Mehbooba Mufti talks of “healing touch” with little visible action

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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offered condolences to families of youth killed in violence at Anantnag

Srinagar: “Our own youth has to be won over with a healing touch” was the much touted remark parroted again today by Mehbooba Mufti, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister heading the PDP-BJP coalition government in the trouble-torn State bordering Pakistan.

In J&K normal life has been disrupted – especially in Srinagar and a couple of adjoining districts- by the radicalised youth, secessionist elements and terrorists from across the border.

Mehbooba Mufti underscored the need for a “healing touch” to win over the radicalised youth. She was presiding over a meeting of the Unified Command Headquarters. The meeting was called to review the security situation and increasing violence in the Kashmir valley in recent weeks.

Prominent among those present at the meeting were Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, State Chief Secretary B R Sharma, Principal Secretary Home R K Goyal, Director General of Police S P Vaid, GoC-in-C of Northern Command Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, Army Commanders posted in the state, Senior CRPF and BSF officers and Divisional Commissioners.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said: “The youth unfortunately caught in the cycle of violence are our own youth who ought to be won over with healing touch.”

This is not the first time that Mehbooba Mufti has expressed such lofty sentiments with regard to the stone-pelters who have continued to hold the State to ransom. In fact this has become a pet jargon with her as she never misses any opportunity to fill her speech with these sentiments. Those in knowledgeable circles are asking -besides visiting families of those who have died recently during violence and anti-national protests at places like Anantnag and Kupwara and launching the ambitious food entitlement scheme, what concrete steps have been taken by the chief minister on the ground to win the hearts and ensure the radicalised youth return to the national mainstream.

In the just concluded election for the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, the nation was witness to endless street violence directed against the security forces. People are asking where was the might of the State and what was done by the authorities overseeing and spearheading the election process to guarantee fair and peaceful polls.

Another big question is where is all the money coming from to sustain the radicalised section of the population that is on the warpath and refuses to engage in any economic activity -especially after demonetisation of high denomination currency notes to stop money laundering and drive out counterfeit notes that were being used by the terrorists to carry out their activities in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country.

Fake passport case: Chhota Rajan gets 7 years imprisonment

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Chhota Rajan

New Delhi: The Special judge, CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts in New Delhi has sentenced Rajendra Sadashiv Nikalje , alias Chhota Rajan to undergo seven years Simple Imprisonment with fine of Rs.15,000.

The Court, on Tuesday, April 25, also sentenced three former officials of Regional Passport Office (RPO), Bangalore. Those sentenced are Ms.Jayashree Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal and Ms. Lalitha Laxamanan, all to undergo seven years Simple Imprisonment with a fine of Rs.15,000 each.

CBI had registered a case on 31 October 2015 against Chhota Rajan and the public servants (unknown at that stage) under Sections 120-B, 419, 420, 467, 468, 471 & 474 of IPC, Section 12 of Passports Act, 1967 and 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

CBI had arrested Chhota Rajan on 6 November 2015 after his deportation from Indonesia and he remained in police custody till 19 November 2015. After that he remained in judicial custody at Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

It was established during investigation that Chhota Rajan was involved in criminal conspiracy with Jayashree Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Laxamanan, all at that time were officials of Regional Passport Office, Bangalore. The charge against them was that they allegedly got issued Indian Passport on 1 January 1998 in the name of Mohan Kumar, a non-existent person. Chhota Rajan, on the basis of this Passport, got issued another passport on 19 December 2003 from High commission of India at Harare, Zimbabwe and another passport from Consulate General of India in Sydney (Australia). Chhota Rajan had stayed in Zimbabwe and Australia with the fake identity of Mohan Kumar on the basis of the passport fraudulently issued by the Regional Passport Office in Bangalore.

Hollande pays tribute to policeman killed on the Champs-Elysées

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Paris/New Delhi: Outgoing French President François Hollande today joined his nation and offered his tribute to Xavier Jugelé, the policeman killed on the Champs-Elysées by stating that Policemen ar the ramparts of democracy and to attack a policeman is to reach the very authority of the State and it amounts to attacking the State.

Paying his tributes Hollande said:

“By their exemplary coolness and responsiveness, these policemen advanced under fire and succeeded in neutralizing the terrorist without harm to the crowd who strolled peacefully on the most beautiful avenue in the world, and that they are warmly thanked here. ”

“Policemen, gendarmes, you are the ramparts of democracy. In your profession, there are no small tasks or secondary tasks, all of which are important to preserve the civil peace and republican order without which our society can not Not stand up, without which our fellow citizens can not have confidence in the future. This is what makes the acts of violence against you hateful, and that is why they must be repressed with the utmost severity. To attack a policeman or a gendarme is to reach the very authority of the State, it is to attack the State. ”

A day before before the french President described an attack on a policeman as an attack on the State, the Maoists had ambushed and killed 25 Central Reserve Police Force personnel on patrol duty in Sukma district of South Bastar in Chhattisgarh. Over the years the Maoists, who are also called the naxalites, have been attacking the police and security personnel at will and inflicting heavy casualties but the leaders and those at the helm of affairs have failed to address the problem and give a crushing blow to the Maoists.

Paying tributes to the CRPF personnel martyred in the Sukma attack, India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today fell short of describing the Sukma attack as an attack on the State. “This is a cold-blooded murder,” he said adding the “sacrifice of our jawans (troops) will not go in vain”.

The situation in Kashmir also is deplorable, where stone throwing mobs continue to attack the security personnel, whose hands have been tied down as they have instructions not to retaliate. It was a national shame to watch a video that went viral on social media showing how the security personnel engaged in election duty were kicked and boxed by a violent mob in Kashmir during the just concluded poll for the Srinagar Parliamentary seat.

26 CRPF personnel killed in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur: At least 26 personnel of the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and and six others wounded in a dastardly attack by Maosts in the naxalite affacted Sukma district in the South Bastar area of Chhattisgarh State on Monday afternoon.

The Maoists ambushed about a hundred-strong CRPF road opening party on patrol at Burkapal near Chintagufa in south Bastar, one of the worst Maoist violence-affected region in the state. Reports reaching here point out close to 100 CRPF jawans were part of the road opening party when they were attacked

According to Jitendra Shukla, additional superintendent of police, Sukma: “The Maoists ambushed CRPF personnel and started indiscriminate firing.”