Srinagar, Dec 18: Two top Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari are likely to join National Conference (NC) in presence of party president Farooq Abdullah, Vice president Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders at the Gupkar residence of Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday morning.
Reports quoting top sources revealed that Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari will join NC at 10:00 am and 11:30 am respectively at Farooq Abdullah’s residence.
Sources said that both Bukhari, a former minister in PDP government and Peer Muhammad Hussain would be welcomed by Farooq and Omar and other top senior NC leaders at the residence where the two will also address a press conference after joining the party.
PDP expelled both the leaders from the party’s basic membership on charges of “anti-party activities”.
PDP vice president, Abdul Rehman Veeri, as per Kashmir News Service, said: “The party has expelled Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari from the basic membership of the party on charges of anti-party activities. The party has also removed Mehboob Iqbal, the party General Secretary from the position he was holding.”
Confirming his joining NC, Hussain said, “I have resigned from PDP long back when it was in power. I had also resigned as Vice chairman Wakf Board. I took the decision to quit the party as I saw political sycophants taking over the charge and seniors not heard by the top brass. The party workers were alienated with people at grass roots. When workers are disconnected with the people, what is the fun of remaining in the party?”
“Though party president Mehbooba Mufti had tried to contact me in the past but I was not ready to remain in the party keeping in view its alienation with the people at grass roots,” he added.
Another top PDP leader Syed Basharat Bukhari could not be contacted despite repeated attempts to reach him over the phone but sources confirmed that Bukhari was set to join NC.
It may be recalled here that Bukhari started his political career as a PDP spokesman in 2003 and was, in short time, elected to the legislative council during the reign of the then Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led PDP-Congress coalition government.
He won 2008 and 2014 assembly elections from Sangrama assembly constituency with comfortable majority and was inducted into the then Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led PDP-BJP coalition government as minister for law, justice parliamentary affairs, relief and rehabilitation, which lasted for ten months only.
He was again inducted into the Mehbooba led PDP-BJP coalition government after the demise of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and given the key portfolios of Revenue, relief and rehabilitation.
However, Mehbooba as Chief Minister divested him of the portfolios of revenue, relief and rehabilitation and offered him the portfolio of horticulture department. Though Bukhari had tendered his resignation over the change in his portfolio but he choose to remain in the cabinet till the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government. Now, after the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government, he has chosen to join NC.
PDP expels both leaders
Srinagar, Dec 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expelled its top two leaders, Peer Muhammad Hussain and former minister Syed Basharat Bukhari from the party’s basic membership for “anti-party” activities.
The party has also removed Mehboob Iqbal from the key position of General Secretary.
The decision to expel the two leaders was taken soon after the reports suggested that they were mulling to join NC on Wednesday.
PDP vice president, Abdul Rehman Veeri said: “The party has expelled Peer Muhammad Hussain and Syed Basharat Bukhari from the basic membership of the party on charges of anti-party activities.” (KNS)
Police seeks adjournment of Kathua rape, murder trial, says ‘accused being major or minor still undecided’
Jammu, Jul 15: Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch Monday moved a plea before a juvenile justice board hearing the case of an accused in the gangrape and murder of a young girl in Kathua, seeking deferment of the trial as the state high court is yet to decide whether he is a minor or not.
Appearing before the board, the special public prosecutor of the crime branch submitted that the high court is yet to pronounce its decision on an application moved against the decision of a Kathua court which accepted the accused’s claim that he is a minor, officials said.
The board, after framing charges against the accused who played a key role in kidnapping, rape and murder of the eight-year-old nomadic girl, had fixed Monday for examining prosecution witnesses and commencing of trial.
The board, after examining the plea of the crime branch, however, made it clear that there was no stay by the high court on holding the trial and gave prosecution two weeks to produce evidence and its witnesses in the case.
The crime branch had filed a petition in the high court against the accused’s claim of being a juvenile and said that the then chief judicial magistrate in Kathua had erred in accepting it.
The crime branch had also annexed a report of the medical board of Government Medical College, Jammu, which said the accused was “not less than 19 and not more than 21” years of age
However, the case has seen repeated adjournments last year.
The juvenile justice board had framed charges on July 8 following which it issued a notice to the crime branch, asking them to bring in their prosecution evidence and witnesses for the trial.
According to the notice, “the next date of hearing has been fixed on July 15”.
“The case has been fixed for prosecution evidence… Kindly arrange the presence of public prosecutor appointed in the case so as to examine the prosecution evidence/ witnesses,” it said.
The trial in this case was shifted to the Pathankot Sessions Court on the directions of the Supreme Court last year.
The Pathankot Sessions Court had on June 10 this year sentenced Sanji Ram, dismissed special police officer Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar to life imprisonment, while sacked policemen Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surender Verma were handed five years in jail.
The verdict came 17 months after the girl was brutally gang-raped inside a ‘devisathan’ (local temple) and later killed. She was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17.
Four arrested for thrashing teachers, students in Budgam
Srinagar, Jul 15: Under pressure, Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested four people involved in the attack on school picnickers at Raiyar village in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday evening.
Six people including two girls and a teacher were injured when a group of youth armed with rods and canes attacked school picnickers at Raiyar village. The incident occurred on Saturday evening when the students and teachers of Hanfiya Model Higher Secondary School (HMHSS), Kreeri in Baramulla district, were returning from Doodpathri after a daylong picnic.
Police swung into action immediately and registered a case of attempt to murder under section 307 Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) against the unknown attackers.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Budgam, Amod Nagpuri told The Kashmir Monitor that four persons have been arrested and further investigation was going on.
“Yes, four persons have been arrested from Raiyar, where the incident took place. They have been booked under section 307 RPC,” Nagpuri said.
Jehangir Ahmad, a teacher at HMHSS, said photographs of eight people were sent (by police) to school authorities for identification.
“After going through the photographs, we identified four persons,” he said.
Ahmad said the injured physical teacher continues to be under observation in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS).
“Patient was referred from SDH Khan Sahib as a case of assault with head injury. NCCT head showing parietooccipital EDH with parietotemporal contusions,”read the SKIMS report issued on Sunday.
Police sources said that during investigation statements of the injured were also recorded and on that basis four attackers were later arrested
470 militant attacks took place in 2017, 2018: Goel tells RS
New Delhi, Jul 15: As many as 470 militant attacks took place in the country in 2017 and 2018, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Monday.
In a written reply to a question by BJP MP Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Defence said in 2017, 131 militant attacks occurred in Jammu and Kashmir, eight in Manipur and one in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh each
In 2018, 318 militant attacks took place in Jammu and Kashmir, eight in Manipur and three in Nagaland.
The minister told the House that 235 militants were killed in various counter-insurgency and counter-infiltration operations in 2017. In 2018, the number of militants killed stood at 265.
The Army lost 85 soldiers in these two years – 42 in 2017 and 43 in 2018.