Rejecting claims that the raids conducted at the residences of four journalists in Kashmir valley was to harass journos, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar asked media ‘not to spread false narrative which may amount to unnecessary interference in investigation of Kashmir fight blog case’.
“I advised media fraternity not to spread false news or narrative which may amount to unnecessary interference in investigation of case. The involved persons would be arrested in this case as and when the evidences are collected,” the IGP said.
A police spokesperson tonight said that during the course of investigation of case FIR No. 82/2020 of Police Station Kothibagh, credible evidence was found which links the four persons with the mastermind of the blog [email protected]
“The accused included Mir Hilal, Journalist- TRT world, Mohammad Shah Abbas, a Freelance journalist, Azhar Qadri, Journalist with The Tribune and Showkat Motta, who was editor-in-chief of The Narrator and currently working at a wholesale shop,” he said.
He said on the basis of the evidences collected, searches were conducted on Wednesday at four different places after obtaining proper search warrants from the competent court of law.
“During the searches so conducted, some mobile phones, laptops and other gadgets were seized,” he said.
He said for the purpose of investigation, all the above four persons were called for questioning and were allowed to go in the evening and have been directed to present themselves tomorrow again.
“The investigation is in progress and the scrutiny of electronic gadgets is also going on. So far various numbers of Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi have been found, besides they are also found have been in contact of various virtual numbers,” he added.
Srinagar district admin inspects market to ensure implementation of COVID-19 protocols
In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Srinagar, a district administration team on Tuesday inspected the markets of the city to ensure proper implementation of the protocols.
Srinagar Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Hanief Balkhi said that the team was inspecting the markets to ensure that the shopkeepers and people follow all the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the health department.
“We just want them to wear masks, take all the precautions and protect themselves. We do not want to impose fines, seal shops or register FIRs. And we are happy that 99 per cent of the shopkeepers are wearing masks,” he stated.
“It is usually the buyers who do not wear masks. So, we have distributed the masks as well. By and large, things have improved and people are following protocols,” he added.
The ADC also informed that a few shops have been sealed for the violation of Covid-19 protocols. “A few shops have been sealed. But that is not our intention. We just want people to be careful,” he said.
Meanwhile, the schools reopened in Srinagar for classes 10th and 12th on Monday and things are slowly returning back to normal in the city.
Man killed, woman injured in lightning
A man was killed and a woman injured in lightning in central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said on Tuesday.
They said a group of farmers were working in their fields when lightning strike at Panchas in Badgam Monday evening.
A 30-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Shakeela Banu were injured.
Both the injured were rushed to hospital where Gulzar was declared brought dead, they said.
Majority areas in the Kashmir valley, including parts of Srinagar, witnessed heavy snowfall and lightning for several hours on Monday evening.
Srinagar schools reopen for classes 10, 12 with COVID-19 protocols in place
Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, schools in Srinagar reopened on Monday for classes 10 and 12. Students were seen happy and enthusiastic at the resumption of physical classes.
A student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kothibagh, Srinagar, Bushra said, “I am feeling very happy at the resumption of classes. Teachers were doing a lot of effort in online classes, but we were not comfortable. Physical classes are good because we can interact with teachers whenever we want.”
She further said that schools are properly taking care of COVID-19 protocols and providing masks and sanitisers.
“I was missing the school a lot. I was not able to study properly in online classes due to internet issues. In-person classes are always best, so I always enjoy physical classes in school,” another student, Arbeena from the same school said.
Expressing happiness about meeting friends in the school, a student, Humaira Manzoor said, “I am very happy that schools have reopened. Now I can meet my friends and teachers. Even, I was not able to study anything at home due to network issues.”
Further, a teacher of the English Faculty in the same school, Shabina Taj said, “We are getting very good response from students. All the students are very happy about physical classes. Students are even bringing their queries to discuss with us. Also, staff and students, both are following the SOPs issued by government.”
On September 5, Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered the reopening of schools for students of class 12 and 10 and staff with 50 per cent capacity.
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