IED found in J&K ahead of Sonia's visit
CRPF personnel recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) an hour before the scheduled visit of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to Bhaderwah town of Doda district on Friday, officials said.
During the sanitisation operation for the visit, CRPF troops recovered an IED at Daligarh, three kms from Bhaderwah town, an hour before arrival of Gandhi and Patil there to assess the ground situation following heavy snowfall and avalanches in the beginning of this month, they said.
The IED was later defused, officials said noting that top authorities visited the spot and gave instructions to further tighten vigilance in the area.
Meanwhile, the UPA chairperson and the Union Home Minister began their day-long visit to the snow-hit areas of Doda, Kishtwar, Anantnag, Kulgam and Srinagar districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gandhi and Patil along with a high-level delegation from the Home ministry arrived at the Udhampur air force station.
She was received by Union Minister for Water Resources and JKPCC chief Saifuddin Soz, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Peoples Democratic President (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti.
Gandhi later arrived in Bhaderwah, the home town and assembly constituency of Azad, which had recorded heaviest snowfall of seven feet in the town and 14-15 feet in the upper reaches.
Officials said Gandhi interacted with the people in the town who had apprised her about the difficulties they had faced due to snowfall.
As per her schedule, Gandhi would also visit Nawapachi area of Kishtwar district -- the worst-hit by the snowfall. The area had recorded over 16 feet of snow.
She is also scheduled to undertake an aerial survey of snow-hit regions of Anantnag district in south Kashmir, where over 12 people had died.
Kapran-Verinag-Waltango belt of Dooru assembly constituency was among the worst hit areas earlier this month. In 2005 April, the area was badly hit by snowfall, killing 290 people.
Sources said the UPA Chairperson is also expected to visit Srinagar before returning to Delhi.
The IED was hidden in the snow and fitted with a detonator to trigger the blast, they said, adding that a possible explosion would not have directly affected the VIPs but could have caused panic during the visit.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- India’s sedition law has an interesting past — it was introduced by the British in 1870, decided to be dropped from the Constitution in 1948 after discussions of the Constituent Assembly.
- India will also promote tourism by celebrating 2022 as the Visit India Year through a promotion campaign highlighting India’s strengths like heritage, culture, art, wellness and yoga.
- The ADG has constituted teams of police personnel from Aligarh to assist the Hathras police.
- The incident took place on Sunday afternoon, when the girl went to a wheat field, owned by the family of the accused, to collect fodder and water.
- The provisions under the new rules relate to the code of ethics for digital news publishers, setting up of a grievance redressal system and the requirement of disclosure of information to Centre, the ministry said.
- The instrument will support the 3.6 metre Devasthal Optical Telescope (DOT) in Uttarakhand, an official release from the department of science said on Wednesday.
- Lt-Gen BS Raju said a quiet LoC will allow us to address the challenge of terrorism in a focused manner.
- The central agency has registered a case on the basis of an FIR registered by Chennai Economic Offences Wing in September last year.
- Dhyani added that the burden on the ecology due to construction on Himalayan slopes made the region prone to disasters.
- Navlakha claimed in his petition filed through advocate Shadan Farasat that the 90-day period for filing of charge sheet was over and he was entitled to default bail under Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
- Lama was being considered as the GJM candidate for the Kalimpong assembly seat in the coming polls later this month.
- Unhappy with the response, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to appear in the case along with Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Vikramjeet Banerjee, who presented the note to the Court.
- The officer withdrew his request after an orthopaedic surgeon said his purpose would not be served by buying a horse.