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Govt action to be based on probe report on death of Burhan’s brother: Nirmal Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday said the government action on the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani’s brother will proceed “as per the outcome” of the probe into his death and an FIR has been registered in this connection.His comments came amid protests by several organisations over the PDP-BJP coalition government’s decision to compensate the family of Khalid Wani, who was killed in an “encounter” with the Army in Pulwama district on April 13 last year. Singh said an FIR has been lodged and “whatever be the outcome of the probe, government will act accordingly”. “There is a law of the land applicable to it. Whatever be the outcome of the investigation, action would be taken as per that,” Singh told reporters at a function here.”If it is proved that he was a terrorist as the FIR has been lodged, action would be taken as per that,” he said replying to a question on giving compensation to Khalid’s family. Khalid’s brother Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces on July 8, and his death had led to months-long protest in the Valley in which 86 people died. Asked about the impact of Union government’s move to demonetize old high-value currency notes on unrest in Kashmir, Singh said the exercise has “badly-hit” terrorism and ‘hawala’ transactions, which is believed to support the militancy.”That is why the terrorists are engineering cases of looting of money from the banks because they are facing dearth of money,” he said, adding that the government was making “full security” arrangement to ensure such incidents do not recur. “There is a dip in smuggling of weapons from Pakistan. They are frustrated by the demonetization,” he said. He asked Hurriyat leaders and other separatists to think “positively” so that normalcy returns and added that shutdown by separatists is “causing loss to everyone,” he said.

Jammu: Injured in Pak firing, 14-month-old girl battling for life

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Undergoing treatment for severe neck, spinal and abdominal injuries at a hospital here, 14-month-old Pari is a testimony of the “barbarism” unleashed by the Pakistan Rangers on unarmed civilians on the Indian side.The girl has lost her grandfather, an aunt and two cousins in the cross-border shelling by Pakistan on her village in Rangoor Camp on November 1. She underwent a life saving surgery at the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital on Wednesday.”At this tender age she is unable to understand what tragedy has befallen on the family. Her parents were also injured in the Pakistani shelling,” Baljeet Kumar a relative of Pari said.Doctors attending to Pari said she received severe splinter injuries in the neck, spine and abdomen. Some portions of her intestines were also damaged. She has been operated for “Exploratory Latropomy” and has been placed under observation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).While Pari is battling for her life in the hospital, her father, Rakesh Kumar, who was also injured in the attack, is recuperating in the same hospital.”The attack on our village was sheer barbarianism unleashed by the Pakistani Rangers. They continued to pound our village for several hours, without giving us any time to run for safety. Pari is a living testimony of all this,” Geeta Kumari, another relative of Pari, said.”Pari’s father has not been able to see her. He is injured in the leg. We had to lift him on our shoulders so that he could perform the last rites of his father,” Kumari said.People across Jammu region have been praying for early recovery of Pari as she has become a symbol of the agony and pain being faced by the border residents across the region due to the continuous firing from across the border.Rishab (7) and Abhi (5) were among the eight killed in the cross-border firing in Ramgarh sector of Samba district.”These kids had no idea of what cross-border firing is.Their life was cut short by the madness of Pakistan which deliberately targeted the civilian areas,” Pardeep Kumar a relative of another injured border resident said.Terming the attack on civilian areas the “height of barbarianism”, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said it is insane that small kids are targeted by the Pakistan.”It is barbarianism on part of Pakistan to target kids.Pakistan is a rouge state which attacked villages and killed eight civilians and injured scores others including Pari,” he said.Singh also said the Jammu and Kashmir government will take care of all medical expenses incurred for the treatment of the firing victims and will ensure that Pari gets the best possible medical care.

Kashmiri girl was detained at IGI Airport on basis of ‘suspicion’: Nirmal Singh

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Saturday said that the police must have had detained the Kashmiri girl, who was travelling to Srinagar from Dhaka on the basis of suspicion.’I am not aware of it if the security forces had stopped them, they must have done it based on some suspicion. They did not get anything and she was released later on,” Singh told the media here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kashmiri medical student was yesterday detained at the IGI Airport in Delhi after the security staff claimed they saw ‘carrying bomb’ written on her check-in luggage.The girl, a resident of Rajbagh in Srinagar, was taken to the police station at the domestic airport and put through an hour-long joint interrogation by the police and intelligence agencies. The girl and her three friends were travelling to Srinagar from Dhaka via Kolkata and New Delhi. The parents alleged that luggage of the girls was checked at Bangladesh and Kolkata, but questions were only raised by officials at the Delhi airport. The parents have taken up the issue with the Jammu and Kashmir government, which is in touch with the Delhi Police.Earlier responding to a tweet about the detention of the girls, National Conference working president Omar Abdullah wrote, “What is the reason for their detention? Can you please share some more details?”

NIT Srinagar unrest: ‘Anxious’ parents fear safety of children; Deputy CM says those responsible will not be spared

The situation in Srinagar’s National Institute of Technology still remains tense as the anxious parents are not able to contact their wards despite assurances from the newly-formed Jammu and Kashmir Government and the Centre.Kuldeep Rajan, the father of one of the NIT students, told ANI that the children are stuck in the campus for the last ten days, adding that they are not feeling safe.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The FIRs lodged against the students are absolutely wrong. They are committing atrocities on our children. Neither the state government is doing anything nor the Centre. Our children are stuck there from the last ten days. There are no proper facilities of food and water,” he said.
ALSO READ Video war erupts in NIT ask Jammu and Kashmir government orders probe”They are really scared. We want that their demands should be accepted. They have even cut down the internet connections. We are not even able to contact our children,” he added.Parminder Kaur, the mother of one of the other students, said that she is so worried about the safety of her child that she is having sleepless nights. “We are very worried about the safety of our children. We just want the administration to ensure their safety. We want their demands should be met,” she said.Deputy CM says those responsible will not be sparedMeanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh assured that the students at the varsity are safe and will be unharmed, while asserting that those responsible for attacking the students will not be spared.Speaking to ANI, he said that the controversy surrounding the issue of ‘Kashmiri versus non-Kashmiri students’ was redundant as there was no such issue prevalent.”NIT is an institution and the BJP believes that there should not be any political interference there, that’s why the HRD is dealing with their academic and other issues including their safety. A magisterial enquiry is underway into the lathicharge on students and report will come in 15 days, following which all those police officials responsible will be punished,” Singh said.Assuring complete security, he added that troops of CRPF and senior officers from the Jammu and Kashmir Police were deployed inside the campus and were constantly monitoring the situation.”As a Deputy Chief Minister, I assure the complete safety of the students and I am taking a personal interest in the matter. I had gone to Srinagar yesterday and I will be going there today as well to take stick of the situation,” he added.

NIT Srinagar clashes: Was misinformed about lathicharge, cops involved will be punished, says Dy CM Nirmal Singh

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal on Wednesday said that he was misinformed about facts relating to the lathicharge of the students at NIT and that police who resorted to the action will be punished Srinagar, reports NDTV.The Deputy CM said that police personnel who were involved in the lathicharge will be punishedSingh had said yesterday that there was a ‘mild lathicharge’ for which he received a lot of flak on the social media and . but today he said that he was misinformed and hence he used the word mild.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday night, close to 500 students marched towards the main gate of the college carrying the national flag. The state police charged at them with batons and took their flag. The Deputy CM has promised that the tricolour will returned to them. Jammu and Kashmir has its own flag and the national flag is hoisted in government buildings and public places.”Every student has the right to hoist the national flag, raise the slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai, but the question is whether such situation should be allowed to occur when there is a clash between the students…when students go out and there is a clash with the local population… because you know that all these sensitivities are there due to unfortunate campaigning by our opposition parties especially the separatists,” said Mr Singh.The National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus in Srinagar had on Friday witnessed clashes between local and outstation students over India’s defeat in the semi-final match in the World T20 cricket tournament. After the clashes, the NIT authorities had shut down the institute which was reopened yesterday.Unrest was witnessed again later in the day at NIT campus, with outstation students expressing a sense of insecurity and attempting to leave the campus, leading to a confrontation with police which resorted to lathicharge in which some were injured.With the situation being tense, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were last night deployed at campus and Jammu and Kashmir government assured full security to the students from other states studying here.With agency inputs.

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