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War-like situation in northeast and Kashmir: Rohatgi

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New Delhi: The Center on Wednesday defended army operations in the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir and told the Supreme Court that India was faced with a warlike situation which was not akin to inter-country’s conventional war.

What we are facing in the northeast or in Jammu and Kashmir, it is not a law and order situation or internal disturbance. It is an insurgency from across the border in collaboration with homegrown groups,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.

Pointing out that some groups engaged in an armed insurgency, observe the day when Manipur became a part of India as “black day”. Rohatgi defending the army action in dealing with these insurgents, said: “It is a constant warlike situation.”

Referring to the “amazing” number of security personnel killed in anti-insurgency operations, he said “we (security forces) don’t have a first strike option” in engaging the insurgents.

The Center said this during a hearing of a PIL by the Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EJEVFA) seeking action against security personnel involved in alleged staged shootouts in Manipur.

The petitioner contended that during May 1979 to May 2012, at least, 1,528 people were killed in Manipur in extra-judicial executions.

When we deal with the army, it is a different cup of tea compared to routine police. An Army is a different organization, it has its own discipline. It has its own rigor.

Pointing out that the rights of an army officer under the constitution were not the same as that of a common man, Rohatgi said: “If I (an army officer) don’t do what I am supposed to do, to apprehend and shoot (the enemy), then I attract death.

Drawing the attention of the court to the flaws in the Justice Santosh Hegde Commission report that inquired into the truth of alleged staged shootout cases in Manipur, the Attorney General said most of the queries related to the normal police investigation into a crime case.

He wondered how could there be questions posed by the commission as to how many bullets were fired by the army, what about a collection of empty shells, if insurgent was alone and army personnel were four, then why was he not apprehended alive.

It is either him (insurgent) or me (army personnel). You are dealing with a person who is not peaceful, who wants to overthrow the government. It is a rebellion by a 25, 30 or 100 groups, some are banned and some are not banned,

The commission headed by Justice Hegde and comprising former chief election commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh and former Karnataka DGP Ajay Kumar Singh as its members was appointed by the apex court on January 4, 2013.

The commission was mandated to go into the truth of the allegations concerning the instance of alleged extra-judicial execution and record a finding of the past antecedents of the victims and the circumstances in which they were killed. (IANS)

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Students at Remote J&K School Exhibiting Inexplicably Strange Behaviour

Some videos started doing the rounds on local Whatsapp groups about the students showing inexplicable symptoms

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On June 14, the number of students showing same symptoms of headache, weeping, crying and then rolling on the floor went upto 50. Pixabay

Students at a far-flung school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district have been exhibiting inexplicably strange behaviour such as rolling on the floor that has baffled both teachers and parents.

Kewal Krishan, headmaster of a government high school in Sitti village of Bani tehsil told IANS: “It all started about a month back. Two students in class 1 said they were feeling dizzy. After a while they started weeping and crying.

“We immediately shifted them out of the classroom and brought them into the office. Instead of getting any better, they started rolling on the floor”.

The headmaster said after a few days the same behaviour was exhibited by three girls of class 9.

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Students at a far-flung school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district have been exhibiting inexplicably strange behaviour. Pixabay

“This put us on the alert. We called their parents who said two of these girls had suffered similar attacks a few times at home, but the parents of the third girl were shocked to learn about the behaviour of their child.

“On June 13, things started getting out of hand as 20 to 25 students, both boys and girls of 9th and 10th class displayed same symptoms in the classroom. On June 14, the number of students showing same symptoms of headache, weeping, crying and then rolling on the floor went upto 50.

“We reported these incidents to senior officers after which the local SDM visited the school along with a team of doctors from Bani hospital. They prescribed some medicines for the affected children, but this did not help as the students again showed the same behaviour.

In the meantime, some videos started doing the rounds on local Whatsapp groups about the students showing inexplicable symptoms. The chief educational officer sent a team of doctors who said that they did not find any medical reasons for the behaviour attributed to the children,” the headmaster said.

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He said an administrative officer who came to the village also happens to be a doctor.

“He met the affected students. He told us that it was not unusual for children to imitate behavioural symptoms of each other. He also said it is quite possible the affected students are not doing well academically and they have consciously or subconsciously adopted symptoms as excuses for their parents to withdraw them from the school,” the headmaster told IANS.

He said wild rumours are doing the rounds in the village that some a “tantric” book has found its way into the village that might have been read by these students.

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On June 13, things started getting out of hand as 20 to 25 students, both boys and girls of 9th and 10th class displayed same symptoms in the classroom. Pixabay

“Unless we have enough medical evidence and remedy available for the strange behaviour of our students it is natural for rumour mongers to spread fear among the villagers in such a far-flung area,” the headmaster said.

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He denied that any psychologist had so far visited the school who attributed the behaviour of the students to mass hysteria. (IANS)