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City’s largest cemetery known as Malkha, a ‘safe heaven’ for drug peddlers

Women, elderly not safe in evening hours: locals

Jahangir Sofi

Srinagar, Jan 30: City’s largest cemetery, popular known as Malkha, has become a safe haven for drug peddlers and gamblers causing a lot of inconvenience to locals.  

Manzoor Ahmad, a resident of Sikanderpora Rainawari, said that after the sunset youth taking drugs has become a normal activity in and around the cemetery.

“At night it becomes difficult for women and elderly people to go outside of their homes in fear of getting looted. Many such incidents have happened in the past and most of them have gone unreported,” Manzoor said.

The inhabitants of the area have many times approached the police, but according to locals, drug menace in the area has not ended, instead is increasing with every passing day.

The locals said that boys of age around 14 to 20 years old can be seen inside and around the graveyard taking drugs and gambling.

“We had formed a local committee to keep a vigil and to stop this drug menace in our locality. We used to inform the police whenever we found anyone inside the graveyard taking drugs or playing cards, though police acted on many occasions, the area is still to get respite from this menace,” a local resident said.

An elderly man, wishing anonymity, said 30 years back there used to be a police post in Sikanderpora near the chinar tree to keep a vigil on immoral activities in and around the graveyard.

“The stationed police personnel would often petrol in the area and nobody would dare to do anything wrong at that time, but things have changed now. Today I see alcohol bottles in the graveyard, people gambling. This is so painful to watch. So many saints are buried in this graveyard,” they said.

“We request the LG Manoj Sinha to direct the police to go tough on those people who are luring the youth towards the drug menace,” he said.        

“Just a few days back I saw a group of five boys taking alcohol, as I tried to scold them, they all turned their eyes on me as if they wanted to kill me, fearing for my life I left the place quickly,” another local said.

A local gravedigger told KNO, that in the night he takes along few more men with him fearing of being getting attacked by the drug addicts.   

The locals of the area appealed authorities to take stringent action against the people who are involved in rising drug abuse in the area so that the people can take a sigh of relief.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.


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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.


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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.


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