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Curbs, shutdown mark martyrs’ anniversary

Mubashir Bukhari

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By Mubashir Bukhari

Srinagar, May 21: Authorities on foiled ‘Eidgah Chalo’ called by Joint Hurriyat Leadership by imposing restrictions in Srinagar areas while as a complete shutdown was observed across the Valley to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone.
The shutdown and Eidgah chalo call was given by the Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on the eve of the martyrdom anniversary of Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq and Khwaja Abdul Gani Lone.
Notably, Mirwaiz Farooq was killed on May 21, 1990 and Abdul Gani Lone was killed on May 21, 2002 by unknown gunmen.
In wake of the shutdown and chalo call, the district administration Srinagar imposed restrictions in various areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M.R.Gunj and Safa Kadal Police Stations in the old city, while partial restrictions are in Maisuma and Kralkhud Police Stations in the uptown areas.
A huge contingent of police and paramilitary were deployed in almost majority of uptown and old parts of Srinagar city. Almost all the examination scheduled to be held on Monday were postponed.
Witnesses said that the government forces had erected temporary barricades on the roads, halting the vehicular as well as the pedestrian movement in the restriction bound areas.
Besides, a complete shutdown was observed across the Valley to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone.
All the shops, business establishments, educational institutions, petrol pumps remained closed throughout the day while as the vehicular movement was also thin on the roads.
Besides closure of educational institutions, the authorities in Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) postponed the examinations scheduled for today.
All Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on Monday have been postponed,” a varsity spokesman had said, adding that the fresh dates will be announced later.
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, son of slain Mirwaiz Farooq, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house arrest at Nigeen and Hyderpora residences respectively while as the JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody.
Meanwhile, the train services also remained suspended on Monday as precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, a top police official said that the situation across the Valley remained peaceful and under control throughout the day.

 

Mubashir joined The Kashmir Monitor as a reporter/ sub-editor in Jan 2013. Since then, he has been consistently covering beats including conflict, politics, education, and health. He is also handling online section of the paper besides working as Video Producer.

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Jaish almost wiped out, no one willing to head it: Army

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Army on Wednesday claimed the government forces have “severely targeted” the militants for the last few months and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was “almost wiped out with no one willing to take over it”.

Addressing a press conference here, GOC 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon, who was accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, said that 69 militants have been killed and 12 of them arrested so far this year.

“Post Pulwama incident, 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis while 13 were A+ category,” Dhillon said.

 

The GOC 15 Corps claimed that they have targeted JeM leadership.

“The situation now is so that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley,” he said.

“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM. The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he said, while appealing the local militants to surrender.

“Recruitment of local militants has gone down. In addition, those who surrender, we will take care of their security,” he said.

Dhillon also advised civilians not to rush to the encounter sites.

Asked about the bi-weekly restrictions on civilian traffic on the Highway, he replied, “This is just a temporary measure. There are now relaxations on the civilian traffic.”

On the occasion, the DGP said 272 militants were killed in the state during 2018 and a “large number was apprehended.”

He too claimed that the local recruitment in militant outfits had declined.

“2018 was generally a successful year. There has been less ‘law and order’ problem. We brought many youth (who had joined militancy) back to their homes,” the DGP claimed.

“Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state because of a well-planned security grid. Voter turnover at 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats, no one can be forced to vote,” he said.

Asked there were reports that 11 youth had gone missing in south Kashmir during the last one month, the IGP Kashmir said, “Few had gone missing but returned. They had gone missing for other reasons, not to join militancy.”

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Held Pak militant paraded before media

‘Chota Dujana was active in Srinagar for over a year’

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday presented a Pakistani militant Mohammad Waqar, alias Chota Dujana before the media, who, they claimed, was arrested from Pattan area in Baramulla on Monday.

During a press conference here, the militant was briefly allowed to respond to media.

“My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Miana Mohalla Punjab in Pakistan. I underwent a four-month militant training there,” he said.

 

 “I was told that Kashmiris are harassed, women are assaulted and Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers in Masjids. But I did not find any such thing here,” he replied when asked why had he picked up arms.

The militant was soon moved away.

SSP Baramulla, Abdul Wahid, said Waqar was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had arrived in Kashmir in July 2017.

“He was operating in Srinagar for over a year now,” the officer said.

He added that the militant was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri when they were intercepted by the police near Mirgund, Pattan.

“They were chased and arrested near Chainabal Pattan,” he said.

The SSP said that as per their preliminary investigations, the militant was given shelter in old city as well as uptown areas of Srinagar.

“His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla,” Wahid said.

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Malik sent to judicial custody till May 24

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New Delhi, Apr 24: A Delhi court Wednesday sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, arrested in connection with the alleged funding case, to judicial custody till May 24.

The Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns.

The family of Yasin Malik, said on Saturday, that the JKLF chief had fallen ill and was shifted to a Delhi hospital after he went on a hunger strike to protest against his “illegal” detention.

 

Earlier this month, Malik was brought to Delhi from Jammu and was later arrested by NIA in connection with an alleged case related to the funding of militant and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. He was produced in a special court which remanded him in NIA’s custody till April 22.

Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after NIA secured his production remand.  The JKLF chief was taken into preventive custody in February by the J&K police and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

Malik organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.

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