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Rana to FBI Daily Excelsior

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									                                                                                                                                                                                                               REGD.NO.JK-71/2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                               RNI No. 28547/1992

                                                                                daily

       Vol No. 47
                                                  Excelsior
                                                      No. 158                                        JAMMU, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

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     ISI providing weapons to                                                                                          over-loaded mini bus                                                         Govt to seek Rs 6600 cr plan
  Kashmir terrorists: Rana to FBI
      CHICAGO, June 7:                        FBI agent Jeffrey Parsons,            Rana also told the FBI the
                                                                                                                      turns turtle near Batote
                                                                                                                        Excelsior Correspondent          Jammu for specialized treat-             Rs 1200 cr PMRP, Rs 500 cr CSS
                                                                                                                        JAMMU, June 7: In yet            ment. The condition of one of
      Pointing at ISI’s direct            while deposing before the court       Headley was affiliated with both                                                                                  By Sanjeev Pargal                Rahim Rather told the Excelsior       leaders with Prime Minister Dr
                                                                                                                    another accident in the erst-        them was stated to be critical
involvement in providing arms             yesterday, said that Headley          ISI and LeT and also met Ilyas                                                                                     JAMMU, June 7: The State        that the Government was confi-        Manmohan Singh and Union
                                                                                                                    while Doda district, four pil-       when reports last came in.
to militants in Kashmir,                  used his personal links to favour     Kashmiri who was the leader of                                                                                 Government has braced itself        dent of getting Rs 6600 crore         Finance      Minister     Pranab
                                                                                                                    grims were killed and 33 oth-            According to the police, the
Tahawwur Rana, one of the                 Rana. Parsons along with FBI          another terror group Harkat-ul-                                                                                up for its final plan meeting       worth annual plan for 2011-12.        Mukherjee earlier, the Centre
                                                                                                                    ers sustained injuries when an       occupants of the ill-fated vehi-
key accused in the Mumbai                 agent Benabides had inter-            Jihad Islami.                                                                                                  with         full     Planning          “In addition, we have asked       had agreed to extend the PMRP
                                                                                                                    overloaded and rashly driven         cle are the residents of differ-
terror attacks, has told FBI              viewed Rana after his arrest in           Rana told FBI that Headley                                                                                 Commission on June 15 to            for Rs 1200 crore under PMRP          amount, which couldn’t be uti-
                                                                                                                    mini-bus turned turtle near          ent parts of Rajouri district
that Pakistan’s spy agency                October 2009.                         had asked Major Iqbal to help                                                                                  finalise its current financial      and Rs 500 crore under the            lized last year, for the current
                                                                                                                    Battery Chashma under the            and were travelling to Kangan
gives weapons to terrorists                   Rana, knowing well that           him in getting an honourable                                                                                   year’s annual plan, which has       CSS’’, he said.                       fiscal year. The PMRP, which
                                                                                                                    jurisdiction of Batote Police        to take part in annual Urs.
when they are about to enter              his statements could be used          discharge from Pakistan army so                                                                                been pegged by the State at Rs          Mr     Rather      said     the   was due to lapse last financial
                                                                                                                    Station early this morning.          “The pilgrims should have not
the Indian territory.                     against him during the trial,         that he could visit the country                                                                                6600 crore coupled with Rs          Government was quite sure that        year after one year’s extension,
                                                                                                                        The ill-fated vehicle bearing    overcrowded the vehicle and
    Rana’s questioning video              told the FBI investigators that       for his business and personal                                                                                  1200 crore under Prime              the Planning Commission would         has once again been extended
                                                                                                                    registration number JK11-0722        preferred to travel in another
played for the first time during          Headley had told him that ISI         purposes.                                                                                                      Minister’s Re-construction          address needs of the State and        for another year by the Central
                                                                                                                    was on its way from Jammu to         vehicle as it was due to over-
his trial here shows the 50 year          was providing weapons to                  When asked why Headley                                                                                     Plan (PMRP) and Rs 500 crore        sanction the plan, PMRP and           Government.
                                                                                                                    Srinagar when it met with acci-      loading that their journey
old Pakistani-Canadian giving             “freedom        fighters”      in     was helping him, Rana said it                                                                                  through Centrally Sponsored         CSS amount as projected.                  As far as the amount under
                                                                                                                    dent near Battery Chashma on         turned into nightmare”, police
details about his conversations           Kashmir.                              was because of their friendship.                                                                               Schemes (CSS).                          “We are hopeful. There were       the     Centrally     Sponsored
                                                                                                                    the National Highway 1A at           said.
with LeT operative David                      When asked about ISI and              He said attitude of Iqbal was                                                                                  The final plan meeting          strong indications that the           Schemes is concerned, the
                                                                                                                    around 6 am.                             The deceased have been
Headley, another accused in the           weapons, and Headley’s role,          not “professional” as he talked                                                                                would be held in New Delhi on       Planning Commission would             Government was hopeful that
                                                                                                                        The vehicle was being driven     identified as Munir Hussain
case, who had identified targets          Rana said, “No guns but now           about setting up of meat plants                                                                                June 15 and attended by full        approve       our     projections.    more or less “it would be around
                                                                                                                    rashly and its driver failed to      (40), son of Sadiq Hussain of
in Mumbai which were attacked             obviously it’s, uh, a freedom         in Pakistan.                                                                                                   Planning Commission led by          However, we can’t take anything       Rs 500 crore’’.
                                                                                                                    negotiate a curve on the sloppy      Rajouri, Abdul Qayoom (30),
in November, 2008.                        fight in Kashmir. I think he said         During the questioning,                                                                                    Deputy Chairman Montek Singh        for granted’’, the Finance                It may be mentioned here
                                                                                                                    stretch of the highway resulting     son of Noor Hussain of
    In over 17-minute clips of            ISI gives them weapons.”              Rana also said it was easy for                                                                                 Ahluwalia, Chief Minister Omar      Minister said.                        that the Government has already
                                                                                                                    into vehicle hitting a roadside      Nowshera, Basharat Hussain
seven videos, part of Rana’s                  “When he says, when they          him to visit India but impossible                                                                              Abdullah and Finance Minister           The State had been granted        directed        the      District
                                                                                                                    rock and then turning turtle.        (10), son of Mohd Bashir of
interrogation on October 18,              (terrorists) about to enter into      to go to Pakistan because he was                                                                               Abdul Rahim Rather.                 Rs 6000 crore worth annual plan       Development Commissioners
                                                                                                                        Four persons, traveling on       Mandi and Muneer Choudhary
2009, hosted on the official web-         India. So, at that very moment,       a Pakistan army deserter.                                                                                          A series of rounds of inter-    during last financial year of         (DDCs) across the State to go
                                                                                                                    the rooftop of the ill-fated vehi-   (60), son of Faqir Mohd of
site of the court as evidence sub-        when they say bye bye to each             Rana also said in the video                                                                                actions between the State           2010-11, the highest ever. As the     ahead with ongoing develop-
                                                                                                                    cle, were killed on the spot while   Kalakote.
mitted, he is shown telling FBI           other, ISI at that time gives         that Headley had told him that                                                                                 Government officials with the       Government was able to spent          ment works for which the funds
                                                                                                                    as 33 others, who were inside            The injured have been identi-
officials that US-born Headley            them, you know, guns,” Rana           although ISI knew that he was                                                                                  Planning Commission have been       majority amount of the plan on        would be paid from internal
                                                                                                                    the vehicle, sustained injuries.     fied as Mohd Fakir (15), son of
had promised him that he would            told the investigators.               working for LeT, the terror                                                                                    held since January this year to     development, it had sought a 10       resources of the State.
                                                                                                                        On getting information about     Mohd Azam of Nagoon, Khalid
help him return to Pakistan and               Rana, who was a Pakistani         group was unaware of his links                                                                                 give a detailed presentation of     per cent step-up in the plan for          The DDCs had, however,
                                                                                                                    the accident, a police party from    Hussain (14), son of Hakim Din
settle his case in that country’s         army regular before being             with the spy agency.                                                                                           the State’s requirements for cur-   current fiscal year of 2011-12,
                                                                                                                    Batote Police Station rushed to      of Nagoon, Shakeel Ahmed (2-),                                                                                  been asked not to start fresh
army which had declared him a             declared a deserter, said Major           Rana told FBI that Headley                                                                                 rent financial year of 2011-12.     again the highest ever.
                                                                                                                    the spot and started rescue oper-    son of Mohd Bashir of Doongi                                                                                    developmental works without
deserter.                                 Iqbal was Headley’s contact in        had spent some time with the                                                                                   Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and          The amount sought under
                                                                                                                    ation with the help of locals as     Ghrati, Sajjad Hussain (20), son                                                                                approval         of      District
    Rana had been declared a              the ISI. He also said that he had     LeT and received training from                                                                                 Economic Advisor to the             the PMRP i.e. Rs 1200 crore is
                                                                                                                    well as Road Opening Party           of Manawar Hussain of Ghrati,                                                                                   Development Boards (DDBs),
deserter by the Pakistani army,           spoken to Iqbal over phone.           them during his contact with the                                                                               Government, Jaleel Ahmed            equal to what the State had been
                                                                                                                    (ROP) of the Army.                   Daulat Hussain (60), son of                                                                                     which would meet only after
where he was a doctor, after he               “He (Iqbal) call and he call      group for five or six years.                                                                                   Khan attended the meetings          granted last financial year.
                                                                                                                        Police arrested driver of the    Mohd Khan of Ghrati, Altaf                                                                                      approval of the plan.
declined to go to the glacier             me sir, and I’m. I was a Captain,         At the hearing of the terror                                                                               from the Government side            However, the State hadn’t been
                                                                                                                    vehicle, who too sustained           khan (20), son of Daulat Khan of                                                                                    Finance Minister Abdul
region following his posting              when I deserted Pakistan Army,”                                                                                                                      besides senior officers of          able to fully utilize the PMRP
                                                                                   (Contd on page 4 Col 3)          injuries, for over-loading and       Ghrati, Basharat Hussain (12),        Planning        and     Finance                                           Rahim Rather had presented
there.                                    Rana said amusingly.                                                                                                                                                                     amount during the last year,
                                                                                                                    rash driving, which became the       son of Mohd Rafaq of Saawani,         Departments. Administrative                                               annual budget of current finan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mainly due to disturbed condi-
       Promotions of JSAs, engagement of Class IV in E&S                                                            cause of the tragic accident.
                                                                                                                        All the injured persons were
                                                                                                                                                         Maqbool Hussain (18), son of
                                                                                                                                                         Shah Mohd of Nowshera,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Secretaries of different depart-    tions in the Valley. The State had    cial year in first week of the
                                                                                                                                                                                               ments have also given their         incurred about Rs 675 crore of        March in the Legislative

  CS directs seizure of record,                                                                                     rushed to Batote Hospital and
                                                                                                                    later shifted to Government
                                                                                                                    Medical College and Hospital
                                                                                                                                                         Mehboob Alam (12), son of
                                                                                                                                                         Mohd Bashir of Doongi Ghrati,
                                                                                                                                                             (Contd on page 4 Col 1)
                                                                                                                                                                                               detailed presentation to the
                                                                                                                                                                                               Planning Commission.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Finance Minister Abdul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the PMRP while rest of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   amount remained unspent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       During meetings of the State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Assembly presuming highest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ever annual plan of Rs 6600
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         crore.


  preparation of chargesheet                                                                                                   Vintage tank belonged to British forces?                                                              250 ultras still active: DGP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           SRINAGAR, June 7:
  By Mohinder Verma
    JAMMU, June 7: Taking
serious note of promotions of
                                          directions to the Planning
                                          Department for seizure of the
                                          entire record and preparation of
                                                                                submitting official report to
                                                                                the Chief Secretary, the
                                                                                Planning Department had sug-
                                                                                                                    Rusted tank recovered from Ravi river                                                                               Police today said there are an estimated 250 to 300 militants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   active in the State.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       "We do not count militants like that, the general estimate is
77 Junior Statistical Assistants          charge-sheet against the erring       gested that the case of 77            By Gopal Sharma             in Lakhanpur area, was detected              was not merely piece but a huge     around 250 to 300, 100 odd may be more active type of militants,"
(JSAs), engagement of 14                  officer(s).                           Junior Statistical Assistants         JAMMU, June 7: An by a village boy, who happened                         war tank. They ran away in          Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda told reporters on
casual labourers and adjust-                  Acting on the directions of       (JSAs) could be referred to the unclaimed old and rusted war- to pass that side. He informed                   panic sensing trouble and           sidelines of a function here.
ment of some of them in the               Chief Secretary, Planning             Commission of Inquiries and                                                                                    informed the matter to local            Going by the estimates, this is the lowest number of militants
                                          Department today entrusted the        engagement of 14 persons on                                                                                    police at Lakhanpur late last       to be active in the last 20 years, when an armed insurgency began
Economics and Statistics
                                          task to some senior officers so       need basis and adjustments of                                                                                  evening.
Department in blatant viola-                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Contd on page 4 Col 1)
                                          that the record is seized, charge-    two of them against available                                                                                      The matter then came to the
tions of the norms, State
                                                                                                                                                                                               notice of SSP Kathua J L
Government today ordered
seizure of the entire record
                                          sheet prepared and placed before
                                          head of the civil administration
                                                                                Class IV vacancies, to the State
                                                                                Vigilance Organization (SVO).                                                                                  Sharma       and          Deputy     Two Govt officers transferred
                                          within next 10 days, sources             However, Chief Secretary                                                                                    Commissioner, Kathua, Zahida                              Excelsior Correspondent
and preparation of charge-
                                          said, adding it would be only         preferred to get the record seized                                                                             Khan. They contacted Army               JAMMU, June 7: The Government today ordered transfer and
sheet against the erring offi-
                                          after going through the charge-       and     chargesheet      prepared                                                                              authorities. Officials from vari-   postings of three officers.
cer(s).
                                          sheet that Chief Secretary will       against the accused officer(s).                                                                                ous intelligence agencies also          B R Lachotra, Director (P&S) PHE, Irrigation and Flood
    Authoritative sources told
                                          take decision about the further          The official report, which                                                                                  reached the spot. It was earlier,   Control, has been transferred and posted as Director Economics and
EXCELSIOR that after going
                                          action to be taken into the case.     established the guilt of then                                                                                  indicated that it could be          Statistics, Srinagar against a vacancy relieving Manohar Khajuria,
through the official report estab-
                                              They said that while prepar-      Director S A Qureshi, was                                                                                      Pakistani tank, may be aban-        Director PP of holding additional charge as Director, DES.
lishing promotions, engage-
                                          ing chargesheet, the Planning         sought by the Principal                                                                                        doned during 1965 or 71 war or
ments and adjustments in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Contd on page 4 Col 3)
                                          Department would also look into       Secretary to Chief Minister, B B                                                                               washed away in flood and then
Economics       and     Statistics
Department by then Director, S
                                          whether some other officers of
                                          the Department were also hand
                                                                                Vyas, who is also holding the
                                                                                charge         of        Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                               buried under the debris.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Army officers from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Army takes action against soldier
A Qureshi, in sheer violation of          in glove with then Director, S A      Commissioner, after EXCEL-                                                                                                                                              Excelsior Correspondent
                                                                                                                                                                                               Mamoon Cantt and also from
norms, the Chief Secretary,               Qureshi.                              SIOR carried out reports on                                                                                                                           SRINAGAR, June 7: Already left red-faced over its alleged har-
                                                                                                                                                                                               local Kathua unit rushed to the
Madhav Lal yesterday issued                   Sources said that while               (Contd on page 4 Col 6)           An old 'unclaimed' tank recovered from debris of river Ravi                                                  rasment of tourists in Leh, Army today announced “strict discipli-
                                                                                                                                                                                               area and cordoned it. The Army
                                                                                                                   near Lakhanpur on Tuesday.                —Excelsior/Rakesh                                                     nary” action against one of its soldiers who was found guilty of
  Internet Edition: www.dailyexcelsior.com                                               Uma back                                                        the matter to local junk dealer
                                                                                                                                                                                               experts were also called. They
                                                                                                                                                                                               started digging operation using     assaulting a group of tourists in Pahalgham in South Kashmir.
                                                                                                                tank was recovered from river
  E-Paper: www.dailyexcelsior.com/epaper                                                  in BJP                Ravi near Lakhanpur in dis-
                                                                                                                                                         telling that huge piece of iron
                                                                                                                                                         was lying at the river side. When
                                                                                                                                                                                               machines and man power under           The Army action came within 24 hours of State police register-
                                                                                                                                                                                               the supervision of GOC Rising       ing a case against an Army man for assaulting a group from
          INSIDE                                  WEATHER                            NEW DELHI, June 7:         trict Kathua today.                      two-three persons were engaged        Star Corps Lt Gen          A K      Rajasthan who were on a holiday in the tourist resort of Pahalgam.
   * Endemic ragging menace                            JAMMU                        Nearly six years after she      The tank, over 95% buried            in removing the iron piece from                                              Several people, including women, were injured in the assault by
                                                                                                                                                                                               Choudhary and         Brig J K
   * Food shortage           ...Page 8    Fair.                                 was expelled from the party, under the debris at the right bank          debris, they came to know that it
                                                                                firebrand Hindutva leader Uma of river Ravi near Golden Gates                                                      (Contd on page 4 Col 3)                               (Contd on page 4 Col 1)
   Panchayats to transform                         TEMPERATURE
                                                                                Bharti was today re-inducted
   socio-economic, development
   scenario: Omar
   Spirit of ‘Kashmiriyat’
                             ...Page 3
                                          Max:
                                          Min:
                                                             41.1 Degree C
                                                             27.6 Degree C
                                               RELATIVE HUMIDITY
                                                                                into the BJP that entrusted her
                                                                                with the task of looking after
                                                                                                                        Ramdev ‘forgives’ PM,
   still alive despite                    Highest:              47.0 per cent   Uttar Pradesh which is going to
   turmoil: Dr Singh
   Patanjali Yog Samiti,
                             ...Page 3    Lowest:               15.0 per cent
                                          Sunset on Wednesday: 7.37 p.m.
                                                                                polls next year.
                                                                                    Announcing her re-entry,          Hazare to go ahead with fast
                                                                                BJP president Nitin Gadkari HARIDWAR/NEW DELHI, June 7:
   Bharat Swabhiman                       Sunrise on Thursday:     5.23 a.m.                                                                             RSS and the Sangh Parivar
   appeal people                                      KASHMIR                   said Uttar Pradesh will be the      After his stinging attack,           which had hatched a “conspira-
   to make bandh                          Mainly clear sky.                     main area of her work and she
                                                                                                                Baba Ramdev mellowed down                cy”. This was aimed at creating
    a success                ...Page-5             TEMPERATURE                  will have a “prominent role to
                                                                                play” there in the campaign of today saying he “forgave” the             a “Godhra-like communal vio-
   Miinisters call on Sibal,              Max:               30.8 Degree C                                      Prime Minister for the crack-            lence,” AICC general secretary
   demand VC for CU          ...Page 5    Min:               13.6 Degree C      the party.
                                                                                    “The decision to reinduct down on his agitation even as              B K Hariprasad told reporters.
   Top ranked cueists                          RELATIVE HUMIDITY                                                                                             In Lucknow, Digvijay Singh,
   win matches                            Highest:              56.0 per cent   her into the party was taken the Congress accused him of
                                                                                                                being a “mukhota” (mask) of              also AICC general secretary,
   easily                    ...Page 14   Lowest:              25.0 per cent
                                                                                    (Contd on page 4 Col 1)     the RSS and the Sangh                    said Ramdev was a “cheat” and
                                                                                                                Parivar.                                 that RSS had organised the
                                                                                                                    Ramdev, who has resumed              whole campaign to divert the
                                                                                                                his agitation against black              attention of the people after the
                                                                                                                money, corruption and the police         outfit’s links to terror activities
                                                                                                                action on his supporters, howev-         were “exposed”.
                                                                                                                er, said history will not forgive            Ramdev said he was open to
                                                                                                                Singh for the “political sin” he         talks with the Government.
                                                                                                                has committed.                           After accusing him of reneging
                                                                                                                    “The Prime Minister termed           on his promise to end his fast in
                                                                                                                it (the police action) unfortu-          Delhi last Saturday, senior
                                                                                                                nate. In a way he has accepted           Central Ministers had made it
                                                                                                                his sin. Since he has accepted his       clear that there was nothing to
                                                                                                                sin, I have forgiven him,”               discuss with the yoga guru.
                                                                                                                Ramdev told reporters at his                 The 46-year-old yoga guru
                                                                                                                ashram in Haridwar.                      now also faces heat from the
                                                                                                                    “I have personally forgiven          Enforcement Directorate and the
                                                                                                                him but the history of not only          Income Tax department, which
                                                                                                                India but the whole world will           are examining operations of sev-
                                                                                                                never forgive him for the politi-        eral companies dovetailed into
                                                                                                                cal sin he committed. He has             two flagship trusts-Patanjali
                                                                                                                tainted democracy,” Ramdev               Yogpeeth and Divya Yog
                                                                                                                said.                                    Mandir founded by him. The
                                                                                                                    The yoga guru was reacting           turnover of the two trusts is said
                                                                                                                to Singh’s remarks yesterday             to be over Rs.1,100 crore in
                                                                                                                that “it was unfortunate that the        2009-10.
                                                                                                                operation had to be conducted                On the Congress ridiculing
                                                                                                                but quite honestly, there was no         his bid to flee in a women’s
                                                                                                                alternative.”                            dress from the protest site fol-
                                                                                                                    In Delhi, Congress said              lowing the police crackdown,
                                                                                                                “Ramdev is the mukhota of the                (Contd on page 4 Col 3)

								
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