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Kashmir shuts down over spurious drugs scandal
May 07, 2013
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SRINAGAR: Life in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley was affected on Monday by a shutdown against the alleged spurious drugs scam called by the local doctors’ association.

The scam has been hogging headlines in local newspapers for over a month.

Shops, other businesses, public transport and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city because of the shutdown, while private transport and skeletal public transport operated in some areas on Monday.

Taxis and other vehicles carrying passengers to various destinations of tourist interest like Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other places plied normally throughout the Valley, as also the traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The state government has already asked the crime branch to probe the scam, which came to be an issue of great concern when it was found that antibiotic tablets purchased by a government-appointed purchase committee failed to meet prescribed standards when subjected to chemical analysis.

The state vigilance commission has also been asked to probe the assets of the members of the government-appointed purchase committee involved in the alleged scam.

Meanwhile, fresh tremors of low intensity on Monday shook Bhaderwah valley and adjoining areas, triggering fresh panic among the people.

There was no immediate report of any casualty or injury due to the very low intensity tremors that shook Bhaderwah valley and adjoining areas. Panic-stricken people rushed out of their houses.

A Met official confirmed the tremors but said they were very low in magnitude.

A quake of 3.4 on the Richter scale was recorded at 10:24am with epicentre located 10 kilometres from Bhaderwah, the official said.

Monday’s was 19th tremor in Bhaderwah-Doda-Kishtwar belt during past one week with maximum 11 on Wednesday last.

One tremor struck Bhadwerwah on April 31, 11 occurred on May 1, three on May 2, one on May 3, one on May 5 and two on Monday.

Two persons, including a shepherd, were killed and 69 others injured when scores of buildings were damaged due to repeated tremors that shook Doda and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir on May 1.

A tremor measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 12:27pm and subsequent 10 after shocks continued till 3:02pm in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly twin districts of Kishtwar and Doda.

Indo-Asian News Service

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