14KT01A.qxd 11/13/2013 10:40 PM Page 1 LOVING THE WHOLE ACT thursday | november | 14 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE EDUCATION: MINISTER FOR TOBACCOÞ PAGE 2 FREE SCHOOLS IN VALLEY Newcomer Roop Durgapal, who plays the role of Saanchi in Balika Vadhu, has made her mark in the role of a confused yet manipulative girl, who falls for Jagya and is eventully dumped by him. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY HEALTH: BANDIPORE HOSPITAL Þ PAGE 2 GETS AMBULANCES 14°C -3°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Muharram restrictions: Students bear the brunt Youth shot at in Bandipora Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 13 Restrictions under Section 144 in the wake of Muharram procession across Srinagar put hundreds of students appearing in various examinations in trouble today. Barbed wires were put on all connecting routes at Lal Chowk and the civil line areas, where local buses and other transport was restricted as a precautionary measure to stop Muharram processions across the city. Students who had to appear in their annual examinations complained that they were stopped by the CRPF personnel on their way and some of them could not reach their examination centres on time. “We had to reach college at 11am for our final external exams but there was no transport on the roads. I walked 2 km but had to return home as there was no public transport,” said Aliya Rehman, a student of BA II. The students also complained that the CRPF personnel on duty did not let Srinagar, November 13 An unidentified gunman fired at a youth in Bandipora today evening. He was taken to a hospital. The police said Mudasir Baba, 24, a resident of Barzulla in Bandipora, was shot at by some unidentified gunman around 6.30 pm. “One person Mudasir Baba has been injured by some gunmen. It is not clear yet who they were. We are investigating (the case),” DIG, North Kashmir, JP Singh said. Sources said there were allegations that the youth was injured by the special police officer of a local MLA. The MLA was in Jammu when the incident took place. Paramilitary soldiers deployed at Lal Chowk to stop the movement of Muharram processions in Srinagar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE STUDENT SPEAK ❝ We had to reach college at 11am for our final external exams but there was no transport on the roads. I walked 2 km but had to return home as there was no public transport❞ — ALIYA REHMAN ❝ I showed my university card to the security forces but they did not allow me to pass. It took me 20 minutes to convince them❞ ❝ I reached half an hour late and I did not have time to attempt questions. I was not even given extra time❞ — ADIL AHMED — AQIB FAROOQ them go easily and they wasted their time even after they produced their identity cards. “I showed my university card to the security forces but they did not allow me to pass. It took me 20 minutes to convince them,” said a Adil Ahmed, another student. Many students had to return home even after covering several kilometers on foot. Some internal and exter- PHOTOS: AMIN WAR nal exams were cancelled by the college authorities as the students from distant areas could not reach. Students of Class XII who had to appear for a political science examination today said some of them reached late to their centres and were not given extra time. “I reached half an hour late and I did not have time to attempt questions. I was not even giv- en extra time,” said Aqib Farooq, a Class XII student. Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Farooq Ahmad Shah, however, said, “We had already informed the people about the restrictions through newspapers and had also directed the authorities to allow the students and staff to go to their exam centers,” he said. “We had also talked to the J&K Board of School Education authorities but they couldn’t postpone the exams as it was not only in Srinagar but throughout the Valley,” he said. The students and office-goers had to face the same problems due to curfew-like situation in Srinagar city. Every year the local administration puts restrictions on Muharram as the procession is supposed to pass from Lal Chowk. Rights group Restrictions on Muharram procession tomorrow ■ Police uses tear smoke shells on processionists; advocate assaulted questions use of pentavalent vaccine Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 13 Taking note of the adverse events following the pentavalent vaccination in Kashmir recently, Delhibased civil rights group People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) has questioned the wisdom behind pushing the pentavalent vaccine in developing countries. In a statement , the group has said it will soon resale a detailed fact finding report on the adverse effects of the pentavalent vaccine in Kashmir, where eight infant deaths were reported between September and October following immunisation with this vaccine. “In Srinagar, eight infant deaths were reported between September and October in the press following immunisation with this vaccine. Soon after these reports appeared, a team from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Delhi, headed by Dr NK Arora of INCLEN (International Clinical Epidemiology Network), visited Srinagar to look into the deaths,” PUDR said in the statement. “While the final report of the team is awaited, their preliminary report has already stated that the children died of septicaemia and pneumonia and are unrelated to the vaccine. This conclusion fails to explain why or how the babies were administered the vaccine in the first place if they were seriously ill at the time of immunisation,” it said. “It was in this context that PUDR put together a team comprising public health experts, including clinicians, to look into these incidents,” PUDR secretaries D Manjit and Asish Gupta said in the statement. The team which was in Srinagar between November 8 to 10, visited some of the affected families and conducted a verbal autopsy of the infant deaths to look for antecedent illnesses as well as enquire about other adverse events (as per the Adverse Events Following Immunisation guidelines), the statement said. It also visited GB Pant Childrens' Hospital in Srinagar. “Public health professionals have repeatedly expressed concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of this vaccine. Sadly, they have been brushed aside by the health authorities,” PUDR said. Srinagar, November 13 The authorities have decided to impose restricts on Friday to prevent people from taking out Muharram processions on the day. Besides, more areas, including certain localities in Downtown Srinagar and Maisuma, will be brought under the ambit of restrictions on Friday. Condemning the police violence on the Muharram processionists, several separatist groups and religious organisation here have rued the ban on religious processions. Fearing law and order problem, the authorities had imposed strict restrictions in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar city today. The movement of civilians and vehicles in these areas was today severely restricted where the CRPF was deployed in strength. Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Shah said there would be restrictions in Srinagar on Friday also, which is the Youm-e-Ashoora, marking the culmination of the Muharram mourning processions. He also said the ambit of restrictions would further be increased towards certain localities in the old city area and Maisuma locality Police personnel beat mourners during a Muharram procession in Srinagar on Wednesday. PHOTO: YAWAR KABLI on Friday. “However, people would be allowed to take out the Zuljannah processions. Like last year, there is no addition or alteration in the orders on taking out the Zuljinah procession,” Shah told The Tribune. Religious processions banned since 1989 Before the eruption of militancy in Kashmir, a large ‘alam and tazia’ processions used to originate from the Guru Bazaar locality of Srinagar, which culminated Imambargah on the 8th of Muharram. Subsequently, the main Zuljanah procession was taken out on 10th of Muharram (Aashura) from the Abiguzar area near Lal Chowk. However, since 1989, these Murarram processions have been banned in Kashmir. To prevent the assembly of mourners on these days, the authorities had today imposed restrictions under seven police station areas. At multiple points, security forces had barricaded roads with concertina razor wires. They did not allow any civilian movement in these areas. Although most of the mediapersons, including photographers and videographers were allowed to move about in the restricted areas of the city and to reach the spots of coverage, many others were stopped from reaching the area of their duties. At some places, the policemen even did not honour the identity cards of some of the mediapersons. A senior police officer said there had been “no proper briefing” to the policemen on allowing the movements. Police action condemned Meanwhile, the police and paramilitary forces used force to prevent mourners from taking out Muharram processions at many places in Srinagar today. They used batons and fired tear smoke shells to disperse a group of mourners who tried to take out a procession in the restricted Shahid Gunj area of the city. During these processions, the police arrested scores of youths. In the Jehangir chowk area near the Exhibition crossing, the police bundled several youths in the security force vehicle and drove them away to the nearest police station. The youths had attempted to take out a Musharram procession and raised slogans. At many places in the restricted areas, scuffles were witnessed between the police and the precisionists trying to take out processions. Condemning the police action in a statement today, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq lead Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema and Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee said the ban on religious processions is unwarranted. In a separate statement, the Kashmir Bar Association has condemned the attack and beating of its members advocate Bilal Ahmad Bhat by police personnel at Tourist Reception Centre, where the security forces had barricaded the road. “The advocate was attacked and beaten up by the police constables without him being at fault and without any provocation when he was on his way to the court,” Bar said in the statement, while demanding an immediate action against the police and CRPF personnel responsible. 3 extortionists, two drug dealers arrested Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 13 The Baramulla police today arrested three extortionists and recovered an air pistol from their possession. A police spokesperson said on November 9, some unknown persons barged in the room of Mohammad Ansari, a resident of Kholagari, Bihar, at present living in Sheeri, and extorted two mobile phones and some cash on a gun point. “A case under Section 392, 506 of the RPC has been registered at the Sheeri police station and investigation has started. During the interrogation, the police rounded up a number of suspected persons of the area and after strenuous efforts, the Sheeri police arrested three persons involved in the extortion,” the spokesperson said. The three accused have been identified as Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat and Javid Ahmad Lone, residents of Sheeri. “The three were put to questioning, who confessed to the crime,” he said. The Sheeri police recovered an air pistol used in the crime and also recovered two mobile phones and cash from their possession. The Baramulla police apprehended two more drug peddlers in its drive against drugs menace in the town. Meanwhile, the Baramulla police arrested two drug peddlers during a raid at the Baramulla bus stand. The two arrested have been identified as Abdul Majeed Mir, resident of Bagh-e-Islam, and Nayeem Wani of Drangbal Baramulla, along with charas and spasmoproxvan capsules Excavation on Karewa lands continues unabated Fire damages eight shops, ■ Land mafia thrives as revenue authorities turn a deaf ear to the issue two houses in Bandipore Official take Farooz Ahmad Bhat Pulwama, November 13 Though the government had assured strict action against those involved in excavating the Karewa land, land mafia continues to loot and degrade this Kashmir in Pulwama villages. The excavation of the land is being done in the broad daylight without any interference from the Revenue Department of the district. The villages where illegal activity is being carried out include Malangpora, Lajoora, Puchal, Koil and Banderpora. Locals from these villages said the land mafia had excavated a large part of their land the extracts of which was being supplied to one for the premiere projects. They alleged that despite repeated pleas by the locals, the excavation was going on unabated. “There is no use of reporting the matter to the officials now as it seems that there is a nexus between the mafia and officials,” Alleging nexus ❝ There is no use of reporting the matter to the officials now as it seems that there is a nexus between the mafia and officials❞ ❙ The Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, Pulwama, accepted that a major part of the Karewa land had been levelled and said action would be taken against the guilty said Arshad Ahmad, a local from Lajoora. He further said the soil was being provided to the highway authorities of India which is providing millions of rupees to the mafia. Lashing out at the revenue officials, locals said the authorities were a witness to the excavation activity but were not acting. Accepting that a major part of the Karewa land had been leveled for the last few — ARSHAD AHMAD, A LAJOORA RESIDENT years, the Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, Pulwama, said stern action would be taken against the culprit. “I raided many areas but the tipper drivers and earthmovers fled the spot. We could not impound their vehicles as they had locked them, so we just removed their tyres,” Faesal said. The Karewa land has been shrinking ever since the railway project was approved in the state. The excavation activity started in the Galander area of Pampore and spread to the other areas thereafter. Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 13 At least eight shops and two residential houses were damaged in a fire that broke out in the main market place of Bandipore town last night. No injury or loss of life has been reported. The incident took place at around 1:30 am, the police said. The fire is believed to have occurred due to short circuit. The exact cause, however, is yet to be ascertained. Fire tenders immediately reached the spot to douse the fire. Residents alleged that lack of adequate number of fire tenders in Bandipore led to more damages to the property and other commodities. Reports said fire tenders were also brought in from Hajin, about 20 km away. The residents have demanded an adequate number of the fire tenders so that such incidents could be han- dled efficiently. Meanwhile, a government high school building was damaged in a fire incident at Watred in Budgam district of central Kashmir yesterday. The police said the rooftop of the building was completed damaged in the incident. In another fire incident, a residential house was partially damaged at Bhagwanpora in Srinagar. However, there was no loss of life or injury in the incident, the police added.
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