9 killed as vehicle rolls down hill in Kishtwar

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Doda: Nine officials of Sheep Husbandry Department were killed Tuesday as a vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down a hill in Kishtwar district of Jammu region, police said.
A Tata Sumo vehicle (No. No. JK17/840) on its way to Warwan belt from Kishtwar, skidded off the road and rolled down the hill into a deep gorge at Sinthan Top area, they said.
Police and army launched an operation and recovered the bodies from the accident site, police said adding, the deceased include officials of the state Sheep Husbandry Department.
The deceased have been identified as Dr Mohammad Rafiq Akhoon (57), Dr Amir Kamal (30), Abdul Rehman (58), Irshad Ahmed (42), Sat Lal Sharma (40), Ghulam Ahmed (58), Darshan Kumar (52), Abdul Kareem (26) and Rakesh Kumar (40).
Dr Akhoon was working as District Officer, Sheep Husbandry Kishtwar, the officials said, adding that he and his colleagues were on way to Warwan via Sinthan Top to organize a camp to facilitate better medicare to the livestock in the area.
After conducting the medico-legal formalities, police handed over the bodies of deceased to their relatives for last rites.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has expressed deep grief over the road accident.
The Chief Minister in his condolence message to the bereaved family and the department conveyed his solidarity and sympathy and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He also announced rupees one lakh each for the family of the deceased.

SC grants 3 months to CBI to furnish details of NGOs
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday granted three more months to CBI to provide details about all registered NGOs in the country and whether they file balance sheets before the authority.
A bench headed by Justice H L Dattu granted time after the agency submitted that all the states have not provided information regarding NGOs and it needs more time to compile the details.
Meanwhile, the agency submitted that most of the NGOs are not filing IT returns.
It said that Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have not given information about the NGOs working in their states and Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Maharastra provided only partial inputs.
NGOs have come under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court on September 2 asking the CBI to provide details about such registered organisations and their financial statements on a PIL seeking probe into alleged embezzling of funds.
The apex court had expanded the scope of the PIL which was filed in 2011 against an NGO, Hind Swaraj Trust, run by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
In September, it had directed the agency to file within six weeks the names of all the registered NGOs and to indicate in its affidavit as to whether they have filed their balance sheets including income-expenditure statements before the authority before whom they are registered.
Earlier, the agency had expressed difficulty in probing and collecting information on NGOs and had pleaded that the task be handed over to states, but the plea was summarily rejected by the court which directed the agency to comply with its order.
“If CBI can probe murder cases then why not probe against NGOs? You can do so many things, you do it also,” the bench had said.—PTI