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The census 2011-2013

The production and area under production in dachinipora zone for the years 2011-2013 is as under
Production. 2011-13
Block. Dry fruit MT Fresh ft MT
– Year. Year. Year. Year
——————————————————– Block 012. 013. 012. 013
Bijbehara. 937 1629 14696 43388
Dachpr 1474 7087 20713 22463
Sallar. 1338. 4540 9724 10385
Area under production 2011-13
Block Year. Year. Year. Year
012. 013. 012. 013
Bijbehara. 625 625 1837 1845
Dachpr 982_1089 2589 2520
Sallar. 892- 854 1212-1202
The data has been compiled by the Chief Horticulture officer,Anantnag as per the request of Assistant grading and marketing officer,Horticulture planning and marketing, J&K government, Dachinipora Zone,Anantnag.
We have calculated 12944 MT of fresh fruit which comes out 12944000 Kg s and when we turn them into quintals we get the end result of 129440 quintals of dry fruit after excluding minor #uantity of 312 MT of almond.
Now if we configure them into shelled and kernels we get 32360 quintals of walnut shells (25%) and leave behind 75% which is to be converted into kernels from 97080 quintals of walnut.

From 97080 quintals of walnut we get 3883200 kgs of kernells and when converted into quintals we are left with 38832 quintals of Kernels.

So for 2013 we have 32360 quintals of walnuts and 38832 quintals of kernels.
Khan Mukhtar

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Jammu and Kashmir state with rich source of agriculture has all along been the source of resources for employment and other ways of livelihood for the populace.

But of late the conversion of agriculture land into something which is not related with this activity has created lot of problems.

When we draw a portrate of agriculture in Jammu and Kashmir we get a dismal presentation and picture is gloomy.

Th economy of the state is largely agrarian with 70% of population defendant on it and about 49% of the working population engaged in it.

The food grain production of India during the year 2010-2011 is 24156 thousand tones while it is only 137.15 thousand tones for J&K reflecting a low share of .06 per cent. Here demand is high and locals have to depend on imports which comes about Rs 1600 crores to fill the deficit gape of 5 lakh metric tones.

The net irrigated area during the year 1981-82 was 3.04 lakh hecters and it went upto 3.71 lakh hecters in 2008-09 reflecting marginal increase during the last 3 decades.

The state fails to qualify for national food security mission(NFSM).

One more field which is showing some promising results is horticulture which accounts only for 13% of the net sqwn area but contributes 45% of the states agriculture GDP. Six lakh families comprising of 30 lakh people are directly or indirectly involved in horticulture.

The rich source of income can be obtained by way of foreign exchange the state has earned by way of exports to different parts of the country.
During the year 2005-06 the quantity of fruits exports was estimated at 5552.45 Mts with foreign exchange of Rs 115.95 crores while during the year 2010-11 the quantity of fruit exported is estimated to be 9615.55 and foreign exchange earned as Rs. 208.4 croes .

During the year 2004-05 the. Percentage change over the year 2010-11 reveals that there was increase of about 73% on account of quantity exported and about 80% increase in terms of foreign exchange.

The total production of apple in India is estimated at 2891 thousand Mts which comprises 1852.41 thousand Mts from J&K reflecting a major share of about 64%.

Further in the state the percentage change for the year 2010-11 over the year 2004-05 reveals that there has been significant change of about 37% in terms of area and 65% change in respect to production however the productivity has only an increase of 17% during this period.

France leads the table with an average productivity of about 43mt/ha followed by Italy with 38mt/ha brazil 33mt/ha USA wit 33mt/ha. The average productivity of apple in world has been estimated at about 15mt/ha however the average productivity of apple in J&K continues to be a great concern with about 10mt/ha.

The Kashmiri saffron is one more casualty in Kashmir because it got a step motherly treatment from the corridors of power and cultivated land got diversified into highways and residential colonies..

The saffron being the costliest spice of the world but in Kashmir it has got a special status as it is attached with the very ethos of the people.

The percentage change for the year 2009 over 1097 is terrible and shocking.
The data available from the state financial commissioner,srinagar reveals that the area has gone down to 31% while the production level has reduced to 47% and even productivity has declined to about 23% during this period.
The contribution of saffron in terms of gross state domestic product(GSDP) during the year 2004-05 was recorded at .025% while it is 0.013% for the year 2009-10 indicating its gradual slump.

Spain has the highest productivity levels of more than 8 kg/hectare followed by Italy with 7.5 kg/hectare while it is only 2.15 kg/hectare in our state(acta horti-739,2007)while as in Iran we have 4 kg/hectare of production. Against the world productivity of almost 4.80 kg/hectare our productivity level stands only half of it.

The apex organization in state like SKUAST(K) and central institute of temperate horticulture(CITH) have made commendable job through research development however there is a vast scope for further improvement to increase the production and productivity trends particularly in case of Apple and safron.

Strong measure need to be taken for further exploration of high yielding varieties,production of high quality planting material,canopy management,high density plantation,rejuvination technology and water harvesting. RKVY can change the very fate of agriculture scenario provided strong research and extension efforts are required.

Equal emphases needs to be given to crop husbandry as food security and diversification are indispensable in nature. Technologies developed through front line demonstration(FLDs) and on farm-trails(OFTs) needs to be disseminated through main extension system for the benefit of farmers at large to change the outlook of the farming community from traditional agriculture to diversified agriculture.

We need to undertake a pack of steps that can change it for better.

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kashmir The story of control.

The Kashmir,s torture trail,a documentary on Kashmir by the acclaimed BAFTA- winning film maker Mr Jezza Neumann was recently aired on channel 4 in the UK.

The hard hitting documentary follows a human rights lawyer probing how protesters were driven off the streets and peace imposed in one of the most heavily militarised places on earth.

The documentary highlighted the systematic human rights abuses in Kashmir. Uncovering a state-sanctioned torture program that has set India on a collision course with the international community.

The film exposes and maps a network of government run torture centers through which as the documentary says, as many as one in three Kashmiris have been hauled.

Filming as undercover in the valley is the reason as why Kashmir has remained one of the most under-reported conflicts on earth and there has always been attempts by a section of mainstream India media to discredit and sabotage any step in this direction to reach the voice of Kashmir to outside the world forums.

During the last 60 years whatever has happened in Kashmir has never been allowed to travel outside the valley lest the true face of Indian democracy may be seen by the outside inhabitants.

The voice the miserable conditions and the fate of inhabitants have always remained a mystery for all living outside as notion has always been created that everything is normal in Kashmir.

The unmarked graves the mysterious disappearances of innocent youths and the draconian laws have made the life of Kashmir a hell and whoever tried to raise voice is labeled as terrorist and killed in fake encounters.

The Indian security system has taken every inhuman steps to crush the voice of miserable people under the guise of law and order problems.
They can pickup anybody and keep him in confinement without trial under AFSPA(Armed forces special power act) for years together.

There are instances if illegal confinements throughout length and breadth of the state and fake encounters have became a routine matter.

The fake encounters have now turned into a industry because security forces use it as a tool to get promotions and monetary benefits from the government of India under the mission : fight against terrorism;.

Skies are watching and time will come when pot will get full up to brim by the tears of innocent Kashmiris and heavens will ultimately come to our rescue as we have none elsewhere to protect.

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The jaleel Andrabi Case

During the year 1996 human rights activist and a member of amnesty international was picked up by the Rashtriya rifles regiment under the command of Major Avtar but his body was found floating in the jhelum river a few days later after his arrest.

The main person responsible was non other than Major Avtar singh and it was even established by the local police.

The major in connivance with home ministry of India disappeared from Kashmir and was smuggled out of country to avoid rule of law.

The innocent soul of Jaleel Andrabi was bruised just few days later when he had returned from Geneva where he had addressed a UN session about human rights violations by India in Kashmir.

On the evening of March 8, 1996 Andrabi was driving home with his wife when he was stopped and taken away by army personnel who were apparently waiting for him.

Twenty days later police asked Andrabi,s younger brother to identify a body recovered from a jute sack in the jhelum river.. It was Andrabi, his hands tied behind his back,his eyes gouged out.

The special investigation team formed to investigate the case_ at the order of high court in Kashmir reported that everything pointed to Major Avtar singh of 25 Rashtriya Rifles unit as the person who had committed the murder. It was also found that in order to eliminate the trail,singh had murdered four Kashmiri counter insurgents who had witnessed the killing.

The home ministry and external affairs ministry played a active role to save singh just to avoid setting a precedent for Indian soldier accused of human rights violations to appear before the law.

There was inter pol alert for singh but he was never deported from the hiding- Selma ,California, USA.

The story to catch singh alive failed as on Saturday,9th,June 2012, the killer of Andrabi got killed his family of 4 including his wife and at the end of the bloody game killed himself. End of a Murderer.

Justice is still alluding an as the family members of Andrabi have an firm belief that Singh was not alone involved but the other people who master minded it are roaming free.

The Americans are pestering other countries to deport the people who have committed crimes back home but Safe passage of Avtar Singh in American speaks duel policy. He has been living a decent life and carrying his trucking business under the watchful eyes of over active American law enforcing agencies who catch anybody having Khan as surname.

It means that Americans were doing it to appease India who had smuggled him into American safe heavens after committing crimes in neglected land of Kashmir.

Let us wait for the real justice.

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Eid with TEARS.

Our celebration of Eid this time again is enveloped by turn of odd events which instead of leading us to #EidYards reach us to grave yards .

Instead of wearing colourful dresses ,we are content with black tops.

The colourful dishes mock at our faces and remind us the people who lost their dear ones to odd conflict.

Our near ones may be around , pulsing the palm and forehead of people who have nobody to feed them or accompany them disappears the very aroma of festival.

We either have to shoulder the coffins or visit grave yards to bury our own celebrations.

You write or not you are labelled a conspirator journo thus gun down .

We are now left with nothing but daily routine of losing innocent souls to conflicting environment

God has His way of treating us since we deserve to be marooned as our conscience had busted out of ceiling tops which is cause of our present status.

Anyways with a heavy heart let us proceed ahead and whipe the gloomy faces who have been muzzled by brute forces of our adversaries.

People always look to their festivals for rejoicing the Moments but in Kashmir it is reason of our agonies

The marooned race can not afford to go to Eid grounds to offer prayers since here again conspirators play rule and people rained with bullets.

People from all corners of the world visit people on Eid to offer pleasantries but we visit to offer condolences.

We have forgot to embrace county men after Eid prayers as do others since people look for shelter after prayers.

The invisible forces have now make it mission to disturb our religious activities and Friday prayers.

It is difficult to locate our enemy since they have worn on dress with our own identities.

Whom to catch hold and whom to set free tantamount to our real confusions

We have lost connection with our youth as conspirators have corrupted their mentalities

Skies oftentimes burst into tears to be on our side during our agonies.

Our race and new generation is in dangers and fail to get answer to our prayers.

The womb is in danger so is our life ,finding outlet confuses.

One day we may be called the generation of utter neglect and race of mourners

Let us prostrate fully and let skies intervene and shore us to peaceful banks.

Kashmir Apple Industry

Kashmir produced 1907787 metric tonnes of fresh fruits and 2102844 metric tonnes dry fruits during 2017-18 financial year contributing Rs 6500 crore annually to state’s economy.The total area under fresh fruits in Kashmir is 161631 hectares and total area under dry fruits is 214924 hectares, the official records reveal.Tasaduq Mueen, Nursery Registration Officer said that over 7 lakh families are directly or indirectly engaged with Horticulture Sector.“It is one of the vibrant sectors which contributes nearly 7% to the Gross State Domestic Production (GSDP) and has the potential in employment generation through the involvement of skilled and unskilled and professional human resource,” said Mueen.He said that the state is endowed with diversified agro-climatic attributes, which include temperature, sub-temperature, sub-tropical, cold arid zones. “A varying diversified fruit crops like apple, pear, apricot, walnut, almond, peach, mango, ber, lichi, etc are cultivated in state. Various activities of the department are funded through a slew of ‘Centrally Sponsored Schemes’ and complimented by State Sector plans,” he said.He said that the major contribution comes from the flagship programmes like Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) and Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).There are many schemes under implementation for Development of horticulture in the state.“Area expansion, rejuvenation of old and senile orchards, disease and plant health management canopy management, soil health management, development of departmental nurseries, organic farming, creation of water sources, human resource development, protected cultivation, creation of water sources are the components for overall development of horticulture development,” he added.During 2015-16, about 2.22 lack clonal root stock have been imported from Netherlands at a cost of Rs. 1.72 crore and planted in the Advance Centre for Horticulture Development Zainapora during March 2016.During the year (2016-2017), 121000 fruit plants have been imported with the objectives to establish demonstration orchards in the public as well private sector for boosting the concept of high density farming system with higher rate of adaptation in the field.Prime Minister’s Development Package provides Rs. 529 crore for restoration of damaged Horticulture areas and development of Horticulture.Out of Rs.529 crore, Rs. 9 crore has been earmarked for cold storage facilities in Leh and Kargil and Rs.20 crore towards subsidy support for setting up of solar driers in the said districts.Mueen added that during the floods of September 2014, an area of 5200 hectors have come under its spell and fruit plants of all categories mostly apple have been damaged due to the fact that the area remained water logged for 5-6 months. “The area demands need of immediate restoration by way of replacement of trees and also soil treatment. The department plans to restore 75% of this area i.e.,3900 hectares in the first place,” he said.As regards restoration of damaged horticulture area and development of horticulture, we have drawn out following plan for an amount of Rs. 500 crore under Prime Minister Development package over a period of 3 years that started from 2016-2017.Rs.124.29 Crore in year 2016-17, Rs.190.73 Crore in 2017-18, Rs.184.98 Crore in 2018-2019.Mueen further added, now the Department has taken an initiative under the able leadership of Honorable Minister of Horticulture to conduct the fruit tree population census during the year 2017 which has been compiled and it will prove helpful for preparation of an effective developmental plan so as to ensure the advancement in Horticulture Sector.

Ramadhan kareem

The holy month of Ramadhan shareef 2018 had already set in and first day of fasting started on Thursday,the 17th of May.

This is one of the pillars on which our faith is seated and all Muslims are bound to follow to get blessed and therefore make the day of judgement a pleasurable experience.

The basic idea is not to refrain from eating anything from dusk to dawn but it has something more stored for the faithfulls and if they really know the hidden importance of such sacred month,they will keep fasts for whole year.

Our faith hinges on 5 important God given directions which when completed gets our faith accomplished and fasting is one among them but this ritual has hidden agenda embedded under the basic cause of it.

When we fast, 1. we understand the fate of people who are hungry due to poverty, 2.by fasting we clean our soul thereby discipline our life, 3.we develop habit to prey all the five times, 4.we dressup our behaviour so discipline our activities, 5.we burn our worldly desires therefore world is rendered peacefull and last but not the least we get a chance to come further close to Him.

One who derives the pleasure faithfully gets his life blessed otherwise we will be only thirsty and hungry but will get nothing in return but exhaust our soil and body.

Let us prostrate AND SUBMIT to Him to get blessed though this blessed month. HAPPY Ramadhan.

The civil society has to be vigilant in their respective areas and raise voice whenever any injustice is meted to anybody,especially the women.

A few days back when I was proceeding to my work place and was very late and could hardly afford any loss of time but while glancing towards a by lane I could smell something fishy.

When I proceeded ahead I could see people coming in and out but nobody could see that a roadside Romeo was teasing a young girl.

People are always thinking in terms of saying she is their daughter, their mother and their sister but never try to call them as our daughter our mother instead wash their hands off when they found these young girls being harassed.

I could not withstand this and I approached the boy and before I could get his point I banged him and caught hold him till I handed him over to a police man who was neck deep involved in his own materialistic pursuits on roads.

I treated her as my daughter and retaliated as a true father but we generally don’t find this; our daughter concepts on roads.

We are not all angels but in our young days we would never think of harassing girls,just looking over the fence around our college garden was all we can do to tease the girl class mates but we have respect in our eyes but these days the limits have been crossed and we as ordinary citizens never raise a voice when we see any girl being teased.

This is hypocrisy and we need to change and give our women folk a decent place inside and outside our homes. We raise our hands very late when situations slip out of our hands and crimes committed already.

We are part of society and we have to deliver otherwise we will be scarred to send our daughters to schools offices and where not.

We have to learn to say our daughters our mothers our sisters whenever we see any women on roads and by doing so half of the war will be won without picking up sword or using our fists(for which I am a known figure in my area).

Obituary writing is always a emotional situation but it becomes more difficult to deliver when you write it for someone young,dynamic and an asset of a society.

It becomes more harder when you do it for a person whom you know from childhood.

I am right now bracketed in such a position to write it for a childhood pale,a neighbour and a person very close in relation.

#QaziMohammadDawood whose congressional prayers were conducted at his ancestral grave yard at #Srinagar on 18th May,2018 was paid adieu with moist eyes since i know him from the childhood.

It seems very fresh in my thoughts when as a toddler we used to play in our locality pavements and @QaziMohammadDawood would watch us but was never part of our brigade.

We used to have stones in hand(not to pelt them)to play every type of game on rough paths of our locality but he was always ( as young as 12years) with a pen or a brush in his hand.

We had the habit of disturbing the peace of locality but he had the habit to draw pictures to create peace around us,we had stones in hands to kill our time he had pen in his hand to write new history.

It is also a fact that his late father equally a renowned #mathematician #ProfGhulamMohammadQazi had at earlier stage of his son identified some hidden talent which he identified and appreciated.

To my little memory i dont remember that he was enrolled in any school unto 7th standard but was later send to #HanfiaschoolAnantnag where from he completed his 10th.

We used to call him a genius material since he was good with brush as well pen.

His father was very possessive about him and had laid down plans in advance for him.

He graduated from #KashmirUniversity and later he was sent to #NewYork for #Phd in #Mathematics.
He completed his Doctorate from #syracuseUniversityNewYork and for some time shared his knowledge in New york.He had also a stint at #KingFaisalUniversity ,a leading #AmericanUniversity at #Reyad as professor of Mathematics before coming back to Kashmir during 2003.

Kashmir University was more than happy to have him as faculty member in mathematics department.

He contributed substantially in his field but Destiny always play a part even if your parents are dreamy about you.

He excelled in his field very quickly but a rare condition of nervous system affected him to some extend but he was very much liked by the university as well as students since he has a unique style in learning process for his students.

From the last 1 year he was a bit weak but he had never stopped to carry the torch of knowledge which his father had handed him over.

Just a lungs collapse did the unimaginative tragedy and he left behind a void difficult to get filled in his field of specialization.

He has left behind a son,a daughter,wife and noble mother.

May his soul rest in peace and bless the family the courage to bear the irreparable loss.

The Horror of humanity

The humanity seems to have gone topsy-turvy in such people whose hunan values have dried up and animal instincts had taken recourse.

The horrific real story of #Asifa from $Kuthua is bone chilling and culprits should be hanged in full public view so that cruelty is seen being defaced.

The investigating agency had come out with new chilling scenes which consumed a innocent soul just to satisfy the ego of mastermind

Police investigating the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua say that Sanji Ram, one of the main accused, has told them during interrogation that he learnt about the rape four days after her abduction, and decided to have her killed because his son was also involved in the sexual assault.

The investigators say the girl, who was kidnapped on January 10, was first raped the same day by Ram’s nephew, a juvenile, and was killed on January 14. Her body was found on January 17 in a forest.

Along with the juvenile, Ram and his son Vishal, five others have been charged in the case, which has shaken the nation and led to the government promulgating an ordinance mandating death sentence for the rape of a child aged 12 and below.

The investigators told PTI that the girl, from the Muslim Bakarwal community, was kept in a ‘devisthan’, a small temple, where Ram was the custodian. The aim of the kidnapping was to scare and drive away the nomadic Gujjar and Bakarwal communities from the Hindu dominated area, they said.

Ram’s lawyer Ankur Sharma refused to comment on the investigators’ version of the incidents, saying it would not be appropriate for him to discuss defence strategy. “At least the defence lawyer should not be commenting on the merits of the case. It is like leaking your strategy as a defence lawyer,” he told PTI.

Sanjhi claims he found out about the sexual assault only on January 13 when the nephew confessed to him, according to the investigators. He told them that he had performed prayers at the ‘devisthan’, and asked his nephew to take prasad home. But the nephew delayed doing so, and in anger Ram beat him up, investigators said.

However, the juvenile thought his uncle had found out that he had raped the girl, and spilled the beans, they said. They claim the juvenile also implicated his cousin, Vishal, saying they both had raped the girl inside the ‘devisthan’.

It was then that Ram decided “that time was ripe to kill the girl so as to achieve the ultimate goal” of scaring away the nomads, according to the chargesheet filed in the case.

Investigators say Ram also convinced his nephew to confess to the crime.

On the intervening night of January 13 and 14, the juvenile, Vishal and a friend, Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, took the victim out of the ‘devisthan’. They were later joined by a special police officer Deepak Khajuria who wanted to rape her once more before she was killed, they said.

She was murdered on January 14 as Ram did not want to leave any evidence that led to his son, investigators have found.

But things did not go quite as planned, they said.

The body of the child was to be transported and disposed of in the Hiranagar canal nearby. However, a vehicle could not be arranged in time. The juvenile, Vishal, Khajuria and Mannu lifted the body and took it back to the ‘devisthan’ while Ram kept watch outside, the chargesheet said.

Further investigations showed that Ram told his nephew and his son the next day that his friend had refused to bring a car so the two had to throw it in the jungle.

Preparations for the abduction had started on January 7 when sedatives and ‘manar’ (local cannabis or bhang) were purchased, the chargesheet said.

The child was sedated with ‘manar’ and kept in the ‘devisthan’ covered with a rug and a mattress weighing nearly 15 kg, investigators said.

A senior police officer of the Crime Branch investigating the case consumed the ‘manar’ tablet in front of his colleagues and the medical team to understand the effect of the drug, it is learnt.

The chargesheets — a separate chargesheet was filed for the juvenile — named Ram, his nephew, his son Vishal, SPOs Khajuria and Surender Verma and friend Mannu.

While Ram has been charged with murder, kidnapping and destruction of evidence, Mannu has been charged with kidnapping. The other three have rape added to the list of charges.

The chargesheet also names head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta – who allegedly took Rs. 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence.

All of them have been charged under Section 120 B of the IPC for criminal conspiracy.

Investigators have also reconstructed the juvenile’s day after he disposed of the body.

On the afternoon of January 15, after dumping the body, he joined other boys playing near the canal in Hiranagar and told a friend, Amit Sharma, about the murder. Later that evening, he accompanied Vishal, who was returning to Meerut, to the station.

Ram, investigators claimed, also convinced his underage nephew to confess to the crime but leave Vishal out of it, assuring him that he would get him released early from the remand home.

Later, according to the daily diary of the police, the juvenile approached the superintendent of police and admitted his guilt.

Amit Sharma’s statement has been recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code before a magistrate which is admissible in the court as primary evidence.

On January 23, the government handed over the case to the Crime Branch of the state police, which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested the eight people.

The accused pleaded not guilty on the opening day of the trial in the principal district and sessions court on April 16. The next hearing in the case is on April 28.

Now let us see how Supreme court of India will play its role since court has put a stay on the proceedings upto 7th May,2018 to give the father of victim a chance to listen to his plea to shift case outside Kuthua

People are confused as whether higher court is helping culprits or the accused since crime branch had till date conducted case very professionally.

Let us wait and watch upto 7th May,2018 and see how SC reacts to given human problem.

To be concluded.

Asifa,the innocent soul.

The commentary on Asifa case is chilling and one gets ashamed to be part of such society.

The chilling story by the member of SIT who were entrusted to investigate into the confusing case is a reminder that we have still people who are human and want protection of human values.

Ms Sharma was very much instrumental in unraveling the truth and story goes as;

My Only Religion Was My Uniform: Officer Who Cracked Kathua Case :

Shwetambri Sharma, the only female member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, that investigated the rape and murder of the eight-year-old Bakerwal girl, reveals exclusively toThe Quint how hard it was to carry out her job against heavy odds.

“The people we believed were involved in the gruesome rape and murder of that 8-year-old angel, their relatives and sympathisers, including a multitude of the lawyers, left no stone unturned to disrupt our investigation. They went to the extreme of our humiliation and harassment. But we stood our ground firmly till the end,” Shwetambri Sharma, the Jammu-based Deputy Superintendent of Police in Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, told The Quint.

“We worked against heavy odds. At times we were disappointed, particularly when we learned that even the men of Hiranagar Police Station had been bribed to hush up the case and they had washed away the young victim’s clothes to destroy material evidences. Yet we cracked this rape and murder mystery during the holy navrataras. I believe there was a divine intervention to bring the culprits to justice. I believe Durga Mata had her hand on our head,” said Shwetambri, an officer of the 2012 batch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (Gazetted) Service.

An eight-year-old went missing on 10 January around Rasana village of Hiranagar in Jammu’s Kathua district. After the police failed to recover her amid allegations of kidnapping, which rattled a session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, she was found dead on 17 January.

On 23 January, the government of Jammu and Kashmir assigned the investigation to the crime branch.

The SIT functioned under supervision of Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) of Crime, Aloke Puri and Syed Ahfadul Mujtaba, besides Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Crime Branch Jammu, Ramesh Kumar Jalla. Headed by Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) Crime Naveed Pirzada, it had Deputy SP Shwetambri, Sub Inspector Irfan Wani, Inspector KK Gupta and Assistant Sub Inspector of Police Tariq Ahmad as its members.

On 9 April, amid demands of shifting the investigation to the CBI from families of the accused and their sympathisers, the SIT filed two charge-sheets against the accused before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) holding eight of the accused guilty of rape, murder, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, criminal conspiracy and destroying of evidences.

The accused included a youth, who, according to the charge-sheet, committed rape twice on the captive child and murdered her brutally before dumping her body. He was declared as a Juvenile in Contravention with Law (JCL) by a judicial magistrate even as the SIT proved him an adult on the basis of school records and a team of doctors at Government Medical College Jammu described his age as between 19 and 20 years.

Shwetambri, who taught management at Mata Vaishno Devi University and some other colleges affiliated to University of Jammu for 7 years, and was in the middle of her Ph D in management after her B Com and MBA before joining the police service in 2012.

“As most of the accused were Brahmins, they over-emphasised their surnames. They particularly tried to influence me and communicated through different means that we belonged to one religion and one caste and I must not hold them guilty of the rape and murder of a Muslim girl. I told them that as an officer of the J&K Police, I had no religion and my only religion was my police uniform”.

“When all such tactics failed, their families and sympathisers resorted to blackmailing and intimidation through whatever means at hand. They carried lathis, shouted slogans, organised rallies under the tricolour and blocked our roads to different villages and finally the court. But with perseverance and patience we stood our ground to carry out our job with total determination, commitment and professionalism,” Shwetambri said.

The officer narrated how spine-chilling it was to discover that the child had been subjected to untold brutality inside a retired girdawar Sanji Ram’s private devsthan. She was the officer who entered the devsthan and seized material evidences including the victim’s hair strands in the presence of a magistrate. Forensic Science Laboratory subsequently confirmed that the hair samples were that of the eight-year-old’s.

According to the officer, the biggest challenge was “to unravel the real culprits who had the courage to sexually violate a Devi – Kanjak – whom we Hindus consider as Durga avatars and worship”.

“During the hearing of a bail petition, which was subsequently dismissed, we entered the court to make relevant arguments. But, instead of arguing as defence lawyers, a crowd of 10 to 20 lawyers held demonstrations. They insisted we name the accused, knowing well that we were barred. We repeatedly faced a hostile crowd outside the courts. We did nothing but to request the SHO to file an FIR. When he didn’t, we approached the district magistrate through the head of our SIT. There was anarchy and intimidation all around,” Shwetambri said.

She said the most gruelling moment came when she had to question all the accused men about graphic details of the rape and murder of the child who was her own son’s age.

It was terrible. But Mata Durga was on our side. She gave me courage and I asked all the required questions in presence of male members of our SIT.

She pointed out that Vishal Jangota,the devsthan custodian Sanji Ram’s son who had returned from his B Sc Agriculture studies in Meerut to “satisfy his lust”, was arrested on the 1st navratra and Sanji Ram himself on the 3rd navratra.

“It was the most difficult task,” she said.

“Sleep eluded me. I stayed awake for nights. I was not available as his partner, when my husband went for family and social commitments. I couldn’t take care of my child properly who had to be prepared for exams. But thank God we have been successful in our job and I am satisfied that I, along with other members of my team, have done something to bring those rapists and killers to justice.”

“We have full faith in judiciary. We are all hopeful that justice will be delivered as our investigation is fool-proof and supported not only by confessions but also by other necessary evidences including technical and scientific ones,” said the officer.