Divide within militant camp spills into open, UJC alleges Musa part of Indian conspiracy

A deepening divide within Kashmir’s militant camp has come to surface as Pakistan-based United Jehad Council (UJC) struggles to contain the growing influence of its former commander Zakir Musa, a hardcore Islamist. The UJC, a conglomerate of several leading militant groups loyal to Pakistan, issued a damning allegation against Musa and described him as a “façade” used by Indian intelligence agencies. Musa, who has publicly vowed to fight for an Islamist cause in Kashmir and disavowed fighting for a secular state, is a former field commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. He…

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We can’t give sweeping judgment that it is mass hysteria: Nayeema Mehjoor

Had the state authorities professionally handled the alleged braid cutting incidents at the beginning in Kashmir, the mysterious phenomenon wouldn’t have touched the alarming levels, chairperson State Women’s Commission (SWC), Nayeema Mehjoor, said on Friday. “There is every possibility that a few cases of braid chopping would have been related to mental health in the beginning. Even a few cases suggest so even today. But the phenomenon has now gone out of control where criminals and other elements have joined in,” Mehjoor said. Mental health experts who are probably the…

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Kashmir fears more violence as number of local youths joining militancy rises

Last year on 11 May, 22-year-old Irfan Abdullah Ganie went missing from his house. Only a day later, he posted his photo on social networking sites holding a gun in his hand. He had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit. Ganie was doing masters in history with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) before he joined militancy. A boy from a well off family, he had been fascinated by the idea of fighting against Indian rule and was killed on 9 October, some 25 kilometre from his house. Police…

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Rise of this 3 feet tall Jaish-e-Mohammad militant is giving headache to police; know why

Rise of new terrorist leaders is not a rare phenomenon in Jammu and Kashmir. A three feet tall leader is giving headache to police. Noor Mohammad Tantray is allegedly behind the recent attacks by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Kashmir Rise of new terrorist leaders is not a rare phenomenon in Jammu and Kashmir. A three feet tall leader is giving headache to police. Noor Mohammad Tantray is allegedly behind the recent attacks by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Kashmir, according to Indian Express report. The 47-year-old militant was arrested in Delhi…

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HC grants govt 4 week time to file response in Batwara liquor shop case

Jammu and Kashmir High Court (HC) Tuesday directed State government to file a counter affidavit against a liquor shop. An application was filed by advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom against a liquor shop running at Batwara, Sonwar. The division bench comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey treated the application as petition and allotted four week time to State Counsel Advocate BA Dar to file a response. Advocate Qayoom mentioned in the application that the liquor shop running at Batwara has many social implications. The application reads,…

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Kashmiri kids prefer to play with toy guns

The two-decade-long violence in Kashmir has impacted the psyche of children so much that toy guns have emerged as their favourite plaything. Most of the parents say their children, especially the boys, just want to play with toy guns. So when they go to shops they choose from various toy guns, like machine guns, music guns, water guns, and more. “Our children have not seen childhood or enjoyed it. They have spent it in fear and trauma due to the bloodshed,” says Madiha, a mother of three, who lives in…

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Forces ask local ultras to surrender, ready to accept even during encounters

Security forces in Kashmir on Monday made a renewed offer of surrender to local militants even as three local militants were arrested in the past few days. “We again appeal to local militants to surrender and live a normal life,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan said at a press conference in Srinagar. He said they would fully support the local militants who surrendered before the security forces, even during gunfights. “Even if they surrender during encounters with the security forces, we are ready to accept such surrenders,” Khan…

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Braid Chopped victims recount tales of horror

Thirty year old, Afroza Begum, was in the kitchen of her home at Gur Seer village–around five kilometers from Sopore town of Baramulla district—when some unknown person cut her hair. “I was in the kitchen when someone held my hair from behind and I lost consciousness. After gaining back consciousness, I found people surround me and my hair had been cut,” Begum said. She was shifted to sub-district hospital Sopore for treatment earlier on Tuesday, and doctors found no affliction of “psychological disturbance”. “A strand of Begum’s hair was found…

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People rushing for CCTVs, Video door-phones post Braid-chopping incidents

As the incidents of braid-cutting across Kashmir have caused fear among people, the demand for security systems such as CCTV cameras and video door phones has grown manifold. In order to create awareness among people about usage of security devices, a leading Srinagar-based security solutions company along with three outside companies would be soon holding interactive programmes in various areas, said Danish Bashir, managing director Chinar Security Systems. “The interactive sessions will be first held in Srinagar next week in public places such as parks. Leading security solutions companies Bosch,…

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Braid Chopping victims to go through lie detection test, blood sampling: IGP

The victims of mysterious braid chopping will have to undergo blood sampling and lie detection tests, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Muneer Khan said Friday. “Blood samples from all the victims of the braid-chopping will be collected and all of them will have to pass through a lie detection test,” Khan told Kashmir Post. Many victims had alleged that they were sprayed with some chemical that left them unconscious. “We have decided to take blood samples and find what type of chemical it is, which makes one unconscious in a…

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