Enemy within

A group of youth, who shouted for Azadi and attacked a constable of Jammu & Kashmir Police ruthlessly on Srinagar-Baramulla highway last year, have turned out to be sons of the members of ruling National Conference (NC).

Early Times, a Jammu based newspaper, reported that the youth were caught in action on June 28, 2010, when the hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for ‘Sopore Chalo”. The group of youth attacked a constable of State police near Hokersar Wetland Reserve belong to family of the ruling party of the state.
About 29 people have been arrested on charges of attacking the Police constable and resorting to violence with an anti-national agenda in case FIR No: 159 of 2010. The key accused Umar Hamid Hanga, has turned out to be the son of a senior NC activist and right hand man of a cabinet minister.

Police has completed its investigation and a challan was produced separately in a court against the accused, who beat up the constable, but some of the key accused had been detained under PSA to prevent them from getting released.

Those detained under PSA are Umar Hamid Hanga son of Abdul Hamid Hanga resident of Zainakadal, Murtaza Manzoor Panzoo son of Manzoor Ahmed Panzoo resident of Maharaj Gunj, Farooq Ahmed Mir son of Ghulam Mohammad Mir resident of Parimpora, Muzaffar Jan Itoo son of Mohammad Yousuf Itoo resident of Safakadal, Shariq Lateef Bhat son of Mohammad Lateef Bhat resident of Mustafa Abad Zainakot and Mohammad Maqbool Sofi son of Mohammad Abdullah Sofi resident of Soura, have been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) and detained in different jails in Jammu.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has made it clear that he would agree to release detainees of Hurriyat and PDP but not the “enemies within”, even as a senior NC leader and minister applied maximum possible pressure for the release of the youth accused of beating up the policeman.

Costly escort
Five top separatist leaders have turned down the police security offered to them by the Jammu and Kashmir government after the Moulvi Showkat assassination. The five are JKLF chief Yaseen Malik, PPF chairman Fazal Haq Qureshi, Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Ahmed Shah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan. But they form a minority as opposed to those who have accepted the security cover.

Moulvi Farooq, Prof Abdul Gani, Moulvi Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Hassan Mousvi, Bilal Ahmed Lone, Hashim Qureshi and Sajjad Gani Lone have all been provided Z category security. Salim Geelani, Zafar Akbar Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam and Mohammad Yaqoob Vakil have been given Y category security.

 Abdul Hassan Mustafa, Moulvi Manzoor Hussain, Masoor Abbas Ansari, Tariq Anwar, Rafiq-ul-Haq and Sheikh Muzaffar, relatively unknown separatists have  also been  provided police security.

On March 22, Omar Abdullah stated in the assembly in reply to an opposition MLA’s cut motion that the government had spent Rs 24 Lakh on fuel of the vehicles provided to facilitate the movement of separatist leaders over a course of three years – 2008, 2009 and 2010.Giving details, Chief Minister said in a written reply that Government of Jammu and Kashmir had spent an amount of Rs 778,907 on the plain Gypsy vehicle and bullet-proof car provided by Security Wing of J&K Police to the senior separatist leader Maulvi Abbas Ansari from 2008 to 2010. Rs 168,511 was spent on the fuel of the police Gypsy vehicle provided to Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and an amount of Rs 2,58,022 was spent on the escort Gypsy vehicle and bulletproof car provided to another senior separatist leader Aga Syed Hassan.

It was also informed that Rs 276,360 was spent on the escort of Bilal Gani Lone and Rs 2,10451 on the one provided to Hashim Qureishi.  Sajjad Gani Lone, who unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections of 2009, has run an expense of Rs 438,920 on the escort Gypsy vehicle provided to him. Expenditure on the escort Gypsies provided to Saleem Geelani and Zaffar Akbar Bhat has been mentioned as Rs 176,898 and Rs 76,790 respectively.

Gun licence for sale
Former Sub-District Magistrate (SDM) of Mendhar Tehsil, Mukhtiar Choudhary has been arrested as the main culprit in the recently busted fake gun license racket. The racket was unearthed after guns and gun licences issued in J&K were recovered from criminals and mafia dons in different states like Gujarat, Maharatsra, Haryana and Rajasthan. Other suspects arrested are Tanveer Ahmed of Rajouri, Yaseer Qureshi of Darhal and Mohammad Qasim of Thanna Mandi.

The three were arrested by a Special Investigative Team (SIT) of police and their custody was handed over to Tulja police station of Pune.

Till now 2000 fake licenses have been seized in the country wide investigation, and all of these have been issued by Mukhtiar Choudary during his posting as SDM Mendhar and Assistant Commissioner (AC) Rajouri. For each license, it is alleged that he was paid between Rs 35,000 to Rs 50,000.

Huge cache
The income tax department raided 12 business and residential premises of a businessman – Jasbir Singh Anand and two builders namely C M Arora, Proprietor of M/s Arora Builders and Naresh Sabharwal, Chairman of Shivam Group and partner in Aerobera Luxury Apartments besides Sabharwal’s business units at Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

Several incriminating documents indicating huge evasion of tax were impounded during the searches indicating large-scale evasion of tax and subsequent investments in the real estate business. Gold ornaments and money was recovered even from water tanks atop roofs.

The premises of Jasbir Singh and his son Manjeet Singh Anand, which were raided by the IT sleuths, include Ashoka Chemists at Shalamar Road, Ethicare Laboratories at Gangyal and Aerobera Luxury Apartments while as premises of owner of Arora Builders – CM Arora include Corporate Hotel and Jaidev Mall at Bari Brahamana, Vishal Mega Mart at By-Pass and his residence at Gandhi Nagar.

Following the raids the businessman as well as the builders voluntarily came forward and surrendered a total of Rs 16.20 crore undisclosed income after the raids. While Naresh Sabharwal surrendered Rs 10 crore undisclosed income, Jasbir Singh Anand coughed up Rs 5 crore and CM Arora Rs 1.20 crore. This is for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that such a huge surrender was made by tax evaders following searches by the IT sleuths in their business and residential premises.

Not ruling out the possibility of realizing substantial amount of tax other than the amount surrendered by these tax evaders, sources said that Naresh Sabharwal, who is the partner of Jasbir Singh Anand in Aerobera Luxury Apartments being constructed at Channi Himmat, is also independently constructing 300 flats under the name and style of Stupendous Luxury Apartments in Amritsar and documents pertaining to investments in the same have also been impounded during the raids for detailed scrutiny.

The bank lockers of businessmen and builders, which were sealed during the raids, are yet to be opened and there is every possibility of IT sleuths recovering huge gold jewellery purchased by them using undisclosed income.

The mysterious disappearance
Suseel Raina, an 18 years old Kashmiri Pandit boy hailing from Chandrigam, Ashmuqam has gone missing since April 4. The boy had gone out to collect his BA Ist year marks card from Degree College Khanabal, Anantnag, and since then has not returned home.

Efforts by the police to locate the boy have been in vain. Police picked up a local Sikh boy for investigation, after he had claimed to having seen Susheel board a train in Budgam. The arrested boy later retracted the statement, and it turned out that he was playing a prank, police said.

The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon visited the residence of the missing Kashmiri Pandit boy and assured the family that all possible steps had been taken by the District Administration to trace him. Mehbooba Mufti, President PDP also jumped into fray and has urged the state government to trace the missing boy.

Badhrinath Raina, the father has sought the intervention of CM Omar Abdullah to trace his son.

Not complying
Admitting a petition alleging harassment and intimidation of former militants at the hands of police and security agencies the High Court issued a notice to the state government asking it to file objections within two weeks.

 The PIL has been filed by Abdul Qadeer Dar, President, Peoples Rights Movement (PRM), a group of former militants through advocate Parvez Imroz.

The petitioner has challenged the order in which Superintendent of Police Baramulla has directed SHOs of the district to file a proforma of active, released and surrendered militants. The petitioner termed the order illegal and sought its revocation.

Dar says that the refusal of PRM members to comply with the orders has annoyed the police, who have since then resorted to harassing them. The petitioner alleges that former militants were being deprived of No Objection Certificates for ordinary government jobs. Dar also alleges that security agencies have been compelling former militants-he estimates the number to be 30,000 – to work for counter insurgency operations.

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