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Army completes Summary of Evidence in Shopian encounter; court martial of its 2 men possible

Srinagar, Dec 24: The Army has completed the Summary of Evidence against two of its men involved in July’s Amshipura encounter in South Kashmir’s Shopian district in which three civilians were killed and a possible court martial could take place after completion of formalities, officials said.

General Officer in Command of the strategically located XV Corps Lt Gen B S Raju said the Summary of Evidence has been completed but refused to give away any details of the outcome.

“Yes, the Summary of Evidence has been completed and the army will take next course of action as per the law,” Lt Raju told PTI here.

The army had ordered a Court of Inquiry earlier this year after reports appeared on social media that three youths, labelled as terrorists, had been gunned down by its personnel.

The Court of Inquiry, which completed its probe earlier in September, had found “prima facie” evidence that troops had “exceeded” powers under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) during the July 18 encounter in which three men were killed. Following this, the army had initiated disciplinary proceedings.

Officials in know of the development said the two army personnel may face court martial proceedings for violating the powers vested under the AFSPA, 1990 and not following the Do’s and Don’ts of Chief of Army Staff as approved by the Supreme Court.

The officials said the accused personnel may face serious charges under the law.

They also said the role of the three civilians as well as the person who had allegedly led the army to the youths in Amshipura in Shopian needs to be thoroughly examined by the police.

The three civilians killed in Amshipura were Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar, hailing from Rajouri district. Their identities were subsequently confirmed through a DNA test. The bodies were handed over to their families in Baramulla in October.
The role and antecedents of these three youths are also being investigated due to lack of clarity on their intent and actions upon coming to Shopian.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had visited the families of the three Rajouri youths and expressed condolences. He had also assured the families that the UT government will extend full support to them and ensure that justice is done in the case.

He had also conveyed the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the government stands with the aggrieved families, and they will be taken care of with all support from the government.

The officials said the Army has been maintaining high standards of transparency and punishing officials whenever rules are violated.(PTI)

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Spike in COVID-19 Cases: JK govt defers Annual Darbar move for ‘safety’ of employees

Secretariat to function both in Srinagar and Jammu, office function not to affect due to e-office’

(Asian News Hub) – The Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that the Darbar move has been deferred while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu to ensure the safety of the employees in view of rising number of Covid-19 cases in the Union Territory.

Office of the Jammu and Kashmir Lt, Governor on it official Twitter handle said that the in view of sharply rising cases of COVID in J&K, the government has taken few important decisions to ensure the safety of the employees.

It said that the Darbar move has been deferred because of COVID while the secretariat will function in both Srinagar and Jammu and office functioning will not to be affected because of e-office.

“As J&K is witnessing surge in number of Covid cases, the threat it poses to people/ staff on the move and the implementation of eOffice in both the Secretariat, in move offices, it has been decided to defer the #DarbarMove this time,” the Tweet reads.

In another Tweet it said “However, Secretariat will function in both Srinagar & Jammu with staff equitably split between two Secretaries will function from both locations in an equitable manner Office functioning will not be affected as files to move electronically between both Secretariats in eOffice.”

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Rope in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients: DAK to authorities

(Asian News Hub) – As Covid-19 cases continue to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday urged authorities to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients. ​

“That would reduce the burden on government run hospitals,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

“Virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively.”

“Today we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said.

“Hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.”

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients.”

“That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” Dr Nisar said.

“For the past few weeks, cases have started rising and is now starting to reflect in the rising number of hospitalization.”

“The number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus,” he said.

Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” Dr Nisar said.

“Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

“Hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients,” he said.

“The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said Dr Nisar.

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Beating of student in Pvt Coaching centre: CCAK constitutes committee to inquire matter

(Asian News Hub) – Following the incident of beating a student in Hope Classes, Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Wednesday constitutes a Committe to inquire the matter.

CCAK has termed the incident unfortunate and has expressed disappointment over the incident.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened. The Association constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend measures so that such incidents do not happen in future,” CCAK said in an statement.

It also states that the Association however is cautioning people especially social media users not to get swayed with the video without full knowledge.

“We condemn the incident but people should not read into it too much. Unfortunately a witch hunt has been launched by people against the teacher and the coaching institute, both of whom are known for their reputation,” CCAK spokesperson said.

The Association said that it will soon come out with guidelines to prevent such incidents.

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