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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Four terrorists barge into BJP leader’s house, snatch AK 56 from security guard

The suspected terrorists are still on the run. Four suspected terrorists reportedly entered inside Jammu and Kashmir BJP leader Ghulam Mohamad Chopan’s house in Budgam on Tuesday and snatched an AK 56 rifle from his personal security guard. According to initial reports, the incident took in the morning when the BJP leader was at his home in Chandoa of Budgam district. Chadoora is around 17 km from state capital Srinagar. The suspected terrorists overpowered the security guard, snatched a rifle from him and ran away. An alert has been sounded…

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Govt Seals Beerwah to Thwart ‘Abhinav Gupta Yatra’

Fearing arrival of “Yatris”, Jammu and Kashmir Government has sealed central Kashmir’s Budgam district to thwart the proposed “Abhinav Gupta Yatra”. A New Delhi based group has planned “Yatra to a cave in Beerwah” area of Budgam. Reports and witness reports reaching here said that government has made strong deployment of forces personnel in and around Beerwah. The Delhi based group had planned movement towards the cave in second week of June. Police and CRPF men have sealed all the entry points with rolls of concertina wires. With separatist outfit,…

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Abhinav Yatra organizers visit South Kashmir temples to mobilize people

Acharaya Abhinav Gupt Sheshadri Samroh Samiti – a New Delhi based organization which is planning to undertake a Yatra to a cave in Beerwa area of Budgam district has been visiting various temples and minority transit camps across South Kashmir to mobilize the Pandit community for the yatra. The yatra is being organized for the first time and after holding Pooja at Kheer Bawani in Ganderbal on June 10, it will proceed towards Abhinav Gupt cave the next day ( June 11). The Yatra, according to Samiti, will be open…

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