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CJ Pankaj Mithal visits District Court Complex Srinagar



Holds interaction with Judges, lawyers

(Asian News Hub) – The Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir, High Court, Justice Pankaj Mithal today visited District Court Complex, Srinagar during which he held interaction with Judges and lawyers in separate meetings.

Chief Justice was warmly welcomed by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Administrative Judge for District Srinagar and Abdul Rashid Malik, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, other Judges and Judicial Officers. On the occasion, Chief Justice was presented Ceremonial Guard of Honour.

While welcoming Pankaj Mithal on his first visit to Srinagar after his appointment as Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, said ‘We all are happy to warmly welcome Chief Justice in the heaven on earth’.

While presenting an overview of the working of judicial officers and the justice delivery system, Justice Magrey called the judicial officers warriors of justice, who work 24*7, for 365 days and praised the working of the judges.

He said despite Covid-19 pandemic challenges, the Judges continued functioning through physical and virtual mode following Covid-19 pandemic SOP’s in letter and spirit to ensure that litigants are given access to justice at all times. Justice Magrey quoted renowned Sufi Saint, Sheikh ul Alam’s wise and famous Kashmiri proverb ‘Kriya Khuta Boud Insaaf” meaning ‘Better doing Justice than Meditation’ and emphasised that judiciary is committed to do justice as ordained in the Constitution.

On the occasion, Superintending Engineer and Executive Engineer, PWD (R&B) executive engineer R&B presented a documentary to give overview of existing infrastructural facilities and the introduction of phase-II proposed construction project in the District Court Complex, Srinagar.

Justice Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice while expressing his pleasure regarding the justice delivery by the judicial officers and infrastructure of the court, said, ‘I am overwhelmed to be present among you in the court of justice’ and said, ‘I am impressed by the status of infrastructure and facilities available here.’ He called the judges of Jammu and Kashmir as best judicial officers and termed the District Court phase-I and II a vision project.

Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal held a separate introductory meeting with senior lawyers of High Court wherein lawyers warmly welcomed the new Chief Justice of J&K and held a brief interaction with him. On the occasion, CJ called justice system incomplete without the lawyers. He said lawyers constitute important part of the Judicial system.

Earlier, Principal Sessions and District Judge, Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik, in his welcome speech highlighted the working of District Judiciary Srinagar the strength of judges, the nature of their work, including pendency and disposal of cases and other features. Mr. Malik also thanked the Chief Justice and Administrative Judge for visiting the Court Complex and interacting with Judicial Officers.

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Man found dead at Zaldagar



Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

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He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore



Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

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

Also Read: In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police



Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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