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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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5 more localities declared as micro-containment zones in Srinagar

(Asian News Hub) – The authorities on Monday declared five more localities of Zadibal and Batamaloo areas of Srinagar in view of detection of fresh Covid-19 cases.

Srinagar admin said that 5 more localities of Zadibal and Batamaloo have been declared as Covid-19 containment zones to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The areas which have been declared as containment zones include Meerakabad Shalimar, Hyder Colony Kill Khan Gali Upper Soura, Buchpora Firdous Colony in Zadibal and Gazaliabad Lane No. 01 HMT and Shahanwar Colony Lane 02 in Batamaloo area of Srinagar.

Officials said that at least these areas have at least 33 active cases of Covid-19 and to prevent the further spread of the virus, these localities have been declared as micro-containment zones.


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Two militants killed in Shopian gunfight

(Asian News Hub) – At least two unidentified militants have been killed in an encounter that broke out between government forces and militants in Zeipora Mantribugh area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

A senior police officer told that two unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained. He said that the search operation is still on in the area.

He said that the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 34 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

Pertinently, 38 militants have been killed so far in Jammu and Kashmir this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the internet services have been snapped across Shopian district.


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Fortis hospital sets Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar

Appoints Dr Mir Sammiullah as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram

(Asian News Hub) – Keeping in view the rising incidence of liver diseases in Kashmir, Fortis Hospital has established a Liver Diseases Centre at Star Hospital Srinagar.

The Centre will cater all types of liver diseases and liver transplant services.

Dr Mir Sammiullah has been appointed as senior Liver Transplant Consultant at Fortis Hospital Gurugram.

The OPD services will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.


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