J&K Sikhs demand minority status

Demanding minority status for its community and reservation for its youth, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), here stresses for investigation into BAL report that they say was submitted to the central government to settle problems of refugees of 1947 by the then Lt General Tara Singh Bal. “Copies of report aren’t available as some vested interests have deliberately misplaced them from official records of the state and central governments,” said Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman APSCC, while addressing the media here on April 4. APSCC is expected to organize a world Sikh political conference here in June.

Other brief reports:
Demand to amend State Vigilance Act: Asking the government to amend State Vigilance Act and to make it more meaningful, civil society and Right to Information (RTI) activists here stressed that political bigwigs should remain away from the election of chairman of the State Vigilance Commission (SVC). “The biggest flaw in act is that consent of the cabinet is required for the appointment of the chairman of SVC,” says Dr. Raja Muzaffar, convener, J&K RTI Movement on April 3.

Police to organise youth conferences: To reach out to youth and inform them about various development schemes, IGP Kashmir range, Shiv Murari Sahai, during an inaugural function of a workshop on the awareness of PMEGP here on March 31 said police is organizing 25 youth conferences. He added, no business would succeed unless there is peace and stability.

HM militant killed: Police and 44 unit of the Army on April 3 claimed to have killed the district commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Tariq Hussain alias Abu Zaid resident of Dara Chapra-Doda, during an encounter in Keller-Shopian. Police on March 19 claimed to have solved a ‘blind murder’ case of a civilian, Nazir Ahmad Lone resident of Kreeri saying that the motive behind the killing was ‘revival of HM outfit’.

Criminal module busted: Syed Ashaq Bukhari, SSP city, in a press briefing here on April 1 claimed to have busted a threat-ransom module by arresting a kingpin, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar son of Abdul Gani Dar resident of Abi-Buchwara in Dalgate. FIR No. 13/2011 under section 7/27 Arms Act 307, 451, 506 RPC has been registered.

Foreign militant killed: A foreign militant, Chacha Talha belonging to LeT, was killed in an encounter with security forces at Sopore on March 28. Police on April 1 claimed to have arrested LeT militant, Mohammad Shafi Dar alias Akash of Nawpora-Sopore. Militants on March 22 fired upon a police party in Sopore and fled from the scene.

Killers of NC leader identified: A day after militants killed halqa president of NC, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Bhat of Tral, police on March 31 claimed to have identified the killers. Bhat was shot dead by militants on March 30. Police says three militants had asked him to identify the house of Sajad Ahmad alias Bale Bale, divisional commander of HM in the same village. Later police said Bhat was killed by Sajad and his two associates.

Army meetings with released stone-pelters: A series of meetings with released stone-pelters of West Srinagar was convened by SDPO West towards the end of March. The Army is expected to launch Kashmir Premier League both for cricket and football in the near future. A two-day seminar on human rights was conducted by the Army’s Dagger infantry division at Baramulla on March 27.

Detention of Aasia Andarabi quashed: The High Court here on March 24 quashed the detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi under PSA. She was arrested in August last year.

DishTV alliance with J&K Bank: Announcing its alliance with J&K Bank, DishTV said March 23 that by virtue of the alliance subscribers of DishTV can recharge their connections at common service centres also known as Khidmat Centres of bank. “We would be able to reach every nook and corner in the state, as these centres have been strategically placed”, says Salil Kapoor, COO, Dishtv. Kapoor adds that these centres would also put on sale the Dishtv connections for people living in rural and remote areas.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 15

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