Jammu, August 8: The father of a youth, who was shot dead by CRPF guards at the residence of National Confernce leader Farooq Abdullah at Bhatandi Jammu Wednesday claimed that his son was murdered under a well-hatched conspiracy. He accused police of going soft on ‘criminals’ responsible for the murder of his son Syed Murad Shah.
Syed Junaid Shah, the father of the slain youth said that he has hundreds reasons to believe that his son was killed under a well thought conspiracy. “How can my son break the gate and park his vehicle at ease in the lawn amid heavy security cover. Why police is reluctant to make CCTV Footage public. Why three bullets were pumped into the chest of my son when he was unarmed,” Shah said.
While demanding the arrest of the personnel involved in his son’s “cold-blooded murder” and registration of an FIR against them, Shah said it should be made public that how many times his son was seen at Farooq Abdullah’s residence earlier.
The youth’s killing triggered massive protests by his relatives. Various political parties, including the BJP and Congress, had demanded a thorough probe into the incident.
Shah demanded that those who killed his son should be arrested till the magisterial inquiry is completed. He demanded that the cell phone confiscated from his slain son should be handed over to family. “It should be investigated who called his son last time on his cell phone. The cell-phone is lying with police that needs to be handed over to probe committee,” he said. (CNS)
FIR stands registered into the Bathindi incident, no FIR can be filed against second party: IGP Jammu
Srinagar, August 8: Police on Wednesday said that an FIR has been already registered into the Bathindi incident in which one youth was killed when he allegedly tried to enter into the residence of National Conference president and former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah. Police clarified that FIR can’t be filed against the second party unless and until the court directs to do so.
IGP Jammu S D Jamwal said “FIR into the incident as per the precedence and rule has been already registered and to ensure a transparent and fair probe a magisterial enquiry has been ordered.”
When asked about the demand of FIR against the CRPF men who opened fire on the youth, IGP Jammu said “FIR against the second party can’t be filed unless and until there is a directive from the court.”
When his attention was drawn towards the demand raised by PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for an FIR against the CRPF men, Jamwal said, “FIR against the second party can’t be filed unless and until there is a directive from the court. We don’t investigate incidents on political lines but there is an institutional and administrative mechanism in police to investigate the incidents. As per rules FIR is lodged into the incident and in this case we will wait till the outcome of the magisterial probe.” (KNS)
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.
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