Briefing September 18-25, 2022



A few days after raising 36 locations across India, the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) arrested three persons for selling the SSB’s Police Sub Inspector examination papers. They are Raman Sharma son of Chuni Lal, a resident of village Nore in MairaMandrian area of Khour, posted as Selection Grade Constable (SgCt) in Jammu and Kashmir Police, Suresh Sharma son of Ram Lal Sharma, a resident of KainkJageer in Akhnoor, a tout and Jagdish Sharma son of Dhani Ram, a resident of Masyal Narayana in Khour, a Government teacher. They ate now being interrogated about who gave them the papers.

The raids have already created a casualty. Amid raids, Dheeraj Pangotra, a police constable died of a heart attack at his residence at Matto Khour (Akhnoor). His brother, Sunil Pangotra also had also been raided. Informed sources suggested that the paper-sellers had taken RS 20 to Rs 30 lakh from every beneficiary. The raids were carried out across Jammu, Srinagar, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Rewari, Gandhidham, Delhi, Ghaziabad and Bengaluru. Khalid Jehangir, who was heading the SSB when the racket surfaced was also raided at Srinagar and Jammu.

CBI has booked more than 30 people in the racket which led to the cancellation of three selection lists involving three lakh candidates and more than 1200 youth who were eventually selected. The accused include a gang domiciled in Haryana, some teachers of Jammu, and a few serving and retired personnel of CRPF, JKP and JKSSB.

The second round of raids carried out at 36 locations offers an idea of possible involvement. These include Khalid Jehangir and Ashok Kumar, then Chairman and Controller SSB, KD Bhagat, DySP District Police Lines (DPL) Jammu, Master Vijay Kumar, a resident of Panjtoot, Akhnoor and former PRO of ex-Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Raman Sharma, Selection Grade Constable (SgCt) Armed Police, Kewal Krishan alias Vicky, constable Armed Police, Sunil Pangotra, constable District Police, Amit Kumar Sharma, Pawan Sharma and Sunil Sharma, all constables in CRPF, Jagdish Kumar, teacher and resident of Akhnoor, Suresh Kumar Sharma R/o KainkJageer, Akhnoor, tout, Rakesh Kumar R/o MawaBrahamana, Akhnoor, tout and Thoru Ram and Sons, residents of Khour, Pallanwalla, all touts. In Bengaluru, raids were carried out at the premises of M/s Merit Trac Services Pvt Ltd, the agency involved in conducting written examination for Sub Inspector in Jammu and Kashmir Police while in Haryana, the premises of those responsible for the publication of papers and its subsequent leak were searched. House of Chartered Accountant Ajay Kumar Aron was raided at Rewari in Haryana. Those named in the FIR include the then Medical Officer, BSF Frontier Headquarters Paloura, then Member JKSSB, then Under Secretary and Section Officer of SSB, ex-official of CRPF, ASI of JKP, owner of a coaching centre at Akhnoor, a private company based at Bengaluru, and some private persons.

Jammu and Kashmir has lost around 100 forest officials while guarding the woods. Last week, two memorials were raised in their memory.


Tara Devi with Maharaja Hari Singh

Finally, the birthday (September 23) of Kashmir’s last monarch, Maharaja Hari Sing has been declared a holiday, thus accepting the demand of the BJP. LG Manoj Sinha while declaring the decision termed Singh as “a great educationist, progressive thinker, social reformer and a towering man of ideas and ideals”. The administration had dropped July 13, and Sheikh Abdullah’s birthday as public holidays.

Dhaka has imposed an export duty on Kashmir apples by 28 per cent, which would translate to a Rs 55 tax on every box. Kashmir exports around 12000 metric tonnes of apples to Bangladesh.


Sabrina Khalid was married in 2009 when she had passed her ninth standard. In 2022, when is mother of two daughters and a toddler son, she passed her matriculation examination with flying colour.

It is not uncommon in various Muslim countries that young girls to settle in life and get back to education at the secondary level. Last week, when Sabrina Khalid, a resident of Awoora (Kupwara), passed the matriculation with flying colours after mothering three kids, it was huge news everywhere. The housewife scored (467/500) 93 per cent parks in her class 10 examinations. A resident of Kupwara, Sabrina was married by her parents in 2012, when she was 15, a student of the ninth standard. Now, she is the mother of two daughters, aged 8 and 6, as her son is a toddler. With the family almost complete, she dusted her books after a decade-long hiatus and with the active support of her family. Her teacher husband (MSc IT) taught her mathematics and her three sisters-in-law – all graduates, guided her on other subjects. Her mother-in-law got her the Board form and she finally wrote her examination. “I am very proud of her,” Sajad A Dar, her husband said. “I was feeling bad but then her time has come.” As many as 25078 candidates had appeared for the biannual examination but only 8934 were declared successful.

Tribal Affairs Department (TAD) has established a 100-bedded hostel for girl students in Jammu. Meant for girls studying in colleges and universities, the hostel will have a bus service, modern furniture, quality accommodation, educational support system, WiFi facility, CCTV cameras, and a library.


Mushtaq Veeri, Rashid Dawoodi, Abdul Majeed Dar Almadni

In a new wave of arrests, the government detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) two prominent religious clerics – Mushtaq A Veeri and Abdul Rashid Dawoodi, besides, five alleged activists of the banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI). They were booked for their religious sermons that the government thinks are “intolerable”. They were called to the police stations, detained and taken out of Kashmir jails. Veeri is a prominent Ahli-Hadith scholar and Dawoodi is a Barelvi cleric. After August 2019, Veeri was earlier arrested as well. Others arrested include Abdul Rashid Dar al Madni, Faheem Mohammad Ramzan and Gazi Moin-ul-Islam Nadvi.

Jammu and Kashmir has registered 33690 cases of Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) and 22800 cattle have recovered fully.


Mohammad Abas of Shar Shali Pulwama arrested in case related to a stillborn baby in September 2022

The police in Srinagar have booked a person for allegedly attempting to throw his dead baby into the Jhelum river. This was a follow-up to a video clip – showing people dissuading him – that had gone viral. He was identified as Mohammad Abbas of Shar Shali Pulwama. The man told the police that the baby was stillborn and to save the inconvenience of carrying the dead baby back to his native village, he tried to dispose of the body in the river. The stillborn baby was later given a decent burial at his father’s village.

Three teenage boys were injured after an unexploded shell went off near an encounter site in Shirmal (Shopian). The injured were identified as Yawar Ahmad Bhat (18), Bilal Ahmad (15) and Kifayat Ahmad (13), all locals.


Bashir A Gagloo of Kursoo, Rajbagh, who headed RSS’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch, is in police custody along with many others in a fake job providing racket. Pic: JKP

In a sensational racket involving cheating people by accepting money in lieu of jobs, the police have arrested seven persons. The nexus is so deep that a Special Investigation Team of the police is working. The nexus surfaced with the arrest of Muslim Rashtriya Manch, an arm of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), office bearer, Bashir Ahmad Gagloo (Kursoo Ghat, Padshahibagh). Others arrested so far include Manzoor Ahmad Ganie (Barsoo, Ganderbal), Abdul Rashid Sheikh (Haran Ganderbal), Mohammad Abdullah Mir (Shilwat Sumbal), Nazir Ahmad Ganie (Divsar Kulgam), and Ashiq Hussain Baba (Babagund Rafiabad).

Police in Chanderkote seized Rs 9.60 lakh cash from Radhe Syam, son of Rachpal Singh of Vivekananda Nagar Sector 3 Pushpa Colony Sonava Ki Doongri Alwar Rajasthan who was sitting in the car along with 3 other persons.


Adil Teli, a Budgam cyclist who holds the record for K2K, a rare feat he achieved in March 2021.

Kashmir’s Guinness World Record holder, Adil Teli has broken yet another record by cycling from Leh to Manali in a record time. He peddled the high altitude, an arduous path from Leh to Manali in 29:18:21 hours, thus breaking the earlier record set in 2020. Teli said he did not sleep for all the 29 hours and even skipped the routine naps that were scheduled earlier. All through this record-making trip, Teli was accompanied by a seven-member crew. The 470-km journey was covered by Bharat Panu in 35 hours, 32 minutes, and 22 seconds on October 11, 2020. Now Teli holds the record for covering the same distance in 29 hours, 18 minutes, and 21 seconds. Teli, 24, is a resident of Narbal in Srinagar outskirts. He started from Leh on September 11 at 5:41 am. His Leh-Manali trip is expected to be his second major record. Earlier in 2019, he completed 440 km from Srinagar-Leh in 26 hours and 30 minutes. He is the current record holder for cycling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in record time.


Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha charing Administrative Council meeting at Srinagar on September 8,2022

More than 550 thousand domestic power consumers across Jammu and Kashmir will obtain the benefit of the Amnesty Scheme approved by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. This is aimed at recovering Rs 1800 crore after waiving off interest and surcharge of Rs 937 crore. The entire interest liability has been waived off. Consumers who will not repay the outstanding in 12 months will now be penalised.


Kashmir health administration has closed the operation theatre of privately run Ramzaan Hospital after two deaths were alleged owing to medical negligence.

The intervention came after Chief Medical Officer Srinagar took note of the death of a young lady, who died after a surgical procedure. The lady was admitted to the hospital on August 25, for childbirth but died. The family alleged medical negligence. On September 9, another similar case was reported. A woman from Naik Bagh, Nowgam, also died and the family alleged medical negligence. Again, protests broke out.


A brand new Sharda Peth temple is coming up at Teetwal (Karnah0 on the banks of Kishanganga river, barely at a stone’s throw from the Line of Control.

A temple and a Gurudwara on Teetwal, the last village on this side of Kashmir, are being rebuilt. The two praying spaces, reports said, were destroyed by tribals in 1947 and never reconstructed. When the resident of Sikh-dominated Tarboli village and the non-resident Kashmiri Pandits led by Ravinder Pandita decided to reconstruct the two spaces, the residents offered every support. It is a local Muslim who is supervising the reconstruction operation. The twin complex will be up at Rs 1.25 crore which a South Indian charity has provided. Gurudwara is almost complete and the temple is almost 70 per cent ready.


Ghulam Ali Khatana, an engineer from Bhathandi, Jammu, was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the President in September 2022

Gulam Ali Khatana, a BJP leader who kept a very low profile for years, has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. A trained engineer and a resident of Bathindi in Jammu, he has served BJP’s ST Cell and has the status of state spokesperson. His nomination to the Upper House has been made by filling a vacancy by the President on recommendations of the Government. Jammu and Kashmir lacks any representation in the Rajya Sabha and it did not participate in the election of the president because it lacks an assembly.

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