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Involvement in espionage ring: Pakistan High Commission official detained

New Delhi, Oct 27, 2016, PTI): A Pakistan High Commission official has been detained for his alleged involvement in an espionage ring involving sharing of sensitive defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the IndoPak border with Pakistani spy agency ISI.

The staffer Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in visa section of the High Commission, was procuring critical details from two other accomplices who have been arrested here. Akhtar was released after prolonged questioning by the police as he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

"The accused were involved in espionage activities for over a yearandahalf. We were watching their activities for past six months. On a specific input, they were held yesterday. Akhtar is a kingpin of the spy ring," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) R S Yadav told a press conference.

He said Akhtar had forged Aadhaar card and used to obtain information from his accomplices paying hefty amount to them.

The two arrested are residents of Rajasthan and identified as Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir.

Another Jodhpurbased person identified as Shoaib will also be arrested soon for his involvement in the espionage ring, Yadav said.

Kashmir limps back to normalcy

(Srinagar, Oct 27, 2016, PTI): Summer capital Srinagar witnessed significant improvement in public transport on Thursday even as normal life elsewhere in the Valley remained affected due to the strike called by separatists.

Many people have started defying the separatistsponsored strike over the past week, as they are slowly picking up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly fourmonthlong strike, officials said.

While there is increased movement of private traffic in the summer capital, the city has also witnessed a significant improvement in the public transport, except buses, they said.
The officials said the interdistrict transport has also improved as many cabs were plying on the routes connecting Srinagar with other districts like Anantnag and Baramulla.

They said as the traffic in the city has significantly increased, additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Many shops were also open in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city, while many street vendors set up stalls at many places around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

However, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley due to separatistsponsored strike.

While there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, the officials said restrictions on assembly of four or more people were in place throughout the Valley for maintaining law and order.

They said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure.

Security forces have also been deployed at many market places to instil a sense of security among the public to carry out their daytoday activities, the officials said.

Shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut and are not expected to open this evening as separatists have not given any relaxation.

The separatists, who are spearheading the agitation have been issuing weekly protest calendars since Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July. They have extended the strike till 3 November.

The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, apart from business and tourism, has also affected education as schools, colleges and other educational institutions continue to remain shut in the Valley.

As many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.

Sasikala booked for hate speech

(Kasaragod, Oct 27, 2016, PTI): Kerala based extremist outfit Hindu Aikya Vedi's state president KP Sasikala has been booked for giving hate speeches, which were widely circulated in internet.

Police today said the case was registered under IPC section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).

She has been charged with the nonbailable offence based on a recent complaint filed by government pleader C Shukkur, they said.

The complainant had alleged that some of Sasikala's recent speeches, being widely circulated on social media, could flare up communal tension in the state.

He had also submitted to police a CD containing some visuals of the speeches, downloaded from YouTube, besides web links.

Kasaragod District police chief Thomson Jose said the case was registered after verifying the links of the speeches and collecting details about its places of occurrence.

"Though the petitioner had submitted several materials to prove his point that the accused had made inflammatory speeches, we could find objectionable content in some of the speeches only," he told PTI.

A detailed investigation will be held in this regard before proceeding further, the official added.

School building set on fire in Kashmir

(Srinagar, Oct 27, 2016, PTI): A primary school building and two vehicles were set ablaze by some persons in Kashmir in separate incidents of arson over the past 24 hours, police said here today.

This was the 19th school building set on fire by unknown persons since the current unrest began in Kashmir following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

A police official said Government Primary School at Taaper in Pattan area of Baramulla district was set on fire by unknown persons late last night, a police official said.

He said the threeroom building was gutted in the fire.

In another incident, miscreants set on fire an autorickshaw at Rainawari in the city for violating the strike call given by the separatists, who are spearheading the agitation.

The autorickshaw was destroyed in the fire, the official said.

Unconfirmed reports said a truck was set ablaze at Parimpora in the outskirts of the city this morning.

However, police denied any such incident having taken place.

Indian troops kill one Pak Ranger & injure another

(Jammu, Oct 27, 2016, PTI): A Pakistani Ranger was killed and another injured in retaliatory firing by Indian troops after heavy overnight shelling by Pakistani forces in R S Pura and Arnia sectors along International Border (IB), the BSF said today.

"At 1230 and 1315 hours today, BSF troops in Arnia and R S Pura sectors killed one Pak Ranger and seriously injured another in the retaliatory fire," a senior BSF officer said.

Pakistani troopers managed to evacuate the injured trooper in the vehicle amidst exchange of fire, the officer said.

"Pakistan has resorted to very heavy firing which is being responded to in a befitting manner," he said.

In yet another ceasefire violation after targeting International Border (IB), Pakistan troops today indulged in firing along LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district.

"Pakistan troops have violated ceasefire and resorted to firing along LOC in Sunderbani sector today," a senior Army officer said.

Troops guarding the border line retaliated, he said.

A BSF jawan has died and six people were injured when Pakistani troops shelled over 15 border outposts and 29 hamlets with mortar bombs over night in R S Pura and Arnia Sectors along International Border (IB) in Jammy district.

The BSF had last Friday claimed to have killed seven Pakistan Rangers and one terrorist in "retaliatory fire" in Kathua sector.

Since surgical strikes by Army on terror launch pads in PoK, over 55 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place in which four people including three security men died and over 25 have been injured.

Muslims aren't minority here, says Giriraj Singh

(Varanasi, Oct 27, 2016, PTI): Union Minister Giriraj Singh has said that there is a need to review the definition of 'minority' in the country.

"We need to have a relook on the definition of minority tag given to the Muslims having a population of over 20 crores in the country," he said yesterday during a programme at Kashi Hindu University.

"The places where they (Muslims) are in large numbers as well as where they are less in both places they are called 'minority'," he said.

On being asked about the current political scenario in Uttar Pradesh, he said, "It's a fight between ambition and regime. Nobody is interested in healthy politics in the party and this is the reason why the party seems divided. Common people are fed up of family fueds and want a propeople government".

Reacting to abduction of two brothers, residents of the national capital, who were rescued from Patna yesterday in a joint operation between Delhi police and their Bihar counterparts, he said, "Bihar has become a den of criminals and is limping back to 'jungle raj'".

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