Srinagar, Apr 10: A day after Jammu lawyers blocked the Crime Branch officials from filing charge sheet against accused of Kathua rape and murder case at the concerned district court, Opposition National Conference on Tuesday demanded shifting of the case to some other local court in order to ensure its fair trial.
While addressing a press conference, NC’s General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said the protection of “culprits” by lawyers “unanimously” at Jammu has been witnessed for the first time in the judicial history of the state.
“It is unfortunate and worth condemnation. It happened for the first time in the state’s history that the protectors of the law and justice are shielding a criminal. The incident has put everyone head to shame,” he said
Sagar said that the refusal by Chief Judicial Magistrate for charge sheet and blocking of Crime Branch officials by lawyers from entering the court room clearly “depicted the designs of these fringe groups.”
“The situation was such that the Law Minister had to intervene yesterday. The Crime Branch already revealed that some police officials were involved in destroying the evidences. They can go up to any extent, so we appeal the government to transfer this case immediately to some other court.”
The NC General Secretary said that a deep rooted conspiracy has been underway to “mobilise” people on the basis of religion.
“We have seen that two ministers of state government and the concerned MLA addressed people to incite them. People have been slowly mobilized to politicise and communalise the incident. There is a well-designed conspiracy to divide people on religion to affect integrity and unity of J&K,” he said.
Sagar said that the case should be dealt on the pattern followed during Nirbhaya case.
“The culprits should be identified and isolated. The case should be dealt like that of Nirbhaya.”
The NC General Secretary appealed the Jammu people to defeat the “Jammu Bandh” call given by the local Bar Association on April 11.
“Jammu majority community accepted migrated Pandits in the 1990s, wholeheartedly. They need to show similar kind of determination this time as well by defeating the fringe elements. Their call for April 11 should be defeated,” he said.
Sagar asked the state government to prove “honesty” in the case related to rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa.
“NC will be playing its role of watching and guarding the principles of unity for which the state is known. Even Mahatma Gandhi had said that he saw a ray of hope in Kashmir. Last time we took this matter to assembly but we felt like government stand has weakened since then,” he said.
“It is quite surprising to see whether the state government was aware of the fact that it knew that its own members are behind the shielding of the criminals,” Sagar said.
NC president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday also reprimanded the lawyers who prevented the police from filing charge sheet at court in Kathua.
Taking to the social networking site Twitter Omar wrote: “Shame on them & their political masters. An 8-year-old girl is raped & murdered and these so-called lawyers do not want to see justice delivered.”
Zakir Musa killing: Shutdown, restrictions on Day 2 as well
Srinagar, May 25: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir on the second as well against the killing of Zakir Musa, the militant ‘commander’ and chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead during an encounter in Dadsara, Tral early Friday morning.
Authorities also continued placing curbs in parts of the valley to foil any protests or clashes. Following the orders from the divisional administration, all educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed for the second consecutive day as well.
High-speed mobile internet continued to remain suspended in most districts of Kashmir although 2G- speed internet service was restored in Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama.
Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal line also remained suspended, the official said.
“Curfew continued to remain imposed in parts of the Kashmir valley today (Saturday) as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the official said.
In Srinagar, he added, strict restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
The official said that government forces including police and paramilitary was deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley following the strike call by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Zakir and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama – who was killed allegedly by government forces on Thursday.
Public transport was also off the roads.
Zakir, one of the most-wanted militant ‘commanders’ in Kashmir, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara Tral after forces launched a search operation late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.
His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley.
Zakir’s death marks end of ‘radical jihad’: DGP
Srinagar, May 25: Police Saturday said the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa has ended the “cult and concept of radical jihad” and Zakir was the last militant of “ISIS-influenced ideology”.
“Zakir Musa had created a new concept of radical jihad and militancy in Kashmir. He was the last militant of such radicalised ideology. With his killing, security forces have eliminated the last such militant who was influenced by ISIS kind of militancy in Kashmir,” Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh was quoted saying by a local news agency.
The DGP said that youth should understand that “radical ideology or other kind of militancy leads to death and destruction.”
“Some youth were influenced by the radical ideology of Zakir Musa and we would see youth waving ISIS flags in Downtown around Jamia Masjid on Fridays. His killing is the death of radical concept of Jihad in Kashmir. Any radical idea of militancy is against the interests of youth and other people of the state,” the DGP said.
The DGP said that he appreciates and is grateful to the people of Kashmir for “maintaining peace and calm in the last three days.”
Zakir was killed in Dadsara village of Tral in Pulwama district by government forces in a gunfight during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
His killing triggered protests at several places with authorities imposing restrictions and Hurriyat calling for shutdown in Kashmir.
‘Minorities have been cheated, have to stop it: Modi
New Delhi, May 25: A bow before the Constitution of India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first action after being unanimously elected the National Democratic Alliance’s leader as he set the agenda for the next term of his government in the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday.
In his address, Modi reached out to minorities, who he said have been “cheated” by the opposition and called for the lawmakers to earn their trust and put an end to the deception immediately.
“We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now we have to strive for sabka vishwas,” the PM said while addressing NDA MPs in parliament’s Central Hall Saturday evening.
“The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been in focus. I expect from you in 2019 that you would be able to make a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said.
The PM, who is likely to be sworn in next week, said this time in the general elections, people voted for pro-incumbency.
“There was pro-incumbency wave in this election, its result was a positive mandate,” the PM told NDA leaders, and added, “The 2019 elections have helped bring down walls, connect hearts.”
The BJP scored 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the national election and along with its allies, won a remarkable tally of 353.
The formality of allies naming PM Modi as the undisputed leader of the NDA was carried out in the Central Hall of parliament amid loud applause, desk-thumping and chants of “Modi, Modi”.
Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting.
On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal moved a resolution to elect PM Modi as the leader of the NDA Parliamentary Party which was supported by JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA.
“The people have accepted Narendra Modi experiment again from their heart. I want to say this about Modiji, whom I have worked with – for 20 years, he has not taken even a day off. He has worked 18 hours a day.”
On Friday, the council of ministers led by PM Modi submitted their resignation which was accepted by President Kovind, paving way for formation of new government.
Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, the president had had asked them to continue as a caretaker until the formation of a new government.