Katra bus fire: Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters claim responsibility in video
Two days after a letter purportedly issued by the terror outfit ‘Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Fighters’ claimed responsibility for the Katra bus blaze which claimed four lives, a video posted on Twitter reiterated the claim on Monday.
In a 45-second video posted on the Twitter handle ‘Sadi@sadiaMir567’ a masked man surrounded by AK-47 rifles, ammunition and grenades was seen claiming responsibility for the Katra “bus attack.”
The unidentified man claimed that the blaze was an attack on Hindutva elements and the RSS, who were trying to bring a demographic change in Kashmir.
‘Veracity of video, letter not determined ’
The video had been viewed 3,898 times at the time of filing of the report. A senior police officer said, “The video looks like a proxy. It cannot be authenticated.”
Another police officer said, “The letter and video are being investigated, but it is easy to claim anything by propaganda”.
It is being speculated that the sticky bomb may have been placed near the fuel tank of the ill-fated bus, but the NIA, which is investigating the case has not issued a conclusive statement so far. Police are awaiting a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report to know whether the fire in a passenger bus, carrying mostly devotees to the Vaishno Devi shrine, was caused due to an explosion or not, officials said. Issued by one Nadeem Choudary, who claimed to be the spokesperson of the purported terror outfit, the letter read, “In the guise of religious pilgrimage, this Hindutva regime is trying its best to change the demography of J&K. But we will sabotage their filthy propaganda at every level. This attack is linked to a series of bombings carried out by our special squad at Jammu, Udhampur and Rajouri areas. We warn the non-locals who are used as cannon fodder by this Hindutva regime not to visit the disputed territory.”
Union minister of state for women and child development Dr Mahendra Munjapara on Tuesday said cash incentives given to pregnant women under the Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana will now be given in two instalments instead of three, and women will also be given a cash incentive of ₹6,000 on the birth of a second girl child.
Two suspected overground workers (OGWs) of militants were on Tuesday shot dead by the Army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Police say weapons and narcotics were recovered from the slain persons. They are believed to have come to receive a cache of arms and narcotics and facilitate infiltration of militants, they said.
An assistant sub-inspector was arrested on graft charges after The accused, Sarita Rani, who was posted at the Sector 32 and 33 police station, was caught accepting ₹4 lakh for dropping a rape and dowry case lodged against a man and his son. Inspector Sachin of the Vigilance Bureau said, “Initially, the ASI had demanded ₹8 lakh to settle the case. She was caught red handed while accepting ₹4 lakh as bribe.” The complainants said they also suspected the involvement of two other senior police officials.
A stray dog mauled a newborn boy to death at a private hospital in Panipat on Tuesday morning. According to police, no one noticed the dog entering the hospital. It turned out that the dog had taken him outside and mauled him, the SHO said, adding that the newborn was declared dead by the doctors. The newborn's family hails from Uttar Pradesh. His mother had come to Panipat for delivery, the SHO said.
Senior Congress leaders in Kangra appeared to have buried their hatchet and met over dinner in Palampur on Monday night resolving to put up a united fight against the ruling BJP in the upcoming general assembly elections. It was for the first time ever since the new Himachal Pradesh Congress committee (HPCC) took over that the Kangra leaders gathered at one place.