Devinder Singh a sikh leader slapped with PSA for ‘Mirpur-Kotli chalo’ call

A Sikh leader, held last year for his alleged role in the some transaction case but released later on bail, has been detained under Public Safety Act (PSA) for making “provocative speeches”, the police said today. An advocate by profession, Devinder Singh Behl had been arrested last year too by NIA sleuths, was detained for making “provocative speeches in public meeting” at Nowshera area of Rajouri district on Sunday. “We have detained Behl under Public Safety Act (PSA) for his attempts to instigate people in Nowshera by making provocative statements…

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Tension mounts in Nowshera after attacks by right wing groups over Christian conversions

A number of Christian families in Sayal village of the border town of Nowshera are facing nightmarish situation after allegations of attacks by right wing groups on them over the conversion of Hindus into Christianity. Earlier a church, some shops and a tractor were set on fire by a right wing mob on January 15 after a woman died under “suspicious” circumstances. The allegation of conversion of Hindu families into Christianity and their reconversion to Hinduism has triggered unprecedented tension in Rajouri and Poonch districts. The woman Seema Devi, who…

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Protester attempts immolation in Nowshera over District Status

On the 34th day of the indefinite strike by Nowshera residents over district status, a protester set himself ablaze on Wednesday. Identified as Rohit Kohli, a resident of Nowshera, he sprinkled petrol on himself and set himself ablaze. He alleged that he was thrashed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). He was shifted to a hospital in Jammu as he had also consumed some quantity of petrol. “The issue was related to opening of a shop during protest by some people. After protesters reacted to it, the DSP reached…

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Kuldeep Raj Gupta picks up stone protesting razing of sons’ shops

The shops owned by Gupta’s sons Vijay and Dheeraj were among 73 structures, including 24 shops and 59 extensions, to be demolished during the anti-encroachment drive. Senior BJP leader and minister in the ruling PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, Kuldeep Raj Gupta, on Sunday picked up a stone, apparently to attack police and officials of the state government, after two shops owned by his sons were demolished during an anti-encroachment drive in Rajouri town. Gupta has, however, claimed he picked up the stone to hit himself in wake of…

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PDP, BJP workers clashed in Rajouri; scores injured

Five people were injured today in a clash between the PDP and BJP workers during an agitation in Rajouri for a separate Nowshera district in J&K. The BJP and PDP are allies in the Mebooba Mufti government. “Five people were reportedly injured in an assault by some people in Nowshera belt (Rajouri district),” a senior police officer said. Sarpanches Bhadur Singh and Sukhdev Singh, Chhotu Ram Choudhary, Narinder Kumar, alias Mangu, and Om Parkash were injured, he said, adding that they were referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital…

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Three Killed, 17 Injured in road accident

In a latest case of overloading of passenger vehicles, three persons were killed and 17 others critically injured in a road mishap near Budhal town in Rajouri district this evening. The deceased have been identified as Mohd Asraf of Bhella, Zul kafeel of Daraj and Mohd Tariq Iqbal of Samote. Khursheed Tantrey, naib tehsildar, Budhal, said a Matador carrying 30 passengers left the Budhal town for Kotranka at about 3.30 pm and while negotiating blind curves near Kewal village, it turned turtle on the road. “Three persons succumbed to their…

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Students refuse to stand, click selfie during National Anthem at BGSB University Rajouri

In yet another shocking incident from Jammu and Kashmir, some of the students at the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGBSU) in Rajouri refused to stand during the National Anthem. National anthem debate: Can wait outside a restaurant but not stand for 52 secs? Asks Gautam Gambhir The incident took place during a valedictory function of the Silver Rolling Trophy. Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, SSP Rajouri and Vice-Chancellor of the University were among dignitaries present on the occasion. People don’t need to stand up in…

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Braid chopping spreads wave of panic in Rajouri

Three back to back incidents of braid chopping incidents in Rajouri district have spread a wave of panic and fear, even as police are clueless about the cause. As per officials, first incident of hair cutting was reported at ward number 8 of Rajouri town on September 1 where a teenage girl reported that her hair were cut while she was in the bathroom of her home. The second incident was reported yesterday in Patrara locality of Sunderbani town where a married girl namely Anju Rani wife of Inderpal fell…

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Pak firing triggers fresh migration along LoC

Truce violation in Balakot, 500 more villagers take refuge in relief camps The constant fear of mortar shelling and firing from the Pakistan side has triggered fresh migration from villages close to the Line of Control in Rajouri district, with nearly 500 more border villagers reaching relief camps till Wednesday evening. The fresh migration has been reported from Pukharni, Lam and Jahangar areas close to the LoC. The administration is expecting more migration from border belts in view of the growing apprehension of fresh firing and shelling from the other side…

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