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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Tension grip Kashmir ahead of pandits proposed yatra to Abhinavagupta cave

Tension have mounted in the Valley after Kashmiri Pandits decide to organise the yatra to historic Acharya Abhinavagupta cave in Beerwah area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on June 11. Anjuman Mazharul Haq, a Muslim religious organisation from central Kashmir cautioned the Pandits against holding the Yatra saying it can harm the communal harmony since the cave was allegedly used by a Muslim saint Mian Shah Sahab for prayers. According to the revenue records Mian Shah Sahab prayed in this cave. Muslims consider this cave as their holy place. If…

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Yatra ‘to Abhinav Gupt Cave’ in Budgam being planned by Delhi-based organization

DC Budgam says not aware of any such pilgrimage A New Delhi-based organization is planning a new Yatra to Abhinav Gupt cave in Beerwah area of Budgam district, next month. The Acharaya Abhinav Gupt Sheshadri Samroh Samiti, which is organizing the Abhinav Sandesh Yatra, for the first time, said the pilgrimage would start from New Delhi in the beginning of 2nd week of June and it would be open to participation of people from Jammu and Kashmir and outside. “We will be organizing Pooja at Kheer Bawani in Ganderbal on…

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” Paddy planted on roads ” Kashmir’s Innovative Protest

In an innovative protest, locals in a central Kashmir hamlet on Thursday planted paddy on a link road leading to their village. The locals demonstrated the bad condition of roads in peripheries of summer capital. The incident took place at Reshipora in Budgam district where villagers planted rice plant saplings in potholed road. “This was the only option left with us,” Zafar Ahmad, a local resident of the area said, “we took this issue (poor condition of roads) to top authorities but they were not moved.” The last PDP-BJP Government…

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‘Pakharpora has all what film industry requires’

Scenic Pakharpora in central Kashmir’s Budgam may get a huge boost in the days to come as it has all what the film industry requires for shooting. This was stated by Bollywood actor-turned producer, while addressing a function to promote rural tourism at Pakharpora, which was organised by the National Welfare Forum on Friday. Bollywood producer, who is shooting a film, “Sargoshaiyan”, said Pakharpora was a unique destination with a virgin beauty that had never been shot by the film industry. “Since ’60s Bollywood has been shooting films at famous…

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Two men detained for helping cop decamp with rifle

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained two persons from central Kashmir’s Budgam district who were in touch with police follower Riyaz Ahmed. Riyaz had decamped with a rifle from a police station in Srinagar last week and was later arrested. Sources said Farooq Ahmad and Gulzar Parray, both residents of Kondoora in the Beerwah area of Budgam, had been detained for questioning as they were constantly in touch with Riyaz. “We are questioning the duo. They surely have a role in the escape of the police follower who had…

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BJP fans out in Valley, sets up Budgam team

As part of its efforts to strengthen the organisational set up of the party in Kashmir, the BJP today constituted a first-of-its-kind district team in the Valley. The team was constituted for Budgam district after the BJP conducted its first-ever organisational elections in the Valley recently. Besides a president, the team comprises two district vice-presidents, district general secretary, secretary, spokespersons, press secretary, publicity secretary and a treasurer. “After our first-ever organisational elections, we have formed a district team of 21 office-bearers and 60 executive members. We will form such teams…

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Two days after missing son’s ‘funeral’, Kashmir woman breathes her last

On Thursday, the family held her funeral at the same Rawalpora government school’s ground, with hundreds of locals attending it. It seemed Zeba Begum was waiting for a ‘closure’. Two days after her granddaughter held an in-absentia funeral of her son Manzoor Ahmad Dar, 14 years after he was allegedly picked up by the security forces and went missing from custody, the 82-year-old Zeba breathed her last. On Thursday, the family held her funeral at the same Rawalpora government school’s ground, with hundreds of locals attending it. Nearly a thousand…

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Police crack murder case of Peerbagh youth, 4 persons held

Police on Monday claimed to have solved murder case of a youth of Peerbagh area here with the arrest of four persons. Addressing a press conference here, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Central Kashmir Ghulam Hassan Bhat said on January 12, Owais Bashir Malik son of Bashir Ahmad Malik of Peerbagh went missing. “A missing report to this effect was entered in police post Humhama on January 13. In the wee hours of January 14, the body of the missing youth was recovered near Railway Bridge Humhama. A case…

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Pandit couple returns to Muslim neighbourhood in Kashmir

One reason I stayed in Muslim colony is relate with my youthful days, says Omkar Razdan. A Kashmiri Pandit couple is back in the Kashmir Valley. What makes the return of Omkar Razdan (70) and Vijay Bazaz Razdan (65) unique is they refused to take the Prime Minister’s package. Instead, they preferred to move to a Muslim neighbourhood. Omkar Razdan and Vijay Bazaz Razdan, son-in-law and daughter of the widely-read Kashmiri Pandit, Prem Nath Bazaz, have constructed a three-storey house in the Muslim-majority Humhama colony of Srinagar to dispel the…

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