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Jammu and Kashmir: Police deny civilian killed in firing by security forces

Asked how clippings of the boy getting rescued by the police went viral when there was no public movement at the time of the incident, he said the police rescued the boy found near his grandfather’s body.

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Srinagar, July 1 : In the wake of allegations surrounding the death of a civilian in Sopore on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir Police denied that he was killed in firing by the security forces.

Detailing the sequence of events to the media here, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said two LeT militants fired at the CRPF ”naka” party from a mosque at Model Town in Sopore, in which a CRPF Head Constable and the civilian were killed. The security forces didn’t fire a single shot during the incident, he claimed.

“When CRPF men were deboarding from the vehicle to be part of the joint ”naka” party at Model Town, two militants hiding in the mosque started firing. One CRPF trooper was killed and three others injured. A civilian, hit by bullets, died later,” he said.

The attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants — Usman Bhai, a foreigner, and Adil, a local, he added.

“There was no retaliation from the security forces. Militants left behind one full magazine and another one from which 30 bullets had been used at the mosque,” the IGP said while denying the accusations of slain civilian Bashir Ahmed Khan’s family that he was shot dead by security forces after being pulled out of his vehicle.

The IGP said the minor boy, accompanying the civilian, was rescued. A picture of the three-year-old Ayed sitting on the body of his grandfather were doing the rounds on the social media.

“We have observed wherever there is civilian movement, militants are carrying out attacks to trigger law and order issues and disturbances. We didn”t deliberately close the Internet services in Sopore just to see how people behaved.

“The video message circulated on the social media by the son and daughter of the slain man is baseless. They have levelled allegations under militant threats,” Kumar said.

“I want to ask whether they were present at the spot? Did they themselves see who had fired? They circulated video messages blaming the forces for killing their father from Srinagar, which is baseless.”

He said if there was any eyewitness to the killing, they should come forward and the police would act accordingly. “The search in the area is on to arrest the attackers. We have not called off the search operation,” the IGP said.

The son of the slain man had said, “They had left home at 6 a.m. for Sopore. Firing started there. The CRPF opened fire in which he died.” “They kept the boy on his body. They killed my father, who was a labourer. We don”t know why he was killed,” said his daughter.

Asked how clippings of the boy getting rescued by the police went viral when there was no public movement at the time of the incident, he said the police rescued the boy found near his grandfather’s body.

In one of the clippings, the boy is seen moving towards a trooper who had taken position. “The priority for us was to evacuate the toddler from the encounter spot,” said one policeman who moved the boy away.

“Going to the operation area with mobiles is wrong. I will ensure the police teams going for the operation don”t carry mobile phones as that may pose threat to their own lives.

“In 2018, many security forces personnel got killed while using mobiles during duty hours, in stand-off attacks,” he said.

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‘B2V’ programme among 36 major achievements since Art 370 axing: Jammu and Kashmir government

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Srinagar, Aug 5 : The unique ‘Back to Village’ (B2V) initiative is among 36 major people’s programmes which the Jammu and Kashmir government says it has achieved in one year since abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to the erstwhile state.

The programme, under which 20,000 development works were identified directly by the people, generated such enthusiasm that a resident of Shopian district wrote about it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following which it was mentioned in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration embarked on the programme in June last year with the aim of strengthening grassroots democracy and participatory development, taking the administration and administrative officers to the doorsteps of villagers to redress the development and governance deficit in villages, and bridge the gap between public and public servants.

‘B2V’ not only achieved the feat of bringing the administration and officers to the doorsteps of the villagers to redress their problems but also also reaffirmed the trust and faith of the public in the government, shattering a number of myths in the process, the government said.

Abdul Hamid Dar, a resident of Block B.K. Pora in Budgam district remarked that their village had a vexed issue of de-silting their water bodies, which were choked due to the excessive amount of sand, silt and polythene.

“We had travelled from pillar to post in this regard but nobody had registered our genuine grievance, but during this campaign, it was duly recorded by the authorities who had visited our village for two days.”

As per the Jammu and Kashmir government, while programmes similar to this had been attempted in many other parts of India before, ‘B2V’ was unique for its sheer scale and scope, involving nearly 5,000 gazetted officers of all levels — one for every panchayat — who would then stay for two days and a night in the village.

“Back to Village focused on four quintessential themes like energising panchayats, collecting feedback on delivery of government programmes, capturing specific economic potential and undertaking assessment of needs of the villages,” the Jammu and Kashmir government said.

“As it turned out, the initiative was an unqualified success. In fact, so overwhelming was the response of the people that practically every visiting officer was accorded an extremely warm and affectionate welcome. In fact, such was the enthusiasm generated by the programme that a resident of Shopian district wrote to the Prime Minister about this programme following which the Prime Minister made a mention of it in his Mann ki Baat Programme calling it a ‘festival of development, public participation and public awareness’.”

While inaugurating the programme, Chief Secretary B.V.R Subrahmanyam said: “Back to Village programme has been conceived with the notion that developmental initiatives that are built on the feedback and cooperation of the people are more result-oriented and have greater probability to succeed than those which are top-down.”

But, the government says, that this was not an easy task. It had never attempted a government-public interface programme of this sheer size and scale in Jammu and Kashmir, so it not only seemed a herculean task but also seemed implausible given the law and order problems in the Valley.

It was the developmental equivalent of the elections – every single citizen was to be covered, and no area, howsoever remote or difficult, would be left untouched.

The government deputed gazetted officers to all 4,483 panchayat circles, with each officer assigned a gram panchayat, where, unlike previous practices, they stayed for at least two days, including a night halt, in the village. The officer was supposed to make a first-hand assessment by seeking the comprehensive feedback from the panchayat representatives, elders and other local people about their concerns, developmental needs and economic potential of the area.

Throughout this campaign, the officers lived and ate with the villagers to fully understand their pain and agony and to assuage the feeling of alienation among them.

The officers were also mandated, among other things, to discuss all sort of relevant social issues such as sex ratio, literacy rate, girl education, water conservation, and heath and hygiene issues in the Gram Sabhas.

Further, considering the programme was held shortly after the successful conduct of panchayat elections in 2018, the mission also aimed at sensitising both the recently-elected representatives and people about various government welfare programmes and schemes, and get feedback on them.

Determined to reach out to the public at the grassroots, the government went ahead with the programme. The designated officers not only visited the remotest villages and panchayats which had never before been visited by government functionaries, leave alone senior gazetted officers, but also braved a visit to some of the difficult and challenging areas in the militancy-affected districts of south Kashmir.

“The response was overwhelming and heart-warming. The people, who otherwise felt alienated came out in droves to welcome the visiting officers, share their views and post their grievances directly to the officers,” the government said.

(Rajnish Singh can be contacted at [email protected])

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Lord Ram unique in our culture, civilization: Ashok Gehlot

“May Lord Ram’s temple become a symbol of unity and brotherhood in our country,” he said, adding #RamMandir as a hashtag.

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Jaipur, Aug 5 : Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said the focus should be on establishing an egalitarian society based on the values espoused by Lord Ram, who holds a unique place in our culture and civilization.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was performing the Ram Mandir Bhumi Pujan rituals in Ayodhya, Gehlot in his tweet said, “Lord Ram holds a unique place in our culture & civilization. His life teaches us the importance of truth, justice, equality of all, compassion and brotherhood. We need to focus on establishing an egalitarian society based on the values espoused by #LordRam.”

“May Lord Ram’s temple become a symbol of unity and brotherhood in our country,” he said, adding #RamMandir as a hashtag.

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Accepted Bihar request for CBI probe into Sushant’s death: Centre told Supreme Court

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The government has accepted the request by the Bihar government for the Central Bureau of Investigation probe into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, the Centre’s senior second-most law officer Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta made the submission during the hearing of a plea by actor Rhea Chakraborty seeking transfer of the case registered in Bihar’s capital of Patna to Maharashtra’s Mumbai.

A team of Bihar Police is in Mumbai to probe the matter on the basis of an FIR which was registered in Patna, based on a complaint filed by Rajput’s father KK Singh against actor Rhea Chakraborty under several sections including abetment to suicide.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s father, KK Singh, had filed a police complaint against Chakraborty in Patna, accusing her of abetting his son’s alleged suicide in June. His father has also alleged that Chakraborty illegally transferred Rs 15 crore from his son’s bank account and mentally harassed him.

Chakraborty has challenged Bihar police’s jurisdiction in the matter, saying that the alleged crime took place in Mumbai.

Bihar police can visit Mumbai to get information about Sushant Singh Rajput death case, but cannot investigate the case said Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday.
While speaking to ANI, he alleged that the case is being politicised.
“Bihar police can come to Mumbai to get information, they cannot investigate. If you do a parallel investigation, I think it will be an injustice to the Mumbai Police. If Mumbai Police is already investigating the case, so anyone not related to Maharashtra government and not related to the case should not comment on it. The Mumbai Police is capable of conducting the probe on its own,” Raut said.
“It is politics of Bihar election. After the election, those who are politicising it, won’t even know where did Sushant Singh Rajput stay in Patna or what is his family doing. They will forget everything. Sushant was born in Patna but Mumbai gave him everything,” Raut added.
The statement comes after Bihar Director-General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey on Monday said that he was trying to get in touch with his counterpart in Mumbai after Patna Superintendent of Police Vinay Tiwari was “forcibly quarantined” by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials in Mumbai on Sunday.
Tiwari is probing the case related to the late actor’s death, who was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on June 14.

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