Interlocutors arrive today

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: All three Interlocutors—Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and M M Ansari are reaching here tomorrow morning on their third trip to the State.

Official sources said the Interlocutors would reach here from New Delhi in Spice Jet flight at 10.10 am and will stay at the Guest House. They will inter-act with some security officials followed by a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. They will also meet some other individuals during their stay.

As reported, the Interlocutors will proceed to Poonch on December 18 and meet representatives of political parties and various other organizations besides the common man. Subject to security situation, their tour itinerary also includes a visit to the LoC in Mendhar.

They will have a night halt in Poonch and leave for Rajouri on December 19 where again they will meet cross sections of people. They will stay for the night in Rajouri and return to Jammu on December 20 where they will meet delegations. They will leave for Srinagar on December 21 and return to New Delhi on December 23.

After the trip, the Interlocutors will submit their findings to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

AKs, pistols, grenades seized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: Army and police today recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. Recoveries included two AK rifles, three pistols and seven grenades.

A joint team of 11 Kumaon and police recovered a consignment of weaponry from forward village of Deri Dabsi, close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector of Poonch district this evening.

SSP Poonch Manmohan Singh said the recoveries included two AK-47 rifles with two magazines, one pistol, one revolver and some other ammunition. He said Army and police conducted searches in the area. However, no arrests were made.

In another search operation, troops of 14 Sector Rashtriya Rifles and police destroyed a militant hideout in Buthan forest area of Budhal in Rajouri district and recovered one pistol with one magazine and 10 rounds, 14 UBGL grenades, seven hand grenades, 79 AK rounds, 24 Pika rounds, one I Com radio set, one binocular and some blankets.

SHO Budhal Sureshwar Dev Singh led police party in the operation.

No solution in present framework: Mirwaiz

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today rejected any solution to Kashmir issue within the framework of Constitution saying there was a need for New Delhi, Islamabad and Kashmiri leadership for a negotiated settlement.

"Time has come for India, Pakistan and representatives of Jammu and Kashmir to thrash out a negotiated settlement to Kashmir issue," chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said at a press conference here.

Responding to a question about Centre's interlocutor Dileep Padgaonkar describing PDP's self rule as a possible solution, Mirwaiz said any solution to Kashmir issue within the present frame work was not possible and right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir was non-negotiable.

Mirwaiz said any change in China's policy on issuing stapled visa to residents of the State would not change or affect the Kashmir issue as it has been recognized internationally.

"Whatever the issues between India and China, the international community is keen to impress upon New Delhi and Islamabad to enage for resolving Kashmir issue," he said.

Mirwaiz reiterated that US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard

Holbrooke, who died recently, was in touch with leadership of India and Pakistan as well as Kashmiri leadership.

When asked to explain the kind of contact between Holbrooke and Kashmiri leadership, the Hurriyat chairman declined to comment any further but expressed the hope that the replacement for the deceased American diplomat would carry forward his work.

"Infact, we feel that there is a need for appointing a special representative for Kashmir so that the issue is resolved expeditiously," he added.

Asked about the statement of Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda that detained Hurriyat leader Masrat Alam had taken money for fuelling the summer agitation in the Valley, Mirwaiz said there was nothing to be surprised in the police claim.

"J&K Police has issued many statements over the past 20 years and everyone knows where its reputation stands. It is only to malign the people's movement," he said.

Mirwaiz said the Government and its agencies were trying very hard to portray the mass upheaval in Kashmir as a struggle for monetary gains which was evident from the job packages announced by it.

"The Government should come out of the denial mode and accept that none of the 112 persons killed this summer were out on streets for monetary gains," he said.

Mirwaiz said he will offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid tomorrow even if Government imposes curbs on his movement.

"The Government cannot stop me from following my religion. We will offer prayers at Jamia Masjid tomorrow," he said.

SIT begins fresh probe in Chopra case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: The Special Investigating Team (SIT), constituted for fresh investigations into the killing of Raju Chopra and four others including his two family members and two helpers at Trikuta Nagar in September 2006, today had a fresh look of the site of killings.

The SIT headed by DIG Jammu-Kathua range Farooq Khan visited the house of Raju Chopra at Trikuta Nagar and had a detailed examination of the spot where Chopra, his wife Madhu, Saloni, daughter, a helper and a driver were killed on the intervening night of September 16 and 17, 2006.

The team members were reported to have recollected the scene. They were at the spot for more than a couple of hours before returning. The team members including SP Counter Intelligence, Jammu, Romesh Kumar Angral, SP Armed Mahadeep Singh and DySP CID (CI) Muzaffar Hussain Shah also had a meeting among themselves to discuss various theories on the killing.

The team was expected to question some persons, who were suspect in the killing, during the course of their further investigations.

Police have so far arrested nine "accused’’ in the murder from Guna, Madhya Pradesh, the latest being Sangram Singh. A challan has been produced against them in the court of law.

Police said if required, a supplementary chargesheet could be filed in the case.

1800 qtls FCI foodgrain seized

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Police today recovered huge quantity of foodgrain and other essential items meant for distribution through Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department from a private godown in Batamaloo area of the city.

"On a specific information Srinagar police raided a godown at Mominabad Batamaloo and recovered 1000 quintals (approximately) of rice, 300 bags (approximately) of sugar and 500 bags (approximately) of flour meant for distribution through CAPD outlets," a police spokesman said.

He said these items were supplied by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and the same were to be fraudulently sold to the public.

The modus operandi of the group was to transfer the food grain and other items into different bags which did not bear the marking of FCI and relabeled for sale in open market.

"Police has also recovered stitching machines, weighing machines and 1000 empty bags from the spot," the spokesman said.

He said in this connection case FIR No. 265/2010 under Sections 409, 460, 120-B has been registered in police station Sadder and investigations have been taken up. No arrests have been made so far in connection with the case.

However, sources said the instant recovery was just the tip of the ice-berg as larger quantities of food grain from FCI meant for public distribution was being swindled by some officials of the CAPD department in connivance with local traders.


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