Imtiyaz Parrey, Kuka Parrey’s son to win ULB polls unopposed from volatile Hajin

Notorious Ikhwan commander Kuka Parrey’s son will be elected unopposed from volatile Hajin town in the upcoming ULB polls. According to sources, Imtiyaz Ahmad Parrey son of Muhammad Yousuf Parrey alias Kuka Parrey, has filed nomination papers from two municipal wards in Hajin town on behalf of the Congress party. Parrey is also the district president of the Congress party. Along with Imtiyaz, seven more candidates of the Congress party will be elected unopposed from Hajin municipality. “All these candidates being unopposed will automatically win the elections. Neither BJP nor…

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Hizb poster surfaced in Bandipora warning ULB poll contestants, SPO’s and Transporters

A Hizbul Mujahideen poster, warning few Special Police Officers (SPOs) to quit their jobs or face consequences was seen pasted at a marketplace in north Kashmir’s Bandipora town Friday morning. Militants have also warned people who have filed nominations forms for upcoming ULB elections. Transporters especially auto and Sumo drivers were also warned and they have been asked to keep away their vehicles from roads on strike days. “We Inform you(named few)SPOs to resign within next three days to avoid fatal consequences” read a poster printed in Urdu. HM has…

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Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma in Bandipora, 2 Injured during visit to NHPC complex

The first day of the four-day visit of New Delhi’s special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma on Tuesday witnessed protests as well as sharp criticism from the Congress. Soon after Sharma landed at the Srinagar airport, he went directly to north Kashmir’s Bandipora district to meet various delegations, comprising mostly political workers. Ahead of Sharma’s visit, the meeting venue was rocked by protests in which two employees of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) were injured. The district administration had kept the meeting venue at the NHPC office. The police personnel…

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Former MLA Bandipora Nizamuddin aghast over seepage in KGHEP

‘Seepage is a major fault which can wreak havoc if it develops into a crack’ Nizamuddin Bhat former MLA Bandipora and senior PDP leader has said that he is aghast at the reports of seepage in the Kishenganga Hydel power project’s tunnel for water diversion. Bhat said as legislator he had always demanded caution in raising the infra- structure as there were reports of snags at various stages. He said that the power project is a valuable resource and contributes to energy enhancement in the state, besides being one of…

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For playing Pakistan’s national anthem cricket teams booked in Bandipora

Several players are also reportedly detained after a video of the incident went viral. Two cricket teams have been booked and several players were reportedly detained for standing in honour of Pakistan’s national anthem being played before the start of a match in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The arrests were made after a video of the incident, which took place on January 3, went viral on social media. In the video, two cricket teams – one wearing green and another white – are purportedly seen standing in attention in two…

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Hajin observed shutdown against Arson, Vandalism by army

A complete shutdown was observed on Thursday in Hajin town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district against the highhandedness of the army on Wednesday. All shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic was off the roads. The shutdown call was given by the Hajin Traders’ Federation. Local residents joined traders and held a protest demonstration, shouting pro-freedom slogans and demanding action against the soldiers who had vandalised shops, houses, vehicles besides setting about 40 haystacks on fire. “We demand stern action against the forces involved in the incident,” said…

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Hajin; The Kashmir town that is a ‘Militant Hub’

Violence has ebbed and flowed in Indian-administered Kashmir since 1989 but the region has seen a fresh wave of unrest following popular militant leader Burhan Wani’s killing by Indian forces in July 2016. Gowhar Geelani reports on a small market town in the Muslim-dominated valley that has become a new flashpoint. To reach Hajin, one must drive through picturesque roads lined with poplar and Kashmir’s distinctive chinar trees. But fear seems to have settled on this town in the state’s northern Bandipore district, which is no stranger to violence. Situated…

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Army on vandalism spree in Bandipora, Kulgam

Panic gripped several localities in Bandipora town after army men went berserk damaging residential houses and pelting stones at religious seminary Dar-ul-uloom Rahimya after Pakistan defeated India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday. On Monday army men went berserk in Ashtengoo village of this north Kashmir district after their cavalcade was pelted with stones on Sopora-Bandipora Road. The residents alleged that army men broke window panes of residential houses and damaged several vehicles parked on the roadside. “They broke everything that came their way,” the locals said. Residents of…

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Tale of 2 funerals in Bandipora village

A pale of gloom descended Ashtengoo village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday when bodies of a slain youth and a cop reached their homes. Naseer-ud-din Sheikh, 26, fell prey to the bullets of security forces in Rangreth Srinagar while Shahzad Ahmad Sofi, 28, a cop, became victim of a militant attack in Hyderpora on same day. Coincidently, the slain duo belonged to the same village and their houses are located at a walking distance from each other. Their death was mourned by everyone in the village. People from…

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Militants appear in Hajin protest rally, delivers sermon in mosque

An armed militant accompanied by three other associates delivered a sermon in a mosque in Hajin township of Bandipora district on Friday, the locals said. According to eyewitnesses, a militant before commencement of congregational Friday prayers in Bangar Mohalla Masjid in Hajin township stood up and sought permission for delivering a sermon After being granted permission, he delivered sermon for over half an hour in the mosque. He appealed people to get united for the greater cause of freedom movement, the locals said. They said the militant was accompanied by…

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