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Terrorists storm CRPF camp, 5 personnel killed

A group of heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists stormed the highly secured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training facility in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday, and killed five soldiers, including an officer, while injuring three others. Two holed-up terrorists have been neutralised so far.The outfit has claimed the responsibility for the attack. A JeM spokesman called up local news agencies to stake the claim. He also ridiculed the Operation All Out, launched by the security forces earlier this year to eliminate terrorists.The incident took place at 2 am. A group of terrorists cut the barbed wire fence of the 185th CRPF battalion, by the isolated hillside. They then lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately. Three soldiers were injured after the terrorists stormed the facility and took refuge inside one of the three blocks to engage the troops.Security forces immediately rushed in reinforcements to track down the holed-up terrorists and rescue the soldiers trapped inside the training facility.Several people were rescued before the forces took on the terrorists inside the facility. Fierce gunfight between the two sides continued throughout the day. Five CRPF soldiers, including an inspector-rank officer, were killed and three others were injured in the gunfight. Four of them died due to gunshot wounds and another one died of a cardiac arrest during evacuation. Two terrorists were also neutralised and efforts are on to neutralise other terrorists hiding in the facility.”We have recovered bodies of two terrorists. When the room intervention (room by room sanitising operation) was on to retrieve the third body, security forces came under heavy fire from the hiding terrorists. The exchange of fire is currently on,” said Rajesh Yadav, CRPF spokesman for Kashmir.The attack comes days after JeM vowed to avenge the killing of its midget chief, Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, by security forces in the Samboora village of Pulwama district.”I think the inputs had been coming for the last two-three days. They had been trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night. The challenge has always been there but as long as our neighbour (Pakistan) keeps sending people like this, my police, security forces, and the people of Kashmir have to go through this. This is unfortunate,” said Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police.Situated on a hillock, the 185th battalion CRPF camp is a huge complex used as a training facility for jawans and officers inducted for counter-insurgency purposes. The facility also houses the police component. The complex consists of an office and administrative block, residential quarters, and a control room.”The terrorists took shelter in the quarter block. There was no hostage-like situation. Of the four soldiers, one each is from Kashmir and Rajouri district of Jammu. Two others are from Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh,” Yadav said.Calling the terrorist act dastardly, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said violence has taken a heavy toll on the society in the state, in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of social fabric, massive economic, academic, and social losses, besides the irreparable loss of human lives.The terrorist attack on CRPF facility comes almost three months after the security forces repulsed a Pathankot-type terror attack and killed three JeM terrorists, soon after they stormed a highly fortified Border Security Force (BSF) camp neighbouring the Srinagar International Airport and the Air Force Station on October 3.

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Pulwama encounter: 5 CRPF jawans martyred, 2 terrorists killed

Five security personnel were killed and three were injured after heavily armed terrorists stormed a CRPF training centre in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours today. Security forces also gunned down 2 attackers in the gunfight that is still underway.CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said the bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered.”Four CRPF jawans have been martyred and three others are injured. The bodies of two terrorists have also been recovered,” Yadav was quoted as saying by PTI. He said intermittent firing is still going on and one terrorist is believed to be holed up in building block.Also readSoldier martyred in unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Naushera sectorOne of the injured personnel was identified as Saifuddin, a resident of Nowgam here, officials said.The terrorists attacked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Awantipora around 2 am. They were armed with under-barrel grenade launchers and automatic weapons, officials said. They first lobbed grenades and then began indiscriminate firing and entered the centre.With the daybreak, more troops were called in to neutralise the terrorists. The buildings in the nearby area were also evacuated.”Fidayeen managed to enter Lethpora camp at 0210hrs. Jawans got injured during initial intrusion from J&K Police Commando training area side. There is quite a possibility of a similar type of attack on other camps also” CRPF said. Also readJammu and Kashmir | 2 terrorists gunned down, encounter still on in ShopianDirector General of Police S P Vaid said security forces had inputs about an impending militant strike in the Kashmir Valley for the past three days.Terming the attack as “unfortunate”, Vaid said as long as Pakistan keeps sending militants, security forces and people of Kashmir will continue to go through this.”There was an input from the last two-three days.They (militants) were trying. They probably could not get a place and time earlier. So, they struck last night,” Vaid told reporters here.The fidayeen attack comes days after Jaish-e-Mohammad vowed to avenge the killing of its chief Noor Mohammad Tantray by security forces at Samboora village of Pulwama district. Also readJaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brassNoor Tantray alias Noor Trail, a midget militant who had jumped bail, was the main architect of recent fidayeen attacks in Kashmir. (With PTI inputs)

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Jaish-e-Mohammad’s ‘commander’ Noor Tantray killed in Pulawama wanted to join BJP in 2003 to eliminate top brass

Noor Mohammad Tantray, the ‘midget’ terrorist killed in Pulwama encounter on Tuesday, wanted to join the BJP to eliminate its top leaders way back in 2003.Also known as Peer Baba, the four-feet-tall Kashmir chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad even went to the BJP headquarters at 11 Ashoka Raod in New Delhi. He managed to get a form to get himself registered as an active member, snoop on the leaders and attack them, a plan that never materialised. Before he could have succeed in his conspiracy, the Anti-Terror Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, then headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand nabbed him and his associates from Delhi with huge cache of arms and ammunition.Tantray also went by the name Gulzar Ahmed Bhat or Uwais was a resident of Darganjgund in Pulwama’s Tral area and was arrested in Delhi in August, 2003.“Tantray was a member of JeM, a terrorist organisation banned under Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2002 and was arrested for entering into a criminal conspiracy with four others (Rashid, Mohd Sahid, Habeeb and Khurshid Ahmed Butt, all said four others having since been killed in different encounters with security forces), to commit terrorist acts and wage war against India,” Chand told DNA.He was convicted in 2011 for life. He was languishing in Tihar Jail and was out on a parole since 2015 and thereafter started reviving the JeM in south and central Kashmir.In 2003, on August 29, the Special Cell received an intelligence inputs about Jaish terrorists being engaged in supply of arms, ammunition and explosive material transported in wooden boxes of fruits and vegetables by trucks from Kashmir to Delhi. The vehicles were also used to take back Hawala money from Delhi to Kashmir for being used for terrorist activities.On a specific information about a truck bearing registration number “153” of Jammu and Kashmir having reached Delhi with certain quantity of arms, ammunitions and explosives, efforts were made through a team headed by then Sub Inspector Govind Sharma, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Police, to locate the vehicle.It was learnt that truck bearing number JK-03-0153 had actually entered the fruit market in Delhi’s Azadpur at 10:55 pm on August 28, 2003. Since the truck could not be located in the market, extensive search was launched in surrounding areas. On August 30, 2003, at about 2.00 pm, then Sub Inspector Umesh Barthwal is said to have located the said truck parked in Qutub Road parking lot. A police officers comprising, amongst others, of then Inspector Hriday Bhushan was deployed to keep a watch over the truck in secrecy.At about 7.45 pm a short statured person later identified as accused Noor Mohd Tantray was seen approaching the truck and having a talk with the driver who was later identified as accused Parvez Ahmed Mir and cleaner later identified as accused Farooz Ahmed respectively of the truck.Tantray along with other two boarded the truck, thereafter three wooden boxes kept in the tool box were taken out. All three were nabbed and the three wooden boxes unloaded from the truck were opened and checked and beneath the fruit, 10 hand grenades, 10 grenades shells and one under barrel grenade launcher were recovered.Tantray during interrogation revealed that the consignment of explosives was to be delivered by his associates Zahoor in Pakistan and Aslam of Sikandrabad in UP, who were to meet him in front of Indraprastha Park on outer ring road in Nizamuddin. A team of police personnel at 9.15 pm in private cars and reached the park near and about 10.45 pm, a Maruti car bearing registration no. DL3C N8749 came from the side of Nizamuddin flyover and stopped.From the said car, two persons allegedly alighted and stood nearby and challenged by the police and when asked to surrender but instead of compliance the said they started firing at the police. The police returned the fire in the course of which both the said persons came to be injured and later scummed to injuries.In Delhi, Tantray had made his in house no A-44 at Mohindra Park in Azadpur as the base to carry out terror attacks. During search of his place, police recovered computer with its accessories, stereo cassette players, sets of Nokia, 10 channel cordless telephones, cash, Hawala money in the sum of Rs 19.20 lakh and certain incrementing documents. Sources said that these documents contained a form for BJP membership.The police team lead by ACP Rajbir Singh, who has since died, had then nabbed the accused under supervision of then DCP Ashok Chand. Chand retired from Delhi Police as Joint Commissioner in 2015.

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Top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander gunned down in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

In a major success for the security forces, top commander of Jaish e Mohammad was gunned down in an encounter at Samboora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.The terrorist has been identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, a three feet midget who had jumped parole in July and taken over the command of Jaish in South Kashmir. Tantray was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.”The encounter has been going on since last evening in Awantipura district. There was input about presence of two to three terrorists near National Highway planning to attack convoy. One dead body of terrorist recovered so far, search for others going on”, tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir.The anti-terror operation started on Monday evening after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the village.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire; targets Indian forward posts along LoC at PoonchImmediately the village was cordoned off and when the search team was zeroing in on the target, militants opened heavy fire.The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight one militant was gunned down. “Dead body of one mulitant with arms and ammunition recovered. Search continues”, said a police spokesman at Srinagar.Also readJammu and Kashmir | 3 terrorists gunned down in Handwara encounter, ‘raining whole night,’ tweets DGPThe 2017 also saw highest number of over 206 militants being killed since 2010. Figures reveal that 270 terrorists were killed by security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 terrorists were killed in 2012 followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014 and 113 in 2015.Despite unrest, security forces killed 165 terrorists in 2016. This year close to 100 local youth have joined the terrorists ranks in the strife-torn Kashmir Valley, which is the highest in last seven years.

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Kulbhushan Jadhav LIVE updates | No consular access for ex-Indian Navy official, reports Pak media

13:18 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Jadhav’s wife and mother will first visit the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The meeting is expected to take place at 1pm (Pak time).12:55 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Elaborate security arrangements are in place around Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From Pakistan Rangers to Anti-Terrorism squads and sharp shooters have been deployed on roof tops.12:48 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: The Pakistani media has started to gather outside Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.12:38 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Latest media reports from Islamabad say that Kulbhushan Jadhav has not been granted any consular access. 12:36 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, took to Twitter and said that the meeting between Jadhav and his family has been allowed as a ‘humanitarian gesture’ on the birthday of ‘Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’12:33 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: There are conflicting reports over consular access being granted to Kulbhushan Jadhav. While Pakistan claims to have finally granted the access, India has downplayed the news and said that the Indian diplomat accompanying the wife and mother of Jadhav can’t be seen as consular access.12:32 IST Monday, 25 December 2017: Wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav have reached Islamabad.

Jammu and Kashmir | Education gets mega boost, 16 new colleges, 400 upgraded govt schools to come up next year

Forget 2016 unrest; the students of Jammu and Kashmir have all the reasons to look forward to 2017.The education sector in the state is all set for a major boost to offset the losses it suffered in the turmoil.More than 400 government schools will be upgraded and 16 new government degree colleges will be established in Jammu and Kashmir.Of the schools to be upgraded, 200 will be promoted from middle to higher and rest 200 from higher to the higher secondary level.The fresh steps to boost education comes a year after education became the prime casualty of the separatist-sponsored civil unrest in Kashmir.Official figures reveal that 34 schools were burnt by attackers during the 2016 unrest. Around 14 incidents of the school burning were timely addressed and property saved.More than 12 lakh students were sitting home as the schools and educational institutions in the valley remained shut for five months following the unrest.“Teachers both in government and private sector deserve all praise for their commitment towards their noble profession. The state is indebted to them. Present government led by Mehbooba Mufti is committed to take education sector to a new high”, said Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Education.Economic Survey Report presented by the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Legislative Assembly few months ago has depicted a grim picture of the education scenario in the valley in 2016.According to the report, normal schooling could be conducted only for a period of four months in the Kashmir valley last year due to the unrest which started after the killing of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in Bamdoora village on July 8 2016.“No one can dispute the fact that the young generation of technocrats and officers serving the state at present are the lot which was educated by the teachers in the times of turbulence. Both public and private sector institutions are contributing to raise the education standard in their own ways”, said Bukhari.

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‘We are not safe here’: West Bengal workers leave Rajsamand village after Afrazul’s murder

Ten days after the brutal murder of Mohammad Afrazul Khan in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, migrant workers from West Bengal are leaving the state in large numbers, a report said today. According to a report by The Indian Express, most of the quarters in Dhoinda village in the district where Afrazul lived are locked. Many of the occupants of these quarters were from Bengal’s Malda, the home district of Afrazul. Afrazul lived in Dhoinda village with his son-in-law and a cousin. Also readRajasthan hacking: Taslima Nasreen writes ‘intolerance at peak, Muslims can be killed easily’“I was in Rajasthan since the past decade to earn money but after seeing Afrazul’s half-charred body, I can’t stay here any longer,” Mohammed Ziaul Haq, a labourer, told the newspaper. Around 180 migrants from Malda lived in this village, with most working as labourers in the construction industry, according to a report in Scroll. Another report on the website claimed that over a hundred Muslim migrants have fled Rajsamand since the murder. Also readRajasthan hacking: Rs 2.75 lakh deposited in Shambulal Regar’s wife’s account before being frozenThere were many others like who are either leaving the state or preparing to do so as soon as feasible. Those who have stayed are distrustful of strangers.“We are not safe here and that’s why we are going back to West Bengal. We may earn less but at least our families won’t have to worry about our safety,” another labourer, Mohammed Rafiul, told the daily.Also readRajasthan hacking: Rs 2.75 lakh deposited in Shambulal Regar’s wife’s account before being frozenMohammad Afrazul, a labourer from Malda district, was hacked and burnt to death in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan on December 6. His alleged killer Shambhulal Regar burnt him alive and also uploaded a video of the crime on social media. Regar was later arrested. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded “exemplary action” against the alleged killer. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh recently said that people of West Bengal were going to the other states as the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state had failed to create jobs.In response, Banrejee said it was only normal for the people of other states to come to Bengal and vice versa.West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had also promised jobs to those willing to return to West Bengal.She had said, “People of Rajasthan, UP, and Bihar work in Bengal. They have made this place their motherland and we have welcomed them as well. But if a person from West Bengal went to work in Rajasthan, why was he murdered? If these people want to return to Bengal, they can get their names enrolled at the respective district magistrate’s office.We will ensure that they get 200 days’ work in a year. The state can also provide for one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to people like these, to set up their own business unit.” Watch: Murder over alleged ‘love jihad’ in Rajasthan

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PDP’s alliance with BJP now a durable one, says J&K Finance Minister Drabu

Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Ahmed Drabu claimed that the alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which no one thought would last a week, has now turned into a durable one.Speaking at the “India Ideas Conclave 2017” in Goa, Drabu said, “It is true that it is a very fragile and contentious alliance. As Mufti saab (former JK CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) used to say, it is the North Pole and South Pole coming together. But with some degree of maturity displayed by either side, it is really working towards the developmental of Jammu and Kashmir.”Speaking about the alliance, Drabu said that right on day one itself the alliance had issues.”But Mufti saab was a confident leader all his life. When he started in the 1960s, the Congress and any party from the rest of country was looked down upon. He (Mufti) ensured through consistent hard work that the Congress becomes an acceptable part of life,” the minister said.Drabu said that when the PDP was contemplating to form an alliance with the BJP, people were asking the party (PDP) why it was not working with the Congress.The minister said that the alliance with the BJP was a “bold decision” taken by Mufti.”We had contested elections on an anti-BJP plank and yet we decided to have alliance with them (BJP). I happened to work very closely with him at that particular time,” he said.”All of us told him that it is suicidal and that we won’t be able to step out of the house, we will get lynched,” Drabu recalled telling the former chief minister.”He (Mufti) stuck to it. He said the people of India have voted for the BJP. He said that he was not engaging with the party (BJP), he was engaging with the people of India,” Drabu recounted.Drabu added that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed brought back the whole concept of civil society into the decision and went ahead and formed the government with the BJP.Drabu called the alliance a “huge experiment” and said it actually displays certain leadership quality to set in motion a process to create a framework to resolve the most contagious issues in the state.

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Mehbooba Mufti clamps down on separatists to thwart ‘resistance’ march in Anantnag

Strict restrictions have been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s Assembly constituency of Anantnag to thwart the march of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists to the South Kashmir Township on Friday.“General Public is informed that restriction is imposed in certain parts of Anantnag town under police station Anantnag for mitigating any law and order situation”, tweeted deputy inspector general of police, South Kashmir Range.JRL had asked people to march to Anantnag for a rally to counter the narrative of the government that separatists have lost the battle for azadi in Kashmir.JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded the last year’s unrest in Kashmir Valley that left 100 people dead and thousands others injured and blinded.Authorities, however, went into an overdrive and placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention. Few days ago JKLF leader Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested when he defied orders and tried to lead a march from in Srinagar.Hurriyat hawk continues to remain under house detention at his residence at Hyder Pora.Authorities have also imposed restrictions in four police areas of old Srinagar city and two police stations areas of uptown to prevent people from marching towards Anantnag on Friday.Hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani said police arrested and raided residences of several leaders to thwart the march to Anantnag on Friiday.“Such coercive measures and repression won’t break our resolve. Most of its leaders and activists succeeded and reached Anantnag”, said a spokesman of Hurriyat.Appealing people of south Kashmir for their participation in Anantnag rally, Huriyat said that it will symbolise their dedication and commitment with “freedom movement”.On the other side a crucial meeting of moderate Hurriyat Conference was held at the Awami Action Committee headquarters at Rajouri Kadal and it was decided in the meeting Mirwaiz will try to leave for Anantnag at 11 am on Friday.“JRL leaders will address the people and announce their future strategy,” a spokesman of Hurriyat said.

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India ‘religious murder’ case: Donations for suspect blocked

The Hindu man is accused of hacking a Muslim to death in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

Mamata Banerjee to labourers wishing to return: Will give 200 days’ work

Following the incident in Rajasthan, wherein Mohammad Afrazul Khan, a labourer hailing from the Malda district of West Bengal, was killed by a youth, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said labourers who had migrated to other states, if feeling insecure, could return to Bengal, where the government will give them work for 200 days in a year.The CM was speaking at a public meeting in the Kotshila area of the Purulia district.”People of Rajasthan, UP, and Bihar work in Bengal. They have made this place their motherland and we have welcomed them as well. But if a person from West Bengal went to work in Rajasthan, why was he murdered? If these people want to return to Bengal, they can get their names enrolled at the respective district magistrate’s office. We will ensure that they get 200 days’ work in a year. The state can also provide for one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to people like these, to set up their own business unit,” Mamata said.She added that in BJP-ruled states, such as Gujarat and Rajasthan, not only Muslims but Christians and Dalits also were facing attacks, but it didn’t happen in Bengal, where all lived peacefully.Mamata claimed that Purulia, the district once dominated by Maoists, was a developed area at present, but the adjoining Jharkhand, which was also inhabited by tribals, failed to do so.”There is an abundance of natural mineral in Jharkhand but they could not make best use of it. The Had TMC been there, we would have reaped a golden harvest. In fact, the land of the tribal people was taken away forcefully, which we had protested against,” she said.Interestingly, another resident of Bankura district has reportedly been killed in Kerala. The youth, Hemanta Roy, had gone to Kerala to work as an electrician three months ago. His body with his throat slit was discovered on Sunday night. Talking to DNA over the phone, S Surendran, district police chief of Alappuzha district, Kerala, said Roy’s case looked like suicide. “Prima facie investigation showed that it was a self-inflicted wound but we would be able to tell something concrete after the post-mortem report arrives,” he said.

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Geeta does not recognise Bihar couple who claim to be parents

Geeta, a speech impaired girl who returned to India in 2015 after spending several years in Pakistan where she had landed accidentally as a child, today didn’t recognise a Muslim couple from Bihar who had claimed that she was their long-lost daughter.The authorities will now go for DNA testing of the couple to determine if they are her parents.In-charge district collector Ruchika Chauhan said that Geeta used sign language to convey that it was not her family.She said, “Geeta conveyed that she worshipped Hindu deities- Lord Shankar and Hanuman- and does not belong to a Muslim family.”Chauhan said that the family comprising Mohammed Isa, his wife Julekha Khatoon and other family members were allowed to meet Geeta as part of the initiative to re-unite Geeta with her parents.The family is from Mirajpur village in Bihar’s Saran district and had claimed that Geeta is their long-lost daughter Rubeida who went missing when she went out to watch a marriage procession.Chauhan, however, said that DNA samples of Mohammad Isa and his wife Julekha Khatoon have been collected for verification.The family members, meanwhile, have not lost hope with Mohammad Isa’s son Himtaj telling reporters that Geeta failed to recognize his father possibly because she had stayed away from the family for a long time.On being asked that Geeta termed herself as a follower of Hindu faith, Himtaj said that it could be because of the cultural harmony in his native village.”There are many temples along with a mosque around our house and Hindus and Muslims celebrate each other’s festivals together. We visit Hindu families during the festival of Chhath,” he said.”There may be the memories of worshipping deities in Hindu temples in her subconscious mind,” Himtaj added.”We hope that the DNA examination will clear the situation,” Himtaj said.District collector Chauhan informed that the DNA verification process would be the same even if Geeta recognises anyone as her parent.The official said that a family from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, which had also claimed that Geeta was their daughter, did not turn up for a scheduled meeting today.Earlier Geeta had met a family from Sokha Kishku village of Jamtara district of Jharkhand but she did not recognise them either, said Chauhan.The DNA samples of the couple have also been sent for verification, she added.Geeta was found by Pakistan Rangers on the Samjhauta Express at the Lahore railway station when she was around seven years old. Karachi-based Edhi Foundation looked after her while she was in Pakistan.After returning to India in October 2015, Geeta has been living at an institution for hearing impaired children run by an NGO here.

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Day after PM Narendra Modi’s ‘poll-meddling’ allegations, Pakistan says stop dragging us in your election debates

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Pakistan for ‘meddling’ in Gujarat Assembly Elections, Pakistan on Monday strongly rebutted the claims.Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, distanced Islamabad from any such debate.“India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible,” he said in a tweet.The statement comes after the Prime Minister raised questions over the ‘secret meeting’ of top Pakistani officials at the residence of now-suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar.The PM said that Aiyar had called him ‘neech’, a day after the meeting of Pakistani leaders with top Congress functionaries.“No Indian official was present during this meeting and the government also was not intimated later,” the PM had said at an election rally in Sanand.

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Rajasthan murder is a criminal incident, not a case of love jihad: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today sought to see the burning to death of a Muslim labourer in Rajasthan earlier this week as a “criminal incident” and not as a case of “love jihad” as was being alleged.The minority affairs minister also, without naming anyone, said that some “sick” people were allegedly trying to disturb the communal harmony in society. He said a crime should not be clubbed with religion. Naqvi, however, stressed people allegedly doing so will not succeed in their “nefarious designs”. Naqvi, who chaired a meeting of the general body of Maulana Azad Education Foundation here, also said that short- term certificate courses of ‘GST facilitator’ and ‘sanitary supervisor’ have been providing employment opportunities to a “large number” of youth from minority communities.Also readRahul Gandhi has become a good ‘mimicry artist’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi “It is an unfortunate incident. We should not club crime with religion and treat criminal incidents as criminal incidents only. The state government has already taken strict action against the guilty,” Naqvi said, when asked about the alleged “love jihad” incident.He added, “Some sick people are trying to disturb the communal harmony in society. But they will not succeed in their nefarious designs.”Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accusedA 48-year-old Muslim labourer, from West Bengal, was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand earlier this week, leading the police to arrest the killer, seen raving against “love jihad” while torching Mohammad Afrazul in videos of the incident shared on social media.The accused, identified as Shambu Lal Raigar, is seen in the videos ranting against “love jihad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who they claim seek to propagate Islam.Also read’Want murderers to be hanged in public’: Rajasthan victim’s wifeMeanwhile, the meeting reviewed various schemes being run by the foundation for educational and skill development of minorities.The minister said the youth benefited by the ‘GST facilitator’ course, are helping small, medium enterprises and also big business groups.”Similarly, sanitary supervisors are getting jobs in different projects across the country. Lakhs of toilets, cleanliness centres, health centres are being constructed under the Clean India campaign and these supervisors are strengthening it,” he added.Reiterating Modi government’s commitment towards educational empowerment of minorities, Naqvi said his ministry was spending more than 65 per cent of its total budget on the activities related to the sector.He said more than 1.5 crore students have been given various scholarships by the ministry in the past three years.The minister also talked about the efforts being made under the government’s multi-sectoral development programme and the plan to set up 100 skill development centres named as ‘Garib Nawaz’.”I myself have been monitoring all the educational empowerment and skill development programmes. Any negligence in implementation of these schemes will not be tolerated,” he added.

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Rajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accused

Days after a viral video of a Rajasthan man getting hacked to death in the name of love jihad went viral, the woman, who accused Shyamlal Regar referred to as his ‘Hindu sister’, has said she has nothing to do with him, and he did not try and save her, as he had told the police.According to an Indian Express report, the woman, now aged 20, said she went to West Bengal with one Mohammed Bablu Sheikh. She returned in 2013 on her own because she did not like it there. She now lives in Rajasthan with her mother and brother.The woman told the daily that she knew Regar as he belonged to the same community and had even tied a rakhi on his hand. When she told her mother that she wanted to return to Rajasthan, Regar volunteered to bring her back. “I refused to go with him and said that I will come back on my own,” she said. Also read’I am a normal person,’ says accused in gruesome Rajasthan murder videoThe woman said it was unfair to say that Regar murdered Mohammad Afrazul because of this incident. “He knew Bengali contractors and labourers in Rajsamand because until establishing his marble business, he worked as a labourer,” said the woman.The woman has also denied Regar’s claims that Bablu Sheikh’s associates were threatening him for ‘rescuing the woman’, stating that she had not been in contact with Sheikh since she left Malda in 2013.Also readDNA Edit: Act of wanton crueltyThe news of the murder went viral after a video of the horrific killing was circulated on social media. In the video, Regar is seen repeatedly attacking Afrazul with a sickle, dousing his fallen body with kerosene and burning him alive.Raigar does not have a criminal background, as was being thought earlier. “He was a marble trader for nearly a decade, primarily operating in Rajsamand, Gurugram, and Anand in Gujarat. His parents live in Anand but are originally from Rajasthan. He has three daughters and the youngest is undergoing treatment for a mental disorder. She also gets a government pension,” Srivastav said.Commenting on the incident, DGP O P Galhotra said:”It is a heinous act that no person of sane mind would ever commit. The home minister had directed to form an SIT under SP, Rajsamand. The investigation was completed within 24 hours, and the main accused was arrested. He is being interrogated. Since the investigation is in a preliminary stage, not much can be said right now.”

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Rajasthan: India arrest over ‘love jihad’ killing viral video

The video shows the suspect hacking a man to death and setting the body on fire.

SC to hear pleas on deportation of Rohingya Muslims in January

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would hear on January 31 a batch of pleas, including that of two Rohingya refugees who have approached it against the Centre’s decision to deport Rohinigya Muslims to Myanmar.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would also hear on the next date the interim applications seeking to be impleaded as parties in the ongoing case.”We are not rejecting any of the impleadment application before us in this matter. We will hear it on the next date,” the bench said.On November 21, the apex court had agreed to defer the matter for hearing it on Tuesday.Two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, had approached the apex court opposing the Centre’s decision to deport over 40,000 refugees who came to India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.Various other petitions, including those by former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharya, the CPI(M) youth wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the West Bengal child rights body and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, have been filed in the apex court on the matter.The top court had on October 13 said the Rohingya refugee problem was of a “great magnitude” and the state would have to play a “big role” while dealing with the contentious issue.It had earlier decided to give a detailed and holistic hearing on the government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, observing that a balance has to be struck between national interest and human rights as the issue involved national security, economic interests and humanity.The court had suggested to the Centre not to deport these refugees, but the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta had urged that it should not be written in the order as anything coming on record would have international ramifications.The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine State of Myanmar, were settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.In a communication to all states, the union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades had become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants were prone to recruitment by terrorist organisations.It had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally- staying foreign nationals.
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Rohingya refugees: Supreme Court to resume hearing against deportation today

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will resume the hearing of plea of two Rohingya refugees against the Centre’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar.Last month, the apex court deferred the matter after agreeing to the request of senior advocate Fali S Nariman, who appeared for the two refugees Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir.The matter was heard by a bench, comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. In its last hearing, the bench ordered to Centre not to deport the Rohingya Muslim refugees.The bench had observed that the whole issue of Rohingya Muslims has to be looked at from various angles like national security, economic interest, labour interest and also the protection of children, women, sick and innocent persons.The Rohingya immigrants, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine state of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August.Meanwhile, the UN has said the scorched-earth operation, which has left hundreds of villages burned to ash in northern Rakhine state, amounts to ethnic cleansing.
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Rahul and Sonia Gandhi greet people on occasion of Milad-un-Nabi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi today greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, saying the teachings of Prophet Mohammad continued to guide mankind on the path of equality, brotherhood and compassion.Milad-un-Nabi marks the birthday of Prophet Mohammad and is commemorated in the third month in the Islamic calendar.”The teachings of the Prophet continue to guide the mankind on the path of equality, brotherhood and compassion.”May the festival of Milad-un-Nabi bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all,” she said.Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also wished the people on the occasion, saying, “My best wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi. May we be guided by the spirit of compassion, peace and tolerance.”
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Benegal, 31 others move SC for peace in Ayodhya

On December 5, mere days from now, the top court will commence hearing the title dispute in the Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid case. On Friday, days before the case comes up, 32 personalities — experts in various fields — have filed a common intervention application, asking the Supreme Court not to treat this matter as a property dispute.The petition filed by Mohammad Siddique on behalf of the NGO Citizens of Peace and Justice (CPJ) also include stalwarts like filmmakers Shyam Benegal, Aparna Sen, and Anand Patwardhan; writer and columnist Anil Dharkar; activists Teesta Setalvad, Medha Patkar, among others.”The applicants are public-spirited citizens from various walks from life and across the length and breadth of India who feel it is critical as a commitment to the foundational value contained in this constitution, to intervene and inject an urgency and a sane voice in this dispute. Apart from the parties of this dispute, there are vast majority of Indians, voiceless and unheard who have been mute victims to the festering sores and violence caused by his dispute,” the petition read.Filed by advocate Aparna Bhat, the petition submits, “the present Civil Appeal/s raises various issues both legal and social which would have far reaching effects on the communal fabric of the country. Thus, it is the contention of the Applicants to not look at the present Civil Appeal/s through the limited lens of a land dispute.”The applicants thus “seek to intervene in the conviction of proposing a solution to the present problem, which would be consistent with the secular and tolerant ethos that are paramount in ensuring lasting peace in a Country like India with diverse religious sentiments.”The petition further adds that the decision taken by the full bench of the Allahabad High Court proceeded to adjudicate the matter in 2014, on the basis of possession alone. The applicants submit that it has been the categorical finding of the High Court that none of the parties were able to conclusively prove the title of the disputed property.
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NIA takes custody of captured Pak terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken the custody of the 18-year-old Pakistani terrorist who was captured in Kupwara district on Friday.Identified as Amir of Baldia town, the teen was a part of the same group which was neutralised by the security forces on November 21. Security forces had dealt blow to Lashkar-e-Taiba when they killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani terrorists in a surgical operation in Magam area of Handwara.However, during the follow up mopping and sanitising operation, security forces apprehended the Pakistani intruder who was hiding in the jungles after his three associates were killed. The arrest comes against the backdrop of the release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan, triggering strong condemnation by India.“He (Amir) has been handed over to the NIA. They are investigating the matter now”, said Vidhi Kumar Birdhi, deputy inspector general of police, North Kashmir Range.It is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016, the Indian army arrested 22-year-old Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district.Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha, alias Hanzullah of Bhawalpur in Pakistan was arrested during a routine patrol in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party grew suspicious of him.On May 14, 2016, the state police caught a top Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber in Baramulla. In February last year, the police arrested 17-year-old JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar, alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local ultras.LeT’s Mohammed Naveed, alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured after he and his associate Noman attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.PRIZED CATCHAccording to officials, it is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. Such arrests help Indian agencies gain more insight into the operations of terror outfits.

Gangster believed to have killed Samajwadi Party leader nabbed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 33-year old contract killer— wanted in the murder case of Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Zaid in Lucknow — has been arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday morningMannan alias Khalifa alias Murtaja alias Monu was not just a well known gangster but one of the best shooters of the Shaukat Pasha and Satya Prakash gang in South East Delhi.”Khalifa has over 22 criminal cases registered against him including murder, dacoity, robbery, attempt to murder, kidnapping, snatching. After he killed Zaid, the UP police declared a reward of Rs 12,000 for his arrest,” said Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South-East.The arrest took place at around 1:45am on Monday morning. The police team investigating the case were informed the accused shooter would be coming towards Moolchand late on Sunday night. They then erected a barricade not just on the main road but the service road as well.When police officials deployed at the barricade saw a Hero Honda motorcycle coming from Moolchand and heading towards LSR college road, they intercepted the motorcycle. But instead of stopping the rider hit the barricades and tried to flee. The police team then intercepted him from all sides, over-powered him and took him into custody.Police said Khalifa was responsible for a shootout last Thursday in the Okhla Mandi area where a person identified as Mohammad Zaki was shot on the leg. Investigating the case, police officials said that during the probe they found that Zaki was was having problems with his wife Ayesha, and their suspicions fell on a man Ayesha had been seeing regularly — Khalifa.”While Khalifa was lodged in Tihar jail he met Zaki and both of them became friends. Post their release from jail, Khalifa started visiting Zaki’s home where he got close to his wife Ayesha. This became a problem for Zaki who objected to this,” Baaniya said.Police officials said that Ayesha, along with her brother Sarfaraz, hatched a plan to eliminate Zaki. They took Khalifa into their confidence and offered Rs 5 lakhs to him in order to eliminate Zaki. Police officials said that Khalifa got an advance of the money but only shot Zaki in the leg as he did not receive full payment.Asked about his background, police said that Khalifa was a member of the Satya Prakash alias Satte Gang who were responsible for robberies and dacoity in Delhi and neighbouring areas.He had been arrested many times and while he was in jail in 2016 he got in touch with the notorious gangster Salim who is facing trial in many criminal cases.Salim had then allegedly given him the contract to kill Samajwadi Party leader Mohammed Zaid which he is believed to have carried out last year police said.

Encroachers take over heritage mosques, bar visitors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Qasai Wala Gumbad, the only Tughlaq-era mosque with a hemispherical dome, on Muradabad Pahadi in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar is a heavily encroached heritage structure. It is a unique construction mainly because two mosques – one a Tughlaq-era mosque and other a Lodi-era mosque – stand adjacent to each other .Deep inside a park, few meters away from the Vasant Vihar Club, exist the two mosques. A huge gate, guarded by young kids, and a long pavement takes one towards the two marvelous white structures. One of these mosques is now used as a madrasah, known as Abdul Mannan Academy, where over 100 kids stay and study.The two beautiful structures are encroached and nobody is allowed inside the main gate, except on Thursdays when people visit the Dargah, which is just next to the two mosques. Few people visit Dargah of Syed Murad Ali Baba Shah here on Thursdays for prayers. There is very limited access to the mosques as the structures are under the control of a religious organisation, that does not allow outsiders here, not even students’ parents.When DNA visited the heritage structures, several questions were asked at the gate and the reporter was strictly asked to not take any pictures and leave within five minutes.”We do not even let in parents of over 100 madrasah students. The Archaeological Department is eyeing our mosque and a case is going on. This is our land,”says Mohammad Feroze, caretaker of one of the structures.Because of the encroachment, many Delhiites, even the historians, and locals living in the area are unaware of one of the Capitals’s beautiful heritage.”I have always been fascinated with these two mosques and visited on a Thursday when many local women go to the dargah. But the caretakers inside recognised me as an outsider with my camera, and asked me to leave that very moment,”said Vikramjit Singh Rooprai, Heritage activist.”These structures have so much potential due to their dual history and location, the government should do something about opening them to the public,”he adds.Inside the premises exists Delhi’s largest Baoli, or step-well, which has been taken over by the mosque authorities. Visits to either the mosque or the step-well are prohibited. The step-well is crumbling, struggling to retain its identity due to the neglect.”Also, these structures are under the flight path i.e. close to a runway and planes pass over these mosques, an area like this should be accessible to security and police, if it is not to the public,” adds Rooprai.

India’s reply to offer for Jadhav to meet his wife being considered: Pakistan Foreign Office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the Pakistan Foreign Office said that India’s reply to Pakistan’s offer for Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to meet him had been received and was being considered. Pakistan recently said it will allow 46-year-old Jadhav to meet his wife, months after India had requested Islamabad to grant a visa to his mother on humanitarian grounds. During his weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan was awaiting India’s response on the offer. Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. The International Court of Justice in May halted his execution on India’s appeal. Pakistan has repeatedly denied India consular access to Jadhav on the ground that it was not applicable in cases related to spies.Some media reports have linked Pakistan’s offer to the quiet efforts by the US.Pakistan, however, insisted that the offer was made purely on the humanitarian grounds. Jadhav has filed an appeal with Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to seek clemency, which is still pending. Last month, the Pakistan Army had said it is close to a decision on the mercy petition of Jadhav. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested him from restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy.Jadhav’s sentencing had evoked a sharp reaction in India. After India approached the ICJ, a 10-member bench on May 18 restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. The ICJ has asked Pakistan to submit its response or memorial by December 13 before the court could start further proceedings in the case.

Alwar Lynching | Don’t have enough manpower to control every situation, says Rajasthan Home Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the body of a 35-year-old man was found near railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, with activists alleging that he was killed by cow vigilantes, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that there is not enough manpower to control every situation.The body of Umar Khan, hailing from Ghatmika village in Bharatpur district, was recovered near Ramgarh.”We don’t have enough manpower to control every situation in all cities in time. Police is investigating and other culprits will soon be arrested,” said Gulab Chand KatariaHowever, he also said that a strict action would be taken against the culprit, even if he is a Hindu, reported ANI.The minister also informed that one person has been arrested, adding five others could also be involved in the incident.This is second such incident in Alwar in past seven months.In April this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle, triggering a nationwide outrage.Meanwhile, the victim’s uncle has urged for justice. “I don’t know who killed him but he was not a cow smuggler. He had 3 cows of his own. We want justice for him,” he said.The Mewat region is known for rearing cows and now ‘self-proclaimed cow sympathisers’ of various right-wing outfits are targeting those who rear cows, the social activist said.The head of Meo community panchayat, Sher Mohammad, said that even if Umar Khan was involved in cow smuggling, there are laws to deal with smugglers. “Who has given the cow vigilantes the right to take the law into own hands. Police should act against cow vigilantes,” he said.

Benami vehicles drive criminals as transport dept aides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the lines of benami property, benami vehicles are rampant in Rajasthan. These vehicles are being used by various criminal gangs to carry out their activities and also stay out of police clutches. The gangs were managing to acquire these benami vehicles with the help of transport department officials and if police sources are to be believed, there are hundreds of such vehicles plying across the state. Rajasthan Police has registered two cases related to benami vehicles in the sadar thana of Churu. Teams have been formed to look for the offenders including a former district transport officer (DTO). According to police sources, this is just the tip of the iceberg, hundreds of such vehicles are presumed to be plying. The matter came to the notice of the SOG when they were in hot pursuit of gangster Anand Pal. It came to light when the police investigated two vehicles that were being used by the members of slain gangster Anand Pal’s gang. They came across the information that vehicle number RJ 10 GA 6098 and RJ 10 GA 5956 were being used by Anand Pal’s accomplices. When the vehicle owners were summoned to surrender their vehicles, it came forth that he had never owned anything beyond a motorcycle. Involvement of a DTO who had been implicated in a scam in the year 2013 came forth in the investigation. He was involved in providing documents in department custody to the criminals to register their vehicles. The first matter is related to one Safi Mohammad of Bayn village of Taranagar. He had registered a case in the Sadar thana of Churu that he had registered his motorbike in the Churu DTO in 2013. The number of the bike was RJ 10 SF 2715, but he was summoned to the police station on August 8, 2017 and asked to surrender his vehicle, a camper, by the number RJ 10 GA 6098. He registered a case with the police and said that he had never owned any vehicle other than the motorbike. The second case has been registered by Bhanwarlal of Sandva village of Sujangarh. In his complaint he has said that he had got his vehicle; a Bolero camper registered with the DTO and its number is RJ 10 GA 4012, but in July 2017, the police summoned him and asked him to surrender his Bolero camper number RJ 10 GA 5956. This is a vehicle he does not own. He has lodged a complaint against unknown persons who have used his documents to register the vehicle in his name. Both the registrations were done in the year 2013 and police have registered cases under section 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC against the then district transport officer (DTO). According to the Dy SP Churu, Hukum Singh, the case has been registered and the matter is under investigation. Teams have been dispatched to recover the vehicles and arrest the DTO. Incidentally, Churu has been a stronghold of Anand pal gang,who was killed in police encounter in Churu itself.

Terrorists attack police vehicle in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists opened fire on a police vehicle in Kulgam’s Qazigund of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.No injuries have been reported so far.Recently, the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir gunned down three terrorists in Pulwama district’s Aglar Kandi village which included terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew and outfit’s divisional commander.

Rajasthan High Court unites couple, ensures extra cover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court, Jodhpur, has sent 22-year-old Payal Sanghvi, to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She has also been provided police protection as she told the court she feared for their safety. The case filed by Payal’s family has been in limelight. Payal’s family had alleged that Faiz had kidnapped her forged the nikahnama.The case was listed for hearing on Tuesday and the girl told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz Mohammad. She told the court that she was not under any pressure and wanted to go to her husband with her own free will. Incidentally, Payal had been living in the government-run nari niketan for the last one week. The court had sent her there after the previous hearing. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against Payal’s husband Faiz that will been investigated by a senior official of the rank of an Ad SP.Speaking to DNA after the court order, Mahesh Bora, advocate for Faiz Modi said, “The court on Tuesday heard the issue and asked Payal what she wanted. She told the court she wanted to live with her husband Faiz and court had ordered that she be sent there and also be provided protection. Other issues related to conversion and authenticity of marriage certificate could probably be scheduled for hearing tomorrow.”Payal’s father Narpat sounded crestfallen at the turn of events and said, “The two know each other since school days, but it was not a love relation. We still feel they have done some jadu tona on our daughter to get her under their control.” expressed disappointment Speaking to DNA an emotional Aijaz Modi, Faiz’s father said “I am satisfied with the turn of events on Tuesday. My son’s wife has come home. The last few days had been very tense for us.”Speaking to DNA Faiz said, “I am happy to get my wife back after the court’s intervention. I have known her for 10 years and we love each other. We are both major and have married as per our will. The police can investigate all they want. I am sure to get justice. The court cases will also end soon.”Payal had gone missing from her home on October 25 and her brother had filed a habeas corpus. He had accused the police of not registering his FIR.The court had heard the matter and asked the police to lodge an FIR and investigate the matter. Judges Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg had on the last hearing also sought a reply from the state government on its handling of religious conversions and asked whether there is any law regulating conversions in Rajasthan.Payal had appeared in court in a burqa on that hearing on November 1 and told the court that she had married Faiz on her own free will in April this year. The court had sent her to a government run nari niketan till the case came up for hearing on Tuesday.Payal’s family had alleged that she had been kidnapped and blackmailed. They had also alleged that her marriage certificate was forged. He brother Chirag Sanghvi moved court and acccused the police of refusing to lodge his case. He said the police had told him that his sister had given in writing that she had married one Faiz Mohammad on April 14 this year.

Masood Azhar nephew among 3 terrorists killed in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces dealt a blow to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and gunned down its top commander Talha Rashid — nephew of Pathankot attack mastermind Moulana Masood Azhar — and recovered a US-made M4 carbine at Aglar-Kandi village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening.Rashid was among the militants — including Pakistani JeM divisional commander Mohammad Bhai and local Wasim Ahmad Ganai — killed in a swift operation by a joint team of Army, CRPF and police. An Army soldier of 44 Rashtriya Riffles lost his life in the line of duty.The assault rifle is the first such weapon recovered from terrorists. It was smuggled into Kashmir after Pakistan’s Army passed it on to infiltrators for use against security forces.Police sources said Talha had been operating in Pulwama for the last four to five months after he infiltrated into the Valley from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.”For the first time they (JeM) have owned up a Pakistani militant. He (Rashid) is nephew of Moulana Azhar. Now we will take up the matter through proper channels. We request (Pakistan) very firmly, please claim the body and please take the body because they have said that he is a Pakistani nephew of Moulana Masood Azhar”, said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range.This is the second time this year when any family member of an India’s most wanted has been killed in an encounter in the Valley. On January 19, security forces killed Abu Musaib — nephew of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi — at Hajin village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.The Army said the main feature of the Pulwama operation was the seizure of the rifle. “It is a US-made weapon presently with a lot of Armies of NATO and special forces of Pakistan’s Army. We have reasons to believe that this particular weapon was given by Pakistan’s Army to JeM cadres. This clearly shows the complicity between JeM and Pakistan”, said Major General BS Raju, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Indian Army’s Victor Force.”We have reasons to believe 5 to 10 such weapons could have been brought in by terrorists who infiltrated recently”, said Major General Raju.Meanwhile, the Army paid tributes to its soldier Sepoy Vrahma Pal Singh. Singh, 30, had joined the Army in 2004. He was from village Shaujana Rani in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a three-year-old son.

Dina Wadia, Jinnah’s daughter, passes away in New York

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah and his Parsi wife Rattanbai Petit, and perhaps the last human connection between South Asian arch rivals India and Pakistan, passed away in New York on Thursday. She was 98.Interestingly, she was born in London on the intervening night of August 14 and 15 in 1919. Twenty eight years later in 1947, on the same night, Jinnah succeeded in carving Pakistan out of undivided India.After his separation from Rattanbai and her subsequent demise, Jinnah fell out with his daughter Dina, too, when she opted to marry Neville Wadia at the age of 17. Her mother Ruttie the only child of Mumbai industrialist Sir Dinshaw Petit, had also married Jinnah at 18.Dina who opted to live in India, visited Pakistan just twice, in 1948, when her father passed away and then in 2004, accompanied by her son, Nasli Wadia, and grandchildren, Jehangir and Ness. She moved to New York after the divorce. Nusli Wadia is the chairman of the Wadia group, which owns Bombay Dyeing, among other interests.In 2005, Wadia laid claim on the house where she was born, her father’s most famous property in Mumbai — Jinnah House. Situated on Mount Pleasant Road in Mumbai’s expensive Malabar Hill, the house, now in a state of disrepair, bore witness to landmark meetings between Jinnah with Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi (1944) and Jawaharlal Nehru (1946). One of Dina’s contentions was that her father was a Khoja Muslim, a community which followed Hindu law and not the Sharia and therefore under the Hindu Succession Act, she became the rightful heir of the property.After the separation of parents and demise of her mother, Dina was raised by Jinnah’s sister, Fatima Jinnah. Dina at an interview had shared that she never shared a healthy connection with her aunt.She added that Fatima Jinnah was the only barrier between her and her father. Dina, however, disappointed Jinnah’s biographers and historians, never agreeing to talk about her father.

After ouster of Barkati, new imam appointed at Tipu Sultan mosque

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the ouster of controversial imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Nurur Rahman Barkati, authorities of Tipu Sultan Masjid have silently appointed a new imam, Abdus Sukur, early this month. The appointment has been kept under the wraps by Members of Wakf Estate of Prince Golam Mohammad, who are the custodian of the historical mosque.It was found out that the new imam, Abdus Sukur, had been kept on trial for some days before he was given an appointment letter. “He has been kept on probation for six months and upon successful completion his appointment will be confirmed,” said Shahzada Anwar Ali, patron manager of the trustee board.The 55-year-old Sukur, hailing from Alinagar area of Darbhanga in Bihar, has been allotted the imam’s room which was previously occupied by Barkati and will receive a remuneration of Rs 8,500 every month. “There is a little renovation going on after which it will be handed over to him and there will be an official announcement in about a week’s time,” Ali said.Sukur has been given strict instruction to stick to his religious duty and not to indulge in politics. Sources said that in the terms and conditions of his appointment, he has been instructed to stick to religious deliberations and not to speak anything political in nature or meet mediapersons frequently. Sources also said that unlike during the times of Barkati, there will be no marriages conducted at the mosque by the new imam. “The members are very careful this time after the Barkati episode,” said an official of the estate.Sukur, said, “My work is to lead the prayers and to teach people about our religion. I will try my best to do the same.”Asked what would be his stand if approached by political leaders, he said, “I would not meet any political leader. I would have several books in my room at the masjid and would be busy studying Islam and to spread it among people in society.”Sukur’s family comprises his mother, wife, a son and two daughters. “They are all at our native place. All my children are married,” he said. Qualification wise, he is a hafiz, a qari and a mufti.It was also found out some belongings of Barkati were still in the room allotted for Sukur and he had been issued a notice to remove those to which he didnt reply. Contacted, Barkati told DNA he didnt want to comment on the issue.

The man who witnessed the tribal invasion of Kashmir

Mohammad Sultan Thaker was 15 when Jammu and Kashmir was invaded by Pakistani tribesmen.

Liquor ban a big failure; people get alcohol delivered at home: Lalu Prasad Yadav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RJD president Lalu Prasad today branded the prohibition in Bihar as a “big failure” and said liquor was now being delivered at home in the state.On his way to Ranchi, Prasad was responding to reporters’ queries on Friday night’s incident, in which four persons died after consuming spurious liquor while two others fell ill in Rohtas district.”Prohibition has been a big failure and a complete flop in the state as home delivery of liquor is happening in Bihar now,” he said.Accusing the police of “malamaal” (making quick money) as truckloads of liquor were frequently coming to the state, the RJD chief claimed that spurious liquor was being sold to areas where the supply was short.A complete ban on sale and consumption of alcohol was imposed in Bihar in April last year.Meanwhile, the police and excise officials have launched a massive hunt against those involved in production and sale of illicit liquor in the state.Shahabad Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Mohammad Rahman said four teams, each headed by a sub- divisional police officer (SDPO), had been formed to conduct raids against the illicit liquor traders and producers at various locations of Rohtas and Bhojpur districts.The teams led by the SDPOs of Ara, Piro, Vikramganj and Dehri would conduct raids from Sahar in Bhojpur district to Yadunathpur in Rohtas district, he added.

Diwali gift: India will grant medical visa in all pending cases to deserving Pakistanis, says Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that on the auspicious occasion of Diwali India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases that are pending, as she responded positively to a number of such requests by Pakistani nationals.To a request for a visa by a Pakistani woman named Amna Shamin, whose father is already in Delhi for treatment and she wants to visit him, Swaraj said, “Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will allow this.” “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant medical visa in all deserving cases pending today,” Swaraj tweeted. Yesterday, she had directed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to issue a visa to a Pakistani child for medical treatment in India.The child’s father, Kashif, had requested Swaraj on Twitter to grant medical visa for treatment of Abdullah, saying he needed post-liver transplant evaluation in India.”The treatment of your child must not suffer for want of medicine. I have asked Indian High Commission to issue medical visa. @ChachaKashif,” the minister tweeted yesterday. Kashif had said the child’s medicines were about to finish and he needed immediate medical consultation in India. In another tweet yesterday, Swaraj said a medical visa has also been approved for a Pakistani woman, who wants to undergo liver surgery in India.The woman’s son, Rafique Memon, had requested Swaraj to intervene and grant visa to his mother. Swaraj also responded positively to a request for a visa by Nazir Ahmed, whose eight-year-old child Mohammad Ahmed was awaiting medical visa for a year. “We will issue visa to facilitate treatment of your 8- year-old child in India,” she said. Swaraj has been taking a sympathetic approach in granting medical visas to Pakistani nationals, notwithstanding strain in ties between India and Pakistan over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

AIIMS neurosurgery dept has 6-month-long wait list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite several attempts by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to reduce the long queues by starting online registration and introducing AIIMS video clinic in 2016, wherein patients can seek opinions online, patients still have to wait for long to get neurosurgery or cancer treatment.In a recent incident, a 42-year-old critical brain tumour patient was given an April, 2018, date for surgery, forcing him to move to a private hospital for treatment. Mohammad Halim, a resident of Poornia district in Bihar, was referred to AIIMS, Patna, and then to Delhi. But while shifting to Delhi, his condition worsened and his brain got so affected that he could neither eat nor speak.Doctors, however, said they did not have any other option but to refer him to Delhi.On Sunday, after getting a date for his surgery six-months later, Halim approached Ashok Aggarwal, a social activist, who helped him in securing a bed in a private hospital under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category.While Halim will get his surgery done at a private hospital now, AIIMS online Out-Patient Department registration gives a clear picture, where AIIMS Rheumatology OPD cannot attend to new patients until February, 2018, and Pediatrics Cardiology is completely booked till January, 2018.

Dadri lynching: NTPC denies giving job to 15 accused

Updated: Oct 15, 2017, 10:15 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State-run power giant NTPC on Sunday said it has not given jobs to the accused in the Mohammad Akhlaq lynching case.There have been media reports that 15 accused of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq in Bisahda village of Dadri in September 2015 have got contractual jobs after facilitation by a local MLA. “NTPC Dadri management categorically denies the content of various media reports regarding contractual employment in NTPC Dadri to the accused of Akhlaq lynching case of Bisahda village, as such reports are false and baseless,” the NTPC’s Dadri plant said in a statement.It said no agreement has been made to give jobs to the accused of the case and no employment has been given to them. NTPC also said that under its corporate social responsibility policy, it is committed for the upliftment and development of the nearby communities of its plant.

Terrorists hurl grenade at Kashmir beauty parlour, three girls injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after Islami Markazi Majlis-e-Shoura issued a diktat against the women in Kishtwar district of Jammu, suspected militants attacked a beauty parlour with grenade injuring three girls in Rajpora Chowk of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.Police said the incident occurred in the evening when unidentified ultras lobbed a powerful grenade at the beauty parlour, which however missed the target and exploded outside the premises. Three girls were injured in the incident. Police said the two of the girls had gone for applying Heena when they received splinter injuries.“The girls suffered minor splinter injuries and were discharged after first aid. They had visited the parlour to apply Mehndi on their hands when the explosion occurred. Apparently the beauty parlour was the target,” said Mohammad Aslam, senior superintendent of police, Pulwama.Security forces immediately cordoned off the area to hunt down the ultras responsible for the incident. Reinforcements were also rushed in to augment the forces on ground in a bid to keep stone pelters at bay. Police also collected the splinters for forensic examination to unravel the truth.

Four arrested as police bust housing racket

According to the police, Shaikh, an estate agent, worked with the other accused who posed as MHADA officials to dupe flat buyers <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bhoiwada police have arrested four people and are on the lookout for another of their accomplice after the gang duped at least 100 people by promising to give them houses built by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.The arrested accused have been identified as Ramdas Bhasakar chavan (41), Vijendra Pendkalkar (34),Mohammad Qureshi (45), Amit Jawale(43) and Aslam Shaikh, who is a wanted accused in the case.According to the police, Shaikh, an estate agent, worked with the other accused who posed as MHADA officials to dupe flat buyers. They would give victims bogus receipts on MHADA’s letterhead, complete with a fake signature and stamp. The police have heard complaints from nearly hundred victims who were collectively duped of at least Rs 2 crore. The cops suspect that the amount could go up to Rs 5 crore.Police even suspect involvement of Mhada officials.

Two tailors die, family kept in dark

Masood Aalam Sheikh, 40, a Govandi resident and Mohammad Shakeel Sheikh, 30, a Mumbra resident had boarded the same train and had met at Parel railway station to reach their workplace <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men from the same family died in the tragedy on Friday, both tailors working at a garment outlet in Lower Parel. The duo died due to severe injuries and suffocation on the Elphinstone railway bridge. The family including their wives, and two sisters had not been informed.Masood Aalam Sheikh, 40, a Govandi resident and Mohammad Shakeel Sheikh, 30, a Mumbra resident had boarded the same train and had met at Parel railway station to reach their workplace. The Duo were tailors working for a garment factory stitching curtains and bedsheets. Both were from the same family and Shakeel had recently shifted to Mumbra.”We have not informed his family members as they were the only bread winners for the families. Their wives, sisters and children have not been informed yet and we have told them that they are injured in the tragedy,” said Tabrez Muqadam, brother.”Being the only breadwinner, we expect that the railway would pay us compensation for the loss of our two family members,” said Muqadam.

BSF jawan Mohammad Ramzan Parray martyred in Bandipora’s brutal attack laid to rest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slained BSF jawan Mohammad Ramzan Ahmed Parray, who was gunned down by terrorists at his Bandipora home, was buried on Thursday afternoon as the BSF and the police paid tributes.Parray was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Bandipora’s Hajin.The body of the jawan, who worked with the 73rd Battalion of the BSF in Baramulla, was shifted to local police station where BSF and senior police officers paid tributes. Terrorists on Wednesday night stormed the house of Parray, who was on leave, and fired indiscriminately, killing him and injuring three members of his family at Hajin area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.The heavily armed terrorists barged into Parray’s house and tried to abduct him. When his family members resisted and tried to stop the terrorists, they fired shots upon them. All the injured were shifted to hospital where Parrey was declared dead on arrival.Parray’s killing is eerily similar to the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle. Lt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative. He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian. A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.

Separatist Shabir Shah admits to receiving funds from Pak terror outfits, Centre says Islamabad exposed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday told a Delhi court that Jammu and Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah has admitted to receiving funds from Pakistan’s terror outfits to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India.His close aide, Mohammad Aslam Wani also admitted to his complicity in the crime, the ED said. The Enforcement Directorate filed the charge sheet in a Delhi Court against Separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a decade-old money laundering case against terror funding. In the charge sheet, the ED states that Shabir Shah has admitted that he talks to Hafiz Saeed on phone on the issue of Kashmir, and last spoke to him in January 2017.Reaction to the statement, MoS Home Hansraj Ahir said that Shabhir Shah’s statement had exposed Pakistan. Shah also confessed to have received funds from terror outfits from Pakistan to promote terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of India. With no source of income of his own, Shah admitted that he does not file any Income Tax Return regarding his income, and that he only receives donations in cash from locals and his well-wishers towards party fund which amounts to Rs eight to ten lakhs per annum.Meanwhile, Shah’s close aide, Mohammad Aslam Wani admitted to receiving Hawala money from Pakistan’s Hawala operative Shafi Shayar, on behalf of Shabir Shah, in Delhi.Earlier in August, the Delhi High Court rejected the bail plea of Shah after the Enforcement Directorate said it was probing whether he had received money from “enemy countries” like Pakistan to promote terrorism in India.On September 7, ED opposed the bail plea of Aslam Wani in a Delhi court, saying that he had a key role in bringing money from Pakistan for terror activities in Kashmir.On July 25, ED had arrested Shah in connection with a money laundering case dating back to 2005, while his close aide Aslam Wani was arrested on August 6.The agency had registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani.

Love bites on victim help crack theft case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Does love blind us all or is love really blind? Sunny Leone in her new song for Bhoomi croons about her partner giving her hickeys but for this 23-year-old girl love bites from her boyfriend proved very costly.The woman who was set to marry soon was found tied up by her father after their house was burgled, It was alleged that thieves stole Rs 20 lakh in cash and jewellery. The police were informed about the robbery on Tuesday afternoon. DCP (north-east) Ajit Singla formed several teams, led by ACP (Seelampur) Shashank Jaiswal, to investigate the case.They questioned several ‘criminals’ in the area and scrap dealers and vegetable vendors but were unable to unearth substantial leads. They even scanned CCTV cameras in the areas but still found no clue.However, soon the police arrested the businessman’s soon-to-be married daughter and her 34-year-old boyfriend Anees for staging the crime. It was love bites on the woman’s neck that made the police suspicious about the whole incident, according to a TOI report. When the cops interviewed her, they found her statements inconsistent and found her phone formatted. Her phone details were carefully examined and police found a man who was in regular touch with her and was present when the dramatic incident was staged.Arshad informed the police that he and his family had gone for shopping for their daughter’s marriage scheduled for next month.The women’s boyfriend was arrested after they went in to the house to question the woman about the robbers identity.All the valuables were recovered by the police, DCP Singla confirmed.The couple revealed they were planning for an escapade after stealing money from the women’s house. The women also revealed during questioning that her parents were forcibly trying to get her married to a doctor. She claimed that she had already married Mohammad Anees in 2015. However, she was scared to inform them about her marriage as they both belonged to different caste.The duo were presented before a magistrate who sent them to 14 days custody in Tihar jail.

Affidavit has been filed, Supreme Court to take a call on Rohingya Muslims: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to sort of lessen the pressure on the government in the unfold Rohingya crisis, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the final decision will be taken by the Supreme Court. “An affidavit has been filed. Whatever decision is to be taken, it will be taken by the court, said Rajnath Singh as quoted by PTI. The Centre on Monday made it clear to SC that Rohingya Muslims are ‘illegal’ immigrants and pose ‘serious national security ramifications’.It also said that fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.
ALSO READ Rohingyas are serious security threat, indulging in anti-national acts: Centre tells SCThe apex court is hearing a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR). They claimed that they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. SC will again hear the case on October 3. The government had told the parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. However, some inputs indicate that around 40,000 undocumented Rohingyas were staying in India, mostly in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan regions. India has faced flak from UN for not adequately supporting and planning to deport Rohingya refugees. With PTI inputs

Rohingya refugees in India: Supreme Court to hear petition challenging deportation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today will continue hearing on a petition challenging government’s decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. Earlier, the apex court on September 4, sought to know the stand of the government on the issue. The matter came up before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud which asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instruction from the Centre and its response to the petition which has challenged the decision on various grounds including that it violated international human right conventions.The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence, and bloodshed against the community there. “Proposed deportation is contrary to the constitutional protections of Article 14 (Right to Equality), Article 21 (Right to Life and Personal Liberty) and Article 51(c) of the Constitution of India, which provides equal rights and liberty to every person. “This act would also be in contradiction with the principle of ‘Non-Refoulement’, which has been widely recognised as a the principle of Customary International Law,” the plea said while seeking a direction to the government not to deport them and other members of Rohingya community.
ALSO READ Rohingya refugees: Why is Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis a terror concern for IndiaIt has also sought a direction that Rohingyas be provided “basic amenities to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by international law”. It also said that India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of “Non-Refoulement’, which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives.While hearing the matter on September 4, the bench posted the matter for September 11, advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the two Rohingya immigrants, wanted an assurance that during the pendency of the petition, the Centre will not take any step including the deportation of the immigrants. The ASG made it clear that he was not making any statement. The bench asked the petitioner to hand over the copy of the petition and relevant documents pertaining to the matter to the law officer.Violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese army men have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh. Many of them, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.The principle of non-refoulement – or not sending back refugees to a place where they face danger – is considered part of the Customary International Law and is binding on all states whether they have signed the Refugee Convention or not. The the petition further said that India has traditionally been a hospitable host of refugees and displaced people, both from South Asia and across the world.The government had raised “serious concern” over reports of renewed violence and attacks in Myanmar and extended its “strong” support to the Myanmarese government at this “challenging moment”. On August 18, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued a notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who are residing in various parts of India.

NIA arrests two stone pelters from south Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After cracking down on terror funding, National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now probing stone pelters in Kashmir.The agency arrested two alleged stone pelters, Kamran Yousuf from Pulwama district and Javaid Ahmad from Kulgam in the troubled south Kashmir region after an investigation.Police sources said Kamran was working as a stringer for some media outlets in Pulwama. He was picked up by the police after summons were issued against him.“NIA had issued summons against Yousuf. We picked him up and handed over to NIA. He had recently posted a picture of torching of the national flag in Karimabad on the social media,” said Mohammad Aslam, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Pulwama.Both Yousuf and Ahmad are likely to be flown to New Delhi for further interrogation.The duo’s arrests come a day after NIA issued a summon to top Kashmiri lawyer and president of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Mian Abdul Qayoom for questioning on Wednesday as a witness in the terror funding case.These fresh arrests have come months after seven separatists, including the son-in-law of Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Altaf, Ahmed Shah and Shahid-ul-Islam, a top aide of moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were held in the terror and stone pelting funding cases.

Old Delhi comes alive with Eid festivities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As one walks out of the Chawri Bazaar in Old Delhi, the street moving towards Jama Masjid is bustling with women decked up, and children eating at food stalls, all of which are open despite the heavy rains that lashed the city for the past few days. Matiya Mahal street opposite Jama Masjid smells of food, and colours can be seen everywhere with the constant sound of ‘Eid Mubarak’ being heard every few steps.Further ahead towards Meena Bazaar near Urdu Park, in front of historic Jama Masjid gate, hoards of people make their way through stalls buying jewellery, toys, clothes or footwear; and eating at food stall selling Biryani and fruits.Among all this ‘comfortable chaos’, sits Mohammad Salim Khan, a goat seller at the goat market here, who managed to not only sell all of his 80 goats but all managed to sell the most expensive goat in the market this year.”It takes efforts to rear a good herd of goats. My goats sell the quickest and highest rates every year. This year the most expensive goat sold weighed 350 kilograms and sold for Rs 4.5 lakh,” says Khan, who has been in the business for 35 years.”This is the only time where we earn enough money for the entire year. The rest I save for my two daughters’ tuition who are currently studying in class 12 and 9,” he adds.Khan and another seller, Ahmed Majid, say that a huge amount is spent on rearing the goats. “A goat, which will sell for lakhs, would need milk two times a day, channa and even almonds. It will have to be reared for at least 2-3 years to get a good price for it. Daily expenses can vary between Rs 300 and Rs 600.” Majid says.”I used to feed Masoom, who was two and a half year old. 2.5 litres of milk every morning and evening, and 100 grams of almonds. Channa would cost another Rs 150. Did this for a good 2.5 years to make it healthy,” he adds.Majid, on the other hand, was trying to sell his 58 kg goat for Rs 60,000. The other smaller goats were sold from anywhere between Rs 10-25,000 which is a lot higher than last year’s prices due to less supply.

Police trace Ishrat Jahan’s missing kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ishrat Jahan, one of the petitioners against triple talaq and a resident of Howrah in West Bengal, had filed a police complaint on Thursday morning that two of her children had gone missing. However, the police found Jahan’s children by Thursday evening.On Thursday, she filed a report with the Golabari police station in Howrah district. “My two kids have gone missing. I have filed a complaint with the police and I hope they get my kids back,” Jahan said. “Yes we have received a complaint, and are looking into it,” said a senior official of the district police.When Jahan woke up on Thursday morning, she found her eldest daughter and her youngest son missing from her Howrah home where they lived. When she asked her in-laws they said that they were taken away by her husband. Unable to contact her husband, she filed a complaint.”The two had come to me, unable to live with my husband because his second wife used to ill-treat them. I miss my children and want them back,” Jahan added. About a month ago, of the four children of Jahan and her husband, two had come back to Jahan while two daughters chose to stay with their father in Bihar.Ishrat was one of the petitioners against triple talaq saying that her husband, Mohammad Murtaza Ansari, an embroider, had divorced her by uttering the word ‘talaq’ three times, over the phone in April 2015.A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court, had struck down the practice of instant triple talaq on August 22. The father returned the children later in the evening. Police said that they had called Jahan’s husband and baffled by all the news of missing children on media, he returned the kids to Golabari police station.Jahan complained that after her marriage in 2001 she had suffered a lot of atrocities from her husband and in-laws for giving birth to three girls. They lived in Howrah, and later her husband went to his native place in Bihar where he remarried. Soon after, he moved to Dubai in search of employment and from there he divorced Jahan over the phone.

Bihar Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi dares Lalu to expel Mohammad Shahabuddin from RJD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today dared RJD chief Lalu Prasad to expel Mohammad Shahabuddin from his party in view of the Patna high court upholding the life sentence awarded to him by the Siwan court in an acid attack case.”Lalu Prasad could not muster the courage to suspend Shahabuddin from his party, forget expelling from the party.Will Prasad dare to expel Shahabuddin, the man against whom 45 cases of heinous crimes are pending in different courts apart from being convicted in seven such cases, from the party,” Sushil Modi said.The Patna High Court had yesterday dismissed an appeal by controversial RJD leader and its former MP Mohammad Shahabuddin against the life sentence awarded to him by a Siwan court in an acid attack case which took place 13 years ago.With the high court upholding the lower court’s judgement in acid attack case, it has, thus, been established that no leniency can be shown towards such person, Sushil Modi said while questioning RJD chief to continue Shahabuddin as member of his party’s national executive, the top decision making body of RJD.”Will Lalu Prasad expel Shahabuddin from his party in view of the high court’s judgement,” he asked while branding the RJD as party which gives patronage to persons having criminal antecedents.

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.

J&K: DGP SP Vaid praises bravehearts who took down terrorists in gunfight in Pulwama encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director General of Police (DGP), Jammu and Kashmir, S.P. Vaid on Sunday said that the brave hearts of the Pulwama encounter played an excellent role in evacuating families affected in Saturday’s encounter.”Our boys did a great job in rescuing 36 families affected in the Pulwama encounter. Although they had performed well in the past too, but this type of incident happened after a long time,” DGP SP Vaid told ANI.He further said this was an attempt by the agencies to send foreign militants like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).”Senior officers of the valley supervised the operation. DIG Anantnag supervised the sector commander of the Army and a para unit of the Army was used to flash out the terrorists,” he added.Eight security personnel, including four CRPF soldiers and four policemen, were killed in the encounter between the security forces and fidyan terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.In the massive gunfight, three terrorists were also gunned down.The terrorists had carried out a suicide attack on District Police Lines in south Kashmir’s Pulwama.While Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti strongly condemned the killing of jawans, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley condoled the death of the personnel killed in the encounter.

Soon, bakery items to get costlier by 10-15 per cent

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon most bakery items will get costlier as bakers in the state are contemplating hiking prices of their products. They claim that the materials used for making most bakery products have become costlier after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is levied on them. Also, many bakery items that were exempt from taxes earlier, have been subjected to tax resulting in higher cost for the end consumers, they say.According to industry sources, products like cookies, cream rolls, pastries, and cakes, which carried 5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) are now charged 18 per cent GST, which means that the end consumer will have to pay more. While bread continues to be exempted, pizza base and toast have been charged 5 per cent GST.Ingredients like improver (used to enhance the longitivity of the product) and yeast, used in making bread, now carry 18 per cent GST, which will force a price hike in bread. “As bread have been exempted from GST, we will not be able to get the Input Tax Credit (ITC) on the raw materials. We have represented our case to the GST Council. If taxes are not reduced, we will be forced to hike the prices. We are awaiting a response from the government,” said Mohammad Hussain Shaikh, partner of Italian Bakery in Ahmedabad and president of The Gujarat State Bakers’ Federation. He foresees a hike of about 10-15 per cent in next few days.Another bone of contention is the VAT that still continues on petroleum items. Bakers use diesel and natural gas as fuel. There is a feeling in a segment that bakers will not get ITC on the fuel used. “This will be a big setback for the industry, particularly for the smaller players as margin are not very huge in the sector. There is no option but to raise prices,” said Atul Vekariya, president of Surat Bakers Association, which has over 75 bakeries as members. Surat has over 400 bakeries.”Many items that were not taxed earlier are now being taxed. For example tax on khari biscuit has risen to 18 per cent from 5 per cent. So about 10 per cent price hike is likely. We will take stock of the situation and decide accordingly,” said Narendra Somani, founder and chairman of Bhagwati Banquets and Hotels Ltd, which operates TGB bakeries.However, Axat Vyas, a tax practitioner feels that as a matter of principle, the costs in GST should come down and bakers should consult tax advisors to rework their costing which will give them a better idea of costs.

Terror funding: ‘Hawala dealer’ in judicial custody till Aug 31

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Allowing an Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea, a Delhi court has sent suspected hawala dealer Mohammad Aslam Wani in to judicial custody till August 31. Wani was arrested in connection with a decade-old money laundering case, involving Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah.Duty magistrate Jasjeet Kaur gave the orders after ED counsel N K Matta submitted that Wani be sent to judicial custody. The 36-year-old was produced in the court after his two-week custody for interrogation ended. The ED had arrested Wani on August 6, after a sessions court issued an open-ended non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him and sent him to eight-day ED custody.According to an ED official, Wani was arrested in Srinagar with the help of state police and later brought to Delhi. Despite multiple summons issued by the ED for his appearance in the case, he had refused to appear. The agency had arrested Shah from Srinagar on July 26.The money laundering case dates back to August, 2005, when the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Wani. He had stated to have passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. In 2010, a Delhi court cleared him of terror funding charges, but convicted him under the Arms Act.The ED then registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Shah and Wani. At the time of his arrest, on August 26, 2005, Wani allegedly had Rs 63 lakh, received through hawala channels from the Middle East, in his possession, along with a large cache of ammunition.During questioning, Wani had told the agency that of the Rs 63 lakh, Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs 10 lakh to Jaish-e-Mohammad area commander Abu Baqar. The rest was to be his commission, the FIR stated.

Kolkata Police Sergeant and guard assaulted in Ekbalpore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Sergeant of Kolkata Traffic Police and a guard were allegedly assaulted by a group of people when they tried to stop them from escaping after hitting a biker in south Kolkata’s Ekbalpore area today. Three persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in assaulting traffic sergeant Manish Pandey and head guard Gulzar, a senior officer of Kolkata Traffic Police said. The driver and his friends of a four-wheeler allegedly assaulted Pandey and Gulzar for stopping them from fleeing the spot after dashing into a biker on Kabi Mohammad Iqbal Road in Ekbalpur at 2 pm, the officer said. The biker was injured after the four-wheeler hit him from behind in front of Solo Anna Masjid on Kabi Mohammad Iqbal Road, the officer said. Pandey and Gulzar were also injured after they were allegedly attacked by the vehicle’s driver and his friends, the officer said. A probe has been started into the incident, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No national anthem: Some madrasas in UP defy Yogi Adityanath’s Independence Day diktat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defying Yogi Adityanath government’s order, some madrasas in Uttar Pradesh refused to sing national anthem and videograph the Independence Day celebrations.The Uttar Pradesh government had directed all madrassas (Islamic schools) to hold celebrations on Independence Day and videograph the event, and even warned of action against madrassas which do not follow the order.The directive was also questioned by All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli.Stating that they didn’t want to give proof of their patriotism, students madrasas in Kanpur, Meerut and Bareilly sang Saare Jahan Se Achha, a 20th century patriotic song penned by the poet Mohammad Iqbal, reported Hindustan Times. ALSO READ Independence day speech: PM reaches out to Kashmiris, lists out economic achievements of govt The Sunni Ulema Council convener Haji Mohd Saleeh said, “Students hoisted the flag and celebrated the occasion with traditional fervour. The government order is an attempt to test our patriotism which is wrong.”The report also said that the students in Bareilly’s Manzar-e-Islam hoisted the Tricolour but didn’t sing the national anthem. The madrasa authorities also refrained from videography.“Traditionally, we do not sing the national anthem during Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations. We only followed convention this time,” a senior cleric told the daily.However, amidst mix reactions, Lucknow’s Firangi Mahal madrasa unfurled the tricolor. Agra’s Afzal Ul Uloom Madrasa also celebrated the day of independence.

Want concrete shape to PM’s assurance on Art 35A: Omar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Conference chief Omar Abdullah today insisted that his party does not question the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India but wanted “concrete shape” to be given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that there will be no fiddling with the Article 35A. He said the BJP was wrongly claiming that Jammu and Ladakh regions of the state would benefit by abrogation of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution which grants special privileges to the citizens of the state. Jammu region will face the brunt first and Kashmir subsequently, the former chief minister said. He said the Centre should file a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court where Article 35A of the Indian Constitution has been challenged by two women who have contended that they lost their citizenship rights because of this provision which grants special privileges to the citizens of the state. Abdullah said those tinkering with the constitutional provisions like Article 370, which grants special status to J&K, and Article 35A are threatening the concept of ‘one India’. “We will like the Prime Minister’s assurance be given a concrete shape and to make it a reality,” he said on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s claim that Modi has given “100 per cent assurance” that he would back the PDP-BJP government’s Agenda of Alliance which says there will be “no fiddling” with Article 35A. “A counter affidavit should be filed (in the Supreme Court) by the Central government as well,” Abdullah said. He termed as a “lie and propaganda” that industrialists like the Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis would set up factories in Kashmir once Article 35A is removed from the statute. It is a “lie and mere propaganda floated by those befooling people,” Abdullah said, adding investments in Jammu and Kashmir were held up as it is perceived an “unsafe destination” and not because of the Article 35A or Article 370 of the Constitution. He said such laws are also prevalent in many other states like Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar where it is mandatory to be the resident of that state to purchase a land. He said those people debating ‘one-India’ should first revoke such laws in those states. “You are not touching these states and this issue is raked up by the BJP. So, we are compelled to think that you have selected Jammu and Kashmir only because Muslims are in majority here. “If you really dream of ‘one-India’, then to realise that dream you should revoke such laws from the other states first. Then we will accept that your intention is right. But, when you target only J&K, then it is obvious that we will doubt your intentions,” the NC leader said. “We are one India. Please remember that Jammu and Kashmir became a part of the Union on the basis of a constitutional provision where in Union of India was responsible only for currency, communication, defence and foreign affairs. It has been eroded over the time,” Abdullah said. “There is no reason why autonomous Jammu and Kashmir ceases to be a part of India. (But) yes, if you continue to tinker with the constitution, if you continue to erode everything that was the basis of accession, then it is those, who are doing that tinkering, are threatening the concept of ‘one-India’ and not us. We don’t question accession,” he said. Insisting that none of the three regions of the state Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh — would benefit by the revocation of Article 35A, he said, “This propaganda of political parties here that Jammu should favour removal of Article 35A because it is to their advantage, I am trying to correct that thing.” Taking a dig at the separatist Hurriyat Conference, Abdullah said, “They have no business to issue statements on constitutional provisions as they do not believe in the Constitution of India.” He said the National Conference is thinking of organizing protests in every district of Kashmir as well as Jammu soon to give a message that the party is serious over the issue. “Yesterday, there was a complete strike (in Kashmir). A friend told me that it was for the first time that Kashmir was observing a strike for saving the Indian constitution. The strikes earlier were for weakening the control of India in J&K….Now, the people of Jammu have also understood that they will not benefit from the revocation of this Article (35A),” he said. Asked whether the party would take a legal recourse, he said, “We will have a meeting of the party and will discuss it.” Terming as “rubbish” the allegation that NC is toeing the separatists’ line on the issue, Abdullah said, “Unfortunately, this attack (on Article 35A) is taking place when we perhaps have the weakest chief minister in our history in office. “I do not think even (former chief minister) Ghulam Mohammad Shah was so weak that Mehbooba Mufti is. She remains silent and peddles lies only. She also lied on GST implementation in the state and now says that the Prime Minister has assured her on Article 35A. “Where are the assurances? Why did the Centre not file an affidavit in the Supreme Court?” Abdullah added, “When we complain that you are not keeping your end of the bargain (on accession), we are labeled anti-national. We are seeking what is within the constitution. What do you talk about ‘Kashmiriyat’, ‘Jhamooriyat’ (democracy) and ‘Insaaniyat’ (humanity), (if) you do not trust the law here. You want to change the law.” He insisted that Article 35A has nothing to do with land ownership. “The truth is that before 1990, there was good industry in Jammu as well in Kashmir. Why did industry die after 1990? It had nothing to do with Articles 35A or 370. It had everything to do with Jammu and Kashmir being perceived to be an unsafe destination for investment,” he said. In response to another question, he said, “Pakistan, since 1947 had made attempts to separate Kashmir from India, either by war or militancy and terrorism. “We all know that they (separatists) need the support of Pakistan. Pakistan do help them. It is a reality and nothing new,” Abdullah said, adding the government is taking action against them. He claimed that there is no gender-based discrimination after the implementation of a law by the PDP-Congress government led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2003-04. “My sisters have as much right over the property in Jammu and Kashmir as I have. A propaganda based on lies is being spread to attract people towards them (BJP). The fact is that after the bill was brought in by the Mufti-led government in 2003-04, gender discrimination, that was prevalent for long, is no longer effective,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hizb names successor to slain Kashmir ‘operational commander’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hizbul Mujahideen today named Mohammad bin Qasim as its “field operational commander” in Kashmir in place of Yaseen Yattoo who was killed yesterday in a fierce gunbattle with security forces in Shopian district. Qasim was made the new commander of Hizb at a meeting of the outfit’s command council chaired by Syed Salahuddin in Muzaffarabad (in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), a spokesman of the outfit said in a statement. Salahuddin said the high number of killings of militants in encounters were because of “traitors” and “Indian agents”. Yattoo, alias ‘Gaznavi’, and his two associates were killed yesterday in an encounter that began on Saturday night in Awnira village of Shopian district in south Kashmir. In the encounter, two armymen were also killed and three others, including a Major, were injured. Yattoo, who hailed from Budgam district of central Kashmir, had a long association with Hizbul Mujahideen and was responsible for keeping alive the prolonged unrest of 2016 following the killing of group’s commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. He had also played key role in recruiting several young men into the outfit, according to the police. Yattoo had joined Hizbul Mujahideen in 1996 but had surrendered in 2007 and was later released on parole in 2014. Subsequently, he had joined the militant group again and was its self-styled chief operations commander. Along with him, the security forces killed Umar Majeed, who hailed from Shopian, and Irfan, a tech-savvy militant involved in online propaganda for the militant outfit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Siwan scribe murder case: Probe at advance stage, CBI tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today told the Supreme Court that its probe into the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan of Siwan, in which controversial RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin is one of the prime accused, is at an “advanced stage”. The probe agency told a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar that they were likely to file a charge sheet in the case within two weeks. “The investigation in the case is at an advanced stage. A final report will be filed before the trial court within two weeks,” the agency’s counsel told the bench and requested it to defer the hearing in the matter for two weeks. To this, the apex court asked the advocate representing petitioner Asha Ranjan, who is the wife of the slain scribe, whether he had any objection to the CBI seeking more time for hearing of the matter. Advocate Kislay Pandey, appearing for the petitioner, said his only prayer was for registration of FIR against RJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap Yadav, whose photograph was published in media with an alleged sharp-shooter close to Shahabuddin, and Superintendent of Police Siwan district for purportedly not taking any action in the matter. The CBI counsel said all these aspects would be looked into after the final report was filed before the trial court. The court, which had earlier ordered shifting of Shahabuddin who is facing trial in around 45 criminal cases from Siwan Jail in Bihar to Tihar Jail here, listed the matter for hearing on September 18. The apex court had earlier said that it would examine the plea seeking the lodging of FIR against Tej Pratap Yadav. It had ordered shifting of Shahabuddin from Bihar’s Siwan prison to Tihar Jail here to ensure free and fair trial in the cases lodged against him. The petitioner, whose husband was murdered in Siwan in May last year, has sought a direction for registration of FIR against Shahabuddin and Tej Pratap for alleged “conspiracy and harbouring and sheltering the proclaimed offenders” in the murder case. Her counsel had earlier alleged in the court that in September last year, she had seen the pictures of accused Mohammed Kaif and Mohammad Javed, who were absconding at that time, with Tej Pratap on news channels.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to maintain law and order in the wake of killing of two civilians in security forces’ action on stone-pelting protestors. Restrictions have been imposed in five police station areas of the city here, a police official said. He said the curbs have been enforced in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, M R Gunj and Safakadal. The official said the restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the wake of killing of two civilians in south Kashmir yesterday. Two youth Owais Shafi and Mohammad Sayeed Bhat were killed in security forces’ action on mobs of stone-pelting youth in Pulwama and Shopian districts respectively. 22-year-old Shafi sustained multiple pellet injuries at Kakapora in Pulwama and was referred to SMHS here for treatment, where he was declared ‘dead on arrival’ by the doctors yesterday. Bhat (25) received bullet injury near the encounter site at Avneera in Shopian and was taken to a hospital where he succumbed late last night. Three militants were killed in the encounter with security forces. Educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, have been closed for the day in the Valley in view of the prevailing situation. The Kashmir University and the Islamic University of Sciences and Technology have also postponed the examinations scheduled for today, while the class work has been suspended.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One killed in clashes with security forces in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person was killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian district during security forces’ action on a mob of stone pelters who were protesting after an encounter in which three militants were killed yesterday, police said. Mohammad Sayeed Bhat (25) received bullet injuries when security forces used fire to chase away the mob near the encounter site at Avneera in Shopian last night, a police official said. He said Bhat was taken to a hospital where he succumbed. The official said 12 other persons were injured in the clashes.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre working towards a permanent solution to Kashmir issue: Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the incidents of stone pelting in Kashmir Valley had declined and that the Centre was working towards a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.Singh also lauded the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s efforts in curbing terrorism and added that the state government had not posed any obstruction in the fight against terrorism.”…whatever steps we are now taking in Kashmir is towards a permanent solution of the issue. I will not like to clarify much, and it would not be proper too. Kashmir should maintain its identity,” Singh said while replying to questions on the Kashmir issue at an event organised by India TV.There has been a decline in incidents of stone pelting in the valley, but the government is “not satisfied with this and stone pelting must stop altogether”, a statement quoted him as saying.”We have to provide jobs to Kashmiri youths,” he added.Speaking on the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, the minister said various steps were taken during the tenure of the late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and that land was earmarked for their stay in the valley.”At that time it was decided that a certain percentage of people from other communities would also be settled with them.But conditions have changed thereafter for the worse, and the implementation is getting delayed. I cannot say that this will happen in a year or six months. It cannot be done in a hurry,” he said.Singh retreated the government’s stand that talks with Pakistan would resume only after it stopped the use of its soil for terror activities against India

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