The Asian Age – We are now hopeful of getting justice: Pehlu Khan’s kin on Rajasthan government forming SIT

The SIT will probe and identify lapses and irregularities in the police investigation.

Nuh (Mewat) – Haryana – India, 17 August 2019. Shattered after a local court in Alwar on Wednesday acquitted all six men accused of lynching Pehlu Khan in 2017, the Rajasthan government’s decision to constitute an SIT to probe afresh the Alwar lynching has given a new hope to family members of Khan, who say they are now assured of getting the justice.

“After the judgment, we were very disappointed but the Rajasthan government decision’s to get the case probed again has given us hope. Inshah Allah, we will now get justice,” said Pehlu Khan’s elder Son Irshad.

“Our hopes have revived after this order of the government. It’ll ensure justice to us. But, we’ll go to High Court also,” said Pehlu Khan’s wife.

A Rajasthan court on Wednesday acquitted all six men accused of lynching Pehlu Khan to death in 2017. The accused men were let off on the benefit of the doubt. However, reviving the hope of Khan’s family, the Congress government in Rajasthan on Friday announced to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to probe afresh the Alwar lynching case.

Pehlu Khan’s younger son, Mubarik who drives a lorry said: “I have invested 9 months of my earning in pursuing the case in court. When I heard about the judgment I was shattered. Two of my brothers stay at home and not earn because of the court case. Justice is denied because police diluted the case and produced no evidence.”

Pehlu Khan, a cattle trader, was beaten to death allegedly by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes on suspicion of cow smuggling in Alwar district 2017.

The decision to set up an SIT was taken at a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot here two days after all six accused in the case were acquited by a lower court on the benefit of the doubt.

The SIT will probe and identify lapses and irregularities in the police investigation.

The team will be headed by Deputy Inspector General SOG Nitindeep Ballagan and also comprise SP, CB-CID Sameer Kumar Singh and Additional SP, Vigilance, Samir Dubey. It will submit its report within 15 days.

Documents and oral evidence which were not collected before in the case will be collected by the SIT, the government said.

After the investigation, the government will approach the higher court against the district court’s order and will take the help of a senior lawyer.

Following the verdict on Wednesday, Gehlot had said that the government will appeal against it and had a clear position that no form of mob lynching should take place.

https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/170819/we-are-now-hopeful-of-getting-justice-pehlu-khans-kin-on-rajasthan-govt-forming-sit.html

The Tribune – Kotkapura youth found dead in Canada

20 days after a 23-year-old Kotkapura youth studying in Canada went missing, his body was found in a secluded house in Surrey city, British Columbia, Canada.

Kotkapura (Faridkot) – Panjab – India, 16 August 2019. For the last about two weeks, the family members of Roxy Chawla of Kotkapura, who had went to Canada on study visa last year, were trying to know his whereabouts until they got a phone call from the Canada police officials here on Thursday telling them about the recovery of Roxy’s body from a house under mysterious circumstances.

The Canada police officials conveyed to us that poisoning had emerged as the suspected cause of death in the autopsy of the deceased, said Bhagwan Dass Chawla, father of Roxy. “I have already spent most of my savings to send Roxy on study visa. My son had no rivalry or enemy,” said Bhagwan Dass.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/kotkapura-youth-found-dead-in-canada/818453.html

Gent: De Leie – Sleepstraat

Gent De Leie
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07 August 2019


Sluizekenstraat (Sluis = locks)


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De Leie


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The white duck keeps itself apart

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Tram 4 to Gentbrugge Stelplaats

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Man in Blue

Outlook – Pro-Khalistan Sikhs, Pakistanis hold protest on Kashmir outside UN In New York

About 400 people marched from India’s UN mission to a cordoned-off area opposite the UN shouting slogans for Khalistan and Kashmir on India’s Independence Day.

UNO – New York – USA. 17 August 2019. Pro-Khalistan Sikhs joined by some Pakistanis held a protest outside the UN demanding the restoration of Kashmir’s special status.

About 400 people marched from India’s UN mission to a cordoned-off area opposite the UN on Thursday, which was India’s Independence Day. They shouted slogans for Khalistan and Kashmir, holding flags of Kashmir-occupied “Azad” Kashmir and yellow Khalistani and blue “referendum” banners.

Most of the participants were Sikhs, with a few Pakistanis and Kashmiris.

A diplomat from Pakistan’s UN Mission was seen moving in their midst taking pictures of the demonstration.

The organisers billed it as a protest by “Kashmiris and Pro-Khalistan Sikhs” with the support of “local Sikh Gurdwaras”.

Gurpatwant Pannun of Sikhs for Justice, who was the main organiser, said that they shared a common cause with Kashmiris. He said that his organisation was organising a “referendum” on Khalistan next year.

Pannun that they had presented to a UN Human Rights official, whom he would not identify, a memorandum addressed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s spokesperson asking for deployment of UN peace-keepers in Kashmir and holding a plebiscite there, as well as recognising his group’s Khalistan “referendum”.

Only the Security Council, and not the Secretary-General, can deploy peacekeepers.

Kuldip Singh Dhillon, the President of the Sikh Cultural Society of New York, which runs the biggest gurdwara in the city, said that his organisation supported the demand for returning to the status quo in Kashmir and asserted that they had a common cause with Kashmiris.

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/world-news-pro-khalistan-sikhs-hold-protest-with-pakistanis-outside-un-on-kashmir/336362

The Hindu – Pandits’ return to Kashmir possible only with support of stakeholders: adviser to Governor

Government committed to the safe return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, says Farooq Khan

Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir – India, 16 August 2019. Jammu Adviser to J&K Governor, Farooq Khan, has said the complete return of Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) to the Valley is possible only with the support and cooperation of all stakeholders.

“The complete return of Kashmiri migrants to the Valley is possible only with the support and cooperation of all stakeholders, including the civil society of Kashmir, who share a social and cultural bond with the Kashmiri migrants,” Mr Khan said on Thursday.

He said the government was committed to the safe return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

Mr Khan further said the process for the recruitment against 3,000 posts for the migrants and the construction of transit accommodations for the migrant employees serving in the Valley would start soon.

The statement came in the wake of hopes for the return of over 3 lakh displaced pandits to the Valley after the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pandits-return-to-kashmir-possible-only-with-support-of-stakeholders-adviser-to-governor/article29108512.ece