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)
Valley prepares for snow
Srinagar, Jan 18: With the MeT department’s weather advisory predicting moderate to heavy snowfall from January 19 to 23,The Kashmir Monitor spoke with various people at Lal Chowk to find out how Valley is gearing up for the tough week ahead.
“I have stockedup grocery items for a week in my home,” Pedestrian, Basharat Jabeen
Keeping in mind, the work would be slow in next few days, I decided to give off to our employees. For home, I have brought extra groceries and necessary food items for children. Owner, Caliph Restaurant, Mushtaq Ahmad
Apart from grocery items, I brought extra coal and fire wood for heating purposes–Alluchi Bagh resident, Fazal Ahmad
Have covered water pipes and hoses with the wool insulations and plastic to ensure running supply of warm/cold water pedestrian.Besides, I have also purchased extra battery for inverteras there is no guarantee of power supply during snowfall.Aquib from Mazhama
I purchased extra cooking gas cylinder as an alternative, incase of power supply is not restored immediately. Besides, have also purchased some cough syrups and antibiotics. Rasiq Manzoor, Sonwar resident
Brought groceries for a week– Saliq Parvaiz Rangreth resident
Govt keen to tap Ladakh’s immense tourism potential: CS
Leh, Jan 18: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subramanyam Friday said that Leh district of frontier Ladakh region possesses immense tourism potential and the Governor’s administration is keen to upgrade its tourism-related infrastructure to attract increased tourist footfall to the region.
The CS made these remarks at a meeting with Executive Councillors of LAHDC, Leh headed by Chairman and CEC, JamyangTseringNamgyal here.
Expressing happiness over the increasing trend of tourist inflow to Leh, touching around 3 lakh mark last season with 50,000 foreigners, the Chief Secretary stressed on LAHDC Leh to work out a master plan for guiding tourism sector towards inclusive and sustainable development of the district.
On the occasion, CEC Namgyal thanked Chief Secretary for his intervention in fulfilling long pending demands of Leh district including sanctioning of Cluster University for Ladakh, Khaltse Degree College, filling up of 33 posts of Medical Officers and up-gradation of SNM Hospital from 150 to 300 bed capacity.
A charter of demand and issues were taken up with Chief Secretary by CEC, Deputy Chairman and Executive Councillors, like inclusion of villages along ALC bordering China in Changthang region under reservation policy for recruitment to various posts, grant of 10% SDA in favour of State Government Employees serving in Leh for which the State Government has in principle agreed.
Besides, special consideration for regularization of casual labours of PWD Circle Leh and PDC Leh in view of the peculiar working condition in the District, inclusion of left out villages in BADP schemes, creation of posts in LREDA.
They further sought creation of separate Hydraulic PWD Circle, Leh and three more Hydraulic Special Sub Divisions, creation of 124 posts of Bhoti and Arabic teachers, up-gradation of PHCs of Nyoma and Khaltse to SDH, creation of posts for Nubra Development Authority, PRC signing authority for Khaltsi and Liker Sub Divisions, financial support for organic project of Leh district and release of funds from higher education to EJM College Leh, establishment of Ice Hockey Academy at Leh.
Responding to the demands, the Chief Secretary assured to give due consideration to all the projected demands.
Principal Secretary, Planning & Development RohitKansal, Deputy Chairman Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, PhuntsogStanzin, Executive Councilor for Health TseringSandup and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh AvnyLavasa were also present in the meeting.
Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders
Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.
In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.
Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.
While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.
Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.
Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.