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Delhi Nursery admissions: Jamia students to help EWS families

Even as the nursery admission process for the Economically Weaker Section and Disadvantaged (EWS/DG) category is yet to begin across the Capital, few students of Jamia Millia Islamia have decided to help such families in completing their online submission process.The Engineering Department of the university has joined hands with an NGO Mission Taleem to serve help the needy families.”We had approached the university to seek their help in helping such people who have no idea about the online admission process. The department has assured us of providing every possible help in filling as many forms as possible,” said Ekramul Haque, national convener of the NGO.”We will try to reach every nook and corner of Delhi, where poor and needy people reside, and fill their forms at their homes with the help of these students,” he added.The Delhi government had switched to a centralised online admission process for the EWS category in 2015, after receiving repeated complaints of discrimination from the parents. However, the parents of the EWS kids face many hardships in the online procedure as most of them do not have access to the internet. The official data also shows a considerable decline in the number of nursery admissions in the EWS/DG category in the last three sessions.

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11 Jamia students asked to leave NCC camp for ‘sporting beard’

Eleven Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students were allegedly asked to leave an ongoing National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp in Rohini for sporting beard. Calling it blatant “discrimination” and demanding that they should be reinstated back in the camp, the students held a protest at the university campus on Monday.According to the agitating students, they were asked to leave the camp on Sunday night after they denied to shave off their beards. “A total of 35 students from the JMI had joined the 10-day camp on December 19, of which, eleven of us sport a beard. We were repeatedly asked to shave to which we denied as it is against our religious beliefs. We were finally thrown out of the camp,” said one of the students, who did not wish to be named due to the NCC protocol.The NCC officials, however, say that the cadets other than Sikhs are forbidden from growing beard during the camps.“It’s a part of NCC’s code of conduct and not any discrimination. Nobody was asked to leave the camp,” a senior official said. Despite several attempts, NCC PRO Colonel Vikas, however, could not be reached for a comment.After staging an overnight protest outside the camp, the students continued their protest at the Jamia campus till Monday evening demanding the suspension of Jamia’s NCC in-charge Rajnish Kumar.“Our university in-charge did not help the students when they were discriminated. Some of the students have been attending the camp for the last two-three years but none of them were asked to shave,” said Aqdas Sami, a third-year Bioscience student.The students also met Vice-Chancellor, Talat Ahmad urging him to take immediate action against Kumar.“The VC assured the students that he will constitute an inquiry committee to look into the matter,” said Meeran Haider from the Jamia Students’ Forum. When DNA contacted Kumar, he denied to make any statement and said that he will submit a report to the VC. A former Jamia NCC in-charge, however, claimed that it never happened during his 30-year long association with the tri-service organisation. “Never before were the students asked to shave during the NCC camps. Ours is one of the best NCC team in Delhi,” he added. A similar issue was raised earlier in August 2015, when Andhra Pradesh Minorities Commission had issued a notice to the Director-General of NCC seeking explanation on a circular issued two years ago which had forbidden cadets, other than Sikhs, from growing beard. Later in December that year, the Commission had asked the Defence Ministry to make the exemption, granted to Sikh community applicable to Muslims, too. The matter, however, is still under examination.

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BSES employee held for theft

A BSES contractual supervisor was arrested for stealing cable wire worth Rs 10 lakh from Jamia Milia University Metro Station using a crane. Police recovered the entire stolen cable wire from him.”The accused, Ashwani Kumar alias Bablu, 37, was arrested on the basis of evidence from the CCTV footage. He was earlier in jail for four years in a murder and robbery case in Gurgaon,” said Chinmoy Biswas, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.According to the police, on December 5, a complaint was received from BSES contractor Karan Sharma, who said that someone had stolen a wooden drum containing cables. He informed the police that the wire was 492 metre-long and weighed around 4,400 kg. The wire worth Rs 10 lakh was stolen from the under-construction Jamia Milia University Metro Station site,” said the officer.Police scanned the list of previous cases where the modus operandi was the same. Cops scanned relevant CCTV footage from various BSES godowns and under-construction metro sites. In one such footage, a crane and a tempo were seen passing in front of a hospital at night. The crane owner was traced down and he informed that a BSES employee had hired him for lifting the cable wire roll.Police further traced the BSES contractual labour supervisor Kumar who confessed to the crime. Kumar earlier worked as a cab driver and had been working for BSES for the past one year as a labour supervisor. In 2006, he was arrested in a murder-cum-robbery case in Gurugram and was lodged at Bhondsi Jail till 2010.Kumar was looking for scrap dealers in Okhla and Badarpur areas to sell off the wire. He even tried to fix a deal with around four dealers, but most refused to buy the wire because it was government property. He was also looking for dealers outside Delhi to dispose the cable. He told the police that he had dumped the cable roll behind Batra Hospital in the jungle area from where the wire was recovered. He was previously involved in a case of attacking a public servant.

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‘Administrative exigencies’ prompts Rajnath Singh to cancel Jamia Milia Islamia visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to inaugurate a newly-constructed hostel for Kashmiri women students at Jamia Milia Islamia, scheduled on Saturday, has been postponed due to some “administrative exigencies”, officials said on Friday.The plan for the hostel, with 135 rooms and 400 beds capacity, was first conceived in 2012, when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Jamia and the Ministry of Home Affairs to attract more girl students from the Valley. The state government borne the funds for its construction initially that were later reimbursed by the Ministry.According to officials at JMI, there are a high number of students from Kashmir studying at Jamia and most of them have to go through a tough time for looking an accommodation in the nearby area. “It will be really encouraging for them if they will get accommodation within the campus,” a senior University official said.Meanwhile, a section of Kashmiri students at the University held a protest Friday over the invite. “Our conscience does not allow us to welcome those who purport to be the representatives of the people of J&K but have been consistently trying to make people change their aspirations and succumb to the demands of the Indian state,” the students said in a statement.

Najeeb Ahmed case: CBI rejects cops’ theory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has rejected the Delhi Police’s theory that the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, Najeeb Ahmed, took an auto to the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) hours before he went missing, the counsel for his mother Fatima Nafees has said.Speaking to DNA, Pallavi Sharma, one of the counsels appearing for Nafees, said the status report, which was submitted to the Delhi High Court in a sealed cover, stated that the auto driver confessed to the CBI that he pressurised by the Delhi Police to say that Najeeb boarded his auto.The status report was given to the counsels for their perusal for a brief time and was thereafter returned to Nikhil Goel, the counsel appearing for the CBI. Goel had refused to give a copy to the petitioner’s counsel because of the concern that it might be leaked to the media. The issue, however, was not discussed during the court proceedings.Najeeb, 27, a student of MSc Biotechnology, had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of JNU on October 15, last year, following a scuffle with some other students, allegedly affiliated to student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The CBI took over the case on May 16, 2017, as Delhi Police had remained clueless for seven months to trace the student, who hailed from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh.”The court has heard the submissions of the parties. The status report filed reflects the future steps taken by the CBI in the matter. The court does not consider it appropriate to discuss the details set out in the status report,” a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehtra said.In the status report, the CBI said it was awaiting the forensic results of the mobilephones of nine JNU students, which were seized in connection with the probe. The CBI informed the court that their investigation was underway and mobile phones of the nine suspect students has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), whose report is pending.He added that considering the sensitive nature of the case, it would be difficult for them if the media reported about it. He also sought in-camera proceedings. The court, however, said the decision would be taken on the next date of hearing, i.e December 21.The senior advocate, appearing for Najeeb’s mother, questioned why did the CBI not arrest the students to extract information, claiming that it was a political abduction.On this, the court said:”We cannot put unnecessary pressure on the probing agency.We completely understand the anxiety and tension of the parents,” the bench said.

UGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Institutions like Jamia Hamdard, Symbiosis International University and others that are under the deemed-to-be-universities category will not be able to use the word ‘university’ in their names.The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked 123 deemed-to-be-universities to drop the word from their names in a letter dated November 10. The letter cites a Supreme Court order of November 3, 2017 and says that the use of word ‘university’ by such institutes is in violation of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The court has asked such to stop using the word within one month of the issue of the Court order.While issuing orders on banning technical education through distance mode, the apex court had also said that no deemed-to-be-university can run open and distant learning courses from the next academic year (2018-19) unless it is permitted to do so by the concerned authorities.The court has also directed UGC to take proper steps to implement the Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.The Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956 says, “No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word ‘University’ associated with its name in any manner whatsoever”.With this order, prominent institutes like Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Jamia Hamdard, National University of Educational Planning & Administration, Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), Christ University, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, SYMBIOSIS International University (Pune), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Coimbatore), and more will no longer will be able to use the word in their names.RULESAccording to Section 23 of the UGC Act, institutions that are not established or incorporated by a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act can use ‘university’ in their names.

Eviction talk a rallying point in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Younis, 42, is a worried man. For eight years, Jammu has been a home-away-from-home for Younis who fled Myanmar in 2009 to escape persecution. Living in a shanty with his five children, Younis shudders at reports that Rohingyas will be deported. From courts to streets, the talk of eviction has become a rallying point in Jammu.”If we are sent back, they (Myanmar’s Army) will kill us. We did not come to settle here permanently. We are here because of the circumstances back home. People of Jammu have been very good to us all through,” said Younis, who has a UN refugee card. Younis entered India to start his life afresh. After staying in Delhi for some time, he came to Jammu for a living. “I have been working as a labourer. My contractor is Hindu, and he has been very kind to me,” he said.There are 1,219 Rohingya families with 5,107 members in Jammu district. As many as 14 Rohingyas have married locals. Imam Kifayatullah Aziz Arkani, 35, fled Myanmar in 2012 after the Army issued a diktat against namaz. Arkani, who was the head priest of Jamia Masjid at Arakan, decided to flee and reached Bangladesh. He could not get work there and decided to come to India.”I had heard that there is amity and brotherhood in India. From Kolkata, I boarded a train to Jammu. In between I also lived in Hyderabad for two years. But for the last seven months, I have been in Jammu, teaching at a madrasa,” he said.”They are potential militant recruits. There is no reason for them to travel 5,000 km and stay closer to the border with Pakistan. They could have stayed near Odisha or West Bengal,” said Sunil Sethi, spokesman for BJP in Jammu and Kashmir. Lawyer Hunar Gupta has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, demanding shifting of all illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh from Jammu.”We are a border state and our conflict with China and Pakistan is known all over the world. They (Rohingyas) are poor people and can be misused. Even the Home Ministry has expressed apprehensions that they might have links with militant organisations,” said Gupta.The Jammu and Kashmir government has said no instance of radicalisation has been reported. “However, if such a complaint is received, appropriate action will be taken,” J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the Assembly in January this year.She said no Rohingya has been found involved in militancy-related incidents. However, 17 FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for various offences including those related to illegal border crossing.”They are poor people and have no links with terror as is being projected. They do not even know who Syed Ali Shah Geelani is. Few in Jammu want them evicted. Most people have no problem with them because they know that they are very poor,” said Waqar H Bhatti, a prominent social activist.

Drunk father throws baby girl in drain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fed up over the constant crying of his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, a man threw her in a drain in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area on late Tuesday night.According to the police, the child’s body was recovered from the drain on Thursday, almost 56 hours after her father, who claimed to be inebriated, had thrown her in a drain near their residence. Soon after the incident, the child’s mother Mofida informed police that around midnight her husband Rashid Zamal (40) had kidnapped their daughter and taken her to a secret location.Since the time the daughter was born, she used to fall sick quite often and on the day when Zamal was beating his wife, the child was unwell and was crying, a senior police officer said. Zamal, who was under the influence of liquor, was annoyed after hearing the child’s cries. “He picked up the child and banged the child’s head multiple times against the floor of the shanty they stayed in. His wife pleaded with him to stop but he did not listen to her. She then ran out to get help from her neighbours but the accused took the girl with him and ran away,” said the officer. Mofida informed the police and a search operation for the accused and the child began.After a few hours, the man was traced but he did not recollect about the incident and told police that he had left the child near one of the two drains running parallel to each other, the police said.

Ousted scholar says Jamia punished her for activism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has cancelled the admission of a second-year research scholar for allegedly indulging in “campus activism”, without given her “a prior notice about the move”.According to an order issued by the university on Tuesday, the admission of Dhrupadi Ghosh, who was pursuing PhD in Sociology, was being cancelled. “In the light of the office order dated September 7, 2017, issued by the Registrar, JMI, the admission of Dhrupadi Ghosh is being cancelled from PhD in Sociology,” it read.The order was marked to four people, including the Head of the Department of Sociology, and Ghosh’s supervisor. The student, however, got to know about it only on Friday. “I came to know about it on Friday. This is a direct attack on me for raising my voice against various issues and fighting for democracy on the campus,” she said.Ghosh is a member of student group Dayar-I-Shauq Students’ Charter (DISSC), which recently came in the spotlight for organising a cultural evening at the university’s central canteen in August last week, to which the administration had objected. The event was “abruptly” called off and the participating students were allegedly manhandled by the proctorial office staff. Ghosh, along with some other students, had also held a protest at the campus over the issue.”The democratic space at Jamia is shrinking day after day, with the administration trying to mute the voices of those who dissent. I have been singled out for raising my voice against various issues,” Ghosh said.The university authority, however, denied the charges and termed it an “academic” decision rather than an “administrative” issue. “Ghosh’s PhD admission does not comply with the university guidelines. She did her masters’ in fine arts, which is not allied with Sociology in Jamia,” a senior varsity official said.”Why would the university single out a student? She was not the only one who particpated in several campus protests,” the official added.

Man crushed under Army truck, officer arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 37-year-old motorcyclist was crushed under an Army truck near Pancharipuri on Wednesday morning. Police have arrested the driver who is an officer of the Assam Regiment.A senior police officer said that they received a PCR call reporting a fatal accident near Pancharipuri.When a police team arrived on the spot, they found a severed body lying near the tyre of the truck. The deceased was identified as Naushad Aminuddin, a resident of Jamia Nagar, who worked as a carpenter.”According to eye-witnesses, two men — who were later identified as Aminuddin and Mohammad Aarif — both residents of Seelampur, were travelling on a bike. The duo were on Kariyappa Marg when an Army truck hit their bike from behind. While Aarif, who was riding the bike, was thrown meters away, Aminuddin fell under the truck and was crushed to death,” said a senior police officer.According to police, the body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem. Aarif, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to a hospital for treatment.The accused, identified as I Shikato Sema, 39, of the Assam Regiment, has been arrested and a case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence has been registered,” said BK Singh, DCP New Delhi.Police are also checking CCTV footage of the incident to establish the sequence of events.

Anganwadi centres to be revamped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to reform and revamp the anganwadi centres, the Delhi government on Friday concluded a five-day training for 320 supervisors in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The training was conducted by experts from NGO Pratham and Jamia Millia Islamia University.The training will now be followed by two weeks on-the-job practice sessions, which will be followed by two days of evaluation and feedback module.”The supervisors, after completing the module, would be fully equipped to impart the same training to their anganwadi Workers. Using this cascade model all 10,000 anganwadi workers would be trained by the end of September,” Delhi government said in a statement.”The week-long training saw nearly 100 per cent enthusiastic attendance by the supervisors. They expressed the view that the training was effective and much needed in building their capacity as supervisors,” it added.Each supervisor is responsible for functioning of about 25 anganwadis. The training was held at eight venues across Delhi. Earlier in the month, also as a part of anganwadi reforms, Delhi government substantially increased the payout of the anganwadi workers.From an earlier honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month, the government more than doubled it to Rs 10,678 per month.

Neutralised LeT commander was involved in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Ashish Jhingan on Wednesday lauded the Indian Army over their joint operation in killing top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Ayub Lelhari, asserting that the latter was involved in civilian killings and many bank robberies. Speaking to ANI, Jhingan said ?The security forces knew about the terrorist whereabouts and movement, as we were tracking them from the time. According to our sources, we got to know that the terrorists are travelling in a local mode of transport with commuters. The Jammu and Kashmir police along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made a team and formed a joint operation at all security check points to combat them as soon as possible?. The officer further stated that Lelhari was involved in civilian killings and many bank robberies, and they have also recovered an AK47 rifle, magazine, ammunition from him. Earlier in the day, Ayub Lelhari was killed in an encounter on with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir?s Pulwama. The terrorists initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the region. Hizbul Mujahideen’s topmost commander in Kashmir, Mehmood Ghaznavi, was also killed in a gun fight that started on Saturday evening at Shopian. Earlier on August 5, three militants of the Lashkar module were killed at the Jamia Mohalla Amargarh in Sopore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorists arrested in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The security forces on Monday arrested two terrorists of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen from Handwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Yesterday, one of the three terrorists killed in Saturday’s Shopian encounter was identified as Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander – Yasin Yatoo. Hizbul Mujahideen’s topmost commander in Kashmir, Mehmood Ghaznavi, was also killed in a gun fight that started on Saturday evening at Shopian. Combing operations were launched to ensure no untoward elements reside in the area. Last week a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was arrested from Soppore district of the state. Ishfaq Ahmad Kanna, a resident of Jamia-Qadeem in Sopore, was arrested after an operation was carried out by the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) when it was conducting a security check on Seer Amargarh Road. During the security check, Ishfaq jumped over the ‘Naka’ and fled to a nearby orchard. The suspected area was cordoned off immediately and he was caught and one pistol, one pistol Meg, five pistol rounds and two UBGL grenades were recovered from him. A case was registered against Ishfaq in the Tarzoo Police Station. After thorough investigation, it has been found out that the militant is a part of the Lashkar Module in North- Kashmir. He used to work as active recruiter before joining the LeT outfit. Earlier, on 5th of August, three militants of the Lashkar module were killed at the Jamia Mohalla Amargarh in Sopore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Muneer-Khan-PC-on-Ayub-Pandit-lynching @ 7/24/2017 12:46:08 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muneer Khan on Monday divulged details about the horrific lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ayub Pandith, which took place on June 22, informing that 20 accused have been arrested till date and assuring that more arrests are to be made. Addressing a press conference here, Khan said, ?There was a gruesome incident that took place on June 22 where our Security Wing of Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy SP Ayub Pandit was lynched near Jamia Masjid, Srinagar. It was a serious incident and first of its kind that has happened in the valley. The police found that four miscreants, including terrorist Sajid Ahmad Gilkar, played a major role in instigating the mob against Pandith. Investigation is on expeditiously and effectively and 20 accused have been arrested till date, more arrests will be made soon?. Explaining more about the investigation which is on in this matter, Khan stated that an iron rod which was used on Pandit was found including his identity card and pistol. ?Initially only after getting the clues we arrested three main accused who were involved. After our custodial probe they led us to more accused people who were also involved,? said Khan. Speaking on the investigation which is underway and about progress in the matter, Khan also said the probe is absolutely in the right direction and will be resolved soon. ?While being lynched the DSP had fought in self defence and had also fired three bullets to miscreants below the waist line. The investigation is still on absolutely in the right manner. Some more accused are to be arrested and will be brought out in the due course of time. We are hopeful; to complete the investigation soon,? the Inspector General of Police said. Finally hailing the hard work of the Srinagar police and team, Khan congratulated the probe carried out by them. ?A special investigating team under the command of SP Nath was constituted. I take the opportunity to congratulate Srinagar Police the way they have carried out this probe in a very professional manner and so far they have brought this investigation into a logical issue,? Khan added. On July 12, one of the militants involved in killing of Pandith killed in Redbug area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. The information about the killing of the militant was tweeted by the Jammu and Kashmir police. Pandith died after a brutal mob attack outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar last month. The deceased was allegedly making a video of stone pelting by locals, and objecting to this, the violent mob attacked him. Ayub opened fire through his service pistol in his own defence after the situation became out of control.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wanted criminal arrested following gun-battle in south Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old man, who was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his arrest, was nabbed by the police following a gun-battle at southeast Delhi’s New Friends Colony in the wee hours today. Chand Mohammad was allegedly involved in 14 cases of robbery, attempt to murder etc., the police said, adding that a pistol and four live cartridges were also seized from his possession. The accused allegedly fired three rounds at a police team and the police also fired two rounds in retaliation. Another man, Zahid, who was accompanying the accused, managed to flee, the police said. Mohammad was wanted in a robbery case at Jamia Nagar. In February, while committing the crime, he had allegedly opened fire at the owner of the house, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Activist returns award says ‘Talibanisation’ happening in society

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Condemning the brutal lynching of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob, Human Rights Activist Shabnam Hashmi returned her award National Minority Rights Award saying the spreading ?Talibanisation? in society is a matter of concern. ?I am angry with this government. The government is doing some incidents by own and some are being outsourced. These people belong to BJP and BJP is controlled by RSS. The way Talibanisation is happening in society is a matter of concern,? Hashmi told ANI. In a scathing attack on the Central Government, Hashmi said that the Centre has no control over such acts, and the attackers are especially targeting the Muslims and the Christians. ?The Central Government has no control over the way mob lynching taking place in whole nation especially attacking Muslims and Christians. The government is not trying to stop such acts. So, in order to oppose such acts I have returned my award,? she said. Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar. The deceased DSP was on surveillance and was allegedly clicking pictures of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him. After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured. The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life. However, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said two people have been arrested and a third person has been identified in connection with the lynching of Pandith.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JK lynching: Five of 12 identified held, SP transferred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were arrested and a senior official shunted after a mob lynched a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Jammu and Kashmir police outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area on Thursday night. Top police officials expressed resolve that the guilty would not spared for the brutal killing of DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith and said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been formed to probe the case. Five of the 12 persons identified in connection with the crime had been arrested, state Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said. In an order issued late last night, Vaid also transferred the Superintendent of Police (SP), North Srinagar, Sajad Khaliq Bhat. Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the SP, North Srinagar. Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, was asked to look after the duties of the SP (North Srinagar) while Bhat has been asked to report to the headquarters. “An SIT headed by an SP rank officer has been formed for speedy investigation into the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22,” a police official said. Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area Thursday night triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation. “We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested so far,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP demands setting up of fast-track court in lynching case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today demanded the setting up of a special fast-track court to punish the those involved in the brutal lynching of a police officer in Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir BJP chief Sat Sharma expressed shock over the killing of Deputy Superintendent Ayub Pandith, who was stripped and stoned to death outside the Jamia Masjid in the downtown area of the city. “We demand setting up of fast-track special court to punish the culprits involved in the heinous crime against humanity and murder of the DSP,” he said. The BJP state President also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family. He said the morale of militants is at a low and Pakistan-sponsored separatists have always resorted to inhumane acts to thwart the work of security agencies. He said the state government should take cognisance of matter in a serious way so that nobody dares to commit such acts against security forces. “When the tourist season is at the peak in the valley and the holy Amarnath Yatra is going to start soon, a handful of people are indulging in such acts to convey the outside world that Kashmir is not a place to visit,” the leader said. He appealed to the people to not get misled and instead work in unison to identify and expose elements which are responsible for creating hurdles in peace and causing the loss of life and property.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JK lynching: Cops form SIT, arrest five of 12 identified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Police today formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the lynching of an officer outside Jamia Masjid here and said it has arrested five of the 12 persons identified in connection with the crime. “An SIT headed by an officer of the rank of superintendent of police has been formed for speedy investigation of the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22,” a police official said. He said the investigation was heading in the right direction as more arrests had been made in connection with the killing. Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s Nowhatta area, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation. “We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested so far,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K cop’s lynching: Special Investigation Team formed to probe incident, 5 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the lynching of an officer outside Jamia Masjid here and said it has arrested five of the 12 persons identified in connection with the crime.”An SIT headed by an officer of the rank of superintendent of police has been formed for speedy investigation of the lynching incident in which Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was killed on the night of June 22,” a police official said. He said the investigation was heading in the right direction as more arrests had been made in connection with the killing.Pandith was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid here, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation.”We have identified 12 persons in connection with the case and five of them have been arrested so far,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI. While two persons were arrested yesterday, three more have been picked up since.”Two of the arrested persons are those who were injured in the firing at the time of lynching,” Vaid added. He said police has resolved not to spare the people behind the act.”It is the resolve of Jammu and Kashmir Police that we are not going to spare these rascals,” he said, adding that investigation into the case was underway and everything would be clear once the report comes. “Let the investigation be completed. Only then can we say what happened,” he said.Asked whether moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was present in the Jamia Masjid when the incident took place, Vaid said, “It is a matter of investigation.”Vaid has also ordered the transfer of a senior officer from the area where a mob lynched Pandith.The order late yesterday said SP (North Srinagar) Sajad Khaliq Bhat been transferred and asked to report to the J&K Police headquarters.Nowhatta, where the lynching took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the North Srinagar SP.Sajad Ahmad Shah, the additional SP (Traffic City), Srinagar, will look after the duties of the SP (North Srinagar), the order read.

Lynch mob stones to death on-duty Dy SP in Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shock, anger and outrage have gripped Kashmir after a lynch mob stoned to death a deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP) while he was performing security duties at the historic Jamia Masjid during Shab-e-Qadr (night of prayers in Ramzan) in Srinagar on Thursday night.Fifty-seven-year old Mohammad Ayub Pandith of the third security battalion of Jammu and Kashmir Police was stripped, paraded and then lynched by a violent mob shouting slogans in favour of Zakir Musa, one of the most-wanted terrorists who recently quit the Hizbul Mujahideen and had called for a caliphate in Kashmir.Hundreds of people used stones and sticks to hit the officer, badly mutilating his body. When cornered by the irate crowd, Pandith fired some rounds from his service pistol in self-defence but even that failed to deter the bloodthirsty mob. Three people were injured in the firing.Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir, Shesh Paul Vaid said the Dy SP was posted to protect the people at the access control (entry point to the mosque) so that anti-social elements did not vitiate the atmosphere during namaz. “Some people from among those he was protecting lynched and martyred the officer. It is very unfortunate. The man who was protecting them was lynched,” Vaid said.The initial reports collected by the police said that the officer was coming out after inspecting the security arrangements when some anti- social elements raised slogans and overpowered him, the DGP said. “He was then brutally beaten and lynched,” he said.Vaid said two people have been arrested and the third has been identified. “They will have to face the law. The DSP had a pistol and a policeman has the right to self defence when somebody attacks him. He has the legal right to fire to save himself,” he said.Additional Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, (Security), Dilbag Singh told DNA that the officer was part of the special deployment made for Shab-e-Qadr.”There was a mob which was misbehaving and shouting slogans. Some people spread false rumours that he was from some agency when he was performing the security duty. He was dragged and beaten till he died. His weapon was also snatched,” he said.A pall of gloom has descended on the Pandith household at Nowpora in the old Srinagar city. A grieving wife, an inconsolable daughter and distraught son are unable to come to terms with the brutal lynching of their dear one.In fact, the family was preparing to celebrate Eid as the officer’s daughter, who is pursuing MBBS overseas, had specially flown to Srinagar to join the festivities.”It was first time he was posted in Jamia Masjid. He has been known to the people in the area given that he was duty officer in Zadibal police station in mid-nineties. He was so down to earth that he would never travel in an official vehicle,” said Mohommad Abdullah Pandith, brother of the slain officer.Born in Nowpora in April 1960, Pandith completed M Com and LLB before joining the police department in 1990 as a sub inspector. After completing his basic training in 1992, he was posted in Pulwama district.”The officer served as SHO of different police stations. He was promoted as DSP in 2013. During his career, he has served different wings of district police, railways, vigilance and security in different capacities. He had received many appreciations for his work and conduct,” a police spokesman.Some initial reports said that the moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was inside the mosque and continued with his sermon when the officer was being beaten to death. Farooq, however, denied that he was present in the mosque at the time of the incident. “I reached the mosque at 12.15 am while the incident had happened before that,” he said.Condemning the incident, Farooq said, “Mob violence and public lynching are outside the parameters of our values and religion. The violence that the state has wreaked on us is largely responsible for this kind of brutality, as the police is being used against the people in the most brutal way which leads to brutal reactions,” he said.J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of severe backlash if the police loses its patience.”What can be more shameful than this (lynching of the officer). I want to say that J&K Police is one of the best police forces in the country, they are brave but they are showing maximum restraint (while dealing with the law and order situation) because they feel that they are dealing with their own people. But, for how long?” she asked.National Conference working president Omar Abdullah also condemned the incident. “I am personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy. That this happened on the most auspicious night and outside Jamia Masjid is shocking,” he said.”Such heinous elements are the enemies of Kashmiriyat and humanity and should be given the sternest possible sentence as per the law of the land,” he added.With agency inputs

Mohammed Ayub Pandith’s lynching: CM Mufti calls incident ‘murder of trust’, warns J&K police might lose patience

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A deputy superintendent of police was stripped and lynched by a mob outside the historic Jamia Masjid here, triggering outrage across Kashmir and drawing all-round condemnation, including from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and separatist Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.Describing the incident as “murder of trust”, the Chief Minister wondered how long the police would show restraint as she warned that there could be a backlash if the force loses patience.Mirwaiz, the head priest of the historic mosque situated in old Srinagar city’s Nowhatta area, condemned the incident, saying it was “outside the parameters of our values and religion”.
ALSO READ Mohammed Ayub Pandith lynching: PM Modi needs to ensure that Mehbooba Mufti walks the talkDSP Mohammad Ayoub Pandith was stripped and stoned to death by the mob at around 12.30 AM today when he was caught allegedly clicking pictures of the people coming out of the mosque after ‘Shab-e-qadr’ prayers, police sources said.When the mob attacked the 57-year-old police officer, he opened fire from his pistol, injuring three persons.
ALSO READ Brutal ways lead to brutal reactions: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Mohammed Ayub Pandith’s lynching Hailing from nearby Navpora area, Pandith was beaten up so badly that he could not be identified for quite some time, the sources said.He is survived by wife, a daughter and a son. His daughter is doing MBBS in Bangladesh and is currently home for Eid. His son is a graduation student.”The DSP was posted at the access control of the mosque to prevent miscreants from vitiating the atmosphere so that people could offer prayers in peace. But a few among those, for the security of whom he had been deployed there, lynched him,” Director General of Police S P Vaid said terming the incident as “very unfortunate”.Quoting preliminary investigation, the police chief said the mob attacked the DSP when he was coming out of the mosque after checking the access control.”When the DSP was coming out after checking the access control of the mosque, some miscreants caught hold of him while raising slogans and started beating him up,” he said.The mob then went on a rampage, targeting empty security pickets in the area. Police reinforcements were rushed to restore normalcy in the area.Vaid said two persons have been arrested so far and a third has been identified.”All of them (involved in the lynching) will face the law,” the DGP told reporters on the sidelines of the wreath- laying ceremony for the slain officer at district police lines here.He said an investigation into the case is on.Asked whether the slain officer was there for the security of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference, the DGP said, “Mirwaiz does come there. It was a sacred occasion yesterday and thousands of people were expected at the mosque and security was made for them.” Defending the firing by the officer in which three persons were injured, Vaid said, “The DSP was carrying a pistol and he had the right to self-defence.” The incident took place when Muslims across Kashmir were observing ‘Shab-e-Qadr’ (the night of power) involving night- long prayers and supplications in the mosques and shrines.The Chief Minister said the Jammu and Kashmir Police was one of the best police forces in the country and was showing maximum restraint in dealing with law and order situation.”There can be nothing more shameful than this… It is a murder of trust,” Mehbooba told reporters after attending the wreath-laying ceremony for the slain officer.She said the officer had not gone to the mosque for personal work but was there to protect the lives of the people and fulfil his duty.”I want to say that J-K police is one of the best police forces in the country. They are brave but are showing maximum restraint because they feel that they are dealing with their own people. But for how long? The day their patience wanes, then, I believe, things will be difficult,” she said.”I appeal to the people that there is still time and we should understand. The police force is our own force, they are our children and such a treatment is shameful,” she added.”A SHO along with five cops was killed some days back and now this DSP… I appeal to the people that this is a shameful incident. Those who protect you, show patience while dealing with you…but if you behave like this with them, then if they lose their patience, then God forbid, such a time will come when people have to flee after seeing a (police) gypsy on the road,” she said.Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted, “Deeply disturbed and condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta.”In another tweet, he added, “Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion.We cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity and values.”Later, in a statement, he said, “The incident that happened in Nowhatta outside the historic Jamia Masjid which has always been a centre of spiritual and moral upliftment, is most unfortunate.”I am deeply disturbed by this brutal act. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion.”He went on to add, “it is very important and imperative for us that we do not allow our social fabric to be brutalised and keep our basic values intact.” Former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah, while condemning the killing, said, “May the people who lynched DSP Pandith burn in hell for their sins.”Expressing shock and anguish over the dastardly killing, Omar in a statement said the killing was the height of barbarism and should be condemned unequivocally.”I’m personally anguished and devastated by this tragedy.That this happened on the most auspicious night and outside Jamia Masjid is shocking. “Such heinous elements are the enemies of Kashmiriyat and humanity and should be given the sternest possible sentence as per law of the land. We are all duty-bound to stand with the family of the martyred police officer and also the Police Department in this hour of mourning and grief,” he said.Omar expressed solidarity with the family and the colleagues of the slain officer and demanded that the culprits be brought to book without any delay and should be given the sternest possible punishment.He announced a donation of Rs 10 lakh to the police welfare fund on behalf of the party and also a donation of one-month’s salary as MLA to the fund as a contribution to support families of such brave martyrs.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi termed the lynching incident as “horrific” and said it marked a new low in the state.”The brutal lynching of Deputy SP Md Ayub Pandith marks a new low. Pained beyond words at the horrific incident,” tweeted Gandhi, who is on vacations in Italy.”Heartbreaking to see J&K being pushed back several decades because of the complete failure of the PDP/BJP government,” he tweeted

Security cover given to Mirwaiz should be revoked Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday questioned the need for providing security to Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Swamy said, “Police security is given by the state for those who take a stand against the militants. But these people here are the militants, so I think there is no logic in giving them security on the tax payers money.? Farooq had earlier said he was deeply disturbed by the brutal lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith. “The media is reporting falsely that when the incident happened, I was present inside the mosque. I reached the mosque at 12.15 a.m., while the incident had happened before that,” he said in a press release. “The incident that happened in Nowhatta outside the Jamia Masjid is the most unfortunate. I am deeply disturbed by this brutal act. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion,” he said. Mirwaiz also said that this kind of brutalisation was all due to the misery being heaped on the people of Kashmir by Centre and the state government. He repeatedly said that the Indian state has been asked to address the Kashmir dispute and initiate steps to resolve it so that the blood of Kashmiris is not shed and the killings along the LoC are stopped. Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar yesterday. The deceased DSP was on surveillance patrol and was allegedly clicking pictures of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid when a mob attacked him. With the situation getting out of control, he opened fire in which three people were injured.The angry mob then proceeded to attack him and took his life. The police have recovered the body of the deceased and are investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said two people have been arrested and a third person has been identified in connection with the lynching.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Brutal ways lead to brutal reactions: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Mohammed Ayub Pandith’s lynching

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that he was deeply disturbed by the brutal act in which Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith was lynched to death by a mob, adding he was not present inside the mosque at the time of the incident. ‘The media is reporting falsely that when the incident happened, I was present inside the mosque. I reached the mosque at 12.15 a.m., while the incident had happened before that,’ he said in a press release.’The incident that happened in Nowhatta outside the Jamia Masjid is the most unfortunate. I am deeply disturbed by this brutal act. Mob violence and public lynching is outside the parameters of our values and religion,’ he said.Mirwaiz also stated that what the state of Jammu and Kashmir has wreaked on them was largely responsible for this kind of brutalisation. Mirwaiz said that the violence that the state has wreaked on us is largely responsible for this kind of brutalisation, as the police are being used against the people in the most brutal ways which leads to brutal reactions.He repeatedly said that they had been asking the Indian state to address the Kashmir dispute and initiate steps to resolve it, so that the bloodshed of Kashmiris and those killed at the LoC is stopped, but to no avail.Meanwhile, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh on Friday stated the brutal lynching of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob, was an ‘irreligious act in the name of religion’.‘Irreligious act in name of religion. Most unholy act in holy month of Ramzan. Lynching a fellow being,’ he tweeted. Echoing similar sentiments, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restraint in dealing with locals.The Jammu and Kashmir BJP also condemned the lynching of a police officer outside the Jama Masjid in downtown Srinagar, claiming he was killed by the people he was protecting.”Henchmen of a few people derive sadistic pleasure by lynching and killing people just to appease their bosses sitting across the Line of Control (LoC),” state BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said.Hitting out at separatist leaders, he said, “The lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Deputy SP) Mohammad Ayub Pandit is heart rendering. He was killed by the same people he protected.”Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar.The deceased DSP was on surveillance and was allegedly clicking pictures of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him.After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured.The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life.Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter.Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said two people have been arrested and a third person has been identified in connection with the lynching.”Two people have been arrested so far in this incident and third one has been identified. The rest culprits will also have to face the law. According to the reports, when he was coming out of the mosque, people started raising slogans and started hitting him resulting in his death,” Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S. P. Vaid told media here.He added that the DSP was posted outside the mosque for the security of the people so that they could offer prayers without any hindrance.”A few people who were standing outside the mosque lynched him. This is a very unfortunate act. There seems to be a sheer difference between humanity and cruelty. People need to understand what is wrong. Further investigation is underway,” Vaid said.

Lynching-of-Kashmir-cop-Congress @ 6/23/2017 1:43:33 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Condemning the brutal lynching of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday stated that the brutal act was against both tIslam and humanity. ?The way the DSP was lynched to death was so shameful. Killing a person in the holy month of Ramzan is condemnable. If the mob was suspicious about the identity of that person, then they should have informed the police instead of taking law in their hand. Such thing is against both the Islam and the humanity,? Azad told ANI. Echoing similar sentiments, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restrain in dealing with locals. Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar. The deceased DSP was aon surveillance and was allegedly clicking pictures of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him. After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured. The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life. Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said two people have been arrested and a third person has been identified in connection with the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith. “Two people have been arrested so far in this incident and third one has been identified. The rest culprits will also have to face the law. According to the reports, when he was coming out of the mosque, people started raising slogans and started hitting him resulting in his death,” Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S. P. Vaid told media here. He added that the DSP was posted outside the mosque for the security of the people so that they could offer prayers without any hindrance. “A few people who were standing outside the mosque lynched him. This is a very unfortunate act. There seems to be a sheer difference between humanity and cruelty. People need to understand what is wrong. Further investigation is underway,” Vaid said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Separatist -on-cop-lynching @ 6/23/2017 1:15:53 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday condemned the brutal lynching of Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mohammed Ayub Pandith by a mob, stating that such brutality to snatch the humanity and values cannot be allowed. His statement comes amid reports that Farooq was inside the Jamia Masjid when the DSP was doing surveillance. Farooq took to his Twitter handle to express condolence on the same. ?Deeply disturbed & condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta. Mob violence & public lynching is outside the parameters of our values & religion….,? he tweeted. ?….We cannot allow state brutality to snatch our humanity & values,? he added. Meanwhile, National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah also took to his Twitter handle saying the manner of the cop?s death of is a travesty and the people involved in this incident will ?burn in hell for their sins?. ?He was a Dy SP in the Security Wing of J&K Police & I understand he was there on security duty for access control at Jamia Masjid,? Abdullah tweeted. ?His death is a tragedy & the manner of his death a travesty. May the people who lynched DySP Pandith burn in hell for their sins,? he added. Meanwhile, branding the lynching of Pandith as a ?shameful? act, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the people of the state to not test the patience of the security forces, who use restrain in dealing with locals. ?Nothing can be more shameful than to kill someone who works for the welfare of the people. The Jammu and Kashmir Police are showing maximum restrain as they are dealing with their own people, but for how long? Someday when they will lose their patience, then it would become very difficult for the people,? Mufti said after attending the wreath laying ceremony of Pandith here. Mufti further stressed that the Police were deployed to protect the lives of the locals, but if they continued behaving like this, then it?s possible that the past may return in which security forces use maximum force on people. Last night, Pandith was lynched to death by a violent mob in downtown Srinagar. The deceased DSP was on surveillance and was allegedly clicking picture of people emerging from the Jamia Masjid mosque, when a mob attacked him. After the situation became out of control, the cop in his own defence open fire through his service pistol on the mob, in which three people got injured. The angry mob then proceeded to attack him more severely and ended up taking his life. Police have recovered the body of deceased and are investigating the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India policeman lynched in Kashmir

Muhammad Ayub was deployed in plain clothes outside Jamia Masjid mosque during the Friday prayers.

J&K: Top police officer lynched to death by mob outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Deputy Superintendent of Police was lynched to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in downtown area of Srinagar.Police officer Ayub Pandit’s body was recovered from outside the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of the old Srinagar where he was attacked.”Another officer sacrificed his life in line of duty DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith of Security beaten to death by mob,” said Jammu & Kashmir Police on Twitter.According to Kashmir Reader, eyewitnesses said that a group of youth caught hold the officer and thrashed him.
ALSO READ Kashmir issue: Pak wants UN intervention, MEA maintains matter to be resolved bilaterally Sources told PTI that the irate mob caught hold of him (officer) and stripped him naked before stoning him to death.”The officer was on frisking duty at the Jamia Masjid. He was carrying out his duties as usual when the miscreants attacked him,” informed sources told IANS.
ALSO READ Jammu and Kashmir: Two Hizbul terrorists gunned down in encounter, another gunbattle in BaramullaReports said Pandit’s security guards ran away after they found the mob too large to be handle.Pandit belonged to Khanyar area which is adjacent to Nowhatta where he was killed.Muslims across Kashmir are observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the valley.The authorities have already announced restrictions on movement of people in seven police station areas of the city as a precautionary measure.The restrictions, which would come into force at dawn, were announced to maintain law and order as separatists had called for protests after Friday prayers against killing of a civilian during protests in Kakapora area of Pulwama District on Thursday.

Kejriwal snubs Vishwas, attends iftar with Amanatullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a clear snub to senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today attended an iftar party, which was primarily organised by the party’s Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan. Khan, who was suspended from the party to pacify Vishwas, ushered Kejriwal to the event, held on the lawns of the Jamia Milia Islamia University, which falls under the Okhla constituency that the former represents. Abdul Wajid Khan, party’s councillor from ward no 102 of the South MCD was also present at the event, along with party supporters. The event was organised by the AAP’s Okhla unit. “Fundamentalist forces are rearing their heads in the country. I hope they are defeated and people of all communities live in peace and amity,” Kejriwal said in an address to the gathering. Both, Kejriwal and Khan left the venue in the same car, parrying questions by the media on whether it should be considered a signal to Vishwas, who has publicly differed with the AAP leadership over several issues in the recent months. In what is being seen as the leadership’s resolve to further corner Vishwas, newly-appointed AAP treasurer Deepak Bajpai took a dig at the poet-turned-politician, suggesting that he had stayed in a “beach-view five star hotel in Goa” during the state polls there. “Stop this pretence. Stop defaming the party volunteers and look within and answer the questions,” Bajpai tweeted. The differences had come to the fore when Vishwas had refused to toe the party’s official line that “manipulation” of electronic voting machines was the prime reason behind its recent string of electoral defeats. Khan had dubbed Vishwas an “RSS-BJP agent” and had accused him of “plotting a coup in the AAP”, following which the poet-turned-politician had threatened to quit the party if no action was taken against Khan. As things threatened to spiral out of control, the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) had suspended Khan. Yesterday, former AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey had also questioned Vishwas, who is also the party’s Rajasthan in-charge, for attacking the Congress but remaining “silent” on the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kejriwal may attend suspended Okhla MLA’s iftar, signal to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspended AAP MLA Amantullah Khan today claimed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will attend an iftar party organised by him, a move that may further isolate Kumar Vishwas within the organisation. Khan said Kejriwal will attend an iftar party at the Ansari auditorium in the Jamia Millia Islamia University which falls under the Okhla constituency that the former represents. “The AAP’s Okhla unit is organising the iftar party. This will be attended by the chief minister,” Khan said. There was no confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Kejriwal attending the event. If Kejriwal attends the iftar party, it will be a clear snub to Vishwas, who has publicly differed with the AAP leadership over several issues in the recent months. The differences had come to the fore when Vishwas had refused to toe the party’s official line that “manipulation” of electronic voting machines was the prime reason behind its recent string of electoral defeats. Khan had dubbed Vishwas to be an “RSS-BJP agent” and had accused him of “plotting a coup in the AAP”, following which the poet-turned-politician had quit threatened to quit the party if no action was taken against Khan. As things threatened to spiral out of control, the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) had suspended Khan. Meanwhile, more dramatic scenes may play out in Okhla as sacked minister Kapil Mishra has announced that he will visit Batla House tomorrow to extend his support an an elderly lady, whom he said has been “threatened” by Khan’s “goons” over property-related matters. Social media and WhatsApp messenger service have been rife with messages of “tension” building up in the area ahead of Mishra’s visit. The sources of the messages could not be immediately ascertained, however, it is being read as intimidatory tactics deployed by the warring camps. Earlier in the day, Mishra launched his “mass awareness campaign” at west Delhi’s Karol Bagh, where he attacked Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain over allegations of corruption which he has been levelling ever since he was ousted from the party and the government. “I was sacked the day I wrote to the Anti-Corruption Branch detailing the financial irregularities they (Kejriwal and Jain) indulged in. Until then, I was a good performer but all of a sudden I became the reason behind the AAP’s poll debacle,” he said, addressing a corner meeting. Mishra also claimed that it was upon his insistence that Saumya Jain, Satyendar Jain’s daughter, was removed from a contractual post attached to the government’s health department. “I had called Kejriwal the day Saumya was hired,” he said and questioned the AAP chief’s “silence” over his allegations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jamia students protest as Indresh Kumar visits Univ for Iftar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of Jamia Millia Islamia today staged a protest against the university for inviting RSS leader Indresh Kumar for an Iftar party organised by RSS- affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch. Despite writing a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad against the move, Indresh visited the institution, said Imran Khan, a research scholar. “He is prime accused in many blast cases. We do not want him in our institution and that is why we protested,” he said. Another student, Kabir Das, took to Facebook to register his protest saying, “Police and Army made Jamia premises look like a war-hit zone. Peaceful protesters were attacked by the cops. Six Jamia students have been detained by Delhi police without any reason.” “We gathered at main gate and offered namaz in front of fascist barricades after breaking Roza/fast. We are demanding release of our six brothers,” Das said. Khan too alleged that police resorted to lathicharge in which four students, including a female student, was injured. However, the allegation was refuted by police officials. “Nobody was detained and there was no lathicharge,” police said. The university officials, however, said the Bhopal Ground, where the Iftar party was organised, was rented out to Muslim Rashtriya Manch and the institution had no involvement in its affairs. “The ground was rented out to MRM. And there was no involvement of students neither on MRM side nor among the protesters. All of them were locals,” said an official from the varsity.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Najma Heptulla appointed Jamia Milia Islamia’s new Chancellor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Manipur governor and former minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla has been appointed as the first woman chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia university. Heptulla will succeed Lieutenant General (Retd) MA Zaki, who completes his term this month. However, after her appointment, Heptulla will have to resign as Manipur Governor. The development was confirmed by the university vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad, saying, she has been appointed for a term of five years. Heptulla, who has been a five-time member of the Rajya Sabha and its deputy chairman for sixteen years, served as the minister of minority affairs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet before being appointed as the governor of Manipur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNU faculty guides excess PhD students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Early this year when Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) decided to massively cut down its seats for MPhil/PhD, there was uproar amongst the students and teachers. The decision was taken after JNU was instructed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to restrict the maximum number of students that a faculty member can guide.The number of MPhil/PhD seats in JNU came down drastically from 1174 to 194 seats in this year’s prospectus.In JNU currently there are over 600 faculty members and the number of students enrolled in PhD courses are 5,219. But if the UGC rule is followed only around 4,000 students can pursue PhD in the university. Currently each faculty member is guiding more students than the limit fixed by UGC.When it comes to the student versus faculty ratio here, JNU is the worst compared to other prominent central universities like Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Hyderabad University and Aligarh Muslim University.As per the guidelines of UGC released on May 2, 2016, a professor can guide upto eight PhD students, an associate professor upto six, and an assistant professor upto four. In JNU currently there are 316 professors, 156 associate professors and 175 assistant professors, who can guide around 4,000 students. The number of students currently enrolled for PhD courses in JNU is however exceeding by 1,000 students and after the admission of new batch, the numbers will further go up.“We are aware that faculty strength is less in JNU. We have already given advertisement for filling up 300 posts. It is not possible that we will get candidates for all 300,” said an official in JNU.On the contrary, the same UGC rule when applied on other universities will give them a chance to add more seats for PhD. Allahbad University has a faculty strength of 347 and the number of students pursuing PhD currently are 328. If the UGC rule is applied here, the university can actually expand the number of seats. Similar is the case with Jamia Milia Islamia where there are 689 faculty members and over 1000 PhD students. For Delhi University where over 3,000 students are pursuing PhD, the faculty strength is over 800, which will be accordance to the UGC rule. “The idea behind fixing a cap on students per faculty member is to improve the quality of research. Except JNU, all other universities are already following the ratio of 4-5 students under one supervisor for PhD. Since JNU has less number of faculty members the ratio was skewed up in the university. Hence the cutting down of MPhil/PhD seats should be seen as a positive move. Once more faculty is recruited, the balance will be restored,” said a senior HRD Ministry official.The official went on add that the government wants to follow international standards where a faculty member does not guide more than 4-5 students.SKEWED RATIOOn the contrary, the same UGC rule when applied on other universities will give them a chance to add more seats for PhD.
Except JNU, all other universities are already following the ratio of 4-5 students under one supervisor for PhD.
Since JNU has less number of faculty members the ratio was skewed up in the University. The number of students enrolled in PhD courses are 5,219

After threats from ISIS, Turkish President Recep Erdogan to be provided highest security in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday on a two-day visit to India. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has directed security agencies to ensure that he be provided the highest security cover in the wake of threats from ISIS.The IB has even demanded that his aircraft be guarded at all times during his stay in the capital. A special request to allow officers deployed for his personal security to carry weapons has also been placed.He will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice-President Hamid Ansari. After ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday, the President Erdogan will also lay Wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, MEA sources said.Among his official engagement include call on by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. He will also attend a Business Event and interact with industry captains.During his stay, there will be also a Conferment of the Honorary Degree on President Erdogan by the Jamia Milia Islamia University. Erdogan had visited India in 2008, when he was prime minister. After eleven years as Prime Minister, he was elected President in 2014.This will be his first visit to India as President.

Jamia student dies after touching HT wire atop a train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 19-year-old Jamia University student was electrocuted to death after he climbed on a goods train near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and came in contact with a high tension wire, police said today. Mohammad Ayub, a resident of old Delhi’s Farash Khana near Chandni Chowk, had gone to attend a family wedding in Nizamuddin area on March 4. Ayub was returning after offering evening prayers with his cousins when they started discussing about what the stationary goods train was carrying, his cousins told police. To check the content of the wagons, he climbed up the train and was charred to death after coming in contact with the wire, eyewitnesses told police. Police have not filed any case in the matter after Ayub’s family members dismissed the reports about his death being a case of a selfie attempt gone awry. The family members have claimed that Ayub was camera shy and did not even have a high-end phone, police said, adding his phone was found in his pocket.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Those joining ranks of militants sacrificing their lives for freedom, says Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said becoming militants were sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the nation. Addressing workers at the Nawa-e-Subh party headquarters in Srinagar, Abdullah said: ?Today, when our boys are rendering sacrifices, they are not aspiring to become MLAs, MPs or ministers. They are giving sacrifices to demand their right. This is our land and we are its rightful owners.? Abdullah?s statement came days after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned stone pelters not to interfere with army operations in Kashmir. General Rawat had earlier this month said: ?People who have picked up arms, the local boys, if they want to continue with such acts of terrorism and display flags of ISIS and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue.? General Rawat?s statement had come in the backdrop of a protest that broke out last Friday near the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar with protestors pelting stones and raising Pakistan flags. The Army Chief?s statement triggered controversy with some parties saying that he should not have made such a sensitive statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We are in the middle of a proxy war with Pakistan: J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the political slugfest over Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s statement on tough action against locals obstructing counter-militancy operations in Kashmir, the state government has accused the Congress of playing politics over the controversy and exploiting the entire situation.Speaking to ANI, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said the Congress’ stand over the Army Chief’s statement amid turbulent times in the Valley was both “disappointing and unfortunate”.”We are in the middle of a proxy war with Pakistan and also being attacked by their terrorists, in such times the Congress trying to exploit the situation is simply disappointing and unfortunate. The Congress should come out of their mindset of playing politics and support the Army,” Singh said.However, the Congress has maintained its critical stance on the Army Chief saying there was absolutely no need for him to make such a statement which would obviously result in tension in the Valley.Asserting that the Opposition has always unitedly supported all initiatives for Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan told ANI that there was no need for the Army Chief to make such a statement and create a situation. “Now we have reports of hand grenade attacks and stone pelting coming from the Valley. What was the need to have said that? In a civil society, the Army is there for the defence of the country not to make statements. He (Army Chief) is not a parliamentarian. We accept that the army has been vigilant and is effective, but there was no need for this,” he added.A protest that broke out near the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar saw protestors pelting stones and raising Pakistan flags shortly after Friday prayers.The incident was in response to Thursday’s warning by the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat that Kashmiris supporting terrorists would be considered anti-national and acted against. “People who have picked up arms, the local boys, if they want to continue with such acts of terrorism and display flags of ISIS and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. Our relentless operations will continue,” General Rawat said while paying tribute to the bravehearts of the Handwara and Bandipora encounters.Urging the local people to extend their support to the security forces trying to maintain peace in the Valley, General Rawat said, “They would not be spared if they continue resorting to negative acts and such actions are the reason for the high number of casualties among security forces”.

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