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Police allegedly thrashes restaurant owner, waiters in Pattan

One waiter developing complications removed to SMHS Srinagar

(Asian News Hub) – A restaurant waiter has been removed to SMHS Srinagar after getting allegedly thrashed alongside his fellows by a police team on Monday evening in Pattan area of north-Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

One of the allegedly beaten up waiter, currently attending his colleague at SMHS Srinagar, on condition of anonymity, told Srinagar-based news agency Global News Service that the incident occurred this evening while they were taking meals at the restaurant – Yasir Restaurant Pattan. “We had just summed up the things and were taking dinner when a police team ‘barged inside’ the dining hall”, he said adding that “Without asking for anything or letting us to ask for something they went ‘berserk, thrashing all of us present inside’.”

Identifying one of his fellows’ as Manzoor Ahmad son of Mohammad Sideeq of Boniyar Baramulla, the server said that “He (Manzoor) was severely thrashed and kicked in his lower abdomen, leaving him crying in utter pain.”

“On seeing his condition, we left the things then and there and removed him to SMHS Srinagar”, he said adding that they have been asked to get the ECG and X-ray on a preferential basis after complications sensed by the doctors here.

“They even didn’t spare the owner of the restaurant, kicking and abusing him”, he alleged.

The waiter meanwhile maintained that there was ‘no apparent reason’ for them to understand as what led to the ‘thrashing’.

Meanwhile Station House Officer Pattan expressed his ignorance about the incident. “I have no information about it, when and what has happened” he said.


In absence of family, Muslim neighbours perform last rites of elderly Pandit in Pulwama

(Asian News Hub) – The Muslim neighbours in Tahab locality of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district performed the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Saturday.

According to the news agency—KNO, Pandit Makhan Lal (70) breathed his last at his home in Tahab on Friday late night, plunging the whole locality in mourning.

Soon after the news of his death spread, the local Muslims made special arrangements to perform his last rites. They also ferried firewood to cremate the deceased.

“It is in our Islam to take care of our neighbours irrespective of their religion,” Zubair, a local resident said.

He said that his family members were in Jammu and it is their duty to perform his last rites.

Makhan Lal was a retired employee in BSNL and died after brief illness. He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Notably, Makhan Lal was the maternal uncle of chief medical officer Pulwama, Dr Ramesh Mall.

Pandit families who are residing in Tahab locality did not migrate from Kashmir valley during the early 1990’s and instead decided to stay put. Since then the two communities have lived in the locality in harmony and have always shown compassion to each other.


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CRPF man among six die of Covid-19 in Kashmir, toll 2,678 in J&K

(Asian News Hub) – At least six persons including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who were tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday evening in Kashmir, taking the toll of deaths to 2,678 in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official told that six patients who died include 50-year-old CRPF man of 96 BN posted in Anantnag, 45-year-old man from Rajbagh, 58-year-old woman from Harwan, 55-year-old man from Chadoora, 50-year-old man from Iddgha and 85-year-old woman from Chadoora.

He said that three deaths were reported at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura while one death was reported at SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

He further added that one each death was reported at JVC Bemina and CD Hospital Dalgate.

With six fresh fatalities, the death toll related to Covid-19 in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir mounted to 2,678.


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CRPF man dies of Covid-19 at SKIMS Soura

(Asian News Hub) – A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man, who was tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar.

An official told that a CRPF man identified as Abhimaniya Sahu of 96 BN CRPF posted at Mattan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district died at SKIMS Soura days after testing positive for COVID-19.

He said that the CRPF man was admitted in the hospital on Saturday morning where as, breathed his last this evening.


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