Where People live in Stone Age in Jathana (Kathua), Marwah-Dachhen, Machel (Kishtwar), Mahu-Mangat (Banihal), after 63 years of Independence

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Member of National Integration Council has drawn the attention of Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India towards the most distressing situation in several pockets of Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban and other areas where the residents have been living in the Stone Age. I have identified several areas where the local residents, the citizens of free India live in rags, poverty, walk naked feet, have remained without clean drinking water and where there is no educational facilities or medical care. He said that Jathana is a small Ireland in Kathua District whereas it has been annexed for ulterior reasons with Billawar Assembly Constituency. The people of the area remain cut off from their neighbouring villages, of course, District and Tehsil headquarters for half of the year due to the swollen rivers and horrifying terrains. Similarly, Marwah-Dachhen has remained cut off from its District or Tehsil headquarters, Kishtwar. There are no roads, no means of communication even the latest mobile system has not been introduced. The people in the area have been living in Stone Age. They have been eating barley/sattoo as their food because no efforts have been made to grow maize or wheat or paddy. Where the citizens of India have not worn the shoes. The Government has not been able even to construct a kacha road or any means of communication. The area remained under siege of the militants for nearly a decade so much so that even police chowki was withdrawn from the area in the nineties.

Mahu-Mangat is another example where poverty, ignorance, disease rule and where the big leaders, the politicians fly in helicopters like other places to snatch votes from the suffering people of the area. The area is about 25 kms. from Banihal, though a railway track has been laid in the area yet Mahu-Mangat has no hope to see the dawn of democracy.

Machel is another tragic spot where people live in the most humiliating condition, no drinking water, no electricity, no medical care, no education facilities where policemen march into the village only to rob them of their sheep and cattle during the famous Machel yatra. A holy temple in Machel is covered by helicopter to bring religious tourists from Gulabgarh (Padar). Prof. Bhim Singh reminded Dr. Manmohan Singh that there are equally worst placed areas like Gulabgarh, Gool (Ramban), Desa and Gandon (Doda) which have remained neglected. Where the ruling class has been exploiting the people only to collect their votes during election.

In his letter Prof. Bhim Singh has reminded the Prime Minister that had the Govt. of India and J&K spent only half of the money which they spent to build a railway tunnel from Qazigund to Banihal. The stars and dignity of living of the people in these areas in Jammu Pradesh would have been restored.

NPP Supremo regretted that the ruling parties in the Centre may it be Congress, NC or BJP have completely ignored the people of Jammu Pradesh because they could not turn a political threat to the ruling clique in Srinagar or Delhi.

Bhim Singh’s appeal to SC for judicial probe into death of Pak-prisoner Shaukat Ali in Jammu jail

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Member of National Integration Council has filed an application before the Supreme Court of India to hold a high power judicial probe into the unfortunate and unexpected death of Pakistani prisoner, Shaukat Ali (42) on the intervening 17/18th February, 2014 in District Jail Ambphala, Jammu in J&K. The Supreme Court is hearing a Panthers Party petition for the release of foreign prisoners whose sentences either have completed or who have not been tried for years by the Govt. of J&K.

Prof. Bhim Singh said that jail conditions in J&K are worst than hell and he has personal experience in this regard as he himself has remained under detention in J&K for nearly eight years ever since 1959 by the NC-Congress Govt. He has written a letter to the Chief Justice requesting him to depute a special commission of inquiry to find out the living conditions, health care, food and lodging situation in the Districts and Central Jails in J&K. He said that the condition of detention cells and barracks are inhuman and heavily sub-stranded as compared to the conditions in other states.

Prof. Bhim Singh said that the Supreme Court had ordered shifting of all foreign under trials prisoners from J&K to other states. This order was opposed by the Govt. of J&K for reasons well-known to the State Govt. He further said that conditions of the local prisoner is no less painful and agonizing than the foreign prisoners. Prof. Bhim Singh had moved a supplementary petition in the Supreme Court on the murder of a Pakistani prisoner in Central Jail, Jammu.

The Govt. of India in its affidavit had disclosed that there were 565 Pakistan prisoners in different Indian jails. Nearly 50 of them have completed their respective sentences but they have not been released for years. He said that about 25 Pakistani prisoners are languishing in Amritsar prison who had been declared mentally challenged by the doctors. Five of them are deaf and dumb (goongas) whereas Govt. of Pakistan has refused to identify them in spite of direction of the Supreme Court on Panthers Party petition.

Prof. Bhim Singh has urged the Supreme Court that a committee of State Legal Aid Committee which is headed by him may be permitted to visit District & Central jails in J&K and other jails to find out the actual conditions prevailing in the jails and extent human rights of the prisoners are being violated. In the meantime, Prof. Bhim Singh urged the Union Govt. to take urgent measures for handing over the dead body of Late Shaukat Ali to his relatives who was resident of Sialkote, Pakistan.

Earlier, Prof. Bhim Singh has urged Shri Nawaz Sharief, the Prime Minister of Pakistan to grant him permission to visit the prisons in Pakistan to meet the Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails so that he may be able to provide them legal service. He is also sent petitions to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to allow him to argue the cases of Indian prisoners before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. A legal aid committee had already been constituted in cooperation with Pakistan based lawyers.

NPP Supremo honoured as Chief Guest by Delhi Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Delhi today held a seminar presided over by its President, Shri Vijay Thakur at Ashoka Hotel on the State-Centre Relations. Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration Council was the Chief Guest on the occasion invited to speak on State-Centre Relations particularly in reference to J&K.
Prof. Bhim Singh while addressing the elite group of eminent notables of the Rotary Club questioned the sincerity of the leaders in the Constituent Assembly who while introducing Article 370 in Constitution of India debarred Parliament to legislate in respect of J&K. He expressed surprise and unforgiveable blunder by allowing the Monarchy to exist in J&K whereas all other (556 States who had signed similar Instrument of Accession were declared merged abolishing respective monarchies. In a most astonished revelation Prof. Bhim Singh publicly criticized the Constituent Assembly for adopting 370 by a retaining Monarchy. He made a unique disclosure that J&K literally and legally remained under the Monarchy headed by Maharaja Hari Singh till 20th August, 1952 when Monarchy was abolished by a single line resolution by the J&K Constituent Assembly under the leadership of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah. He wondered why the entire Indian leadership chose to ignore this fact and remained silent to the fact that after the termination of Monarchy J&K merged with Indian Union and Article 370 turned redundant. He told the Rotarians that this was one of the blunders committed by the Parliament of India and is a continuing blunder. He said had he got an opportunity to be in Parliament he would have generated a support of the entire Parliament to amend Article 370 empowering the Parliament to legislate in respect of J&K as is the mandate of the Constitution for the rest of the states.
In a reply to a question he argued that Dr. Manmohan Singh’s agenda to make LoC irrelevant can only be practicable if LoC is given recognition by India and Pakistan allowing the residents of the State from either side to travel with passports of the respective countries and terrorism is eliminated by Pakistan. To another question if he would contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha election, NPP Supremo said that he shall contest from Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency which is his home constituency because it is only he who can seek permanent solution to remove hurdles created by Article 370 of the Constitution of India to bring the residents of J&K at par with the citizens in the rest of the country. On Telangana, Prof. Bhim Singh told that Parliament is the only competent authority to reorganize J&K but this is not applicable to J&K in the given situation. He said, though President of India can amend any clause or section or provision in Article 370 but he needs recommendation of the Constituent Assembly and the Govt.of J&K constituted by the Maharaja. He laughed on the wisdom of the Parliamentarians because there is no more Maharaja and no more Constituent Assembly in J&K and naturally there is no constitutional authority for the continuation of Article 370.
Prof. Bhim Singh was also presented a memento by the President and the members of the Rotary Club on the occasion.

NPP observes International ‘Mother Language’ Day Regrets ‘Dogri’ remained most neglected

A massive gathering of Dogri speaking writers, thinkers, advocates and academician was held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party on the International Mother Language Day being observed in different linguistic segments in the world by UNESCO.
Prof. Bhim Singh regretted that in spite of the resolution by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism, neither the Union Govt. nor the State Govts. have ever cared to promote one of the renowned languages in the Indian Union namely Dogri. The Dogri script became first victim of Kashmiri rule and then its growth and expansion was continuously discouraged by the rulers of J&K since 1947. He expressed shock that India being a signatory to the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/61/266 which was carried by the General Assembly on 16th May, 2009 to promote unity in diversity and international understanding through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
Prof. Bhim Singh said that Dogri language is one of the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing centuries’ old Dogri heritage and culture which was founded on brotherhood and humanism.
Prof. Bhim Singh congratulated the Council for Promotion of Dogri Language, History and Art which was founded by Prof. Bhim Singh with the support and cooperation of senior academicians including Dr. M.R. Puri, Justice K.K. Gupta, Dr. Zahooruddin, Prof. D.L. Chaudhary, Dr. (Mrs.) Champa Sharma, Dr. (Mrs.) Posh Charak, Late Shri D.C. Prashant, Prof. Ram Nath Shastri, S. Rangil Singh which successfully launched ‘Dogra Ratan Awards’ with a purpose to promote the Dogri language to bring it as a member of International Mother Languages fraternity.
He said that former President of India Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil demonstrated her exemplary magnanimity by presenting Dogra Ratan Awards to the awardees in the presence of Dr. Karan Singh and Governor Shri N.N. Vohra last year.
He hoped that International Mother Language Day shall be taken as a Dogri Language Celebration Day in future by all Dogri speaking fraternity.

SC to hear Custodial death petition of Yousuf Haji on 31st March, 2014

Rare case of corruption & criminalization in politics  

 

            Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising of JJ Dr. B.S. Chauhan, Mr. A.K. Sikri and Mr. Justice M.Y. Eqbal today after a brief hearing from the Senior Counsel, Prof. Bhim Singh and J&K Advocate-General M.I. Qadri in a writ petition filed by Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA Panthers Party and Shri Talib Hussain, son of late Yousuf Haji ordered to list the writ petition seeking CBI probe into the custodial death of Yousuf Haji who was arrested on 29th September, 2011 from the residence of Chief Minister, J&K, Mr. Omar Abdullah on the orders of the Chief Minister. Yousuf Haji died in custody on the night between 29th & 30th September, 2011.

Prof. Bhim Singh, Senior Advocate & Sr. Executive Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) made a strong appeal to the court for its intervention so that the custodial death shall be investigated by an independent agency, CBI to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice without any further delay. He said that a noted ruling party (NC) leader was invited by the Chief Minister at his residence and nobody knows what happened with him inside. It is on record that Yousuf Haji was assaulted inside Chief Minister’s House and he was taken to police station on the orders of the Chief Minister (though Chief Minister had no locus to issue warrant of arrest against any person) in a critical condition. Yousuf Haji died some hours after his arrest at the police station (though police claims that he died in police hospital). It is also on record that Yousuf Haji’s relations or NOK (next of kins) were never informed about his arrest, detention or death.

Prof. Bhim Singh submitted before the Supreme Court that this is the rarest of the rare case of corruption and criminalization in politics in the history of independence India which needed thorough investigation because the entire police hierarchy including Director General of Police, the Chief Secretary and of course the Chief Minister were responsible for this custodial death. Justice H.S. Bedi, former judge of the Supreme Court who was appointed as a Head of the Commission of Inquiry by J&K Govt. submitted his report on December 22, 2012 holding, inter-alia had submitted, “Admittedly, no relative had been informed by the police as was their obligation and even assuming that the relatives had received some information that would still not absolve the police officers of their duty under D.K. Basu’s case.” Prof. Bhim Singh has maintained that Bedi Commission was only a casual civil inquiry commission whose recommendations were of advisory nature only.

 

Prof. Bhim Singh has also referred to important cases where Justice Dr. B.S. Chauhan was a member of the Division Bench of the Supreme Court which had ordered investigation by CBI in a Gujarat case. It was with the permission of the court that Mr. Talib Hussain, s/o Yousuf Haji has also joined as a petitioner.

The court ordered that the case shall be listed on 31st March, 2014.

Prof. Bhim Singh was assisted by M/s. B.S. Billowria, D.K. Garg, S.K. Bandopadhyay, Advocates.