07052018-TT-01.qxd 06-05-2018 22:35 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, may 7, 2018 ! jammu & kashmir chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 3 no. 125 | 16 pages | ~4.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd BSF jawan kills 3 colleagues, self in Tripura Kailashahar (Tripura), May 6 A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan allegedly shot dead three colleagues with his service weapon before committing suicide early on Sunday at a border outpost at Maguruli in Unakoti district, police said. The officer in charge of Irani police station, Swapan Debbarma, said Constable Sishu Pal came to deposit his rifle to Head Constable Bijoy Kumar at 1 am after his duty got over and opened fire at Kumar, killing him on the spot. The border outpost is located 185 km away from state capital Agartala. “After killing Kumar, Pal fired indiscriminately to injure Constables Rinku Kumar and Rakesh Kumar Jadav. Both died later.” Sishu Pal, Bijoy Kumar and Rinku Kumar hailed from Jammu and Kashmir, and Jadav from Uttar Pradesh. — PTI 5 ultras, 5 civilians killed NEET job SHOPIAN GUNFIGHT Militants include 4 commanders, teacher Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 6 An assistant professor, who went missing two days ago and later picked up arms, and four militant commanders were killed in a gunfight on Sunday. Subsequent protests in south Kashmir’s volatile Shopian district left five civilians dead, marking another bloody day in the region. The five militants were killed in the gunfight at Badigam village when security forces raided the locality where they had taken shelter, Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Shesh Paul Vaid said. The police had made an offer of surrender to the mili- A candidate undergoes a security check outside the examination centre for the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in Bhopal on Sunday. Over 13 lakh students appeared for the exam at 2,225 centres across the country with stringent checks on dress code to avoid any malpractice. PTI PAGE 7 7 Indians abducted in Afghanistan Authorities blame Taliban, MEA in touch with Kabul for engineers’ rescue Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 6 Seven Indian engineers were abducted from northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan on Sunday morning. The men, as per unconfirmed reports, were travelling in a minibus when they were taken hostage by unidentified assailants near Bagh-e-Shamal village in Pul-e-Khomre city, the capital of Baghlan province. While no group has taken responsibility so far for the abduction, international news agencies quoted Baghlan authorities as blaming the Taliban. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Bagh- /thetribunechd lan province. We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained.” The abducted engineers are working for KEC, an Indian company with the RPG group that was awarded a contract in 2013 to erect a 220-KV transmission line between Chimtala and Kabul. KEC has collaborated with the government-run Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) that operates power stations in the war-torn country. RPG Group chairman Harsh Goenka reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on social media, seeking help for the rescue of the abducted men. With its over $2 billion assistance towards rebuilding Afghanistan, India is involved in several infrastructure projects, including construction of dams, highways and other buildings. An estimated 150 Indian engineers and technical experts are involved in various projects on the ground. Afghan media house Tolo news quoted Baghlan governor Abdulhai Nemati as saying that the Indians were mistaken for government employees and efforts were on to release them “through tribe elders and mediation”. Sources also, meanwhile, asked the media to exercise caution in reporting so as not to “hamper efforts at successful resolution of the crisis”. There have been instances of Indians getting kidnapped in Afghanistan in the past in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, with the release of hostages secured in most cases. In 2016, an Indian aid worker kidnapped in Kabul was released after 40 days. (With agency inputs) ❝ Our point of view is that namaz should be offered in the precincts of religious places like mosques and idgahs, and if there is shortage of space, at private places. Manohar Lal Khattar, HARYANA CHIEF MINISTER will do it. We are ensuring that harmony is maintained and there is no tension.” Claiming that instances of namaz being offered at public places had been on the rise, Khattar said: “We will try to convince the Muslims to offer prayers only at designated places. It’s alright if nobody objects. But if there are objections, we have to be careful... We are counselling them to offer namaz at desig- nated, not public places.” Organisations under the banner of ‘Hindu Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti’ have been trying to disrupt Friday prayers in Gurugram for the last two weeks, arguing that Muslims do not have the permission to offer prayers on roadsides, in parks and vacant land. They allege a bid to grab land to merge it with a mosque. — TNS Edit: Freedom to worship New Delhi, May 6 The traders’ body, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), has demanded that the government conduct a scrutiny of the proposed Walmart-Flipkart merger deal. Up in arms against the deal, they say it will encourage more predatory pricing in ecommerce, which is already facing malpractices. The traders’ body said it was unfortunate that even with a clear FDI policy, foreign companies were “finding an escape route”, whether in retail or e-commerce. “Same is the case of Walmart, which after failing to enter India in the retail sector through FDI, has chosen the e-commerce route, which will Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 6 First the Hoshiarpur land scam, and now Jalandhar. Land sharks are eying hefty compensation having bought chunks of land of the 380 acres the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) ‘intends’ to buy for a project to link National Highway-70 (Jalandhar to Mandi via Hamirpur) with National Highway-71 (Jalandhar to Rohtak via Sangrur). It plans a 29-km bypass running through Jandu Singha LACUNAE MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM ■ Jalandhar SDM Rajeev Verma, appointed as competent authority for the project, sought objections from landowners two months ago, but Senior Town Planner Jaswinder Singh says he has had no such intimation from the NHAI or the Jalandhar Revenue Department ■ He, therefore, cannot stop issuing CLUs for properties without receiving any such intimation from either the Revenue Department or the CALA, he argues ■ SDM Verma says the matter comes under the jurisdiction of the NHAI and Town Planning Department and that he is only to look into the compensation process village to Pratarpura via Jamsher in Jalandhar. Curiously, among the new landowners are those accused in the Hoshiarpur land scam. Their properties were ‘freezed’ by the Enforcement Directorate two days ago. But those bought by them on the Jalandhar stretch have not been touched, according to sources in the ED. After a notification under Section 3(A) of the National Highways Act, 1956, by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on February 27 this year, the NHAI published the khasra numbers of chunks of land it intended to acquire to construct the highway. The land mafia, not losing time, too initiated the process to get CLU (change in land use) certificate since commercial/residential proper- was underway following Saturday’s gunfight in which three militants were killed. The latest killings in Shopian have taken the conflictrelated death toll in the region to 14 since Saturday. It is the second bloody Sunday in Shopian since April 1 when 12 militants were killed in two gunfights in the district on a single day. The high casualty figures in Shopian have pushed the region to the edge and sparked a wave of anger. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in most of Kashmir’s districts, including the entire south Kashmir, as part of measures to contain protests. GUN NO SOLUTION, SAYS MEHBOOBA Srinagar, May 6 It was the first call of the day that Fayaz Ahmed Bhat received from his sociologist son, and the last ever. Bhat was still bleary-eyed at his residence in Chundana in Ganderbal when his cellphone rang early in the morning. It was his son Mohammad Rafi Bhat. “I am sorry if I have hurt you,” he told his father before he was gunned down in the Shopian encounter. The 33-year-old Rafi, a university teacher, had left home on Friday and joined Hizbul Mujahideen, the police said. The Jammu and Kashmir Police, which were monitoring all calls from the encounter site, quickly sent a team to Fayaz Ahmed Bhat, asking him to convince his son to surrender. The father, accompanied by his mother, wife and sister, started from their home. be quite harmful for the trading community,” it said. “Unfortunately, the government, despite knowing the intent and hidden agenda of companies like Walmart, is keeping its eyes and ears shut,” the CAIT said. “The Commerce Minister has no time to talk about domestic trade but is always prompt in meeting MNCs,” the traders’body added. The CAIT said it will soon knock at the doors of the government, including the Competition Commission of India, and if needed, shall not hesitate to move court. The CAIT demanded a regulatory authority for e-commerce and no such deal till it was set up. — TNS Land sharks eye Jalandhar bypass before acquisition Rachna Khaira day when he went missing. Shopian — one of the southern-most and prosperous districts of Kashmir valley which produces tonnes of apples — has provided a strong base for militants, who come from across the region to find safe shelter and popular support. The situation aggravated in Shopian as protests erupted in the district while the gunfight was underway and five civilians were killed by midday and more were injured as they made attempts to rescue the militants. The injured were rushed to hospitals across south Kashmir and to Srinagar as ambulances sped on deserted roads of the city, where a shutdown ‘I am sorry if I hurt you’: Slain Assistant Prof’s last call to father ❝ Khattar for offering namaz Traders’ body:Look at designated places only into Walmart deal Chandigarh, May 6 Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said the state was closely monitoring the law and order situation in Gurugram and adjoining areas, where there “has been a spurt in offering of namaz in public places”. He was talking to mediapersons before leaving on a tour of Israel and UK. The CM said as long as there was no opposition, the activity could be overlooked, but generally namaz should be offered in mosques and idgahs and not public places. Asked about the strategy to ensure law and order, he replied: “Maintaining law and order is our duty, and we tants, who declined it with gunfire. The slain militants included four local commanders and an assistant professor at a local university who had picked up arms only two days ago, a police official in Shopian said. The five militants have been identified as Saddam Paddar, Adil Malik and Bilal Molvi of Shopian, Tawseef Sheikh of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and Mohammad Rafi Bhat of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal. Except for Bhat, the four militants were local commanders, a police official said. Bhat had a doctorate in sociology and was teaching at the University of Kashmir till Fri- ties fetch compensation higher than agricultural land. Documents reveal that a registration deed for “3 marla” agriculture land was executed for Rs 12 lakh at Kot Kalan village on April 12. A CLU certificate was issued on March 12 to convert agriculture land into a hotel site in Kot Kalan. Another was issued on March 14 to raise a senior secondary school on agriculture land measuring 6 acres in Kapur village. A third one was issued to build a school on 5 acres of agriculture land in Talhan village. Mohammad Rafi Bhat They had barely reached Bota Kadal, 14 km from their home, when they learnt about Rafi’s end. “I am sorry if I have hurt you. This is my last call as I am going to meet Allah,” Rafi told his father, who recounted the conversation to the police. Rafi left the university on Friday and had been missing since. Reports had suggested he had joined the terror group but his father told the police he would never pick up arms. Fayaz Ahmed, an overground worker for a terror outfit in the early 1990s, had been keeping a strict watch on his son ever since he had tried to cross over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at the age of 18, but was caught and handed over to his parents. Two of Rafi’s first cousins, also involved in militancy, had died in 1990s. Meanwhile, fearing protests by students following Bhat’s death, the University of Kashmir has suspended classes on May 6 and 7. All exams have been postponed. Exams at Islamic University of Science and Technology have also been postponed. Several youth, who joined the militant ranks in a wave following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in 2016, have had a short life with some of them getting killed within a fortnight. — PTI/TNS Sunday’s deaths have brought a stark fact to the fore that gun, either way of a militant or that of security forces, is no solution for resolving issues... I appeal to the national leadership to display the statesmanship to get J&K out of the quagmire of killings. Mehbooba Mufti, J&K CM ALARMING: OMAR ❝ When educated, gainfully employed young men choose the path of militancy, it should serve as a wake-up call for those who have turned a deaf ear towards repeated pleas for dialogue with all stakeholders to find a solution to this quagmire Omar Abdullah, FORMER CM
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