Syed Nashir Ali Gillani
Srinagar, Apr 10: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that stopping the Crime Branch (CB) from filing the charge-sheet in Asifa’s rape and murder was “unjustified”.
“There were other ways, in case somebody was not satisfied with the investigation or the charge-sheet. He was free to approach the court or file a case for contempt,” Chief Spokesperson of the party, Sunil Sethi, said.
Asifa, an 8-year-old resident of Rasana village in Jammu’s Kathua district was abducted on January 12 from near her home.
Soon after, her body was recovered from a forest around 3 kilometres from her home, with the investigations held subsequently revealing that she had been raped and murdered possibly to ‘instill fear in the district’s minority community’.
Police Crime Branch has arrested policemen and others involved in the heinous act. However, the Hindu community has been protesting in support of the arrestees and demanding transfer of the case to the CBI.
On Monday, the lawyers tried to prevent the Crime Branch from filing the charge-sheet in the case. And now, Jammu Bar Association has called for Jammu Bandh on Wednesday.
The BJP Spokesperson said, “Now, there are great chances of the trial getting shifted to some other court.”
“The CB will now ask the court to shift the case to some other court for the smooth conduct of the proceedings.”
Asked about the shutdown call given by the lawyers, he said the decision was made in haste.
“This is a legal issue, and not a political one. The issue can be resolved through a court; there is no need to politicise the issue,” he said.
He said the decision to transfer the case to the CBI was to be taken by the court.
“We have full sympathy with the family of the victim,” he said.
General Secretary of the party, Ashok Kaul, said the incident should not have happened
“We have been saying from the first day that whatever happened was wrong .The culprits should be taken to task,” he said.
BJP’s State General Secretary, Narinder Singh, said every class of the society plays its role.
“Those who raped and murdered Asifa should be punished. We have sympathy with the family of the victim,” he said, however adding that “innocents should not be harassed”.
“We always maintained that the charge-sheet shall be filed as soon as possible,” he said.
The punishment to the culprits is the need of the hour so that no similar crimes could be committed in future.
“There were apprehensions about the enquiry that is why some people were asking for the CBI probe,” he said.
NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher
Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.
The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands
Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.
“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.
He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.
Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.
He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.
“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.
Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.
Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.
Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid
Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.
Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.
Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”
“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.
He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.
Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.
For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates
Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.
The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.
But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.
“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.
Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.
Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.
When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.
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