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Shopian killings: Political parties, traders, lawyers hit streets

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Srinagar: A day after five civilians were killed during the clashes in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, the mainstream political parties, lawyers and trade bodies on Monday hit the streets to protest against the civilian killings, demanding an immediate end to the bloodbath in Kashmir.
Five militants including an Assistant Professor of Kashmir University and a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Saddam Padder were killed in a gunfight in Badigam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district while equal number of civilian were also killed in the subsequent clashes at different places in the area.
On Monday morning, the leaders from opposition National conference (NC) carried out a protest rally from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to TRC.
The protesters headed by NC General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar and other senior leaders including Akbar Lone and Mubarak Gul chanted slogans against the government as well as the civilian killings in the Valley.
Talking to reporters during the protest rally, Sagar condemned the civilian killings in Kashmir, saying that the government has failed to revoke AFSPA from the Jammu and Kashmir due to which the civilian killings are going unabated.
He said that instead of winning the hearts of people as promised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government is using military options. “No process could be seen on the ground regarding dialogue process. The government has failed to take measures in this regard,” he added.
Sagar said that the forces have been given licenses to kill the Kashmiris at their own will. “The commitments and the promises done by Pm Modi are nowhere,” he said.
He also lashed at the government over the death of a young protestor who was crushed to death by a police vehicle in Noorbagh area of Srinagar.
The Valley traders also took to the streets to protest against the Shopian carnage. However, police foiled their march in Srinagar.
Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) members headed by its president, Muhammad Yaseen Khan assembled at Abi Guzar and tried to march towards Civil Secretariat.
As soon as the protesters carrying banners reading slogans reached Residency road, police foiled their attempt and detained score of its members including Khan.
Prior to their detention, the protesting traders raised slogans in favour of justice.
Khan told reporters that the traders are ready to suffer any losses but cannot tolerate “excesses on innocent people”.
“Government has been misleading the world by portraying that problems in Kashmir are a result of unemployment and lack of opportunities for the youth. This is a false propaganda as they have been proven wrong now. By coming out on roads we want to convey a message to the entire world about sufferings of common Kashmiris,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, lawyers also staged protest against the civilian killings in Shopian on Sunday.
Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) members headed by its General Secretary, G N Shaheen carried out a protest rally from High court complex towards Civil Secretariat amid sloganeering against the civilian killings.
Terming the Shopian carnage as ‘barbaric’, the lawyers demanded ‘Right to self-determination’ for Kashmiri’s.
While carrying banners and placards, the protesters marched towards Civil Secretariat.
However, police disallowed them to march towards Secretariat.
Meanwhile, AIP president and MLA Langate, Engineer Rasheed led a protest rally towards Civil Secretariat against the Shopian carnage.
However, police intercepted them ahead of Secretariat’s gate and detained scores including Er Rasheed, Dr. Bari Nayak, Prince Parvez, Zeeshan Pandith, Gh. Nabi Mir, Sheeban Ashie and lodged them in Police Station Rajbagh and Karan Nagar.
Meanwhile, following the Secretariat Gherao call given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), scores of pro-freedom leaders were detained by the authorities after they tried to march towards Secretariat.
Reports said that Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained today after he defied house detention and tried to march towards Secretariat in Srinagar against Shopian killings.
Pertinently, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had appealed people to stage a peaceful sit-in outside the Secretariat today.
Mirwaiz defied his detention and came out of his Nigeen residence. “A police party stationed there detained him and lodged him at Nigeen police station,” said a Hurriyat leader.
Earlier, Senior Hurriyat (M) leader, Hilal Ahmad War was also detained at Maisuma after he tried to march towards the secretariat.
He was lodged at Kothi Bagh Police Station, Hurriyat leader said. (KNS)


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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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