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Central University students threaten to intensify protest over fellows’ arrest

Bisma Bhat




Srinagar, Nov 12: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) students on Monday threatened to intensify protests over the arrest of their fellows.

The students held a protest at the Press Enclave here, demanding immediate release of the two students arrested last week for their alleged militant links.

The students–Suheel Ahmad Dar and Mohammad Ismail Ganaie–are doing masters in politic and governance.


Adil Fayaz, one of the protesting students, said, “We are going to expand our protest programme throughout the valley if the serious notice of the issue is not taken.”

He said the protest programmes will be carried out from the higher secondary level to all the three universities in the valley.

“We are in contact with our friends and colleagues in different universities and colleges. The wave of the protest will reach to the nook and corner of the state and it will be difficult for authorities to control the movement,” Adil said.

Mir Talib, classmate of the detainees, told The Kashmir Monitor, “Both the students were regular and dedicated towards their academic work.”

Mir said they were living in the rented accommodation in the vicinity of the university.

“We used to play in the varsity campus after our classes in the evening.”

Another student of the varsity, Shafqat Mohammad, said, “The charges against both of them are baseless. Being regular students, how can they be involved in the militancy-related activity?”

Students of the varsity have boycotted their classwork till their release.

Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail Parry, told this reporter talk to Inspector General of police, SP Pani for the comments.

However Pani too refused to comment.

Earlier SSP Srinagar was quoted by a local news agency that the duo was arrested “for their involvement in militancy related activities”.
“An FIR was registered against them eight hours before they were arrested. They were involved in militancy-related activities,” the news agency quoted the SSP.



JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.


Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley



Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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