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AIIMS Awantipora hits major roadblock as army says ‘construction compromises security of military garrison’

Cites violation of NoC guidelines, says AIIMs building directly overlooks sensitive installation of military garrison, Campus hugs military garrison, common boundary wall; matter needs to be taken up GoI: Army tells Div Com Kashmir; Another meeting within 10 days

(Asian News Hub) – The construction of the much ambitious All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Thursday hit a major roadblock after army stated that the construction of the institute building compromises the military garrison and the boundary wall of the building touches the common boundary wall of garrison.

As per news agency—KNO, the army stated this in a review meeting chaired by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole.  According to the minutes of the meeting available with the KNO, the Pole chaired a meeting of stakeholders in his office chamber in which deputy commissioner Pulwama, Chief Engineer CPWD Kashmir (through video conferencing) , additional deputy commissioner Awantiore, Brig Arun Yadav (LMA) representing GoC Victor Force Awnatipore, Col DS Oberai, Adm Commandant Victor Force Awantipore,  Ex Engineer (AIMS Project) Srinagar and Additional General Manager NBCC Srinagar participated.

“Divisional Commissioner Kashmir was informed in the meeting by the Brig Arun Yadav that the proposed AIIMS campus hugs the military garrison and has a common boundary wall of 1.7 kms. NoC guidelines issued by the Ministry of Defence  GoI dated May 18-2011 stipulate that no construction within 100 meters and no buildings above the four storeys within 500 meters from the periphery of the military garrison,” the minutes of the meeting read. “There are ten multi-storey buildings (10 to 38 meters height) which directly overlook the sensitive installation of contagious military garrison.”

In the meeting, the army reiterated that no information with respect of AIIMS construction and insurance of NOC with Victor Force was given by CPWD/Civil administration till January 15, 2021 despite various communications and meetings held with them.

“Big Yadav further stated that defence authorities requires to take up the case with the GoI to issue NoC for any construction violating work of Defence Act. The issue of AIIMS campus has accordingly been referred through higher headquarters,” the minutes of the meeting read.

Present on the occasion, the DC Pulwama stated that “land occupied by the Victor Force has not been properly demarcated as is evident from the Revenue records. More than 1.7 kms of military garrison and AIIMS Awantipore being shared with each other and vital building of the project falls within 100 to500 meters.” The DC, as per minutes of the meeting, further stated that a land acquisition process of additional 272 kanals near the AIIMS project has also been initiated.

After threadbare discussion, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir passed a series of directions that read since most of the land on the project is hilly, the Chief Engineer, CPWD and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Awantipora shall conduct a joint survey to access the quantity of land available near the project having less than 30 degree slope.

“The Divisional Commissioner also called for  joint survey of CPWD / Victor Chief Engineer, Force and Revenue Authorities shall be conducted in a week’s time to explore the possibilities for construction of Awantipora / vital buildings of the project,” the minutes of the meeting state, adding that another meeting on the project will be held within eight to ten days from May 25.

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Active Al-Badr militant found dead in Soura, Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – Body of an active militant from Al-Badr outfit was found in Soura area of Srinagar on Saturday late evening, officials said.

They said police came to know about the body of an active militant of Al-Badr lying on a roadside near Soura area of Srinagar. A police official told that the body of the militant identified as Amir Ahmed Malik, 23, a C category A-Badr militant.  “Malik was active since November 2020. He hails from Hyder Gund, Zainapora area of Shopian,” the official said.

A police official said it seems that the militant was killed in a “group clash” even as further investigations are on.

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Lady dies, minor boy injured in Doda road accident

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(Asian News Hub) – A lady died while a minor boy was injured after a vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident near Police Station Assar in Doda district on Sunday.

An official said that a swift vehicle bearing registration number JK02CC-8873 was on its way from Jammu to Bhaderwah when it skidded off the road and rolled down from National Highway.l, leaving a lady dead on the spot and also left a minor boy wounded.

He said that the deceased lady identified as Babita Manhas, wife of late Krishan Manhas and injured minor identified as 11-yr-old Rehan Manhas are residents of Gandoh area of Doda district and presently residing at Jammu.

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4 including 2 civilians, 2 cops killed in Sopore militant attack

Police officer among 4 others injured; Injured civilian critical; Militants targeted police party enforcing Covid lockdown; Lashkar behind strike, have identified attackers, says DGP Dilbagh Singh

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(Asian News Hub) – MilitantsSaturday attacked a police party at main chowk of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in which two policemen and two civilians were killed while a police officer among four others sustained bullet injuries.

Among two injured civilians, the condition of one is stated as critical. A police official told that militants targeted a police party at main chowk Sopore when they were enforcing carona curfew in the area. “The militants fired indiscriminately at the police party killing two policemen and two civilians. Two more cops and two civilians sustained injuries who are being treated in the hospital,” the officials said.

The injured, police official said, were first shifted to Sub-District Hospital Sopore wherefrom one policeman was shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar for treatment. Hospitals sources at SDH Sopore told that two policeman and two civilians were brought to hospital in multiple bullet injuries after which they succumbed.

The slain policemen were identified as Constable Waseem Ahmed son of Muhamamd Saqiq Bhat of Narbal, Srinagar and constable Showkat Ahmed son of Abdul Gani, resident of Goripora, Beerwah Budgam. The dead civilians were identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Hassan of Mohalla Taliyan, Sopore and Showkat Ahmed Shalla son of Ghulam Qadir of Shalimar Colony Sopore.

Sources identified the injured Sub-Inspector as Mukesh Kumar and SPO Danish Ahmed. The injured civilian has been identified as Nayeem Ahmed Khan son of Muhammad Maqbool, a resident of Maharajpora, Sopore, who has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar where his condition is stated as critical. “He has received bullet injury in his thigh and abdomen,” hospital sources said. Police, however, said that four civilians sustained injuries of which two succumbed. The identity of second injured civilian couldn’t be ascertained.

A pall of gloom descended on Sopore, Srinagar and Beerwah localities when bodies of four—two cops and two civilians reached their respective homes. The bodies of two slain cops were first taken to District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar where police paid rich tributes to them.

Director General of Police (J&K) Dilbagh Singh, who paid floral tributes to the slain cops at DPL Srinagar, said that Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit was behind the Sopore attack, in which two cops and two civilians were killed and three others were injured. Talking to the reporters on the sidelines of wrath laying ceremony of two cops here, Dilbag Singh, said that LeT outfit was involved in this attack and they have identified the attackers, however, further details will not be shared at the moment.

Singh said that to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, a party from Sopore police station under the charge of sub-inspector Mukesh Kumar was deployed in the chowk when the attack took place.

He said that the firing was retaliated by the police party during which some personnel were injured and civilians who had set up their fruit and vegetables stalls nearby also got injured.

“Subsequently, two injured cops succumbed to their injuries, identified as constable Waseem and constable Showkat and sub-inspector Mukesh and SPO Danish got injured. Three civilians were also injured of whom two later succumbed while another one was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” he said

He said they were looking into all the angles of the attack and forces have also launched a follow-up operation in the area and the perpetrators of the crime will be soon brought to justice.

Replying to a query, Singh said that militancy was declining and control of the forces in all the areas was very good while operations were also being carried out. “However, due to Covid-19 there has been a decline in anti-militancy operations but the forces still have an upper hand and we are launching operation in all the areas as well,” he said.

He said that under these circumstances these incidents happen and all those who are involved in these attacks will be not be spared at any cost.

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