Electronic gadgets and other home appliances worth thousands of rupees were damaged when a locality in Batamaloo received high voltage shock plunging the area into darkness while colony transformer was also damaged. It is said following public outcry the colony transformer was taken for repairs. The residents alleged that the officials did not take the issue seriously and have not paid any heed.
Faheem Asgar Lone, 3, went missing under mysterious circumstances triggering protests in the area, police said. Faheem was playing with his mother in compound of their house. On hearing Maghrib Azaan his mother went to perform ablution and when she returned from the washroom, he was missing. A case under relevant sections has been registered with the police. Meanwhile, the residents of the area also registered a protest to look for the whereabouts of the boy.
With sudden surge in dog bite cases across the Srinagar city from tourist hub to residential areas like Hazratbal, Chana Pora, Karan Nagar, Raj Bagh and Pir Bagh, the locals have threatened to kill the stray packs. A delegation of locals from Pathan Colony Hazratbal said around a dozen people mostly children have been attacked by canines in the past few days adding that absence of dumper bins the locality was equally a concern.
Harsha, a tourist from Gujarat died in South Kashmir’s tourist resort of Pahalgam while three of his family members sustained injuries after a boat they were rafting in capsized in river Lidder. Harsha was drowned during rafting and others were shifted to the nearby hospital.
A Nigeen man, Nazir Ahmad Beigh, was mowed down by a speeding truck in the old city’s Khayam area, said a police report. Beigh died on spot. He worked as a salesman at a Kashmir arts showroom was on his way to Khanyar. Police said the body of deceased was handed over to his kin for last rites. Meanwhile, the locals have appealed the authorities to extend no-entry timings for movement of heavy vehicles into the City.
Barely two months after 67 students from Kashmir were suspended from a Meerut University for cheering Pakistan cricket team’s victory over team India recently, three students from Kashmir were allegedly beaten in Greater Noida and forced to shout anti-Pakistan slogans. The incident triggered sharp reaction from J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The harassed students alleged that six students entered their rooms forcefully and beat them up after forcing them to shout anti-Pakistan slogans. The name of the hostel is Shiv Shakti Accommodations. “There was absolutely no provocation from our side, neither was there anything particular going on with regard to India or Pakistan, or the cricket teams of both the countries. It happened all of a sudden,” the Kashmiri students claimed.
Police in North Kashmir’s Hajin town have detained a 52-year Abdul Rashid Parray, an employee of the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), instead of his son, Zubair Ahmad, who is a ‘wanted’ alleged protestor. Parray’s detention instead of his son, legal experts said, amounts to violation of International and Indian law. Tahira Bano, Parray’s wife, says that “police asked him to accompany them to Police Station and talk to officer there. But he has been held since. I don’t understand why he has been detained.”
Police have found a mentally challenged boy in Babademb locality of Srinagar city. A police official said that the boy was brought by some locals to Police Post Bana Mohalla; he was found roaming in Babademb area. The boy is mentally retarded and is not able to reveal his whereabouts. The police have requested the relatives and family concerned to report to the police station and collect the child.
Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken strong note of risk to public life and property due to uncovered manholes and faulty drainage network in Naseem Bagh locality of North City and termed it human rights abuse. Acting on a complaint filed by Chairman Mohalla Committee Khulfaie Rashideen, Naseem Bagh, SHRC acting Chairperson Rafiq Fida said the allegations levelled are serious and appropriate action should be taken as soon as possible.
State High Court has asked the Vice-Chairman of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) to conduct a survey around Dal Lake in Srinagar to find out the number of points where untreated runoffs or discharge flows into the Lake. It has directed the department that “it may co-opt the students and faculty from the Department of Environmental Science at Kashmir University and volunteers from other NGOs for the exercise”. The report has to be submitted within three weeks.