Updated: Nov 28, 2017, 06:55 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir unit of Shiv Sena said today that it would hoist the national flag in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital Srinagar, shortly.The outfit was reacting to a controversial statement by National Conference president Farooq Abdullah who dared the Centre to hoist the national flag at Lal Chowk before talking about unfurling it in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The outfit’s state chief Dimpy Kohli said the time was not too far when the tricolour would be hoisted in PoK as well.In a controversial statement, former Chief Minister Abdullah yesterday had said, “They (centre and BJP) are talking about raising the flag in PoK. I ask them first you go and raise the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. They can t even do that here and they are talking about PoK”. Abdullah had said this while defending his earlier comment that PoK did not belong to India.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite the Delhi Police’s repeated attempts to encourage good Samaritans, 57 per cent of the total witnesses to the crime did not step forward to inform. The analysis was on Thursday reported by Praja Foundation that also claimed that 76 per cent of the respondents, who reported a crime to the Delhi Police, were not satisfied with the police response.Releasing data on Thursday, Praja, a non-partisan organisation, stated that of the total of 24,301 respondents to crime, 15 per cent had witnessed crime in Delhi. Of these 15 per cent respondents, it said 57 per cent did not inform the Delhi Police. It also said that of 43 per cent respondents, who reported a crime to the police, 76 per cent were not satisfied with their response.The data collected by Praja claimed that respondents from North West Delhi and Chandni Chowk were the least satisfied respondents with 21 per cent each, from among those who witnessed and reported the crime to the Delhi Police.Chalking out the reason for the low turnout of good samaritans, the data stated that “No faith” in the police/legal system came out to be the biggest reason for not informing the police by respondents who witnessed a crime.”46 per cent of the respondents who witnessed crime reported the same reason. This lack of faith in the police/legal system clearly explains the fall in the registration of cases for almost all the major crimes in Delhi,” the data read.Further, 9. 11 per cent of respondents did not inform the police because they do not want to get involved in any trouble even after witnessing a crime, it said.”Comparing Delhi and Mumbai on the parameter ‘people’s faith’ in the police/legal system’, Mumbai does fairly well with 15 per cent of its residents not having faith to 46 per cent of Delhi residents, who do not have faith in the institutions of police and legal system,”the data suggested. The number of respondents who were satisfied with the response is a meager percentage, 21 per cent in Delhi as compared to Mumbai where 46 per cent people are satisfied.It also said, from the respondents who witnessed a crime in Delhi, 69 per cent preferred to use the police helpline numbers like 100/ 103 to alert them. The second most preferred medium of informing the police by respondents, who have witnessed crime, was calling on the local telephone number of the police station, which was 17 per cent.”No faith in the police/legal system came out to be the biggest reason for not informing the police by respondents who have faced crime. 32 per cent of the respondents who faced crime reported the same reason for not informing the police. This also has clear linkages with low reportage of crimes in 2016 for almost all the major crimes as compared to 2015. The second highest reason for not informing the police by respondents who faced crime was that they do not want to get involved in any trouble was 16 per cent,” Praja data stated.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 18 Opposition parties, including Congress, the Left, and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) took to the streets on Wednesday, to mark the first anniversary of note ban as ‘Black Day’.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi spent the day in Surat, the country’s textile and diamond hub, to highlight the effects of demonetization and Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the industry. The party also organised candlelight vigils in the evening, with Rahul participating in one such event near the Vivekanand statue at the Chowk Bazar area. He also interacted with the industry representatives and loom factory workers in poll-bound Gujarat.At the Congress headquarters in Delhi, the chief of Media, Randeep Singh Surjewala, kicked off the day by reciting a Hindi poem, which highlighted the woes of demonetization and the Modi government’s indifference.The lines, ‘Shataranj ki bisaat bichhi hai, Notebandi ki raakh bichhi hai, baadshah salaamat rahe!’ received wide accolades. Earlier, in an opinion article published in London’s ‘Financial Times’, Rahul attempted to demolish PM Modi’s claim that demonetization wiped out corruption, saying: “Twelve months on, the only thing he has wiped out is the confidence in our once-booming economy.””This year, a hastily imposed and poorly conceptualised GST dealt another blow to our economy. Bureaucratic and complex, it has devastated livelihoods, creating a modern-day Licence Raj, which imposes rigid controls and gives vast powers to government officials,” he further wrote.Rahul concluded the article by saying: “Modi has damaged India by converting anger created by joblessness and lack of economic opportunity into communal hatred. He has chosen to hide behind a shallow, hate-filled political narrative. Anger might have brought Modi to power but it will never create jobs or fix India’s institutions.”Meanwhile, former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram took on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a series of tweets. “FM says demonetization was ethical. Was it ethical to heap misery on millions of people, especially 15 crore daily-wage earners?” he tweeted. He also went on to ask whether it was ethical to destroy 15 lakh regular jobs during January-April, 2017, and forcing thousands of micro and small businesses to shut.Echoing the sentiment, Surjewala said demonetization had turned out to be the biggest scam of independent India. He wanted to know the actions taken against BJP’s Kolkata unit, which was caught depositing old notes worth Rs 3 crore, on the day of demonetization. He also raised questions regarding the ruling party’s investment in at least 8 properties, worth Rs 3.41 crore, in Bihar and 18 properties in Odisha, saying that it amply demonstrated that the ruling party had advance knowledge.He further said that in September, 2016, bank deposits in scheduled banks saw an additional increase of Rs 588,600 crore. “The Modi government has been unable to explain it nor has made names of those who deposited Rs 25 lakh or more public. Also, in a raid on the Vaidyanath Urban Cooperative Bank, owned by BJP minister Pankaja Munde and her sister and BJP MP Pritam Munde, old notes worth Rs 10 crore were recovered. No progress has been made in the investigation against Mahesh Shah of Ahmedabad, who made a declaration of Rs 13,860 crore as part of the voluntary income disclosure scheme,” Surjewala added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 15 metro stations will soon be remodelled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to combat the rising rush of commuters by each passing day. Based on different surveys done by the DMRC over the years, the strategic planning includes a slew of measures like shifting of ticket counters to constructing ramps and stairways.The Metro, which is a lifeline for the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), is used by around 28 lakh passengers every day. The stations are being worked upon depending on the number of commuters that each of them experiences during the day.The DMRC has been conducting regular studies on travellers’ rush to further their development model to ease pressure on the facility and make travelling more convenient for people.The metro stations that would undergo changes include Rithala, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka Sector 21, Dilshad Garden, Kashmere Gate, Pragati Maidan. Dilshad Garden, Jahangirpuri, Noida City Centre, Noida Sector 16, Sikanderpur, Tilak Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Karol Bagh, Hauz Khas, GTB Nagar among others. Similar work is already being done in 17 stations while the DMRC redeveloped five stations — Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, Vaishali, Huda City Centre and Chandni Chowk in the recent past.According to a senior DMRC official, the security checkpoint in Laxmi Nagar will soon be shifted since the station witnesses a heavy rush of commuters every day.The official further shared that the security check and the ticket counter in Vaishali metro station were on the first floor which led to long queues during peak hours. Hence, they started selling tickets at the ground floor, while the security remained on the concourse. The metro which chugs on a system as long as 213 kilometres, recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.METRO MENACEDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal called it a “conspiracy” to help radio cabs like Ola and Uber do business even as the common man suffered because of the fare hike. The metro recently found itself in the thick of controversy after its fares were increased for the second time in less than six months.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court has directed the NDMC and the Delhi Police to file a compliance report in connection to the removal of a police post in north Delhi’s Chandni Chowk after the SHO of the area, overriding the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of the district, said that alternative arrangements have been made for them and said the structure is not in use now.A bench of Justice S Muralidhar and Justice I S Mehta directed that the report is filed within four weeks after the two parties, NDMC and the Delhi Police agreed to demolish the encroachment following the court’s rap.The court’s order came as a follow up to its previous order of September 13, where it had asked Jatin Narwal, DCP, North to explain what was being done about the unused police chowki at Chandni Chowk main carriageway.Replying to this, Narwal handed a note to the court asserting that the”structure is very much in use and is important from policing point of view, in a crowded market”. He also claimed that since it is not causing any obstruction in the traffic, as well as the pedestrian movement, the post should not be removed.However, the court found that the stand of the DCP was “diametrically opposite” to what was stated by Secretary, PWD, Arun Barok in an affidavit dated November 26, 2014. According to the affidavit submitted in the court, the Kotwali police Chowki was an encroachment on the Chandni Chowk main carriageway and set a target of January 15, 2015, for its removal which was subsequently shifted to July 31, 2015.During the hearing on October 23, OP Lekhwal, SHO, PS Kotwali stated that the police post is not being put to use. “The photos enclosed with the note of the DCP also show the structure is dilapidated with broken window panes. It is plain that the structure is not being put to use at all. It is stated that the said structure has, in fact, not been put to use for over three years now,” the court said in its order.The court held that the DCP’s stand of the structure being very much in use is “incorrect and misleading”.”The structure having been identified as an encroachment way back in November 2014, more than three years, thereafter to assert that it is not an encroachment is simply unacceptable. The assurance to the court regarding the removal of the said structure had to be adhered to. The time target of the PWD has long exceeded.”With the court being informed that the alternate site for the police post having already been identified, there is no question of police now claiming that it requires the police post to remain, particularly since it has not been put to use for the last three years.”Following this, the NDMC and Delhi Police agreed to remove the structure within four weeks and a compliance report in this regard will be jointly be filed in the court on the next date of hearing on November 22.Appearing for the Chandni Chowk Sarvavyapar Mandal, its counsel Sanjeev Ralli had said that the structure is defunct and non-operational.The court was hearing pleas filed by NGO Manushi Sangathan and others in 2007 on the issue of redevelopment of the walled city and creation of lanes for non-motorised vehicles.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man got onto the Metro tracks at Rajiv Chowk station and walked into the tunnel on Friday evening, creating chaos and panic among onlookers and security agencies. He was later caught by the CISF and was handed over to the police.The incident took place around 8.30 pm when the man, who remained unidentified till late evening, got down from the platform number and started walking into the tunnel. Other passengers and security guards alerted the CISF.Witnesses said that some commuters suspected him to be a pickpocket and had caught hold of him when he jumped on the tracks to escape.”A quick response team immediately swung into action and the man was apprehended. Metro train traffic had to be held for some time. The man was brought to the control room where he was questioned. He did not have money to pay the fine and was therefore handed over to the police for further probe,” said a senior CISF officer.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh has warned the Pakistan of serious consequences if they do not stop cross border firings and attacks on the civilians. He said, “We are avenging the killing of every innocent. Pakistan is never going to succeed and this has started.”Talking to media after the Pantha Chowk encounter, in which a policeman died and five others injured, Deputy CM Singh said, “The terrorism and separatism in Jammu & Kashmir is going to end soon. It is a proxy war, the enemy is not visible. This is why we are very much on alert 24/7.”On Friday, militants attacked a bus full of security personnel at the Pantha Chowk on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway killing one policeman and injuring five others.Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said, “Definitely they get the chance to strike like this sometimes, but the question is whether they are going to succeed.”Singh further said, “People are celebrating Eid and pray for peace in the region. But these demons are killing the innocent people by either cross border firing or striking at the very soft targets. But I can assure you that they are going to face the serious consequences.”“We are avenging the killing of every innocent whether it is Lt. Umar Fayaz, who sacrificed his life for the nation or other people,” Singh added. Lt. Umar Fayaz was abducted and killed by the terrorists in May this year. “There will be peace and law & order soon,” said Singh.Referring to the Pantha chowk attack, SD Singh Jamwal, Inspector General of Police at Jammu Zone said, “The martyrdom of Krishna Chand will not go in vain. I assure you all that we will give answer to all the challenges and our police force will emerge stronger with working towards the safety and security.”“Pakistan has made a terrorist environment here. We have faced many challenges of this kind since the past 30 years, and Jammu & Kashmir Police has been playing the front role in this, maintaining the integrity of the state,” IG Jamwal said further.
Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 09:03 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four police personnel have been injured and one lost his life, after terrorists attacked a bus of security personnel at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Earlier today, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of BSF lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Lashkar-e-Taiba is More details are awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders were arrested after the police raided a GJM meeting in Sikkim. However, GJM chief Bimal Gurung managed to escape.“We have issued lookout notice against Bimal Gurung, Roshan Giri and Prakash Gurung in connection with Bhanu Bhavan violence,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar, ADG (CID).Interestingly, the Central Committee GJM meeting was to officially expel Binay Tamang, who on Thursday had announced a 12-day relief in the indefinite strike in the hills. Moments after Tamang’s statement, the GJM top brass condemned the decision, saying the agitation would continue.On Friday, the strike was more intense. Makeshift shops had vanished on Friday, and no vehicles could be spotted.Agitators in huge numbers took out a rally going past Darjeeling Police Station and meeting at Chowk Bazar. They chanted anti-government slogans and reaffirmed their support for Bimal Gurung.GJM spokesperson Binita Roka, addressing the meeting at Chowk Bazar said that the bandh would continue till a tripartite meeting with the hill leaders, the state government and the Centre was convened. “Our party president is in the jungle but it is him who is in the driver’s seat. The crisis at the hills is getting worse and we request the Central government to conduct a tripartite meeting at the earliest,” she said.It has also been alleged that one of the protestors Shyamala Rai (45) had died on Thursday night. “She was hit on the head during a lathi charge by the police. She had gone to the railway station yesterday where the protest was on, along with the other ladies. There police opened a lathi charge and she got hit on the head and later succumbed to the injuries,” said her husband Dhiraj Rai.Police however, maintained there was no lathi charge. “There was no lathi charge by police and no CRPF was there. The news of the death is being spread on social media. We are investigating,” said Darjeeling SP, Akhilesh Chaturvedi.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Haryana and Punjab vexed after the CBI court’s conviction of Gurmeet Ram Raheem on Friday, similar incidents erupted in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan. Agitating in support for Gurmeet Ram Raheem, his supporters set ablaze the official vehicle of an engineer at Chahal Chowk area. The angry followers also attacked the employment office at Purani Ababdi area and set ablaze a sub-station.While the police had anticipated an unrest and stepped up the force to control any large-scale damage, a handful of Dera supporters managed to conduct arson at three places. The SP of Ganganagar district, who patrolled several places, said the police acted swiftly and five people have been arrested.”We had been in touch with the Dera people at various place and trying to convince them not to take law and order in their hands. Police vehicles had already been stocked with fire extinguishers and blankets if any supporter tried to self-immolate. Also, high water tanks were sealed off so that no one could climb the vehicles and create a ruckus. Before the judgementThe supporters, forming groups of hundreds, assembled at various places. However, when the cops spoke to them, they went back peacefully” said N R K Reddy, ADG Law and Order.The police had issued a directive to government officials not to travel in vehicles until the cops had asked them to do so. Five bike-borne youths reached the power station around 5 pm and set ablaze an engineer’s Bolero jeep.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi traffic police has started work to decongest Mathura Road, a key link connecting the Capital to south Delhi and the satellite town of Faridabad. The road was identified, by the Lieutenant Governor and the AAP government, as one of the 29 major bottlenecks that needed to be smoothened.According to the overhaul plan, the 20 km stretch between Neela Gumbad and Badarpur flyover will be recarpeted to remove the patchwork on the road and hence increase the speed of vehicles.The police have also roped in the civic body to create a dedicated parking space before Nizamuddin police station and the Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah in order to remove the layers of vehicles parked. These vehicles cover half of the three-lane road.”There is a major chaos created by vehicles parked outside. All vehicles including four-wheelers, buses, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and two-wheelers crowd the entire stretch. A parking lot will help clear up the road space and reduce the jams here,” said a senior officer.The stretch witnesses heavy vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian movement throughout the day. Also, a number of industrial units and slum clusters are situated on both sides of the road adding to the congestion.The traffic police have asked the Public Works Department to construct foot-over bridges (FOB) at Aali Village and Ashram Chowk — the two major intersections on the stretch.”We have roped in the road owning agency to build FOBs to ease out pedestrian movement on the road. Pedestrians crossing over to other carriageway often hold up the traffic as well as cause accidents. The bridge will help remove obstructions and allow free flow of traffic,” the officer said.The Delhi government had last year proposed to build an underpass at Ashram Chowk as well as two elevated corridors or twin flyovers between Ashram Chowk and Aali Village near Badarpur. However, they are yet to start work.”Some roads are facing the problem of unauthorised parking, and some roads will see refurbishment or re-routing if needed. We have written to the government regarding the work, and have sent our recommendations. Since it is the road owning agencies which have to take up the engineering work, we hope to put the project on fast track,” the officer added.OTHER PILOT PROJECTSMathura Road Neela Gumbad to Badarpur flyover, Aurobindo Marg to Andheria Mor, Sardar Patel Marg from 11 Murti to Dhaula Kuan
Savitri Flyover (Chirag Delhi crossing to Savitri flyover), Dhaula Kuan flyover to CGR flyover Sanjay T-point
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Protests broke out at a village in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district this morning as locals claimed that a youth killed in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday was not a militant but a student who had gone missing a day before. “The militant killed in the encounter at Hangnikote forest area in Vilgam (village on Tuesday) was identified yesterday as Shahid Bashir Mir (21), a resident of Dariel Tarathpora Vilgam and his body was handed over to his family,” a police official said. He said about 400-500 people including Mir’s family, assembled at Tarathpora Chowk with his body and started protesting today. “They are alleging that he (Mir) was not a militant, but a Degree College student who was missing since August 21, 2017 and a missing report has also been lodged on 22 August in police station Vilgam,” the official said. Reportedly, he was not keeping “mentally fit” for the past one-two months, he said. On Tuesday, the Army had said security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Hangnikote in Haphruda forest area of Handwara, 85 kms from here, following information about presence of militants there. An army official had said that during the searches, militants opened fire on security forces who retaliated, triggering a gun-battle. He had said one unidentified militant was killed in the exchange of fire.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of Tardeo’s oldest buildings, the 112-year-old Petit Mansion Co-operative Housing Society is now up for redevelopment. Residents of the society at Nana Chowk called in tenders for redevelopment and recently held a meeting to discuss the hiring of a suitable Project Management Consultancy.The building, a load-bearing structure, comprises of three wings. While two wings are ground plus four storeys, one is ground plus three. The plot area is 1,544.33 square metres, and the total carpet area (rehabilitation) of all existing members is 4,475.25 sq m.Secretary of the building, Mukhi said, “We are following all the rules mandated for building redevelopment. We have received some offers and are in the process of finalising the PMC. The building isn’t a heritage structure, it is a British-era structure.”The society is looking for a developer who would offer a competitive corpus, carpet area and sufficient bank guarantees and rent for alternate accommodations.Most of the shops in the building are run by plywood dealers. One of the shopkeepers said, “Redevelopment process has been initiated, but the market isn’t good. There’s GST, there’s RERA… big developers aren’t taking up projects. Further, many precautions need to be taken, as we have seen many instances where residents have been out of their homes for years altogether. We cannot take such risks.”Another shopkeeper claimed that the building, in spite of being old, is strong. “It was built during the British era and is a sound construction. Around two years ago the society also carried out the repair work.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gurugram Police on Monday arrested a man for allegedly stalking and molesting a woman cop near the Bilaspur Chowk in Gurugram on Saturday night, while she was returning home from work. The accused was identified as Rajesh Kumar. He was nabbed from his home in the Rathiwas village. He was reportedly drunk at the time of the incident.In her complaint, the constable said that the moment she got down from the bus at the Bilaspur Chowk around 9pm, the accused and his two friends, all of whom were on a motorcycle, began to follow her. They came till the parking lot where she parks her scooter. She is currently posted at a police station in Faridabad. She further said that thought she tried her best to ignore the accused, he obstructed her way, and started misbehaving and touching her. According to her, the two others stalked her but did not do anything else. The constable then raised an alarm, following which some people gathered at the spot and caught hold of Rajesh. They also informed the police but by the time a team reached the spot, he managed to flee.“Rajesh was arrested from his home on Monday. He works with a private company. Both the accused and the victim are residents of the same village. The accused has confessed to his crime. He will be produced in a city court on Tuesday,” SHO Om Prakash said.“Rajesh confessed that he had had a fight with someone that day and had consumed alcohol afterwards. We have also identified the other two people involved. We are trying to find them,” a police officer said. An FIR has been lodged against Rajesh under Sections 354-B (assault or use of criminal force to any woman that may result in imprisonment of not less than three years) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint with simple imprisonment for a term that may extend to one month, or with fine that may extend to Rs 500, or with both) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 200 activists of BJP’s youth wing, who were on a ‘Tiranga yatra’ to hoist the national flag at the Lal Chowk here, have been detained as a precautionary measure, the police said today. They have been taken to different police stations of the summer state capital, a police official said. While some activists were detained last night, several others were taken into custody this morning from Abi Guzar here. They were here to hoist the national flag at the Lal Chowk, the official said. Sources said the activists will remain in detention till the official function at Bakshi Stadium here concludes. Meanwhile, former chief minister Omar Abdullah termed the detention of the activists as a “fixed match” by the government in which the BJP is a coalition partner. “True definition of a fixed match. BJP government in J&K detains BJP office-bearers going out to hoist the National Flag,” he said in a tweet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The six-year-old daughter of slain CRPF Commandant Pramod Kumar and his wife will tomorrow unfurl the tricolour from the same battalion camp in Srinagar, where exactly an year ago he saluted the flag and was killed minutes after in a militant encounter. Kumar was today decorated by the government with the Kirti Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry medal, for his dare devil action where he picked up his AK-47 and rushed to the Nowhatta Chowk area after he was told his patrol party was under attack. The Commanding Officer (CO) of the 49th battalion of the CRPF suffered a fatal bullet shot in his head. “I want my 6-year-old daughter Aarna to know what her father stood for and what he did. She should know that what is the importance of earning a Kirti Chakra. Hence, I made it a point to be on the same soil where my husband lost his life to mark his first death anniversary,” Kumar’s wife Neha Tripathy told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today said the toll plaza on National Highway-8 at Kherki Daula will be shifted eight km towards Jaipur. Besides, construction of a flyover on IMT Manesar Chowk will be completed before December this year, the minister was quoted as saying in an official release by Haryana government. The toll plaza at Kherki Daula will be shifted within three months of land being made available for this purpose, the release said. The Union Minister was speaking after laying foundation stones of and inaugurating various projects in Gurugram, the release said. He laid the foundation stones of upgradation and strengthening of NH-248A from Rajiv Chowk to Sohna to be completed at a cost of Rs 1,700 crore and improvement of T-Junction near Dhaula Kuan metro station and T-Junction near defence area on NH-8 at a cost of Rs 270 crore. The minister also inaugurated four-lane flyover at Maharana Pratap Chowk on MG Road near Signature Tower constructed at a cost of Rs 34 crore, and two-lane right turning underpass from Chaudhary Bakhtawar Singh Road towards Delhi near Rajiv Chowk at a cost of Rs 30 crore. He also dedicated to the people eight-lane flyover at Hero Honda Chowk, constructed at a cost of Rs 95 crore. Gadkari announced to give Rs 34,000 crore for construction of roads in Haryana and National Capital Region. Report regarding road connecting Ambience Mall with MG Road has been prepared and work on this project would commence in three months. He also approved flyover at Bilaspur and underpass at Rathiwas, and assured to approve Gurugram-Pataudi-Rewari road within 15 days. He said that detailed project report had been prepared for construction of flyover in Dharuhera and four-laning of road of Masani Barrage. Greeting the people of the state on the eve of Independence Day, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar said that the present state government had prepared several schemes for the development of Gurugram to meet the shortcomings in the schemes implemented earlier.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced a number of welfare and development schemes for Amritsar, including a Rs 3,000 crore World Bank aided project to establish a surface water-based drinking supply system in the city. The surface water scheme will replace the existing ground water-based drinking water supply scheme, which addresses a serious concern of the region, which is facing severe depletion of the ground water and cases of vector borne diseases. Addressing a press conference here, the chief minister also announced several new development projects, worth Rs 556.90 crore for Amritsar. Amarinder announced the establishment of a directorate of fire services at state level in in the city, along with 50 percent reservation for women in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). Another key decision of the government relates to provision of free homes for homeless people and subsidised houses for economically weaker section under the Shehri Awas Yojana. The chief minister announced devolution of proprietary rights to old tenants on residential and commercial properties of municipal bodies, besides one-time settlement of old arrears of water and sewerage bills, and property/house tax. Amarinder said as part of his government’s decision to place greater emphasis on e-governance in the delivery of urban civic services, most of such services in Amritsar would soon be available through mobile applications. Other new developmental projects worth Rs 110 crore were announced in the press conference also. These include construction of a 2-lane road from NH-54 to Amritsar-Bhikhiwind-Khem Karan Road (village Bohru) at a cost of Rs 22 crore, besides Mata Ganga Ji Marg connecting Amritsar-Jhabhal Road to Gurdwara Baba Budha Ji at an expenditure of Rs 26 crore. Amarinder further told media persons that construction of road-over bridge (ROB) at level crossing on Amritsar-Mehta Road at Vallah would be undertaken at a cost of Rs 32 crore, in addition to a Rs 30 crore project for ROB/RUB at level crossing on Amritsar Attari Railway line crossing from Putligar Chowk towards Pakistan. He said a Rs 171.90 crore Amritsar city development plan will consist of construction of ROB/under bridge at Jaura railway crossing, construction of a flyover from Batala Road HP petrol pump to Majitha Road at 4S Chowk among other projects. A unified tourism information and facilitation centre would be set up for promotion of tourism in the city and multipurpose sports and recreation facility on a land of 26 acres will also be set up. Public toilets and 17 places, beautification works around the Sri Durgiana temple and construction of slip roads and redesigning of congested roundabouts were other works announced by the chief minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhiites can look forward to learning about historical gems of the city as Delhi Metro will be organising special walks across old Delhi under its new initiative— Heritage Walk. Every weekend from August 5, people signing up for the walk will be taken around the walled city, and made aware of centuries’ old heritage and culture of the area. The walk will start from Chandni Chowk Metro station every weekend at 10.30 am.According to a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) official, “The walks will start from Metro stations in the vicinity to portray the unique amalgamation of old world charm of these areas with the modern Metro system of the city.”The duration of the walk will be over an hour and it will cover Sair-o-Shajahanabad, the main street of Chandni Chowk, which is the living fabric of Old Delhi with each alley offering a unique flavour. The participants will also get to explore lanes like Dariba Kalan and Kinari Bazaar. For foodies, they can relish the delicacies at the oldest Jabeli Wala while treading through the lanes of Old Delhi. Other locations that will be covered in the heritage walk include Naughara, Nai Sarak, Town Hall, and Khari Baoli.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ambitious Shahjahanabad redevelopment project, meant to revamp the Walled City area while preserving monuments, is expected to take some more time to see the light of the day as the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC), responsible for the development work of the area, is a non-staffer since its formation in 2008.”The involvement of multiple agencies is severely affecting the re-development work in the Walled City. The SRDC, which was formed to look after the development work, does not have adequate staff. Currently, it is working without a chairperson and a managing director. How then can we expect it to work efficiently?” asked Chandni Chowk MLA, Alka Lamba.”There are more than 20 positions lying vacant in the SRDC. The corporation requires engineers, architects and archaeologists to move forward but the files of their appointments are pending to be cleared by the LG office,” she added.Earlier, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal used to head the SRDC. The responsibility was later given to the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and subsequently to the Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain.Jain, had however, appointed PWD engineer-in-chief Sarvagya Srivastava in February last year. But the then LG subsequently struck down Srivastava’s appointment as PWD secretary “There is ambiguity as to who will head the SRDC. Due to this, development work has been affected in my constituency,” said Lamba.Recently, the Delhi High Court had pulled up the SRDC and asked it to remove all illegal encroachments from the Chandni Chowk area. Following this, Lt Governor Anil Baijal also sought a status report from the Delhi government on the development work.According to officials at North Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the iconic Town Hall, which was the seat of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from 1866 till 2009, will soon be revamped under the Shahjahanabad redevelopment project.”A craft bazaar, a dancing fountain, a maze, light and sound programmes, street food, children activity area, digital library and lecture rooms will be constructed there as per the development plan,” a senior NDMC official said.& AnalysisMany beautification programs have been promised with regard to the Capital’s many monuments.But thanks to apathy, lack of a concrete plan and multiplicity of agencies, such projects have remained stalled.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police have arrested a man and apprehended his juvenile aide for allegedly murdering an elderly man in north east Delhi. Police said that the duo had strangled the 61-year-old man and stuffed his body in a bed box at his residence. The man killed the senior citizen on pretext of having an affair with his mother, who worked as a maid at the senior citizen’s house.According to the police, the killing came to fore on July 22, when a PCR call was received from the deceased’s neighbours reporting foul smell emitting from a locked house in C block, Bhajanpura area. After a police team broke open the entrance and barged into the house, they found the elderly man’s dead body stuffed inside a bed box. The deceased was identified as Madan Mohan (61) and a case of murder was registered at Bhajanpura police station.DCP northeast, Ajit Singla said, investigations revealed that two youths were last seen at the place of incident, and with the help of questioning of locals, one of them was identified as 21-year-old Paras (name changed), son of the house maid of the deceased man.”His residence was traced in east Delhi and a raid was conducted, but the accused could not be found. Further, with the help of technical surveillance, his location was traced in Mathura, and a police team was rushed to Mathura to nab him. On reaching the identified location it was revealed that they have already left for Delhi. Later, on the basis of technical surveillance and local inputs, Paras was nabbed from Khajoori Chowk on Sunday,” Singla said.During interrogation, Paras disclosed that he was agitated at the deceased’s closeness with his mother and had rrepeatedly asked her no to go for work there. He said, suspecting an illegitimate relationship between them, in order to revenge, he roped in his juvenile aide and on July 20, barged into the elderly man’s house post midnight and strangled him to death with a cloth (chunni). On Paras’s instance, his juvenile aide was also apprehended, police said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today inaugurated the 1.4 km-long eight-lane flyover at Hero Honda Chowk here. Speaking on the occasion, Khattar said the flyover would ease traffic congestion at the Chowk on National Highway-48. The flyover would especially benefit commuters going towards sector-10, Kadipur, Basai, Jhajjar and Sultanpur as they can now opt for a straighter route from Hero Honda Chowk instead of having to pass the Kherki Daula Toll Plaza. “The commuters travelling to other parts of the country, like Jainpur-Ajmer, Ahmedabad and Mumbai will also benefit from the this flyover,” said Khattar. The flyover has been constructed as part of three-layer crossing project, worth Rs 198 crore, at Hero Honda Chowk that includes existing roads and an underpass, which is under- construction. “The underpass construction will be completed by December this year,” he said. Khattar said his government was giving special emphasis on the development of Gurugram. “The development projects in Gurugram which had been stalled for a long time are now being executed in a speedy manner. Projects worth crores of rupees are in progress here,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The iconic British-era Town Hall building which has been the landmark of the walled city as well as the seat of power of the unified MCD till 2012 may finally see a makeover. The building in the heart of Chandni Chowk area has been in ruins since the MCD headquarters shifted to Central Delhi’s Minto Road.The North Civic Body has finally set nine months from now, to start work, and project to be completed in two years. While a plan for turning the building into a museum and a tourist attraction was proposed in 2013, it never took off.According to officials, the project was stuck over getting approval and funding from the Union Tourism Ministry, which will not be the case anymore. The civic body will redevelop the place on a private-public partnership.”The place will be turned into a centre of cultural and social heritage depicting the history of the capital city. The re-development would be done in PPP mode for which in-principle approval has been accorded. It will be a tourist destination of international standards,” said Preety Agarwal, mayor, North Corporation.The complex will have a craft bazaar, dancing fountain, the maze, light and sound programmes, street food, children activity area, boutique hotel, food court, courtyard and sculpture garden, digital library, lecture rooms, a museum, fine dining areas at the premises.The museum will occupy an area of about 1574 square metre at the ground floor.”The project was initially planned to be funded by Union Tourism Ministry but could not be materialised on that front and now it would be developed on PPP mode. The project would be taken up in the next nine months and is likely to be completed within two years. Apart from depicting the history of Delhi, the project would also be expected to earn good revenue for the Corporation,” said Municipal Comissioner, Praveen K Gupta.The 150-year-old yellow stone and brick building stands deserted in the middle of the bustling Chandni Chowk.In 2013, the BJP-ruled Corporation had proposed that the said museum be named after veteran party leader Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the prime accused in the murder of Junaid Khan, who was stabbed to death onboard a train on June 22, today took out a march here alleging “one-sided action” taken by the GRP. The protest march started from Maharana Pratap Chowk in HUDA sector 2 and culminated at Mini Secretariat here. Suresh, the brother of accused Naresh, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 30 people, including activist-brothers Tehseen and Shehzad Poonawalla, were detained by the police after they assembled outside Parliament here today to protest against recent incidents of lynching. The activists gathered at Vijay Chowk to take “an oath to uphold the Constitution” and urge fellow citizens not to remain a “mute spectator” to mob lynchings. The event was organised by the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching, which had last week unveiled a draft anti- lynching law, Maanav Suraksha Kanoon (MASUKA). A police officer said the activists were detained as they gathered at the venue without permission. “The protest was supposed to be held at Jantar Mantar, but they moved to Vijay Chowk. That is why they have been taken in,” the police officer said. The detained activists were taken to the Parliament Street police station. “…youngsters were detained for wanting to take a pledge on our Constitution that we will uphold the rule of law…We want MASUKA or a law against vigilantism and mob lynchings and we will uphold peace and social harmony,” said Tehseen. He also took to Twitter to react to the police action. In a series of tweets, he told Home Minister Rajnath Singh, “Sir we are youngsters from good families taking an oath on the constitution how is this illegal ? If we scare u imagine mobs(sic).” “Dear @HMOIndia whybis (sic) @DelhiPolice detaining youngsters taking an oath on the constitution ? Is this democracy?” The Delhi Police function under the Union home ministry. The Maanav Suraksha Kanoon proposes that lynching be made a non-bailable offence, with life imprisonment for those convicted of it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Most of the business establishments in southern Gujarat’s Valsad town today remained shut in response to a bandh called by various groups to protest the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Three persons from Valsad were among the seven pilgrims killed in the terror attack in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening. While schools, colleges and offices remained open in Valsad town, most of the markets and other commercial areas wore a deserted look as the businessmen voluntarily decided to shut their shops in response to the bandh call. Valsad’s major business areas on M G Road, Azad Chowk, Tower road and vegetable markets remained totally shut. “The shopkeepers decided to shut their establishments today over the Amarnath terror attack. Though schools, colleges and offices are open, all the major markets are closed,” Valsad Collector C R Kharsan said. Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening. The private luxury bus headed to Amarnath from Valsad with 54 passengers early this month. Out of the seven victims, Laxmiben Patel, Surekha Patel and Ratilal Patel were from Valsad. The two other victims from the state were Champaben Prajapati from Gandevi in Navsari district and Sumitra Patel from Surat city. Besides, two women, Usha Sonkar and Nirmala Thakor, both residents of Maharashtra, were also killed in the terror attack. “This attack on Amarnath pilgrims is unacceptable. That is why all the shopkeepers in the city have come forward to join the bandh call to register the protest and express our respect to the deceased,” a shopkeeper on M G Road said. “The Valsad bandh remained successful,” he said. People from all communities have planned to gather at Azad Chowk to take out a silent rally in the evening to express solidarity with the victims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several traders today staged a protest outside Town hall in Chandni Chowk demanding amendment to the Delhi Rent Control Act. With placard and ‘roti’ in their hands, they gave an “ultimatum” to the government to amend the Rent Control act within 30 days or else they will seek permission from the President to “commit mass suicide” outside Rashtrapati Bhavan. The protest was led by Rajdhani Pagdi Kiryadar Sanganthan, which claimed to have support of over five lakh of ‘pagdi’ shopkeepers of more than 70 market associations. “We have decided that it is either relief or death this time. We have been requesting the government to provide us relief or allow us to die,” Ravi Garg, president of the sangathan, said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today detained several traders after they tried to march towards the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to protest the implementation of GST in the state in its present form. The traders were detained near the gate of the Civil Secretariat complex, which also houses the assembly, after they took out a protest march, police said. The traders were scheduled to hold a sit-in near the assembly to protest the implementation of the new tax regime in the state in its present form, claiming that it would lead to the erosion of the state’s special position and its fiscal autonomy. Holding black flags and shouting slogans against the GST, several traders reached Jehangir Chowk here to protest. They tried to march towards the civil secretariat complex, but police swung into action and detained several of them outside the Civil Secretariat, the police said. A special session of the state legislature began today to discuss the issue of implementation of GST in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It has been three days since the centre’s Goods and Services Tax “(GST) has been implemented, however, traders are still clueless about how the system will work. While those in retail including high-end restaurants and coffee shops are issuing manual bills, as they could not update their bill formats to the new system. The traders’ body plans to meet union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on July 6 at Talkatora Stadium.However, even as they hope to meet the finance minister to address their woes, cloth dealers have decided to keep their shops shut till 12 pm everyday.The traders maintain that they are not protesting the policy as a whole, but the procedures and formalities introduced in the system.Suresh Bindal, president of the Chandni Chowk cloth traders association, claimed that GST is welcome as a policy, but the procedures under it are not acceptable.”We hope to put across our point in the meet with the Finance Minister. It is not the tax levied on which we are protesting but the complication in the taxation system. So far the excise tax was levied on the production centre (first point), which was simple and transparent. However, under the current taxation system, the tax will be levied at every point where the product is sold. The government promoted GST as a simple tax, but it is far from the same,” said Bindal.Besides levying the tax at every stage for the seller, tax has been levied even on reverse charges, he said.”They have made the system much complicated. Reverse charges include the payments made to labour etc. Under the new system, 5 per cent tax will be levied on reverse charges after which we can claim it. This is too tedious and long procedure, which will not leave us any time for accounting,” said Ajay Bharadwaj, another trader.Besides, the traders’ body maintains that there should not be more than 15 per cent tax on any item. However, the hike in taxes goes up to 28 per cent under the newly implemented policy.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has not gone down well with a section of traders in the city. In fact, cloth traders in major wholesale and retail markets, including Chandni Chowk, Sadar Bazaar, Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Nehru Place, and Kirti Nagar, have decided to open their shops only for half a day for a week, starting Tuesday. The shops will be opened only after 1 pm.”What is the point of levying 5 per cent tax on cloth trade? There should not be any tax on items of basic necessity, such as food and clothing. Besides, the government has introduced so many formalities in the system that it will finish the small-time dealers,” said Roshan Lal, a trader in Chandni Chowk’s cloth market.The traders’ body also maintained that there should not be more than 15 per cent tax on any item. Under the newly implemented policy, however, the tax sometimes goes up to 28 per cent.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has directed the traffic police to make proper arrangements in view of the various ongoing development works in the city, so that a minimum inconvenience was caused to the commuters. The chief minister today said the commuters might have to face inconvenience due to the various development works being carried out in Gurugram and added that he had directed the traffic police to make proper arrangements for the smooth movement of traffic. Khattar, who was interacting with reporters on the sidelines of a meeting, said the works were going on at the IFFCO Chowk and at Rajiv Chowk for an underpass and a flyover. He claimed that once these projects were completed, there would be no traffic issues. Earlier, presiding over the meeting of the District Grievances Redressal Committee here, the chief minister said the honorarium of the ‘Nambardars’ (revenue officials) in the state would now be transferred directly to their bank accounts on the lines of old-age and other pensions. At the meeting, Municipal Commissioner V Umashankar told Khattar that licenses had been issued to the meat shops and if anyone was found selling meat in the open, action would be taken against them and licenses would not be issued to the offenders. Regarding the demand to free the city of unauthorised parking areas, the chief minister directed the Commissioner of Police to take action against the owners who parked their vehicles at these places, said an official release. At the meeting, a complaint was raised regarding an illegal parking space at the green belt in Sector 18, Old Delhi Road. Khattar was informed that the HSIIDC had provided the parking space to the locals. The chief minister directed the officers concerned to bring the map and detailed information of the site at the next meeting and to put a check on commercial activities there. Khattar said the next meeting of the District Grievances Redressal Committee would be held before August 15.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A teenage boy, who was injured in a clash between two groups yesterday, succumbed to his injuries in the hospital today, prompting a mob to damage vehicles and pelt stones at a few shops here, the police said. Paras (19), who was injured in the clash, died at a hospital here, after which a mob damaged two cars parked near the Fountain Chowk and pelted stones at a few shops. The mob also tried to torch two state transport buses, but the police by then had rushed in reinforcements. The police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to bring the situation under control and a few persons were also rounded up. A clash had broken out yesterday between two groups of the Deeru ki Majri locality here in which the teenager was injured. He was shifted to the Government Rajindra Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries today. The family members and friends of the deceased, who staged a protest outside the hospital, were soon joined by some other people. The protesters then went on a rampage demanding action against those responsible for the teenager’s death.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rain and waterlogged roads brought trouble for commuters on the second day on Thursday in the Capital, bringing traffic virtually to a halt. While monsoon is all set to hit Delhi around July 1, already complaints are coming in that civic agencies have not done enough to prevent waterlogging.Over 150 complaints of waterlogging were received by the Capital’s various agencies including the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) and the municipal corporations.A total of 17 trees were uprooted in the rains on Wednesday and massive traffic jams were witnessed at various crucial stretches carrying commuters from one part of the Delhi-NCR to another including parts of Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.Hour-long jams were also witnessed at major intersections such as Ashram Chowk, Britannia Chowk, Kashmere Gate.“It took me 40 minutes to reach AIIMS from South Extension-I, which is otherwise a 25-minute-ride. The government must do something to fix theses stretches, as the same story repeats itself every monsoon,” said, Archana Joshi, a commuter.The other affected areas include the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Aurobindo Marg and Nehru Place, among others, Vikas Marg, Lakshmi Nagar, Dwarka underpass, Nirankari Road and Tilak Bridge, Kahsmere Gate, and the Punjabi Bagh flyover.Meanwhile, The PWD and the civic agencies have been playing a blame game, even as commuters suffer.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lakhs of commuters who ride the Delhi Metro daily need to be especially aware at the four interchange stations — Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, Central Secretariat, and New Delhi — for these stations account for almost 50 per cent of the total cases of pick-pocketing and thefts on the entire network.Rajiv Chowk, which is the major interchange station connecting the Yellow and Blue Lines, has the highest number of pick-pocketing cases, followed by Kashmere Gate, which connects three Metro lines, including the new Heritage Line.In fact, by June 15 this year, over 1,000 FIRs regarding theft of mobile phones and wallets were registered from the Rajiv Chowk station alone.According to the officials, the Central Secretariat Metro police station had 2,300 FIRs registered with it till June 15. This police station also has Rajiv Chowk station under its jurisdiction.The figures are alarming as a total of 5,500 FIRs from all Metro police stations were registered till June 15. The number of cases has increased in comparison to the last year.The next favourite of the Metro thieves is the New Delhi station, which connects to the New Delhi Railway Station and the Airport Express Metro line. According to the police, most gangs operating on these lines are women, who are scattered in groups of five to six at each of these busy stations.The other sensitive Metro stations where a large number of businessmen board and de-board are Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar on the Yellow Line (Huda City Centre to Samaypur Badli). “Most of those who de-board at the New Delhi station carry luggage with valuables. These passengers become an easy target for the gangs,” a senior police officer said.These gangs are most active on the Yellow and Blue Lines (Dwarka to Noida Vaishali). The women gangs are generally from west Delhi’s Patel Nagar, Mundka, and Kathputli Colony areas, the officer said.Talking about the issue, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Jitendra Mani said: “Last month, we had arrested a gang of six women operating at these stations. We have deployed anti-theft squad teams at each of these stations.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid resurgence in militancy, Indian Army has inducted five more battalions (around 5,000 men) to secure the Amarnath Yatra and the strategic section of the Srinagar-Jammu highway in sensitive south Kashmir.”We have deployed two battalions for the Amaranth yatra. In addition, three battalions have been deployed in south Kashmir to cover the national highway,” said Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, general officer commanding (GoC), 15 corps.The Army troops are in addition to 200 companies (each company has strength of 100 men) of the paramilitary forces deployed for the Amarnath yatra. This is in addition to the local police and other security forces presently posted in Kashmir for different law and order and anti militancy duties.The first batch of yatris was flagged off from Jammu base camp on Wednesday. The yatra will officially take off from the Kashmir Valley on Thursday when the first batch of pilgrims will start trekking towards the cave shrine from Baltal and Pahalgam routes for darshan of the holy Shiv Lingum.This year, the challenges for the security forces are manifold. The yatra has to pass from the South Kashmir axis, which is considered sensitive and volatile both as far as militancy and stone pelting is considered.Plus the stretch of the Srinagar –Jammu highway from Lower Munda to Pantha Chowk in south Kashmir has been the cause of worry for the security forces given the brazen militant attacks on convoys. On June 3, two soldiers were killed and four others injured when militants attacked the Army convoy near Lower Mundain Qazigund area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.On June 24, Lashkar-e-Taiba members ambushed the CRPF party killing an officer and injuring another on the highway at Pantha Chowk. Later two terrorists who took shelter in neigbouring Delhi Public School and after 24 hours the duo was killed by the security forces.”Geelani sahib has said there is no threat to Amaranth Yatra. In addition, we have got the reports that probably they (terrorists) will try to attack it. We have deployed forces. Our efforts will be to protect the yatris so that yatra continues without any problem,” said Lieutenant General Sandhu.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the escalated unrest and terror attacks in the Valley, telecom companies have been directed to reduce 3G/4G data services to 2G speed (not more than 128 Kbps) in the whole of Kashmir Valley with immediate effect, on the directions of state police.Meanwhile, two terrorists are still holed up inside the building of the Delhi Public School in Panta Chowk, Sringar and counter-terror operations are underway.29 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 7 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a joint cordon and search operation in the incident area.The school has been cordoned off and intermittent firing is on.Restrictions under Section 144 have been imposed from Jammu and Kashmir’s Ram Munshi Bagh to Sempora.”Restrictions under Sec 144 imposed from Ram Munshi Bagh to Sempora (around Pantha Chowk attack site) with immediate effect,” Srinagar’s Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Lone told ANI.Earlier in the day, one CRPF Sub-Inspector lost his life and two jawans were injured after terrorists attacked their vehicle near Srinagar.”Firing was on our vehicle. One SI lost his life and two of our personnel are injured,” said Inspector General CRPF Ravideep Sahi said.Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police (ADG) of CRPF S.N. Srivastava has said that such a ‘cowardly act’ does not affect the morale of security forces.”Such cowardly act doesn’t affect the morale of security forces in fact will boost it. We will investigate the matter and will find out the accused behind this. Then we will response according to that. There is no security lapse,” Srivastava told media.More information is awaited.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik from his residence here in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Malik was detained from his residence in Maisuma near Lal Chowk in the heart of the city here this morning, a police official said.He said the JKLF chief has been taken into preventive custody ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. Malik has been shifted to central jail Srinagar, the official said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Entry and exit points at the Rajiv Chowk metro station will be closed tomorrow till 08.30 AM for International Yoga Day celebrations to be held across the city, a senior official today said. As many as 10,000 people are expected to gather at various venues to mark the day, adopted by the United Nations in 2014. Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are also slated to attend the events in the city. “As advised by the Delhi Police, entry and exit points at the Rajiv Chowk metro station will be closed (from 5.30 AM) till 08.30 am June 21 in view of security requirements,” the senior DMRC official said. However, passengers who alight at the station to take connecting trains on Line 3/4 (Blue Line) and Line 2 (Yellow Line) and vice versa during this period may do so, he added. The metro station will be fully functional from 8.30 AM, he said. The Blue Line extends from Dwarka Sector 21 to Vaishali/ Noida City Centre and the Yellow Line spans Samyapur Badli to HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon. Restrictions on vehicular traffic and parking areas in Connaught Place’s Inner Circle, ordered closed from 11 PM last night in view of preparations for the mega event, will be lifted at 11.30 AM tomorrow. The New Delhi Municipal Council is organising the Delhi edition of the day at Connaught Place, its Inner Circle and six radial roads, and at Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Children’s Park at India Gate.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The passengers of the Delhi blue line metro service today faced a technical snag as the line that connects Noida and Vaishali to Dwarka ran at a snail?s pace around 5 p.m. There seem to be a technical problem which caused chaos at the metro stations. Officials say that the problem started when an overhead electrical (OHE) wire snapped at 4.55 p. m between Indraprastha and Yamuna Bank metro stations after a bird hit. Busy stations like Rajiv Chowk and Mandi House were packed with people trying to board metro. Several commuters started leaving to try other modes of transports.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana police today arrested three persons for allegedly smuggling poppy husk and seized six quintals of the contraband, worth around Rs 30 lakh, from their possession in Bhiwani district. Acting on a tip-off, a police team intercepted a truck at the Kairu Chowk in Tosham area of the district and recovered 600 kg of poppy husk worth around Rs 30 lakh from it, a police spokesman said here. He said the accused were identified as Vishnu, Sushil and Rohtash alias Nathu. All of them hail from Fatehabad district. “The accused would be produced in court and they would be further quizzed regarding the origins and final destination of the poppy husk,” he said. In the last three weeks, the Bhiwani police has seized 21 quintals of poppy husk with a market value of about Rs 80 lakh, including the May 21 seizure of 15 quintals of poppy husk worth about Rs 50 lakh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nepean Sea Road Citizens Forum (NCRF) have requested a median strip to be realigned so that it solves traffic issues in the neighbourhood. At present, the residents say that it can lead to a delay of up to 25 minutes to exit the road. A median strip is a reserved area that separates opposing lanes of traffic.”One part of the Nepean Sea Road at Mukesh Chowk is narrow as compared to its south bound arm. The third lane cannot be used properly because the manner in which the median is aligned. Due to this, the north bound traffic witnesses a traffic jam at the Mukesh Chowk or where the St. Stephen’s Church stands. It leads to a delay of up to 25 minutes for a person to exit Nepean Sea Road and get to B Desai Road. If the median is realigned by three to four feet, that will help commuters use the third lane more effectively on the north bound arm of the road and ease traffic,” said Mukesh Mehra, secretary of the NSCRF.Around 50 meters, the stretch has more lanes on the south bound as compared to the north stretch. “We have had several meetings and the traffic police were in agreement when Mr Bharambhe was the joint commissioner of police (traffic),” said Mehra. While the traffic police have given a no-objection certificate the matter is now with the ward office and the BMC’s traffic department.Devidas Kshirsagar, assistant municipal commissioner of D-ward said, “We look at the issue in totality. There is a demand from residents and we have forwarded that to our traffic department for remarks. They will first look at the road line. In future, median will be the point from where the road width will be decided. We have asked for their opinion and once we receive them, we will go ahead with the realignment.”Ajay Patil, deputy chief engineer of BMC’s traffic department said, “We are studying it and as per vehicle movement a decision on the issue will be taken.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Metro train was evacuated at the Rajiv Chowk station after sparks triggered smoke and minor explosion-like noise in its last coach, briefly setting off panic among passengers. The incident, which affected services on Yellow Line, happened around 10.20 am when the Samaypur Badli-bound train was entering Rajiv Chowk. It was evacuated at the station itself and there was no injury to any passenger. “A minor smoke was reported from the air-conditioning vent of the last coach of a metro train at Rajiv Chowk platform heading towards Badli. As a precautionary measure, the train was evacuated at the station itself and passengers were accommodated in the next train,” a Delhi Metro official said. The train has been sent to the depot and the cause behind the smoke is being investigated, the official said, adding that train services have been restored to its normalcy on the line. According to eye-witnesses, sparks first appeared when the train entered the Central Secretariat station and it reappeared after it went Patel Chowk station towards Rajiv Chowk. Many passengers took to Twitter immediately after the incident, somewhat shaken by the explosion-like noise that accompanied the spark and smoke. “Witnessed two explosions at Rajiv Chowk 15 mins back. What’s happening? And again when it reached Rajiv Chowk,” read one post, while another tweet said: “Something’s not right at #RajivChowk. 2 explosions in electric box back to back.” Surprisingly, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has no presence on social media to regularly update commuters on developments affecting its services. Last December, thick plumes of smoke had engulfed a metro coach due to sparks in its air conditioning system, forcing the evacuation of a train full of panic-struck passengers at Patel Chowk station. The 48-km-long Yellow Line (Line 2) stretches between Gurgaon’s Huda City Centre and north Delhi’s Samaypur Badli.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter broke out late Tuesday between security forces and militants in Hakripora area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in the area, security forces launched a cordon and search operation, an army official said.The militants opened firing during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered the gun battle, he said.The encounter is in progress and further details are awaited, the official said.Earlier in the day, clashes broke out between students and security forces in the region.
ALSO READ Soldier mutilation: Army got its revenge by killing LeT operativeThe students of Government Higher Secondary School Pulwama earlier in the day staged a protest at Main Chowk demanding release of their school mates.At least 20 students were arrested during a raid on Monday night, the protesters alleged.
ALSO READ Kashmir: Centre is impotent against ‘separatism’ in the Valley, claims CongressThe protesting students also set ablaze a bike and pelted stones at the security force and their vehicles.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A major fire broke out in a cloth shop in Moti Bazar of Chandni Chowk this evening. A call was received at 9.30 PM about the fire and 29 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior Delhi Fire Services officer said. He said that the fire spread to other shops and the firemen are still at work. No injuries or casualties have been reported till now. The cause of fire is suspected to be a short-circuit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For 14-year-old Kanishka Koundal it was a moment of pride when she was asked to regulate traffic movement in Lutyen’s Delhi Vijay Chowk area. The Delhi Police had organised a five-day Road Safety Awareness Summer Camp for students in order to sensitize them about road safety and traffic management.The camp concluded on Saturday, and few of the students were selected to assist traffic policemen in traffic regulation using hand signals. Koundal, a student of Bharti Model School in Nawada, attended the camp and was one of the students who got to regulate traffic.”It was a wonderful experience. I was using hand signals to stop the cars and regulate traffic movement. I came back home and shared the road safety measures with my father who drives. Now, I will make sure that people around me also follow these rules,” she said proudly.Koundal was just one of the many students from Class 8 to 12 who were selected to assist traffic cops at selected intersections in the Capital. These intersections included Vijay Chowk, C-Hexagon and Tilak Marg on Saturday. Students were holding placards and distributed pamphlets to commuters in order to make them literate about road safety as well.”There were certain things which even my family members were not aware of, like the ISI mark on helmets. I also made the public aware about triple riding and how unnecessary honking disturbs people. It was a good learning experience. I feel like a more responsible citizen now,” said Sakshi Gupta, 12, a class 8 student of NC Jindal Public school.Speaking about the endeavour, Amulya Patnaik, Commissioner of Delhi Police said, “The enthusiastic response of children is deeply appreciated. I hope that during the Summer Camp, children not only learned to respect for each other as commuters and develop a culture of respect, but also become our ambassadors of road safety for their friends, parents and families.”Patnaik added that by being active participants, students also learned to appreciate the hard work put in by traffic police and the problems of traffic management.”I hope they will learn to respond appropriately as road users and encourage others also to be a part of road safety movement of Delhi Traffic Police,” he said.Traffic campThe Delhi Police had organised a summer camp on road safety awareness for students of Class 8 to 12. Students learnt about the traffic rules and also got to work alongside traffic police on concluding day.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security in some sensitive localities in the old city area here has been beefed up with deployment of RAF team after tension between members of two communities over repair work at a mosque here. A police official said today that two sides exchanged brickbats at Phool Chowk under Kotwali police station area last night. The police had to use mild force to restore the order, the official said. The trouble began when a shopkeeper from one community objected to the installation of a new minaret to replace a damaged one. Police said that his shop was in the building adjoining the mosque and the shopkeeper argued the new minaret was larger than the original one and this could obstruct any future construction by him. The mosque committee agreed to install a smaller minaret after the authorities intervened. However, rumours started that the mosque was going to be demolished after senior district BJP leaders arrived on the spot. SSP Rajesh Pandey told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of a resistance group campaigning against the TRS government’s move to shift the popular protest site ‘Dharna Chowk’ at the Indira Park here clashed with local residents after their protest turned violent today. The workers of different opposition parties supporting the campaign launched by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) were also present during the demonstration. Police said they are verifying reports that four persons were injured in the scuffle, which led to tension in the area. Following the clash, police cane-charged the gathering to disperse the protesters. The ‘Dharna Chowk’ is a popular place for holding demonstrations in the city. The TJAC, headed by M Kodandaram, with the support of opposition parties had planned a ‘Save Dharna Chowk’ protest meet against the government’s proposal to shift it. The residents of the adjoining areas along with the Indira Park Morning Walkers Association had opposed the TJAC’s campaign, stating that the protest caused inconvenience to them. “Following heated arguments, the two groups clashed by throwing chairs at each other,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Zone) D Joel Davis said. “Violence broke out after a large number of protesters, who had assembled as part of a protest call opposing shifting of ‘Dharna Chowk’, tried to go at the site, and clashed with another group seeking to shift the ‘Dharna Chowk’,” he said. “Additional police forces have been deployed…the situation is now under control,” the DCP told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested two men and apprehended a juvenile in connection with the killing of an employee of a garment trader in north Delhi’s Sarai Rohilla last month. The arrests were made yesterday. Amarchand was shot dead when he resisted a robbery bid near Shastri Nagar on the night of April 28, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal. Amarchand, along with two co-workers, was returning to his employer in Gandhi Nagar after collecting Rs 3 lakh from Chandni Chowk traders when he was shot at, said the officer. During investigation, police scanned CCTV footage and found that Amarchand and his co-workers were being followed by three persons. Based on a tip-off, the two accused were arrested yesterday. A juvenile boy was also apprehended. A country-made pistol was seized from them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposal to rename the iconic Teen Murti Marg and Teen Murti Chowk, after Israel city ‘Haifa’ has been deferred, the NDMC claimed today hours after its vice chairman had announced clearance of the move. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Vice Chairman Karan Singh Tanwar had issued a statement that the proposal has been “unanimously” approved in today’s meeting which was presided by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. A council member, who was present at the meeting, had also confirmed the development to(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A teenager was killed today when a truck hit the two-wheeler he was riding pillion in north Delhi’s Bada Hindu Rao area, police said today. Sahil Gulati (16) was sitting behind his father Rajkumar when their scooter was hit by a truck from behind near Azad Market Chowk, they said. Sahil fell down from the two-wheeler and suffered severe head injuries. His father, however, escaped with minor injuries, police said. The boy was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead. Sahil and his father were wearing helmets but due to the impact of the accident, Sahil’s helmet was broken. The accused driver fled after leaving the truck behind. Police are trying to ascertain the ownership of the truck.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activists of the AIMIM, led by the party’s MLA from Aurangabad Central seat Imtiyaz Jaleel, today vandalised a liquor shop in Shahgunj locality in protest against the nuisance caused by drunkards in the area. More than 200 activists, led by Jaleel, ransacked the shop selling country liquor and set ablaze the furniture inside it, the police said, adding that the fire was doused soon. The activists also locked down another country liquor shop in the same locality. A case was registered against the agitators, including the MLA, under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at City Chowk police station, an official said. Jaleel and a local AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen) corporator Saira Bano had recently submitted a memorandum to the district administration demanding that the license of the liquor shop should not be renewed. As per the memorandum, the shop is located near three schools, including the one for girls. Besides, at least four places of worship and a market are located near the shop. It stated that drunkards create nuisance in the area everyday, which is creating problems to women. “The liquor shop has violated all existing rules and its license should not be renewed. The shop should not be allowed to operate in this area. We will intensify our agitation,” the MLA said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up its protests against the TRS government in Telangana, main opposition Congress today staged a ‘dharna’ here seeking MSP for farmers besides a slew of other issues. Former Congress MP V Hanumantha Rao, Hyderabad Congress President Danam Nagender held a protest at the Ambedkar statue near Hussain Sagar Lake here. They were critical of the government not allowing protests at ‘Dharna Chowk’, the popular place for parties’ and other organisations to conduct their anti-government programmes. The TRS government is muzzling voices of dissent against the government by not allowing protests at the Dharna Chowk, Hanumantha Rao alleged. Congress leaders and workers were removed from the place by police as they did not have permission for the programme. The Congress said its protests today were on different issues including MSP for farmers, removal of Dharna Chowk and jobs for unemployed youth. Talking to reporters separately, a Congress legislator N Uttamkumar Reddy demanded that the government provide remunerative price to farmers. He demanded that the government provide remunerative price to chilli farmers, who have been agitating for several days now.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pornographic clip was recently played on an LED screen at city’s busy Rajiv Chowk Metro Station by three unidentified men, a preliminary probe by the Delhi Metro today found. The 30-second-long amateur video has been circulating on social media. The clip, made on April 9, was played on one of the screens of a giant video wall, a grid of 12 LED screens. While some commuters can be seen passing by it without noticing, some of them can bee seen filming it on mobile phones. The surfacing of the video had prompted Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) earlier in the day to launch a probe into the incident. “From preliminary investigation, it is established that the incident is of April 9 around 5 pm. The LED TV (smart TV having multiple features) system was under commissioning and wi-fi port was accessible. “Prima facie, as per CCTV footage, three men have run porn clip through their mobile on the TV at Rajiv Chowk station. Attempts are being made to identify these men. CCTV footage is under examination to identify the culprits,” DMRC’s spokesman Anuj Dayal was quoted as saying in a statement. The Delhi Police said it has not received any complaint yet. “This sort of interference with the system will not be possible in the future once software is programmed and centrally controlled. In the interim, during the commissioning process itself the contractor will be advised to ensure password protection,” he said. Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, located at Connaught Place in central Delhi, falls on the busy intersection of Blue Line and Yellow Line of the metro network, and receives a heavy footfall daily.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A video has surfaced on the web, purportedly showing a pornographic clip being played on an LED screen at city’s busy Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, prompting DMRC to launch a probe into the matter. The 30-second-long amateur video has been circulating on social media. The ‘clip’ can be seen playing on one of the screens of a giant video wall, a grid of 12 LED screens. While some commuters can be seen passing by it without noticing, some of them can bee seen filming it on mobile phones. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), meanwhile, said it has launched a probe into the case, while the Delhi Police said it has not received any complaint yet. “The DMRC is not aware about this clip. However,this LED screen was under commissioning and testing by a private contractor and same is still under commissioning. The work is still not completed. “We will check all the details of the testing and commissioning process of the contractor to check whether any such clip was played on the LED screen at Rajiv Chowk station and take adequate safeguards action,” the DMRC said in a statement. A senior official said once the veracity of the video, shot on April 9, is ascertained, action will be taken on those responsible for it. Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, located at Connaught Place in central Delhi, falls on the busy intersection of Blue Line and Yellow Line of the metro network, and receives a heavy footfall daily.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old German national was robbed and attacked with a sharp weapon in the national capital, on Friday night.The victim has been identified as Benjamin Scolt. He has been admitted to a hospital.Scolt had taken an auto rickshaw from Chandni Chowk, but the driver reportedly asked another man to sit along with him. However, when they neared Kashmere Gate, the duo attacked Scolt with a sharp object.The accused assaulted Scolt and robbed him of cash, following which the German national jumped from the auto rickshaw.The victim was later driven to a hospital by a person who was passing through the area.Both the suspects have been identified and cops are trying to nab them.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured after few unknown gunmen attacked their convoy near Pantha Chowk in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar.This comes after the Pakistani troops earlier in the day violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Army to retaliate.The Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars at 9:30 a.m. on the Indian Army posts.The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively and the firing is presently on.No casualties have been reported so far in the incident. This is the second ceasefire violation in less than 24 hours.A civilian was injured when Pakistan violated ceasefire along the LoC on Sunday.This comes after India had on March 9 summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan and expressed deep concern over continued ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked youth to chose between tourism and terrorism, terrorists lobbed a powerful grenade on a police party, leaving one cop dead and 11 others, including three CRPF men, injured at Nowhatta in sensitive old Srinagar city.The incident occurred in the evening when the security forces were withdrawing after performing day-long duty. Terrorists surfaced near a narrow alley at Bata Chowk and hurled a powerful grenade on the forces which exploded with a big bang.Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid told DNA that the security forces were withdrawing when a grenade was hurled. “Over a dozen cops and security forces men were injured. Later one of the injured cop succumbed to his injuries,” he said.Rajesh Yadav, the CRPF spokesman told DNA that it was a joint posse of police and jawans of 28 battalion of CRPF which was deployed at Nowhatta. “During the withdrawal hours, they were attacked with grenade in which one cop died. Three of our men from 28 battalion were also injured,” he said.Security forces immediately launched a search operation but the terrorists managed to escape.This is the second major terror attack in Srinagar in the last 24 hours. On Saturday terrorists ambushed an Army convoy in daylight at Bemina Bypass on the strategic Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway leaving three soldiers injured.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Normal life was affected in Kashmir Valley due to strike called by separatist groups against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state for inauguration of Chenani-Nashri tunnel, the longest in the country, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.Most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations were shut in Srinagar the summer capital of the state, officials said.However, they said, the weekly flea market, locally known as Sunday market, was open as many vendors had set up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk.The officials said most of the public transport was off the roads, while private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying normally in many areas of the city here.Similar reports were received from other district headquarters of the Valley, they said.The officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at sensitive places across the Valley to maintain law and order.The Prime Minister is visiting Jammu region of the state to inaugurate the longest highway tunnel (9 km) in the country, which would reduce the travel distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 kms and save travel time by two hours.Asking people to observe a general strike, the separatists – chairmen of rival factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik – in a joint statement on Thursday had said “all rhetoric about development or construction of tunnels and roads are futile and will not succeed in luring us”.They said the Prime Minister was visiting the state at a time when situation was “extremely gloomy”.”Calling or observing a shutdown does not meet the demands of the situation but there is no other option left by the authorities. We do not nourish any animosity with the Indian Prime Minister, but it is frightening and painful that instead of taking notice of genocide in the state, he is awarding and rewarding assassins,” they said.The separatists said Kashmir is a “political issue and not a problem related to governance, economic packages, incentives or a law and order”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least three soldiers were injured on Saturday after terrorists opened fire on an army convoy at Bemina Bypass – a strategic Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway – in broad daylight.The terrorists ambushed the convoy when it was on its way to Srinagar from the frontier town of Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The terrorists attacked the convoy near the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Medical College (SKIMS) and targeted one of the vehicles injuring at least three soldiers. The injured are being treated in Army’s 92 Base Hospital where their condition is reportedly stable.The troops retaliated the fire and reinforcements were immediately sent to the area to track down the attackers but the terrorists managed to escape.”There was firing on an army convoy in Bemina on Saturday. Three soldiers have been injured. They have been evacuated to the base hospital where they are under treatment”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence Spokesman of Srinagar.”The army exercised maximum restraint in handling the situation to avoid any civilian casualties and collateral damage”, said Colonel Kalia.According to a police official, no casualties have been reported in the attack.Minutes before the attack, gunshots were heard in the city centre at Lal Chowk triggering panic when a mentally-challenged man wearing a mask barged into a local hotel and locked himself in one of the rooms. Cops had reportedly fired a few rounds in the air to disperse the crowd from outside the hotel.Soon after the man was arrested and was being taken by the security personnel, people raised pro-freedom slogans and started pelting stones at the personnel in support of the accused.Shopkeepers also downed their shutters and traffic came to standstill. Cops lathi-charged and fired smoke shells to disperse the mob. Maisuma, Budshah Chowk, Abdullah Bridge and adjacent areas of Lal Chowk seared in tension hours after the attack.The incidents occurred at a time when security is at maximum alert across Jammu and Kashmir following the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Udhampur on Sunday.Multi-layer security arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and successful visit of the Prime Minister. “Intelligence grid has also been activated to gather information about activities of inimical elements and inputs are discussed with other sister agencies,” an official spokesman said.