The Asian Age – Kashmiri students assaulted in Haryana; Mehbooba Mufti urges demands probe

Irked Mehbooba said, ‘Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendargarh, Haryana.’

New Delhi-India, 3 February 2018. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has urged the Haryana government to take stringent action against the perpetrators for assaulting Kashmiri students and demanded a probe into the case.

Mehbooba made the statement on Friday, hours after reports of the Kashmiri students of the Haryana Central University being assaulted surfaced.

The victims were beaten up while returning to the campus after offering congregational Friday prayers in Mahendragarh town.

Irked Mehbooba took to Twitter and said, “Shocked and disturbed to hear reports of Kashmiri students being assaulted in Mahendargarh, Haryana.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet and said that the incident goes against the spirit of his outreach for Kashmiris.

“This is terrible and goes against the spirit of what @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji said from the ramparts of the Red Fort. I hope the authorities in Haryana act quickly against this violence.”

The reason behind the attack is yet not known.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid has been coordinating with his Haryana counterpart to ensure the safety of the Kashmiri youths.

Advertisements – After Tytler’s Comments; Sikh Leaders Seek Probe In Rajiv Gandhi’s Role in 1984 Sikh Genocide

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New Delhi-India, 31 January 2018. Taking a strong notice of the shocking fact revealed by Jagdish Tytler about the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the President of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Manjit Singh GK has asked the Union government of India to withdraw his ‘Bharat Ratan’ award.

Notably, Jagdish Tytler had revealed in an interview on January 28 that Rajiv Gandhi had taken stock of the areas targeted by the Hindu mobs during genocide of Sikhs in November, 1984.

Addressing a special press conference at New Delhi, DSGMC President Manjit Singh GK and General Secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa said that Tytler’s disclosure has made it clear that the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was fully aware of the genocide of Sikhs carried out by the Hindu mobs.

They further said that it seems that Jagdish Tytler has indirectly tried to make the Gandhi family understand that he will disclose all the truths if they won’t save him from getting punished by the Court.

Sirsa said that Rajiv Gandhi had given target of killing Sikhs in Delhi to each Delhi based Parliamentarian and later all these perpetrators were awarded with high profile posts.

The DSGMC leaders have sought registration of the case against Jagdish Tytler and Rajiv Gandhi for orchestrating the conspiracy of massacring Sikhs in Delhi.

Harvinder Singh Phoolka seeks high level probe

Former Supreme Court lawyer and Aam Aadmi Party legislator from Dakha constituency, Advocate H S Phoolka has sought high level probe Rajiv Gandhi’s role in orchestrating the 1984 Sikh genocide as well.

Speaking with Sikh24, Advocate H S Phoolka said that he would rake up the matter with Indian government in relation to disclosure made by 1984 Sikh genocide perpetrator Jagdish Tytler.

He added that the investigation of this perspective of 1984 Sikh genocide should be probed by the Special Investigation Team constituted by Supreme Court of India. “The purpose of the former PM’s visit to genocide-affected areas should be investigated,” he said.

Jagdish Tytler, a key perpetrator of 1984 Sikh genocide, had made a shocking revelation during an interview with a mainstream news channel on January 28. Tytler had disclosed that the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had taken stock of the areas targeted by the Hindu mobs during 1984 Sikh genocide.

Tytler had further claimed that he had accompanied the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who himself drove an Ambassador car without any security through the affected areas of the national capital to take the stock of the situation.

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The Times of India – Patiala: Dal Khalsa wants criminal case against SHO for torturing girls

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Patiala-Panjab-India, 2 February 2018. Lashing out at the police for its cruelty on an 18-year-old graduate student and two of her friends at Jaitu police station recently, the Dal Khalsa on Friday demanded that a criminal case of wrongful confinement and torture in custody be registered against SHO Gurmeet Singh.

Party head Harpal Singh Cheema said the Punjab Police under political patronage of leaders have mastered the art of torture by thrashing people in full public view in the name of restoring law and order. This has been going on in full media glare without any shame, remorse and with full impunity, he said.

Cheema questioned the silence of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh against police atrocities on innocents.

Referring to CM’s statement patting the back of the police for killing gangster Vicky Gounder and his two accomplices in an encounter, Cheema asked him “do you still feel proud of this police?”

He said unlawful arrests and detentions and brutal torture in custody have become a trademark of the state police. “It is distressing that since the last many years and decades, no Chief Minister has made any dent in the willfully negligent and pro-actively tortuous ways of the police”.

He further asked DGP Punjab to suspend Inspector Gurmeet and put him on trial for criminal offences as sending him to police lines isn’t an exemplary punishment.

Dawn – Jadhav may be serving naval officer, says Indian magazine

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Karachi-Sindh-Pakistan, 2 February 2018. That India has unleashed a covert war against Pakistan and that convicted spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is a serving officer of Indian Navy is no longer news for Pakistanis because they already know that.

But it’s surely news, big news, when a major Indian magazine, published by a reputable media house, finally comes around to admitting that.

The magazine concerned is Frontline that is published by publishers of the well-known newspaper The Hindu, which has not only acknowledged that India is engaged in a covert war but also said that Jadhav’s arrest and conviction by the Pakistan Army has underlined the need for New Delhi to review its policies.

The admission made by Frontline is all the more significant because a similar report, discussing Jadhav’s career as an agent of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was canned just a few weeks ago.

So much pressure was brought to bear on the staff of Quint that it pulled the damning report from its website for “rechecking some of the information mentioned in the article”.

In his article in Frontline, Praveen Swami writes: “Ever since 2013, India has secretly built up a covert action programme against Pakistan” that was initially led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and now by RAW’s Anil Dhasmana. The programme registered unp­recedented success, according to him.

“…But the story of the man on death row [Jadhav] illustrates that this secret war is not risk-free. Lapses in trade-craft and judgement, inevitable parts of any human enterprise, can inflict harm far greater than the good they seek to secure,” Swami says.

Praveen Swami writes regularly for the Indian Express. His article’s publication in Frontline, and not in the Express, suggests that the latter may have declined to publish it.

The article says that Jadhav joined the Indian Navy in 1987. “Inducted into the Navy in 1987, with the service number 41558Z, Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav would likely have been promoted to the rank of commander after 13 years of service, in 2000,” it says.

“But the digital archive of the Gazette of India, a public document, has removed all files relating to the Defence Ministry for several months in 2000. Files in subsequent years bear no record of Jadhav’s retirement….”

The Indian government has claimed before the International Court of Justice that Jadhav is a retired naval officer, but it has declined to state exactly when he retired.

“In response to a written question from this writer, the Naval Headquarters declined to confirm or deny whether Jadhav was a serving naval officer. Instead, it referred this writer to the Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry, in turn, said it had ‘nothing to add to whatever is already in the public domain’,” says Swami.

“In general, nation states simply deny any ties to individuals arrested for espionage. Thirteen Indians are being held in Pakistan on espionage charges, and 30 Pakistanis are in Indian jails, but in not a single case has either country officially concerned itself with its agent’s fate.”

The article quotes unnamed sources as saying that Jadhav volunteered for secret service. “‘Few sign up for these kinds of dangers,’ recalls a senior intelligence official who met Jadhav on one occasion. ‘His was a choice of exceptional courage’.”

However, there was a catch, a senior naval official told the writer. “The commander [Jadhav] was insistent that he be allowed to remain on the Navy’s rolls to secure his promotion and pay,” he said. “The Navy didn’t have a system for off-the-books operatives overseas, so this was how it had to be.”

The spy initially worked for Naval Intelligence, but later moved on to the Intelligence Bureau. He came in contact with RAW in 2010.

“(He) was greeted with consternation at RAW, where he first appeared in 2010, introduced as a former naval officer. Anand Arni, the head of RAW’s Pakistan desk, shot down proposals for Jadhav to work with the organisation, sources said, arguing that the naval officer had little intelligence that RAW did not already possess,” says Swami.

“But small cash payments, the source added, were made to Jadhav by successive RAW chiefs, beginning with K C Verma, ‘a standard practice to maintain a working relationship with potential sources’, said an official familiar with the payments.”

Interestingly, the payments appear to have continued through the tenures of several spymasters, running from Verma’s successor, Sanjiv Tripathi, chief from 2010 to 2012, and Alok Joshi, who led RAW from 2012 to 2014.