5 Stories that shook Jammu  

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  1. Woman dies under suspicious circumstances, family alleges ‘dowry murder’

In a tragic incident that claimed life a woman, Khushbir Kaur, aged 34, D/o Prof Hakim Singh  reportedly died in a suicide attempt on 13 March 2017. The family members of the deceased woman were not convinced as the in-laws feign suicide. The family alleged that Khushbir’s in-laws harassed her for dowry which eventually led to her death. Reportedly, Khushbir was denied food for 2 days and it appeared that she was strangled to death. So far, her husband and in-laws have maintained silence. The matter is currently under police investigation.

  1. Rohingya being availed Aadhar cards
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Amid  brewing controversy of settlement of Rohingya in Jammu, a new episode brought the alleged reports come true. Rohingyas are being availed Aadhar cards for a petty sum of money by miscreants in the govt agencies. The violation of rules was noticed when data obtained from a local Khidmat centre showed that these illegal immigrants possessed both Aadhar Cards and UN Refugee Cards that cannot sustain together. Rohingyas are illegal immigrants who belong to Arakan region of Myanmar. Facing persecution at the hands of the Burmese, they fled their state and settled in Jammu whose numbers ranges in thousands.

  1. 7-month old foetus thrown to dogs

A seven-month-old male foetus was literally thrown to dogs in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. On March 24 morning, stray dogs were seen dragging a muddy piece of flesh near a garbage heap. “Two groups of stray packs were trying to drag it away in opposite directions when we arrived”, said the witness. “This seems to be a typical case of some unmarried woman having turned pregnant and now to avoid public outcry over delivery of such baby she opted for abortion. Such cases have been on rise in Kashmir,” senior Superintendent of Police Tahir Saleem Khan told media sources. He said that a case has been filed vide FIR number 45/2017 under section 318 RPC. “We have taken the DNA samples of the foetus for further investigations,” Khan added.

  1. Bahu Fort Nomenclature row

The change in the nomenclature of the Mubarak Mandi-Bahu Fort Cable Car project to the Mubarak Mandi-Shahabad project that snowballed into a major controversy brought the ruling alliance partner, BJP under fire. In its notice inviting tender for the construction of a wall, issued by the J&K State Cable Car Corporation Limited on March 17, the corporation has named the Bahu Fort area as “Shahabad Station of Cable Project at Shahabad, Jammu”. After the news broke out, MoS Priya Sethi quickly called off the tender. In a press conference organised later, she clarified that as per official revenue records, she said, “As per the official revenue records, this is the ‘Bahu’ Tehsil and the name of the rope trip is Peer kho – Mubarak Mandi.” She added, “The focus of the ruling coalition government is on the inclusive development of the state.” She added, “The government totally agrees with the sentiments of the people of the state and will keep working for their welfare.”

 

  1. Dhaba of Shiv Market in Jammu Railway Station have become Daaru Adda

Shiv Market near Jammu Railway station has become a haven for alcoholics. It witnesses a lot of people who are being served alcohol at dhabas in the area fearlessly. . People visit these dhaba with their drinks that they consume along with the ordered food. Moreover, if the drinks get over, for an extra charge over the MRP, the dhaba will arrange more alcohol for them.  For a meagre profit margin, these dhaba owners are operating in a manner that totally defies the law.