Three killed, Scores injured in Samba road accident

Three people, including a student, died while scores were injured died when a mini bus they were travelling in rolled down on the road in district Samba Thursday morning. “A mini bus on way from border village to Samba town this morning met with an accident due to break failure and rolled down on the road,” police here said. The injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

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‘Tiranga Yatra’ to Kashmir stopped in Samba

A ‘Tiranga Yatra’ bound for Kashmir was today stopped by police in Samba in Jammu and Kashmir, and sent back. The 65-odd marchers from Sonipat in Haryana carrying with the national flag conducted prayers at an ashram in Vijaypur in Samba and returned, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anil Kumar Magotra told PTI. He said the marchers were on their way to Lal Chowk in Srinagar to unfurl the national flag there on Independence Day. “We welcomed them and took them to Barrian Ashram where we persuaded them to return,”…

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Storm struck, 6 Power towers in Vijaypur lie uprooted

At least six high-tension (HT) towers, installed by Sterlite Power, a power transmission company, for the Jalandhar-Samba-Amargarh distribution line have been lying uprooted in the Vijaypur area since Thursday night, hinting at use of “substandard” material. The towers got uprooted during a windstorm. Although no loss of human life was reported, it has raised a question on the quality of material being used for the execution of the Centrally sponsored power projects in the state. The 400 kV D/c Jalandhar-Samba-Amargarh transmission line being executed by Sterlite Power (Sterlite Grid Limited)…

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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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