Three ter­ror­ists gunned down in J&K en­counter

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspond­ent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRI­NA­GAR: Se­cu­rity forces shot dead three ter­ror­ists in a gun­fight in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Sri­na­gar af­ter they re­fused to sur­ren­der on Sun­day, of­fi­cials said. Vi­jay Ku­mar, Kash­mir in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice, said one of the mil­i­tants — a lo­cal res­i­dent — gunned down on Sun­day was in­volved in the killing of two BSF per­son­nel .

SRI­NA­GAR : The Jammu and Ksh­mir ad­min­is­tra­tion has put the plan of open­ing 67 liquor shops across Kash­mir on hold af­ter wide­spread pub­lic re­sent­ment over the move

Re­cently an or­der from the gov­ern­ment’s ex­cise de­part­ment seek­ing ap­proval of open­ing of liquor shops at dif­fer­ent places from the fi­nance de­part­ment went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia. The ex­cise de­part­ment had even iden­ti­fied 67 lo­ca­tions in Kash­mir where th­ese liquor shops would be es­tab­lished.

This or­der re­sulted in anger among the peo­ple, with so­cial and re­li­gious groups vow­ing to op­pose the de­ci­sion tooth and nail. Sens­ing the mood, the ad­min­is­tra­tion clar­i­fied that the de­ci­sion will only be im­ple­mented af­ter tak­ing all the stake­hold­ers into con­fi­dence.

“The fi­nance de­part­ment has clar­i­fied and urged every­one not to be­lieve any ru­mours or half baked news,” J&K ad­min­is­tra­tion spokesper­son and prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, Ro­hit Kansal said in a tweet.

“The fi­nance de­part­ment has not taken any pol­icy de­ci­sion re­gard­ing is­suance of fresh liquor li­censes in un­served ar­eas. No list of un­served ar­eas has ei­ther been con­sid­ered or ap­proved. No de­ci­sion will be taken with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of stake­hold­ers and due process,’’ he tweeted.

Many peo­ple ques­tioned the ad­min­is­tra­tion to clar­ify whether its or­der cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia is fake.

“This is un­for­tu­nate that when we are per­turbed with drugs in Kash­mir, the ad­min­is­tra­tion is plan­ning to open the liquor shops. We will op­pose this move and will never al­low this to hap­pen as it’s go­ing to ruin our young gen­er­a­tion,’’ said Khur­sheed Ah­mad, who runs a so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion in north Kash­mir.

Zaf­far Iqbal Man­has, a for­mer leg­is­la­tor and se­nior leader of the J&K Apni Party said that the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­posal to open liquor shops at around 183 newly iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tions in J&K in­clud­ing 67 in Kash­mir val­ley is to­tally un­ac­cept­able as the de­ci­sion is bound to have dis­as­trous con­se­quences for peace.

Man­has said the pre­text of gen­er­at­ing much-needed rev­enue does not hold wa­ter as J&K is one of the pro­gres­sive states.

“There are other states like Gu­jarat, Bi­har, Na­ga­land, Mi­zo­ram, and Lak­shad­weep which are cop­ing with the lock­down de­spite a ban on liquor sale and con­sump­tion. Why choose pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim ar­eas of Kash­mir Val­ley for open­ing large scale liquor sale points when there is no such re­quire­ment?” he asked.

For­mer PDP leader and now chair­man of Jammu and Kash­mir Civil So­ci­ety Fo­rum, Ab­dul Qay­oom Wani also termed it a dan­ger­ous move.

Mu­tahida Ma­jlish-e- Ulema, an amal­gam of dif­fer­ent re­li­gious or­gan­i­sa­tions led by Hur­riyat chair­man, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, said, “In the midst of the ma­jor global pan­demic, the gov­ern­ment is bring­ing or­di­nances and rules to change the de­mog­ra­phy of the Mus­lim ma­jor­ity of the state.’’

RE­CENTLY, A DOC­U­MENT OF THE EX­CISE DEPT SEEK­ING FI­NANCE DEPT NOD TO OPEN LIQUOR SHOPS WAS CIR­CU­LATED WIDELY ON SO­CIAL ME­DIA

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