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The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has booked top brass of IRCON International Limited and at least 15 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in two major cases of criminal misconduct. Further investigations are on and a huge amount is involved which may run into several crores, a Jammu based newspaper reported.  Noted Railways construction company M/s Gypsum Structural India Private Limited has also been named in the preliminary enquiry.


During the surprise inspection of various District Offices including CA&PD, Programme Officer ICDS, Deputy Registrar Cooperative, Block Development Office, Irrigation Sub-Division, Rural Engineering Wing, District Panchayat Office, DRDA, IWMP, PHE, R&B, PDD and Hydraulic Circle Budgam, additional District Development Commissioner Budgam found 70 officers absent from duties. Pertinently, strict action has been ordered against all of them.


A Lok Adalat-cum-Legal Awareness Camp was held in the Munsiff Court Complex, Gandoh Bhalessa under the guidance of Principal District Judge Bhaderwah and Chairman DLSA Mohinder Kumar Sharma. Around 16 cases of civil and criminal nature were taken up out of which 10 cases were disposed off. In addition, traffic challans were also taken up and all of them were disposed off with a recovery of compounding fee of Rs 700 on the spot.


The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the state government to consider shifting of a Juvenile, who has been booked under PSA, from District Jail Kathua to Juvenile Home here after verifying his exact age. The court issued notice to government for response within a week on the petition by Sofi through his counsel, Mir Shafaqat Hussain seeking quashing of detention order against him. After police registered three cases against him in Pulwama Police station, Sofi was booked under various criminal sections of Ranbir Panel Code including rioting on April 25, 2014 and was subsequently lodged in Sub district Jail Kathua.


Certain official documents reveal that State government has made repeated purchase of medicines from the pharma companies which had supplied substandard drugs to the government hospitals resulting in an uproar in the entire State. The purchase orders were placed with the companies despite alerts issued by Drug and Food Control Organization (DFCO) asking people to desist from consuming the drugs, officials said. In the spurious drug scam report, prepared by the State’s Health and Medical Education department last month, while it has been noted that the product permissions of some of the companies have been withdrawn, the details of the drugs found substandard reveal that government placed repeat orders for the medicines.


Two forest officials, Mohammad Shafi Mir and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, were injured in an attack by Deodar timber smugglers in Rajwar jungle falling under forest division Langate division. Taking the advantage of thick forests and sharp edged weapons smugglers were successful in escaping from the place. Official sources said forest officials received a tip-off that a gang of around six Deodar timber smugglers had felled a green tree and cut it into logs to smuggle it into the market. Officials intercepted the gang. The smugglers were readying to take away the stacked timber logs when the forest officials surrounded them and asked them to surrender. The smugglers, however, attacked the forest staffers with axes and stones.


Sushma Devi, 21, a housewife, was found hanging with a tree under mysterious circumstances near her in-laws house at village Katti, Pancheri, Udhampur district. It could not be ascertained whether the deceased had committed suicide or it was a case of murder. Police shifted the body to PHC Pancheri for post mortem and registered a case in this connection under section 174 RPC for further investigation.


Rakesh Kumar, an ITBP man, died due to accidental gun-shot under mysterious circumstances at 15 Battalion ITBP Padanoo Camp Chopra Shop, Udhampur. He was found lying in a pool of blood after sound of a pistol fire at Padanoo Camp. He was immediately shifted to District Hospital Udhampur where doctors declared him as brought dead. Meanwhile, Rehamble Police has registered the case under section 174 RPC for further investigation.


Constable Sanjay Kumar Yadav, a CRPF man, allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle inside a camp. The motive behind his taking such an extreme step was not known immediately, police said. Police have registered a case and investigations are on.


Dr Jauri Bazaz Malik, 88, daughter of veteran Kashmiri leader Pandit Prem Nath Bazaz, passed away at her home in Potomac, Maryland in US.  She is survived by her son Dr Rajat Pamposh Malik and daughter-in-law. The deceased was former Head and Professor of Pathology at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi and remained associated for long with Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, New Delhi. She was involved in women’s and human rights issues and was chairperson of Indian Renaissance Institute. She was eldest sister of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum (JKDF) chief Pandit Bhushan Bazaz.


27-year-old Shabir Ahmad Hajam son of Abdul Aziz of Manznoo fell from a poplar tree at Manznoo and died on spot. The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites. These cases are on rise in Kashmir as spring approaches.


The fortnight-long search for three-year-old Faheem Asgar Lone of Nowpora who disappeared under mysterious circumstances ended when sand extractors found his body in a water channel of Wular lake. The body of three year old Fahim Asgar son of Muhammad Asgar Lone resident of Nowpora, Khanyar was missing from his home since 6th May. The body of deceased boy was later handed over to his relatives. Police had launched a massive search for the missing boy. Faheem went missing while playing with his mother on the fateful evening leaving the family and other natives in gloomy suspense.

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