Admin imposes Section 144 in Hiranagar area Police detains three Gujjar youth in Kishtwar

The district administration Kathua on Monday imposed restrictions on assembly of more than four people in Hiranagar sub-division after a rightwing Hindu organization took out a rally to support a Special Police Officer (SPO) accused of rape and murder of a minor girl.
Kishtwar Police also detained three Gujjar youth to foil their address to the media over the rape and murder of Asifa. District Commissioner Kathua Rohit Khajuria, in his order, citing the reason for the restrictions said that a heinous crime was committed against a minor, which is being investigated, and some people are trying to foment trouble in the district by raising undue demands.
“Whereas peace and tranquility is mandatory for the progress and development of the district. Whereas, it is also necessary and important for the education of the children in view of the crucial time of annual examination of different levels,” reads the order.
It said that the investigation has already been entrusted to the crime branch of J&K Police by the government and the investigation is under progress.
“Whereas it has been observed that few persons are fermenting trouble by raising undue demands which are not the mandate of district administration and such actions by these persons are causing interference in the ongoing investigations as well as destroying harmony in the dist and hence undesirable,” the order read.
“Now, therefore, to maintain harmony and law and order in sub division Hiranagar, restrictions under section 144 of CrPC will be imposed in the jurisdiction of sub division Hiranagar for a period of one month from the date of issuance this order preventing the Assembly of four or more persons with exceptions of funerals, marriage parties and govt functions,” it further said.
On February 16, activists of rightwing Hindu Ekta Manch took out a protest rally from Ghagwal to Hiranagar in support of the accused SPO Ravinder Khajuria and demanded his release. The HEM has threatened of agitation if the arrested SPO was not released.
According to sources three youth Mohammed Saleem Choudhary, Owais Chowdhary and another youth, all residents of Gandoh in Doda district, who had planned to address media in Kishtwar town, were also detained.
Before they could have addressed the media, sources said, police came to know about it and detained all of them who had planned to condemn the heinous crime. “SHO Police Station Kishtwar Inspector Sameer Jillani led the team of constables who detained the three youth and bundled them into the police gypsy,” said the sources. They further said that the trio was taken to the unknown destination and later, they were produced before the First Class Magistrate in Kishtwar under section 107 and 117 of CrPC.
MLAs meet CM
Meanwhile MLA Hiranagar Kuldeep Raj Verma met CM, Mehbooba Mufti, to discuss the issue.“We met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti but discussion was about our constituency related issues. There was little discussion on Asifa’s case. We are satisfied with the Crime Branch investigation which is being done by ADGP Crime Branch Alok Puri. The CM has assured us fair investigation,” Verma told Rising Kashmir. He informed that MLA Kathua had also accompanied him.
The Hindu Ekta Manch leaders had threatened that they will launch an agitation in support of the rape accused SPOs, Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma, for their alleged involvement in abduction, rape and murder of Asifa.