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Amid ‘snow crises’, crime cases on rise in Kashmir
1/13/2021 11:20:49 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Jan 13: Amid heavy snowfall and subsequent fallout, when Kashmir has been struggling to stay safe in “sort of crises”, crime cases witnessed a shocking rise with police facing tough time to nab the accused in the snow-clad valley.
From arresting three murder accused youth to “salvaging a girl from the hands of predator”, and raiding gambling spots to nab gamblers, the police have been facing challenging situation, making way through the snow clad roads amid warnings of avalanches.
A senior official while sharing details said amid heavy snowfall and warnings of avalanches for days to come, when people are expected to be “more god fearing, crimes have been on shocking rise.”
In one such shocking incident, when people were struggling to save themselves from heavy snowfall, a minor girl was kidnapped and allegedly sexually assaulted.
As per a senior police official on January 7, the police in Kulgam arrested an accused person within one hour, who was accused of “wrongful confinement and sexual assault of a minor girl.”
Police said that amid heavy snowfall, they were was shocked to see a man walking to the police station with a complaint that a minor girl was confined wrongfully and assaulted sexually by one person from south Kashmir.
Police said a case FIR No. 03/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered in Police Station Devsar. Despite continued and heavy snowfall, a special team headed by SHO Devsar under the supervision of DySP Kulgam Ashaq Hussain-JKPS made way through the snow and nabbed the accused.
“Amid that snowfall the poor girl had to be shifted to hospital for medico legal formalities before being handed over to her legal heirs,” said a police official.
In another similar case, police had to act tough against social crimes. When people were expected to take care of their families, three persons were found gambling in a snow clad building with road access snapped by snow.
A senior police official said on January 4, the Ganderbal Police had to act tough against social crimes.
A police party from Police Station Lar under the supervision of Dysp Hqr Dr Abdul Majid Magray-JKPS raided a gambling site at Check Yangoora following an input about gambling activities and apprehended three gamblers.
In another case, police managed to nab the accused in the murder of a youth whose body was found in suspicious circumstances in Pahalgam. “Two of the accused had to be nabbed from Srinagar. “When police have been busy providing help to the snow affected, crime continues to be on rise and this is something for the people to introspect,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity.
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