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Why Modi Govt asked Jammu and Kashmir police of handling riots within 24 hours : Congress

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Srinagar, Aug 3 : Sensing that the Narendra Modi government is set to abrogate Article 35A and 370 forcefully, Congress leaders of Jammu and Kashmir came to raise their voice against the planned conspiracy of the NDA government as Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a time when the number of tourists in the state are high why they were asked to leave and why the home minister asked the State Police to clarify their position to deal with the riots within 24 hours.

Expressing deep sense of concern to the ongoing developments, Azad said, “
There has been an increase in the number of tourists in J&K; from labour class to Amarnath pilgrims. In such a situation, the additional security is a matter of concern for the whole country.”

“10 days ago a letter was issued asking all the Police officers to clarify their position to deal with the riots within 24 hours. This has never happened in 30 years. The entire country is worried by the advisory issued from the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday,” Azad added.

Reiterating that the Ministry of Home Affairs instructing all tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to return from J&K, despite having 15 days of travel left, has never happened before.

“Even in the year 2000, when most passengers and civilians were killed in an attack, no such advisory was issued,” he said.

Asking why all the outsiders are being asked to return by the government order, Azad said, “The labourers living in J&K are returning. Students from various educational institutions are returning. The govt is sending buses to bring them back. A similar situation happened under BJP- backed VP Singh govt in 1989.” Azad said, “The BJP govt is creating the image that outsiders are not safe in J&K, while the locals are fully lined with tourists and Amarnath pilgrims. We condemn this attitude of the BJP government.”

“In 1989 under the BJP Supported govt, Kashmiri Pandits were evicted from everywhere, which still exists as a stigma. 30 years later, a similar situation is in front of us. This is not good for J&K,” he said.

Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni said, “Going by the current situation of J&K, under the leadership of Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress’s Policy Planning Group, the issue was raised. The fear that is being created and the cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra is just not fair.”

“In my 70 years of public life, I have never seen a situation like this in J&K where even the Amarnath Yatra had to be closed. This will leave a deep impact on Shiva devotees,” Karan Singh said.

“Today the situation created in Jammu & Kashmir will eventually lead to the end of all the development in the state. There will be severe financial losses,” Singh said.

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Military officers, bureaucrats move SC over Article 370

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Six retired military officers and bureaucrats have filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the decision to revoke Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The petitioners include Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kak, Major General (Retd) Ashok Kumar Mehta, former IAS officers Hindal Haidar Tyabji, Amitabha Pande and Gopal Pillai, and former member of the Home Ministry’s group of interlocutors for J&K, Radha Kumar.

The petitioners said that the method of altering Article 370 by purporting to apply Article 367 with modifications to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is nothing but a fraud on the Constitution.

The petitioners have sought quashing of the Presidential Order as well as the Jammu & Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, 2019.

This is the seventh petition filed in the Supreme Court challenging the abrogation of Article 370.

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Major fire in AIIMS, Emergency wing closed

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) A major fire broke out on a second floor of a building in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) complex on Saturday evening. No casualty was reported but as a precautionary measure, the adjacent Emergency department has been closed and patients shifted elsewhere even as efforts to douse the blaze are on.

The fire broke out in the PC building, which is a teaching block and mainly comprises research labs. However, the Microbiology Department’s Virology unit was completely gutted while several samples and medical reports were destroyed.

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently undergoing treatment at AIIMS, is admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the cardio-neuro centre, housed in a different building in the complex.

According to Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer of Delhi Fire Services, a call regarding the fire was received at around 4.50 p.m. following which 34 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.


“The fire broke on the second floor in the PC building which does not have patients but is situated near the Emergency block. The fire was brought under control at around 6.30 p.m.,” said Garg adding that no casualty was reported.

Another fire official said the exact reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained, though initial investigation suggests a short circuit.

As panic spread among people, authorities closed some nearby buildings housing the Emergency and other facilities and shifted the patients to other wards.

“As a precautionary measure, authorities closed the Emergency department which is adjacent to the building that caught fire,” a source in the hospital said, adding that B block, ward AB1, and super specialty OPD area of AIIMS have also been shut down.

“Patients were shifted to other wards from the Emergency department soon after the building caught fire,” the source added.

Sources in the Fire Department said that the blaze spread to the Emergency Lab in the department of Lab Medicine, where electricity work was going on for some time and cable and wire being used were kept.

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Man held for duping over 20 women on matrimonial sites

He used to target middle-aged unmarried/widowed/divorced women on matrimonial and dating sites and after befriending them on the pretext of marriage, he used to take money from them.

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) A 46-year-old man has been arrested from Meerut for allegedly defrauding over 20 women through matrimonial and dating sites, police said on Saturday.

The accused Gaurav Dhamija, a car spare parts dealer, mostly targeted widowed or divorced women and projected his virtual identity as a handsome, successful entrepreneur earning Rs 25-30 lakhs per annum.

“We had received a complaint at the Cyber Crime Unit/CyPAD, in which the complainant alleged that she has been defrauded by a fraudster who tricked her into depositing money after she showed interest in his very impressive profile on a matrimonial site. The fraudster, Dhamija, trapped her through a volley of emotional tricks such as calling the victim ‘Mrs Dhamija’ and promising to buy expensive gifts for her,” said Anyesh Roy, DCP (Cyber cell).

Police said that once the victim was emotionally trapped, he started asking for money on various pretexts such as parents’ treatment, business investment and other.

“The accused started with small sums and gradually escalated his demands. He kept asking for money but always avoided coming forward in real life. The victims kept paying him due to escalation of their commitment. It was only when the fraudster’s act became too brazen that they started demanding their money back, only to be threatened with dire consequences,” said Roy.

On the basis of the complaint, a case under suitable sections was registered and investigation was taken up, police said.

“During the course of investigation, technical details, including the digital footprints were collected. The accused, who is a resident of Nihal Vihar, Delhi, kept changing his location to evade arrest. His movements were tracked to Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and western UP. Finally, with the help of technical data and field inputs, the fraudster was arrested from Meerut,” said Roy.

During interrogation, he disclosed that he used to target middle-aged unmarried/widowed/divorced women on matrimonial and dating sites and after befriending them on the pretext of marriage, he used to take money from them.

“When they demanded the money back, he used to threaten them with dire consequences. It was also revealed that he also used to cheat some of these women by promising to get them jobs in schools and municipal bodies and used to take huge sums from them,” said Roy.

Police said they have found names of more than 20 victims disclosed by the accused who have been cheated by him. The victims are being identified and contacted to join the investigation.

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