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NIA raids at multiple locations in Kashmir in Davinder Singh case

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Srinagar/New Delhi, Sep 22 : Tightening its noose in the case of suspended J&K Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Davinder Singh and Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Naveed Babu, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday carried out searches at several locations in Jammu & Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

An NIA official privy to the development told IANS, “NIA is conducting raids in different parts of Baramulla in Hizb commander Naveed Babu-Davinder Singh DSP case.” He said that multiple teams of the NIA conducted searches at multiple locations in Baramulla-Uri and one location in Srinagar in connection with Naveed Babu and cross-border trade case.

The spokesperson said that in Hizbul Mujahideen case, houses of Azad Ahmad Pir in Uri and Hallema Begum in Baramulla, Shaheen Lone also a resident of Baramulla and working as an inspector in Power Development Department, along with Lone’s father-in-law’s house at Waza Mohalla, Palhalan in Baramulla, Tariq Mir’s wife Shareen Bibi and Tafazul Parimoo a resident of Budgam, were also searched by the NIA.

They are close associates of accused Tariq Mir, who was arrested by NIA on April 29 this year for his role in smuggling and supply of weapons to Hizb terrorists. During the searches several incriminating documents and digital devices have been seized from their residences. The NIA has named Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu, Irfan Shafi Mir, Rafi Rather, Tanveer Ahmad Wani, and Syed Irfan in its chargesheet, besides Davinder Singh.

The suspended police officer is lodged in Kathua jail at Hiranagar in the Jammu division. He was arrested by the police on January 11 on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway while transporting two Hizb terrorists — Naveed Babu and Rafi Ahmad Rather — and a law school dropout Irfan Shafi Mir to Jammu.

Naveed’s brother Irfan was arrested on January 23 for his ‘role’ in the conspiracy while Wani came under the scanner for allegedly giving money to Naveed, a former Special Police Officer of J&K who had joined the terrorist ranks. After the arrest of Singh, initial investigations were done by the J&K Police before the case was handed over to the NIA. Police had said that the two terrorists and the lawyer had planned to travel to Pakistan.

The NIA had earlier claimed that its probe revealed that the accused were part of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by the Hizb and Pakistan to commit violent acts and to wage war against India. “The investigation has revealed that Pakistan-based leadership of the Hizb, namely Syed Salahuddin, Amir Khan, Khursheed Alam, Nazar Mehmood, and others, along with the Pakistani establishment is extending support to the cadres and commanders of the terror outfit based in Jammu & Kashmir.”

“The probe also revealed that accused Irfan Shafi Mir alias ‘Advocate’ not only met Hizb leadership in Pakistan but also met Umar Cheema, Ahshan Chaudhary, Sohail Abbas, and others of the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan. He was tasked to identify and activate the new ‘hawala’ channels for the transfer of money to sustain terror activities in the Kashmir Valley,” a NIA spokesperson had earlier said.

The NIA had also claimed that its investigation revealed that certain officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were in constant touch with Mir alias Advocate, who was provided with funds to organise seminars in J&K to mobilise the masses against the government of India. Mir allegedly used to receive instructions and money from the Pakistan High Commission, and he facilitated the visa applications of a number of Kashmiris for their Pakistan visits.

Even Davinder Singh was said to be in touch with certain Pakistan High Commission officials through secure social media platforms. Investigation revealed that he was “being groomed by the Pakistani officials for obtaining sensitive information”. Singh was posted with the anti-hijacking wing of the Jammu & Kashmir Police in Srinagar, and was part of the security staff that had received a group of foreign diplomats who visited Kashmir.

On June 19, a Delhi court had granted bail to Davinder Singh in a terror case after the Delhi Police failed to file a chargesheet against him and co-accused within the stipulated time. The NIA spokesperson further said that in the illegalities in the LoC trade case, the agency carried out raids at the premises of Peer Arshid Iqbal alias Ashu in Baramulla, who is currently lodged in Kathua jail in Jammu in a narcotics case, Tariq Ahmad Sheikh also a resident of Baramulla and proprietor of Sheikh Brothers and Hamid Brothers, Baramulla, also currently lodged in Baramulla jail in a narcotics case, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, a district level Hurriyat Leader and Abdul Hamid Lone, a resident of Sopore and his Asha Traders.

During searches at their premises, the NIA team recovered several incriminating documents and digital devices.

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Saraswat Brahmins want ban on burning of Ravan’s effigies

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Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 25 : The Saraswat Brahmin community in Mathura has sought a ban on the practice of burning effigies of Ravan, year after year.

“The Hindu religion does not permit burning of effigies of a person who has already been cremated,” Omvir Saraswat, who heads the Lankesh Mandal, said.

“Burning of effigies of Ravan amounts to ‘Brahma Hatya’ (slaying of Brahmin). Even Lord Ram, after slaying Ravan, had offered prayers for his soul in Lanka. He also asked his younger brother Laxman to take the blessings of Ravan,” Saraswat added.

He said that as per Hindu tradition, burning effigies of a dead person amounts to showing disrespect for him which is not even permitted by law. The practice must be stopped because a section of society holds Ravan in high esteem.

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‘Scared to face truth’: Rahul Gandhi takes a jibe at Mohan Bhagwat, says govt and RSS allowed China to take our land

RSS marks Vijay Dashmi as one of its biggest events when the RSS chief addresses the RSS workers on a number of issues concerning politics, society, national security and family values.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said BJP Government and the RSS allowed China to to take our land as Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said that Indian defence forces, government and the people responded sharply to China’s boisterous efforts to invade the country’s territories.

“It’s clear to world how China encroached and is still encroaching our borders. Everyone is aware of its expansionist behaviour. This time, it has picked up fight with Taiwan, Vietnam, US, Japan, along with India. But India’s response has made China nervous,” Bhagwat said in his address at the annual Dussehra function at Maharshi Vyas auditorium, RSS headquarters in Nagpur.

Sharing screenshot of an ANI tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, “Deep inside, Mr Bhagwat knows the truth. He is just scared to face it. The truth is China has taken our land and GOI & RSS have allowed it.”

India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May this year starting from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast. India has deployed close to 60,000 soldiers to counter the Chinese Army which first moved troops to transgress into Indian areas in Pangong Lake and other adjoining locations.

Bhagwat asserted that securing cooperative ties with our neighbours and at international relations is the only way to neutralise the expansionist aspirations of China and “our present policies seem to be charting those very horizons”

“Rising above China economically and strategically. We intend to be friendly with all. This is our nature. But mistaking our benevolence for weakness and attempts to disintegrate or weaken us by sheer brute force is unacceptable. Our reckless detractors should know this by now,” he said.

“Until recently the philosophy of integrating the world on the basis of the market forces dominated but with the latest turn of events, the idea of safeguarding life and exercising international cooperation has started to take shape in the global mind. We should speed up our pace in making our relations more friendly with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, our neighbours, who are also our friends and countries of similar nature to a large extent,” he added.

“The role of China in the context of COVID-19 pandemic can be said to be doubtful, but it was clear to the whole world, the manner in which China attempted to encroach on India’s borders, because of its economic strategic force. Indian defence forces, government and the people remained unfazed and responded sharply to China’s boisterous efforts to invade our territories,” he further said.

RSS marks Vijay Dashmi as one of its biggest events when the RSS chief addresses the RSS workers on a number of issues concerning politics, society, national security and family values.

(With agency inputs)

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World becoming fan of our local products: PM Modi

He added that previously there were massive fairs (melas) on the occasion of Dussehra…but in present times, they took on a different form.

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that since India is opting for ‘vocal for local’, many of the local Indian products have the potential of becoming globally popular and are attracting a lot of attention.

“World is becoming a fan of our local products. One such example is Khadi. Our Khadi is being known as nature friendly fabric plus its becoming a fashion statement,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Mann Ki Baat programme.

The Prime Minister also said that Khadi has since a long time been a statement of “simplicity”. He added that the fabric has health benefits as its body-friendly and is also an all-weather fabric.

He said that on Gandhi Jayanti, the Khadi store in National capital’s Connaught Place witnessed a massive sale of Rs 1 crore.

The Prime Minister also asked the citizens to opt for local products while going out for shopping during the festive times. “When you go out to buy something during these festive times, remember the vocal for local,” he said.

“During the lockdown, we closely came to know about those members of society, without whom our lives would be miserable. Sanitation workers, brothers and sisters working as domestic helps, local vegetable vendors, milkmen, security guards….we have now felt the significance of their roles in our lives in a better way,” the PM said.

The PM said that during this crisis, these people were with us, now during the festivities, we shall make these people a part of our celebrations.

“I earnestly urge you to ensure, in whatever way, in making them a part of your celebrations. Treat them as members of your own family…you will see for yourself how your joy rises by leaps and bounds,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister also wished the nation on the occasion of Vijay Dashmi or Dusshera. “On this auspicious occasion, heartiest greetings to all of you. The festival of Dussehra is one of the triumph of truth over untruth. But, simultaneously, it is also the festival of victory of patience over crises,” he said.

“Today, all of you are carrying on with immense patience, celebrating the festival with restraint…and hence, in our ongoing fight, our victory too is assured, he said.

He added that previously there were massive fairs (melas) on the occasion of Dussehra…but in present times, they took on a different form.

The festival of Ramleela too was one of its major attractions….but now, that too has been restricted to some extent. Earlier during Navratra, the notes of Garba of Gujarat would reverberate all over….this time all grand events have been curtailed. Many more festivals are on the way in the days to come, he said.

The Prime Minister also asked the Indian citizens to think of the braveheart soldiers who are firmly stationed on our borders in line of duty. “Even during these festive time, all in service, security of Mother India. We have to light a lamp at home in honour of these brave sons, daughters of Mother India,” he said.

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