Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will go to Mata Vishno Devi Temple on foot from Katra during his Jammu visit beginning Thursday, said party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit President Ghulam Ahmed Mir.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee President Mir said that Gandhi has special faith in the holy temple and he wanted to visit Vishno Devi Temple for the past many years.
“We have been asking Rahul Gandhi for the past three years. He also wanted to come, but the political situation was such that he cannot visit. Now that the situation has slightly improved, he visited Srinagar last month and will visit Jammu on September 9 and September 10. The first this he will do is that he will pay obeisance to Mata Vaishno Devi,” said Mir.
“Though many leaders visit the holy temple, they use choppers and horses. We believe Rahul Gandhi has made his mind that he will walk on foot from Katra to the temple, pay obeisance, and participate in the Arti. The next day he will again come down on foot. He has special faith in Mata Vishno Devi, that is why we have not scheduled any political engagements for him on the first day of his visit,” he added.
Further informing about Gandhi’s panned political engagements in Jammu, Mir said from Katra, the Wayanad MP will go to Jammu by car and attend a small party function there.
“We have not stopped any Congress worker to organise small programmes to welcome Gandhi on his way to Jammu from Katra. After the party function in Jammu, Gandhi will also interact with some local party leaders,” he said.
Mir further informed that after this short visit to Jammu, Rahul Gandhi is also planning to visit Ladakh.
“He also plans to visit all districts after the situation is better in the areas and try to highlight the people of problems on the ground,” he added.
Notably, this will be Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370. Earlier, he visited the union territory on August 9.
During his last visit, Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the new party office in Srinagar. He also visited Kheer Bhawani temple and Hazrat Dargah Sharif.
In August 2019, the Centre had abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two territories– Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Truck driver Going to Punjab with Bhukki from Kashmir Arrested, 120 kg of Bhukki recovered
Jhajjar Kotli Police has recovered a large consignment of narcotic drug Bhukki going from Kashmir to Punjab. Police also arrested its driver Ramneer Singh, resident of Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab, carrying Bhukki in the truck. A total of 120 kg of Bhukki was recovered from his vehicle.
The truck driver is being questioned from which part of Kashmir he has brought Bhukki. A case under NDPS Act has been registered against the accused truck driver at Jhajjar Kotli police station.
According to the information received from the police, on Thursday morning, on the tip of drug smuggling, the police personnel blocked the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Suketar. Truck number PB10CM-9156 coming from Kashmir to Jammu, was stopped for investigation. The driver told the police personnel that the truck was empty. From Punjab, he had gone to Kashmir with food items. Leaving the food item in Kashmir, he was returning with an empty truck.
After suspecting the words of the truck driver, the police personnel started searching the truck. As soon as the truck was opened, eight sacks were found inside it. Intoxicants were lying inside the sacks. After recovering Bhukki from the truck, the driver tried to run away from the spot, but the police personnel did not let him escape and arrested him there.
The truck driver was taken to Jhajjar Kotli police station for questioning. SHO Jhajjar Kotli Devendra Singh said that whatever information from the accused truck driver will is shared with the Kashmir Police. Efforts will be made to detain people involved in drug trafficking in Kashmir. He claimed that some more people would be arrested in the coming days based on interrogation.
BJP celebrate Modi’s birthday, Congress protests as unemployment day in Srinagar
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday organized a special function to celebrate the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at party office in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, youth Congress celebrated the day as “ National unemployment Day” in Srinagar.
A BJP spokesman said here this evening that a function was organized at party headquarter in Srinagar in which senior party functionaries participated.
Senior party leader and spokesperson Dr Darakhshan Andrabi inaugurated a Photo Exhibition on Prime Minister. Large number of people participated in the programme.
Andrabi said India has witnessed corruption free governance because of Mr Modi after decades. “Prime Minister’s programmes and schemes are meant for weaker sections of society, deprived class of society, women, tribal population, farmers, labourers and youth. We are witnessing a peaceful terror-free environment not only in Jammu & Kashmir, but also throughout the country under his leadership, she said.
Andrabi futher said that historical decisions taken by PM have ended social discrimination, class-conflicts and lip-service appeasement and replaced with Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas & Sabka Vishvas.
She said we have been successful in creating an environment of transforming the future of India into a world power by seeing the Atamnirbhar Bharat mission in action at different levels showing great impact. In J&K, by scrapping of Article 370, we have seen the ailments of J&K getting cured slowly,” claimed Dr Andrabi.
Youth Congress activists today organized a protest rally at Press Enclave raising slogans against the unemployment, price rise of essentials and petrol and diesel.
NC leader Wazir’s murder was planned for over two months, says police
The accused in National Conference leader Trilochan Singh Wazir’s murder case were planning his killing for the past two-three months and planted fake evidence to mislead the police, taking inspiration from Bollywood movie Drishyam’, officials said.
The body of 67-year-old Wazir with the head wrapped in a plastic bag was found on September 9 in a washroom of a flat in Moti Nagar in west Delhi, which was taken on rent by his acquaintance Harpreet Singh (31), a native of Amritsar.
Police said they have arrested two people from Jammu — Rajender Chaudhary alias Raju Ganja (33) and Balbir Singh alias Billa (67) — while two suspects Harpreet Singh and Harmeet Singh are absconding.
Several police teams have been formed to trace the absconding accused.
The four accused had planned to dump the body at a metro station or IGI airport and visited the places but couldn’t succeed in their plan, police said.
Elaborating on how it all happened, police said that Harpreet had called his classmate Chaudhary to Delhi from Mumbai on August 14, assuring him of the job of a taxi driver here.
On the directions of Harpreet, he left Delhi on September 1 from Basai Darapur and went to Punjab and switched off his mobile number and start using another number in Jammu, they said.
On September 2, he collected Wazir’s luggage from his house in Jammu and left for Delhi. He switched on his number again in Punjab and came to Basai Darapur on September 3 via a taxi, police said.
Chaudhary left the spot at around 11.30 am to collect his bag that was left in taxi (as per their planning) and returned from Kashmere Gate area at 5.30 pm, they said, adding that he remained at the spot with others co-accused Harpreet, Harmeet and Billa.
He, along with Harpreet and Harmeet went to the terrace and planned to kill Wazir.
Harpeet handed over one pistol to Harmeet. They came back and Harmeet allegedly shot Wazir who was already unconscious due to sedative given by them, police said.
Chaudhary, with Harpreet and Harmeet, cleaned the blood from the spot and the body was shifted to the washroom. Thereafter, they planned to dump the body at a metro station or IGI Airport and visited the places but couldn’t succeed in their plan, the police said.
The accused planned the murder over the past two-three months on the lines of Bollywood movie Drishyam and created false evidence to mislead the police, a senior police officer said.
The call detail records analysis revealed that Harpreet called several numbers in Jammu after September 3, and one of the numbers was found registered in the name of Chaudhary’s mother, the officer said, adding that later, Rajinder was arrested from his in-law’s house on Tuesday.
During investigation, it had surfaced that in 1983, a triple murder took place in Jammu area in which one Kuldeep alias Pappi, who was Harpreet’s maternal uncle, was killed using swords.
Wazir was arrested in that incident and was lodged in jail for around three-and-a-half-years, a senior police officer said.
The police said that facts are being verified, including whether Wazir’s murder was related to that particular incident.
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