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Sex scam: Special court acquits former DSP

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

CHANDIGARH: Mohammad Yusuf Mir, who was posted as Srinagar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in 1995, was today acquitted by a special court here in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal.

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 20

Mohammad Yusuf Mir, who was posted as Srinagar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in 1995, was today acquitted by a special court here in the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal.

Mir was booked under Section 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code, Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and Section 67 of the Information and technology Act in July 2006. He was accused of sexually exploiting a minor for money via a brothel run by the prime accused, Sabeena, and her husband in 2004. However, the victim turned hostile in the court and did not support the prosecution’s case, leading to his acquittal.

The original case, naming many person, including ministers and influential men, had been filed in March 2006. During the investigation, Mir’s role came under the scanner and an FIR was filed in July 2006. The investigation was handed over to the CBI in May. During interrogation, it was found out that Mir was one of the customers who came to Sabeena’s residence-cum-brothel in Srinagar in 1995. He was then serving as the DSP in Srinagar.

As per the CBI chargesheet, after the brothel was raided in 2004, Sabeena and her husband shifted to another area. There also, Mir visited the brothel and in September 2004, he procured the victim from Sabeena. He took her to his house in Police Colony, Bemina, exploited her and paid her Rs 7,000.

It was also alleged that Mir continued to exploit her even after the scandal became public. As per the chargesheet, Mir made the victim give an interview in 2006 wherein she was told to name two other persons but not him.

The scam came to the light in 2006 after the police found two video CDs showing Kashmiri women being sexually exploited. The police questioned two girls, including the prosecutrix and Sabeena. After grilling them, they got the names of 56 people allegedly involved in the racket. Later, the case was shifted by the Supreme Court to Chandigarh.

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2006 case

The scam came to the light in 2006 after the police found two video CDs showing Kashmiri women being sexually exploited. The police questioned two girls, including the prosecutrix and main accused Sabeena. After grilling them, they got the names of 56 people allegedly involved in the racket. Later, the case was shifted by the Supreme Court to Chandigarh.

Budding engineers’ strengths must be recognised: Bukhari

Budding engineers’ strengths must be recognised: Bukhari

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: The two-day 5th National Conference and Exhibition on “Emerging and Innovative Trends in Engineering Technology” began at the Government College of Engineering and Technology (GCET) here today.

Typo fixed after 13 yrs: Respite for 44 villages

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: Over one lakh residents of 44 backward villages of Udhampur district have been at the receiving end as the successive state governments took 13 years to rectify minor typing errors, which denied them reservation and other benefits.

Vaishno Devi pilgrimage: NGT raps state over rehabilitation of mules

Vaishno Devi pilgrimage: NGT raps state over rehabilitation of mules

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal today rapped the J&K Government over its failure to submit a plan for the rehabilitation of horses and mules, which have been barred from plying from Katra to the Vaishno Devi cave shrine.

Panels set up to upgrade parks in Jammu, Srinagar

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: The ruling PDP-BJP government today constituted state and divisional level steering committees for improvement and upgradation of parks and gardens in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

Eight months on, Hari Singh street vendors refuse to shift

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: Eight months have passed since the state government’s decision to shift the vendors from Hari Singh High Street to a nearby parking lot, but it has failed to do so as the vendors have refused to change the location.

Five-day cultural and literary fest begins at cluster varsity

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: The five-day Cultural and Literary Festival-2018 of the Cluster University of Jammu began at the auditorium of the Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, here on Tuesday.

JU holds lecture on leadership challenges in combat situation

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: A lecture on ‘leadership challenges in combat situations’ was organised by the International Centre for Cross Cultural Research and Human Resource Management (ICCCR & HRM), University of Jammu, here today.

Kashmiri Pandits hold ‘yagneopavit’ ceremony

Kashmiri Pandits hold ‘yagneopavit’ ceremony

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: A social organisation in Faridabad (Haryana) organised a mass ‘yagneopavit’ ceremony of 14 boys.

Guv wants security audit of vital installations

Guv wants security audit of vital installations

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: Muneer Ahmad Khan, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Home Guards, Disaster Management and Security, called on Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here today.

BSF constable killed in Pak sniper fire in Tangdhar sector

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: A BSF constable was killed in a ceasefire violation in north Kashmir's Tangdhar sector in Kupwara district today.

Treat porters at par with soldiers: Rights panel

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: Stating that the porters working with the Army in J&Kshould be treated at par with the soldiers, the J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has recommended to the government to frame a relief policy to deal with situations such asaccidental or unnatural deaths of porters.

FIR filed against lawyers for terming Afzal, Bhat heroes

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: The J&K Police have registered a case against laywers and their agents for allegedly pasting posters in a Srinagar court premises wherein they termed Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat as the heroes of Kashmir and described Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev as the heroes of India.

Centre must explain China’s role in Kashmir, says Omar

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the Centre needed to explain the basis of a statement made by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s confidant Naeem Akhtar that “China is expanding its role in J&K and has adopted terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)”.

Ultras lob grenade at Awantipora IAF station

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: Militants, believed to be two or three in number, today opened fire and lobbed a grenade at Air Force Water Pump House outside the Air Force station at Awantipora around 5.

States govt eases GPF regulation

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: In a major relief to government employees, the state government today relaxed norms for the settlement of final refund cases of the General Provident Fund (GPF) by the District Fund Offices.

Jhelum continues its low run

Jhelum continues its low run

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: The Jhelum is facing an acute shortage of water for the fifth consecutive month as it continues to flow below the gauge’s zero-point amid a lingering dry spell.

Soil mafia flourishes in saffron land

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

PULWAMA: Although a ban is in place on saffron land conversion, soil is still being excavated by mafia, which is using it for residential purposes at Galander in the Pampore area.

Kashmiri satirist wants to bring laughter back into people’s lives

Kashmiri satirist wants to bring laughter back into people’s lives

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: Long before it was afflicted by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir’s very own “Charlie Chaplin”, used to come on Doordarshan.

Kishtwar awaits varsity on pattern of Katra, Rajouri

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

JAMMU: Even as the far-off area of Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir has the potential of having a university on the name of two most revered Muslim shrines of Shah Farid-ud-Din Baghdadi and Shah Asrar, politicians and leaders of the area have failed to act positively.

500 take part in Army medical camp at Sopore

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: With an aim of bringing in quality healthcare to remote areas, a mega medical-cum-veterinary camp was organised by the Army in north Kashmir’s Sopore area.

CRPF sends state football players on ‘Bharat darshan’

CRPF sends state football players on ‘Bharat darshan’

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: Around 36 players from the winning and runner-up teams of the CRPF Football Cup- 2017 on Tuesday left for a ‘Bharat darshan’ tour.

Valley scribes condemn photographer’s detention

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Working Journalists’ Association today condemned the continuous incarceration of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf who has been held in detention for the past 169 days.

Three drug peddlers held

21 Feb 2018 | 1:38 AM

SRINAGAR: The police arrested three alleged drug peddlers and recovered contraband substances from their possession.

BSF jawan killed in Pakistan sniper fire at LoC in J&K

BSF jawan killed in Pakistan sniper fire at LoC in J&K

21 Feb 2018 | 2:23 AM

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: A BSF jawan was on Tuesday killed after he was shot by a Pakistani sniper from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tangdhar, officials said.

Militant attack outside IAF station foiled in J&K

Militant attack outside IAF station foiled in J&K

20 Feb 2018 | 10:44 PM

SRINAGAR: A group of militants on Tuesday lobbed a grenade and opened fire at a water pump house of Indian Air Force (IAF) station in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir but there was no damage caused in the attack, an official said.

Earthquake of magnitude 3.3 jolts Jammu and Kashmir

20 Feb 2018 | 3:00 PM

SRINAGAR: An earthquake of magnitude 3.3 on the Richter scale struck Jammu and Kashmir at 12.41 pm on Tuesday.

Srinagar Central Jail hub of militant recruitment: J&K CID report

20 Feb 2018 | 2:54 PM

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Central Jail is a hub for recruiting militants with inmates establishing a “parallel administrative” set-up, says a report by the Jammu and Kashmir CID.

Pellet victims look to society for aid

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

SRINAGAR: An association of pellet victims held a protest in the city on Monday, seeking help from society and urging it not to abandon them.

New NZCC director bats for making state culturally vibrant

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: Saubhagya Vardhan, the new director of the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), has called upon the state artistes to identify the lesser-known artistes so that they could be provided a platform for excellence in art and culture.

Doon school principal awarded in Bangkok

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: Principal of Doon International School, Jammu, Vikesh Kaur received 'Arch of International Education Excellence Award' at Bangkok in Thailand from former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Korn Dabbaransi and Princess Isabelle Lafforgue of France.

Valley to witness rain, snow from Feb 22

Valley to witness rain, snow from Feb 22

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

SRINAGAR: The meteorological department has predicted dry weather for the next two days across the Valley.

9 years on, uncertainty hangs over CUK permanent campus

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

SRINAGAR: Even as the government continues to come up with statements about the construction of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at Ganderbal, students say a permanent campus may remain a distant dream.

Anantnag gets Passport Seva Kendra

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today e-inaugurated Passport Seva Kendra for Anantnag.

BJP holds function to welcome new members

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

SRINAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kashmir unit, held a function to welcome new members to the party here today.

Army school boy wins silver at int’l wushu event

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

SRINAGAR: Hashim Ashraf (in pic), a Class X student of Army Goodwill School, Hanzik, Budgam, has bagged the silver medal at the Moscow Wushu Stars 2018, an international wushu tournament in Russia, an Army spokesman said.

55,000 students to take Class X exams

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: As many as 54,989 students will appear for the Class X annual examination at the 554 centres set up across Jammu division by the J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE).

Top cop reviews jail security at Anantnag

Top cop reviews jail security at Anantnag

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: Director General of Police, Prisons, Dilbag Singh today visited District Jail, Anantnag, to review the security.

Govt stadium coming up on temple land in Shopian, claims Pandit body

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: The refusal of the PDP-BJP government to reintroduce the Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation) Bill, 2009, has left properties of religious places susceptible to land encroachers, including a few government departments.

Give details of Haj seats, SC tells govt

Give details of Haj seats, SC tells govt

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to apprise it by tomorrow of the total allocation of Haj quota seats and the vacancies if any on a plea of the Kerala Haj Committee alleging that the policy to grant state-wise quota for Haj pilgrims was discriminatory.

Youth slam govt for failing to fight militancy

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: As Pakistan continues to back terrorists, anger, especially among youth of the Jammu region, is building up against the coalition government and the Centre’s policies towards fighting militancy.

‘Support to small biz to help prevent scams’

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh today said that providing support for growth and development of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) could help in preventing high-profile scams committed by a handful of big industrialists.

Few averse to normalcy in Valley: Jitendra

Few averse to normalcy in Valley: Jitendra

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh today said “only a few people” were averse to normalisation of the situation in Kashmir while the majority was keen to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led development journey in the country.

Hospital attack: NIA to probe conspiracy angle

Hospital attack: NIA to probe conspiracy angle

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency, which has been asked to probe the escape of dreaded Lashkar terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jatt from a busy hospital in Srinagar, will investigate conspiracy angles, including how he got “favourable orders” for treatment from doctors and jail authorities, officials said here.

Police officer’s request for insurance plan declined

20 Feb 2018 | 12:41 AM

JAMMU: Personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police have been at the forefront fighting militancy in the state.

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