84 booked under PSA: IGP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 9: Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu zone, Ashok Gupta today said police will take up the issue of supply of drugs used for addiction by the youth from Pathankot with their Punjab counterparts to choke the supply line of drug smugglers.

Replying to few questions other than sports at his press conference on the eve of police youth promotional cricket cup, Mr Gupta said SSP Kathua Gareeb Dass has been asked to take up the issue with his counterpart in Gurdaspur district of neighbouring Punjab as there were reports that most of the supply of drugs was coming from Pathankot.

"We need to block the supply line of drug-addicts’’, he said, adding that police have also decided to impose Public Safety Act (PSA) on the drug smugglers to serve as a deterrent against the drug menace. It may be mentioned that police have seized 2 lakh capsules this year so far.

Mr Gupta said police has been asked to take strict action against the drug smugglers.

The Jammu Police chief disclosed that 84 persons including militants, Over Ground Workers (OGWs), narcotics smugglers, criminals etc have been booked under PSA this year so far. The number was three times more than the previous year, he said.

As many as 8000 kg bhukki has been seized this year.

Situation on militancy front was well under control in Jammu region, Mr Gupta said, adding that the militants were on the run.

He said SSP Poonch Manmohan Singh has been asked to hold sustained interrogation of Kafeel Ahmed of Ari, Mendhar in Poonch district, who was today arrested for a sacrilegious act. The cycle of violence in Mendhar could be arrested with the detention of Kafeel, he added.

Kafeel could be part of a bigger nexus to create disturbances, he said, adding he was responsible for a similar act on September 11 this year.

CB seizes land record from DC office

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 9: The Crime Branch today carried out a raid in the office of Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, and seized the record pertaining to an alleged scam in acquiring land for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) in 2000 by the Revenue Department.

Official sources said the Crime Branch seized the record on acquiring of 3000 kanals land for the SMVDU by the Revenue Department near Katra in the year 2000.

Sources said there were reports that the then Revenue authorities had first converted the Government land on the name of some private persons. Later, the land was acquired from the same persons and they were paid compensation.

The compensation was shared by the then Revenue authorities and the people on whose names the land had been converted.

A total of 3000 kanals land had been acquired and it was being investigated by the Crime Branch as to how much of it pertained to the Government and was converted for grant of compensation, sources said.

The Revenue authorities for acquiring the land had distributed a total of Rs 8 crore worth compensation.

Sources said the Crime Branch has seized relevant record pertaining to land acquired by the Revenue Department in the year 2000 for the SMVDU during the raid conducted at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur.

Further investigations in the case were on.

Army jawan commits suicide

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Nov 9: An Army jawan has allegedly committed suicide at Bhaderwah today. According to sources, Constable Vikram Barman of 8 JAKLI posted at Core Battle School, Bhalrah under Bhaderwah Police Station allegedly committed suicide while on duty by shooting himself with his service riffle this afternoon.

The bullet hit his chin and his head blew into smithereens. On hearing the gun sound the jawans rushed to the spot and they found him lying in the pool of blood.

Later the Army informed Bhaderwah Police Station which registered a case under Section 174 CrPc. The police took him to Civil Hospital Bhaderwah where his postmortem was conducted.

The Army has ordered a court of Inquiry into the incident.

Mr Barman was deployed on the protection duty of JAKLI contingent undergoing training at Bhalrah.

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