Anantnag bypoll cancelled amid on-going violence in Valley

Anantnag bypoll: The Election Commission wanted 70,000 personnel to be deployed, govt said can send only 30,000. The Election Commission has cancelled the bye-election to Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, scheduled to take place on May 25, news agency PTI has reported. The decision comes amid the on-going violence in Jammu and Kashmir, making the situation unfeasible to hold elections. The byelection to the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was necessitated following the resignation of Lok Sabha MP Mehbooba Mufti last year to take over as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.…

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‘Indian democracy murdabad’ slogan raised by NC & Congress members in Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency

National Conference and Congress members were seen raising ‘Indian democracy murdabad’ slogan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday. The NC and Congress members, unhappy with the decision to defer the election in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency till May 25, today gheraoed the Anantnag Distroct Collector and raised the anti-India slogan. On Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir government in its report to the EC had said that the law and order situation in Anantnag is not conducive to the holding of free and fair poll while the ruling Peoples…

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One-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway Resumes

After four days of closure, the highway was restored for one-way traffic from Sunday and vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar One-way traffic will be allowed on the Srinagar- Jammu highway on Monday, a traffic department official said. After four days of closure, the highway was restored for one-way traffic from Sunday and vehicles were allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar.

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Ex-Cong Sarpanch killed in Dooru, Dubbed as terrorist by Army

It’s an orchestrated political murder: JKPCC Chief Termed as a “terrorist” by the army, a former Congress Sarpanch was killed in a shootout in Dooru area of Anantnag district late Thursday amidst his month and a half long detention by police force. Sajad Ahmad Malik alias Bitta was shot dead by Army in Aagnoo village of Dooru some 2 Kilometers ahead of his home in Battegund village. The army spokesperson said that a terrorist has been gunned down in “Dooru encounter.” There were however no further statements on the alleged…

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In Mufti’s Bijbehara change is fast and overwhelming

At the central Jamia Masjid in old town Bijbehara, around 7,000 people offered Friday prayers, a third collective Jummah prayer in a row, following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. People from all walks of life had converged from adjoining villages to present a unified message amid a show of defiance and support for the ongoing uprising that has gripped Kashmir for over three weeks now. The speakers called for unity, asking people to remain steadfast and follow the Hurriyat calendar. A message from the Hizbul Mujahideen…

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Pro-freedom rally in Anantnag; 40 Injured in clashes including 7 women

Government forces on Saturday resorted to aerial firing and used teargas shelling to prevent a fro-freedom rally in Chee village of Anantnag district of south Kashmir. 40 civilians, including seven women, were injured in the forces’ action, reports said, adding that the injured were shifted to District Hospital for treatment. The rally of different religious thoughts was scheduled at 11 am, said a local. “The forces raided the venue, ransacked the dias and took away tents when we were making preparations for the peaceful rally,” he alleged. “When some people…

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Dozens injured in forces action at Sirigufwara; Pro-freedom demos rock Aishmuqam, Kanelwan

At least 28 protesters were wounded when forces fired teargas shells and pellets to quell the protesters at Sirigufwara village in south’s Kashmir Anantnag district on Thursday, witnesses said. Forces also used force to quell the pro-freedom demonstration at Seer and Aishmuqam areas, witnesses said, adding that several people were injured in the forces action. A massive pro-freedom rally organized by different sects was held at Kanelwan village in Bijbehara and at Wachi Shopian in south Kashmir on Thursday, witnesses said. They said religious leaders of various sects and pro-freedom…

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Mob sets ablaze house where Burhan wani was killed

A mob on Thursday set ablaze the house and orchard of Ghulam Mohammed Shaikh, the maternal uncle of one of the Hizbul Mujahideen militants, Sartaj Shaikh, who was killed along with Burhan Wani and another terrorist last Friday. The mob did so on the suspicion that it was Ghulam who had acted as a police informer, and given away Burhan’s whereabouts. Residents of Bamdoora village on Larkipora-Kokernag road in Tral alleged that Wani was killed in a fake encounter. They said he was caught on Friday morning and killed the…

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Counting disrupted in Anantnag after bogus vote allegation

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was leading by nearly 3,000 votes against her nearest rival as counting in this south Kashmir assembly constituency was briefly disrupted on Saturday after Congress supporters alleged that bogus votes were being counted in the name of postal ballots. But the vote count resumed immediately even as dozens of supporters of Congress candidate Hilal Ahmad Shah shouted anti-government slogans and protested over “unsealed” postal ballots. Shah alleged that postal ballots were “not properly sealed and were basically bogus votes”. The returning officer refused to entertain his…

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PDP used goons, official machinery in Anantnag by-polls: Congress

Congress today blamed PDP for using muscle power and official machinery during polling in Anantnag on Wednesday. In a statement here a Congress spokesman said, “Despite having crossed all limits in just concluded Anantnag by-polls, the PDP- BJP coalition could not ensure the percentage of votes in the as was expected by them, which is indicative of the resentment against PDP for having betrayed people for power.” The Congress spokesman also accused PDP for using muscle power during voting in order to secure votes for “RSS backed Chief Minister Mehbooba…

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