Former Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said that with the appointment of an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, the government has admitted that its “muscular approach” has failed in the state..*
“From no-talks to talks-with-all-stakeholders is a major victory for those who had strongly argued for a political solution in Jammu and Kashmir. With the appointment of an interlocutor, I hope the government has finally admitted muscular approach has failed,” he tweeted.
Chidambaram was reacting to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s announcement of beginning a dialogue process in the state.
The Home Minister also said the Centre had appointed former Intelligence Bureau Director Dineshwar Sharma as its interlocutor with a mandate to talk to “anyone he wants to”.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Women undergoing psychiatric treatment booked for braid cutting claim: police..*
Srinagar, October, 23 ÷ A woman undergoing psychiatric treatment has been booked after she alleged braid chopping for third time in a fortnight in Batamaloo area of Srinagar here, police said Monday.
A police official said that at 1500 hrs, one Bilkis, wife of Abdul Rashid Sheikh, resident of Bonpora Batmaloo alleged that her hair has been chopped inside her house.
“She has alleged braid chopping for 3rd time within a fortnight. Last time also she went to the SMHS Hospital, where the doctors advised her to consult psychiatric specialist, but instead of consulting the doctor she just left the hospital. She and her husband refused to depose or cooperate with the investigating agency,” he said.
The police official said that today also she along with some ‘miscreants’ blocked the Mominabad Road and resorted to stone pelting stones on the civil vehicles. “Later they were dispersed by the police. She is a clear case of hysteria and suffers from psychiatric disorder, which requires medical attention. She is taking alprox anti depression and we have collected her previous prescription,” he said, adding that the lady is also having some familiar issues.
“For this incident FIR 173/2017 under relevant sections of law registered against the lady and persons who indulged in stone pelting and disturbing peace and tranquility of the area,” the official added.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar )
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to take a call on regulating the playing and singing of the national anthem in public places including cinema halls..*
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it was needless to say that the Centre will have full discretion in the matter.
The court said that while taking a decision, the government will not be influenced by the apex court’s 2016 order wherein playing of the national anthem in cinema halls was made mandatory.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir visits Kupwara, reviewed CM commitments, people appreciate..*
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan visited Kupwara and took review of the Chief ministers commitments, today. DC Kupwara presented a gist of activities going in the district after the visit of chief minister.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in a day long meeting with District administration in Kupwara reviewed all pending decisions of chief minister, S commitments and sought feedback from the district administration. He directed officers to complete all commitments made by Chief Minister during her visit to Kupwara.
Remember people of Kupwara appreciated this gesture of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Government forces on Monday allegedly thrashed dozens of civilians including one-year-old Anouba Gulzar in Wagad village of Tral township in Pulwama district of south Kashmir..*
Anouba’s father Gulzar Ahmed Dar was detained by forces on Monday morning.
“His all family members including his old aged parents and wife were severely beaten as they tried to save Gulzar from getting detained,” alleged locals.
Another child namely Wasim Ahmed Dar (11), son of Shabir Ahmed Dar was also hit by forces, they said.
He was admitted to sub district hospital Tral.
“We received three injury cases including one infant with serious abdomen trauma injury. They are undergoing treatment,” doctors at SDH Tral said.
Forces also detained seven persons and wounded 13 including two infants.
Locals alleged that forces even did not spare kids as they hit them with guns resulting into their injuries.
The incident took place on Monday morning after army vehicles were passing through the Wagad village.
“As they found the road blocked, forces entered into the village and ransacked the residential houses and Masjids. Forces also broke window panes, smashed goods and accessories,” locals said.
Following the incident, scores of people including men, women and children assembled on Tral-Satura highway and raised anti-India slogans.
On Sunday night, forces allegedly barged into the residence of the Hizb militant Mushtaq Ahmed Chopan and thrashed his old aged father, Ghulam Ahmed Chopan.
Soon after the news about thrashing of militant Chopan’s family at the hands of forces spread, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Tral, Aripal and its adjoining areas on Monday.
When contacted Inspector General of police, Kashmir range Muneer Ahmed Khan denied the involvement of police in the incident.
“On Sunday army had gone to the village for questioning of the father of Hizb militant Mushtaq Chopan. But locals pelted army with stones, resulting in injuries to one army trooper. On Monday army visited the village and found the road blocked and later beat up the locals,” IGP said.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
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Centre to Start Sustained Dialogue in J&K, ex-IB Chief Appointed Centre’s Representative..*
Centre to Start Sustained Dialogue in J&K, ex-IB Chief Appointed Centre’s Representative
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says the Centre has decided to start a “sustained” dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, with former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma appointed as the Centre’s representative.
The minister for home also said that the government is going to engage all political parties and stakeholders to ensure that peace is restored in the valley.
The government is going to start a sustained dialogue and for this purpose, Former IB director, Dineshwar Sharma will lead the talks on the behalf of government. The government is going to address the legitimate apprehensions of the state populace and try to restore peace in the valley.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
*Political workers and families of militants, all have a right to live with honour and dignity….. Er. Rasheed*
Bijbahara 23 October: Reiterating that resolution to Kashmir dispute is the only way forward for restoring peace in the entire sub-continent , AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er. Rasheed has asked New Delhi not to treat Kashmiris as its enemies. He was speaking at a function in Degree College Bijbahra organized to pay tributes to renowned poet, scholar and teacher Late Prof. Gh. Mohammad Shaad, which was attended by a galaxy of poets, writers, scholars and students. Speaking on the occasion Er. Rasheed said that the Unity among various political parties and thoughts is a must and need of the hour, in order to persuade New Delhi and Islamabad for a permanent settlement to the dispute. He said “Unless all those calling themselves as stake holders do not mend their behavior and try to find out a common minimum ground, not much is going to change. It is easy for anyone to avoid the resolution if Kashmiris are a divided house. While people are suffering at all fronts because of the political uncertainty, politicians should restrain from getting dividends of circumstances”. Er. Rasheed appealed for respecting the honour and dignity of every Kashmiri including political workers and that of the militant families. He said “Harassing anyone is a matter of grave concern. Though both militants and security forces need to show restrain but the state has to understand the fact that it’s responsibilities are much more bigger while dealing with the situation”. He appealed militants also not to forget that their every action is being minutely discussed and interpreted by their opponents, as such they against all odds need to take high moral ground. It makes no sense to abuse, humiliate and torture anyone who is unarmed, irrespective of the fact if he belongs to family of a militant or that of a police cop.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
The residents of Utligam in Beerwah Sub Division of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday staged a protest against acute water shortage in the village from past more than a month..*
The protestors staged a sit-in on vital Beerwah-Budgam road near Utligam and blocked the vehicular movement.
Hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the road connecting hundreds of villages with district headquarters Budgam.
“We were provided water supply under Utligam scheme sourced from Ahji Canal at Hanjiguro village but the scheme is defunct from last ten years. The scheme is lying defunct now and we are craving for potable water,” said a protester Mushtaq Ahmad.
“We have to travel upto one kilometer to fetch drinking water. The department is not taking any cognisance of our repeated pleas.”
Executive Engineer PHE Division Budgam G A Beigh said: “Water resources have depleted as majority of the schemes are sourced from streams where water level has decreased alarmingly”(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
EJAC holds sit-in against braid chopping incidents in Srinagar*
EJAC (Q) president Abdul Qayoom Wani told mediapersons that braid chopping has lead to “fear psychosis” among people which needs to be overcome
The Employees Joint Action Committee EJAC (Q), a conglomerate of several government employees’ unions, held a sit-in at Partap Park in Srinagar on Monday to protest against the growing incidents of braid chopping across Kashmir.
The protesting employees were holding banners which read “Stop braid-chopping, punish the culprits”, and “No compromise with honour and dignity of women” .
EJAC (Q) president Abdul Qayoom Wani told mediapersons that braid chopping has lead to “fear psychosis” among people which needs to be overcome.
“Our women folk are not even safe in their homes. Students whose exams are underway are going through a mental trauma due to the braid cutting incidents and business establishments have also been hit badly. People who are behind these incidents must be exposed and brought in front of common people,” Wani said.
He said it should become a priority of the society to safeguard “dignity of women”.
Wani said some people justifying the braid chopping incidents in Kashmir by comparing it with incidents happening outside the state is “illogical”.
“But while dealing with braid chopping incidents, people should exercise utmost caution and ensure that no innocent suffers. The real culprits are taking benefit of doubt and not coming in the hands of police. I urge the state government to deal strictly with such people,” Wani said.
Meanwhile, a sit-in was also held at the Gold jeweler hub at Hari Singh High Street under the banner of All Kashmir Gold Dealers and Workers Association.
Addressing the mediapersons, Bashir Ahmad Rather, president of the association said police must nab the “mischievous elements” behind braid chopping so that people in “can live peacefully”.
“Everyone especially women folk are now-a-days mostly staying indoors and that has hit businesses badly. We urge Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that measures must be taken to ensure there is an end to this menace of braid chopping,” Rather said.
He informed that in the wake of braid-chopping incidents, jewellery business has witnessed a nose-dive by 50-60 per cent which is taking a toll on jewelers who had suffered losses during 2014 floods and last year unrest.
“Despite the ongoing wedding season, a slump is being witnessed in Gold jewelery market which is all due to this scare. Footfalls to the jewellery shops have become almost negligible. If this trend continues then Gold smiths here would be facing huge losses in days to come,” Rather said.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Youth injured during Litter encounter goes paralyzed..*
A youth identified as Muhammad Ashraf Age 25 S/o Late Muhammad Abdullah Mir of Sanzan village in Pulwama district sustained bullet injury during an encounter in Litter village of Pulwama district on October 14 has been paralyzed below waist.
He is able to speak but is unable to move his body below waist. He has lost “sensation in both legs.” According to the doctors his vertebral column and spinal cord are cut.
“His liver was partially damaged. We conducted the surgery and it is recovering. But his spinal cord and vertebral column are cut. So he has no sensation in legs,” Medical Superintendant SKIMS Dr. Syed Amin Tabish said.
“He is recovering now but it is very unfortunate that he cannot move his body below waist and the portion is paralyzed forever,” he said.
He said he will be discharged soon from the hospital.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)