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Sehrai condemns ill-treatment of prisoners in Kathua jail

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Srinagar, Dec 25:  Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai on Tuesday strongly condemned the “ill-treatment” of Kashmir detainees and under-trials prisoners in District Jail Kathua.

In a press release issued here, the spokesman of the party said that certain family members and relatives of some of the detainees and under-trial prisoners who are lodged in Kuthua Jail, informed that the jail authorities have made the life of Kashmiri prisoners miserable, as they are “beating” them every day, without any rhyme or reason, Sehrai sahib in a statement said. “They stated that Kashmiri prisoners, who are lodged in Kuthua jail, are also lodged in small cells and with “criminals” deliberately, where they are further tortured by those criminal and at times by jail staff as well.

Because of the ill-treatment meted out to them by the jail authorities, are so frightened that they don’t want even to narrate their woeful tail, Sehrai appealed Bar Association and other Human rights organisations to take up the matter with International Red Cross, Amnesty International and Asia Watch, so that they visit the Kuthua Jail and see for themselves, as to how the Kashmiri prisoners are being maltreated in the said jail, by the jail authorities.

 

Moreover, Sehrai expressed his profound sorrow and pain over the deadly Tsunami in Indonesia that left hundreds dead and property worth billions damaged. Indonesia urgently needs relief after an earthquake and tsunami. The Muslim Ummah, in particular, should do more to help Indonesian people at this point in time, he added,

Sehrai extended solidarity with the Indonesian government and the people of Indonesia in this hour of grief, while extending solidarity and sympathy with those who lost their loved ones and prayed to Almighty to give courage to the Indonesian nation to face this challenge.

He said the people of Kashmir, who bore the brunt of a deadly quake in 2005, and devastated floods of 2014 can fully understand the pain and sufferings of people of Indonesia as being the suffers from nature’s fury themselves.

Meanwhile, Chairman Sehrai sahib expressed his heartfelt and deepest condolence and grief on the demise of prominent Islamic scholar of Kashmir and the Imam of Jamia Masjid Pulwama Moulana Alhaj Ali Muhammad and Aunt of Mahaz e Azaadi Leader Mohd Yousuf Gilkaar.


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Budgam residents protest against unscheduled power cuts

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The residents of Panzan and Raipora villages of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday blocked the road connecting headquarters Budgam to protest against the unscheduled power cuts in the area.

Reports said that scores of the residents from both the villages assembled and blocked the main road, hampering the traffic movement for hours.

The residents while chanting anti-governmental and anti-PDD slogans complained about the unscheduled power cuts in the area and appealed the concerned authorities to look into the matter.

 

The protesting residents said that despite repeated requests to the authorities there were no initiatives taken by them.

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Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL

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Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.

Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.

Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.

 

However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.

It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.

“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.

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Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims of Gawkadal massacre saying that people have not forgotten the massacre let loose on the civilians on that day.

In a statement issued here, addressing a gathering of party functionaries, and workers of Srinagar District at party headquarter Nawa –e-Subha Srinagar, party’s General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Those who are passing the blame and shedding crocodile tears now on the plight of Kashmiris are the one who actually traded the miseries of the people for grabbing power,” adding that Mufti as home minister trusted Jagmohan on kashmir, what followed is history.

Sagar in the statement said that Mufti through his nominated Governor unleashed havoc in Kashmir and that as home minister of India Mufti presided over 18 massacres in Kashmir including Mashali Mohalla massacre, Islamia college massacre, Chara- e- Sharief massacre, Shopian massacre, Pulwama, Kulgam massacre and Habbak massacre.

 

“Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir, it is this camaraderie that is credited with unleashing Operation Catch and Kill, crackdowns and other human rights violations. Not just that Mufti extended draconian laws like AFSPA to Kashmir and besides that Ikhwan was also a brain child of Late Mufti Syed,” he said adding, “Continuing with their legacy of political bankruptcy Mufti’s entered into a trade policy with BJP with a sole design to destroy the respect and dignity of kashmiris.”

Sagar maintained what was left of our special status; Mufti a former lieutenant of G M Sadiq took it upon himself to destroy it. “The BJP-PDP coalition opened flood gates for all such forces as are contriving hard to harm our state’s special status.”

He said that Dr Farooq Abdullah owing to communal disposition of late Jagmohan insisted on then government at the centre not to appoint him as state’s governor. “It was late Mufti who nominated him and was instrumental in thrusting him on the state. No sooner did he become Governor, Dr. Farooq resigned as a mark of protest. What followed is written in bold red letters in the annals of history,” he said.

The meet was attended by District president Srinagar Peer Afaq, JKNC Women’s wing president Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Irfan shah and others.

Sagar maintained that Mehbooba trailing her father path traded the very dignity of chief minister’s post by bald-facedly presiding over the large scale maiming, killings, blinding, nepotism, corruption, human rights violation during her stint as chief minister. “It was for the first time that people were not allowed to pray at Jamia Masid for many months altogether,” he said.

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