200 Year old graveyard turned upside down for playfield in Samba

Nearly 40 graves displaced Work halted after objection by local Muslims In a shocking development, as many as 40 graves were turned up after the local administration ran bulldozers over a 200-year-old graveyard in Samba district to develop a playfield at the site. “They uprooted trees and then one by one human skeletons came out from the graves. They knew it is a graveyard, but the work was not stopped till local Gujjars rushed there and raised objection,” said a resident of Keso Manhasan in Ramgarh tehsil of Samba district.…

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BSF constable stabs colleague, flees with LMG from Akhnoor Sector

A BSF constable today allegedly stabbed a fellow jawan and fled with a Light Machine Gun (LMG) and over 10 magazines from Akhnoor sector in Jammu and Kashmir following which security has been beefed up in key areas here. The accused, identified as Rajeev Ranjan, entered into a scuffle with his colleague Rajbir Singh over a petty issue, following which he stabbed the latter with a knife, a BSF officer said. Before the senior officers could intervene,?he fled the camp with one LMG and over 10 magazines, the officer said.…

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Damaged houses injures, bear testimony to Sarore horror

As the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and the Samba district administration are trying to shift blame onto each other, affected Gujjars today said brutal force was unleashed on them on February 22 to evict them from the land where they had been putting up for over three decades. They blamed a local politician for the eviction drive. The KP team today talked to the JDA, Samba district administration, police, local BJP MLA Chander Prakash Ganga and also met affected Gujjars to have a close look into the sequence of events that…

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PDP demands judicial probe into killing of Gujjar youth

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today demanded a judicial probe into the alleged killing of a member of a Gujjar community during an anti encroachment drive in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. “The killing of a civilian is unfortunate and the PDP demands that a judicial probe be immediately ordered into the killing”, senior PDP leader and former Education minister Naeem Akhtar told reporters here today. A member of the Gujjar community was killed during the clashes between an anti encroachment team of the Jammu Development Authority (JDA)…

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Despite accidents, overloading continues unabated in Samba

Despite an increase in the number of road accidents caused due to rash driving and overloading becoming a serious cause of concern for the authorities, no strict action has been taken yet. Local residents said public vehicles plying on all routes of Samba district were always overloaded, thereby increasing the chances of accidents. “To earn more, local bus and minibus operators are violating traffic norms and accommodating more passengers than capacity in the vehicles,“” said Rahul Kumar, a local resident. “Recently a bus packed with passengers rammed into a bridge…

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Pakistan violates truce pact in Samba sector, BSF retaliates

In less than a month after a sector commander-level meeting between the border guarding forces of Pakistan and India, Pakistan violated ceasefire in the Samba sector last night. The BSF retaliated in equal measure. “Four rounds of AK-47 assault rifle were fired from a jungle on the Pakistan’s side towards our side. There was no targeted firing and it could not be attributed to Pakistan Rangers. They could have been ultras because there are a number of them on their (Pakistan) side,” said RK Sharma, Inspector General of the BSF,…

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‘Not heard’ amid crisis, Samba village bars entry of politicians

Bearing the maximum brunt of shelling by Pakistani troops, this border village in Samba district with around 1,700 voters today vented their pent-up anger and decided not to allow any politician to enter the village. “They be ministers, MLAs or other leaders, we will not allow them enter our village. The politicians have turned a blind eye to our sufferings… We will boycott the next elections,” said a group of angry villagers. The elderly residents claimed that never before had Mawa witnessed such destruction. “Such damage was not seen here…

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Overnight firing by Pakistan in Samba Sector, India Retaliates

Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire by resorting to overnight firing on nine Border Out Posts (BoPs) along the International Border in Samba sector of Jammu district. The BSF strongly retaliated to the Pakistani firing, sources said. Heavy firing continued overnight in Samba sector between Basantar and river Tarna. Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked firing yesterday in Samba sector, killing one civilian and injuring two others. “At about 1705 hours, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing, targeting BSF Naka mound and civil Labourer in the Samba sector, who were carrying out…

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Samba polytechnic faces staff, facility shortage

Students of the government polytechnic in Samba district are facing shortage of permanent staff, basic infrastructure and other facilities. The polytechnic was set up in 2012 and was being run from a private building till last year. Later, it was shifted to the new campus at Painthi in Samba, offering courses in civil and automobile engineering. Official sources said there were over 270 students at the polytechnic at present from various districts, including Samba, Kathua, Udhampur, Doda, Reasi, Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Ramban, Leh and Kargil. “The building that was supposed…

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02 Arrested, 39 Bovine rescued in Samba

Two persons have been arrested for allegedly smuggling bovines and 39 cattle were rescued from their possession in two separate incidents in Samba district and here, police said today. In the first incident, Mohammad Rafiq was arrested when he was trying to allegedly smuggle 33 bovine animals into Punjab from Khangwala village in Samba district yesterday, police said. In another incident, Mohammad Benia was nabbed and six bovine animals were rescued from his possession in Domana area of the Jammu district yesterday, they said. The accused failed to give a satisfactory answer when questioned and was arrested…

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