In response to a question on whether the group would consider talking to the Centre about the situation in J&K, Abdullah said, “We have not closed any doors or options.” He said the “police are increasing pressure here” and “I would appeal to the LG to stop these detentions or people will become so against them that they will not be able to handle it.”
The NC president said, “since the PAGD was formed in the backdrop of the constitutional changes effected in J&K on August 5, 2019, it remains determined to stand by its position as stated in the Gupkar Declaration.”
Mehbooba Mufti said that the alliance met after a long time to discuss the situation. “The case to free the detained leaders is in court, but it is not being taken up now because of Covid, but even earlier, it wasn’t being taken up. We met after a while, and we just wanted to get in touch.”
The alliance has designated CPI(M) leader MY Tarigami as the new spokesperson since the position was vacant after Sajad Lone’s exit.
While Speaking to Gulistan News, Tarigami said, “in yesterday’s meeting, we reviewed the current situation in the UT, and problems faced by the people were also raised during the session. We kept all the topics of discussion in front of the media at the post-press conference. We’ll be using all the opportunities to revive Article 370.”
As per the sources, the PAGD meeting was held after the rumors surfaced that Jammu and Kashmir may get a separate Statehood.
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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