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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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Indrani Mukerjea files for divorce in a Mumbai court

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Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, jailed in the murder case of Sheena Bora, filed for a divorce in a Mumbai court today. Mukerjea who is the owner of a TV channel has been lodged in the women’s jail in Byculla since she was arrested in the year 2015.

Indrani Mukerjea stated that the marriage had “irretrievably broken down”, had sent a notice of divorce to Peter Mukerjea this year.

A CBI court had earlier this month rejected her request for bail quoting ill-health and a “threat” to her life in prison.

Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter Sheena Bora from her first marriage was allegedly killed on 24th April 2012. The crime came surfaced after Shyamvar Rai, Mukerjea’s driver was arrested in another case in the year 2016 when he revealed an insider on it.

Indrani Mukerjea, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver were arrested for alleged murder.

Peter Mukerjea, her husband was arrested three months later after being allegedly part of the planning.

Mukerjea was sent to a hospital in June after she complained of chest pain. Months after her arrest, she was taken to the hospital in an unconscious state after a suspected case of drug overdose.

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Cops take out rally in Manipur to protest against mob violence

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The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

 

Imphal, Sep 18 (PTI) The Manipur Police Monday took out a rally from Moreh to Tengnoupal, along the India-Myanmar border, to protest incidents of mob violence in the state.

The “men in uniform”, numbering around 70 and led by Tengnoupal Superintendent of Police S Ibombcha Singh, was joined in by more than 500 volunteers of various civic bodies.

“The two-km peace rally – from Moreh police station to Tengnoupal district headquarters – was taken out to generate awareness about the need for maintenance of law and order in the society,” Ibomcha Singh told PTI.

A civil official, who did not wish to be named, said the peace rally was the first of its kind in the state.

The rally came four days after a 26-year-old man was lynched by an irate mob at Tharoijam area of Imphal West district on suspicion of being a vehicle lifter.

Local people had also set afire a car believed to have been used by “two of his associates”.

Five persons, including a havildar of India Reserve Battalion (IRB), have been arrested in this connection.

The purported video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that the four police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were “present at the spot when the victim was alive and lying unattended”, Imphal West SP Jogeshwar Haobijam had said.

While the sub-inspector was suspended, three other officers were terminated from their services.

Haobijam had also said that the Cyber Crime Unit was tracking individuals who had uploaded clips of the bleeding victim.

The lynching episode triggered sharp condemnations and sit-in protests by various social activists in the area.

The Manipur Human Rights Commission has directed the state director general of police to probe the matter and submit a report by September 22.

People in large numbers have also been organizing torch rallies here, demanding justice for the victim.

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Defence Minister approves procurement of military equipment worth Rs 9,100 crores

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The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

 

New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Defence Ministry Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 9,100 crore, officials said.

The procurement will include two regiments of Aakash missile systems, they said.

The acquisition proposals were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the Defence Ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

The DAC also approved the design and development of test equipment for guided weapons systems for T90 tanks.

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