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Video of alleged fraud in NT: Police books youth for rumour mongering

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Srinagar, May 01: Police on Tuesday lodged a case against one youth whose video claiming fraud in recently conducted Naib Tehsildar exams went viral in the last few days.
A written complaint was submitted by Chairman JKSSRB to the police about the video in circulation
“One Mudasir Ahmad Teli of Kreeri, Baramulla claimed that the question paper of Naib Tehsildar examination conducted by J&K SSRB had been leaked. Thereafter Police took the cognisance of the matter. During verification of the matter the person was called up on phone by police but his mobile was switched off. There after a police party was sent to his home and he was asked to accompany the police party to Police Station Kreeri. He was asked to submit any proof he had to substantiate his claim which he failed to do. During investigation into the matter his claim was found baseless and not based on facts. The assertion that some unknown people had approached him with question paper was found to be untrue. He confessed to have committed mistake to attract attention for publicity,” a police spokesman said.
He added that based on the preliminary investigation a case was lodged against the individual in Police Station Kreeri for rumour mongering and defamation.
Earlier, in a roughly 3-minute video uploaded on YouTube on Monday, a pheran-clad youth claiming to be a resident of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and an NT aspirant has alleged that he was offered “50 questions” in return for “Rs 3 lakh” hours before the examination held on Sunday.
The youth says that two boys, unknown to him, made the offer inside the premises of Baramulla Public School, his examination centre, while he was revising on his notebook well before the start of the examination.
“While I was revising, two boys came to me. While one of them stood in front of me, the other guy sat on my left and asked me what I was doing. I said I was revising. He asked me to close my notebook. After I closed my notebook, he said whether I would pay them if they leaked the paper to me and I said that I would for sure,” narrates the youth in the video.
The duo, as per him, told the youth that they could not “leak the whole paper”, but, “they promised some questions”.
“I asked for an assurance that the paper would be the same as they tell me. To this, they told me not to give them the money unless all the questions were the same in the examination,” he says in the video.
“They demanded Rs 3 lakh for 50 questions initially, but agreed on Rs 1 lakh finally. They even took my address from my Aadhaar card,” the youth adds.
Chairman JKSSB, Simrandeep Singh, told The Kashmir Monitor that Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla has taken cognizance of the matter.
“The investigation is on and I think we will come to know something within the next 48 hours. I have written to him (SSP Baramulla) formally also, but he had already seen the video,” Singh said.
Post the video alleging a paper scam in the JKSSB, Singh said, “There is a lot going on in the minds of the aspirants, which is not good for them and for the board.”
Singh said that they have identified the youth speaking in the video and “he has said that he can identify the two boys who came to him with the offer, but he has neither met them later nor has he given them any money”.
The youth in the video, Singh added has told the board that the duo “gave him some hand written questions.”
As for the SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir, the youth in the video “is faking”.
“The person has been called to Police Station, but he is telling vague and uncorroborated stories. We are asking him,” Mir added.


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No decision yet on resumption of Cross LOC trade

Govt working on installing truck scanners on trade routes

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Srinagar, May 18: Though they are unlikely to resume the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade soon, the authorities are working on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in the Kashmir valley and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 18 had suspended the cross-LoC trade in J&K, saying that it was being used for “funneling of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency”.
“As such there is no order to resume the LOC trade but yes work had started on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in Kashmir and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu,” said one of the top government officials.
He said if the trade resumed, the truck scanners will enable the customs department and other agencies to see what is being imported from the other side.
After suspending the LOC trade, the MHA had said that the issue will be “revisited” after a “stricter regulatory & enforcement mechanism” that is being worked out is “put in place in consultation with various agencies”.
Cross-LoC traders and others associated with the trade are demanding the resumption of the business.
Traders has said that they support the government’s every move to put strict and transparent regulatory measure but suspension of trade that took a decade to establish itself is no answer.
“Over the past decade, cross-LoC trade has been our only source of income. Suspension of trade has affected our families. We request government to implement strict regulatory measures and continue trade simultaneously,” said one of the LOC traders.
In October 2008, as a confidence building measure, India and Pakistan agreed to carry out trade along the Line of Control through the Uri-Muzaffarabad route in Kashmir and the Poonch-Rawalakot route in Jammu.
The two countries agreed on a Standard Operating Procedure.
The defining feature of the initiative was that there would be no exchange of money between traders – it would involve the barter system. If a trader in Pakistan sent across goods worth five lakh Indian rupees to a trader on the Indian side, that trader would send back goods of the same value as payment.
It is to mention here that the initiative was launched during the tenure of the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government, its seed was planted in 2004, in the peace process initiated by the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf.
Cross-LoC trade was the second confidence-building measure between India and Pakistan after a cross-LoC bus service, which was launched in 2005.
For security agencies, cross-LoC trade has always attracted strict surveillance. They have, over the years maintained that they seized weapons, fake currency and narcotics being transported from the other side.

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B’pora teacher still missing; family protests for whereabouts

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Srinagar, May 18: The family members and relatives of the missing Bandipora government teacher on Saturday held a demonstration here in Mantrigam Bandipora area of north Kashmir’s district seeking his whereabouts.
Eye witnesses said that family members and relatives of Mushtaq Ahmad lone a government teacher assembled here in Mantrigam area of Bandipora and blocked the Bandipora-Gurez road.
They staged a demonstration seeking Mushtaq’s whereabouts, who went missing on May 13 after he left home for duty to Government Higher Secondary School Chuntimulla and has not returned home till date.
Family sources said that they tried to locate him everywhere but couldn’t find any clue despite lodging missing report in Pathkoot Police station.
“We have called relatives and friends, however, there has been no trace of him so far,” the family members said adding “his phone has been switched off for a long time.”
The family members and relatives of Mushtaq urged deputy commissioner Bandipora and SSP Bandipora to help in locating their missing son.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer said a missing report in this matter has been lodged in police station Pathkoot and investigation has been taken up.

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Unabated killings even during Ramadan worrisome: PDP

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Srinagar, May 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said it’s worrisome to witness that there is no letup in killings and bloodshed in Kashmir even during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said the unabated killings of civilians, militants and security forces in Kashmir has once again made peace elusive even during the ongoing sacred month of Ramadan.
He said the way in which precious human lives are lost in Kashmir, there are apprehensions that the government is in no mood to shun the muscular policy that so far has yielded no positive results.
Hanjura said that it has been the cardinal Principe of the PDP that muscular and iron fist approach is bound to fail in Kashmir as such measures have in the past only wreaked havoc and in the future also wouldn’t bring any positive change on ground.
He said keeping the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan in view, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Minister last year played a vital role in making GOI declare unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir. This year also, said Hanjura, the PDP President made a fervent appeal to both militants as well to the security grid to declare truce and respect the ongoing holy month. “It is hoped that good sense will prevail and the vicious cycle of violence and bloodshed is stopped at an earliest so that the people of Kashmir yearning for peace could heave a sigh of relief,” said Hanjura.

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