February 2022 News

News Briefs for 17 February 2022

Kashmir's Mainstream Political Parties 'forgot' CRPF Pulwama Martyrs

Srinagar 16 Feb: On a day when the entire nation remembered the sacrifices of 40 martyrs of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) who attained martyrdom in a suicide car bomb blast at Lethpora highway in Pulwama in 2019, the political parties in Kashmir 'forgot' to pay homage and remained silent to offer their tributes on the commemoration day on February 14.

4 OGWs of TRF outfit arrested in Srinagar: Police

Srinagar 16 Feb: Srinagar police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested four OGWs of TRF militant outfit from Srinagar. In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) , a spokesperson said that on the basis of reliable intelligence input, it was found that TRF is active in J&K and is being orchestrated by handlers based in Pakistan. The statement reads that two active militants namely Basit Ahmed Dar of Redwani Kulgam and Momin Gulzar of Eidgah Srinagar are using the network of over ground workers in the valley for subversive activities.

Budgam villagers protest after Kashmiri pandit claims property rights of land they were living on

Budgam 16 Feb: The residents of Wader village of Budgam district on Wednesday held a protest demonstration after a Kashmiri pandit claimed that the land, where the residents have constructed their house, was his land and the residents have encroached it. Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the protesting residents said that they have purchased the land from a Kashmiri pandit and they were in possession of the power of attorney. Notably, the residents held protest after officials from district administration visited the village and asked them to vacate the property, as a Kashmiri pandit has approached the administration with the claim that this land belongs to him and the locals have encroached it.

Renaming constituencies serves no purpose: Vakil to Delimitation Commission

Srinagar February 16 16 Feb: ( KNS ) Senior vice President Peoples Conference and former minister Abdul Gani Vakil has alleged that the Delimitation Commission has violated all the norms while creating and defining new constituencies without taking into consideration population area & terrain. According to a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) , Vakil was addressing party workers in Srinagar today said that the working of Delimitation Commission is already under question for favoring a particular political party as is reflected in their draft proposals. "I also fail to understand why the names of constituencies like Sangrama, Shangus have been changed & even Rafiabad has been renamed as Rohama Rafiabad , What purpose does it serve?

Youth of J&K deserve protection of their employment rights and identity: Dr Farooq Abdullah

Jammu February 16 16 Feb: ( KNS ) The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday stated that the youth of J&K deserve protection of their employment rights and identity. This he said while addressing the party`s YNC functionaries at his Jammu residence. Interacting with the youth he said that the youth are the active change- makers, future influencers and important stake-holders of the future of Jammu and Kashmir.

Delimitation draft report disempowerment of Kashmir, Jammus far-flung areas: NC

Srinagar 16 Feb: National Conference filed objections to the draft report of delimitation panel, accusing commission of scripting a story of disempowerment and disenfranchisement of Kashmir and far-flung unattended areas of Jammu. Objecting to its proposals, said the panel has arbitrarily devised some unknown criteria while apportioning and identifying increased seven seats. It has selectively applied the criteria and thereafter allotted seats compromising the fundamental principle of population as the main criteria, it said in the objections filed to the Commissions draft proposal, and circulated to media today.

Gear up for big challenge faced: Abdullah in Jammu

Jammu 16 Feb: In an apparent reference to the post-August 2019 developments, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday asked party cadres to gear up for the big challenge faced by Jammu and Kashmir. The centre had in August 2019 revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir provided under Article 370 of the constitution and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two union territories. Gear up for the big challenge faced to Jammu and Kashmir and work for further strengthening the party at every level, Abdullah said while interacting with party delegations which called on him here.

NIA searches multiple locations in J&K

Jammu 16 Feb: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided a dozen places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with two cases, one related to the recovery of an IED and another about the recruitment of youth by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an official said. The raids were carried out in coordination with the Police and the CRPF. They led to the recovery of incriminating materials and digital devices from the premises of the suspects in the two cases, a spokesperson of the NIA said.

SIA arrests 10 JeM overground workers in Kashmir

Srinagar 16 Feb: Ten people allegedly working as overground workers (OGWs) of Jaish-e-Mohammed were arrested by the State Investigation Agency (SIA), a newly carved-out wing of Police, officials said on Wednesday. SIA officials conducted raids overnight at various locations in the South and Central district of Kashmir, during which the arrests were made, they said. The SIA was constituted recently, and the agency has a mandate to investigate crimes connected with militancy and secessionism.

NIA Conducts Multiple Raids In Kashmir In Connection With LeT's Role In Radicalising J&K Youth

New Delhi 16 Feb: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday (February 16) conducted searches at multiple locations in Kashmir Valley in the case of 'radicalising, motivating and recruiting' youth of Jammu and Kashmir by terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). NIA in coordination with Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out searches at three locations across Kashmir Valley.