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Formulate new surrender, rehabilitation policy: MHA to J&K Govt

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Jammu, Jan 24: In order to keep Kashmiri youths away from terror activities and maintain peace and normalcy in the Valley, the Home Ministry has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to formulate a new surrender and rehabilitation policy vis-a-vis militants and set up a high-level committee to review stone-pelting cases against students, an official said on Wednesday.

In the communication, the Ministry also advised the state government to close or withdraw stone-pelting cases against students in which no grievous injuries occurred, so that they get a chance to focus on their studies and pursue their career without any psychological pressure.

The Ministry said that an opportunity should be given to those who have joined militancy.

The new surrender and rehabilitation policy will provide Kashmiri youths with economic rehabilitation and suitable training to run their own businesses, enabling them to return to the mainstream and lead a dignified life, a Ministry official said, requesting anonymity.

The Ministry also asked the state government to constitute a high-level committee, headed by an officer of the rank of Director General of Police or Additional Director General of Police, to review cases of stone-pelting against students and other youths.

The move comes within two months of the Jammu and Kashmir government’s announcement of an amnesty scheme for students and youths involved in stone-pelting for the first time.

Under the scheme, initiated at the request of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, about 3,685 students and youths have got relief while more than 9,000 youngsters are likely to be covered under it.

The Home Ministry, in its fresh communication, also advised the state government to immediately set up an advisory board for migrants to redress their grievances, including Kashmiri migrants, Jammu migrants, displaced persons of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Chamba and the West Pakistan refugees.

The communication also said that dilapidated migrant camps at Jagati and Talwara would be repaired and that the renovation of an artificial lake in Jammu would be restarted soon.

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Maoist poster found in Odisha capital threatening to kill missing Kashmiri student

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Bhubaneswar | March 5 2018
A poster allegedly put up by the Maoists was found at Baramunda bus stand creating panic among locals here this morning.
The poster was put up on the wall under flyover with a message demanding the government to release top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who is currently lodged in jail, in seven days or else the Kashmiri student studying at Bhubaneswar AIIMS Suhail Aijaz, who is missing since Feb 9, will be killed.
The Maoists in the poster said that Suhail is in their custody. If the government fails to release Sabyasachi Panda, they will eliminate the Kashmiri student.
Also, the red rebels through the poster threatened explosions at Bhubaneswar railway station and police stations on March 11 if their demand is not met as soon as possible.
While there is no breakthrough in the missing Kashmiri student and a team of commissionerate police returned Bhubaneswar from Kolkata with clueless about him, the latest poster indicates Maoist link in connection with missing of Suhail, who is yet to be traced by police. The poster posed as a bigger challenge to the police, who are yet to clear the authenticity of the poster.
The twin city commissionerate police is investigating into the matter to find out alleged abduction of Suhail by Maoists and authenticity of the poster.
We recovered a handwritten poster and it is being investigated, said DCP Satyabrata Bhoi.
Normally, the Maoists put up the posters in their letterhead using red ink. However, this poster found at Baramunda bus stand was written in blue ink.
When asked to Sabyasachi Panda’s wife Subhashree alias Mili Panda about the poster, she refused any Maoist role behind putting up the poster at Baramunda bus stand.
She refuted the allegations that Sabyasachi’s supporters were behind the incident. She clearly said that her husband was never the cadre belonging to the banned CPI(Maoist), which has allegedly put up the poster on wall under flyover at Baramunda.
“Since my husband is facing trial and legal process in a series of cases, it is baseless to say that any of his supporters will do such thing to release him from jail,” Mili Panda said.

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3 sisters found with decomposed body of woman

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Bankura (WB), Mar 2 2018

The decomposed body of a 60-year-old woman was recovered from a house here where her three sisters, all mentally unstable, were also living, police said today.

The police got the information over phone about

the incident yesterday and recovered the body of Archana Pal from her house at Pratap Bagan area here in the district.

Superintendent of Police Sukhendu Heera said possibly she died on Wednesday.

The body was sent for post-mortem examination.

Her three sisters — all mentally unstable and physically ill — were taken to hospital, he said.

One of them was admitted to the hospital while others were released, the officer said.

They four were the only occupants of the house and their parents had died earlier.

PTI

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MoS Defence says situation at LAC sensitive, cautions against increased ISIS threat

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New Delhi | March 1 2018

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Thursday said the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was “sensitive” and has the potential of escalation.

“The situation along LAC (with China) is sensitive. Incidents of patrolling, transgression and standoff have the potential of escalation,” Bhamre said while speaking at the annual army seminar here.

He also said religious fundamentalism was rising and Pakistan was acting as a conduit of eastward spread of Islamic State (IS) ideology.

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