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Sarpanch among 3 persons booked under PSA for narcotics peddling In Kupwara

Authorities in the Kupwara district have detained three persons, including a Sarpanch under Public Safety Act, for their alleged involvement in narcotics peddling in the north Kashmir district.

A warrant under Public Safety Act against the trio was issued by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir after the PSA dossier was submitted by Jammu and Kashmir police.

Sharing details, a police officer told that trio was involved in “narcotics peddling in rampant ways and was continuously indulging in this crime by trying to lure local youth towards drugs”.

They have been identified as Manzoor Ahmad Lone (42), Sarpanch Darpora Lolab, son of Abdul Jabbar Lone of Darpora Lolab, who, according to the officer, was booked in three cases earlier, including FIR 49/2012 under section 8/20 NDPS Act of PS Lalpora, FIR 56/2017 under section 8/20 of NDPS Act in PS Lalpora and Case FIR 56/2019 under section 8/20 NDPS Act of PS Lalpora.

The second one has been identified as Bilal Ahmad Ganie, son of Sonaullah Ganie, resident of Batpora Hayhama Kupwara, and as per police, he was booked in a case FIR 130/2016 under section 8/20 of NDPS Act of PS Kupwara.

The third one, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Nabi Bhat, resident of Lalpora Kolav Kupwara, was earlier booked in case 24/2020 under section 8/20 NDPS Act of police station Lalpora, the officer said.

Senior Superintendent of Police Kupwara Yougal Manhas said that action over narcotic peddling was one of the top priorities of police for which necessary action and preventive measures are being taken.
He said action against these three persons and their detention under Public Safety Act was a step forward to tighten noose against the narcotic peddlers of the district.

He also urged people of the area to share information about those who indulged in these activities to take necessary legal action against them.


Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape

The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.

Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.

Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.

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A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.

The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.

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J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident

On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.

An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.

“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.


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Lt Governor unveils ‘Charkha’ at Srinagar International Airport

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today virtually unveiled a Charkha (Spinning Wheel) at the Srinagar International Airport.
The Charkha measuring 8.6 ft by 4.3 ft and weighing 71 kg has been installed by the Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB).
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said that Charkha symbolizes Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Self-Reliance and its installation at Srinagar Airport on Republic Day is a befitting tribute to Bapu and to all the great freedom fighters of India.
“Charkha was made a symbol of economic self-reliance by Bapu in 1918 and became an important part of Swadeshi and Indian Independence movement like Non-violence, Satyagraha and Civil Disobedience”, he added.
Terming the occasion as historic, the Lt Governor said that the Charkha at Srinagar airport will inspire us to encourage greater public participation in the development framework of the UT and to meet the needs of the people by optimally utilizing our social capital and other resources.
“Today, when our country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav and moving steadily towards the fourth industrial revolution, I believe Charkha will serve as a symbol of Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and will inspire the citizens of the UT and all countrymen to work towards building a self-reliant J&K, and a self-reliant India”, the Lt Governor remarked.
The Lt Governor observed that J&K is making great strides in fulfilling the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of AtmaNirbhar Bharat and keeping with this spirit, continuous efforts are being made for the revival and conservation of Khadi, Rural Arts & Crafts, besides expanding their reach to the international market.
Hon’ble Prime Minister’s slogan – ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion’- has gained greater popularity and now international designers are using Khadi in New York and London fashion shows, he further added.
The Lt Governor also called for collaborative efforts to preserve the identity of the world-famous handicrafts, art and culture of Jammu and Kashmir, on the occasion.
Highlighting the initiatives taken by J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) to create livelihood generation opportunities for the people of the UT, the Lt Governor said that in the last three years, 11,978 units have been established under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program and 1,803 units have been established under the Rural Employment Generation Program, besides 4,904 units have also been established for the deprived sections and women.
“Under all these schemes, about 1,50,000 people have been provided with viable employment opportunities”, he noted.
The Lt Governor congratulated Dr Hina Bhatt, Vice-Chairperson, Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board, and the members and officials of KVIB on this historic occasion.
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