Pulwama’s first-time offenders in the lurch

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first_imgIn the sleepy town of Khrew in Pulwama, Murawat, 30, is busy in a door-to-door campaign to galvanise support for first-time protesters, who are facing charges for rioting in 2010. He claims that around 62 people of Khrew, who were “first-time offenders”, have been dropped from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s amnesty scheme granted to 4,327 first-time stone-throwers recently.Not eligible“How is a first-time offender of 2010 different from [such an offender of] 2016? The Chief Minister has set a strange eligibility for dropping the cases. The fact remains we suffered more than anybody else. We have become nothing but a burden on our families,” Mr. Murawat told The Hindu.Though 4,957 cases have been withdrawn in the past two years, hundreds in south Kashmir and Srinagar claim that despite being first-time offenders, their cases continue to drag on. Mr. Murawat was arrested in August after a police station was set ablaze in clashes that left four civilians dead. “We were playing cricket when the incident took place. My friends Haroon Rashi, a mechanical engineer; Shahid Kamal, a post graduate and Mashooq Wani too are left without a future after the incident,” he added.Besides charges of rioting, Mr. Murawat was also slapped with Section 307 — attempt to murder. “All protesters are slapped with Section 307 by the police but no evidence is produced later to prove the same. My request to the government is that if they find any other case against me, please keep me behind the bars,” said Mr. Murawat, who is leading a street protest on Tuesday in Srinagar.Mr Murawat is also scheduled to meet the Centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma to raise the issue of first time offenders. “Mr. Sharma has given us appointment for this week. We have pinned our hopes on him,” he added.Another accused, Nazeer Ahmad, who is now 48, claims he remains busy attending court proceedings in Pulwama though the year. “I borrow money at times to meet court expenses,” said Mr. Ahmad, a resident of Shar Shali Khrew. “Why is the government dragging the case against us? I have four children, including three daughters, to raise,” he said.Around 62 residents of Khrew faces cases for the 2010 unrest and claim they are first-time accused and have no other cases against them. The PDP-BJP government on November 29 announced the dropping of cases against 4,327 youth who are first-time accused, involved in 744 cases of disturbing law and order. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “A process of review of cases against youth from 2008 to 2014 saw the release of 104 cases involving 634 youth.”Though 4957 cases have been withdrawn in the past two years, hundreds in south Kashmir and Srinagar claim that despite being first-time offenders, their cases continue to drag on. The 2010 unrest left over 113 civilians dead in street violence that disrupted the normal life for over five months.last_img read more


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first_imgMaharashtra Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil will meet the Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara in Bengaluru on Friday and seek his cooperation in raising the demand to ban right wing Sanatan Sanstha, whose name has surfaced in the murder cases of rationalists and journalist in Maharashtra and Karnataka. “I will be meeting the Home Minister with a request to exchange more information regarding Sanatan Sanstha and other right wing outfits. Karnataka investigative agencies have done a remarkable job in tracking down the killers of Gauri Lankesh and have helped Maharashtra police as well. We will explore possibilities of pushing the demand of ban on this organisation,” said Mr Vikhe-Patil. Based on information received from the arrested accused in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested one Vaibhav Raut of Hindu Goraksha Samiti from Nallasopara and two others. These arrests led to Sachin Andure, the alleged shooter in the 2013 murder of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. In wake of these arrests, Maharashtra’s Minister for State (Home) said a proposal to ban Sanatan Sanstha has been sent to the union government. Mr. Vikhe-Patil has already demanded inquiry into Sanatan Sanstha founder Jayant Athawale as the organisation’s name has been mentioned by investigative agencies.last_img read more


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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers rediscovered their winning formula.Hibbert scored eight of his 18 points during a game-changing run at the start of the second half, and Indiana’s struggling offense got back in sync with a 103-82 rout over the New York Knicks on Jan. 29.“I was just trying to execute and just play with a lot of energy,” Hibbert said.After losing eight of their previous nine, a stretch in which the Pacers (17-31) lacked offensive rhythm, they methodically fought back from an early double-digit deficit. And thanks largely to Hibbert, poured it on in the second half for their most lopsided home win of the season.Hibbert finished 9 of 11 from the field with 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 22 points, and David West had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Pacers also had a 50-26 scoring edge in the paint — numbers that resembled the ones they posted during two consecutive postseason runs to the Eastern Conference finals.But, of course, the dreadful Knicks (9-38) helped them out.Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points after scoring 12 in the first nine minutes. Only two of his teammates reached double figures: Lou Amundson with 17 and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 11.On paper, it was an even uglier. New York made just 14 of 42 shots in the second half, was outscored 35-12 in the decisive third quarter, finished with 33 second-half points and fell behind Philadelphia for the worst record in the East.“Indiana, as the game went on, they started to play better and do the things that they do well,” coach Derek Fisher said. “We didn’t have enough to keep up with that.”It sure didn’t look like it would go this way when Anthony’s early scoring flurry gave the Knicks a 27-16 lead.But the Pacers rallied with Anthony went on the bench. They turned the game with a 10-2 run midway through the second quarter, capping it with Hibbert’s 10-foot hook shot for a 44-39 lead.Hibbert then opened the second half propelling the Pacers to a 10-2 spurt, giving the Pacers a 64-51 lead with 9:35 left. New York never recovered, and the Pacers never backed off, pushing the lead to as much as 34 before coasting at the end.“We wanted to establish David and Roy inside and those guys were able to get going,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We knocked down some 3-point shots, particularly in that third quarter, but a lot of them were set up from Roy and David getting going inside”(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgMesut Özil Uncomfortable Ozil could quit Germany after World Cup, Matthaus suggests Goal 19:56 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Germany 2018 Getty Images Mesut Özil Germany Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden Sweden Mexico World Cup The Arsenal star has been criticised after his part in the world champions’ loss to Mexico and feels he could bring an end to his international career Mesut Ozil does not “identify” with the Germany national team and could retire from international football after the World Cup, former star Lothar Matthaus says.Along with the rest of the world champions, Ozil was the subject of criticism after starting their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico.Ex-Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg called on Joachim Low to drop Ozil for Reus when they line up for the second clash against Sweden, but Matthaus went further with his criticism. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I often have the feeling that Ozil does not feel comfortable in the Germany jersey, that he is not free, almost as if he does not want to play at all,” the 1990 World Cup winner wrote in Bild. “There is no heart, no joy, no passion.”It does not seem impossible that he might withdraw from the national team after the World Cup.”For a year or two, Ozil has been much weaker and at a level that does not justify the free ticket Low gives him.”Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan created a controversy before the tournament when they appeared in a picture alongside Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Matthaus believes the Arsenal star does not realise how provocative it was.”Ozil did not understand why there are such great discussions in Germany about him. He is unaware of what the people in Germany expect from a national player, and that it would have been right, after the mistake of the Erdogan photo, to show commitment to Germany and to open up to the fans.”Matthaus continued his criticism of Germany in an article for Sky Sport, saying: “I don’t care about Mesut Ozil’s attitude towards the team and the fans or that he does not sing along with our national anthem. But I cannot understand why he does not consider it necessary to acknowledge the fans and clap briefly.”If you have already made a mistake, then such a gesture would have been a beautiful symbol towards the national team, but I feel he does not identify with this one. He gives the impression that he is in his own world and not part of this team.”Mesut Ozil Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618Matthaus did more than just hit out at Ozil after their disappointing start to the World Cup, saying they lacked all the strengths of a typical German team.”[There was] no pressing, no stability. The distances were so big that you were almost scared,” he added. “Especially the gaps between central defenders and midfielders. There should never be between 30 and 40 metres in between them. Our virtues were not there. Everything a German team has always been was non-existent.”The so-called Low regulars have abandoned our national coach. By that I mean above all Ozil, Sami Khedira and Thomas Muller.”last_img read more