NPP Supremo warns JK CM on arrest of Mankotia, MLA Udhampur, demands immediate release or face consequences

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has strongly condemned the illegal arrest and detention of Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA, Udhampur who is also State President of JKNPP this morning in Udhampur while he was sitting on indefinite fast at Salathia Chowk, Udhampur demanding release to the flood affected people and their immediate rehabilitation. He is also demanding stern action against Dy. Commissioner, Udhampur who has refused to pick up relief material from the train which was sent by the Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh for flood affected people. Nearly 25,000 metric tones of food grains have been rotting at the railway station and now they are stinking and no more worth consuming. The Dy. Commissioner, Udhampur also sealed the relief which was sent by Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar on 1st October and refused to distribute it to the flood affected people of the area.

Mr. Mankotia has been sitting on fast unto death in Udhampur. Hundreds of Panthers Party workers have joined him. The police arrested him this morning while he took out a procession in support of his demands with nearly 5000 JKNPP workers in Udhampur.

Mr. Mankotia was arrested and detained and later removed to hospital Udhampur where he has been kept in isolation. Prof.Bhim Singh has warned the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah of dire consequences if Mr.Mankotia is not released immediately and treated at Govt. Medical College Hospital, Jammu. He also demanded stern action against Udhampur administration particularly the Dy. Commissioner who has intentionally and deliberately committed a criminal offence by allowing the relief material to go waste and further refused to distribute it to the affected people in Udhampur district. He charged Dy. Commissioner for the death of 27 persons in Sadal village who were not provided timely help to be rescued while their village was sliding and they had been shouting for help for three days.  Prof.Bhim Singh said that it is criminal act of the administration that dead body of 27 persons of village Sadal have not been traced till today.

Prof.Bhim Singh spoken to Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh, J&K Governor Shri N.N. Vohra, the Union Home Secretary and several other important officials in the South and North Block, New Delhi who matter seeking their urgent intervention to ensure that Governor Rule is imposed in J&K so that the people could be saved from further death and destruction.

Udhampur Adm. starts distributing relief Leaders appeal Mankotia to end fas

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has appealed Udhampur MLA Shri Balwant Singh Mankotia to end his fast which has entered 8th day demanding distribution of relief to the flood affected people in Udhampur district and in rest of the state. Chairman-JKNPP Harsh Dev Singh, MLA visited Udhampur and made a strong appeal to Mr.Mankotia to conclude his fast as the administration has realized their mistake in the delay of distribution of relief material to the affected people. One of the member of the five member committee constituted on the direction of Supreme Court namely, Shri Bhardwaj (President of Jammu High Court Bar Association) also visited Udhampur and met Mr. Mankotia who find facts and the problems facing the flood affected people in Udhampur district. He also made an appeal to Mr. Mankotia to end fast as the five member committee is going to submit up-to-date status report before the Supreme Court by the morning of 10th October, 2014.

Mr. Mankotia was arrested last evening and admitted in Govt.Hospital, Udhampur on his 7th day of fast. Hundreds of JKNPP activists marched on the streets of Udhampur raising slogans against NC-Congress government demanding Governor Rule and relief to all flood affected people in the state.

Nowshera Army porters’ contempt petition Against Army adjourned till 10th October

Division Bench of Supreme Court comprising JJ Mr. Deepak Misra and Justice Mr. R.F. Nariman adjourned the hearing of a contempt petition to 10th October, 2014. The 41 porters serving in Nowshera Army Units filed this contempt case against the Army Chief and others for having willfully ignored the direction of the Supreme Court to consider the appointments of the porters as was directed earlier by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of India in its latest order had observed,

In course of hearing, certain suggestions were given to Mr. Patwalia, learned ASG. He has assured the Court that he has absolutely and fully understood the suggestion and communicate with the highest authority. He prays for four weeks’ time to respond the suggestions.”

When this case came for hearing the advocate for the Union of India submitted that the lawyers’ office has not been able to trace out the files. He urged the Court for adjournment.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate appearing for the Army porters opposed the adjournment in the case, as, he said that the respondents have been playing hide and seek with the court. The court ordered to list the case for hearing on 10th October, 2014.

The Supreme Court had held on May 14, 2013 on the petition of the porters;

“Recently in Union of India and Others Vs. Vartak Labour Union (2) (2011) 4 SCC 200, this Court has laid down as follows:

          “22. Therefore, in the facts and circumstances of the instant case, where members of the respondent Union have been employed in terms of the Regulations and have been consistently engaged in service for the past thirty to forty years, of course with the short breaks, we fell, the Union of India would consider enacting an appropriate regulation/ scheme for absorption and regularization of the services of the casual workers engaged by the BRO for execution of its ongoing projects.”

          In view of the above and in the facts and circumstances of the case and without entering into any other legal issue, we dispose of these appeals directing the respondent to consider the case of the appellants considering their past service record within a period of four months from today. No order as to costs.”

Lt. Col. Offg Dir (Ops & Plg) for ADG Strat Mov had filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that;

After due consideration of the case of the Appellants in its totality and in accordance with the Govt. instructions on the subject, it is hereby communicated that the Competent Authority after due consideration has rejected the case of Shri Ishar Singh and others for regularization of their services.”

Prof.Bhim Singh appearing for the porters submitted that the direction of the Supreme Court was not considered at all as the Army authorities having no competence to decide the matter had taken instructions from the Govt. of India as the military authority admitted the fact in their affidavit saying, “The respondents admit that the cases of the appellants were considered ‘in its totality’ and in accordance with the Govt. instructions on the subject.” It was on this rejoinder that the court had asked for the details in the case from the respondents.