Mahant Dinesh Bharati shouting ‘Hindus must have 5 children and each should be armed’ & J&K BJP chief watching, speech on stage

With VHP and RSS leaders on stage and Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina and three former state BJP ministers in the audience, Mahant Dinesh Bharati, a prominent face of the 2008 Amarnath agitation, said Hindus should have five children each and that they should all be armed. Bharati was addressing a dharam sabha organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Jammu Sunday, where Swami Jagadguru Hansadevacharyaji, head of the Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti, an umbrella body of Hindu seers, was the chief guest. State BJP chief Raina and…

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Police rush to Jammu to nab accused Army jawan in Bulandshahr violence

A Uttar Pradesh police team was sent to Jammu to arrest an Army jawan allegedly involved in the murder of a police inspector during the Bulandshahr violence, and five more people were nabbed in the case, taking the total number of arrests to nine, officials said Friday. Sedition is one of the 17 charges in the FIR in which 27 people have been named besides 50-60 unidentified people. They were allegedly involved in the violence that led to the killing of Inspector Subodh Singh and Sumit Kumar, 20. The violence…

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Jammu traders demand opening of old routes post Kartarpur

With the decision of the Indian and Pakistan governments to open the Kartarpur corridor, the demand for opening traditional trade routes on the International Border (IB), plugged after the Partition, has gained momentum. Traders and industrialists in the Jammu region have decided to intensify the stir for the opening of the historical Sialkot-Suchetgarh route to start business with Pakistan to boost the economy of the region. “The decision of the two governments to open the Kartarpur corridor is a welcome step and it has given a ray of hope to…

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Lawyer Deepika Rajawat dropped by Kathua rape and murder victim’s family

The family of the eight-year-old Kathua rape and murder victim has decided to drop their lawyer Deepika Rajawat as she has “barely been available at the court hearings”, the victim’s father has said. Those close to the family said he has moved an application in the Pathankot court in Punjab, where the case was earlier shifted. It said that Rajawat shall not represent them and the power of attorney was being withdrawn. The father told reporters on Wednesday here that so far the case has been heard 100 times by…

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Provocative speeches by prominent Right Wing Hindu leaders at Jammu seminar evoke sharp criticism

Condemning the provocative speeches delivered by many prominent Right-Wing Hindu leaders at a seminar on November 11, political parties and Muslim Organizations on Monday said that it was an attempt to harm the harmony in the Jammu region. Prominent right-wing leaders including academician, Madhu Kishwar, activist, Sushil Pandit, MLA Udhmapur and others on Sunday had termed the Muslim colonies in Jammu as “threat”. The seminar was organised by a little-known organization, IKKJUTH. Jammu Muslim Front (JMF), a prominent Muslim organization, strongly denounced the speeches delivered at the and said that…

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Sushil Pandit, Madhu Kishwar others concerned about upcoming Muslim colonies in Jammu

Prominent Hindu right-wing leaders including Madhu Kishwar and Sushil Pandit on Sunday unanimously alleged that growth of Muslim colonies in Jammu and around Jammu was a concerted effort to change its demography. During a seminar ‘Shankhnaad’ organized by IKKJUTH Jammu, a right wing organization, most of the speakers including Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Sushil Pandit, MLA Udhampur, Pawan Gupta and others alleged that there was an “Islamic invasion” in Jammu. They alleged that Muslim colonies around the winter capital were “threat to Dogras”. “There is need to take emergency steps in…

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Four key suspects held in Kishtwar’s BJP leaders killings

In a major breakthrough in the killings of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar in Kishtwar last week, the police have arrested four key suspects who allegedly plotted the assassination and chose the killers. Police sources told Kashmir Post that the arrest of the suspects from Kulgam would help solve the case, including the conspiracy angle. The Parihar brothers were gunned down in Kishtwar on November 1 night. “We cannot divulge all details at the moment due to the sensitive nature of the case,” a senior police…

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Hectic lobbying on for Mayor, Dy Mayor posts

After registering a thumping majority in the just-concluded elections to Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), hectic lobbying has begun within the BJP for the coveted posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor as contenders are cozying up to senior party leaders to brighten their prospects. The top leadership of the BJP, however, said it was deliberating upon the names of all probable candidates for the two posts, and a final decision would be taken by the end of the week. Party sources said the names of around a half-dozen senior party leaders…

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BJP surges in Valley, slips in Jammu lost 51% of its vote within city of temples

Even as the BJP made inroads into several parts of the Kashmir valley owing to the poll boycott call by the two regional parties, it failed to retain its hold over Jammu areas. The party won a majority in 18 of the 79 municipalities across the state and the Congress 10. Voting was not held in 27 civic bodies in the Valley either because there was no candidate or only one had filed nominations for a ward. Of the total 1,145 wards across the state, elections were held for 716,…

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