Two workers of ruling Peoples Democratic Party were injured after youth attacked the party’s convention in Chawalgam village of southern Kulgam district on Sunday.
The convention was held at Dak Bungalow-cum-Rest House in Chawalgam amid stringent security arrangements. Senior PDP leader and Minister for Rural Development Abdul Haq Khan, Member Parliament Nazir Ahmad Laway and MLA Noorabad, Abdul Majeed Paddar were present at the convention.
Reports said as the convention was on, some youth appeared on the scene amid pro-freedom sloganeering and started pelting stones from backside of the Dak Bungalow, triggering chaos and panic.
“Two PDP workers sustained injuries after being hit by stones,” they said. The duo was immediately shifted to District Hospital.
“We received two people with stone injuries and they were discharged after proper treatment,” Medical Superintendent of Kulgam District Hospital, Dr Roshan Din told Kashmir Post.
PDP kick-started the poll campaign for upcoming Parliament by-elections from Anantnag on Saturday where its candidate Mufti Tassaduq Hussain, brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, addressed a gathering of workers inside the conference hall of Dak Banglow at Khanabal. Hussain is pitted against GA Mir, the joint candidate of NC-Congress combine.
Both pro-freedom and militant leadership have called for a complete boycott of the polls that come at a time when security situation in South Kashmir is on the edge, especially in the backdrop of frequent confrontation between forces and people during gunfights. The area also remained the epicenter of protests during last year’s uprising triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Cause not known yet, say doctors; Natural death, say police

A 26 year old youth of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district who had sustained multiple pellet injuries during last year’s uprising died Monday morning at a local orphanage, the ambulance of which he used to drive. While doctors said they could not establish the cause of death, police maintained that initial investigations reveal he died of “natural causes.”
Wasim Ahmad Thokur S/O Haji Mushtaq Ahmad Thokur of Schuch village of Kulgam, according to family and eyewitnesses, was found dead in the room of Yateem Foundation in Chawlagam village in the morning.

According to the volunteers of the Yateem Foundation, “Wasim used to ferry patients as well as those who sustained injuries during summer uprising in ambulance to Srinagar hospitals and on Monday he was supposed to carry similar patients. We called him on phone multiple times to wake him up but he did not respond. He had bolted the door from inside so we knocked at it, but again could not get any response. Finally we broke through the window only to find him dead.”
They said that though they rushed him to district hospital Kulgam, but he was declared brought dead by the doctors.
Speaking to Kashmir Post, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Kulgam, Dr Roshan Din Kasana, said that the cause of his death could not be ascertained yet.

“Wasim was brought dead to the hospital and later the attendants took him along. Neither family nor police sought postmortem of the body. Even though the family narrated the history of he having sustained multiple pellets in chest in September last year, but the cause of death could not be established,” said the MS.
He, however, said that death due to cardiac arrest cannot be overruled.
Police, on the other hand, maintained that even though they have launched investigations but it seemed to be a natural death.
“Even though we are carrying proceedings under 174 CrPC but initial reports suggest it to be a natural death,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Kulgam, Sridhar Patel.
The family and locals, however, say that the death was triggered by pellet injuries the victim had sustained in September last year.
“Wasim had sustained multiple pellet injuries fired by government forces in September last year during Mirhama chalo march. He was first treated at PHC Mohamadpora where from he was shifted to SMHS Srinagar,” family said.
“Doctors at the SMHS had told him that a few pellets remained embedded in lungs but it won’t cause any problem if he avoids physical exertion,” family said.
They added that he had around 300 pellets, some of which he had got removed locally.
“Of late he was complaining of chest pain after which we took him to district hospital Anantnag where doctors after carrying investigations advised him to take proper treatment,” said the family.
They said that before being hit by pellets Wasim was hale and hearty and had no previous history of cardiac problem.
Thousands of people participated in his funeral prayers at his native village amid pro-freedom slogans after which he was laid to rest.

With the deployment of the police and the CRPF personnel in large numbers in sensitive areas, separatists’ proposed march to Kulgam was foiled while clashes between protesters and the police erupted in some areas of south Kashmir today.
The clashes took place at several places in the Pulwama area where the youths attempted to take out the march to Kulgam. The police lobbed teargas shells to chase away the protesters indulging in stone-throwing. Restrictions were imposed in Kulgam district to prevent the separatists’ march for paying tributes to the two civilians killed in the Frisal area on Sunday.
Life in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian was affected due to the restrictions as the movement of vehicles on many roads leading to Kulgam. However, life remained normal in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley.
The separatist leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for “Kulgam Chalo” on the fourth day after the civilians were killed on Sunday. Four militants and two soldiers were killed in an encounter in the Frisal area of Kulgam district. While a civilian was killed during the encounter, another youth died and over two dozen others were injured in the clashes later.
Mirwaiz was kept under house arrest, Yasin Malik and others were detained to prevent them from leading the mach to Kulgam. Geelani continued to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence. Geelani condemned the arrest of several leaders and restrictions to prevent the march to Kulgam. In a statement, he claimed that a delegation of the APHC, led by Ghulam Nabi Sumji, reached Kulgam and paid tributes to those killed.
At least 17 persons, including nine militants, six soldiers including a Major and two civilians, have been killed in separate encounters in Kulgam, Bandipora and Kupwara districts in the Valley since Sunday.

 25 injured reach Kulgam Hospital, situation very tense

Situation tense in Kulgam, dozens injured during violent protests, Geelani, Mirwaiz stages sit-in, lashes out at UNReports from Kulgam in south Kashmir suggest that situation is very tense and more than 30 persons have sustained injuries in the ongoing clashes in the district however officials were not available for comments.

District Hospital Kulgam sources told Kashmir Post that they received 25 injured persons who have different sorts of injuries. Intense clashes erupted in Adeejan area of the district after thousands of protesters were stopped from marching to DH Pora. Local people had called a prayer meeting at DH Pora in memory of civilian killed recently.

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday led sit-in protests in Srinagar. The united resistance leadership had called for sit-in protest program across Kashmir today.

Geelani held a sit-in on the road outside its office in Hyderpora in uptown Srinagar. He was accompanied by several supporters and party members. Mirwaiz, too led a sit-in protest. He was also accompanied by his supporters.

Media advisor to Mirwaiz, advocate Shahid ul Islam told Rising Kashmir that sit-in was held just outside the Nigeen residence of Mirwaiz.

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Massive clashes erupt in Kulgam, 04 Persons injured in forces actionAt least four persons sustained injuries when forces fired tear smoke canisters and pellets to disperse the protest rally at Damhal Hanjipora in south Kashmir’s  Kulgam district  on Wednesday, reports said.

Massive clashes between government forces and protesters Wednesday erupted in Kulgam district after police and Para-military forces stopped people from reaching DH Pora.

Earlier, a large number of people from dozens of areas in district Kulgam assembled and started their march to DH Pora to pay homage to those killed recently at the hands of government forces.

Sources said that as soon as the procession reached near Adeejan, a huge deployment of police and other forces stopped its way by firing tear smoke shells.

Protesters also pelted stones on government forces resulting in massive clashes in the area which were going on till the reports last came in.

Scores of people took out a pro-freedom rally at famous health resort Pahalgam in south Kashmir on Wednesday.
Witnesses said forces intercepted the procession near higher secondary school Pahalgam, and lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the protesters comprising, men, women and children.

Locals alleged that forces late smashed the windows of dozens of hotels in the area.

Police official’s family tenders public apology for ‘atrocities’ committed by sonIn a first such case, a family of a senior police official posted in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district Friday tendered a public apology for the ‘wrong doings’ of their son.
“I apologise on behalf of my son and our family,” the police official’s father Bashir Ahmad said during Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Bijbehara today.
The official is posted as the Station House Officer (SHO) in main town Kulgam.
There have been allegations against the police official for allegedly committing atrocities in Kulgam town. It was alleged and speculated that the police official has been involved in at least one killing and numerous other incidents of ‘public harassment’.
A family source disclosed that after the allegations, a letter was delivered to them by some unidentified youth asking the family to tender a public apology and desist their son from inflicting further “atrocities” at his place of posting.
The worried family today took the initiative and tendered a public apology.
“I have received this letter regarding the atrocities committed by my son,” senior Bodha, who also happens to be a retired Deputy SP, told the gathering in the mosque.
He said he took immense pains to get in touch with his son, who denied all allegations leveled against him.
The senior Bodha said if his son has unknowingly been involved in some acts in the line of duty that were seen as atrocious by people, “I apologise to all of you on his behalf and on behalf of our family”.

Locals accuse man from Haryana of eve-teasing, ask him to leave village

On behest of a non-local Army goes on rampage in Kulgam villageArmy men allegedly ransacked the Kulpora village in Kulgam district here and thrashed dozens of villagers hours after a non-local was asked to vacate the village.
Villagers said that a non-local from Haryana, Ram Lal, was turning out to be an eve teaser and an indecent person after a couple of years of his stay in the village.
“Besides, the locals had inputs that he worked for the Army and informed them about stone pelting youth and other activities in the village,” sources in the village told Kashmir Post.
After repeated complaints against Ram Lal some Panchayat members Wednesday evening confronted him and asked him to leave the village.
Lal however abused the Panchayat members and threatened them of dire consequences.
“We had gone to the local police station to get an FIR registered but were turned away from there as well,” said one of the Panchayat members, requesting anonymity. Later in the night at about 11:30 PM several Army men from the nearby 9 RR camp of Ashmuji visited the village and thrashed several villagers apart from smashing window panes of the houses and cars parked in the village. Announcements were made from mosques and the villagers were asked to assemble to confront the Army men. “Our standing against them infuriated them further and they brought in further reinforcement from their camp. They kept beating and threshing us throughout the night,” the villagers said. Women, children and elderly men alleged that they were beaten mercilessly.
Dozens of people showed their wounds to media men today. The villagers said not only local houses even mosques were not spared and people on Aiteqaaf (the 10 day Masjid stay) were also thrashed.
The people of Kulpora and some adjoining villages today assembled and blocked Anantnag-Kulgam road for several hours forcing the civil and police administration to take note. SP Kulgam, Muhammad Irshad, told Kashmir Post that there was an altercation between a non-local and some locals.
“The Army came to the rescue of the non-local and in turn faced violent stone throwing in the village. It was chaos after that in the village,” Irshad said. Army spokesperson, N N Joshi, termed the allegations baseless.

Mehbooba, who visited the shrine, used this occasion to reach out to the pandits.

Two devotees hurt in stone-pelting incident as thousands of Kashmiri Pandits throng Kheer Bhawani TempleTwo women devotees were injured in a stray stone-pelting incident even as thousands of Kashmiri Pandits thronged the shrine of Mata Kheer Bhawani to participate in the annual mela at Tulmula village in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.

Police said unidentified miscreants were pelting stones on a new police post when a bus carrying pilgrims to Mata Kheer Bhawani shrine was passing by at Wanpoh village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Friday evening.

“A stone hit the window of the bus resulting in minor injuries to Mansi Koul and Henna Thosso of Jammu,” said Mohammad Irshad Khan, senior superintendent of police, Kulgam.

The injured were shifted to hospital and were discharged after treatment. “Condition of both the injured persons is stable and presently they are at Kheer Bhawani temple,” he said

Strongly condemning the incident, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was a stray incident wherein a stone unfortunately hit a passing vehicle carrying the devotees to Kheer Bhawani shrine.

“While some 80 vehicles carrying pilgrims had already passed through the area, unfortunately one vehicle crossed over the same time when some miscreants were pelting stones at the newly-established police post at Wanpoh,” she said.

Mehbooba, however, noted that such mindless acts of stone-pelting and other forms of violence only bring miseries to the people and a bad name to Kashmir, with the tourism sector being the first casualty.

“Unfortunately, certain vested interests in Kashmir are hell bent on ruining the lives and careers of young boys, especially those from underprivileged sections of the society, by misusing them as stone-pelters,” she said.

Stone-pelting incident, notwithstanding, thousands of Pandits thronged the Mela Kheer Bhawani to join the festivities. “More than 12,000 pilgrims visited the shrine on Sunday. The attendance was 50 per cent more than last year,” said Tariq Ahmad Ganaie, district development commissioner, Ganderbal.

Camaraderie reigned supreme as Muslims in large numbers welcomed their Pandit brethren. Muslims had set up stalls selling puja material to Pandits who had come from far flung areas. From diyas (earthen lamp), to flowers to milk, Muslims had kept everything available for the pandits to ensure that pandits could perform puja without any hassles.

Mehbooba, who visited the shrine, used this occasion to reach out to the pandits reassuring them that her government was making various efforts to ensure dignified return of the migrants to Kashmir. “As a part of this programme, the government has decided to temporarily settle the returning Kashmiri Pandits in mixed transit accommodation till the situation is feasible for them to go back to their native places,” she said

Mehbooba remarked that how could they force the Kashmiri Pandits to return to their places when the leaders and cadres of most of the mainstream parties and even separatist groups have migrated from their native places because of the security reasons.

“We will provide them the alternate transit accommodation, and as and when they feel like going back and permanently settling at their native places, they should go of their own choice and not by force,” she maintained.

Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants behind the incident.

Militants disarm policemen, decamp with four riffles in KulgamMilitants disarmed heavily armed policemen and decamped with four weapons when they stormed into a police picket guarding the minority Hindu inhabited Adijan village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday night.

Police said the incident occurred when a group of heavily armed militants overpowered the cops in the bunker and fled with four weapons including two INSAS and two SLR riffles along with six magazines full of bullets. “Four policemen were deployed in the picket. They did not fire (when ultras stormed into the bunker). They (militants) have decamped with four weapons,” Mohommad Irshad Khan, senior superintendent of police, Kulgam told Kashmir Post.

Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants responsible for the incident. Investigations have also been started to probe as to why policemen did not act despite having enough weaponry to take on the militants. “We are looking into it. We will take action. It will take some time,” said Khan. Kashmir Pandit Sangrash Simiti (KPSS), an apex body of pandits who did not migrate from the valley at the onset of militancy, said there are around 15 to 20 families of Rajput clan putting up at the Adijan village.
“Like Uri, the Rajputs living in this village did not migrate. After the Nadimarg pandit massacre, the government established a police picket for the protection of the minority community in the village in 2003,” Sanjay K Tickoo, president KPSS, told Kashmir Post.
On the night of March 22-23, 2003, militants mowed down 24 Kashmiri Pandits including infants in a gruesome manner at Nadimarg village of Kulgam district sending shock waves across the nation and triggering migration of minuscule minority community members from this hamlet.
KPSS figures reveal that there are 654 Kashmir Pandit families comprising 3,000 people who did not migrate and are putting up in different places across the valley. “These pandits are living at 182 different places across the valley. There are around 110 places where police pickets have been established for the security of the minority community,” said Tickoo. This is not the first time that militants have disarmed the policemen deployed for the security of minorities in Kashmir. On May 4, 2012 militants in broad day light stormed into the police picket guarding a pandit-inhabited village of Parguchi in south Kashmir and decamped with two self-loading riffles.
On May 25 2012, militants decamped with three self-loading and one INSAS riffle when they disarmed the cops deployed for guarding the minority Sikh-inhabited Aarigam village in Tral area of south Kashmir.

Kid from Kulgam wins gold in OlympiadA student of Class IIIfrom remote Aharbal village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, won a gold medal in the 9th International Mathematics Olympiad.
Viqar Majeed Magray, a Class IIIstudent of Kids Career Public School, secured second rank in India and 104th international rank in the Olympiad exams. These were held by the Science Olympiad Foundation in October- November 2015, the results of which were out recently.
The Science Olympiad Foundation promotes science, mathematics, computer education and English language skills among school children across the country. During the academic year 2014-15, over 31,500 schools from 1,400 cities registered and millions of students appeared for the four Olympiad exams. These Olympiads were conducted across 19 countries.