10KT01A.qxd 11/9/2013 10:47 PM Page 1 THE BONG CONNECTION sunday | november | 10 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE BITING CHILL: VALLEY REELS UNDER RALLY: CYCLE RALLY FROM KU TO Þ PAGE 2 JAMIA MILLIA FLAGGED OFF Þ PAGE 2 INTENSE COLD After essaying a role based on Ekta Kapoor in a television show, Pooja Gor will now be seen in the up and coming story of the show Yeh Hai Aashiqui that is telecast on Bindas. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY 14.9°C 2.4°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Case reopened 6 months ago, no statement recorded yet ■ Family questions investigation, mulls approaching High Court for a Special Investigation Team to be set up Ishfaq Tantry/TNS Srinagar, November 9 Even as investigation into the alleged suicide of a Baramulla schoolboy was ordered to be reopened six months ago, so far, no statement of the witnesses has been recorded despite the passage of a lot of time. In the wake of the slow and tardy pace of investigation, the family of the deceased is now contemplating approaching the High Court with a plea for probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). Panveer Singh, a Sikh stu- dent of Baramulla Public School, had died on September 3, a week after he allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off the second floor of his school building following alleged harassment at the hands of the school authorities. The family had alleged that the police had remained silent when it came to initiating action against the school authorities, adding that it (police) had failed to record the boy's dying declaration at the hospital for at least four days. Though the police had reg- istered an FIR into the boy's death under Section 325 (blunt injury) and 306 (abetment to suicide), the family had been insisting on adding Section 302 (murder). Besides, the family blamed the school authorities for negligence, alleging that even after having jumped off the school building, the boy kept lying on the school premises for half an hour and the school authorities failed to provide him with medical help. The police, in its latest status report before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Bara- SCHOOLBOY’S DEATH mulla, has disclosed that the investigation in the case has been reopened after it was closed as untraced and a final Ikhtitami submitted in the court of law. "Investigation in the case has been reopened and entrusted to the undersigned in pursuance of the order dated May 8, 2013," Deputy Superintendent of Police, headquarters Baramulla, has submitted in his latest status report before the CJM Baramulla. Stating that the case file was perused, the IO (DSP) has admitted that the then SHO Baramulla Javed Ahmad, who previously investigated the matter, had not recorded the boy's statement during the time he was admitted in the hospital. "The boy had sustained injuries on August 25, 2012 and was admitted in District Hospital Baramulla, but his statement was not recorded by the IO. Recording of the statement would have ordinarily and automatically resulted in culmination of investigation in the case on merit on the very first day," the DSP headquarters stated in his status report before the CJM, adding that the case is presently under investigation and statements of some witnesses are being examined. "In the case, the statements of the complainant and his spouse are required to be recorded under Section 164A of CrPC. Besides, statements of some of the boy's classmates are required to be recorded for concluding the investigation on merit," he further submitted. Questioning the delay in recording of the statements, the boy's family is now plan- ning to approach the High Court with a plea for probe by an SIT. "More than six months have elapsed since the case was reopened. However, the police is yet to record the statements," said advocate Karnail Singh Wazir, who is representing the family in the matter. Stating that they are not satisfied with the investigation so far, Wazir added that the family is planning to approach the High Court. "So far, no arrests have been made in the matter. We seek a probe by the SIT," he said. Unidentified man found dead in Srinagar Srinagar, November 9 The police today recovered the body of an unidentified man from Srinagar's outskirts and sought information from the public to help in its identification. A police spokesman said the body was recovered on Saturday morning near a bridge in Bemina on the city's outskirts. The deceased is wearing grey trousers and grey sweater and the body is at police post Bemina for identification, said the spokesman. The police has sought information from the public to identify the deceased. — TNS Insensitivity, irresponsibility comes across in Maths paper fiasco: PDP Tribune News Service BANNER OF PROTEST: Members of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers’ Association, Kashmir province, protest in support of their long-pending demands at the Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Employees Joint Action Committee joins hands with Jammu chapter for protests ■ Punitive action against 200 employees by the state government triggers resentment Bismah Malik Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 9 With the move in Civil Secretariat to the winter capital, Jammu, state government employees are planning a fresh agitation in Jammu, consultations for which will be held between the Srinagar and Jammu chapters of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC). The bid for protest rally from Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir office, was foiled today by the police from ❝ Nearly 200 employees from these departments were either suspended or punitive action was taken against them since they joined the EJAC protests on October 4 and 5. This government does not even give the public department employees their rights to protest and express concern. We are already working in close coordination with the Jammu wing of EJAC and a state-wide agitation will follow❞ — FAROOQ AHMAD TRALI, SENIOR EJAC MEMBER near Kothi Bagh and Shaheed Gunj police stations. Around 50 employees including EJAC president Abdul Qayum Wani were later detained in Kothi Bagh police station. There was resentment with regard to the recent punitive action taken against employees of Agriculture and Education departments by their respective heads of department for remaining absent on October 4 and 5. “Nearly 200 employees from these departments were either suspended or punitive action was taken against them since they joined the EJAC protests on October 4 and 5. This government does not even give the public department employees their rights to protest and express concern. We are already working in close coordination with the Jammu wing of EJAC and a state-wide agitation will follow,” Farooq Ahmad Trali, a senior EJAC member, told The Tribune. He added that on the directives of State Chief Secretary and General Administration Department, the two departments took the extreme step of punishing their employees. Trali said since the state government seems to be in no compromising position over the issue, the demands of the employees remain the same. The employees' demands include release of arrears recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, removal of pay anomalies and regularisation of daily wagers and casual workers working in various government departments. The other demands are inclusion of five years of contractual service of Rehbar-eTaleem (ReT) teachers in the service book and regularisation of education volunteers after seven years of service. Srinagar, November 9 Accusing the Omar Abdullah government of deliberately putting the brakes on careers of students, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said the Common Entrance Test (CET) goof-up earlier in the mathematics paper for class XII students which has spelt torture for them is enough to indicate the intentions of the rulers who are "hellbent on destroying our future generations". Demanding immediate re-examination of students who were provided out-ofsyllabus question paper in the Mathematics paper, the party's chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said happening of such things time and again is an unhealthy trend with dangerous consequences. "It shows the height of insensitivity and callousness of the authorities, who, instead of learning from their past mistakes, are resorting to it again. Needless to say, 10+2 is an important stage in students’ academic career; after that, they (students) go on to choose different career options. Providing out-ofsyllabus question and knotty question paper is akin to stopping their future advancement,” said Akhtar. The J&K government on Unidentified body found in Anantnag Our Correspondent Anantnag, November 9 An unidentified male body was recovered by the police on Friday evening from Anchidora area of Anantnag town here in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police reports said. According to police reports, some locals intimated the police about a body lying in Lazibal neighbourhood of Anchidora. “A team was sent to the spot and the body was recovered,” said a senior police officer from the area. He said the deceased is yet to be identified; initial investigations have put the age of the slain person at about 60 years. “Photographs of the body have been circulated along with our phone numbers to get the body identified,” said the police officer. Meanwhile, the officer said the body had been kept at the District Hospital Anantnag for identification and other medical formalities. “We have registered a case and an investigation has been initiated,” said the police officer. The police has come up with the request that anybody with any information regarding the case should contact the Police Control Room (PCR), Anantnag. Friday had ordered a probe into allegations by Class 12 students that the recently held Mathematics paper was tough. “Though there is need for investigation in the matter by some independent agency, foremost importance should be given to raising confidence of the students in the system, which can only be done by meeting their demands,” the PDP spokesman said, adding that “by refusing to conduct fresh examination in the paper, the authorities are resorting to arrogance.” “The grave mistake has disturbed innocent students both mentally as well as academically,” said Akhtar. 2 men injured in bear attack in Budgam Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 9 Two persons were injured in a bear attack in central Kashmir's Budgam district, the police said today. The two were injured on Friday evening at Khag village in Budgam when they were attacked by a bear, said a police spokesman. The police identified the two as Mohammad Ramzan and Abdul Rehman, both residents of Khag. The duo are critically injured and have been admitted for treatment at a hospital in the city here. Teenager killed, one injured in road accidents Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 9 A teenager boy died and another was injured in two separate road accident across the valley, police today said. Ashiq Hussain Mir (14), a resident of Zagoo village, fell off from a tractor yesterday late evening and died on the spot in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, a police spokesman said. In another accident, a tanker collided with a tipper at Guriwan village near south Kashmir’s Bijbehara ❙ Ashiq Hussain Mir (14), a resident of Zagoo village, fell off from a tractor late Friday evening and died on the spot in central Kashmir’s Budgam district ❙ A tanker collided with a tipper at Guriwan village near south Kashmir’s Bijbehara town, resulting in injuries to the tipper driver town, resulting in injuries to the tipper driver, said the spokesman. The injured was admitted to hospital for treatment. SNOW LINE: With the winter setting in, upper reaches on Mughal Road are covered with a blanket of snow in the Pir Panjal ranges in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR
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