Bollywood’s ‘bad boy’ Gulshan Grover who started his career from Rocky shot in Kashmir (1981) was shooting in Sonamrag for Malaysian film I Am Not A Terrorist last week. The film has cast actors from India and Malaysia and is perhaps the first film, with international cast, that is being shot in Kashmir. Wearing Karakul cap and Pheran, Grover continues to play a villain. Rahul Dev and Malaysian Muhammad Afiq Muiz are the star cast in the film that B S Uppal is producing. It is about a Kashmiri who lives in Malaysia and returns home to rediscover his roots. Incidentally Muiz’s grandfather was a Kashmiri.
Jammu even has wrestlers. Last week Ishaq alias Lalu of Bajrangi Akhara Jammu lifted the yearly Bhamag Kesari title by defeating Babba of Kot Bhawal in a tough 21-minutes fight at Sardabbar, Udhampur. The yearly Dangal, a feature for last 18 years, was organised by Indian Style Wrestling Association’s local chapter with state police, tourism and other departments. In 35 bouts, first was won by Ishaq and second by Amir Khan.
After successfully experimenting in case of Tufail Matoo, whose murder in police action is yet to be established, police crafted an interestingly unintelligent story to unmake the murder of Owais Bashir Malik. Initially the family pressurized and a boy was accused of running a love affair with Owais by masquerading as a female. They used sheep to explain how pariahs manage the meat. Finally, forensic laboratory trashed it all. When the family got to know, they were denied the report. In complete distrust, they run parallel investigations and traced a house where they believe Owais was murdered. Ishan Majeed and three Railway Protection personnel, currently in jail for murder, may eventually walk home with respect if family manages to solve the case on their own. Let the Forensics get the new report based on the blood samples they lifted from an under-construction Wanbal house.
She was transported to Kashmir by human trafficker Ranjit in 2014 and left to manage a family’s kitchen. The wages she might have earned were taken by the trafficker in anticipation leaving Binati, a young girl from Siliguri, to run away and eventually land in the psychiatric hospital. After the treatment helped her revive and become normal, two doctors from the hospital managed a contact with her family and they had a reunion last week. Ashok, her brother, and Bablu Ram, her cousin, visited her last week.
The disgraced police SI Iqbal Chaggata is cooling his heels in jail but exploits still make news. Iqbal, heading Khour police station, had “recovered” a girl who eloped with her boyfriend. In police station, Iqbal used an SPO Mamta Rani to get the bride to his bedroom where she was raped. Now, the victim and her husband revealed that Iqbal had taken huge money from both the “accused” and the victim to “help” them solve the issue amicably. In her maiden interaction with the media, the victim wept inconsolably while revealing her plight in Iqbal’s police station. State Police Chief has now taken a serious note of the incident that took place in October 2015 and was detected by media as the officer was still blackmailing the bride.
India’s Health Minister J P Nadda last week flew to J&K to lay the foundation stones for three small medical colleges, one each in Baramulla, Rajouri (Maria, Darhal) and Islamabad. Each 100 bed hospital would cost Rs 189 crore and will train 100 doctors a year. The three colleges were approved by Ghulam Nabi Azad when he was the union health minister. However, the two colleges in Doda and Kathua may have to wait.
93% Kashmiris have experienced conflict-ridden trauma; 400 thousand + meet the diagnostic criteria for severe depression and 70% + adults have witnessed sudden or violent death of someone they knew: MSF study