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CHARRED: Chamial Singh, 30, his wife Sunita Devi, 26, daughter Sharmila, 6, and son Mohinder, 4 residents of Ligri, Kishtwar were killed and six other sustained burns in a fire incident. The fire that broke out in Singh’s home around midnight gutted half a dozen houses.

BOOKED: Major Rajikant Tiwari, deployed with 310 field regiment, was booked under sections 363 and 324 of RPC for allegedly harassing Kalpana Tiwari, his wife, and kidnapping his son, with the help of a group of commandoes in Akhnoor .

ARRESTED: Police claimed to have arrested a gang of militants who had rejoined militant ranks after serving detention under PSA and were carrying out attacks in central and north Kashmir. The gang was trapped while police was investigating an attack on a Territorial Army man at Naidkhai bus stand a few months ago, police said.

PLANNED:
Government in view of the road widening project in down town Srinagar is allegedly demolishing a heritage property, Vakil Manzil, at Zaina Kadal. People of the area have accused the government of violating the Jammu and Kashmir Heritage Conservation and Preservation Act 2010.

OPENED: Seeing the decline in the rush of the yatris, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) opened an old cave for pilgrims for six hours. The cave is thrown open after about a year. These days about 15000 yatris visit the cave shrine daily.

CANCELLED: The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad weekly bus service was halted this week due to snowfall in Kashmir. Authorities say it will resume next week.

SUGGESTED: The committee set up in SKIMS summoned its PRO on Jan 2 for taking a study leave during her probation which, according to the committee, she was not entitled to. The PRO had gone to London on a fellowship.

ARRESTED: Police arrested Shazia Begum from Doda and claimed to have recovered 2,600 intoxicating capsules from her possession. She has been charged with drug peddling. Her husband Imtiyaz Ahmed Parray, also accused in the case is at large. An FIR no 04/2012 was filed and investigations are on.

VIOLATING:
Amreek Singh, owner of Reen Palace who was granted bail after getting arrested under section 288, 337 RPC is likely to get booked for violating Agrarian Reforms Act, police sources said. Singh is accused of constructing a banquet hall at Chatha on agricultural land illegally.

CLEARED: The J&K police personnel helped in the attempts at restoring major communication links in Kashmir by clearing snow from the roads. The policemen were seen clearing snow around Lal chowk in Srinagar besides Kulgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara districts.

PLANNING: Sham Lal Sharma, State health minister is planning to move court and seek a probe into the leakage of a police document to media. The minister has also questioned the transfer orders of the SSP Anand Jain, who is suspected to be involved in the leak. The minister is demanding strict action against the officers involved.

BANNED:
The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has asked Kishanganga Power Project management to either put the tunnel work on halt or construct sediment settling tanks without any delay. The Board says that present way of construction is polluting the Madhumati nallah which is the source of drinking water for many villages.

CONSTITUTED: State government constituted a committee to examine the demand of the government employees for increasing the retirement age from 58 to 60 years. Chief Secretary is chairing the committee and will be submitting a comprehensive report to the Cabinet by the end of February 2012.

DIRECTED: The State High Court directed the government to file status of magisterial enquiry recommended by the SHRC into the killing of Manzoor Ahmed Bhat of Kulgam within two weeks. The directive was issued over the petition filed by Manzoor’s two sons. Manzoor was killed in 1994 allegedly when their area was under army cordon.

MURDERED: Til Bahadur, 65, a chowkidar of JK Sports at Bawe Wali Gali, was murdered allegedly by his son Hemat after a tiff at Pir Mitha.  A case under FIR no 6/ 2012 has been registered at Pir Mitha Police station. Police launched a manhunt to nab the accused.

CAUGHT:
Crime Branch arrested Shadi Lal of Jagti Nagrota for withdrawing Rs 30 lakh fraudulently from the government treasury under a relief category. A case under sections 420,465, 467,468,471 RPC for deceiving his department and causing a loss to state exchequer has been registered against him.

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