Two arrested with 17-kg poppy straw in Jammu
Jammu, Aug 23: Two drug peddlers were arrested today with contraband of poppy straw in this winter capital of the state.
“Police today achieved a major success by arresting two drug peddlers along with 17-kg Poppy Straw (Bhuki) in Satwari area of Jammu,” police here said. They said that a check point was established at Satwari Chowk and during frisking, two persons carrying a bag coming from Gangyal towards Satwari were apprehended. During their personal search, 17-kg of Poppy Straw was recovered from their possession, they said adding that they were identified as Paramlaktej Singh and Deep Singh, both resident of Ward Number 12, Ravidass Nagar, Jalandhar (Punjab). A case under FIR Number 164/2017 under section 8/15/60 of NDPS Act has been registered and investigation started.
Man arrested with one-kg heroin in Poonch
Jammu, Aug 23: A man was arrested today with contraband of heroin in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Police today foiled a major smuggling bid by arresting a peddler alongwith one-kilogram Heroine worth crore in an international market in Mendhar area of Poonch,” police sources here said. They said that acting on specific input, SOG team conducted a surprise raid in assistance with Poonch Police and intercepted a man. During frisking, one kilogram of Heroine was recovered from his possession. The drug peddler was identified as Ajwar Husain, resident of Ratali village, Jhallas, Rajouri district. “The consignment was reportedly received from near the LoC,” they said adding that more arrests cannot be ruled out.
Geology and Mining Department officer booked for cheating in Kishtwar
Jammu, Aug 23: An officer of Geology and Mining Department was booked today for cheating a woman in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“An FIR has been against in-charge district Mineral Officer of Geology and Mining Department Doda-Kishtwar namely Moti Lal regarding the breach of criminal trust,” an official here said.
He said that a complaint was lodged by one Khursheeda Begum, resident of Gawari, Tehsil Gandoh, District Doda alleging that the District Mineral Officer, had authorized her to extract the minor mineral under notification No. 133 dated 20-04-2016 for the period of five years. She claimed that an amount of Rs seven lakh was deposited vide Govt Receipt No. 5906229 Dated 11-06-2017 in presence of some witnesses but later the accused denied that no such amount was received by him. “The complainant was not allowed to collect royalty,” said an official. He said that in this way, alleged accused has committed the offence of cheating, misappropriation of property and criminal breach of trust and further requested for taking legal action against the accused etc Doda Police took cognizance into the matter and registered a case FIR number 72/2017 under section 420, 409, 403 of RPC against accused and investigation was set in motion.
Five policemen injured in road accident
SRINAGAR, Aug 23: Five personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police were injured when their vehicle met with an accident on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir district of Pulwama today, official sources said.
They said the vehicle overturned at Chandpora, Pampore, resulting in injuries to five of them. The injured have been admitted to Police Control Room (PCR) hospital in Srinagar.
School in Udhampur shut since Aug 15 due to absence of teachers
Jammu, Aug 23: A government-run primary school in a remote village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district has allegedly remained closed since August 15, prompting authorities to order an inquiry against two teachers posted there.
The school, set up in a wooden structure at Nanansoo village on a hill-top, about 30 kilometers from Udhampur town, has remained closed since August 15 due to non-presence of the teachers posted there, the villagers claimed. Chief Education Officer Udhampur Jattu Ram Bharadwaj said a probe has been ordered into the closure of the school. “The closure of the school for the past nine days, if true, is a serious issue, and we have immediately ordered a probe to unravel the truth,” said Bharadwaj. “We have taken a serious note of the matter and will not tolerate such a thing. Stern action will be taken against the teachers if the allegations are proved right,” he added. Bharadwaj said he was in Jammu to attend a meeting and could not visit the school today. The villagers alleged that the students were turning up for the school daily and waiting for hours together outside the closed structure, only to return after some time.
Separatists announce protest calendar on Art 35A issue
Srinagar, Aug 23: Kashmiri separatists announced a five-day protest calendar today over the issue of Article 35A, including a strike on August 29 when the Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the constitutional provision that grants special privileges to people of the state.
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, head of moderate faction of Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik, in a joint statement, said there was a need for fighting on the issue with “unity and steadfastness”. “On Tuesday, 29th August, the day when Indian Supreme Court is hearing this case, a complete and comprehensive protest strike will be observed throughout Jammu and Kashmir. “If Indian Supreme Court issues any adverse orders in this regard, a complete agitation will start from that very moment,” they said. The separatists alleged that any meddling with “state subject” law, which does not allow outsiders to buy immovable property in Jammu and Kashmir, is only aimed at changing the demography of the state. Announcing a comprehensive protest programme, the separatist leaders said Kashmir Bar association will hold peaceful protest demonstration on August 25.
Two arrested with 17-kg poppy straw in Jammu