Srinagar, Mar 04: Justice for Asifa Solidarity Forum (JASF) Sunday said they will not tolerate political interferance in connection with the rape and murder of Asifa.
The participants were speaking during a seminar ‘Justice for Asifa Solidarity’ held at Sangarmal Complex, Srinagar in which members of civil society, lawyers, doctors and students from different colleges and Universities took part.
On the occasion one of the civil society members, Shakeel Qalander said, “Hindu Ekta Munch (HEM) is saying to handover the case of Asifa to Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) and now the question is that is CBI anti-Kashmir and anti-Muslims as the HEM is saying that the CBI will deliver justice to Asifa.”
Qalander said, “All the criminal cases of the minister who is backing the accused should be re-opened and investigated properly and apart from the ministers the accused must be dragged to civil court too”
From BAR association, advocate Babar Qadri during a seminar said, “Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the area is turning communism into fascism by supporting the accused who are supposed to get punished.”
A Gujjar leader and a social activist, Talib Hussain of the Kathua area said, “Nobody was aware of HEM before this incident and after the Deepak Khajuria got accused in this case they are forcing to handover the case to CBI to shield the indict.”
Meanwhile, another participant, a 12th class student, Babra Shafiq said, “The power in the wrong hands is one of the major reason responsible for Asifa’s rape and murder.”
She said, “Power must be given to the persons who deserve but not like the politicians who are backing the accused in Asifa’s rape and murder case.”
Defending ‘rapists’, playing politics unacceptable: EJAC
Srinagar, Mar 04: An emergency meeting of EJAC was held at Srinagar presided by President Employees joint Action committee Abdul Qayoom Wani, in which all the top leaders participated.
In the meeting, all the leaders condemned the rape and murder of innocent 8 year old girl Asifa at Kathua and termed the incident a seller on the face of humanity.
In the meeting senior JCC leader and President Employees’ Joint Action Committee Abdul Qayoom Wani said that “defending rapists and playing politics on this human issue is a shameful act which needs to be condemned by every conscious citizen without cast, colour, creed, and religion”.
President EJAC said that the culprits involved in the rape and murder of innocent girl should be hanged so that such inhuman incidents may not occur in future.
He appealed all human rights organisations to play their role in providing justice to the victims. He said that politicising and communalising the situation is totally unacceptable and said that EJAC leaders have always registered their protest against such inhuman acts and will continue to raise their voice against such incidents.
EJAC president said that delay in providing justice and punishment to the rapist will compel EJAC leadership to register their resentment.
Rail service resumes
Srinagar, Nov 12: Rail services in Kashmir resumed on Tuesday – over three months after being suspended due to security reasons in view of the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, officials said.
Few mini-buses also plied on the Batwara-Batamaloo route through the city centre, while inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws plied in the city and elsewhere in the valley.
Private transport was plying unhindered.
A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning.
He said the train made only two trips on the Baramulla-Srinagar stretch as authorities have directed Railways to ply trains between 10 am and 3 pm only due to security reasons.
The Railways conducted the trial run of the service on the stretch on Monday for the first time in over three months since the unannounced shutdown in the valley.
The official said the Srinagar-Banihal stretch of the railway line would resume in a few days after checking track safety and conducting trial runs.
The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.
The Centre’s decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley – which completed 100 days on Tuesday — even as authorities imposed severe restrictions which were later gradually eased out.
Markets have been following a new pattern of functioning, opening early morning till around the noon and then downing their shutters to join the protest against abrogation of the special status of the state, officials said.
They said miscreants are using fear mongering to put down any resistance to unannounced shutdown by threatening shopkeepers and businessmen.
The officials said two grenade attacks in the city’s busy Goni Khan market and Kaka Sarai areas were an indication that there were concerted efforts to keep the shutdown going.
Pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continued to remain suspended since 5 August.
Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest.
The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act.
Militant killed in Ganderbal gunfight
Srinagar, Nov 12: A militant was killed and an Army soldier injured in an encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday, police said.
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Kulan area of the central Kashmir district in the morning following inputs about the presence of militants.
During the search, the hiding militants fired upon the security forces, who retaliated, according to an officer.
A militant was killed during the gunfight. An army soldier was also injured and rushed to a medical facility for treatment, the officer said.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is yet to be ascertained. The operation is on and further details are awaited, the officer added.
The incident comes after the encounter where two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Monday morning, police said.
While one militant was killed on Sunday during a gunfight between security forces in Lawdara village, about 55 km from Srinagar, another was killed on Monday, police further said. The security forces started a search operation on getting information about the presence of some militants in the area which led to the encounter between the security forces and the militants.
The streak of encounters continues as the state of Kashmir remains under an unprecedented lockdown after the abrogation of article 370.
Unscheduled power cuts affect research in KU
Srinagar, Nov 05: Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of Kashmir.
“I am doing research on plant ecology and most of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.
Another research scholar in Kashmir University said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started displaying false readings”, he said.
An official in the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50 different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry, botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics, electronics and chemistry.
“The high definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official said.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.
“PDD has proposed to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said.
Spokesperson of Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon as possible,” he said.
Sources said Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply. Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs 4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.