s family deserve to be condemned.

“The role of media and activists who tirelessly built a global campaign for justice to the victim also needs to be appreciated”, Shah Faesal added.

Pertinently, the trial court at Jammu today convicted six out of the seven accused in the Rassana rape-murder of a tribal child after the State Crime Branch built a water- tight case against them

CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement issued here said that the gruesome gangrape and murder is crime committed by the enemies of humanity. Crime is a crime irrespective of criminal’s caste, colour and creed. Unfortunately, some fringe elements had tried to communalise this incident but due to intervention of judiciary, people of the state and the country they could not succeed.

Civil society and saner voices irrespective of affiliation and ideology, across the country, raised voice against this brutal act and today’s verdict is the victory of truth. Civil society has to act irrespective of ideological, political affiliation. Crime is crime; it should be condemned by one and all.

Chairman PDF Hakeem Yaseen has hailed the court verdict on Rassana, rape and murder case.

He said it was heartening that ultimately justice has been done to eight-year-old nomadic girl of Rasana village, who was mercilessly gang raped and murdered last year.

In a statement issued to media, Hakeem said that the court verdict is a big relief to the victim family and a big victory of judicial system in the country.

He also congratulated the whole legal team and investigation agencies for working in close coordination to unearth the most shocking and barbaric crime of its kind which had caused widespread outrage throughout the country.

Hakeem also appreciated Jammu and Kashmir High Court for monitoring the case and ensuring its free and fair trial. “The investigation and legal teams dealing with the most sensational and high profile murder case deserve many kudos,” Hakeem said, adding that despite major obstructions caused by vested interests in the way of fair trial and investigation, the whole team has successfully gathered scientific evidences which has led to the fast track completion of the court trial.

PDF chief said that role of Supreme Court in the case was also appreciable which timely ordered its shifting from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankote in the neighboring Punjab state to ensure fair and free trial.

Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday welcomed the verdict of the special court at Pathankot.

Mir in a statement issued to media said that despite hue and cry raised over the issue, justice prevailed in the case.

DPN president also extended warm greetings to the people on the occasion of Mela Kheer Bhawani celebrated on Monday.

He added that this festival is a shining example of communal harmony and brotherhood, which have been the hallmarks of the glorious pluralistic ethos of Jammu and Kashmir in the centuries past.

He also prayed for peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in the State.


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Hurriyat response for meaningful talks a good omen: Hakeem

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Srinagar, Jun 24: Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen has welcomed the positive response of Hurriyat Conference for holding talks in a bid to resolve the Kashmir situation.

In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen termed the statement of Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Molvi Umar Farooq as a good omen that Hurriyat leaders were ready for dialogue with New Delhi, if “meaningful” talks are initiated. He said Governor S P Malik, being a responsible representative of the Central Government should provide a congenial environment to the central government interlocutors and genuine stakeholders of the Kashmir problem for initiating meaningful talks on Kashmir.

He said a sincere effort for talks was dire need of the time to stop daily killings and mayhem in the strife torn state.

 

Hakeem Yaseen hoped that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would utilize his renewed mandate to resolve the vexed Kashmir problem once for all as this was the main bone of contention between India and its neighboring country Pakistan.

“Talks are the only way forward for ending animosity between India and Pakistan,” Hakeem Yaseen said adding that people of the state have become the first casualty of the strained relations between the two neighbouring countries since last seven decades.

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Tarigami urges govt to revisit its approach

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Srinagar, Jun 24: CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami on Monday said that comprising four districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, south Kashmir has been on the boil ever since July 2016. “Despite passing of three years, the situation in the region is not showing any significant improvement with media reports showing that some youths continue to join militant ranks,” he said.

In a statement issued to media, Tarigami said, “Why isn’t there significant change in south Kashmir despite huge deployment of security forces? Perhaps it is because muscular approach is not giving desired results and needs to be revisited. The policy makers need to answer these questions. Mere counting of arrests and killings are not an answer to this situation.”

“Arbitrary arrests, nocturnal raids and are causing insecurity and harassment among people in the region. It has been done before as well in the State, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty,” he said.

 

CPI(M) leader said that during early 1990’s large scale arrests took place which only worsened situation. “This is a tried and tested and failed model which we are afraid will only worsen the situation further,” he said.

“Similarly, some people arrested under different laws, are not being released despite courts ordering their release on bail. Those released by the courts are being re-arrested from the jail compound itself and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA),” Tarigami added.

He said that job of security forces is law enforcement. “You can control the unlawful activities only through lawful measures. Such a course amounts to violation of laws which cannot help in restoring order,” he said.

“Though the authorities lifted twice a week curbs on the movement of civilian vehicles on National Highway, reports of security forces harassing the commuters are still pouring in. In the name of security, people are being harassed day-in and day-out,” Tarigami added.

“The safety of security forces convoys is important, but in the name of security common people should not feel any inconvenience or harassment. Patients, students, employees, traders and others, who have to commute daily on the highway should be given full respect by the forces while their convoys move. There should be a better and people friendly way of protecting forces using the highway,” he said.

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Back to Village programme: CS interacts with Panchayats reps, locals at Gurez, B’pora

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Gurez, June 24: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam during his 2-day extensive visit to district Bandipora participated in the Back to Village Programme on Monday across several Panchayats and also visited Gurez.

The Chief Secretary visited Kanzalwan, Badwan, Wanpora and Khandyal Panchayats and interacted with Panchayat representatives and local people. He spent half a day in Panchayat Wanpora, attended the Gram Sabha there and interacted with Panches and Sarpanchs.

Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers of the district were also present.

 

Appreciating the concept of Back to Village Programme, people welcomed the initiative of the Government in bringing governance to the grassroots level. During the interactions, a number of demands were put forth for consideration of the Government including those related to construction of roads and bridges, construction of tunnel for keeping Bandipora-Gurez road open round the year, arrangements for winters, availability of ration, issues with regard to rehabilitation of people displaced by construction of dam, establishment of SBI Branches in Tulail and Gurez, employees issues, reservation, healthcare facilities construction of bunkers , creation of job avenues etc.

In his remarks, Chief Secretary observed that Back to Village Programme is aimed at energizing and strengthening the Panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation. He said the feedback obtained from the visiting officers will be valuable to assess the development needs, analyze the economic potential of the villages/hamlets and to tailor areas specific government schemes/programmes.

Chief Secretary said that areas like Gurez have huge tourism potential. He said Government is actively considering establishment of a Tourism Development Authority here that will help in creation of tourism infrastructure albeit in a planned and eco-friendly manner so as to harness tourism potential of the area while maintaining its pristine glory. He further stated that several important development projects are at various stages of completion which include Khandyal-Bandipora road which will considerably reduce the distance between Bandipora and Gurez.

Chief Secretary said the Government is planning to make a special tourist corridor to connect Ladakh with Gurez, Tangdhar and other border areas of the state.

While responding to the grievances with regard to the Kishenganga Hydroelectric Power Project (KHEP), Chief Secretary said that government will examine the issue further. He said that improvement of power supply in Gurez will remain under focussed attention of the Government.   

At Wanpora, Chief Secretary distributed poultry birds among several beneficiaries under the National Livelihood Mission.

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