Teachers detained in Baramulla for allegedly glorifying militancy

Thirteen teachers of a private school in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town were detained last week for allegedly ‘glorifying militancy’ and motivating students to become militants. Videos doing the rounds on social media showed 13–14-year-old boys being encouraged to act as militants somewhere in the forests of Zandafaran, where they had gone for a school excursion in the first week of July. As some boys played songs eulogising death, some students act as militants, ready to carry out an attack. The school management refused to talk on the matter. Chief education…

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Army ‘accidentally’ mixes chemicals in stream used for drinking water in Handwara village

Panic gripped Mawar village of Handwara after the news broke out of toxic chemicals being mixed in a nearby nallah. Thousands of fishes have died in the nallah which is also the main drinking water source for many areas of Handwara. MLA Er Rasheed alleged in a live Facebook video that the army personnel situated in the area are responsible for the mischief and will be punished as per the law. But added that no need to panic. “I along with locals and administration met the concerned army personnel and…

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Zakir Musa’s posters surface in North Kashmir

Posters of Zakir Musa, head of newly created militant group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind surfaced at Watergam area of Rafiabad in district Baramulla on Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Post that posters of Zakir Musa were seen pasted on electricity poles and walls in the main market of Watergam, Rafiabad. The posters with a photograph of Zakir Musa denounces nationalism, democracy and calls for Khilafah. “No to Nationalism”, “No to Democracy” and “Kashmir Banayga Dar ul Islam”, “Musa Musa Zakir Musa”, read the posters. Eyewitnesses informed Kashmir Post that later on, a…

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CBI confirms identity of 33 of 57 civilian killed in 1993 Sopore Massacre

On January 6, 1993 the BSF set ablaze the main market Sopore and indiscriminately fired upon civilians, allegedly killing 57 people after a militant had, as per reports, snatched a rifle from a BSF trooper. Of the 57 civilians killed in the 1993 Sopore massacre by the BSF, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has confirmed the identity of 33 civilians. A rights activist, Ahsan Untoo in his petition to State Human Rights Commission had produced a list of 51 civilians allegedly killed by the BSF. But the CBI in its…

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Baramulla takes lead, grants amnesty to 390 first time stone pelters

Baramulla in north Kashmir has become the first district in the state to withdraw cases against youth following Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s recent decision to grant amnesty to first-time stone throwers. The authorities today withdrew FIRs against 390 persons, mostly youth, who were not habitual offenders and were not involved in heinous crimes. The withdrawal of cases was announced at a function in the main Baramulla town by the district administration and the police authorities. The youth against whom the cases were withdrawn were also present along with their parents.…

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Freed after 16 years, Baramulla man recounts how Delhi police ruined his career

Happiness has visited the Wani family of Baramulla after 16 long years. Gulzar Ahmad Wani, who was acquitted of all charges in a case involving a blast on a train in 2001 by a court in Uttar Pradesh on May 20, reached his home in Tappar Bala, Baramulla district, on Tuesday. Hundreds of local residents thronged Wani’s place to congratulate the family. “I have seen him growing in front of my eyes. His 16 years of incarceration has devastated his family. He is a noble soul and one can never…

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Archaeologists discover 5000 Year old sites, remains in north Kashmir

It will document Kashmir history: Director CCAS Archaeologists have discovered 5000-year-old sites and remains in three north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara. The 5000-year-old sites in many hamlets across the three north Kashmir districts were found during the first intensive systematic survey by a team of archaeologists and linguists from Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS) of the University of Kashmir (KU). The archaeological discovery is considered significant as the discovered prehistoric sites are among the very few to have been excavated in the north Kashmir. The team…

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Track-II team meets civil society members in Baramulla

The former union minister Yashwant Sinha led track-II delegation held deliberations with different groups at Dak Bunglow here in north Kashmir on Tuesday. Sources said the civil society members stressed upon the visiting delegation about the importance of settlement of Kashmir issue. While conveying the visiting delegation about the pain and misery which people of Kashmir are facing since 1947, the civil society members expressed their deep concern over the lack of meaningful dialogue over Kashmir dispute. “If Government of India is sincere about the peaceful resolution of K-dispute, then…

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HC asks DC Bla, SSP to seal all illegal structures in Gulmarg before Dec 19

The High Court has formed an expert committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla to ensure that no illegal structure is constructed in famous tourist resort of Gulmarg. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against encroachments in Gulmarg, a single bench headed by Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar directed Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and SSP Baramulla to seal all the illegal constructions after on-spot inspection of the tourist resort. “A committee of Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and SSP Baramulla is constituted. The committee shall visit the Gulmarg within three days time from today. It…

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44 held in Baramulla for terror-related activities; LeT issued warning to SHO

Pakistan-based terror group Laskar-e-Taiba has issued a warning to the Baramulla SHO for facilitating an operation on Monday in which at least 44 have been arrested for terror-related activities. It was a multi-agency crackdown in the old town of Baramulla in north Kashmir on Monday. After 700-odd houses were searched, security agencies seized petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, LeT and Jaish letterheads, illegal mobile phones and other seditious material, defence spokesperson Manish Kumar said. The crackdown was part of a joint operation by the Army, the BSF, the CRPF…

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