News Briefs for 02 January 2022
By stifling peaceful protests, government is incentivising violent form of protest: Sajad LoneSrinagar 01 Jan: J&K Peoples Conference President Sajad Gani Lone today while questioning the J&K adminitration`s logic behind stifling peaceful protests, asserted that such actions go against the spirit of democracy. In a series of tweets, Sajad said that "I cant see any valid reason why the state administration should stop political parties from protesting. Isnt right to protest intrinsic to the concept of a vibrant democracy.
Delimitation process carried out to favour particular political party: Usman MajidSrinagar 01 Jan: Apni Party vice-president Usman Majid on Saturday said that the actual process of delimiatation which takes into account the population and area has been ignored and it is being carried out to favour a particular political party Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Majid said that Apni aprty has a clear stand that people should protest on this matter as delimitation is not just based on its name, but the actual process ignored the aspect of population and area. It is like that it has been carried out to favour some special political party. Everybody has the right to talk.
Despite Abdullah`s, Mehbooba under house arrest, NC and PDP stage protest against Delimitation Commission moveSrinagar 01 Jan: Despite leaders of PAGD including Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti being put under house arrest, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party Saturday staged protest against proposal of Delimitation Commission. Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS), Youth wing of National Conference including its president Salman Sagar, Shameema Firdous and other workers and leaders assembled at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah and carried a protest march against Delimitation Commission`s proposal and August 2019 decisions. They said that similarly, PDP leaders and workers including Rouf Bhat, Arif Laigaroo and others also held a protest against the the proposal and the decisions taken by the Centre on August 05, 2019.
Govt orders establishment of 5 police stations, 3 police posts in Srinagar, BudgamSrinagar 01 Jan: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday ordered the establishment of five police station and three police posts in Srinagar and Budgam district. According to an order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS), in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (s) of Section 2 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, the Government hereby declares eight places as Police Stations and Police Posts for the purpose of registration and investigation of all offences. The order stated that consequent upon the above, seven Police Stations of Srinagar, shall for the purpose of registration and investigation of all offences exercise territorial jurisdiction with respect to the areas specified against them.
House arrest of Dr.Farooq Abdullah unethical, undemocratic: G A MirSrinagar 01 Jan: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir Saturday termed the house arrest of Dr.Farooq Abdullah as unethical & undemocratic. Mir said keeping under house arrest prominent leader like Dr.Farooq Abdullah ahead of proposed sit in protest against delimitation commission draft was SHAM, unethical and against the basic foundation of the Indian democracy, which stands guarantee to freedom of speech and freedom of expression to every citizen. "Indeed, a gift on the New Years Eve (2022) by the Govt," Mir added and strongly condemned illegal house arrest of Farooq Saheb and others.
NC Youth leader Salman Sagar held protest against delimitation commission reportSrinagar 01 Jan: Ahead of PAGD protest, Dr. Farooq Abdullah & Omar Abdullah were placed under house arrest on Saturday morning. Soon after the arrest NC leader Provincial President Youth Salman Ali Sagar led the protest march along with hundreds of activists against the proposed delimitation commission report. The leaders were demanding to revise the decisions of the report so that both the regions would be given equal share of assembly seats.
PAGD leaders put under house arrest ahead of proposed sit-in protest against delimitation commission draftSrinagar 01 Jan: The leaders of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration were put under house arrest on Saturday to prevent them from holding a proposed sit-in protest against delimitation draft recommendation. Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), PAGD spokesperson M Y Tarigami said that they have been put under house arrest and they have been locked from both inside and outside. He said that this is the gift from the government on the New Years Eve and this the picture of Kashmir as government doesnt even allow to hold a sit-in protest.
Two PDP youth leaders arrested for protesting against delimitation commission proposal in SgrSrinagar 01 Jan: Peoples Democratic Party youth leaders Arif Laigaroo and Najim u Saqib have been arrested on Saturday following a protest march by the party against delimitation commission proposal. Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that PDP leaders today held a protest march, however, it was foiled by the police and two PDP leaders Arif Laigaroo and Najim u Saqib were arrested. They said that Arif Laigaroo has been shifted to police station Shergari and Najim u Saqib has been shifted to police station Ram Munshi Bagh Srinagar.
Unidentified militant killed in Jumagund encounter in Kupwara: PoliceSrinagar 01 Jan: An unidentified militant killed in an encounter between security forces and militant in Jumagund area of Kupwara district today evening. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that an unidentified militant has been killed in Jumagund area. The official said that operation was on and further details will be shared accordingly.
Sister says his brother arrested by NIA innocent, seeks his releaseSrinagar 01 Jan: Family members of Srinagar youth, who was arrested by National Investigation Agency a day ago, held a protest in Srinagars Press Enclave on Saturday and demanded his release. Arslan Feroz of Zaldagar area in Srinagar was arrested by NIA allegedly for being TRF operative. Arsalans sister appealed to DGP and IGP Kashmir to release his brother and do justice with their family.
12 died in stampede at Vaishno Devi templeJammu 01 Jan: Twelve people lost their lives and over a dozen others were injured in a stampede at the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours during a heavy rush of devotees on New Year. This is the first such tragedy at the shrine, located atop the Trikuta hills about 50 km from here that attracts lakhs of people every year. The incident occurred between 2.30 AM and 2.45 AM on Saturday near a relatively narrow passage at gate number 3 outside the sanctum sanctorum of the hilltop shrine where devotees usually arrive round the clock after trekking from the Katra base camp, a distance of nearly 13 km.
Detention of political leaders undemocratic: CongressSrinagar 01 Jan: Congress Jammu and Kashmir chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Saturday said the house arrest of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah was unethical and undemocratic. Political leaders including Farooq Abdullah were detained ahead of a march by the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to protest against the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir. Besides Farooq Abdullah, who is the president of the alliance, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti have been detained.
Pulwama Attack: Police To Test Slain Militant`s DNA To Prove LinkSrinagar 01 Jan: A DNA test will be conducted of one of the three militants killed in the Anantnag encounter as his picture resembles that of the last surviving militant involved in the 2019 Pulwama suicide attack in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said on Saturday. He said the picture of the slain militant matched with that of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)`s top commander Samir Dar. Police had said that three JeM militants were killed and their bodies retrieved from the site of the encounter that took place at Nowgam Dooru area of the South Kashmir district on Thursday.
100 Members Of Gujjar, Bakarwal Communities Join BJP In SgrSrinagar 01 Jan: Over hundred prominent persons of Gujjar and Bakerwal communities, including Municipal ward members, joined the BJP on Saturday at Tigore Hall Srinagar, a party statement said. The new entrants, hailing from different areas of the Valley were welcomed to the party fold by former minister and senior BJP Leader Abdul Ghani Kohli, party's media in-charge, Manzoor Bhat and district president, Srinagar Ashok Bhat.