Habibullah Mir was a police driver who died in a militant attack in April 2002. His wife died of cardiac arrest, six months later. Their son Tahir was appointed a class-IV in education department. In last few years, Mir emerged a young man against police registered 13 case and eventually arrested him in PSA. He enrolled himself in University of Kashmir’s MERC but days ahead of his first semester examination, he was arrested. Last week he was driven to the university in handcuffs for his examination. Interestingly, he was not unchained as a cop sit with him on the bench, holding him literally. Interestingly, his sister is also enrolled for a post-graduation course in the same university.


It is perhaps the first killing of a soldier in Kashmir that has triggered a massive debate in virtual world. Ummar Fayaz Parray, a resident of Sudsanu in Kulgam, joined army after completing his studies in JNV Islamabad and later JNU. His farmer father said he never knew “becoming an officer”, as son had told him in 2012 when he appeared for NDA examinations, would cost his life. Posted in Rajouri, Ummer would rarely come home but the marriage of his cousin in Batpora Matribug, he could not avoid. He had driven directly to the village and not his home. At 8 pm, three men came and kidnapped him. Next morning his bullet ridden body was found in Herman, almost six kilometres away. Born on June 8, 1994, he formally joined Rajputana Rifles in December 2016. His village has one militant who died in 1990. He also belonged to Parray clan.


A 25 year old woman, who police alleges is a “habitual offender” and detained earlier in Punjab for theft and narcotics, has accused police of using worst tactics of torture. On April 25, she was summoned by police to Kanachak station in Jammu and arrested for theft. Next day, she alleged, her husband was also arrested. During interrogation, the SHO Rajesh Sharma and his colleagues, stripped her and shoved a beer bottle into her private parts, she told the court. The police have constituted SIT to investigate the embarrassing case. Doctors have found 11 injuries on her body.


J&K got its first organic foods stone in Channi Himmat. Promoted by Sarveshwar Overseas, the Nembark brand products store was formally thrown open by Haseeb Drabu, state’s finance minister. The store offers a variety of items that it grows within the 10,000 hectors of land that is organically cultivated in Kashmir, Jammu, Hiamachal and UP. Sarveshwar is the only major ricer exporter from J&K that sells basmati and any other products to EU and American markets. Off late, the company is trying its bit in marketing Kashmir’s fragrant rice crops as well.


The UN Human Rights Organisation has not taken the ban on internet and social networking websites kindly. It has termed the action as collective punishment. Since April 13, the UN arm said India blocked access to 22 websites and applications, including WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, and besides suspending 3G and 4G data services for mobile phones and other devices. “The scope of these restrictions has a significantly disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir, undermining the government’s stated aim of preventing dissemination of information that could lead to violence,” UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye said. “The internet and telecommunications bans have the character of collective punishment and fail to meet the standards required under international human rights law to limit freedom of expression.”



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