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Hurriyat (G) protests against killings, continuous house detention of Geelani

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Srinagar, Nov 2: Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora against the killings, atrocities, pro-long detention of political prisoners and continuous house detention of Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani for last 9 years.
In a statement said that Hurriyat Conference (G) organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against ‘Indian state-terrorism’ and besides large number of people and leaders including Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Mohammad Rafiq Uwasi, Bilal Sidiqui, Mohammad Yaseen Aataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Bashir Ahmad Indrabi, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Khawaja Firdous, Rameez Raja, Ashiq Hussain, Mohammad Maqbool Maghami, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Abdul Rashid Dar, Parvez Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Rafiq Khanyari, Riyaz Ahmad, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Haji Qadous, Ab. Hamid Alaie, Sajad Ahmad and other participated.
Voicing serious concern over the spree of killings, atrocities and arrests at the hands of forces, leaders demanded immediate halt on innocent killings and arbitrary measures perpetrated by Indian forces.
They appealed world human rights organization for their cognizance and impressed to raise their voice and come to the rescue of subjugated people in Kashmir.
Addressing protestors and people, Hurriyat (G) leaders said that the “growing Indian aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in state has touched the alarming line and turned this beautiful place into a “battle field”. Under well thought out plane the Indian authorities and their forces are carrying genocide.”
Referring to killing, the Hurriyat leaders said that Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children are not safe” and added that authorities are desperate to cover their gruesome and inhuman acts and shielding criminals under the garb of AFSPA.
While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail, Hurriyat (G) leaders said that by pushing people to wall India will achieve nothing, they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.
Hurriyat leaders also condemned the continued house detention of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani for last 9 years, saying that “stopping pro-freedom leader from performing his religious and social responsibilities is gross violation of human rights and interference in the personnel and religious rights.”


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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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

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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

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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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