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 Murawat told The Hindu.Though 4,957 cases have been withdrawn in the past two years, hundreds in south Kashmir and Srinagar claim that despite being first-time offenders, their cases continue to drag on.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_img“Amit Shah [BJP president] also did not attend the NDA’s dinner meeting in Patna…why is nobody asking about his absence there?”, asked Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha on Friday after reaching Patna. On Thursday Mr. Kushwaha skipped the crucial NDA meet meant to put up a “united front” amid discordant voices from alliance partners.Speaking to the media at the airport, Mr. Kushwaha expressed surprise over why so much importance was given to his absence at the event, when it was for the party leaders and workers.“It was due to some personal reasons I could not attend the event but my party leaders did,” said Mr. Kushwaha. Before leaving for his Parliamentary constituency Karakat in Rohtas district, he also asserted that there was no discontent in the NDA in Bihar.Also read: BJP’s ally troubles — Upendra Kushwaha skips NDA dinner meeting“I’m not unhappy or displeased with the NDA as is being speculated…NDA is united and intact,” he said. Though, he also confirmed that he would not be attending the iftar party hosted by senior Bihar BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Mr. Kushwaha evaded a question on his party’s senior leader Nagamani’s statement ahead of the NDA meeting that the alliance should declare him (Kushwaha) as its leader in the Assembly poll in 2020. “You should pose this question to Mr. Nagamani,” Mr. Kushwaha said.Mr. Nagamani, who is national working president of the RLSP, had said that his party chief “represents a caste group which comprised 10% of Bihar’s total population which is next only to the Yadavs and hence his projection as the NDA’s leader would benefit the coalition.”Meanwhile, taking a dig at Mr. Kushwaha’s absence, RJD Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “What is happening in the NDA shows there is a tectonic shift in Indian politics as the common man sees himself pitted against the arrogant BJP… leaders like Mr. Kushwaha have begun to do a rethink over their alliance with the BJP and many more would follow suit in the near future.”RJD alliance partner and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi invited Mr. Kushwaha to join the RJD-led Grand Alliance but not with his demand “to be the CM candidate as this position is already reserved for Tejashwi Yadav.”Mr. Kushwaha had met RJD chief Lalu Prasad when he was admitted in the AIIMS in Delhi and the meeting had triggered speculation about Mr. Kushwaha’s future moves.last_img read more


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first_imgSome members of upper caste families allegedly threw stones and used foul language when a marriage procession of a Dalit family was passing through their locality in S. Gunduribadi village under the Sorada block in Odisha’s Ganjam district last Wednesday, according to Bainath Naik, a Dalit.Some Dalits in the procession were injured and taken to MKCG Medical College and Hospital for treatment. Since then, the Dalit families are facing threats and have been ostracised in the village, added Mr. Naik.Dalits are a minority in this village — only 40 families as against around 350 upper caste families. ‘Met IGP’ On Saturday (April 27), a delegation of these Dalit families reached the office of the Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, in Berhampur to lodge a complaint. They allege that although they had informed the police about the possibility of an attack during the marriage procession, no security had been provided.Peasants’ organisation All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha has come out in their support. AIKMS State committee member Pratap Naik said police officers were pressuring the complainants to change the FIR. The aggrieved families alleged that the police have not yet arrested the main accused, but have started framing ‘false’ cases and arresting local Dalits.Mass stir planned AIKMS national secretary Bhala Chandra Sadangi has threatened a mass movement in Ganjam district if strict action was not taken against the accused.last_img read more


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first_imgDelhi University has witnessed over two lakh application forms for admissions to its undergraduate programmes. A total of 226,483 application forms have poured in for the admissions to DU till June 13 on Friday i.e. the 11th day of the admission process, IANS reports.This year, the online application process is being preferred over the offline forms. A total of 1, 23, 806 aspirants have filled the forms online, whereas 102,677 offline applications have been received across 18 centres in Delhi.The Delhi University’s admission process that kick-started on June 2 will come to a close on June 16. Thereafter, the first cut off list will be declared on June 24.  For the Bachelors in Management Studies (BMS) course, 16,084 online payments have already been made for 840 seats. The process for the same began on June 7 and will come to an end on June 18. The entrance test for this course offered by Faculty of Management Studies will be conducted on June 26 from 3pm to 5pm. The admit cards for the same will be mailed to the candidates between June 20-22.Colleges under DU offering BMS Programme:In total, there are 840 seats for the course in the following six colleges:Bhim Rao Ambedkar College: 60 seatsCollege of Vocational Studies: 300 seatsDeen Dayal Upadhyaya College: 60 seatsKeshav Mahavidyalaya: 60 seatsMaharaja Agrasen College 60: seatsShaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies: 300 seatslast_img read more


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first_imgShoulder arthroscopy is a type of surgery to examine or repair the tissues inside or around your shoulder joint. The procedure uses a small camera, called an arthroscope, which is inserted through a small incision. If the surgeon is going to repair the joint, small surgical instruments are also used, such as a shaver to remove unwanted tissue.Review Date:6/30/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img