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J&K govt orders immediate transfer of Srinagar, Jammu airports to CISF

Airports in Srinagar and Jammu are to be 'immediately' brought under the security cover of CISF in view of the arrest of DSP Davinder Singh, a Jammu and Kashmir government order has said.

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  • Hilal Ahmed Rather, the son of three-time National Conference MLA Abdul Rahim Rather, was picked up from Jammu after an investigation into allegations that he used his father's influence as finance minister in the Omar Abdullah government in 2012 to get multiple loans sanctioned in the name of business ventures.

    Philippines ambassador to India Ramon Bagatsing Jr, who was part of the delegation that went to the Valley on a two-day visit, said the visi...

    Singh may have been on surveillance even on the day he received a delegation of foreign diplomats, including US ambassador. He was in charge of the anti-hijacking unit and cops monitoring Singh were apprehensive that he would transport the two militants to Jammu from Srinagar airport, where he could have easily bypassed security considering his position.

    The team comprising ambassadors of the United States, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Maldives, Norway, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Argentina, Peru, Fiji, Guyana and Togo, met a cross section of society besides senior security personnel.

    Davinder Singh was arrested on Saturday along with Naveed alias Babu, another militant Rafi Rather and an alleged Over Ground Worker Irfan Dar, in a car on highway in Kulgam district, when they were on way to Jammu. J&K police currently interrogating Singh and Naveed are also investigating, whether they were on way to execute any big attack or not.

    Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Gulshanpora area of Tral in the south Kashmir district Sunday morning after receiving specific intelligence about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting searches, the militants fired at them, triggering an encounter.

    ​Nisar Ahmad Dar, a resident of the Hajin area of Bandipore district in north Kashmir, was arrested by the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police from Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in the city, a police official said.

    Political parties and the business community in Kashmir welcomed the Supreme Court's observation that access to internet is a fundamental right and urged the government to restore internet services immediately.

    The 23-year-old terrorist Nissar Ahmad Dar, who hails from Wahab Parray Mohalla at Hajin, was active for the last few years and is a categorised terrorist in security establishment's data base. He was in the wanted list of security forces. He is involved in eight cases, seven in 2016 and one in 2019.

    These people were picked up and booked under the PSA after the Centre's decision on August 5 last year to revoke special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories.

    The apex court said importance of the press is well established and is a valuable and sacred right enshrined under the Constitution. "This right is required in any modern democracy without which there cannot be transfer of information or requisite discussion for a democratic society," a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said.

    The leaders who have been expelled are Dilawar Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Zaffar Iqbal, Abdul Majeed Padroo, Raja Manzoor Khan, Javaid Hussain Baig, Qamar Hussain and Abdul Rahim Rather -- all former MLAs.

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