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Shocking: ‘Central Jail’ Srinagar turns into a militancy recruitment hub, says CID report

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Srinagar, Feb 20: In a stunning disclosure, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that the ‘Central Jail’ Srinagar is functioning as militancy recruiting hub and every single militant is recruited only after getting ‘nod’ behind the prison.

Highly placed sources disclosed that the CID has clearly mentioned in its report that jail inmates (militants) have framed a ‘parallel administrative set-up’ inside the jail that takes a decision regarding the recruitment of militants in Kashmir.

However, the CID report is not pinpoint specific as it has not mentioned the name of the final decision taker for the recruitment but it added that it is being ascertained who gives the approval.

Though, taking cognizance of the report prepared by IG CID AG Mir, Director General of Police (DGP) Jammu and Kashmir Dr SP Vaid sent the said report to Principal Secretary (Home) Raj Kumar Goyal in 2017 and sought strict vigil and security within the prison.

If sources are to be believed the report mentions that the ‘parallel administrative setup’ is comprised of ‘Ameer-e-Zindaan’ (The prison chief) appointed by a ‘Shura’ (council) for a period of six months.

Reports said that former DG prison SK Mishra in its reply said that he was highlighting the issue from a long time and had even informed state home department and former inspector general of police (Kashmir) Munir Khan and the deputy inspector general for some action over the issue including carrying out of the searches within the jail premises.

Mishra in his reply to the principal home secretary, JK Govt had highlighted that the poor infrastructure of the jail does not allow the proper segregation of the inmates.

He had also pointed out that only 5 to 20 security personals remains in jail to guard about 300 prisoners which is very insufficient as it is not possible to discipline the inmates with this few guards. He had requested that at least 150 police personnel should be deployed in the jail for meeting the security requirement of the jail and unfortunately which was not considered by the government.

Worthy to mention here, that Mishra was shunted from the post following the escape of Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Mohammed Naveed Jhatt on 6 February, this year from SMHS hospital Srinagar.

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Shakitikanta Das to be the new RBI governor

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New Delhi | Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shakikanta Das is likely to be the next Reserve Bank of India Governor after the resignation of Urjit Patel on December 10.

Shaktikanta Das, a retired 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was the member of the Fifteenth Finance Commission of India, and India’s Sherpa to G20. Das also worked as Union Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Revenue Secretary, Union Fertilizers Secretary, special secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and as a joint secretary in the Department of Expenditure of the Ministry of Finance in the Indian government.

Earlier Urjit Patel on December 10 resigned from the post of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor. Patel’s three year team was to end in September 2019. Patel is also the first RBI governor to resign since 1990.

Submitting his resignation, Urjit Patel cited personal reasons and stepped down with immediate effect. He said, “On account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately. It has been my privilege and honour to serve in the Reserve Bank of India in various capacities over the years,” Urjit Patel said in a statement. “The support and hard work of RBI staff, officers and management has been the proximate driver of the Bank’s considerable accomplishments in recent years. I take this opportunity to express gratitude to my colleagues and Directors of the RBI Central Board, and wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

 

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Four policemen killed by terrorists in J-K’s Shopian; weapons snatched

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Srinagar | Four policemen were killed on Tuesday when Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked a guard post outside a minority pocket in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.

The attack took place this afternoon when four policemen were sitting in a pre-fabricated room outside the pocket that houses six Kashmiri Pandit families.

A senior police official said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were led by former Special Police Officer Adil Bashir, who deserted in October and decamped eight weapons from a PDP legislator.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the police officer said that militants fired indiscriminately, killing three policemen on the spot and critically injuring one.

The injured policeman was rushed to an Army hospital, where he also succumbed to injuries, the official said.

The deceased have been identified as Anees Ahmad, Hamidullah, Mehraj ud Din and Abdul Majeed.

At the time of the incident, only one family was present at the minority pocket.

Immediately after the shootout, the terrorists fled with three Self Loading Rifles (SLRs) of the policemen, the official said, adding a cordon and search operation has been launched to nab the criminals.

The official said that an intercept had been received in which it was clear that Jaish-e-Mohammed, a banned terrorist organisation, was behind the barbaric act.

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PM Modi may visit Tripura in Feb to inaugurate projects: Officials

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Agartala | Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several development projects, including an upgraded cancer centre, a government official said. The regional centre, which offers treatment to more than 2,000 cancer patients annually, is set to have a new building and modern equipment, he said.

According to government reports, 3,786 patients succumbed to cancer between 2013 and 2016 in the state.

Sanjoy Mishra, the media adviser to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, said a high-level meeting was convened Monday to review progress in the cancer hospital project. “The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Tripura in February to inaugurate several developmental projects. The newly built building at the cancer centre is one of them. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday reviewed the progress of the construction work at the centre,” Mishra said.

Chief Secretary LK Gupta, Public Works Department (PWD) secretary Manoj Kumar, and Health and Family Welfare secretary Samarjit Bhowmik were among those who attended Monday’s meeting, he said. “The CM would be visiting New Delhi tomorrow (Wednesday) and meet the prime minister to discuss various issues, including the inauguration of the cancer hospital building,” Mishra told reporters.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17), 40 percent of all cancer patients in the northeast suffer from head and neck malignancy, mainly caused by tobacco consumption.

Tripura tops in tobacco use in the region with 64.5 percent patients in the state admitting to nicotine consumption, the report added.

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