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Missing Kupwara boy’s mutilated body found

Parts of Kupwara shut in protest; SIT to probe murder

Nisar Dharma

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Srinagar, July 20: Disfigured and partly burnt body of a minor boy was recovered in frontier Kupwara district,
three days after he went missing, triggering shutdown and protests in several parts of the district.
Body of Umar Farooq, 10, a resident of Gulgam area of Kupwara, was found Thursday evening, a police
official said.
Umar had gone missing on Monday and his disappearance had triggered protests in the area.
His half-burnt body with a chopped arm was, as per reports, recovered from a nallah on Thursday evening.
His father, the reports said, identified him from his clothes.
Soon after his body was found, authorities decided to close educational institutions in the town and
suspended mobile Internet services on Friday as a precautionary measure after a complete shutdown was
observed in several areas of the district.

Scores of protesters hit the road at night after hearing about the boy's murder.
According to reports, protests were also held in Kralepora, Trehgam, Kupwara, Gulgam and Batergam areas
of the district against the killing.
Omar was the only brother of seven sisters.
His mother, Shareefa Begum, fervently asked the authorities to hunt the killers of the deceased and give
stringent punishment to them to ensure justice to the family.
“We are thankful to Deputy Commissioner Kupwara and the media for their role in recovery of the body of
my son who was brutally killed. We urge government to launch man hunt to arrest the killers and bring them
to justice. My husband is a labourer and my only son murdered brutally by the killers was a student. My
seven daughters have lost their lonely brother and if justice can’t be done to my family then where should
those people expect who are even in government service,” Shareefa said.
“We are more pained by the tragic death of the minor boy of Batergam Kupwara and I have gone personally
to the spot. I have directed SSP Kupwara to fast-track the investigation and arrest the killers in shortest span
of time. I assure that killers will be arrested and brought to justice but I simultaneously appeal the bereaved
family and the people of Kupwara to maintain calm till the killers are identified, arrested and brought to
justice,” DIG North Kashmir, Dr Sunil Gupta was quoted saying by KNS.
The police, as per an official, have constituted the SIT to investigate the disappearance and the brutal
murder of the minor boy.
"An SIT, to be headed by the additional superintendent of police (ASP) Kupwara and supervised by the
district senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kupwara, has been constituted to investigate it," the official
said.
He said police have sought cooperation of the general public for completion of the investigation.
Describing the murder as "really painful", the Jammu and Kashmir police chief has assured that the case
would be worked out very soon.
"SIT constituted for child's murder in Kupwara. We shall work out this case soon. I have confidence in my
team," J & K DGP S P Vaid said on Twitter.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has termed the act as "savage beyond imagination".
“The charred and disfigured body of a ten year old minor found in Kupwara is savage beyond imagination. If
this doesn’t shake the faith of our society what will?” she tweeted.
National Conference (NC) president and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah too expressed grief over the
minor's killing and demanded a high-level inquiry.
A party spokesman said Abdullah has demanded a high-level probe into the disappearance and the
mysterious murder of the minor so that facts of the case are brought before the public.

 
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Counting of votes today: Candidates wait with bated breath for results in JK

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, May 22: Candidates are on the edge as the countdown for the counting of votes for the six Lok Sabha seats started in Jammu and Kashmir.

At least 104 candidates are in the fray for six-Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir for which results would be declared on Thursday.

Ahead of poll results, the candidates of political parties are getting jitters about the results.

 

While many of them are devoting their time in prayers, some of them are on the vacation to beat the election stress.

BJP candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, Khalid Jehangir has gone to Russia after the elections. “We have been praying for Khalid’s success,” an associate of Khalid, said.

Before the elections, Khalid visited the shrine of the highly revered 14th century Muslim Saint, Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA), also known as Alamdar-e-Kashmir.

National Conference President and party’s candidate for Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah has been regularly visiting Hazratbal shrine for Friday prayers since the poll process began.

“He is very particular for Salah and has been praying for his success. For last several weeks, he has been offering Friday prayers at the Hazratbal shrine and pleading for his success,” a National Conference leader, said.

National Conference, General Secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar, said, they were hopeful of winning all three seats of Kashmir. “We pray for party’s candidates,” he added.

PDP President and party’s candidate for south Kashmir Parliamentary constituency, Mehbooba Mufti is camping in New Delhi. The low voter turnout in south Kashmir has become a cause of concern for the PDP.

“She may return by Wednesday evening,” PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir, said.

Asked whether Mehbooba would visit her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s grave like she did in 2016 when she emerged winner in by-polls of Anantnag assembly segment, he said, “She is not here. But we are hopeful of her success.”

National Conference candidate for north Kashmir Lok Sabha constituency, Mohammad Akbar Lone has been praying for his success. “I need prayers from one everyone. I will emerge winner. I visit every spiritual place,” Lone said.

National Conference’s candidate for south Kashmir retired High Court judge Justice Hasnian Masoodi said he contested the elections with “sincerity”.

“Everything is at the hands of Allah. I hope by Allah’s grace, will win the elections,” Masoodi added.

Meanwhile, all arrangements have been made for the smooth counting of votes recorded in the Electronic Voting Machines. In Srinagar, the counting would take place at SKICC Srinagar.

The Election Commission of India has set up 10 counting centres including two for Ladakh segment, three for Kashmiri migrants and one each for rest of the five Parliamentary constituencies.

At least 55 special observers have also been deployed for counting of votes. Declaration of final results in Jammu and Kashmir, like other Parliamentary seats across the country, can be slightly delayed this time due to increase in tallying VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trial) slips with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from every Assembly segment.

There have been a total number of 75,400 Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballots of Service Voters this time.

Three-tier security at counting centres in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 22: Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Jammu and Kashmir for counting of votes tomorrow for six Lok Sabha seats.

One of the top government officials told KNS that security personnel including central reserve police forces (CRPF) and state police will be deployed tomorrow in all the counting centres for ensuring smooth and violence-free counting. “There will be a three tier security cordon in the vicinity of the counting centers. The first line of security manned by the Security forces will be located almost 100 meters from the concerned counting premises. The second line of security will be around the counting premises and the third line of security personnel will be deployed inside the counting halls. The counting centers will follow three-tier cordoning system,” the official maintained wished not to be named.

Giving details about arrangements being made for counting, official further said that 10 counting centers have been established in the state.

While there will be one counting center each for Baramulla, Anantnag, Srinagar, Jammu and Udhmapur parliamentary seats, two centers have been established for Ladakh segment, one each in Kargil and Leh.

Apart from them, three centers have also been established for counting of migrant votes at Udhampur, Jammu and New Delhi.

They said that 90 counting halls have been set up in these centers. “There will be 896 counting tables in these halls,”

Sources said that no person other than candidates, their election counting agents, public servants on election duty or persons authorized by Election Commission would be permitted to enter counting centers. Counting will be done simultaneously for all the six seats Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Anantnag, Baramullah and Ladakh.

Sources said that to avoid any untoward incidents prohibitory orders under section 144 of Cr. P.C. will be also been enforced at the counting centers.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shalindera Kumar said, “As per the ECI guidelines, all arrangements have been made for the Counting Day,”

Sources said that the whole process will be monitored by General Observers and each of them will be accompanied by Micro observers.

The outcome of the six Lok Sabha seats is being keenly watched in J&K as it is considered as “semi-final” before the Assembly polls. (KNS)

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Two Hizb militants killed in Kulgam gunfight

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Srinagar, May 22: Two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants were Wednesday killed in a pre-dawn encounter at Gopalpora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

The gunfight as per police officials broke out after a cordon and Search Operation was launched in the village following credible inputs about the presence of militants there.

Police said during the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party, which was retaliated, thus leading to an encounter.

 

In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. They identified the slain militant as Irfan Manzoor Bhat of Poniwah Kulgam and Zahid Ahmad Mantoo of Ferripora Shopian.

Police said both the slain militants were affiliated with HM.

Police said that incriminating materials including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered and all these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases, police said.

Moreover, police urged people not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. “People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” police said.

Army soldier killed, 7 others injured in Poonch accidental blast

Poonch, May 22:  Army on Wednesday said that a soldier was killed and seven others sustained minor injuries during training on the Line of Control in Mendhar sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

“On 22 May 2019 at 0915 hours, during a training activity on a military post in Mendhar Sector, one soldier was critically injured who later succumbed to his injuries. Two more soldiers who suffered non grevious injuries have been evacuated to the nearest Military Hospital and are stable,” said defence spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand.

The injured was flown in a helicopter to Northern Command’s hospital at Udhampur.

Official sources said soldiers of the Barasingha Battalion of the 12 Madras regiment were on a patrol in Dera Dibsi area along the hilly LoC when the incident occurred around 10.45am.

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Police confirms rape of a three-year-old Sumbal child; likely to file charge sheet against accused

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar, May 22: Two weeks after the alleged rape of a three-year-old child shocked the valley, the district police said they would soon file a charge-sheet in the court against the accused.

“Incident involving assault on three-year-old child in Sumbal is very much true and based on facts and evidence. Bandipora police is going to file the chargesheet in the court against the arrested accused soon,” tweeted Bandipora police.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Bandipora Rahul Malik confirmed that the incident of rape has happened.  “There is no doubt that the incident has happened. We are going to file a charge-sheet soon in the court of law and the court will decide accordingly”, he said

 

“Right now I cannot disclose the contents of the medical report as it is a matter of investigation,” he said, when asked about the FSL report.

Malik also requested the people not to pay heed to the rumours. “People are requested not to believe in rumors. Strict action will be taken against people spreading false and misleading information,” he said.

On Tuesday, district legal services authority had recommended paying a compensation of Rs one Lakh to the minor victim under the compensation scheme.

On May 08, a minor girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour after luring her to a nearby school. The incident had triggered widespread protests across Kashmir.  In one of the protests, a youth had sustained grievous injuries at Pattan and later on succumbed to his injured.

SLSA releases Rs 1 lakh compensation to minor victim

Srinagar, May 22: On the recommendations of Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) today released an amount of Rs 1 lakh as interim relief to the minor victim of Sumbal incident.

The amount was released under J&K Victim Compensation Scheme,2013 to the minor girl.

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