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With a forlorn look on his face, Sajjad Wani is puffing cigarette after cigarette. The owner of a furniture-making unit in Pulwama’s Litter in South Kashmir has a series of orders pending with him, but no workers to complete them. With logs of raw wood lying beside a row of intricately carved pieces and his machines covered in sawdust, the unit bears the look of a place that was busy till a few days ago.

On October 17 evening, one of his carpenters, Sageer Ahmed (55), was shot dead by suspected militants near his rented accommodation about 50 metres away from the unit. A resident of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, Ahmed had arrived in Kashmir two years ago in search of work. Following his death, the seven other carpenters working at Wani’s unit — all from Uttar Pradesh — left the Valley, fearing for their lives.

“Under normal circumstances they would have left in December before the snowfall. Now I don’t know how to deliver my orders. There aren’t many local carpenters available. Those who are, are either not good enough or absolutely lazy. Ahmed was not only very skilled at carving wood but also very hardworking. He was my chief carpenter and pretty much handled the operations of the unit,” says Wani.

A few kilometres away, Farooq Mir, a farmer, is thrashing bundles of harvested paddy with his family members to separate grains from the chaff. “Usually this work is done by labourers from Bihar and UP. But after the Litter killing, all have run away… If they do not return next year, harvesting will be a problem,” says Mir.

Over the past two decades, migrant labourers from India’s heartland have become an integral part of Kashmir’s economy. While they come from various states, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, those from UP, Bihar and West Bengal form the bulk. The Union Territory administration has no compiled data, and industry and trade bodies put their figure between two and four lakh. However, research scholars studying migrant patterns, and the 2011 Census data, say their actual numbers could be over 11 lakh in Kashmir Valley alone.

They are spread across sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, construction and brick kilns, or work as barbers and hawkers. In fact, it is difficult to find a barber shop in Kashmir run by a Kashmiri.

“While most labourers leave by the end of November or December, only to come back by March next year, barbers stay on. They have their families here too. But this time even they have run away,” says Shamim Wani, who runs a bakery in Pulwama.

It is the second such exodus of migrant labourers from the Valley, the first seen soon after similar killings in the aftermath of the August 5, 2019, decision of the Centre, stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and bifurcating the state into two Union territories. In the past two weeks, 11 civilians, including migrant labour and non-Muslim Kashmiris, have been killed. Those shot include Srinagar’s famous pharmacist Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Kashmiri Pandit, and a teacher and a principal shot at their school, sending shockwaves up to Delhi. Most of the killings are confined to Srinagar and South Kashmir.

Sajjad Wani says he didn’t have the heart to stop anyone from leaving. “I can’t guarantee my own life in this place. How can I guarantee anyone else’s? So I let everyone go.”

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The Sopore Industrial Estate in North Kashmir has 56 units of different kinds, ranging from garments and furniture to PVC pipes and plastic garbage recycling. The estate’s president, Javed Bhatt, says they have managed to retain most of their labour as they stay on the estate itself, and police provide perimeter security.
However, the same is not true of other sectors, Bhatt says, and local labour is hard to come by. “Kashmir’s economy is heavily dependent on migrants, with their maximum presence in the construction business as masons, painters and carpenters. There are also household help from Jharkhand… Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has sold us a dream that Rs 60,000 crore investment is coming from Dubai. Who will invest if this kind of an environment continues and there is no workforce?”

Non locals work a tailorying Factory at sopore. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

What Bhatt draws confidence from is that workers who had left in the aftermath of the 2019 change returned next year as well as in 2021, despite Covid and security fears.

Fayyaz Malik, the general secretary of the Sopore Fruit Mandi, the largest wholesale market of apples in Kashmir, clocking an annual business of Rs 7,000 crore, says most of the buyers of their stocks are “outsiders”. Non-locals are generally not involved in the plucking, segregation and packing of apples.

“Traders and agents of arhatiyas, along with their labour from various states, camp here for six months to buy fruits and transport them. If the number of buyers goes down because of the fear, prices of fruits will fall. Already we have not had a good harvest the past couple of years because of weather changes,” says Malik.

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq says last week business leaders held a meeting with the divisional commissioner. “We all expressed our concern at what was happening with migrants in the Valley. We told the government that this is going to hamper your development goals. All infrastructure projects are going to be delayed,” Ashiq says.

A senior government official said they are seized of the matter. “Security forces are doing their job and the situation will be back to normal. Ensuring security for a robust economic environment is a government’s commitment,” the official said.

Home Minister Amit Shah, who arrived in Kashmir on Saturday for his first visit post-August 5, 2019, and held a security review, recently announced that more than Rs 25,000 crore worth of investments have been locked in for J&K. The UT administration has claimed that JSW Steel is among four corporates which have decided to invest in the Valley.

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Though Kashmir does not have much of an industry, it has always been a market for migrant labour. Locals say people have been coming from Bihar and UP to Kashmir for work for at least four decades.

Around the mid- 2000s, when the UPA government announced a Rs 24,000 crore “reconstruction package” for Kashmir and the Valley saw relative peace, these numbers surged. This also coincided with the saturation of labour markets in popular destinations such as Delhi, Punjab and Mumbai.

With Kashmir free of the debilitating poverty of many parts of the country and enjoying a high literacy rate, locals are hard to find for menial jobs. Among the only places to fully implement land reforms, the Valley has few who do not own a piece of land or assets, helped by its low population density. One of the largest employers in the UT is the government.

“Given that locals may not be interested in menial work, migrants are not as such a threat,” points out Prof Manish K Jha of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. As part of his research on migration in India, Jha says he has found that, in the past decade, migrants have started exploring newer areas like Kerala, Manipur and Kashmir, far away from the heartland states to which most of them belong.

“To begin with, it were people who had some level of skills who went to these places — a carpenter, a mason. Once they went, they realised that while their skills had a premium, there was also a shortage of labour. Then through their networks, they informed others back home and they started coming. Then some of them became brokers or mediators,” Jha says.

At a Sopore tailoring unit, migrants say work has declined back home in Uttar Pradesh; barber shops like the one above, in Choora, Baramulla, are run almost exclusively by non-Kashmiris in the Valley. (Shuaib Masoodi/Deeptiman Tiwary)

Aijaz Ahmed Turrey, Academic Associate at IIM-Ahmedabad, says the locals who once engaged in such work have either been absorbed by an expanding economy of fruits, transport or hotel, or are happy to sit idle. “Some have even gone to the Gulf. There is always some piece of land they can live off,” he says.

Turrey, who hails from Pulwama, published a research paper on migrants in Kashmir in 2019. Estimating their numbers at 11 lakh, he says most of them are employed in the rural areas.

Ashiq says the “outsiders” are also seen as more hardworking. “Hire a local and he will take three breaks during the day to smoke hookah. Then he will leave early and demand higher wages. He will also have frequent family issues and take leave.”

Jha says labour in Kashmir also enjoys better living conditions. “Another thing migrant workers have told us during our research over the last two years, is that living in Kashmir is not that expensive. Either through hospitality or other means, they do not have to spend much on housing. In Delhi and Mumbai, even with poor living conditions, they spend a lot more on housing.”

According to Jha, migrant workers are able to send remittances up to “50 per cent higher” in places such as Kashmir and Kerala.

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Mohammed Nadeem, who works in an embroidery unit at the Sopore estate, came to the Valley two months ago from Bijnor in UP. The father of three says he is afraid because of the killings but has little choice but to stay on. “I worked as a tailor in Bijnor. However, work has really dwindled over the past couple of years. Because of Covid, earnings are low and inflation is high. People are not buying new clothes. But there is work here.”

Kamlesh Chauhan, 27, who has been coming to Kashmir since 2017 as a daily wager, left for home in Bihar’s Siwan district on October 23, confident he would return. “These things keep happening, there is nothing to fear. I have gone and come back several times. Yes there is fear, but I am sure things will settle down. There is no work back home,” he says.

Mohd Lukman, 46, and Priyanshu Kumar, 23, who belong to the same village in Bettiah district of Bihar, share a rented room with four others, paying Rs 600 a month each, in Baramulla. They first came three years ago, after having worked in Punjab and Delhi.

“People there are very exploitative. They make you work for long hours and pay less than here. In Delhi I would get paid Rs 500 and work for two to three hours more. Here I get paid Rs 600 and can go home at 5 pm,” says Lukman, who has four children.

According to the two, employers in Kashmir also arrange food for the labourers, which doesn’t happen in Punjab.

“Plus, here they treat you with dignity. You rarely have anyone using abusive language. Another great thing here is honesty. If they make you work extra, they pay you extra,” says Lukman.

Suraj Sahni, a fruit hawker in Srinagar hailing from Badaun in UP, says locals are generally nice to migrants and there is a level of trust. “I can leave my stuff or payment pending here and know that if I come back two years later, I will get it. I can run credits even as a newcomer. This would not happen in Delhi,” he says.

Priyanshu says for him the biggest attraction is the weather and better accommodation. “Until the winter sets in, it is pleasant here. You don’t feel very tired. Rooms are bigger so even with more people it doesn’t get claustrophobic,” he says, adding that the months that he is not in Kashmir, he works in Uttarakhand.

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While most people believe the migrants leaving is a temporary blip, and that they will return, what has taken a beating is the Centre’s claim of restoring “normalcy” in J&K post abrogation of Article 370. “What can be more abnormal than the killing of migrant workers? It didn’t happen even during the peak of militancy. And killing of Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs is a throwback to those terrible times (of the early ’90s),” says a Srinagar businessman who does not want to be identified.

The administration is alarmed. After the October 17 episode in which two migrant labourers were killed at their accommodation in Srinagar, it moved them into secured shelters that came up overnight in government and school buildings. Sources said the migrants were also “encouraged” to leave, and their employers were told not to stop them if they couldn’t ensure their security.

Top officials, including members of intelligence agencies and Central Armed Police Forces, have been stationed in the Valley since October 17. During his visit, Shah was briefed on the steps taken to prevent attacks on civilians among other issues.

L-G Sinha has said that “every drop of innocent blood will be avenged”, and there have been a series of encounters since the killings, leaving 17 militants dead. Police claim many of them were behind the migrant killings. Scores of people have been picked up on suspicions of being “overground workers (OGWs)”, while police have resumed pat-down frisking — a much-maligned routine stopped in the Valley a few years ago.

IG (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar blames the civilian killings on “hybrid terrorists” or “part time militants”, using small arms such as pistols to target defenceless individuals in the dark, before speeding away on bikes. Police believe many of these shooters are radicalised individuals who might even hold regular jobs while carrying out “contract kills”. It is thus harder for security forces to track them, tapping into their usual network. “In some cases, OGWs have been found directly involved,” Kumar has said.

However, the 17 militants security forces have killed recently, and claimed them to be behind the attacks on civilians, were all Kalashnikov-wielding full-time operatives, and not armed with small guns. Sources say these men might have been involved in planning and not necessarily executing the killings.

The attacks on the civilians have coincided with an influx of small firearms dropped by drones from across the border, and increased infiltration since July. That the deployment of forces in the Valley is now down to pre-August 5, 2019, levels, has not helped matters.

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Sources in the security establishment say things have been building up since July, when intelligence inputs first suggested non-Muslims could be targeted in the Valley. But there have also been some immediate triggers.

A senior officer says the very public Independence Day celebrations, with multiple Tricolours put up around the Dal Lake, and jingoistic slogans blared over loudspeakers, did not go down well at a time when the Valley is still bristling over the August 5, 2019, change, with no sign or restoration of statehood or elections around the corner.

The officer says there are resumed whispers of plans for a “demographic change” in the Muslim-majority Valley, especially after the launch of a portal for Kashmiri Pandits to complain about the property they sold in distress sales, and a change in rules for buying of land in the Valley. “There is suspicion that a section of the local population supports these militants targeting outsiders,” the officer says.

In September, security agencies say, they came across a social media post by The Resistance Force (TRF) — believed to be an offshoot of the Lashkar-e-Toiba — that discussed a “strategy” to target “non locals”, and criticised the government’s policies letting “outsiders” take up land and jobs in Kashmir. Sources said a TRF sleeper cell may be behind the recent attacks, and they were on the trail of some militants who had been identified.

But, Pulwama’s Sajjad Wani, who has been in the furniture business for eight years, says any action has to come fast. “If police can’t find and neutralise these militants by winter, I will frankly have to shut shop.”

PM Modi will meet with 7 Indian Covid vaccine manufacturers tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with seven Indian Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers on Saturday, a meeting that comes after the country reached the goal of administering 100 crore in vaccine doses, official sources said.

Representatives from seven vaccine manufacturers – Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Zydus Cadila, Biological E, Gennova Biopharma and Panacea Biotech – will participate in the meeting.

Modi will likely focus on ways to vaccinate eligible people in India as quickly as possible and also help other countries immunize their populations under the “vaccine for all” mantra, an official source said.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Union State Health Minister Bharati Pravin Pawar would also be present at the meeting.

Cumulative doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered in the country have exceeded 101.30 crore, according to Department of Health data updated at 7 a.m.

On October 21, India took a major milestone in its Covid-19 vaccination program, as cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded the 100 crore mark, prompting festive events in various regions.

More than 75% of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with nine states and EU territories administering the first dose to all eligible people.

More than 31% of the country’s estimated 93 million adults have received both doses, according to health ministry officials.

So far, the entire adult population of nine states and Union Territories – Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Dadra and Nagar Haveli – have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.

Three vaccines – Covishield made by Serum Institute of India, Covaxin and Sputnik V from Bharat Biotech – are currently in use in the country’s Covid vaccination campaign.

In hybrid format, IFFI plans to draw big names and films

Organizers are preparing to open the India International Film Festival (IFFI), which returns to Goa in a hybrid format on November 20, with names and titles on the big screen to showcase.

The 52nd edition of India’s biggest festival will pay homage to Hollywood pillar Martin Scorsese and famous Hungarian filmmaker Istevan Szabo with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award.

Organized in a hybrid format for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, the streaming giants are expected to play a major role. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Voot and Sony Liv will participate in the festival through physical and virtual events.

“India is a land of storytellers; our stories have captured the imagination of the world, ”said I&B Union Minister Anurag Thakur, announcing details of the festival in New Delhi on Friday.

The festival will host the Indian premiere of Netflix film The Power of Dog, by Jane Campion, which was named Best Director at the Venice Film Festival this year.

Thakur said IFFI will provide a platform for budding young talents from all over India to connect with filmmakers in mainstream cinema and industry. IFFI will invite 75 creative minds under 35 to interact with industry leaders.

Discussions between India and UK focus on infra and defense

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss held wide-ranging talks on Friday with a focus on infrastructure investments as well as defense and security cooperation.

Truss, who is on a two-day visit to India, also met with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. It is expected to announce a series of technology and infrastructure mergers with India to boost both economies, a statement from the British high commission’s visit to Truss in India said.

Hindutva is neither left nor right: Dattatreya Hosabale, leader of the RSS

The Hindutva is neither left nor right, RSS secretary general Dattatreya Hosabale said on Friday.

“The world had gone to the left, or had been forced to go to the left and now the situation is such that the world is moving to the right, so that it is in the center. This is what it is, neither left nor right ”, declared the leader of the RSS by publishing the book – The Hindutva Paradigm – Integral Humanism and the Quest for a Non-Western World View – of the leader of RSS Ram Madhav.

Hosabale also said that India’s judicial system, which drew inspiration from the British colonial system, was irrelevant to the nation. To make his point clear, he cited Mahatma Gandhi’s speech by Hind Swaraj and the recent comment by the Chief Justice of India that India’s judicial system was not suited to the country.

CJI NV Ramana said last month: “Very often our delivery of justice poses multiple barriers for ordinary people. The functioning and style of the courts does not fit well with the complexities of India. Our rules of practice of systems being of colonial origin may not be best suited to the needs of the Indian population. The need of the hour is the Indianization of our legal system.

Hosabalus, who emphasized the holistic nature of the Hindutva, said that the essence of the Hindutva is to take the best of every corner and mold it to suit your needs, your surroundings, and your life.

“I am from the RSS, we never said in our speeches in the Sangh training camps that we were on the right. A lot of our ideas are like left wing ideas, ”Hosabale said.

The RSS leader said there was room for ideas from both sides, left and right, since it was a “human experience”. He added: “There is no end point in Indian tradition, calling it left or right is appropriate for current geopolitics. The West and the East are not totally right, we never said in our speech that we were on the right. Many of our ideas resemble ideas from the left. The geographic or political divide is East and West which have faded, blurred and melted in post-liberalization, privatization and globalization.

Hosabale also emphasized cultural cohesion for the longevity of nations. Citing examples of how Germany reunited with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the USSR, the leader of the RSS said: “Any division or forced unification does not hold up, the culture in is the basis.

The RSS leader criticized the use of the word “Hindutva” in the headlines and said “Hindutva is in”, while stressing that people were reluctant to use the word earlier and went by “Indian”. But, he added, even Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, whom he called the “high priest of secularism,” also said when addressing students at Aligarh Muslim University that he belonged to to the Indian heritage linked by the teerthas.

Speaking on the occasion, Ram Madhav said his book was not anti-Western and that the time had come to explore a worldview from India. “In the post-Covid world, an order based on new principles will take shape over the next decade. In this new period of transition, we should be able to transfer our wisdom. Philosophy will be useful for the world, ”he said.

“We must continue to accept and implement the ideas that we have received from outside, but there are certain ideas to which this land can also contribute and we must look to them,” he added.

No VIP culture in vaccination campaign, Prime Minister Modi says in nationwide speech, calls on citizens to remain vigilant

Observing that India has reached a “difficult but extraordinary” target of 100 crore in doses of the Covid vaccine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday warned people to remain vigilant and not to become negligent, and urged them to continue to wear masks, claiming that weapons are not thrown away while the battle is on.

Addressing the nation, the Prime Minister said: “Yesterday, October 21, India reached the difficult but extraordinary goal of 1 billion – 100 crore – vaccine doses. Behind this achievement hides the power (kartavyashakti) of 130 crore of compatriots; therefore this success is the success of India, the success of every compatriot.

“When the biggest pandemic in 100 years arrived, questions started to arise about India. Will India be able to fight this global pandemic? Where will India get the money from to buy so many vaccines from other countries? When will India receive the vaccine? Will the Indian people get vaccinated or not? Will India be able to immunize enough people to prevent the spread of the pandemic? There were various questions, but today the 100 crore vaccine doses answer all the questions, ”the Prime Minister said.

Describing obtaining 100 crore doses of vaccine as a new chapter in Indian history, Modi said, “The country has launched the ‘Free vaccine, vaccine for all’ campaign, bringing everyone… does not discriminate, then there can be no discrimination in vaccination. Therefore, it has been ensured that the VIP culture did not dominate the vaccination campaign.

India’s development agenda is an example of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas, the prime minister said.

Modi also slammed the critics saying that when the country lit lamps and applauded (taali-thaali) then some wondered if the disease was going to end.

Seeing that the Indian economy is optimistic, the Prime Minister called on people to buy “Made in India” products during the Diwali festival.

Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Friday.

He also urged people to remain vigilant and continue to wear masks as the threat of the virus is not over yet. “Desh bade lakshya tay karana aur unhen haasil karana jaanta hai. Lekin, iske liye hamein satat saavadhaan rehne ki jaroorat hai. Hamein laaparvaah nahin hona hai (The country knows how to set big goals and achieve them. But, for that, we must be constantly careful. We must not be negligent) ”, he declared.

Kavach kitna hee uttam ho, kavach kitna hee aadhunik ho, kavach se suraksha ki poori guarantee ho, to bhee, jab tak yuddh chal raha hai, hathiyaar nahin daale jaate. Mera aagrah hai, ki hamein apane tyohaaron ko poori satarkata ke saath hee manaana hai (No matter how good the cover is, no matter how modern the armor is, even if the armor is a complete guarantee of protection, the weapons are not thrown during battle. I ask that we celebrate our festivals with the most great care) ”, he added.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the nation on completing the cumulative 100 crore vaccination against Covid-19, calling it a clear answer to all those who doubted how India would handle the pandemic.

The process is a living example of Indian ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ policy, he said.

“It has been a real bhagirath effort involving many sections of society. To get a feel for the scale, suppose each vaccination took only two minutes for a healthcare professional. At this rate, it took about 41 lakh man-days or about 11,000 man-years of effort to reach that benchmark, ”the Prime Minister wrote in his opinion column in The Indian Express.

Here are the highlights of his speech:

“If the disease does not discriminate, neither does the vaccine”

Speaking on the importance of equity in vaccines, Prime Minister Modi said that while the disease does not discriminate against the people it affects, neither does vaccination. He said that as nations around the world grapple with vaccine hesitancy, India’s 100 crore feat holds particular significance.

“A triumph of science”

The Prime Minister also praised the scientific and technological innovations which have made it possible to ensure the availability of vaccines, not only in India, but for countries around the world.

Bat for ‘Made in India’

Prime Minister Modi said that previously the products were “made in this country or made in this country”. But now people have understood the pride of buying “Made in India” products. He said this has been accompanied by a widespread sense of positivity in the country. He again asked people to buy products made in the country.

IED planted on tree detected during Poonch combing operation

ARMY TROOPS engaged in a search operation to flush out militants in the forests of Poonch district in J&K on Thursday, found and defused an IED in Chamrel near Dehra Ki Gali on the Mughal road.

“Indian Army troops recovered an IED in the Sawalkot Forest Area on Ratanpir Ridge in Poonch District,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Devender Anand said.

Sources said the IED was planted by militants on a tree in Chamrel Forest, apparently to inflict more damage on security forces. The security forces first came into contact with the militants in the same forest in Surankote tehsil of the border district on the morning of October 11. Five soldiers, including a JCO, were killed in the ensuing shootout.

In the ensuing search operation, four other soldiers, including a JCO, were killed in a shootout on October 14 in the Bhata Durian neighborhood of Mendhar tehsil.

Noting that search teams have yet to locate any activists, sources said the chances of their sighting were diminishing. However, research will continue for a few more days.

Police have so far arrested eight people, including a 45-year-old woman and her son, on suspicion of providing logistics for the activists.

Five hikers found dead in Himachal Pradesh; four still missing, two rescued

Five of the eleven missing hikers, who began their expedition in Uttarakhand, were found dead Thursday in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, a senior official said.

While four hikers are still missing, two were rescued, Kinnaur deputy commissioner Abid Hussain Sadiq said.

The trekking team had left Harshil in nearby Uttarakhand district of Uttarkashi for Chitkul in Kinnaur district on October 11, but they disappeared from October 17 to 19 in Lamkhaga Pass in bad weather, he said. -he declares.

Lamkhaga Pass is one of the most difficult passes that connects Kinnaur District with Harshil.

The deputy commissioner said the bodies of five hikers were found buried in the snow at various locations by the rescue team. The bodies were gathered at one location and would be sent to Uttarkashi by helicopter on Friday, he added.

Two hikers were rescued but the condition of one of them is said to be very critical, he said.

A joint search operation is being carried out by the military, ITBP and Kinnaur police to locate the missing hikers, he added.

A team of eight hikers from West Bengal, one from Delhi and three cooks set out from Harshil on October 11 via a trekking agency. They had obtained an interior line permit from the Uttarkashi Forest Department from October 13 to 21.

Team members have been identified as Anita Rawat (38) from Delhi, and Mithun Dari (31), Tanmay Tiwari (30), Vikash Makal (33) Saurav Ghosh (34) Saviayan Das (28), Richard Mandal ( 30) and Suken Manjhi (43), all from Calcutta.

The kitchen staff have been identified as Devendra (37), Gyan Chandra (33) and Upendra (32), all from Purola to Uttarkashi.

The government of Uttarakhand had informed the government of Himachal Pradesh of the disappearance of this team at Lamkhaga Pass, located at an altitude of 20,000 feet above sea level.

The deputy commissioner said ITBP and military officials were contacted after receiving this information and that a rescue operation was launched by the forces on Thursday morning.

A hiker and a guide were rescued. The hiker was taken safely to Uttarkashi via a helicopter, while the guide is with army soldiers and he will be airlifted to the Himalayan district of Uttarakhand on Friday, he added.

The rescue operation had to be suspended due to bad weather at 2 p.m. Thursday, the official said, adding that it would resume at 6:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Jacqueline Fernandez appears in front of ED; declaration of records

Actor Jacqueline Fernandez appeared before the Directorate of Execution (ED) on Wednesday for questioning in connection with a money laundering case of over 200 crore being investigated against alleged crook Sukesh Chandrashekar, officials said.

The actor filed with the federal agency around 3:30 p.m. after skipping his summons at least three times earlier.

His statement was registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said.

Fernandez, 36, already appeared before the federal agency in the case in August and had recorded his statement.

It is understood that the agency wants to confront her with new evidence and question her along with the main defendant in the Chandrashekhar case and his wife actress Leena Maria Paul.

Sources said some funds were transferred by Chandrashekhar from accounts linked to him to those linked to members of Fernandez’s family. By the way, some bank accounts in India and Dubai are under the agency’s scanner.

The agency, officials said, wants to understand a trace of funds and transactions that are believed to be linked to Fernandez in the matter.

Actress and dancer Nora Fatehi, 29, recorded her statement to ED last week in the case.

Fatehi’s representative had said that she was the victim in the case and that as a witness she is cooperating and assisting the police in the investigation.

Chandrashekhar and Paul were recently arrested by the ED while being held in a local jail after being arrested by Delhi police for cheating on certain people, including prominent people like the wife of the former promoter of Fortis Healthcare, Shivinder Mohan Singh, Aditi Singh. .

In August, the ED raided some of the premises in Chandrashekhar and seized a bungalow facing the sea in Chennai, Rs 82.5 lakh in cash and more than a dozen luxury cars.

He said in a statement that Chandrashekhar was a “known crook” and that he was being questioned by Delhi police in a case of alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and extortion to the tune of around Rs 200 crore.

“Chandrasekhar is the mastermind of this fraud. He has been part of the crime scene since the age of 17. He has several FIRs against him and is currently being held at Rohini Prison (in connection with the Delhi Police case), ”said the Director General.

Despite being in prison, Chandrashekhar “hasn’t stopped cheating” people, he said.

“He (with a cell phone bought illegally in prison) with the help of technology, made fraudulent calls to trick people because the numbers displayed on the called party’s phone number belonged to senior government officials. Talking (about the prison) to these people, he pretended to be a government officer offering to help people for a price, ”the ED said.