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No one called ex-JK CMs ‘anti-national’: Shah

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New Delhi, Jan 3: Home Minister Amit Shah has said neither he nor anyone from the government has ever called the three detained former chief ministers of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir “anti-national”, and added that a decision on their release will be taken by the administration of the union territory.

Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti had to be detained for “some time” after they made provocative statements, the home minister said on Thursday night while addressing an event organised by media outlet ABP News.

“Please see the statements made by them, like the entire country will be on fire if Article 370 was touched…In the backdrop of these statements, a professional decision was taken to keep them under detention for some time,” Shah said at the news summit.

 

Such statements amounted to giving Pakistan an invitation to discuss Article 370, he said.

“Everyone including the Congress, is asking questions about the detentions. Surprisingly, Congress has forgotten that it had jailed Farooq Abdullah’s Sheikh Abdullah for 12 years in Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu,” the home minister said, adding that the opposition party had also incarcerated 60,000 politicians across the country for 19 months.

“And these people (the Congress) are asking us questions within six months…,” he said, in a reference to the Emergency from 1975-1977.

Many political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, including the three former chief ministers, were detained on August 5, the day the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 provisions and bifurcation of the state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

While Farooq Abdullah has been booked under the stringent Public Safety Act and confined to his Gupkar Road residence in Srinagar, which has been declared a sub-jail, his son Omar Abdullah has been detained at Hari Niwas. PDP Chief Mufti was lodged at Chesmashahi hut initially but later shifted to a government accommodation.

To a question pointing out that Abdullahs’ National Conference and Mufti’s PDP were alliance partners of the BJP at some point of time and the leaders were now being labelled “anti-national”, the home minister made it clear that neither he nor anyone from the government had called them so.

“As far as the decision to release them is concerned, this decision will be taken by the local administration and not me,” he said, adding that the administration will release them whenever it deems it suitable.

Shah said the situation in the Kashmir Valley was under control and day-to-day life was going on smoothly.

“Not a single inch in Kashmir is under curfew today,” he added.


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Trump’s India visit: ‘Will ensure no subversive activity takes place in JK’

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Srinagar, Feb 19: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said it will take all measures to ensure that militants are not able to carry out any subversive activity in the Union territory during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country next week.

“We are taking all necessary measures…we are hopeful that this visit (of the US president) will pass off peacefully,” Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh told reporters here.

He was responding to a question on intelligence inputs suggesting that terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed might carry out a major attack on the eve of Trump’s visit to India.

 

Singh said foreign dignitaries visited Jammu and Kashmir recently and their visits passed off without any incident.

“Two groups (of ambassadors) visited Jammu and Kashmir and they left without any incident taking place here,” he said.

The DGP said Pakistan was trying its best to keep the militancy going in Jammu and Kashmir by sending in militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border under the cover of ceasefire violations, especially after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5 last year.

“The number of ceasefire violations has increased after August 5 (2019). Pakistan is trying to keep the borders hot in order to push in as many terrorists as possible. While some attempts of infiltration have been successful, many have been foiled,” he said.

Singh said a Pakistani drone recently flew over a BSF picket in the Gagwal area of the Jammu region for around 10 minutes, but was pulled back after the troops of the border-guarding force opened fire.

In response to a question, the DGP said he would not be able to give the exact number of militants waiting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the LoC, but maintained that terror launchpads were active during the winter months as well.

“Normally, there would not be much activity at the launchpads during the winter months as snow would cover the passes. This winter, however, the movement at the luanchpads did not reduce,” he said.

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Kashmir students’ sedition case: K’taka police books group for assaulting trio

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Bengaluru, Feb 19: The Karnataka Police on Wednesday registered a suo motu case against members of pro-Hindu outfits for assaulting three Kashmiri engineering students, who were charged with sedition. Members of several pro-Hindu outfits had gathered outside the sessions court in Hubballi on Tuesday and assaulted the students who were produced before the magistrate.

The Vidyanagar Police have registered a case against 10 to 15 unidentified persons under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 355 (assault to dishonor a person) and 149 (unlawful assembly with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

On Tuesday morning, the Hubballi Rural Police brought in the three Kashmiri students from KLE Institute of Technology to the court but members of various pro-Hindu groups including Bajrang Dal attacked the three students. The students had been arrested after they made a selfie video in which they were alleged to have made pro-Pakistan comments.

 

“When the three accused persons were being brought out of the court hall, around 10 to 15 people gathered around the police. They began shouting at the three students saying they were traitors. The mob began punching the accused and some of them began hitting them with slippers,” the FIR states.

The three students were rushed outside by the police and taken out in a police vehicle. Vidyanagar police officials say that the mob stopped the police van and refused to let it move from the court premises.

“Police officers had to ward them off. They stopped police from performing their duty,” the Vidyanagar Police said.

So far, no arrests have been made and the investigators say that they are in the process of gathering videos to identify the suspects. “We have to find out which organisations they are affiliated to. We don’t know that yet. Preliminary investigation shows that members of Bajrang Dal were there. We have to see if its members were involved in assault,” the Vidyanagar Police said. (Courtesy: Thenewsminute.com)

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LG sanctions Rs 1.83 Cr as medical assistance

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Jammu, Feb 19: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Wednesday sanctioned an amount of Rs 183.59 lakh as Medical/Financial Assistance under various schemes in favour of patients suffering from different chronic ailments, victims of road accidents and other natural incidents.

Under the Cancer Treatment Management Fund for Poor (CTMFFP), an amount of Rs 123.38 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of 286 patients who are suffering from Cancer.

An amount of Rs 22.63 lakh has been sanctioned under J&K Medical Aid Trust Scheme (MAT) in favour of 83 patients suffering from Heart, Kidney and other life threatening diseases.

 

The Lt Governor also sanctioned an amount of Rs 37.58 lakh under J&K Relief Fund (J&KRF) for victims of road accidents and other natural incidents. Out of which, an amount of Rs 2.95 lakh was sanctioned in favour of physically challenged persons and other persons suffering from different diseases.

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