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ENGAGED: The Election Commission is planning to engage 50,000 to 60,000 government employees including 900 Gazetted Officers in the upcoming state elections, which are scheduled to take place in mid April to ending May. Increasing the number of polling stations by 173, Commission would set up at least 9650 polling stations for all six Lok Sabha constituencies in the State.

KILLED: Wasim Ahmed Bhat, hailing from Dogripora, Pulwama, a militant of Hizbul Mujahedin outfit, was killed during a joint operation of Special Operations Group (SOG) and Army. Pertinently, Bhat was involved in an encounter at Sopore in which a SOG personnel, Kafeel Ahmed, was killed as well and three others were injured after militants hurled a grenade at them. Police sources say an SOG party raided house of Mushtaq Ahmad Dar in Chankhan Sopore this morning.

RECEIVED: Sadam Hussain, son of Talab Hussain of district Poonch, a six year old, received burn injuries at his home under mysterious circumstances. He was rushed to nearby hospital and later referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Jammu, where he is undergoing treatment.

FOUND: Babli Devi, 24, wife of Sulinder Singh of Hunga, Bhaderwah was murdered by her in-laws over dowry issue, the deceased’s family claim. The body was later shifted to Sub District Hospital, where after autopsy it was handed over to legal heirs for last rites.  A case under relevant Sections has been registered at police station Bhaderwah and the husband of the woman has been arrested for questioning. Deceased’s father, Lal Singh, along with relatives and villagers held a protest demanding strict action against the culprits.

CONFERRED: Gurman Singh, son of Anand Singh of Rajpur Bhatta, tehsil Nowshera, district Rajouri, who is working as research scholar in HNB Ghagwal Central University was conferred with Young Scientist Award in Zoology by Uttrakhand State Council for Science and Technology. The award was presented to Gurman Singh by Minister for Science and Technology Uttrakhand. He was given award for working on the fish diversity and their conservation and management in Upper Ganga River System.

SEIZED: District police Samba has seized 32 boxes containing 1140 bottles of illegal liquor from a load carrier at Ghagwal, Samba. The police seized the liquor and arrested the two smugglers Ajay Kumar, son of Khajan Chand of Kathua and Rakesh Kumar, son of Thoru Ram also of Kathua. The duo was booked under concerned section and a case is registered against them. Police said that preliminary investigations reveal that the liquor bottles belong to a wholesale Wine dealer, Ajeet Kumar, in Kathua and further investigation is going on.

HANGED: Mohammed Hanief, 30, hailing from village Sirla, Reasi, committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence. His mother raised alarm once she saw his body hanging from a wooden support and neighbours and family members rushed there. They shifted Hanief to hospital where he was declared dead. The police registered a case and started investigation. The woman told police that Hanief was alone in his house and his wife had gone to her parent’s house.  The police sent body for post-mortem and later handed it over to the family.

ACQUITTED: Usha Rani, wife of Baljinder of Ludhiana and Rani, wife of Sat Paul of Hoshiarpur, who were facing trial for smuggling of poppy straw were acquitted as no witness supported the prosecution. On this, a case was registered and after completion of investigation challan was presented in the court of law. On December 12, 2011 the accused moved an application for confessing their guilt and their statements were also recorded in support of it in which they admitted all the allegations made against them in the challan.

FAILED: Former army Chief General VK Singh failed to appear before a Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council panel this week over his controversial remarks against state’s mainstream politicians. Following this, fresh summons were issued to him seeking his presence on January 22. Singh failed to appear before the Privileges Committee to explain his position on his allegations that mainstream politicians in the state were paid by the Army, prompting the panel to issue summons to him through the Haryana DGP.

FAILED: Despite passing of 50 days, police have failed to locate whereabouts of Romaan Amin Ganai, 15, resident of Jandwal, Pulwama, who went missing in New Delhi. On the day he went missing he was accompanying his father to sell fruits at Azadpora. Delhi police have registered an FIR in Mahindra Park police station but so far no traces of the boy have been found. The family has approached different politicians, in state as well as in New Delhi, but all in vain.

SLIPPED: Ghulam Muhammad Joo, a resident of Brain, Nishat, died after the car, driven by his son Abdul Gani Joo, fell into Nigeen Lake at Chowdary Bagh on the outskirts of the City. Joo’s two sons and his brother were injured and later taken to hospital after their car skidded off the road due to slippery conditions.


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