Posts Tagged ‘Police officer’

Rakib Altaf, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, April 28, 2013

Toxic chemicals sprayed on fruit trees in Kashmir orchards is causing fatal brain cancer in the valley.

A study found that 90 percent of patients who die from malignant brain tumor in the valley is linked to orchards where pesticides, insecticides and fungicides are used. It says that the incidence is alarming.

Jammu and Kashmir has around 347223 hectares of land area under orchards and most of it is situated in the valley where apples, apricots, walnut and almonds are grown in huge quantities.

 

Every year until harvest season orchardists spray tens of thousands of metric tonnes of chemicals like Chlorpyriphos, Mancozeb, Captan, Dimethoate and Phosalone to prevent fruits from disease. Most of the chemicals are established carcinogenics.

The study titled ‘Pesticides and brain cancer linked in orchard farmers of Kashmir’ revealed that 389 out of 432 patients who had died of brain cancer from 2005-2008 were orchard-farm workers, residents living near orchards or simply children playing there.
The youngest of them was a female infant.

“About 31.9% (124 out of 389 who died) of these were younger than 40 years, beginning exposure at an early age,” says the study published by Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology.

“They include 23 pregnant women and 11 lactating mothers.”

The study was published in 2011, but Dr Abdul Rasheed Bhat of the neurosurgery department at SKIMS, who led the study team, told Hindustan Times that the number of brain cancer patients admitted in the hospital is rising.

“Most of the patients I operated upon had a history with orchards and pesticides. During the study we also found cases where various members of the same family were diagnosed with brain cancer,” he says.

The study, quoting data from agriculturists, says that the use of synthetic pesticides and other chemicals in Kashmir has increased drastically in the past three decades. It blames orchard farmers who often “abuse” and spray trees with more than the recommended doses.

The fatal chemicals are “directly absorbed through skin, inhalation and ingestion.”

Dr Rasheed believes the toxins also affect those who are not orchard owners, but live in the vicinity.

“The pesticides sometimes go into wells in the orchards and somebody drinks that water. Or sheep may eat grass sprayed with these chemicals. Even high winds can take the carcinogenic dust and affect those who inhale it,” he says.

 

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FIRST PERSON

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Jan 3: What Police did to me on Thursday at Hazratbal on Srinagar outskirts is my testimony of brutality that I went through.
It was a nightmare when the men-in-uniform, who are meant to protect civilians, thrashed me ruthlessly without any provocation at Hazratbal here. They also abused my father, mother, sister, brother and all those I belong to. They threatened me that they would file a charge-sheet against me of “any sort” and have me landed in “any kind of trouble” they wished to. I am a journalist. But I did not tell them so.
At about 12:30 pm, I walked to an ATM outside Kashmir University. There was a lady inside the cabin transacting the money. To my utter shock, there were two more men inside. But these were no ordinary men. They were ‘policemen.’ I asked them can they please get inside only when the lady has finished her transaction as per the bank directive for ATMs.  “And there has to be just one person inside the cabin at a time,” I told them.
The policemen came out in fury and started to abuse me. “You poor creature, don’t you know who we are. We are policemen. Let us take you to Hazratbal chowki, you ***. We shall show you who we are,” one of them said, while pulling me by the collar. They dragged me in the middle of the Hazratbal market to a chowki without listening a word.
One of them pulled me up and threw me to the floor. And then he started to beat me until he was tired. I was crying like a child. I held the policeman’s feet and begged for forgiveness. But he continued to beat me. Then the ‘Munshi’ of concerned police chowki intervened and told him to stop. Still he continued to thrash me.
“Have you gone nuts,” the Munshi asked me. “Don’t you know us.”
The Munshi then terrified me of “things police is doing”. “They could have fired at you and killed. Then what would have you done,” he said.
Sir I just asked them a simple thing… I am sorry,” I said.
“I think you are mentally retarded to have messed up with Police,” the Munshi said.
The policeman who beat me told the Munshi: “Get all family members of this *** here and we will show them too who we are.”
I was on knees and weeping. “I am sorry Sir. Next time it would not happen, I promise.”
The policemen then said, laughing: “We leave, you ***. You poor lad. Ensure you go after washing your face with cold water in the bathroom.”
But I declined to wash my face and begged them to release me. After almost half an hour of the incident, I and three of my colleagues went to the SP Hazratbal Abdul Qayoom with the compliant. “You write an application and we would take action,” he said.
Then the four of us went to Station House Officer Hazratbal. We filed an application. Both the times I had to narrate the brutality which I went through. The SHO said he will look into the matter.
Then in the evening, I called Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, S M Sahai. I narrated the whole story. “I will look into the matter,” the IGP said.

 

 

Sunday, 29 Jul 2012

Srinagar, July 29: The Bandipora “fake encounter”, in which a local youth Hilal Ahmad Dar was killed, was orchestrated by 27 RR of army in connivance with one of its informers.
The circumstantial and technical evidence to this effect have been collected by police besides the eyewitness accounts about the chronology of the “conspiracy”.

Police has completed its investigation in the case after arresting two persons including an army informer who played a key role in staging the encounter.

A senior police officer said they have solved the case and are have solid evidence in terms of investigation and technical inputs to prove their claim.
Giving details of the case, police said army informer, Muhammed Ramzan Lone alias Rameez, a resident of Aloosa Bandipora, obtained two weapons from Army in the month of March. “Later, Ramzan handed over the weapons to Hilal as he lured him to join militancy after seeing his inclination.”
According to police, Ramzan asked Hilal to recruit one more boy who would be helpful to receive group of foreign militants in near future.
Later, Hilal contacted one Nazir Ahmad Bhat who happens to be a former militant. “He somehow convinced Nazir to become a militant.”
Hilal was known to Ramzan since childhood as both were brought up in the same locality.
“On the intervening night of July 24 and 25,” official said, “Hilal accompanied by Nazir went to nearby Halmathpora forests in Aloosa Bandipora to receive the so-called group of militants as told by Ramzan.
“Ramzan was in touch with Hilal and Army. The call detail analysis of their cell phones clearly proves that.”
Instead of finding the militants, Hilal and Nazir were face to face with an army contingent which had laid ambush in the forest.
“The army turned on search lights and opened indiscriminate fire at them. Hilal got killed on spot while Nazir managed to escape.”
The official said police has also traced Nazir. “A weapon has been recovered from him as well. Ramzan, the army informer who lured him and Hilal, is also behind bars.”
“The whole drama was orchestrated by 27 RR and Ramzan. Police has collected all circumstantial and technical evidence besides eyewitness accounts of the chronology of this conspiracy.”
DIG North Kashmir could not be reached for his comment on the issue as he did not respond to repeated phone calls.