News reports July 1 - 10 GK July 10, 2004 33 students injured in police action Handwara tense; people demand probe into girl’s torture Shabir Ibn YousufMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 9, 2004View Source
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GK July 10, 2004
33 students injured in police action
Handwara tense; people demand probe into girl�s torture
Shabir Ibn Yousuf
Handwara, July 9: At least 33 students were injured today in Handwara when police used force to quell a massive demonstration against the torture of a girl student by police.
Hundreds of people including students from degree college Handwara, boys higher secondary school and girls higher secondary school staged a protest against the torture the girl several days ago by two police officers. Protestors who were demanding probe into the incident raised slogans �save our dignity and chastity�.
They also raised slogans against the police officers involved in the torture.
Police entered college premises and used force on the demonstrators.
Police fired in air, lobbed tear gas shells and cane charged the students. At least 33 students including 17 girls of degree college Handwara were injured in the police action.
Many students were also arrested by police.
Several injured students were shifted to Srinagar hospitals for treatment.
Moreover, traders and Bar Association Handwara also participated in the demonstration and demanded probe into the incident.
Later in the day protestors assembled again outside the DC office Kupwara along with some injured students and demanded strict action against Sub Inspector Tanveer Ahmad and SDPO Altaf Khan. People accuse the duo of indulging in �inhumane torture� of the girl.
According to police the girl was involved in the murder of a policeman, a version which the residents say is �ridiculous.� The people have threatened to continue with protests till the culprits involved are brought to book.
Intervening in the incident, Minister for Forest and Environment, Ghulam Mohiuddin Sofi today raised the issue of the torture with Director General of Police and sought transfer of the erring cops. He demanded an inquiry by some senior police officer into the incident. The minister also condemned the police action against the peaceful demonstration. Later, DIG Varmul visited the area to take stock of the situation.
Released doctor recounts detention GK July 10, 2004
Majid Jehangir Hyderi
Srinagar, July 9: Dr. Akram Hussain Bijli, Registrar Surgery SMHS hospital was released this evening on bail after nine days of detention. Fear was still palpable on his face when he reached home. Describing the period of detention as "living in the valley of death", Dr. Akram said that he was kept under a "regular psychological trauma".
"No physical torture was done, however they mentally tortured me daily for around two hours", further adding that around 15 different "agencies" had interrogated him.
"Give us the names of other doctors who provide medicare to militants in the hospital," was a regular question posed by the interrogators. And, some of them even threatened him of physical torture and dire consequences, said Akram. "One of them said we can go to any extent," he rued.
Stating that it was a continuos mental torture but in a decent way he claimed that interrogation was done with respect. "They always made me sit on a chair during the interrogation," he said.
However, Akram denied the charges by police on him of having provided medicare to militants. Stating that several patients come to hospital daily, he said that it was impossible for a doctor to differentiate a militant from others. "Patients don't have a stamp mark of their profession on their face when they come for treatment, how can we differentiate them", Akram pleaded.
GK July 8, 2004
The government seems in no mood to take cognizance of the recently released report of the Bar Association about the miserable plight of detainees serving their respective terms of detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in various jails. The report was released fifteen days ago but, according to the reports, the detainees continue to suffer in one way or the other. A team of the Bar Association led by its president, Mian Abdul Qayoom, visited various jails in and outside the state last month and came out with a detailed report. The team found the detainees, especially the Pakistani nationals in miserable condition. Most of them have served the term of detention under PSA and are awaiting push back. The Bar team apprised the jail authorities of the ruling of the apex court on immediate push back of foreign nationals. But the miserable detainees, who want to go back to their native lands, have lost all hope. A senior Hurriyat leader sees a conspiracy in delaying push back of Pakistani nationals. According to him, the presence of foreigners, especially Pakistanis in various jails provides the much-needed grist to New Delhi�s propaganda mill. By delaying push back, the government is delaying justice to these persons and as they say justice delayed is justice denied. The government must take a decision on the issue as soon as possible in the interests of justice. The Bar Association also made a mention of the detainees suffering from psychological disorders. Atleast two dozen detainees have been identified, who according to the Bar Association, should have been shifted to a mental asylum long ago. But, these miserable souls continue to languish in jails. Perpetual detention will only worsen their condition. According to laws governing the prisons and the prisoners, a detainee who suffers from any psychological disability must necessarily be shifted to a mental hospital for treatment. Similarly, the ailing detainees have to be shifted to the hospital and kept there till they recover. But in this neglected land, nobody seems interested in treatment of the ailing detainees. Hundreds of detainees have been suffering from serious ailments of heart, kidney and eyes. Instead of providing proper medicare to them, the government endangers their lives by ignoring them and their ailments. Even court orders seeking hospitalization of detainees are observed more in breach. Victim of criminal negligence of the jail authorities, a detainee succumbed to his ailment last month in Kotbalwal jail. Had the detainee been taken to the hospital in time, he could have survived. Every jail, according to the Bar Association, must have a full-fledged hospital in the premises and an expert must be available in the hospital round the clock. But, the hapless detainees receive a tablet of sub-standard paracetamol for every ailment reported to the authorities. And, last but not the least, the government has to ensure production of prisoners in courts on hearing days. Time and again the issue has been raised by the press and the human rights defenders but every time the authorities bail themselves out by stating enough escorts were not available to accompany the prisoners. However, notwithstanding the compulsions and limitations of the governemnt, a detainee, or an under trial should not suffer and must be produced in the court without fail. If the government is not in a position to provide the required number of escorts, it has no right to detain people. The government must consider the recommendations of the Bar Association and try to improve the condition of the prisons and the prisoners.
Fri Jul 2, 2004 9:50 am
Subject: Youth beaten, may die
Youth saw militant�s slit throat, protested, was beaten, may die
Sangarwani, (Pulwama) July 1: Twenty-one-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Daded is battling
for life at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar after
being beaten by troops.
Gulzar Ahmad of Aritrag Sangarwani in Pulwama was thrashed ruthlessly last
Friday by army personnel of Gurkha Regiment based at Mastpora Keller.
Gulzar was protesting among hundreds of other villagers against the custodial
killing of local militant, Fayaz Ahmad Koli of Sangarwani.
The villagers said the militant was arrested by the troops and then his throat
was slit. People working in the nearby fields heard Fayaz�s cries while his
throat was being slit.
This news spread in the village like fire and people demanded Fayaz�s body from
Gulzar was among the protesters, says his mother, Hajira who is presently
attending her son at SKIMS.
Gulzar fell unconscious and vomited blood after the trashing as he received
critical injuries in his head. The villagers took Gulzar to sub-district
hospital at Keller where from he was referred to SKIMS as his condition was
critical. The same army personnel who had beat him tried to stop the vehicle
carrying Gulzar, but police intervened and let them go.
The villagers say Gulzar�s mother had requested armymen for his forgiveness, but
she was told, that too in front of hundreds of villagers and police officials,
"One who dares to argue with us will face the same."
This reporter visited SKIMS and saw Gulzar lying on the bed in ICCU (Intensive
critical care unit, surgical), just breathing. The doctor on duty, Dr. Mir
Ghulam Muhammed said Gulzar had severe head injury. Gulzar has been operated for
Homotoma. �He is on artificial respiration and his neurological status is not
Doctors say Gulzar has bleak chances of survival.
Gk July 2, 2004
Syed Ajaz Kazmi
Poonch, July 2: Killing of an infant allegedly by the Special Operation Group in Surankote area of Poonch district, resulted in a strong protest demonstration by the residents. Protestors while raising anti India slogans pelted stones on the police and demanded stern action against the SOG. Residents alleged that SOG allegedly fired upon an infant Muhammad Umar son of Imtiyaz Malik, on Thursday afternoon, killing him on the spot.
The residents alleged the cops resorted to panic firing on Thursday resulting in the death of child. Protesting in front of Police Station, Surankote., the protestors demanded action against the cops and registration of First Information Report (FIR) against them.
However the situation was normalized following the intervention of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Poonch Talab Hussain and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mukesh Kumar who assured the protestors that an FIR would be lodged against the erring cops. ADC further announced an ex-gratia relief of one lack rupees and one job to a family member of deceased.
SSP Poonch, Mukesh Kumar said that the infant has been killed during the cross firing between police and militants. "Though infant has been killed in cross firing still we will investigate into the matter and the culprits would be booked if found guilty", SSP assured.
Police said that militants resorted to indiscriminate firing on a police party on Thursday which was effectively retaliated. However, an infant was killed in the cross firing, which lasted for about fifteen minutes, police added.
Judicial probe demanded
Jammu, July 2: Mushtaq Bukhari MLA, Surankote has condemned the alleged killing of an infant by SOG personnel at Charralla Parmote. He expressed grave shock over this killing Bukhari has demanded judicial probe of the incident to arrest the accused so as to restore the confidence of the public. The MLA alleged that former militants have been appointed SPO`s who he alleged were harassing ordinary residents.
Addressing a gathering former MLA Abdul Wahid Shan said this area has been ignored as no developmental activity has taken place. He said that work at the receiving center at Sangaldan, which was started by the previous government has been stopped by the present government. The NC leader said the residents of the area will start agitation if development activity is not taken up by the government at the earliest. GKNS
Youth killed in police fire
Varmul: An 18-year-old student Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat s/o Ali Muhammad Bhat was killed when police fired on protestors at Watergam Varmul on Friday.
The protestors were fed on rumours that one Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh injured in a group clash on Thursday had succumbed. They pelted stones on rival other group who retaliated resulting in fierce clashes.
Police reached the spot to intervene and fired tear gas canisters to disperse the agitated crowd. They also resorted to firing killing the student.
GK July 1, 2004 �No plan to revoke Armed Forces Act�
Srinagar: Asserting that the Centre had no plan to revoke Armed Forces Act in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the challenge from militancy in the state had been reduced.
"It (challenge of militancy) is a subjective assessment in respect of number of incidents or casualties. At present, it is not as high as it was in the past," said Mukherjee, who completed a maiden two-day visit to the state after taking over as defence minister, at old airfield before leaving for Delhi.
Mukherjee, however, said that in view of the recent incidents of violence, there was no plan to revoke the Armed Forces Act already in force in Jammu and Kashmir since early 1990s.
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