Briefing

BUDGAM

J&K Bank is normally the target for the money. But for a change, they wanted to take away a weapon. Again for a change, they failed. CCTV footage shows them trio, the attack and their failure. The cop, Farooq Ahmad Dar, not only protected his weapon but tried chasing him. BJP minister Sham Choudhary and legislator Ravinder Raina drove to his police station and gave him Rs 22,000.

MALANGPORA

At the peak of cow vigilantism, Deputy Chief Minister and top BJP leader in the state, Dr Nirmal Singh drove to Nagha Bhaji Sahab in Malangam (Bandipore) on August 8, 2017 for prayers and praised Sufism as the path to bring peace in the world. He said Kashmir is the abode of great Sufi saints whose teachings have always preached mutual coexistence, brotherhood and peace. Need of the hour, he said, is to follow the teachings of these great saints for leading an emancipated life devoid of strife and conflict.

PAMPORE

J&K’s Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) that was literally destroyed in a militant attack in February 2016, is reconstructed, up and running. Reconstruction cost  is Rs 11 crore. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti drove to Sempora campus to see the modern building that has more space and more facilities. She laid the foundation of Centre for Training & Skill Development and Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration, a project that would cost Rs 27 crore.

TRAL

The young boy from Saimoh village who was killed by pellets in Tral recently was found to be son of a soldier who had served the army for more than 20 years. The boy Mohammad Younus Sheikh was barely 16 years old. He was hit by a pump gun from a very close range and died almost instantly. The pellets were showered to disperse a protesting mob that had assembled after the killing of three militants in Gulab Bagh encounter. His father Abdul Khaliq Sheikh said he has served the army for more than 20 years. He is now working as part of a bank’s security.

SRINAGAR

At the peak of unrest when the hoards of pellet injured would drive into SMHS hospital, their prescription would carry number of codes. The reason: they said the policies identifying them from their medical records and registering cases against them. Some of them alleged that they were arrested later as well. But this crisis is giving some of them a lot of trouble. The government intends to support some of the injured who lost eyes. But they lack records to sustain their claim! There are almost 27 such cases.

SRINAGAR

Most of the concertina wires that police have purchased to manage Kashmir are worn out and unserviceable but still occupy the public space. Information accessed through RTI said the police have purchased 360 kms of the wires since 2014. Purchased for Rs 2.5 crore since 2014, almost 150 kilometers was purchased during 2016 unrest.

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