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Will move Bill in LA for death sentence for rape of minor: Rana

‘Rape on a girl child is most inhuman act’






Jammu, Mar 27: National Conference Provincial President and MLA Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday said that he will move a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislative Assembly for death sentence to brutes committing rape of minors.

“Rape on a girl child is most inhuman act”, Rana said while interacting with a delegation of National Conference workers from Kathua here this afternoon.

The Provincial President lamented the attempts of communalizing and politicizing crimes, saying this speaks of the lowest depths the politics has touched.


He said the divisive policies being pursued by the BJP and the PDP has brought Jammu and Kashmir to a passé. While Kashmir is boiling, Jammu is seething, Ladakh too is becoming restive. The coalition, he said, has failed on all fronts and the promises made are now haunting the government, which is just by name and invisible on ground zero. He said conspiracies are being hatched under the garb of illegal immigrants to harass the people, living in harmony for centuries. “This is unacceptable”, he said, adding that National Conference will continue to fight for isolating the elements dividing society in the name of region, religion or caste.

In a scathing attack on the BJP, the Provincial President asked about the promises made to people living along International Border and Line of Control, who continue to live under perpetual threat and offering sacrifices.

He appealed people to maintain communal harmony and hoped that political parties would rise above petty political considerations and ensure that the “bouquet of Jammu and Kashmir, comprising three regions of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir” remains intact.

He said the coalition partners are focusing on separate communities and preparing them to come eyeball to eyeball against each other.

Rana referred to the disenchantment among the people of the three regions and pointed towards the protests in parts of Rajouri over the issue of district status the issues pertaining to posting of Additional Deputy Commissioners. He said the government has lost sense of proportion as a result of which people are forced to take to streets.

Speaking on the occasion, State Vice President and former MLC Th Kashmira Singh highlighted the crucial role of National Conference cadre in the fast changing political scenario in State and said a decisive battle is needed to be fought against divisive forces, who have taken central stage by exploiting regional and religious sentiments to further their myopic and nefarious agenda.

Th Kashmira Singh said that challenges faced to Jammu and Kashmir are numerous, especially in the wake of policies being adopted by the coalition government, and these can be met by maintaining unity and preserving the age-old communal amity.

The delegation from Kathua comprised Romy Khajuria, Yashpal Block Secretary, Raj Kumar, Satpal Sharma, Pyar Singh, Birbal, Sagar Chand, Daljeet, Gulzar Singh, Raj Kumar, Darshan Kumar, Khajan Chand, Mukesh Kumar, Dr jagdev Chand and others.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included State Secretary and former MLA Th. Rachpal Singh, Provincial Secretary and former MLC Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Provincial President Women Wing Satwant Kour Dogra, District President Urban, Dhramveer Singh Jamwal besides Dilshad Begum, Som Raj and others.

Later Rana visited the Nagrota Assembly Constituency and initiated started macadmization of roads from National Highway to Dingyali in Sidhra, and road from Bajalta to Hanuman Mandir at Bain Bajalta He also inspected various works being undertaken in Khanpur Panchayat.

At Khanpur, a prominent PDP leader Nazir Ahmed joined the National Conference.

Rana said National Conference has all along provided a huge space to public spirited political activists, which is why the State’s largest mass movement launched by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah is being ultimate political destination for them.

He exuded confidence that with the joining of dedicated people, National Conference will be further strengthened at the grass roots level.





Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP




Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.


Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal




Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.


He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.


He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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