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Sex racket: court seeks CBI report
Srinagar, May 15
While a Division Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court today deferred its decision on the alleged sex racket case till tomorrow, it directed that the court would monitor the investigations into the case being conducted by the CBI. After the court received case diaries today it directed that the status report of the CBI investigation by tomorrow afternoon.

Army plays tour guide to maulvis
A group of maulvis who left Jammu for a tour of the country on Army’s initiative on Monday
Jammu, May 15
The Army today took the initiative of taking a group of Muslim religious clerics (maulvis) on a tour of the country to give them a chance to see development.


A group of maulvis who left Jammu for a tour of the country on Army’s initiative on Monday.

Doda killings: BJP to announce stir today
Jammu, May 15
The BJP will tomorrow announce a countrywide agitation against the massacre of 32 Hindus in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir and the “soft policy” of the Congress led UPA government towards terrorism.


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Srinagar, May 15
Militants slit throats of four and hanged to death one person in north Kashmir and attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) picket in Srinagar downtown today.
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Sex racket: court seeks CBI report
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 15
While a Division Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court today deferred its decision on the alleged sex racket case till tomorrow, it directed that the court would monitor the investigations into the case being conducted by the CBI. After the court received case diaries today it directed that the status report of the CBI investigation by tomorrow afternoon.

The Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain and Mr Justice Bashir Ahmad Kirmani took up the case on suo moto proceedings in flesh trade on the basis of media reports and a PIL submitted by the Kashmir High Court Bar Association. The CBI team investigating the case was represented by its Investigating Officer, Mr S.L. Gupta, while Mr S.A. Naik represented the union of India as its counsel.

The Division Bench observed that the Chief Secretary and the DGP were not present in the court in compliance to its orders on May 10 last. The Advocate-General, Mr Naik submitted that the officers would attend the court as and when directed, even as the DGP and the Chief Secretary had filed an application last week that they would not be able to attend the court.

The Division Bench ruled that the team record the statements of the two girls given to the CBI before a Magistrate. “The statements they tender be kept confidential and the girls giving such statements shall be given due protection”, it stated. The court observed that unknown persons were mischievously circulated the names of some of the girls giving an impression that they were involved in the matter. At the same time the DGP has been directed to report about the fact and take necessary steps in this behalf to stop it. All the SHOs in the city have been directed to ensure that such acts were not repeated in their area.

The names of girls whose names have thus been circulated are presumed to be innocent till guilt is proved against them”.

It issued stern warning to those indulging in the mischievous circulation of the lists that would amount to contempt of the court. “The court desires that the Press/media may exercise self restraint in this behalf. No hearsay or unconfirmed reports be published, which are likely to hamper the investigations or cause undue harm/injury to any innocent person”, it stated.

Referring to the submission by the CBI team that the case diaries were in Urdu and needed to be translated into English for which they have written to the IG, Police, Kashmir, the court directed the IG to do the needful within two days. The Jammu and Kashmir Police Officer, Mr Koul, who was earlier investigating the case before it was handed over to the CBI, has been directed to assist the central investigating agency as requisitioned. Since the matter was still under investigation and at a crucial stage, the court observed that no court should dispose of any bail application or application for the release of any seized article without informing the Division Bench of the High Court. 

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Army plays tour guide to maulvis
Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 15
The Army today took the initiative of taking a group of Muslim religious clerics (maulvis) on a tour of the country to give them a chance to see development.

The 35 clerics belong to the areas of Mahore, Gool, Budhal and Reasi tehsils that were among the worst affected by terrorism. Lieut-Gen Tej Kumar Sapru, GOC 16 Corps, flagged off the tour at Nagrota this morning.

The tour has been organised by the 60 Rahtriya Rifles battalion of the Budhal brigade. The 13-day tour will take the clerics to Delhi and Agra, besides Ajmer and Pushkar.

They will interact with President Dr A.P.J. Kalam at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 18. They will also meet MPs during their visit to Parliament House.

During their stay in Delhi, they will get a chance to enjoy the ride in the Metro.

Lieut-Gen Sapru said the tour would help them understand the strengths of the multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural democratic nature of the country.

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Doda killings: BJP to announce stir today
Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 15
The BJP will tomorrow announce a countrywide agitation against the massacre of 32 Hindus in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir and the “soft policy” of the Congress led UPA government towards terrorism.

This was announced here today by Mr Rajnath Singh, BJP president, after visiting the affected villages of Doda and Udhampur. He consoled the kin of the two BJP activists who were killed in a grenade attack on a procession at Doda on Saturday last. He also visited the medical college hospital here to enquire about the well being of the persons injured in the grenade attack.

Mr Rajnath Singh said that the agitational programme will be announced at New Delhi. A peaceful satyagrah will be launched wherein BJP activists from various parts of the country will participate.

He described as “irresponsible” the statement of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in which he had blamed the BJP for the grenade attack on the procession.

He said the grenade attack was made on the people who had migrated from the Kulhand village and other areas, where terrorists massacred 19 Hindus, to Doda and were in a procession demanding security in the villages. They were not indulging in any crime by demanding security, he said.

The BJP chief charged the government with failure to provide protection to the procession although there were reports of the attack with the intelligence agencies.

The attack on peaceful demonstrators was a challenge to the democracy and the government should not try to divert the attention of the people by making misleading statements.

The government should not shirk from its constitutional duty of providing security to the residents of these areas.

Mr Singh rejected the idea of demilitarization in the state and said that the Congress should break its alliance with the PDP that had recently adopted a resolution demanding that army should be withdrawn from J&K.

He reiterated his demand for putting the ISI of Pakistan under the international scanner as the agency was engaged in sponsoring terrorism worldwide. India should also initiate steps to get Pakistan declared as a terrorist state. He said it was no use continuing talks with the Hurriyat Conference that was demanding inclusion of Pakistan in the dialogue process.

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Militants kill 5 in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 15
Militants slit throats of four and hanged to death one person in north Kashmir and attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) picket in Srinagar downtown today.

Two militants surrendered along with arms and ammunition at Kishtwar in Doda district, official spokesman said.

He said militants kidnapped and later killed Special Police Officer (SPO) Nazir Ahmad and Mohammad Maqbool War at Sadnar, Rafiabad, by slitting their throats early this morning. Their bodies have been recovered, he said.

Militants also abducted and later slaughtered Ghulam Qadir Lone and Mumtaz Gujjar at Chati Bandipora for their alleged links with the security forces.

They hanged to death Nazir Ahamd at Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara today, sources said.

Militants hurled a hand grenade towards a security force picket at Kawdara chowk in the downtown city this afternoon causing injuries to five persons, including two CRPF personnel. The injured were hospitalised, he said.

Two militants surrendered along with two AK rifles, seven magazines, 140 rounds of ammunition, one hand grenade, one pistol and two wireless sets at Kishtwar last night. — UNI

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