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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HC asks govt to consider rehabilitation issue of affected villagers of Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project within 3 months

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the government to consider and decide in three months rehabilitation issue of villagers affected by the Kishanganga hydroelectric power project in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. “The cabinet sub-committee or the delegated authority may hear the grievance of the displace families. The Commissioner Secretary for Relief and Rehabilitation is also to take part in the deliberations,” a division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice D S Thakur said in its order. While the bench directed the concerned authorities to hear the affected…

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Bandipora – Srinagar Road in Shambles, Locals aghast, Admin unmoved

Traders’ body calls for public meet to press for repair of dilapidated road Owing to pitiable condition of 59 kilometer Bandipora-Srinagar Road, people from all walks of life are assembling here in Main Bandipora Chowk on February 26 to press the government to repair the road. Traders Federation Bandipora which is organizing the mass public meet has initiated a campaign to press the government for the repair of the dilapidated and potholed 59 kilometer Srinagar-Bandipora road. They (members) have called for a public assembly on 26th February in Gulshan Park…

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Shiv Sena settles foot in Valley, 200 People joined party at Bandipora

Right Wing Shiv Sena Hindustan claims that 200 people from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district joined it on Thursday. Abdul Khaliq Bhat, the Mumbai-based party’s Kashmir President, said the people joined the party at Sumbal, Nowgam. “More people were willing to join us, but due to lack of space, only 200 people were able to join Shiv Sena. These people were earlier associated with NC or PDP,” Khaliq told The Kashmir Post. He claimed that these people joined Shiv Sena because they were “deceived by NC, Congress, and PDP since 1947”.…

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NHPC’s Rehab Plan for Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project in doldrums

Affected people allege non-utilization of funds meant for rehabilitation The delay in implementation of Rehabilitation Plan by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has affected health of people and environment here in Kralpora Mantrigam area in Bandipora, where the work is in progress on 330 Megawatt Kishenganga Hydro Electric Power Project. The residents demanded probe into the utilization of funds meant for Rehabilitation Plan. Affected villagers said that all is not well with the Rehabilitation Plan meant for development of the affected area. Panicked by growing destruction, people affected by the…

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