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Amarnath terror attack: People said Abu Ismail should be brought to justice; today there is justice, says J&K police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who masterminded the deadly attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims in July, was killed by security forces on Thursday along with another Pakistani terrorist, police said.The two were gunned down after a brief encounter that saw the duo running for their lives.”On specific information, a joint operation was launched in Aribagh in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar city.It was around 4:15 pm that a contact was established with the two hiding terrorists in a house there. In a very brief encounter, both the terrorists were killed,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Munir Khan said.He was addressing a joint press conference along with general officer commanding of the Army’s Victor Force, Major General B S Raju, and IG CRPF Ravideep Singh Sahi.Khan said the other terrorist has been identified as Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim.”The bodies of the slain terrorists have been kept at the appropriate place for appropriate disposal,” he said.The IGP said two AK rifles, UBGLs and other material were recovered from them.He said Ismail was involved in 15 cases including the July 10 attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district which left eight of them dead.”After the elimination of Abu Dujana, he (Ismail) had taken over as the chief of LeT in the valley. He was involved in around 15 criminal cases in valley which included murder, dacoities and other militancy related incidents. So, I compliment our teams for executing a wonderful operation with no collateral damage,” Khan said.”The day they (militants) killed yatris, the people said that they should be brought to justice and today they have been brought to justice. It is a great success for the security forces. A chapter of these terrorists has been closed. Tomorrow will be a new day for us. We will start our work afresh.”When the attack took place, there was total condemnation of the act committed by terrorists from all sections of the society and people said loud and clear that these killers must be killed. So, from that day onwards, these killers were our targets and our teams whether they be police, army or the CRPF – were looking for them,” he said.He thanked the people for “expressing that sentiment that time because that was against Kashmiriyat. No Kashmiri liked that”.Asked whether all the militants behind the attack have been neutralised, the IGP said “One foreign and one local terrorists are left.”He said Ismail was an “A++” category militant while Qasim was “A+” category, but refused to share further details of the operation.”It is better not to ask such questions because they are operational details which we do not want to divulge. It is not that whole militancy has been wiped out by their killing. So, it is better not to divulge the details,” he said.Khan said the priority of the security forces is to neutralise the militant leadership in the valley.”Militant leadership is important to be neutralised. That has to be eliminated because they not only are militants but also provoke and motivate children. The priority is to neutralise the militant leadership. You know who are the leaders and they will be our next target,” he said.He, however, said “we have a long way to go and we will keep on trying.”Maj Gen Raju said Ismail’s killing is extremely important because he was responsible for the death of about 14 security forces personnel and eight civilians.”This success is also important because we are expecting vacuum in the foreign terrorists’ leadership of the LeT. After the death of Abu Qasim, then Abu Dujana and now Ismail. In between we also killed (Abu) Ali. Now, we are looking at a serious deficiency in their leadership which should give us more opportunities,” he said.

Punjab DGP H S Dhillon given charge of law and order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab police today transferred 11 IPS officers, including three of DGP rank, an official spokesperson said. DGP Hardeep Dhillon, who was holding the charge of Internal Vigilance Cell (IVC) and welfare, has been given the key posting of law and order. ADGP Rohit Chaudhary, who was in charge of law and order, has been shifted as ADGP Railways, the spokesperson said. Senior IPS officer Jasminder Singh, who was holding DGP Railways post, has been shifted as DGP of IVC. M K Tiwari has been given the charge of DGP Administration while I P S Sahota has been appointed as ADGP Prisons. Senior IPS officer Sanjeev Kalra has been appointed as ADGP Welfare while B K Bawa has been given the charge of ADGP-cum-Commandant General, Punjab Home Guards. IPS officer Gaurav Yadav has been appointed as ADGP Security while Kuldeep Singh has been placed as ADGP Armed Battalions Jalandhar, the spokesperson said, adding Anita Punj has been shifted as IGP Training while Rakesh Aggarwal has been appointed as IGP CM security.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Police asks Pakistan High Commission to claim Abu Dujana’s body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police have approached the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, asking them to claim the body of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) divisional commander Abu Dujana.Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir on Tuesday.This is for the first time the authorities have approached Pakistan High Commission asking them to claim the body of any Pakistani national killed in anti militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, reported IANS.
ALSO READ Abu Dujana killed: Young chief’s ‘womanising’ irked localsPakistan High Commission has been approached to claim the body of Dujana, who belonged to Gilgit-Baltistan area in Pakistan administered part of Jammu and Kashmir, said Munir Khan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir​.Police said that the Pakistan High Commission has been approached so that Dujana’s parents can see their son before burial.
ALSO READ After neutralising Abu Dujana, security forces to target six high-profile terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir“If they don’t claim his body, we will give him a proper burial,” the IGP said.Meanwhile, the separatists in Kashmir called for ‘bandh’ to protest the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists and a civilian on Tuesday.The civilian was killed in protest that erupted following an encounter in which LeT terrorist Abu Dujana and Arif were gunned down by security forces.Separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have jointly called for ‘Bandh’.They have also appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia after Zuhr prayers for slain militants and civilian.

Death was waiting as terrorist Abu Dujana visited wife, girlfriend’s homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmir chief Abu Dujana often visited his wife and a rumoured girlfriend in Pulwama district in the past two months, little knowing that death was waiting.Security forces hunted him down, working on inputs of these visits, intelligence officials said today.The Jammu and Kashmir Police had been receiving specific inputs in the past couple of months that Dujana has been visiting a particular village quite frequently, an official said.Upon investigation, it was found that the Pakistani terrorist was visiting the house of a man named Khurshid, whose daughter was married to Dujana, the official said on the condition of anonymity.Soon, the security agencies intensified vigil in the areas and found that 28-year-old Dujana, who was from Gilgit- Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was also involved with another girl.In the last three months, Dujana was very active on the Pulwama-Pompore highway and his visits to the two families have increased, another official said.Acting on an input that Dujana would visit Khurshid’s home in the Pulwama district yesterday, a joint operation was carried out by Army, CRPF and police in the early hours, leading to his killing.Officials said Dujana had managed to give security forces the slip at least five times in the recent months. Terming Dujana’s killing as “good riddance”, IGP Khan claimed he had become an eye-sore for everybody. “He used to enter any house and do anything he wanted to do. Good riddance that way. I think people should relax, the girls, our sisters, they should relax now that no such person is there to harass them,” Khan said.Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several terror attacks, and his aide were gunned down today by the security forces in an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.And what helped security forces to zero-in on this much wanted militant were Dujana’s frequent visit to a particular village where he was believed to have married a girl, an official claimed on the condition of anonymity.The two militants were gunned down in the encounter, however, some people gathered at the spot and pelted stones and the security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired a few rounds to disperse them. According to a police official one civilian died in the cross-firing.Early today, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Hakripora area of Pulwama late last night following information that Dujana and his local associate, Arif Nabi Dar, were present, an Army official said.An encounter broke out after the holed-up militants refused to surrender, he said.During the firefight, both militants were killed, the official said. Their bodies were recovered and the operation called off, he added.Pakistani national Dujana was wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir. He was variously described as a category ‘A’ or ‘A++’ militant by Army and police officials. Dujana carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, they said.ccording to a police spokesman, the slain militants were involved in grenade attacks on security forces at Kakapora.They were also involved in the killing of sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Bhat earlier this year, he said.Dujana was a very close associate of Abdul Rehman alias Abu Qasim, the spokesman said adding that both were involved in an attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur last year.”Dujana was instrumental in recruiting local youth in LeT. He was involved in recruiting Reyaz Ahmad Dar alias Khalid, Dar and Ayoub Lone alias Hebtulla,” he added.He was also involved in the killing of two CRPF personnel at Sangam in Anantnag district and in an attack on a police party at Gallander in Pampore area in which two constables were killed, the spokesman claimed.The other slain militant, Dar, also known as Arif Lilhaari, was involved in robbing J&K bank branches at Arihal, Ratnipora, Nehama and the Ellaquai Dehati Bank’s Wahibugh branch, the police said.As the security forces were engaged in the counter- militancy operation, over 100 protesters resorted to stone pelting on them, a police official said.The security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired a few rounds to disperse them, which resulted in the death of one civilian and injuries to a dozen others, he said.”One person with fire-arm injuries was brought dead at the Pulwama district hospital,” the police official said.The deceased was identified as Firdous Ahmad, a resident of Begumbagh in Kakapora area.According to the police spokesman, he was hit during cross firing between the militants and the security forces.Meanwhile, mobile internet services were snapped across Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.The speed of broadband internet services in the valley also significantly reduced following the killing of the two militants, locals said.The authorities shutdown schools, colleges and universities soon after the killing of two militants as a precautionary measure, officials said.Later speaking to reporters, IGP, Kashmir, Munir Khan said the security forces tried hard to make the militants surrender.”Announcements were made from mosques and we tried to utilise the services of the house owner and the persons who came out of the house to impress upon them to surrender. But, because of Dujana’s presence, the other fellow could also not surrender,” Khan said.

Haryana govt transfers 10 IPS officers in reshuffle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government today issued transfer orders of ten IPS officers with PR Deo being posted as new Director General of the State Vigilance Bureau. Deo, MD, Haryana Police Housing Corporation, Panchkula has been posted as DG, State Vigilance Bureau, Haryana. Parminder Rai, Director General (DG), State Vigilance Bureau (SVB), Panchkula will replace him as Chairman and Managing Director, Haryana Police Housing Corporation, an official release said here. Rajvant Pal Singh, Commandant General, Home Guard and Director, Civil Defence (H), Chandigarh will be the Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Rules at Police Headquarters in Panchkula, relieving K Selvaraj of the additional charge. BK Sinha, Special DG, SVB and DG, Bhondsi Complex, has been posted as Commandant General, Home Guard and Director, Civil Defence (H), Chandigarh, in place of Rajvant Pal Singh. Sudhir Chowdhary, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Prisons, will be the new ADG Administration, relieving RC Mishra of the additional charge. AS Chawla, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Law and Order, Police Headquarters, Panchkula, has been posted as Commissioner of Police, Panchkula relieving Mishra of the additional charge. CS Rao, IGP, SVB has been posted as IGP, South Range Rewari, in place of Hardeep Singh Doon, who has been posted as IGP, Haryana Armed Police Madhuban. Y Puran Kumar, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Administration swaps places with Rakesh Kumar Arya, DIG, CID.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC transfers idol theft cases to one court; Raps HR&CE dept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today ordered transfer of all pending idol theft cases in Tamil Nadu to a court in Kumbakonam for speedy disposal and directed former Idol Wing IGP A G Pon Manickavel, recently transferred from the post, and his team to continue the probe. Taking a serious view of theft of ancient idols, Justice R Mahadevan, who gave a detailed order on two connected petitions, expressed anguish that the HR and CE department, administering a large number of temples in the state, had failed to protect the antique items and other valuables. He transferred cases pending across the state to Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district, from where a number of idol thefts had been reported, for effective and speedy disposal on day-to-day basis. Giving a series of directions, he ordered computerisation of details of idols in the state. All temples should have a strong room where the idols could be kept and appropriate security, including 24X7 video surveillance and alarm. It should be done in consultation with a court-appointed team. The Judge directed the Chief Secretary to issue orders in a week for creation of a special Idol Wing camp in Tiruchirappalli headed by Manickavel, credited with cracking several cases and recovering various ancient idols worth crores of rupees during his stint with the wing. The camp would comprise personnel of the Idol Wing who were associated with the IGP earlier for completion of the trial in pending cases and must be extended all facilities, he said. Referring to a submission that the IGP had been recently shifted from the wing, the Judge said though it could be claimed as a routine transfer, “this court feels it otherwise”. “The officer has been supervising the cases and has efficiently traced and recovered several idols worth crores of rupees… for the sake of continuity and speedy completion of the investigation in pending cases, this court is of the view that Manickavel and his team must continue despite the work assigned to them presently,” the Judge said in his order. He, however, added it was not that the succeeding officer was less efficient. It was only for continuity, Manickavel and his team should probe the pending cases. The court pulled up the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE) department over the idol thefts. “The department is the custodian of most of the temples and their properties, including idols belonging to them. It is their primary duty to protect these temples and safeguard valuable idols, antiques, which this court with great anguish expresses that the department has failed to do so. “It is startling to find out that the HR&CE department with all its income from major temples is not able to maintain historical temples and safeguard the idols which have antique value based on their age,” the judge observed. He also noted that idols cannot be smuggled abroad unless there was a misdeclaration, which will warrant action by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Customs authorities against the exporter etc. Noting that that court had not come across a single case where the accused had been independently prosecuted under the Customs Act and the Finance Act, the Judge impleaded the Union Revenue Secretary as a respondent. He directed the official to submit a report on preventive measures that can be taken to check idol smuggling such as screening of packages sent out of the country. He ordered the prosecution to submit details of the idol smuggling cases to the Revenue Secretary to enable him issue directions for initiating action under the Customs Act. Referring to the petition by R Venkataraman, who alleged that six idols had been removed illegally from ancient Sri Pasupatheeswarar temple in Pandanallur in Thanjavur District, with the connivance of some officials, the Judge directed registeration of an FIR. He also ordered prosecution of delinquent officials, besides initiation of departmental proceedings. In the other petition, advocate Elephant Rajendran wanted the probe into the alleged sale of some ‘Panchaloha’ (alloy of five metals) idols by a few police officials connected to the idol wing, which came to light recently, to be done by an officer not below the rank of Superintendent of Police. The Judge ordered initiation of departmental proceedings against the personnel allegedly involved in the case and sought a compliance report by September 4.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP ATS to quiz Muzaffarnagar resident arrested in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti- Terrorist Squad (ATS) today left for Srinagar to interrogate Muzaffarnagar resident Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a member of militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who has been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police. Another ATS team has left for Muzaffarnagar to collect information on Sharma. “According to information received from the Jammu and Kashmir police, Sandeep Kumar Sharma’s involvement has been found in many cases. To collect additional inputs, teams have left for Jammu and Kashmir and Muzaffarnagar,” Inspector General (IG), ATS, Aseem Arun said here. Sharma was nabbed from the same house where LeT commander Bashir Lashkari was killed on July 1. He lived in a rented accommodation in Kulgam with three others — Muneeb Shah, who has also been arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police, Shahid Ahmad and Muzaffar Ahmad. It was here that they met hardcore LeT terrorist Shakoor Ahmad, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Munir Khan, told reporters in Srinagar earlier in the day. The IGP said Sharma was involved in criminal and militant activities and became a “hardcore terrorist in the sense that he accompanied the LeT terrorists in three actions”, including the one on June 16, in which six police personnel were killed in south Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WB govt transfers North 24 Parganas SP, South Bengal IGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major move after communal clashes were reported from Baduria and Basirhat in North 24 Parganas, the West Bengal government today transferred the Superintendent of Police of the district and the Inspector General of Police, South Bengal. “The Superintendent of Police of North 24 Parganas, Bhaskar Mukherjee, has been removed and C Sudhakar, the DC (Headquarters) of the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, has been appointed in his place,” a notification issued by the state home department said. According to it, Ajey Mukund Ranade, IGP (South Bengal), has also been transferred. He has been replaced by Sanjay Singh, who was the Director of the Directorate of Economic Offences. Ranade has been transferred as IGP, CID-I under the state police, while Mukherjee has been made the DC, Zone-II (Airport division), Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, said the notification. Bibhuti Bhusan Dash was made the new Director of the Directorate of Economic Offence and Santosh Pandey, DC, Zone- I, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, was the new DC (Headquarters) of the same force, it added. The government had yesterday removed Nasim Akhtar, the Inspector-in-charge of the Basirhat police station, from his post. Biswajit Bandyopadhyay, Inspector-in-charge, Duttapukur police station, replaced Akhtar while Surendra Kumar Singh, who was an inspector under the Barrackpore Police Commissionerate, took over as the IC, Duttapukur police station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana govt clears proposal for special task force

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government today cleared a proposal to set up a special task force for tightening the noose around wanted criminals, including serial killers and those who indulge in organised crime. The state may also enact a law similar to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, passed in 1999 to combat organised crime and terrorism. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved a proposal to to set up the task force during a meeting of the Police Department here today. The task force, which will be headed by an IGP-level officer, will be headquartered in Gurugram. Khattar directed the police to closely monitor caste- based issues. He asked the police to immediately nab the main accused in the killing of a 17-year-old Muslim youth on board a Mathura-bound train on June 22, and seek strict punishment for all those involved in the heinous crime. Khattar directed officers to carry out special campaigns to nab the accused wanted for crimes such as snatching, theft, dacoity, extortion and kidnapping, an official spokesman said. The chief minister said steps should be taken to curb the drug trade. The officers were also told to study the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act so that a similar Act could be brought in Haryana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Crashed IAF chopper’s debris, bodies of 2 crew members located

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Arunachal Pradesh police team today spotted the debris of an IAF chopper, which went missing yesterday, in a deep ravine, and also the bodies of two crew members. “The team could not retrieve the bodies as the crash site is located in a deep gorge at the confluence of a waterfall and the Nyorch river. The third body is yet to be traced,” IGP (Law & Order) Nabin Payeng told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMFL, beer bottles worth Rs 36.59 lakh seized in Gujarat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today seized Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and beer bottles worth Rs 36.59 lakh from a truck at a toll booth at Bharthan village in the district. Acting on a tip-off, personnel of the Rapid Response cell under the Vadodara Range of Inspector General of Police (IGP) intercepted a truck on national highway eight and seized the IMFL and beer bottles, G S Malik, IGP, Vadodara Range told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Guj govt promotes 14 IPS officers, four of them to DGP rank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Gujarat government today promoted 14 senior IPS officers, including four seniormost officers, who were given the DGP rank from their present rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP). The state government promoted Deputy IG rank officer Abhay Chudasama to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) rank. Chudasama, who was an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case, was the range DIG of Panchmahals prior to the promotion. Chudasama had been discharged by a special CBI court in Mumbai two years back in the encounter case. He had been promoted as the DIG last year and transferred to Panchmahal as the Range DIG. Ahmedabad police commissioner A K Singh, who is an ADGP rank officer, has been promoted to the DGP rank, a notification by the state Home Department stated today. Three other IPS officers, who have been elevated to the DGP rank are: ADGP-Intelligence Shivanand Jha, ADGP-Law and Order Tirth Raj and ADGP-CID Ashish Bhatia. Shamsher Singh, serving as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Surat range, has been promoted to the ADGP grade, the notification said. Manoj Agarwal, an IGP rank officer serving as the secretary with Home Department, has also been promoted to the ADGP rank. The state government also promoted seven other Deputy IG rank officers to the IGP grade. These officers are: DIG Armed Units (Gandhinagar) Brajesh Kumar Jha, DIG Intelligence H G Patel and DIG Coastal Security S G Trivedi among others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmir Police appeals to public to give time to serve them

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Newly appointed Inspector-General of Police Muneer Ahmed Khan on Wednesday appealed public to give Kashmir Police time to serve them. ?We will ensure to create peaceful atmosphere in the valley, be it connected to the tourism industry or any other business in Kashmir. I request people to give us a chance to serve them,? Khan told ANI. Khan further said the involvement of students in incidents of violence is a matter of concern which has to be addressed on priority. ?The involvement of students in stone-pelting is surely matter of concern and has to be addressed on priority not only by the police, but also by parents, college and school administration who should contribute and ensure that the system of education does not suffer,? he added. ?No doubt I have served in the valley in different capacities but things and the scenario keeps on changing. Methods of militants, law and order change every time. When you land up in a posting in a valley you find so many new things to tackle with. So, this time, when I joined as IGP Kashmir, I have lot of new things to tackle.? Khan was appointed as IGP Kashmir Zone in place of Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani. Gilani has been appointed as Director (Vigilance).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two held for trying to sell ‘Maragathalingam’ in Thanjavur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: Two persons were arrested near Kumbakonam in the district for allegedly trying to sell an antique Emerald lingam valued at around Rs 50 lakhs, police said today. Based on a tip-off, the idol wing police detained the accused, Kaliyamoorthy (70) and N Vijayaragavan (37) both from Kurichi village, yesterday, when they had gone to sell the ‘Maragathalingam’ to another person at Govindapuram, they said. IGP idol wing CID, AG Ponmanikavel in his press release said that they had information that efforts were being made to sell an antique ‘Maragadalingam,’ following which they intercepted the duo and seized the same. As the duo had no supporting documents for the idol, they were arrested, he said. Both were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Kumbakonam, which remanded them to judicial custody. Later, they were lodged in Tiruchi Central Prison.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC allows Gujarat to accept DGP PP Pandey’s offer to step down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat government was today allowed by the Supreme Court to accept the offer of P P Pandey, a 1980 batch Gujarat-cadre IPS officer who is on extension till April 30, to relinquish the posts of Director General (DGP) and Inspector General of police (IGP) forthwith. The court was hearing a plea of former top cop Julio Francis Ribeiro seeking a direction for removal of Pandey on the grounds including that CBI had filed charge sheet against him and others in the case of alleged fake encounter killing of Ishrat Jahan. He had also challenged Pandey’s appointment and extension as DGP and IGP. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for Gujarat, that the top police officer has himself written a letter expressing willingness to step down forthwith “in order to put an end to all controversies”. “In view of the determination of the state government, we are of the view that the main petition has been rendered infructuous,” the bench said. At the outset, the ASG submitted that the 1980-cadre IPS officer, who was to retire on January 31, was granted extension for three months by the Centre and he should be “allowed to retire peacefully”. Referring to the past developments, he alleged that it was the same case in which the then central government (UPA) had interfered and changed the contents of CBI’s affidavits within a span of 10 days. “Please do not be party to something which was not on record before this court,” Mehta said, adding that a charge sheet has only been filed by the CBI and not by the state police and moreover, charges have not been framed and there was no question of him influencing the trial. He said the allegations in the petition have been made to “malign the state on the issue of extension given to Pandey which was given keeping in mind the exercise undertaken for recruitment of 17,000 police personnel in the state”. The ASG said Pandey was the second senior-most police officer after PC Thakur, who was taken on central deputation on April 15 last year and was given the charge of DGP and IGP. Pandey, who was to superannuate on January 30, was appointed when the state’s budget session was scheduled in which an amendment to existing liquor prohibition Act was to be tabled, he said, adding that the ‘Patidar’ reservation agitation also revived then. “Gujarat being a border state with Pakistan, the state government had initiated a state-wide safe and secure Gujarat (SSASG)…this project is under the direct supervision of the DGP,” he said. The court, however, asked the state to accept the offer of Pandey to relinquish the office forthwith. The bench recorded that Pandey, in the letter, expressed willingness to step down and urged the state government to revoke the notification appointing him till April 30. The apex court had on March 31 asked Gujarat government to file its response to a plea against promotion and three- month extension to Pandey, who is out on bail in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case while refusing to give it time till Friday to file the counter affidavit. The ASG had sought time from the bench for taking instruction and told the court that Pandey had served the force for 30 years. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner – former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Francis Ribeiro – had said that Pandey was granted bail, reinstated, promoted and rewarded despite being an accused in a murder case. The Centre’s Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had granted the three-month extension to Pandey, who was to retire on January 31. Pandey was heading the state crime branch when Ishrat, a 19-year-old girl based in Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged encounter with the police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. Gujarat police had claimed they had terror links and had plotted to kill the then Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. An SIT constituted by the high court to investigate the case had concluded that it was a fake encounter, following which the HC had transferred the case to CBI. After being released on bail, Pandey was taken back into service in February 2015 and appointed the Director of the state’s Anti Corruption Bureau. On April 16 last year, Pandey was appointed the in-charge DGP of Gujarat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hold patrolling, set up check points to prevent infiltration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to check infiltration along the IB, the IGP of Jammu has directed his officers to go for patrolling amid setting up of check points on the probable infiltration routes. “It is stressed upon the supervisory officers to make optimum use resources available with them and take appropriate steps to strengthen the anti-infiltration grid along IB,” Inspector General of Police Jammu Zone, S D Singh said. Singh, who took over as IGP of Jammu Zone in February this year, visited the border area along IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua district yesterday to review the border management and anti-infiltration grid and to ensure better co-ordination between police and concerned security unit deployed in the areas. Singh stressed upon laying effective check points round the clock particularly during the wee hours on the road originating from border areas as well as on Jammu-Pathankot national highway. The IGP directed top officers of the districts to hold patrolling as well as nakas on the probable infiltration routes to prevent infiltration across the IB and foil “nefarious designs” of terrorists. During his visit, he visited various border out posts (BOPs) of BSF in Jammu, Samba, Kathua districts and got a detailed briefing from the senior officers of concerned BSF battalions deployed at BOPs of Budhwar, Chamblyal, Babbia and Maniyari regarding border management as well as other activities going on at the International Border. During his interaction with the BSF officers, Singh stressed on close synergy between police, BSF and intelligence agencies to foil evil designs of the enemy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After INLD call to re-dig SYL canal, Punjab deploys police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab government today deployed forces at Kapoori and Shambu border in Patiala district, about 30 km from here, in the wake of Haryana’s Indian National Lok Dal’s call to redig the Sutlej Yamuna Link canal from February 23. “We have mobilised forces at Kapoori and Sambhu border today,” Patiala zone Inspector General of Police (IGP) B Chander Sekhar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K: 9 IGs, 4 DIGs among those transferred in major reshuffle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major reshuffle, Jammu and Kashmir government has transferred and posted about 60 police officers, including 9 IGPs and 4 DIGs. Senior IPS officer S D Singh Jamwal has been appointed as new Police Chief of Jammu region and Alok Puri as head of the State Crime Branch. 47 Additional SPs, SPs and SSPs have been transferred, including posting of I I Parray as new SSP of Srinagar. The state Cabinet which met here this evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered 60 transfers and postings in the police department. Mohammad Sulaiman Salaria, IPS, IGP Railways has been transferred and posted as Director SKPA Udhampur, while Alok Puri, IPS, IGP Vigilance has been transferred and posted as IGP Crime. S D Singh Jamwal, IPS, awaiting orders of posting has been posted as IGP Jammu Zone, official spokesman said. Rajesh Kumar, Director SKPA Udhampur has been transferred and posted as IGP Railways followed by Sunil Kumar, IGP Armed Kashmir has been transferred and posted as IGP Telecommunications, Danesh Rana, IGP Jammu Zone has been transferred and posted as IGP Home Guards, Jagjit Kumar, IGP, Security has been transferred and posted as IGP Traffic. Similarly, Mubarak Ahmad Ganai, IGP Telecommunications has been transferred and posted as IGP Armed Kashmir, followed by J P Singh, Commissioner, Civil Military Liaison, Home Department, who has been transferred and posted as IGP (Personnel) PHQ, against an available vacancy, he said. On his promotion, Deepak Kumar Salathia, Commandant IRP 7th Bn has been transferred and posted as DIG Rajouri-Poonch, in his own Pay and Grade, vice Uttam Chand, who has been approved for posting on central deputation. Rafeeq-ul-Hassan, Commandant JKAP 3rd BN on his promotion has been transferred and posted as DIG Armed Kashmir in his own pay and grade against an available vacancy followed by Varinder Sharma, SSP CID SB Jammu transferred and posted as DIG Udhampur Reasi Range, Vijay Kumar, Commandant JKAP 4th Btn transferred and posted as DIG IRP Jammu, spokesman said. Amit Kumar, SSP Srinagar has been transferred and posted as SSP CID SB Jammu, followed by Imtiyaz Ismail Parray posted as SP Srinagar, Pande Rajiv Omprakash, SP (A) CID Headquarters posted as Poonch, Sandeep,IPS (RR: 2012), SP South Srinagar transferred and posted as SP South Jammu, Chandan Kohli, IPS (RR: 2013), SDPO East Jammu on his promotion has been posted as Additional SP Pulwama. Similarly Amod Nagpure Ashok,IPS (RR: 2013), SDPO Sadder Srinagar on his promotion has been posted as Additional SP Budgam, followed by Ashish Kumar Mishra, IPS (RR: 2013), SDPO Sopore on his promotion has been posted as SP South Srinagar, Ramesh Kumar Jalla, SSP SB Kashmir transferred and posted as SSP Crime Jammu, Ranjit Kanwar, Principal PTTI Vijaypur posted as Principal PTS Kathua, Ashok Kumar Sharma, SSP PCR Jammu posted as SSP Security Jammu, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IGP Unveils Striking Valentine’s Day Spending and Gifting

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Chhattisgarh: Bastar IG Kalluri who threatened activists goes on leave, new top cop appointed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri who allegedly threatened activists after they raised concerns over the hounding of activist Bela Bhatia, has gone on leave and a new IG has been appointed in his place.After activist Bela Bhatia was harassed by a mob in Bastar, lawyers, filmmakers and human rights defenders who wrote to SRP Kalluri to ensure the activist’s safety, were allegedly threatened by the cop himself.Bhatia was allegedly asked to vacate her house in Pandripani village in Bastar district by villagers, who held a protest outside it accusing her of being a ‘Maoist sympathiser’, the police said. Bhatia had claimed that she was allegedly threatened by a group of men who asked her to vacate immediately, failing which they said they would set the house ablaze. The Chhattisgarh Home Ministry appointed Sundar Raj P, Dantewada Deputy Inspector General of Police, as the chief of the Bastar range, reported Dainik Bhaskar.In November, the National Human Rights Commission had summoned Chief Secretary of the Chhattisgarh government and the IGP of Bastar Range, in the wake of alleged hostility and abuse of power against social activist Nandini Sundar and others in connection with a tribal murder case.The NHRC said it had noted and taken suo motu cognisance of the “nationwide outcry and protest” against IGP of Bastar Range SRP Kalluri for registering an FIR on November 5 against Sundar, Delhi University professor Archana Prasad and a few others in connection with the alleged murder of a tribal man in Naxal-affected areas of the state.

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