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Newsletter - September - October '2005
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Civil Defence in the rescue of Earthquake victims

After the devastating earthquake on the morning of 8th October 2005 which shook the humanity in the sub-continent, Civil Defence organisation J&K associated itself in a big way in organizing large scale relief and rescue operations for the earthquake hit people by swiftly moving the resources and sending its volunteers to the Quake affected areas. Timely first response by Civil Defence volunteers helped in reducing the loss of lives in Srinagar city and Uri town.

Civil Defence volunteers rescuing victims and their property from the collapsed houses at Uri

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K himself visited the effected areas and supervised the rescue operations on-the-spot personally.

On the instructions of Sh.Agarwal rescue teams along with relief material comprising of tentage, medi-cines, blankets, stretchers etc. were send to different places to provide succor to the affected populace. A Civil Defence team under the supervision of Sh. Suram Singh Dy.SP along with Sh.Muzam Bakshi Dy.chief warden Srinagar trekked long distances and were among the first to reach out to the earthquake victims in the inaccessible areas of Uri which were badly affected by nature’s fury.A fully equipped Civil Defence team under the supervision of chief warden Srinagar Sh.Omar Nedo was send to Tangdhar through Air force Chopper to provide blankets and medicines to the victims of nature’s fury. These teams launched rescue operations on war-footing and shifted injured to the nearest hospitals. They also provided relief material to the effected population, dug out dead bodies from the debris of collapsed houses and assisted even in performing last rites. Besides this camps were also established at Bemina, Idd Gah, SKIMS, SMHS, Bone & Joint Hospital, Lala Ded Hospital Srinagar for assistance of the victims, particularly orphans and others without attendants.

Civil Defence volunteers who retrieved dead bodies of earthquake victims from the debris
Civil Defence volunteers shifting an injured to the hospital

In Jammu Division, Civil Defence wardens also reached out to the victims. In Poonch, Civil Defence team reached the places of destruction viz. Khari, Ajot, Manguar, Khamorah etc. where they rescued the injured and shifted them to hospital for medical attention. In other Civil Defence towns also wardens and volunteers helped the public by curbing the rumours which had created panic.

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP was in constant touch with all the affected towns and coordinated the movement of men and material for rescue work. IGP Agarwal asked all the volunteers and officials to remain on high alert in case of any emergency and assured every possible help to the public. He expressed profound grief over the enormous loss of lives and property in the earthquake and supervised the shifting of injured to concerned hospitals and their treatment and care.

IGP visits Civil Defence Town Akhnoor

After its formal inauguration as Civil Defence town, Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K visited Akhnoor on 7th September 2005 in order to review the Civil Defence activities in the town.

Recently a training camp was organized at Akhnoor in which 25 volunteers were imparted Civil Defence basic training. On the occasion IGP interacted with highly enthusiastic Civil Defence volunteers and advised them to join the organiza-tion in big numbers to make it a mass movement. Sector wardens were also selected on the spot in consultation with Civil Defence volunteers. In con-sequence to the visit another training camp was held at Akhnoor w.e.f.5th to14th Oct.2005, which was inaugurated by Sh.T.Phunsog Comdt. Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu

 

Civil Defence inter-college debate competition at Jammu

In order to create awareness, an inter-college de-bate competition was organized by J&K Civil De-fence Headquarters at Govt. College for women Gandhi Nagar Jammu on the topic“Whether Dilu-tion Of Moral Values Is Hindering The Role And Scope Of Civil Defence In India” on 8th September 2005 in which twelve students from various colleges of Jammu City participated. Sh.Navin Agar-wal IGP Civil Defence J&K was the Chief Guest while Prof. Rita Munshi Principal of the college presided over the function. Speaking on the occa-sion Sh.Agarwal advised the students to take keen interest in such co-curricular activities besides showing excellence in academic for their all round development. Later on IGP distributed Prizes and Certificates among the winners. Manik Arora of SPMR Commerce college got first prize of Rs.1000/- along with certificate and memento.2nd and 3rd prizes went Sh.Ravinder Rana of MAM College and Miss Neha Sharma of Govt.College for women Gandhi Nagar respectively.

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K inaugurating the Inter-College debate competition by lighting the traditional lamp
Senior Police officers and wardens during the inter-college debate competition

The Panel of Judges comprised of Dr.Renu Nanda of University of Jammu, Dr.Neelam Mohan and Dr.Renu Nanda of Parade College Jammu. Sh.Gulzar Singh Slathia DIG Civil Defence Jammu, Sh.Mukesh Singh SSP Jammu, Sh. T.Punchsog Commandant, Sh.Jugal Mahajan Chief warden, Sh.R.K.Bhat, Sh.Paramvir, Sh.Vinod Malhotra, Smt.Kanta Bhan,Sh.Dinesh Gupta, Sh.Bansi Lal, Sh.Shashi Kohli and other senior wardens and volunteers also graced the occasion

Anantnag a new Civil Defence Town

Sh.Baseer Khan Dy.Commisioer cum Controller Civil Defence addressing public gathering during the launch of civil defence scheme at Anantnag

Civil Defence scheme was formally launched in Anantnag town on 24th September 2005 by Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K. Ad-dressing the gathering IGP said that the role of Civil Defence has increased manifold and people should come forward to get training for combating any eventuality in a proper and organized manner. He also said that Disaster Management control Room headed by Controller Civil Defence (Dy. Commissioner) has been established in the office of Dy. Commissioner and sub-control room headed by Dy. Controller has been established at Khanabal which will provide all kind of necessary information and assistance.


Sh.S.Owais Ahmed DIG SKR, Sh.Z.H.Chesti DIG Civil Defence Kashmir, Sh.Baseer Khan Dy.Commissioner cum Controller Civil Defence and Sh.Ashiq Bukhari SSP Anantnag also spoke on the occasion. Colourful cultural items were also presented by school children and volunteers. IGP awarded cash reward to 25 volunteers who donated blood at the camp established during the function.

Civil Defence scheme launched at Awantipora

Awantipora was formally declared as Civil Defence town by the Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K on 13th October 2005.

On this occasion large no. of respectable, locals and school children were present who volunteered themselves for the scheme .Sh Agarwal addressing the gathering called upon the public especially youth to come forward to help the humanity in this hour of distress. He also appreciated the efforts of Civil defence wardens and volunteers who helped the victims of nature’s fury in the quake affected areas of Uri,Tangdhar,Langate etc.DIG SKR Sh.S.Owais Ahmed ,Controller Civil Defence Awantipora Sh. Latief-ul-Zaman Deva (DC) Pul-wama and Sh G.M.Dar SSP Awantipora also spoke on the occasion

P.M. visits Civil Defence camp at Uri

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh during his visit to Kashmir on 11th Oct 2005 also visited the Civil Defence camp at Uri and enquired about the workdone.

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Manmohan Singh addressing the Earthquake victims at Uri

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil defence and Sh M.A.Danposh, Comdt.Aux.Police 1st Bn briefed the Hon’ble Prime Minister about the camps estab-lished and measures taken by the civil defence volunteers in rescuing the people from debris, pro-viding them first aid, removing them on stretchers to hospitals, retrieving their properties from rubble, extracting dead bodies from collapsed structures and shifting them to graveyards and taking care of the unattended victims in hospitals .The Hon’ble Prime Minister was appreciative of the efforts done by the civil defence which he also acknowledged publicly while addressing a gathering of earth-quake victims at Uri.

Civil Defence distributes relief material to earthquake victims
Public came forward in large nos. to provide relief to victims and handed over large quantity of relief material to the chief warden Srinagar Sh.Omar Nedo. 5 Vehicles carrying this relief material was flagged off by Sh.P.S. Gill ADGP Armed J&K on 15th oct.2005 from RCDCC Srinagar for Kandi and Uri.

News in Brief

  • Sh.Gopal Sharma DGP cum Director Civil defence visited to the new Direction office on 3rd Sept. 2005 and appreciated the shifting of the office in re-cord time and new look given to the of-fice.
  • Aux.Police J&K put up a stall at Police Wives Welfare Mela held at Srinagar on 4th sept.2005 and sold Kashmiri handicrafts, woolen garments, blankets etc. which were liked by the public and purchased in large nos. resulting in the sale proceeds of Rs.1,15,000. The profit will be utilized for Aux.Police Jawans and families.POLICE –PUBLIC MELA held at Srinagar on 1st &2nd October 2005 in which goods displayed by Aux. Police were purchased by the public.The sale proceeds from the mela was Rs.1,32,000.
  • Civil Defence training camp at Nowshera was held w.e.f 7th to16th Sept.2005.in which 78 volunteers were imparted training.
  • Civil Defence warden meet was held at RCDCC Srinagar on 17th sept. 2005 under the chairman ship of Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil defence J&K. He re-dressed the grievances of the wardens and some important decisions were taken on spot. Some wardens were also selected in consultations with other wardens and volunteers.
  • Disaster management Workshop and Simulation exercise was held in collaboration with Oxfam an international NGO at Srinagar on 21st Sept.2005.Workshop was organized at Grand palace hotel while Simulation exercise was held at CID HQ Hari Ni-was.
  • Civil Defence training Camp was held at Idd Gah Srinagar w.e.f 22nd Sept to 4th Oct. 2005 in which 27 volunteers were imparted training.
  • 9th All India Police Golf Tournament Srinagar was inaugurated on 27th Sept. 2005 by the Hon’ble C.M. Sh. Mufti Mohammad Syed at Royal Spring Golf Course. Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K was the chairman of the organizing committee while Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD J&K was one of the mem-bers of organizing committee as well as jury of appeal. He also took part in the tournament.
  • Range Classification of Aux.Police was held at Zewan w.e.f.29th sept. to 5th oct.2005 During this 6 G.O’s,26 N.G.O’sand 326 other ranks fired 8317 round.
  • Civil Defence organized a Rock Climb-ing camp at Jhajjer kotli on 30th September 2005 to impart awareness and training about Rock Climbing and Res-cue. In which Civil Defence volunteers from CD towns of Jammu, Samba and Udhampur participated.
  • A new batch of Homeguard volunteers numbering 85 drawn from various dis-tricts of Jammu province passed out from CTI Jammu on 2nd Oct.2005 Sh.S.M.Khatotra Div. Comandant Homeguards Jammu was the Chief guest on the occasion.
  • IGP held meeting with Div. Commis-sioner Kashmir Sh. B.B. Vyas on 4th October 2005 to review the prepared-ness for Earthquake and other disasters.
  • 12 Cts. inducted into MEC cadre as Sgct.(M) vide directorate order no 601 of 2005 dated 7th Oct.2005.
  • Sh. Rahi Riyaz, Dy. Div. Warden Srinagar proceeded for Advance Search & Rescue Course at NCCD Nagpur w.e.f. 10th –28th Oct. 2005
  • In order to check the preparedness, co-ordination, of various agencies in case of any eventuality, Civil Defence Jammu along with Police and other agencies conducted a mock exercise at Jammu.. Sh.Niyaz Mehmood DIG and Sh.Mukesh Singh SSP expressed their satisfaction over the preparation
  • Commemoration Day Parade was held at Zewan on 21st Oct.2005. In which contingent of Aux.Police also partici-pated among others and paid homage to the brave personnel who sacrifice their lives while performing various duties.

Obituary: All officers and men of HG/CD & Aux.Police mourn the de-mise of constable Abdul Rashid 1296/Aux. of Aux.Police 1st Bn. Srinagar who was performing security duty as SPO with Sh.M.Y.Tarigami Hon’ble MLA and heed of CPI(M) unit of J&K and VHG Ali Mohd Wani 351/Kupwara who was deputed for res-cuing the earthquake victims. Both the officials died in harness. Rich tribute were paid to them during a condolence meeting at Aux.Police Headquaters.


A view of public during the launch of Civil Defence scheme at Anantnag
A skit highlighting the role of Civil Defence during its inauguration at Anantnag on 24th Sept. 2005.

 

Chief Guest Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP rewarding one of the participants
Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP among other senior officers & students during inter-college de-bate competition

 

Sh. P.S. Gill ADGP Armed J&K flagging off relief material sent by Civil Defence J&K for the victims of earthquake