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168 police personnel under radar for involvement in subversive/criminal/corrupt activities

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After the dismissal of several civil officers/officials by the Jammu and Kashmir Government, including senior ones, for their direct/indirect involvement in terror activities, now it’s the turn of the Police Department which has put its 168 personnel on the radar for their reported involvement in subversive/criminal/corrupt activities and action against them is on the cards.

Among 168 Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) personnel whose links with subversives are under investigation, only seven belonged to the Jammu division while 161 are in Kashmir valley, official sources said.

Seven police personnel, whose credentials are doubtful and being probed by the police at the highest level in the Jammu division, include two from Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts and one in Kishtwar. At the same time, 161 cops, who are under the radar in Kashmir, belonged to all ten districts of the Valley.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Davinder Singh was dismissed from the services by the Government in May last year for his involvement in terror activities.

However, out of 168 police officers/officials whose cases are under review, two are in the rank of Inspectors, 11 Sub Inspectors and 49 Assistant Sub Inspectors. Rest are in the ranks of Head Constables, Selection Grade Constables, Constables and Followers.

“The track record and credentials of the police personnel will be examined minutely. In addition, their performance and role, if any, in subversive and militant activities will be looked into,” the sources said.

There is a condition that the police personnel against whom action is proposed to be taken might have completed 22 years of service or attained 48 years of age, they said.

As per the sources, this is the first time that the Police Department has initiated such a major exercise to weed out the police personnel involved in subversive/criminal/corrupt activities.

“And the action is expected to be taken shortly after approval of the concerned authorities,” the sources said.

During the past few months, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has gone tough on employee-militant nexus and sacked many Government officers/officials who were involved in terror activities directly/indirectly. The process is going on, and more civil officials/officers are under the intelligence agencies’ surveillance, and their records/cases are being proved.

Asserting that the cases of non-performers are different from pro-terror employees, sources said these are two different categories, but in both of them, the officers/officials against whom evidence is gathered will be dismissed from the services.

“The Government has decided that there will be no leniency with the officers/officials who are either linked to militancy and those who are not performing to the satisfaction that they will be axed from the services,” sources said, adding it was in this context that further action has been initiated against the officials in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

It may be mentioned here that the present regime has started acting tough against the officers/officials linked to terror and has already dismissed several such officials in both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir, including some in the Gazetted rank and Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS).

“This was for the first time under present dispensation that the Government acted tough against the employees who were encouraging the militancy in the Union Territory, especially in the Valley and some districts of the Jammu region. Previous regimes had either refused to take action despite adverse reports submitted by the Intelligence agencies or just gave warning to them and didn’t take any major action in most of the cases,” the sources pointed out.

Even the majority of the Government officers terminated from the Government services during the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed regime labelling them as “deadwood”, came back to services adopting legal course.

Asserting that action against Government staffers founding encouraging the militancy or facilitating their activities was necessary to break the backbone of the hostility, sources said it had sent a loud and clear message to the officials, and there were reports available with the Intelligence and other Government agencies that the employees, who were earlier linked to terror, have dissociated themselves from the anti-national activities.

“The Government policy of taking harsh action against pro-terror employees by terminating them from the services has worked well. It has given the desired results. However, some black sheep are still against whom the Government is acting by collecting evidence through the Intelligence agencies,” sources said.

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Jammu: Exodus Day Observed as Black Day

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Due to the increasing influence of terrorism, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits started on this day in 1990. Kashmiri Pandits celebrated this day of expulsion as Black Day.

On Wednesday, Kashmiri displaced Pandits protested by taking out a rally in Jagti. These Kashmiri Pandits said that this dark day is remembered by every Kashmiri Pandit who was forced to leave the Valley. It is the job of the Government of India to conduct an inquiry by setting up a commission, and those who had spoiled the situation in Kashmir should be fed the air of jails. Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated fiercely and on the other hand, demanded that the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley be ensured.

For the last 32 years, Kashmiri Pandits have been cut off from their own land. Addressing the occasion, Jagti Tenement Committee President Shadi Lal Pandita said that these Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes due to terrorism in the Valley, but today this Kashmiri Pandit wants to connect with their soil and establish three big satellite colonies in Kashmir. If the government does this, then 70 thousand Kashmiri Pandit families will go back to the Valley and join their soil. But now, the central government is not taking any step in this direction. Therefore, Kashmiri Pandits should be told the plan with the central government to return to the Valley.

On the other hand, Raj Kumar Tikku said that January 19 would not be forgotten by Kashmiri Pandits. When the situation in Kashmir turned completely against the Kashmiri Pandits and announcements were made on loudspeakers to leave the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate for their safety and their families. Many Kashmiri Pandits also lost their lives. The Central Government should now constitute an inquiry committee to bring the real culprits to the jails.

Amish Mahajan

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J&K: Terrorist Hideout built in middle of park busted

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The remaining terrorists in Kashmir are adopting many unique ways to save themselves from the security forces and the police, but now it is not possible to escape the terrorists from the eyes of the security forces and the police.

The Pulwama and Awantipora police, conducting a joint search operation with the Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF, have busted a hiding place built in the middle of a garden in Bandarpora, Awantipora. Terrorists often used to hide in this hideout after committing any incident in the area. At present, with the help of security forces, the police have started a search operation in the surrounding areas, demolishing the hideouts of the terrorists. Other details are awaited.

Now the number of active terrorists in Kashmir has remained negligible. This is why the anger of Pakistan across the border has increased. It is well known that Pakistan encourages terrorists in India. Training camps have also been opened for terrorists across the border in Pakistan. Now that the number of terrorists has been reduced considerably, terrorists are engaged in making targets killed with their weapons to register their presence. However, the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are fully active in thwarting this nefarious design of the terrorists.

Amish Mahajan

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Mystery of Lucknow family allegedly missing in J&K solved

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The startling revelation came to light on Wednesday about the Lucknow family allegedly missing during their travel to Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier reports had said that three members of a family from Lucknow — Mehmood Ali Khan, his wife Darakshan and their son, Shavez — had gone missing in Ramban district while they were on their way from Jammu to Srinagar.

Police sources said according to Salim Khan, brother-in-law of Mehmood Ali Khan, all 3 members were murdered by elder son, Sarfaraz Khan on January 5, the day they were leaving towards Jammu by train.

“After disposing of their dead bodies, he meticulously planned to mislead the relatives and police. He clandestinely visited Jammu and Kashmir and messaged via WhatsApp from his father’s mobile phone on 14th January morning in which he posed as his younger brother, Shavez and said that they are stuck on the highway due to landslides.

“He even posted some pictures of the highway,” said the sources.

The details of the case came to light when the J&K police traced the phone in Lucknow that was used to send WhatsApp messages.

Police said Sarfraz had murdered his father, mother and brother in Lucknow itself. On January 6 the body of a youth with a slit throat was found on Lucknow’s Mall Road in the Itaunja area.

Police were unable to identify the body. After this, two more bodies with slit throats were found in the Malihabad area in Lucknow.

After the photographs of the three persons allegedly missing in J&K’s Ramban area were published, police in Lucknow were able to identify all three.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the eldest son of the family, Sarfraz had murdered them. Sarfraz has been taken into custody.

Police said other contacts of Sarfraz are also being questioned. The motive of the gruesome crime is still not known.

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