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Rs 50-lakh cheque issued by J&K Minister ‘bounces’
Landowners cry for payments
Jammu, August 26
The Mufti-led coalition government is again in focus with allegations of one of the ministers having issued to his one-time business associate a cheque of over Rs 50 lakh that has bounced. A CBI enquiry into the matter has been demanded.

NC walks out of Council again
Srinagar, August 26
National Conference members today staged a walkout from the Legislative Council on the issue of alleged “kidnapping” of their colleague, Nizamuddin Khatana by the government prior to the voting on no confidence motion against the chairman.

Policeman take JKLF chairman Javed Ahmed Mir being taken into custody for violating prohibitory orders by staging a demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Thursday Policeman take JKLF chairman Javed Ahmed Mir being taken into custody for violating prohibitory orders by staging a demonstration at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Thursday. — PTI



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Pak infiltrator among seven killed
Srinagar, August 26

Security forces gunned down four militants, including a Pakistani infiltrator, and arrested three others while militants shot dead three persons in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours.

Chhari Mubarak reaches Pahalgam
Srinagar, August 26
The Chhari Mubarak or holy mace of Lord Shiva, led by Mahant Deepender Giri, reached Pahalgam last evening on the first leg of the final phase of the 45-day long Amarnath yatra.
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Rs 50-lakh cheque issued by J&K Minister ‘bounces’
Landowners cry for payments
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 26
The Mufti-led coalition government is again in focus with allegations of one of the ministers having issued to his one-time business associate a cheque of over Rs 50 lakh that has bounced. A CBI enquiry into the matter has been demanded.

The minister, who is a coloniser, has also been accused of denying payment to those landowners whose property he had acquired in and around the city.

The Jammu Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief, Prof Virender Gupta, today accused the government of shielding the minister and not taking action against him and the police officers who were “harassing” the victims. The police under orders of the minister beat one of the victims, he alleged. He demanded that the case should be transferred to the CBI for further investigations.

He accused the minister of having issued a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to Chaudhary Mohammad Sadiq on June 24, 2004 which was dishonoured by the railway road branch of the United Commercial Bank. Certain other cheques issued by the minister had also bounced, Mr Gupta said. The cheque of Rs 50 lakh is purported to have been issued on June 24, 2004, whereas the bank has noted while dishonouring the cheque that the account was closed on March 21, 2003.

Mr Gupta produced a photocopy of the Rs 50 lakh cheque that was dishonoured by the bank.

The JMM chief said several other land owners were running from pillar to post to get their money from the minister whose security personnel do not let them meet him.

There are reports that the minister has filed a complaint that the cheque book of the bank has been lost. However, efforts of this correspondent to reach him for his comments on his mobile phone failed as his attendant said that the minister was busy.

It is worth mentioning that the then Governor, Mr Jagmohan, in his book Frozen Turbulences” had mentioned that he had received a number of complaints of violation of revenue and municipal laws against the company owned by the minister.

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NC walks out of Council again
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 26
National Conference members today staged a walkout from the Legislative Council on the issue of alleged “kidnapping” of their colleague, Nizamuddin Khatana by the government prior to the voting on no confidence motion against the chairman.

Abdul Rashid Dar, chairman, who survived a no confidence motion by National Conference members in the House last week, later adjourned the council without fixing the date for the next sitting. This decision was taken as there was no sitting of the Legislative Assembly today following noisy scenes over the fate of the Permanent Resident (Disqualification) Bill, 2004, yesterday. The Speaker while adjourning the House yesterday had stated that the issue would be discussed with leaders of different political parties before resuming the proceedings on Friday. Due to the uproarious scenes in the Legislative Assembly, its calendar had been extended by one-day and the session would conclude on Saturday. Any further sitting of the Legislative Council would be fixed depending upon the proceedings of the Lower House for the next two days.

When the proceedings of the Legislative Council began this morning, National Conference members led by Mr Ram Paul raised the issue of alleged “kidnapping” of Mr Nizamuddin Khatana by the government. This was not allowed by chairman Abdul Rashid Dar on the plea that the member had been present in the House for two consecutive days. Mr Khatana, who was not present on the first day of the session when the National Conference moved a no confidence motion, did not participate in the voting.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Assembly is meeting here tomorrow after a day’s break to take up the issue of the controversial Permanent Resident (Disqualification) Bill, 2004, which generated heated debate in both Houses of the state legislature since the beginning of the session on August 18. The Bill that was passed by the Assembly during Budget session in Jammu in March this year, could not be passed by the Upper House on March 11. The Bill, therefore, lapsed for not having been taken up for more than three months, led to a controversy between the coalition parties and the National Conference.

The National Conference was urging the coalition government to hold discussion on the Bill. Whereas the coalition government claimed that there was no need to discuss the Bill as it had been discussed during Budget session. The Congress, the main ally of the coalition government has made it clear that it was against the passage of the Bill. On the issue of the reintroduction of the Bill by the National Conference, it claims that a two third majority is required for passing it. Whereas the National Conference claims that only a simple majority was required for its passage. The ruling PDP is in favour of the Bill, but feels helpless with its main ally, the Congress having taken a strong stand against it.

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Pak infiltrator among seven killed

Srinagar, August 26
Security forces gunned down four militants, including a Pakistani infiltrator, and arrested three others while militants shot dead three persons in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours.

An official spokesman said security forces killed a Pakistani infiltrator immediately after he sneaked in from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Tangdhar sector last evening.

Later, one AK rifle, nine magazines,335 rounds, one wireless set, four grenades, 200 gm RDX, 12 IED remotes, four detonators, one satellite phone, Rs 14 lakh and US $ 29,900 were seized near the encounter site.

He said security forces today killed a militant at Batpora Kulgam village in south Kashmir.

The spokesman said an encounter took place at Baidar in south Kashmir last night, during which one Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Ishfaq Majid Mir, alias Musa, was killed. However, a Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman alleged that he was arrested three days ealier and killed in a fake encounter now. Two AK rifles, six magazines, 83 rounds, one pistol, five grenades and two gas cylinders were seized from the slain militant.

Another militant was killed by security forces at Manyal during a search operation.

Three persons were arrested at Sumlar in Baramula for providing shelter to militants.

Meahwhile, Militants shot dead one Jehangir Iqbal at Gursai and also kidnapped and subsequently killed Syed Ali and Mohammad Ismail at Narote nallah. — UNI

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Chhari Mubarak reaches Pahalgam
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 26
The Chhari Mubarak or holy mace of Lord Shiva, led by Mahant Deepender Giri, reached Pahalgam last evening on the first leg of the final phase of the 45-day long Amarnath yatra.

The mahant who left with the mace from the Akhara temple here early in the morning was accompanied by a large number of sadhus. On the Sharvan Purnima, it will have darshan at the holy cave in the upper reaches of Pahalgam on August 30, thereby concluding the annual pilgrimage on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Earlier, the Chhari was taken to the historic temple of Shankracharya on August 19 on the occasion of Samvati Amavasya and to the Sharika temple Hari Parbat on August 20 for performing puja. Over 2.84 lakh yatris have visited the valley in connection with the yatra since July 15 when the yatra was officially opened. Of them 2.83 lakh yatris have had darshan at the holy cave till last evening. This is in addition to 54,000 yatris who visited the shrine before commencement of the yatra officially on July 15.

A fresh batch of the pilgrims left Jammu today for the yatra, an official spokesman said. 

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