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Militancy shall be wiped out from Kishtwar: DGP

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Srinagar, Apr 16: The Director General of Police J&K Dilbag Singh on Tuesday hailed the security forces for bringing change in Kishtwar, and said that militancy shall be wiped out from the district.

DGP on Tuesday visited Kishtwar where he held review meetings to take stock of the preparedness for the parliamentary elections with officers and addressed police, army and CAPF officers deployed in connection with Lok Sabha polls.

DGP was accompanied by IGP Jammu, IGP CRPF and IGP BSF Jammu. During his visit to the far-flung areas of the district including Marwah, Dachan and later Kishtwar, he met local police, paramilitary and civil officers, according to a statement.

 

Addressing the officers at District Police Office Complex Kishtwar, DGP impressed upon the officers to dispose of the cases on a fast track basis and keep crime index check and also enhance public relations.

“The district has been militancy infested but the sacrifices of police and other security forces brought change and the remaining militancy shall be wiped out from the district,” he said.

He stressed upon the establishment of new SOG camps, Nakas and bunkers in Kishtwar and advised the security forces deployed in the district to work in coordination in order to kill the militants. He further said that noose must be tightened against the militants and their overground workers.

DGP in his address further stated that because of the safe and secure environment of the region, projects are being executed and development is taking place in the region for which credit goes to Police, Army, BSF, and CRPF who have worked as a team and accomplished the mission of establishing the peace.

He paid tributes to the slain forces personnel and said that Jammu and Kashmir Police has earned a good name at the national level due to their sacrifices for the nation.

From law and order front, the DGP J&K advised the officers to reach each and every section of society in order to gain the confidence of the general public, besides regular meetings should be held with members of the communities and they should be made stakeholders for maintaining peace and order in the district.

During his interaction with the officers of civil administration, police and CAPF, the DGP directed the officers to act tough against white collar criminals by identifying and booking them under relevant laws.

Referring to welfare measures, he said that PHQ is looking into various demands and more announcements are expected from state government for the benefit of police personnel. He advised the police personnel to take care of health, hygiene and their families.

DGP assured that all the grievances brought into his notice will be addressed. He said all the personnel especially lower ranks will be made comfortable.

He directed the officers to perform their duties with zest and zeal during parliamentary elections and ensure that no untoward incident takes place and the whole electioneering process is carried-out smoothly. He said action should be taken against the trouble mongers after identifying them.

Earlier, SSP Kishtwar Shakti K Pathak gave resume of the functioning of District Police Kishtwar.

The interaction meeting was attended by Munish Kumar Sinha, IGP Jammu Zone, Bhim Sen Tuti, DIG DKR Range, Angrez Singh Rana, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, Shakti K. Pathak, SSP Kishtwar, Addl. SP Kishtwar and other officers of Army and CAPF.

The officers of Army, CRPF and jurisdictional officers gave their inputs regarding various issues in these meetings.


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Voter turnout in Bijbehara, Anantnag a lesson for Mehbooba : Omar

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Kulgam, Apr 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that the low voter turnout in Anantnag and Bijbehara is a lesson for PDP and Mehbooba Mufti.

He asserted that the ensuing elections are significant since it provides the people of the state an opportunity to reveal how passionately they feel about their identity including Art370, Art 35-A.

Addressing two separate public meets at Chawalgam and Homeshalibug, Kulgam party vice president said that the threats of BJP-RSS to abrogate Art 370, Art 35A will be defeated as the people of the state will not allow them succeed in their nefarious designs. “ Today state is facing an assault on its special status from all sides, however all the machinations of the forces as are inimical to our status will fall flat if the people of our state show resoluteness in protecting the identity and integrity of our state. This time people across the state have taken it upon themselves to trounce the efforts as are hell bent to destroy the special constitutional status of the state,” he said adding, “Today’s elections is not about choosing MLA’s, today our state is fraught with a challenging situation. The need of the hour is to send a representative to Parliament who can fight for the interests of state, the situation that the state is facing today demands of having a credible voice at Delhi who can work tireless both within and outside parliament for the protection of Art 370, Art 35-A. Seeing the scope of work and the challenges we are facing, we considerately fielded Retired Justice Hasnain Sb from Anantnag constituency. He is known for his pronounced judgments on Art 370, Art 35 A. He boasts the necessary political and legal acumen to deal with the situation.”

 

While highlighting the importance of Art 370, Art 35 A, Omar said, “It is needless to say how important Art 370, Art 35-A are for the state and its people. Today the people of our state are masters of its own land. They work on their land, and derive their sustenance from it. God forbid, if these articles are done away with, the consequences that will follow shall be beyond our comprehension. The people of the state will stop to cleave to a respectable denomination which Sher- e- Kashmir bestowed upon them through famous land to tiller reforms and other people friendly measures. Our kids would not be able to derive various scholarships from government. The youth of our state will cease to be the sole beneficiary of jobs in government sector. Keeping in mind the far-reaching consequences of abrogation of our status, we deemed it fit to have Hasnain Masoodi represent us in parliament from Anantnag.”

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Mehbooba demands release of Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday demanded the release of separatist leader Yasin Malik.

“Yasin Malik should be released immediately as he is really unwell. Also other members of Jamaat-e-Islami should be released. Sadhvi Pragya on whom there are several serious accusations has been set free,” Mufti said.

Delhi’s Patiala House Court Wednesday sent Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik to judicial custody till May 24 in connection with a 2017 alleged funding case.

 

Mehbooba also lodged a note of protest against a slew of measures brought about in the valley recently.

“After the encounter, families of militants are harassed and the cross LoC trade which was taking place through Muzaffarabad has also been stopped. The National Highway is closed for traffic for two days in a week and security forces are interfering in the daily life of people. We are protesting against all these issues,” she said. 

Elections in the state are staggered in five phases which began on April 11 and culminate on May 6. The counting of votes will be done on May 23.

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Rains lash Kashmir; weather to improve from today

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Rains continued to lash Kashmir since Tuesday evening, bringing the average temperature down in the valley.

The local meteorological department predicted improvement in weather conditions from Thursday evening.

The rains began on Tuesday evening and continued intermittently till this evening. The rains in the Valley led to dip in the temperature.

 

Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad said that the weather conditions in Kashmir would improve from Thursday evening.

He said the light rainfall would continue intermittently till Thursday evening following which there will be improvement in the weather.

Ahmad said that in plains the weather would improve from Thursday afternoon while in higher reaches it will start improving from the evening.

Meanwhile, an official in Meteorological department informed that Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 12.0 degrees Celsius Tuesday night against 8.9 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the season.

The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir received 3.9 mm of rain since overnight till 8:30 hours, he said.

The official said that Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 10.8 degrees Celsius and had a rainfall of 6.8 mm while the mercury in Kokernag town in south Kashmir settled at a low of 9.2 degrees Celsius and it had 8.6 mm of rains during the time.

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