20 August 2022 News

News Briefs for 20 August 2022

Outsider voters controversy: J&K Govt clarifies; addition of 25 lakh voters will mainly cover existing residents of J&K

Srinagar, August 20 (KNS) , August 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Government today clarified that addition of 25 lakh voters by outsiders is misrepresentation of facts and said that revision of electoral rolls will cover existing residents of the UT of J&K and increase in numbers will be of the voters who have attained the age of 18. The statement issued by J&K Government also said that "there have been media reports that more than 25 lakh additions will be there in the electoral rolls once the process of electoral roll revision starts. This is a misrepresentation of facts, which is being spread by the vested interests.

Outsiders voters controversy: Lal Singh says will fight against it in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 20 ( KNS ) , August 20 : Former minister and senior politician Choudhary Lal Singh on Saturday termed the news about the granting of voter rights to outsiders unfortunate and said that democracy here is under threat. Addressing press conference here at Jammu, Singh questioned that under which law non-local residents are being given the right to vote in Jammu and Kashmir. "We strongly condemn this move of the EC and request the people to show solidarity and fight together against it," he said.

Altaf Bukhari thanks PM Modi, HM for clarification that no outsider included in voter lists

Jammu , August 20 : Apni Party (AP) president Syed Mohammed AltafBukhari Saturday thanked Prime Minister NarendraModi and Union Home Minister for the issuance of prompt clarification that no voter from outside J&K has been included in the electoral list, but the youth of J&K who had attained the age of 18-years were added in the electoral rolls.According to a party statement, while addressing a public gathering at Janipur following the inauguration of election office of Apni Party during a programme organized by Spokesperson of the Party and senior advocate, Nirmal Singh Kotwal, AltafBukhari said that the opening of the election office in Jammu North shows the serious approach of Party leaders in Jammu including Rural and Urban Presidents who work tirelessly for the strengthening of the Party.

890 New Laws Made Applicable In J&K After 2019: LG Sinha

Srinagar , August 20 : Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Saturday that right to education was applicable in the whole country but it was not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir until August 2019, when the situation changed and it was made applicable along with all 890 central laws. Sinha made these remarks while attending the annual day celebration at Devki Arya Putri Pathshala, here on Saturday, an official spokesperson said. Speaking on the occasion, he said, the LG observed that the school, started in 1910, played a pivotal role in providing education to girls from underprivileged sections of society.

Top Security Brass Huddle As Militant Activities Spike in Jammu

Jammu , August 20 : Amid a spurt in militant activities in Jammu districts of Rajouri and Poonch, a high-level security meeting was held on Saturday to devise an action plan to counter the emerging threat, a police official said. The conference held in Rajouri was attended by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh and senior Army officers among others. The meeting was convened nine days after two militants attacked an Army camp in Rajouri, killing four soldiers in a pre-dawn suicide strike that marked the return of ‘fidayeen' (suicide) attacks to Jammu and Kashmir after more than three years.

Awami Action terms LG's statement on Mirwaiz far from reality

Srinagar, August 19 ( KNS ) , August 20 : Denying the statement of J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha that its Chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq is not under house arrest since 5 August 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) termed the LG's remarks as fiction and far from reality and truth. AAC in a statement to Kashmir News Service (KNS) , said that the BBC team that had interviewed the Governer LG Sinha regarding the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, today came to Mirwaiz Manzil Nigeen to interview the Mirwaiz but as usual they were stopped at the gates and not allowed to go in by the forces present at the gate, similarly other media personnel also tried but were not allowed. "The organisation said it is a reality and the whole world knows the fact that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been under illegal and arbitrary house detention since 5 August 2019, and is not allowed to move out of his house even to deliver Friday sermons at Jama Masjid or to pursue his other duties as Mirwaiz and head of various social and religious organisations for the last three years, which is a violation of his basic human rights," KNS reads.

Salman Sagar leads protest march against banning public donations at Muslim Shrines

Srinagar, August 20 : YNC Provincial President Salman Ali Sagar on Saturday led a peaceful protest march against the government's decision to ban public donations at Muslim shrines, saying the move reeks of bias and selective targetting. The protest march took off from party headquarters Nawa e Subah and was intercepted by police when the protestors started moving towards Lal Chowk. The protestors, including YNC's district, Zone and provincial functionaries, were holding placards asking the government to refrain from policing people's religious and spiritual beliefs.

Gopalpora grenade attack case cracked, two hybrid militants arrested: Police

Srinagar , August 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday claimed to have cracked Gopalpora Grenade lobbing incident by arresting two Hybrid militants of Lashkar-i-Toiba outfit, officials said. Taking to a micro blogging site twitter, Kashmir Zone Police tweeted, "Budgam Police cracked grenade lobbing incident on minority at Gopalpora on 15/8/22 in which 1 person from minority was seriously injured. "Two Hybrid Militants of LeT namely Sahil Wani & Altaf Farooq @ Amir arrested.

Recycled militant from Baramulla arrested in Bandipora: Police

Srinagar , August 20 : Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested a 'recycled' militant in North Kashmir's Bandipora district. Kashmir Zone Police in a tweet said, “Police and Army arrested a recycled (militant) namely Imtiyaz Ahmad Beigh alias Ina Bhai son of Abdul Nawab Beigh of Beigh Mohalla Fatehpora, Baramulla." “Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including one AK-47 rifle, 2 AK-magazines and 59 AK-rounds were recovered,” police said, adding, “Investigation in progress.”