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National Conference ‘dismayed’ over SIT report in Hyderpora encounter

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The National Conference expressed dismay over the “clean chit” given by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Jammu and Kashmir Police to security forces in the Hyderpora encounter, saying the report fails to address the legitimate concerns of the aggrieved families and the general public.

Demanding an independent investigation into the matter, NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the “self-trial” by police in the form of SIT “stands rejected” by the affected families.

Therefore, an independent judicial probe headed by a sitting judge is necessary to clear the air on the versions put forward by the police and the one put forth by victim families, he said.

“The report’s impartiality is under question mark as conflicting reports have earlier come from police as well. To clear the confusion, it is therefore imperative for the authorities to order an independent probe into the matter,” he said.

Dar said, We are aware that police in J-K have to perform a delicate and challenging task, but that does not give them latitude to undermine truth, standard operational procedures, and due deference to basic human rights.
“Given the stark contradiction between police and victim families versions, we demand an impartial and independent probe so that the real circumstances leading to the killings are brought to public view.”
The NC spokesperson said it seems the SIT report did not give any objective picture of “this shocking incident”.

“There is a strong public perception that the armed forces made the civilians killed in the incident human shields and the latest statement of the police seems to be a cover-up story; therefore, nothing short of a credible judicial probe will clear the doubts,” he said. The parents of Amir Magray, one of the four persons killed in the Hyderpora encounter, Wednesday rejected the police probe, which suggested their son was a militant. His mother threatened to kill herself, and the family set to move the high court seeking the return of his body.

The special investigation team (SIT) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police probing the encounter said Tuesday that while a foreign terrorist killed one civilian, two others, including a local “militant” (Magray), died in the crossfire after being used as a “human shield” by the hiding terrorist. A Pakistani terrorist and three other persons were killed in Hyderpora on November 15, and the police had claimed that all the slain men had links to militancy. However, the families of the three, alleging foul play, had said they were innocent, prompting the police to order the inquiry. Separately, a magisterial probe was also ordered by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha in the encounter, which was one of the rare operations carried out jointly by the army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police within the city limits.

In a 3.42-minute video, Amir’s mother Mubeena termed the SIT version “completely baseless”. She said she will consume poison to end her life if the body of her son was not returned to the family for burial within five days.”They have killed my innocent son, who was earning a living by working as a labourer, and they have levelled false allegations against him.

They are doing it for their promotion. Therefore, I have decided to end my life by taking poison if they fail to return his body within five days, and the government and those who levelled the allegations against my son will be responsible for my death,” Mubeena said.

She said, “I know my son as I have brought him up in abject poverty, he was a polite boy, and the whole village is mourning his death. Yet, they are not even allowing us to protest by deploying policemen.”

Mubeena said she has been waiting for the body’s return since the encounter and “wants to see my son for the last time”.

Amir’s father, Mohd Latief, rejected the police probe and said he was moving the high court to seek the return of his body.

“I outright reject the police probe as my son can never be a militant or a militant supporter,” Latief, who has received a state award for killing a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist in 2007 and several citations for helping security forces to finish militancy from his Gool-Sangaldan block.

Latief said he is moving a petition in the Jammu wing of the High Court through his lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat to return his son’s body and discuss the next course of action. Rajawat said all the formalities had been completed, and on Thursday morning, they placed the petition for the body’s return before the registry.

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In over two months, J&K Govt sacks 28 teachers

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With the termination of two more teachers of the School Education Department, the government in the past more than two months has sacked at least 28 teachers from the services for remaining absent unauthorizedly.
In an order issued by the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), said that these teachers have been remaining absently unauthorized from their legitimate duties.
One of the orders issued by the DSEK, a copy of which lies with the news agency states that one among the terminated teachers continues to remain absent un-authorizedly for 19 years.
“One of the teachers posted at Primary School Khumriyal in north Kashmir’s Kupwara remained unauthorizedly absent from her legitimate duties from 01-07-2002, and the teacher did not resume her legitimate duties and continued to remain unauthorizedly absent for 19 years,” it reads.
It also states that the teacher was provided with an opportunity to be heard by DSEK on 06-07-2021 wherein she was directed to present herself before the directorate along with a statement of defence within seven days.
DSEK said that the teacher responded the notice on 15-07-2021 but on its examination it was found unsatisfactory and unsubstantiated and could not justify her long unauthorized absence
“The issue was placed before the Designated Committee and pursuant to the decision of the committee, the teacher is hereby removed from the service of the State in terms of Article 113 of J&K Civil Services Rules (Volume I) of 1956 and rule 30(vii) of J&KCCA rules 1956,” it reads.
Likewise, another teacher was also terminated for remaining unauthorized absent from her legitimate duties.
DSEK said that the teacher was absent from 01-10-2014 and had proceeded outside the country without obtaining prior station leave permission or the sanction of leave from the competent authority.
On January-14, the government has terminated three teachers of the School Education Department from the services for remaining absent un-authorizedly.
In the first week of December-2021, the government sacked one teacher followed by six more in the last week of November-2021 for remaining absent un-authorizedly
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ACB traps, arrests Patwari while accepting bribe

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Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint wherein the complainant alleged that Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari of Halqa Mufalpora, Tehsil and District Kupwara is demanding bribes for providing revenue extracts.

The complainant alleged that the accused Patwari was adopting delaying tactics and was not preparing revenue extracts which the complainant required for registration of sale deed for the land purchased by him recently. Moreover, had the complainant also deposited the necessary fee of 420 in the form of GR in the Tehsil office Kupwara on 14-02-2022. The complainant also alleged that Patwari had already taken a bribe of Ten thousand from them and demanded more to provide revenue extracts.

Upon receiving the instant complaint, prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out and consequently, a case FIR No. 02/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla.

Subsequently, a trap team was constituted. The trap team caught Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari, red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of 5000/- from the complainant. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in the presence of independent witnesses.

Further investigations of the case are going on.

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JKBOSE Class 10, 12 Results Likely in Second Week of February

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The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) is likely to announce the regular annual results of class 10th and 12th, of Kashmir Division, in the second week of February, an official informed on Monday.

Board of School Education Joint Secretary Prof. Aijaz Ahmad Hakak said that the processes involved are in progress.“Results are under process and have to undergo several stages before the declaration. the First stage has been completed and the second one is in process”, he said, adding most probably the results of both the classes will be declared in the second week of February if situation arisen due to COVID goes well,” Aijaz added.

Meanwhile, Director Academics BOSE, Dr Farooq Ahmad Peer, also maintained that results would be announced in the second week of February.

Pertinently, the examinations of Class 12th culminated in the 2nd week of December, while 10th exams concluded in the first week of December last year.

 

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