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Kupwara shuts down over 10-yr-old’s brutal murder

Minor boy’s dismembered body sends shock waves across Valley21 Jul 2018 | 12:10 AM

SRINAGAR: The body of a 10-year-old boy with a chopped arm was recovered from a nullah at Gushi village in Kupwara district on Thursday evening. Umar Farooq Malik, a class III student of Gulgam, Kupwara, had gone missing on July 16.

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Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 20

The body of a 10-year-old boy with a chopped arm was recovered from a nullah at Gushi village in Kupwara district on Thursday evening.

Umar Farooq Malik, a class III student of Gulgam, Kupwara, had gone missing on July 16.

The J&K Police have formed a special investigation team (SIT) to be headed by the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Kupwara, to probe the murder.

“It is a brutal murder and we will reach the bottom of it,” Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara, told The Tribune. After the boy went missing, the police registered a case of kidnapping in the Kupwara police station. The news about the boy’s murder sparked protests in the area and people sought severe punishment for those involved in the killing. A policeman in civvies was severely thrashed by a group of people and the police had to rescue him. The cop, identified as Ghulam Mohideen, is admitted to hospital. A complete shutdown was observed in Kupwara against the brutal murder. The killing sparked a sharp reaction from politicians. “The charred and disfigured body of the boy found in Kupwara is savage beyond imagination. If this doesn’t shake the faith of our society, what will?” former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter. Sajad Lone, former minister and Peoples Conference president, said the perpetrators of the horrendous act must be punished.

“Thanks @spvaid for constituting SIT. The perpetrators of this brutal horrendous act have to be punished. I am the father of two young children. Whole night was thinking about his final moments-the blows rained on him severing his arm and burning the face,” Sajad Lone tweeted.

SIT to investigate case

  • The J&K Police have formed a special investigation team (SIT) to be headed by the Additional Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, to probe the murder
  • The news about the boy’s murder sparked protests in the area and people sought severe punishment for those involved in the killing
  • A policeman in civvies was severely thrashed by a group of people and the police had to rescue him. The cop, identified as Ghulam Mohideen, is admitted to hospital
Kathua case

High Court issues notice to state over dismissal of accused cop

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday issued a notice to the state government seeking its reply within two weeks over a petition filed by a policeman, one of the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, challenging his dismissal from service, a defence lawyer said.

LS, Assembly elections: BJP on lookout for fresh faces

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: The BJP in its ‘high-profile preparation’ mode is on the lookout for new faces for the parliamentary seats as well as the Assembly elections in the state.

Lal Singh to float apolitical pro-Dogra outfit tomorrow

Lal Singh to float apolitical pro-Dogra outfit tomorrow

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Choudhary Lal Singh, former minister and BJP leader, is all set to float a pro-Jammu apolitical outfit on Sunday to intensify his fight to “restore the dignity and honour” of the Dogra community of the state.

Give benefits to only those affected by shelling, say border residents

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Residents of villages along the International Border (IB) on Friday approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), demanding reservation benefits for the areas directly affected by the Pakistan shelling and firing.

Cops to be armed with body cameras

Cops to be armed with body cameras

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid on Friday said the policemen would be equipped with body cameras for better policing.

Adviser, Chief Secy meet Governor

Adviser, Chief Secy meet Governor

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Adviser to the Governor K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyammet Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here on Friday.

Subrahmanyam reviews disaster preparedness

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Friday reviewed the disaster preparedness of Jammu and Kashmir divisions in the aftermath of flood-like situation that developed in the state in the last week of June.

7,742 yatris offer prayers at shrine

7,742 yatris offer prayers at shrine

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: As many as 7,742 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Amarnath on 23rd day on Friday.

Hud Mata yatra: No service, chopper firms fined Rs 1 lakh

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Hundreds of pilgrims performing the Shri Hud Mata Yatra in the remote Dachan belt in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district are facing hardships due to the failure of two private helicopter service providers to operate, officials said.

1,000 given free treatment at Vaishno Devi hospital

1,000 given free treatment at Vaishno Devi hospital

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: On the directions of Governor NN Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Kakryal, is providing free-of-cost treatment to the pilgrims who fall sick or suffer accidents and to the poor, needy and some other specified categories of patients.

Patnitop hill station grapples with inadequate amenities

Patnitop hill station grapples with inadequate amenities

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU/UDHAMPUR: The Jammu region’s most popular hill station, Patnitop, has been grappling with inadequate basic infrastructure, including wayside amenities for visitors like potable water, dustbins, washrooms and health services.

Farmers learn ways to revive village ponds

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: A daylong farmers’ training programme on “Networking projects on revival of village ponds through scientific intervention” was organised by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences (SKUAST), Jammu, in collaboration with the department of science and technology (DST) at Uttri village in Kathua.

3 schools to get sanitary pad vending machines

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: The Jammu unit of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will install sanitary napkin vending machines in three schools of the city.

No sports policy, medallists continue to exit state

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: The delay in implementing a comprehensive sports policy for J&K, which has been pending since long, has left the medallists of different sports disciplines with no option than to seek admission in colleges and universities of other states.

J&K Olympics Association demands infra upgrade

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Alleging that the funds provided by the Central government did not match the sports infrastructure on ground, the J&K Olympics Association has demanded the issuance of white paper mentioning the funds made available to the state by the Government of India during the past three years under the “Khelo India” and other schemes.

Despite odds, these college girls are pitching for cricket

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21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: At the vast manicured playground of Government College for Women, MA Road, Srinagar, a group of girls in yellow and blue jerseys and trousers practise every day. But once they step out of their college, they make sure to change into their college uniform - white ‘kameez salwar’ - and look like normal students.

Valley transit camp turning into ghetto for Kashmiri Pandits

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: The Veervan transit camp in Baramulla district housing 150 Pandit families has turned into a ghetto for the inhabitants, who returned to the Valley under the Prime Minister’s rehabilitation package in 2010.

Committee on sexual harassment reframed

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: The state on Friday reconstituted a panel on prevention of sexual harassment at workplaces, an official spokesman said here.

Sans salary for 4 months, health workers seek Guv help

Sans salary for 4 months, health workers seek Guv help

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Even as the previous PDP-BJP government had promised to find a permanent solution to their problems, hundreds of female multipurpose health workers are working without salary for the past four months.

Awaiting dues, SRTC ex-employees protest

Awaiting dues, SRTC ex-employees protest

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: Seeking intervention of the administration, employees of the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) who took voluntarily retirement about eight years back have sought release of benefits.

Training session on RTI Act concludes

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

JAMMU: A five-day training session organised by the J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development for its employees to help them impart information to people under the RTI Act concluded on Friday.

Boy drowns in water tank

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

RAJOURI: A two-year-old boy allegedly drowned in a water tank at his house in Banola village of Poonch district on Friday.

Kathua multistorey parking to see light of day soon

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

KATHUA: The district administration in Kathua appears to have come out of its slumber after the imposition of Governor’s rule as developmental activities have got an impetus in Kathua town.

NIA arrests failed to scare separatists, says Mirwaiz

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of a separatist faction and member of the joint resistance leadership, on Friday said the arrests made by the NIA over the past year had failed to scare separatist leaders.

‘Mahayagya’ held at Kulgam temple

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

SRINAGAR: A ‘mahayagya’ was held at the temple of Mata Katyayani, Kakran, in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Medicines donated to hemophiliacs

21 Jul 2018 | 12:06 AM

Jammu: The Hemophilia Society, Jammu, on Friday donated life-saving drugs amounting to around Rs 80 lakh for hemophiliac patients of the region to Dr Gurjeet Singh Soodan, Director, Health Services, Jammu.

Body of 10-yr-old boy found in J-K

Body of 10-yr-old boy found in J-K

20 Jul 2018 | 12:24 PM

SRINAGAR: A 10-year-old boy, who had gone missing in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara, was found dead, police said on Friday.

Body of 10-year-old boy found in Kupwara

20 Jul 2018 | 11:58 AM

SRINAGAR: A 10-year-old boy, who had gone missing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, was found dead, police said on Friday.

1,753 pilgrims leave for Amarnath

1,753 pilgrims leave for Amarnath

20 Jul 2018 | 10:56 AM

JAMMU: A batch of 1,753 pilgrims left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Friday to perform the Amarnath Yatra, police said.

Chopper service providers fined Rs 1 lakh for violating agreement in Kishtwar

20 Jul 2018 | 10:27 AM

JAMMU: Hundreds of pilgrims performing the Shri Hud Mata Yatra in the remote Dachan mountainous belt in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district are facing hardships due to the failure of two private helicopter service providers to operate, officials said.

Briefly

Day 22: 7,665 yatris pay obeisance

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

Srinagar: As many as 7,665 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine on the 22nd day of the yatra on Thursday.

ABVP activists gherao JU VC’s office

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

JAMMU:Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday gheraoed the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jammu.

Scan credentials of LoC trade supporters: Team Jammu

Scan credentials of LoC trade supporters: Team Jammu

20 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

JAMMU:Team Jammu has expressed gratitude to Governor NN Vohra for taking personal interest in liberating youth of the state from drug addiction by directing the agencies concerned to detect the supply of narcotics through the cross-LoC trade.

PDP rebel legislator Reshi ‘attends’ Lone’s public meet

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

SRINAGAR: Amid speculations of government formation, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Yasir Reshi appeared with BJP ally and Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone at a public meeting in north Kashmir’s Handwara sub-district on Thursday.

J&K officials under R’sthan ATS lens

20 Jul 2018 | 12:30 AM

JAIPUR/SRINAGAR: Several senior J&K government officials are under the scanner of the Rajasthan Police’s anti-terror squad (ATS), which is probing the issuance of 4.29 lakh arms licences in the last one decade from various districts of the militancy-hit state, officials said.

LeT militant killed in Handwara

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

SRINAGAR: At least one militant suspected to be a Pakistan national was killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.

No takers for BJP after it ‘toppled’ govt: Cong

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

SRINAGAR: The Congress on Thursday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will find no takers in the state during the next elections as it had unceremoniously broken its coalition with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Adviser listens to public grievances

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

SRINAGAR: Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Adviser to Governor, on Thursday listened to public grievances at J&KGovernor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonwar, here.

At Kailash yatra, Jammu firm to serve ‘sattvic’ fare

At Kailash yatra, Jammu firm to serve ‘sattvic’ fare

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

JAMMU: A Jammu firm — Madhuban Foods — has been mandated as the only provider to deliver food for the entire Kailash yatra on behalf of the organisers which issue permits to pilgrims and tourists globally.

IGP(Traffic) Rath in a jam, captured slapping youth

IGP(Traffic) Rath in a jam, captured slapping youth

20 Jul 2018 | 1:01 PM

SRINAGAR: A video showing Basant Rath, IGP (Traffic), slapping a youth in Srinagar has gone viral on social media. Shot more than two months ago, the video shows Rath hitting and slapping a youth at Lal Chowk following an argument.

Border residents raise their problems with Dineshwar

Border residents raise their problems with Dineshwar

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

JAMMU/SAMBA: Bearing the maximum brunt of Indo-Pak hostility, residents staying near the International Border (IB) on Thursday demanded a comprehensive policy to resolve their problems caused by repeated displacement and unabated killings along the border.

Vaishno Devi varsity, IGNCA to preserve regional art, heritage

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

JAMMU: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, on Thursday.

Central sops sought for industries

20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

JAMMU: Leading industrialists on Thursday blamed negative industrial growth in the state on the Centre’s failure to extend fiscal incentives at par with the Northeastern states.

Villagers protest illegal mining in Ravi

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20 Jul 2018 | 12:27 AM

KATHUA: Angry over the continuous indifferent attitude of the state and district administration towards illegal mining in the Ravi, residents of Kerrian-Gandyal staged a protest and blocked the Jammu-Pathankot national highway at Kalibari here on Thursday.

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