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DETAINED: Five members of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (BSKS), a Delhi based organization, were detained for few hours for locking the main gate of J&K house for an hour. They were demanding increase in the duration of Amarnath Yatra to at least 120 days which for now is only 39 days. A police case has been filed against them.

ANNOUNCED: After the state government decided that Bungus will be opened as a major tourist destination, the Srinagar-based 15th Corps, Lt Gen Atta Hasnain announced that the place will soon be “cleared off”. The dumped landmines and other ammunitions would be removed and the place will be made safe for the tourists. For now 350 landmines have been removed from near the Wilgam camp.

DIRECTED: Division Bench of State High court directed the Commissioner Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD) and Vigilance Commissioner to submit the status of the FIRs indicted in the PIL within two weeks. The PIL filed by two social activists seek directions to the State Vigilance Organization (SVO) to file charge-sheets against high-profile accused in different corruption cases.

COMPLETED: The in-house inquiry committee of J&K cricket association (JKCA) has completed its preliminary probe into the recent multi-crore scandal in the association but has not disclosed its finding. The committee of six members headed by Arvinder Singh Mickey was formulated by Farooq Abdullah. It is said that during its investigations they got in touch with police besides accessing the documents of JKCA, and BCCI’s documents related to JKCA.

APPOINTED: Balwant Thakur, former Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages has been appointed as the first Regional Director cum Consultant of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). He is an acclaimed theater director who has presented his work on many international platforms.

REGISTERED: Police have lodged an FIR against Bilal Ahmad Nayak, a police constable for abducting Tasleema,16, a minor girl from her maternal uncle home. Bilal is from Ansoor, Kulgam district. An FIR has been registered in Police Station Damhal Hanjipora. The girl’s family demands that the constable should be suspended for his criminal conduct.

ADMITTED: Mohammed Younus Khan, who allegedly killed and buried the second husband of his former wife about nine month back at Kot – 10 kms from Kot-Balwal central jail – confessed before the police to having committed the crime. He took cops to the spot where he allegedly buried the body which was later exhumed in the presence of Rajesh Sharma, SP (rural). Police says that Khan and Ghulam Rasool, Zeenat’s second husband indulged in a scuffle where Khan hit him with the heavy stick in his head and he died.

REPORTED: Three suspected cases of chicken pox were reported from Kashmir Valley School, Humhama prompting the health department to send a team to assess the situation. The students were sent home while the health authorities confirmed infections among the three. The health officials described the situation as “not serious”.

ARRESTED: Manjeet Singh, son of Hari Ram Bhagat of village Drone in Prem Nagar was arrested after remaining absconding for eight years. Ram is accused of killing three people- Master Ghulam Nabi, his wife Sakeena Begum and servant Mohammad Azim – at village Chakrabati in November 2004. Their bodies were burnt by setting their house on fire, police reports say. Police says the motive behind the crime was to rob the family.

DIRECTED: The High Court directed Director CFSL Chandigarh to get the samples taken from Tufail Mattoo’s body, examined out of turn at the earliest to enable the Special investigation Team (SIT) to conclude the investigation into the case. The court, meanwhile, ordered SIT to submit the latest status of their investigation.

REVEALED: The army major who was involved in the recent clashes among military personnel in Leh has approached J&K police to register a case against a Sepoy for allegedly molesting his wife. Till now no case has been registered by the police, the Major has been advised to approach through proper channel. At least four army personnel were injured in the clash.

TRANSFERRED: Seeing the widespread public anger against the lack of infrastructure in G B Pant Hospital, two ventilators were transferred from SMHS and JLNM to the children’s hospital. Omar Abdullah, however, defended the move by saying that the ventilators were surplus to the requirement at SMHS and JLNM. In past five months about 360 infants died at G B Hospital.

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