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Over 84% candidates lose security deposit in JK

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Srinagar, May 24: As many as 67 candidates lost their security deposit while NOTA got more votes than 39 contestants in the Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
There were 79 candidates in the fray for six Parliamentary constituencies of the state. The highest number of 24 candidates were contesting from Jammu Lok Sabha constituency followed by 18 in Anantnag, 12 each from Srinagar and Udhampur, and four from Ladakh.
Of the total candidates, 67 could not get the minimum required one-sixth (16.67 per cent) of the total polled votes to save their deposit. With the result over 84 percent contestants lost their security deposit of Rs 25,000. Among those who lost security deposit are the three BJP candidates from the valley.
In Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, 186832 votes were polled and minimum requirement to save the security deposit was 31138 votes. However, only two candidates, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, and PDP’s Aga Syed Mohsin secured more than one-sixth of total votes. Peoples Conference candidate Irfan Raza Ansari, who secured third spot, bagged 28773 votes but lost his security deposit.
Eighteen candidates were in the fray for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Nearly 124896 votes were polled in the constituency and the minimum requirement to save the security deposit was 20816 votes. NC’s Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi, Congress leader GA Mir and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti secured 32.17, 26.83, and 24.44 percent of votes respectively. Most of the candidates, who lost their security deposit, could not manage even 700 votes.
Nearly 455550 votes were polled in Baramulla constituency. NC’s Mohammad Akbar Lone, who emerged winner, bagged 133426 votes. Peoples Conference candidate Raja Aijaz and Independent candidate Engineer Rashid managed to save their security deposit by bagging 103193 and 102168 votes respectively. PDP’s Abdul Qayoom Wani polled 53530 votes while the minimum requirement to save the security deposit was 75925 votes.
From Ladakh, all four candidates managed to save their security deposit.
In Jammu Lok Sabha constituency, 1478795 votes were polled. Among the 24 candidates in fray, only BJP’s Jugal Kishore, and Congress’ Ram Bhalla managed to save security deposit by securing 858066 and 555191 votes respectively.
Of the 1181123 votes polled in Udhampur constituency, BJP candidate Jitendra Singh and Congress leader Vikramaditya bagged 724311 and 367059 votes respectively Rest of the candidates lost their security deposit.
Interestingly among the 67 candidates, who lost their security deposit, 39 managed less votes than none of the above (NOTA).
In Baramulla constituency, 8128 voters pressed the NOTA button. In fact NOTA got more votes than four candidates.
Srinagar constituency registered 1566 NOTA votes, which is higher than that of five candidates.
Nearly 737 voters pressed NOTA button in Anantnag, which is higher than the vote share of nine candidates.
In Udhampur constituency, 7568 voters pressed NOTA button, which is higher than that of seven candidates. Jammu parliamentary seat polled 2618 NOTA votes, which is more than 14 candidates.


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SHO injured in Anantnag attack succumbs at AIIMS

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Srinagar, Jun 16: The Station House Officer of the police station Sadr in Anantnag succumbed on Sunday, four days after he had received critical injuries in a militant attack in the town.

The slain officer Arshad Ahmad Khan was critically injured after militants attacked a joint party of CRPF and police at a bus stand in Anantnag on June 12.

In the attack, five paramilitary troopers and a militant were killed and four other security forces personnel including the Station House Officer were injured in the attack. Besides, a girl Snober (18) daughter of Ashraf Malik of Danter also sustained a bullet wound in her leg.

 

Khan according to reports was being operated in Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital. However, he was flown to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on Sunday where he succumbed to injuries.

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Malik instrumental in bringing JRL together: NIA

Claims Aalam revealed ‘rift between separatists on funds’

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New Delhi, Jun 16: National Investigating Agency (NIA) Sunday said that the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik was instrumental in bringing the Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq together to spearhead the 2016 agitation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Yasin Malik was instrumental in bringing together the disparate factions of Hurriyat and formed Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) which spear headed the 2016 agitation in Kashmir,” NIA said in a press statement.

It said that the JRL issued protest calendars leading to economic shutdown for over four months and also caused death/injuries to civilians and security forces in the valley.

 

“Yasin Malik admitted that the JRL and Hurriyat Conference Geelani Group collected funds from business community as well as certain other sources and ensured that economic shut down and violent protests continue to disrupt the daily life of common citizens in the valley,” the NIA said in the statement.

It said that Muslim League chairman Masarat Aalam Bhat revealed in the investigation that Pakistan based agents route funds through hawala operators which were transferred to the separatists including Syed Ali Geelani.

“Aalam said there are rifts in the Hurriyat regarding collection/use of funds,” it said.

The NIA said leader of Duktaran-e-Milat, Asiya Andrabi, was grilled by it about the educational expenses of her son in Malaysia incurred by Zahoor Watali, who was arrested in the alleged funding case.

“During interrogation, Asiya Andrabi admitted that she had been collecting funds and donations from foreign sources and Duktaran-e-Milat had been organising protests by Muslim women in the valley,” it claimed.

The NIA has already approached the relevant authorities for providing evidence relating to certain bank accounts used by Asiya Andrabi’s son Mohammad bin Qasim while he was in the university, it said.

Another separatist leader, Shabbir Shah, had to face some tough time when he was confronted about his businesses, including a hotel in Pahalgam which is allegedly funded through foreign funds received by him from Pakistan, the statement said.

“During the custodial interrogation, Shabir Shah was confronted with evidence relating to transfer of money by Pakistan-based agents and representatives of APHC (All Parties Hurriyat Conference) factions to parties affiliated to Hurriyat in J and K. He was also confronted about his investments in various hotels and businesses in Pahalgam, properties in Jammu, Srinagar and Anantnag,” the NIA said.

The NIA had registered a case in May, 2017 against belonging to Jammat ud Dawah, Duktaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and other separatist leaders in the state for raising, receiving and collecting funds to fuel separatist and terrorist activities and entering into a larger conspiracy for causing disruption in Kashmir Valley and for waging war against India.

The agency has so far charge-sheeted 13 accused, including leader of Jammat-ud Dawah Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin, seven separatist leaders, two hawala conduits and some stone-pelters.

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Have busted ‘Shuara-e-Zindan’ inside jails: Police

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Srinagar, Jun 16: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has busted ‘Shuara-e-Zindan’ (supreme council for jail), a term used by militants for governance inside prisons, and restored the prison manual completely, officials said here.

After the escape of Naveed Jatt, a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant, last February, the Jammu and Kashmir prison department under the leadership of Dilbagh Singh took a series of measures to “sanitise” prisons, including shifting all hardcore militants from the Srinagar Central Jail.

“A complete analysis of the prisoners was carried out and the message was loud and clear that the hold of terrorists inside the prison needs to be broken and rule of law needs to be implemented,” says Singh, who recently relinquished the post of Director General of Prisons, said.

 

However, he did not elaborate further on the measures carried out and said “we have only ensured that hardened militants and separatists are segregated from those who are first-timers and have a scope of improvement.”

However, the officials in the state prison department said after Singh took charge, raids and searches were carried out regularly and militants were shifted to other jails in Jammu and Udhampur.

Two cases were registered at Rainawari police station which includes the one where militants were operating “Shaura-e-Zindan” inside the jail which used to decide allotment of barracks and other amenities to the prisoners, the officials said.

The ‘Shaura-e-Zindan’ used to provide facilities to the prisoners based on their experience in the field of militancy, which includes food of their choice and other facilities, they said, adding Ashiq Hussain Faktoo, serving life sentence, was the supreme commander of this group.

Now, after the crackdown and repeated searches, all private kitchens operating inside the jail premises, have been shut and all inmates queue up to the common ‘langar’ where they are served food, they said.

There was a report in December 2017 that “sermons are given on Jehad…The basic tenets of religion are overlooked and emphasis is laid on radical aspects. Such religious sermons have a deep psychological impact on inmates and youths in particular who develop inclination towards joining militancy or getting recruited as overground workers (for militants).”

It said the jail, which is expected to act as a correctional facility, is “instead being used as a place of religious indoctrination and militant recruitment”.

“It is being observed that even petty criminal who spend some time in jails are today coming out as highly indoctrinated individuals with religious motivation to support or even join militant ranks,” it said. However, Singh ensured that there is a segregation of prisoners and people arrested for charges under terrorism or separatism are treated with higher degree of caution and separated from inmates arrested for petty crimes.

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