Polling under way for last phase of municipal polls in J&K, Srinagar recorded 2.3%, Ganderbal 7.9% polls till 12

Partial shutdown across Kashmir Valley, Clashes in Soura Polling was under way for the fourth and last phase of municipal elections in Jammu and Kashmir to seal the fate of 156 candidates in fray in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts. They said the voting would take place at 308 polling stations across the state and would end at 4 pm. Eight municipal bodies spanning across six districts–all in Kashmir Valley–were scheduled to go to polls in the fourth and final phase of the elections. However, out of the eight, only two…

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Poll Boycott Continues for IIIrd Phase aswell: Zero votes casted at 17 polling booths in Kashmir

No voter has turned up at the seventeen of the polling booth set up at different areas of this capital city. Not a single vote has been cast at the 17 polling booths, which includes five at Caset School Karannagar, two at government middle school Munawarabad, two at R&B office at Karanagar, six at Tiny Tots School at Fateh kadal and two at community Centre Fateh Kadal, officials told Kashmir Reader. All these centres fall in different wards which include Fateh kadel, Karanagar, Syed Ali Akbar and Munawarabad. Polling for…

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Manan Wani, AMU Scholar who turned militant killed in Kupwara gunfight

Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including PhD scholar-turned-terrorist Manan Bashir Wani, were killed Thursday during an encounter with security forces at Handwara in frontier district of north Kashmir, officials said. Police, however, said the identities of both the militants was being ascertained. The encounter broke out in the early hours at Satgund in Handwara following a specific intelligence about presence of Wani, 27, along with two others, they said. Wani had joined militancy in January 2018. Giving details emerging from the encounter site, which ended, police and other security forces were…

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Poll Boycott trend continues for 2nd Phase; Dull voting across Kashmir Valley, brisk in Jammu

The second phase of urban bodies’ elections in Jammu and Kashmir, being held on Wednesday, covers 384 wards and has 1,094 candidates in the fray. Separatists have given a call for a shutdown in the areas going to the polls. Polling in the second phase of urban local bodies’ elections, covering more than 380 local bodies spread over 13 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, is being held on Wednesday. This phase covers 384 wards (166 in Kashmir and 218 in Jammu) spanning six districts in Jammu and seven in the…

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Twenty killed, scores injured as minibus plunges into gorge in Ramban

Twenty people are feared killed and several injured, some of them seriously after a minibus which was allegedly overloaded plunged into a deep gorge in Ramban district on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Saturday morning, police said. Ramban’s senior superintendent of police Anita Sharma, however, told HT over phone that 20 were feared dead and 14 others were being shifted to the district hospital. The bus was travelling from Banihal to Ramban. Deputy Commissioner of Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat also rushed to the spot. “The minibus was on its way…

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Two NC workers shot dead, another injured in Habba Kadal

Two National Conference (NC) workers were shot dead and another injured after unknown gunmen fired at them in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar on Friday. SSP Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail confirmed the deaths of two NC workers in the firing incident. Reports said that unknown gunmen fired at three NC workers in Karfalli Mohalla today morning, leaving them injured. They said that the injured were rushed to SMHS hospital where two of them succumbed. An official said the whole area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.

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Civilian shot dead during CASO in Srinagar, 3 Rebels, Soldier killed in gunfight, JRL calls for friday shutdown

Three militants, including a Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, a civilian and a soldier were killed in two separate gunfights and a search operation in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. A civilian was killed after forces launched a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in Noorbagh area of Qamarwari around 4 am. Locals said the civilian, identified as Saleem Malik, was killed in cold-blood. A police official said that the police was ascertaining the details of the incident. Senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari described the killing as a “cold-blooded murder” while demanding an impartial probe into the…

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1500 candidates file papers for first phase municipal polls

Despite threats from terrorists, about 1,500 candidates in Jammu and Kashmir have filed their nominations for the first phase of urban local body elections scheduled for October 8. The elections are to be held in four phases. Nominations for the first phase closed on Tuesday. A total of 422 municipal wards will go to the polls on October 8. According to official sources, people in North Kashmir have virtually ignored the poll boycott call, with a sizeable number of candidates from this area. “In Kupwara district, 72 have filed papers…

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47 SPO’s, Cops announces resignation, Home Ministry Rejects

Three policemen were abducted and killed while a relative of one of the slain cops was set free after abduction in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on early Friday. A police officer said militants abducted three cops from Batgund and Kapren Shopian early on Friday and “later killed them brutally in an inhuman act.” The slain cops were identified as Nisar Ahmad Dhobi son of Abdul Rashid resident of Kapren, Shopian, Firdous Kuchay son of Abdul Gani and Kulwant Singh son of Dhoop Singh, both residents of Batagund, Shopian. “Bodies of…

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Resignation videos emerge across Kashmir after three cops where kidnaped and killed

Shortly after the bodies of three policemen killed by militants were found in south Kashmir’s Shopian today, several videos messages emerged on social media that purportedly show special police officers announcing their decision to resign. A senior Kashmir police officer said they are yet to authenticate the claims being made in the video messages. At least six such messages have emerged and are being circulated widely. The Union Home Ministry in Delhi, however, rebutted the claims. “Jammu and Kashmir Police have confirmed that these reports are untrue and motivated. These…

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