Policeman killed in weapon snatching bid in Budgam

A policeman was killed after cops foiled a weapon snatching bid of militants on the guard post in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday. A police spokesman said militants today attempted to force their entry inside a Guard post at Wardwan, Budgam. “Militants appeared outside the Guard Post and held-up policeman Shamim Ahmad, who was unarmed and going to offer Friday prayers at a local mosque.Shamim was asked by militants to lead toward the Guard Post. However, he raised an alarm and the alert cops inside the Guard Post successfully…

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Hurriyat (G) leader Yousuf Rather shot dead in Budgam

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Mohammad Yousuf Rather (Nadeem) in Charangam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday . Police sources said unknown gunmen fired towards Rather at Charangam area in the evening when he was travelling in a Tavera vehicle. Rather, a resident of Sanzipora Budgam, sustained critical bullet injuries was shifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. He was also working in Power Development Department, family sources said. “He was shot in the head in a moving vehicle. We have…

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Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in Budgam

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in overnight encounter with security forces in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The terrorists were eliminaed in a joint operation conducted by the Rashtriya Rifles, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). After receiving intelligence inputs the forces cordoned off the area last night, following which an encounter took pl;ace. The security forces recovered arms and ammunition and war like stores from the gunbattle area. Terrorists on Monday killed seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat, including…

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40 Schools designated as polling stations damaged during bypoll in Budgam

More than 35 schools were damaged by protesters in Budgam district during the Srinagar parliamentary bypoll on April 9. Chief Education Officer (CEO), Budgam, Inderjeet Sharma said 35-40 schools, where polling stations were set up, were damaged by protesters on April 9. “According to our preliminary assessment, nearly 35-40 schools were attacked by protesters where polling stations were set up. It will take us two more days to come up with a report and assess the full damage,” said the CEO. The official said around 10 schools had been severely…

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Repoll in 38 Booths of Budgam on April 13, Omar Abdullah questions logic behind

Fool-proof security arrangements put in place to ensure peaceful voting: CEO Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Shantmanu, Tuesday reviewed the arrangements put in place for re-polling at 38 polling stations in district Budgam of Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency scheduled to be held on April 13. District Election Officer (DEO) Budgam, SSP Budgam and other concerned were present at the meeting. The CEO said adequate security will be provided at all the 38 polling stations that are located at 32 different locations in district Budgam. He said foolproof arrangements of security have been…

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Budgam turns from responsive electoral pocket to epicentre of defiance

Ever since the electoral politics regained ground in Kashmir after 1996, seven years after the outbreak of armed insurgency, the central Kashmir’s Budgam district was one of the most receptive pockets in Kashmir for the democratic process. For every election, be it for the Assembly or Parliament, long queues were seen in the district, especially at Chrar-e-Sharif, the area that defied separatists’ poll boycott call long ago. Cut to 2017. The response at Chrar-e-Sharief and other pockets of the central district, including Chadoora and Beerwah, to the parliamentary by election…

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In Budgam segments, people side with boycott ‘In memory of martyrs’

As the news about two killings in Charar-i-Sharief area spread in area by late afternoon, more people including women and young girls came out to protest. At Aripanthan in Beerwah area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the polling staff sat in one of the corners of a room, anxiously waiting for voters to turn up. The polling time had started at 7 in the morning but by 12 pm none of the total 938 votes had been cast. “The situation is same everywhere in the area. We just want the…

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37 Electric transformers damaged by forces in Budgam since unrest

The officials, wishing anonymity, said the forces “intentionally attacked the transformers with bullets and tear gas shells.” At least 37 electric transformers have been damaged allegedly by the forces during clashes in this district in the last three months, PDD officials said. The officials, wishing anonymity, said the forces “intentionally attacked the transformers with bullets and tear gas shells.” “Seven transformers were damaged in Beerwah town alone. Others were damaged at Narbal, Ompura, Wathoora, Gudsathoo, Kawoosa, Haknipora, Waterhail, Mazhama  and Wadipora. Transformers in Wanimohallah, Wazemohallah and Dangarmohallah were repeatedly rendered…

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Aripanthan Victims recount Horror ‘It was a planned Massacre’

After three unsuccessful night raids, police and CRPF men rained bullets on civilians in Aripathan No protest or stone pelting was going on in the area when cops fired on people: Witness Police and CRPF men also barged into houses to molest women: Locals After thrashing and injuring about 80 residents during three night-raids, police and CRPF men showered bullets on people in Aripathan village in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday morning, killing four youth and injuring many others. According to locals and eyewitnesses, at about 7:50 am, few…

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Govt orders probe into Humhama land grabbing issue

Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into allegations of land grabbing at Humhama in the outskirts of the city here. The inquiry was ordered after MLCs in Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, cutting across party lines, created ruckus in the House and demanded formation of a House Committee to probe land grabbing at Humhama by some influential persons. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLC Saifuddin Bhat, who raised the issue in the House after the Question Hour, said around 200 Kanals (10 hectares) of Kahchari (state land) has…

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