A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and sarpanch of Gopalpora has been arrested for allegedly taking money from two people in exchange for getting them released from police custody.
The BJP leader, Nisar Ahmad Khan, is a resident of Kadipora in Anantnag district.
Police said two suspects from Kokernag were called for questioning regarding a terror case.
While they were being questioned to establish their involvement or otherwise, their families approached Nisar Ahamd Khan to secure their release.
In the meanwhile, the two individuals were found to be innocent and were released.
The police subsequently got to know that their families had paid money to Nisar Ahmad Khan to secure their release.
The accused BJP leader had allegedly taken Rs 1.10 lakh and promised their release.
He then approached the police and sought an appointment with a police officer for this. He was however not allowed to meet the officer and instead conveyed on phone that the duo will be sent home if not they found to be innocent.
Police have now registered an FIR against the BJP leader in Anantnag police station. The money paid to him has been recovered and handed over to the families.
Police said the accused has been arrested and further investigation is on.
They also urged people to refrain from paying money to “touts and unscrupulous elements”, and instead meet senior police officers in their respective areas if they face any problems.
Restaurant sealed in Jammu Kashmir
Police in Ganderbal town sealed a restaurant for not adhering to COVID-19 guidelines issued by the administration. Moreover 332 violators were fined for not wearing face masks and defying COVID-19 guidelines.
A police official said that a police party of Police Station Ganderbal headed by SHO Police Station GanderbalSalfieArshid, during checking found one restaurant owner violating COVID 19 SOPs/guidelines and instantly took stringent action and booked the owner in case FIR No. 103/2021. The restaurant was also sealed by the executive magistrate on spot.
Moreover, police also fined 322 violators for defying COVID-19 guidelines and not wearing face masks. Fine to the tune of `140700 was recovered from them.
J&K: One dies, 3 injured after HT line fell on farmers working in paddy field
One person died and three others were injured when a High Tension (HT) wire fell on a group of farmers who were working in a paddy field in Budgam Saturday afternoon, official sources said.
They said a group of farmers were busy working in a paddy field in Khansahib area, about 35 kms from main Budgam town when a HT line fell on them.
Four persons were injured, post which they were rushed to hospital where one of them identified as Teenager Shiraz Ahmad was declared brought dead.
The sources said the condition of three other injured is stated to be stable. Meanwhile, hundreds of villagers strongly protested against the Power Development Department (PDD) for failing to repair HT and local power lines.
DC orders withholding of salary of two Zonal Medical Officers
While taking the review of Covid-19 mitigation efforts in the district, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar on Saturday ordered withholding of salary of two Zonal Medical Officers, after the review report of their respective health zones was found “poor” and “un-satisfactory.”
An official in the district administration Srinagar said that, the performances of Health Zones in Srinagar was revived today and strong note was taken of two heath zones, namely Khanyar and S.R. Gunj as both the zones had poor performance regarding the Covid-19 mitigation efforts in the district.
Acting swiftly, the official said that the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar ordered to withhold the salary of the two Zonal Medical Officers till a satisfactory vaccination is recorded.
In an order issued by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, a copy of which lies with the KNO reads that the vaccination process of 45 years and above age group was reviewed today and out of all the Medical Zones, performance of Khanyar and SR Gunj Zones respectively is quite un-satisfactory.
The order further reads: “The poor performance on part of Zonal Medical Officers of Medical Zones Khanyar & SR Gunj has been viewed seriously. As such, it is hereby ordered that salary of the above mentioned Zonal Medical Officers shall remain withheld till a satisfactory vaccination coverage is recorded.”
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