Kishtwar tense after killing of BJP leader Anil Parihar and brother Ajit

The Indian Army staged a flag march in communally-sensitive Kishtwar of Jammu and Kashmir and a curfew continued in the town following angry protests after a senior BJP leader and his brother were shot dead by suspected militants on Thursday, officials said on Friday. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother Ajeet, 55, were returning home from their shop when they were fired upon from close range at a dark, narrow lane leading to their house, the officials said, adding this was the first such…

Read More

Shutdown affects life across Kashmir Valley, Kulgam sealed off to foil JRL solidarity

Life in Srinagar and other places of the Valley was affected on Thursday by a separatist-called shutdown protesting against militant killing. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik called for the Valley-wide shutdown against the killings of two Kashmiri militants in the outskirts here. Sabzar Sofi, a PhD scholar who joined militancy in 2016, and his associate were killed in a gunfight in Nowgam on Wednesday. Shops, public transport and other businesses remained shut in the city and other district headquarters…

Read More

Two rebels killed in Nowgam gunfight; School work, Internet suspended in Srinagar, Budgam

Two militants were killed and six forces’ personnel wounded in a fierce gun battle in Sothu Kothair area of Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday morning, police said. Reports said that the gunfight broke out around 2 AM in the area following a search operation. Two militants have been killed and six forces’ personnel wounded in the gunfight, said DIG central Kashmir VK Birdi told reporters. Quoting sources, news agency GNS identified the slain militants as Sabzar Sofi of Sangam, Anantnag and Asif Ahmad Gojri of Anantnag. However,…

Read More

Lal Chowk sealed to foil JRL march against killing spree, Yasin Malik evading arrest, surfaced in Koker Bazar

Authorities on Tuesday sealed commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar city to prevent a march called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the killing spree. Last evening, the police had issued an advisory, asking commuters to use an alternate route as “the stretch of road from Amira Kadal to Regal Chowk will be blocked for traffic”. An eye witness said that barricades have been erected by the police at Amira Kadal and the Regal Chowk to prevent any movement towards the historic Lal Chowk. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation…

Read More

Congress wins Anantnag, Leh, BJP makes its mark in Kashmir

Results of 17 seats from Bandipora in north Kashmir BJP: 3 Cong: 12 Independent: 2 Results of 13 seats from Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla BJP: 0 Congress: 6 Independent: 7 All the 13 wards of Kupwara municipality in north Kashmir won by Independents. In Handwara municipality, which is bastion of people’s conference, six Independents have won while as one ward has been gone to BJP. The six Independents are People’s Conference candidates BJP sweeps the Mattan municipality in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Five wards won by BJP and two…

Read More

Gunfight in Fateh Kadal, Three Rebels, Policeman killed; Internet suspended, educational institutions closed

Gunfight broke out between militants and the government forces in Fateh Kadal area of Downtown Srinagar early Wednesday. Reports said a joint team of the state police and the CRPF cordoned off Fateh Kadal after “specific information” about presence of some militants. As soon as the forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired at them, triggering an encounter. Three militants and a policeman were killed in a gunfight which was underway since early Wednesday in Fateh Kadal locality of downtown Srinagar, police said. Three militants and a policeman…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More