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Post Covid; Suicides, attempts to take extreme steps, show steep surge in Kashmir, reveal SDRF data

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365 attempts recorded since Feb 2021; 127 persons died after ending lives; Sukoon helpline providing online counselling to people; Will submit detailed report on suicides to CS, hopeful Govt will take steps to plug trend: SSP SDRF Haseeb-ur Rehman

Srinagar, Sept 21: Post Covid-19 pandemic, Kashmir has witnessed a huge spurt in the suicide attempts and suicides as figures reveal that since February 2021, the Valley witnessed 365 suicide attempts while 127 persons died after taking extreme step.

The data prepared by the SDRF, which is available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), suggest that from February 2021 onwards, 365 attempts of suicides were recorded while as 127 persons died after committing the suicide. “238 survived after taking extreme steps,” the figures reveal.

The data states that district Budgam reported highest number of attempt to suicides at 72 followed by district Baramulla at 61. “Similarly, Ananatnag district recorded 55 suicide attempts and Kupwara 51. Bandipora saw 34 suicide attempts, followed by 19 in Shopian and 15 in Pulwama. District Kulgam recorded 25 suicide bids and Srinagar 17,” the figures revealed, adding that that in total, 365 suicide attempts were recorded from February 2021 to date.

The figures disclosed that 127 people died after taking extreme steps that includes 17 in Srinagar, 11 in Ganderbal,  08 in Bandipora, 09 in Shopian, 08 in Pulwama, 11 in Budgam, 31 in Anantnag 10 in Kulgam, 15 in Baramulla and  07 in Kupwara.

Talking to reports at SDRF ist Battalion hqrs in Baghat Srinagar, SSP SDRF Hasseeb-ur-Rehman said that post Covid-19 pandemic, Kashmir has seen a spurt in suicide related incidents. “There are many reasons and the most common ones are financial issues and domestic issues. We are receiving a lot of distress calls on the Sukoon help line where we provide immediate counselling. There is a need to plug the growing trend,” he said. The SSP SDRF said that they are going to submit the report to Chief Secretary J&K A K Mehta for action. “We are hopeful that government will act on the report and accordingly steps will be taken to address the issue,” he said.

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Nitishwar Kumar posted as additional secretary in Union Women and Child Development Ministry

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Srinagar, Sept 25: In a significant development, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has posted Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to LG Manoj Sinha, as additional secretary and financial advisor, Ministry of Women and Children Development.

According to an order, a copy of which is in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Nitishwar Kumar, IAS (UP:96), presently on inter-cadre deputation, as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Women and Child Development, by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Ministry.

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Two militants killed near LoC in north Kashmir: Police

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‘Identification of slain being ascertained’

Srinagar, Sept 25: Two militants were killed in an encounter near the Line of Control in Tekri Nar locality of Machil in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, police said here.

Kashmir zone police in a Tweet, informed that the identification of the militants was being ascertained.

Police also said that two AK-47 rifles as many pistols and 04 hand grenades were recovered from them.

“Army and Kupwara Police neutralised two #terrorists near #LoC Tekri Nar in Machil area of #Kupwara. Identification of the killed terrorists being ascertained. 02 AK 47 rifles, 02 pistols & 04 hand grenades recovered. Further details shall follow,” police tweeted. (KNO)

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Police attach residential house in Bandipora for wilfully sheltering, harbouring militants

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Bandipora, Sept 25: Police in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have attached a residential house for wilfully sheltering and harbouring militants after obtaining sanction from competent authority.

In a statement, cited by the news agency-KNO, a spokesperson said that police attached the residential house of one person namely Bashir Ahmad Mir of Wanpora Gurez at present Watrina after obtaining legal sanction from the competent authorities.

The statement reads that the house was linked to case FIR No.166/2021of PS Bandipora U/S 16,18,19 ,20,23,39UAPA ,307IPC ,7/27 IA Act, dated 26_09_2021 in which two hardcore militants were neutralised, who were involved in different crimes in Bandipora.

“The investigation proved beyond doubt that the said house was used for the purpose of militancy, sheltering, harbouring militants & such act was voluntarily and knowingly given by the member of the family. Many attacks on civilians and protected persons were carried, conspired and planned by militants while using this house as hideout,” it reads.

The statement reads that Bandipora police requests citizens once again not to harbour or give shelter to militants, failing which they will be liable to action under law including property attachment (movable/immovable) proceedings.

“In case of any forced and coercive entry by militants into any house or vehicle, the matter should be brought to the notice of police immediately, otherwise proceedings under law will follow against such houses or other properties,” it added.

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