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Man gets 10 year jail for acid attack after 8-year trial

Udhampur, Jan 04: In a trial lasting for eight years, Udhampur Additional Session Judge S.R Gandhi today sentenced a man to 10 year rigorous imprisonment and acquitted two others in an acid throwing case. 

The facts of the prosecution case in brief are that on 17/2/2012    Sohan Singh Son of  Bansi Lal resident  of  Roun Domail,  running a cosmetic shop at Roun Domail was going towards his home along with his brother  Dara and Manohar Singh  after closing his shop  and the accused, near Ashram Morh Ramnagar Railway Station,   started  throwing some watery substance on him and his companions with a jug and gallon.  The Victims received serious injuries and were shifted to district  hospital by police. 

Later, police registered a case   FIR No. 54/2012  under Sections 307/326/341/120 RPC and started investigation. The Prosecution examined 17 witnesses in this regard.

After hearing the defense counsel for the accused persons and Additional Public Prosecutor Anil Magotra for the state, the Court observed that acid attack is one of the grave offences against the human body and it has irreversible consequences for the victim. The victim is unable to lead a normal life and leave his house because of his disfigurement. The social stigma and the pain that a victim has to go through for not being accepted by the society cannot be neglected. 

Keeping in view the mitigating and aggravating circumstances, the Court ordered that for the commission of offence under Section 307 of the RPC convict namely Rajinder Kumar Son of  Manohor Lal  resident of  Village Radyal Tehsil and District Samba shall suffer rigorous imprisonment for 10 (Ten) years  and a fine of Rs.10,000/-.

For the commission of offence under Section 324 RPC the convict shall undergo rigorous imprisonment for 03 (Three) years. For the commission of offence under Section 341 RPC he shall undergo imprisonment for one month. All the sentences shall run concurrently.

In default of payment of fine, convict shall further undergo imprisonment for one year. It is evident from the record that convict was arrested on 23.02.2012 and released on bail on 03.3.2016. The period of detention already undergone shall be set off from the sentence awarded to the convict. 

However two others accused namely Arun Singh son of Kartar Singh resident of W.No.3 Vijaypur Tehsil – District Samba and Ganga Ram son of Hind Raj resident of Village Badnai Nadd Tehsil & District Samba were acquitted as prosecution failed to prove case against them.

Meanwhile, the court also directed to submit a copy of this order to the Chairman District Legal Service Authority, Udhampur with the request to consider this case for compensation to the victims.

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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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