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Mohinder Singh was awarded 7 years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25000 for raping a Class 12th girl student. Singh is the father of two daughters so the court observed that it should be lenient in awarding him the punishment. In this case the trial took about 10 years.


Police seized 225 kg poppy straw and arrested 2 drug peddlers who were smuggling the consignment from Kashmir to Jammu. Besides, the Police have also seized the truck bearing fake registration number, in which the poppy straw was being smuggled in sealed apple boxes. Police have now registered a case under concerned sections and investigations are on.


Police fined at least 1100 smokers for violating COTPA (Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act) puffing at public places and recovered at least an amount of Rs 95000 from them in South Srinagar. The drive was launched against smokers at public places like bus stops, offices, hospitals and educational institutions etc. Meanwhile, the Pattan police have also recovered Rs 10,000 as fine under COTPA from offenders who were found smoking and using tobacco products at public places in Pattan.


Police have arrested Rajesh Kumar, a drug peddler and recovered 250 intoxicant capsules from his possession. Kumar is a resident of Sangrampur, Marh, Jammu. A case under FIR number 64/13 under Section 8/21 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered at Hari Market Police Post and investigation started.


Prof G M Bhat of Geology Department in Jammu University has been appointed as new Rector of Bhaderwah campus. He replaced Prof H A Malik. A formal order in this regard was issued by the University. The University also ordered appointment of Dr Prikshit Singh Manhas as Association Dean of the Department of Students Welfare in addition to his own responsibilities.


Sahil, 18, a motorcyclist was killed while Rahul, 16, pillion rider was injured when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with an alto car near Preetnagar, Jammu. The duo were rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu, where doctors declared Sahil as dead, while the condition of Rahul was stated to be out of danger. The Alto’s driver has been identified and a case under relevant Sections has been registered at Gandhi Nagar Police Station. Police investigations have also started.


Gangyal police arrested Surat Singh owner of Jagjeet gun factory which was sealed by Jammu district administration recently for being run illegally. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 and 5/25 Arms Act has been registered against him.


Police have foiled bovine smuggling bids and rescued 26 bovine animals, in two separate incidents, which were being illegally smuggled to Valley. In the first incident, police rescued 14 bovine animals near Nagrota and arrested two smugglers Fiaz Ali of Rangura and Zamil Ahmed of Narwal. In another incident, Police rescued 12 bovine animals on Jammu-Srinagar highway and arrested the smuggler Surdeep Singh of Suligam, Ramban. In both the case separate FIRs have been registered and police have started investigating.


Baramulla police arrested Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat and Javid Ahmad Lone, all residents of Sheeri, Baramulla, three extortionists, and recovered an Air Pistol that was used in the commission of the crime from them. As per the police records last week some unknown persons barged in the room of Mohammad Ansari at presently living in Sheeri and extorted two mobile phones and some cash at gun point. A case was registered and now stands solved as the trio have confessed to their crime.


Jammu and Kashmir Prisons Department organized annual Jail Superintendents Conference at KotBhalwal Jail. The conference was presided over by Director General of Prisons, K. Rajendra Kumar. The DG Prisons underscored the need to adopt modern technology for improving the security in the prisons as well as best prison practices. He said reformatory and rehabilitative programmes will be top priority of the department followed by welfare of staff besides infrastructure development.


State high court directed that no official of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) can dispose of his/her assets and asked them to hand over the property statement by next week or face Vigilance inquiry. It was directed while hearing a PIL on Srinagar Master Plan violations. The papers are asked to be submitted within a week’s time.


Bandipora police and 14 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army arrested Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh of Ashtang, Bandipora. Sheikh was arrested from a TATA magic vehicle during a naka checking and one pistol, one magazine and two grenades were recovered from his possession. Sheikh, a former militant, had given up the militancy and was living a normal life but had re-joined the militancy recently, police report says.


Police recovered an unidentified body of a 35 years old man at Donipora, Bijbehara. The body is lying in Sub-District Hospital, Bijbehara for identification. Police has started an enquiry under Section 174 CrPC in this regard to ascertain the cause of the death.


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