New Delhi: Announcing the quantum of punishment in the gangrape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, a Pathankot court on Monday awarded life imprisonment to three convicts– Deepak Khajuria, Pravesh Kumar and Sanjhi Ram. Further, a five-year jail term was announced for the other three convicts.
Earlier in the day, six of seven accused had been convicted. Village head and prime accused Sanji Ram, two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, Head constable Tilak Raj, Anand Verma and Parvesh Kumar were found guilty by the special court. However, Sanji Ram’s son, Vishal, was acquitted in the case.
The day-to-day in-camera trial had concluded on June 3. This trial itself had begun in June last year after the Supreme Court directed that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.
In January last year, the eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community was allegedly abducted and gang-raped in Kathua district.
Forensic medical experts had claimed that the girl was forcibly administered with an overdose of sedatives, which could have pushed her into a coma before she was killed.
The crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police investigating the crime sent a sample of her viscera to a forensic laboratory earlier this month to examine the effect of “mannar” candies (believed to be local cannabis) and Epitril 0.5 mg tablets, administered to the girl by her captors.
According to the medical opinion, the tablet given to the girl could have pushed her into a state of shock or coma (loss of consciousness). The crime branch had asked the medical experts to comment upon the plausible effect of the medicine on the child on an empty stomach.
ACB launches Call, Whatsapp helpline
J&K Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has launched call & WhatsApp helpline number 9419678060 on which the citizens can report demands for bribe/ corruption through social messenger and also through call.
The motive of the ACB behind the announcing a WhatsApp and call helpline is to encourage citizens to report cases of corruption and bribe demands.
While launching the WhatsApp and call the helpline of Anti Corruption Bureau in Srinagar, Anand Jain, IPS, Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau said that WhatsApp has become a very popular medium of communication and people are more comfortable using WhatsApp.
Moreover, WhatsApp will also enable the complainant to post picture and videos of any complaints through an electronic medium in real time basis.
Leopard strays from forest in Kishtwar, captured by wildlife dept
Jammu, Jun 25: A leopard strayed from a forest to a road in Jammu and Kashmir”s Kishtwar district following which it was captured by the Wildlife Department, officials said.
A video went viral on social media Monday, showing the big cat walking along a road in Chingam village of Chatroo surrounded by a lush, green forest. Some men can be seen walking close behind it while capturing the unusual sight on their mobile phones.
The leopard is seen moving peacefully, unmindful of the presence of humans, and even walks past some cars whose occupants observe the animal from close quarters.
A department officials said the leopard was captured two days ago and it is presently under observation.
“The animal is sick and is undergoing treatment at trauma centre in Kishtwar. It is under observation and is showing signs of recovery,” the official.
District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) A S Rana appealed people to exercise caution in such a situation in order to ensure their safety as well as the safety of the wild animals.
Some netizens blamed deforestation and encroachment of animal habitat as reasons for the incident.
“This is outcome of deforestation…obviously they will come in our homes since we (have) destroyed theirs,” a Facebook user said in response to the video.
Two lakh Indian pilgrims to perform Haj this year, 48 per cent of them women: Naqvi
New Delhi: A record 2 lakh Indian pilgrims will perform Haj this year with more than 48 per cent of them being women, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Tuesday. More than 2,340 women will perform Haj without “Mehram” (male companion) this year, the Union minister said adding last year, this number stood at 1,180.
Arrangements have made to send these women without the lottery system, he said.
In a first, all applicants from several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, will perform Haj as “their waiting lists have been cleared due to increase in Haj quota”, the minister said.
“For the first time since Independence, a record number of 2 lakh Indian Muslims will go to Haj this year without any subsidy, on more than 500 flights and from 21 embarkation points across the country,” Naqvi said adding 48 per cent of them are women.
“While 1.40 lakh pilgrims will go through the Haj Committee of India, 60,000 will go through Haj Group Organisers,” he said.
A total of 19 health centres — 16 in Mecca and 3 in Madina — have been established. Besides, three hospitals in Mecca and one in Madina have been established to ensure proper health facilities to Haj pilgrims, he said.
In the two-day training programme, Haj deputationists will be given all the information about Haj pilgrimage, accommodation in Makkah and Madina, transport, health facilities, safety measures among others.
Flights for Haj will depart from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati and Srinagar on July 4, from Bengaluru and Calicut on July 7, Goa on July 13, Cochin on July 14, Mangalore on July 17, Mumbai on July 14 and 21 and Srinagar on July 21.
In the second phase, flights will depart from Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Lucknow on July 20, Bhopal and Ranchi on July 21, Aurangabad on July 22, Kolkata and Nagpur on July 25, Hyderabad on July 26, Varanasi on July 29 and Chennai on July 31.