Men skipping mosque prayers to protect women in Kupwara

Three recent incidents of braid-chopping in Kupwara have triggered such panic among people that men in some villages have begun skipping evening and late evening prayers in mosques to protect their womenfolk at home. A teenaged girl’s (name withheld) braid was chopped by two veiled miscreants in the remote Budkoote village of the district around 3 pm today, triggering panic among locals. The accused barged into the house and gagged the girl’s mouth before chopping off her braid, said a relative of the victim, whose pictures went viral on social…

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Police enter Handwara college beat Teachers, Students to pulps

Government forces on Wednesday used teargas to disperse students of the Government Degree College, Handwara, who were protesting against the killing of their fellow student Shahid Bashir Mir by the forces a few days ago. The protesters accused the forces of entering the college premises and beating up several teachers and students after trying to subdue the protest by firing teargas canisters. Several girl students who fainted after inhaling tear gas were taken to the sub-district hospital Handwara for treatment, the protesters said. One of the teachers sustained minor injury,…

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Encounter underway in Kupwara, 2 to 3 terrorists trapped

An encounter broke out between the security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday. The firing is currently underway and the entire area has been cordoned off. About two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped, reported news agency ANI. On August 16, top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Ayub Lelhari was gunned in an encounter with security forces in Kakpora’s Banderpora in Pulwama district.

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Jammu Kashmir Bank adopted Kunan Poshpora village

In a significant move, Jammu and Kashmir Bank Friday decided to adopt two villages including Kunan Posh in border district of Kupwara. While speaking at a function after inauguration of J&K Bank’s Currency Chest Complex in Kupwara, J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed listed bank’s plan for the Kupwara district for next three years. He announced bank’s plan to adopt far flung villages to transform the lives through sustained economic development by exploring the respective local economies through skill development programmes and other relevant interventions. “We want to bring…

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Unabated sand mining poses threat to trout production in Kupwara

Despite a ban on sand mining, contractors in Kupwara district are using heavy machinery like earth cutters to extract huge quantities of sand and boulders from major streams in the district which is badly affecting the production of trout in these streams. Known for producing large quantities of fish, Nullah Warnow has become a major casualty of the sand-mining mafia. Local residents said truckloads of sand and boulders were being extracted from Nullah Warnow near Khumriyal and Gher Hatti. “The unabated extraction of sand and boulders is not only affecting…

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‘Political Interference’ renders Kupwara headless, Er Rashid protests, locks main gate of DC Office

While J&K Government boasts of taking governance to the doorsteps of common man, Kupwara district in north Kashmir is without administrative head for almost a month, which has taken a toll on day-to-day affairs of governance in one of the sensitive districts in Kashmir. The “deep political interference” in the administrative matters in the district is seen as a reason for reluctance of officials to their posting in the district. The position of District Development Commissioner Kupwara is lying vacant for past 25 days after government removed former Deputy Commissioner…

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Fear in Kupwara as forces damage property worth crores

Fear is writ large on the faces of residents of Panzgam area of Kralpora in Kupwara district. After two days when army men allegedly wreaked havoc in the village, residents have not come to terms and are in a state of shock. Haffeza Begum (name changed) while narrating the incident said, “There was firing and tear gas shelling outside. Army men broke the gate of our home and entered inside. They broke household goods and everything. We hid ourselves in the upper storey.” Residents alleged that computer shop of one…

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Protests in Lolab; locals demand exile of ‘Informer’

Hundreds of angry protesters Wednesday demanded deportation of a local (informer) allegedly involved in the killing of a foreign militant at Warnow village in Lolab region of Kupwara district. The protesters including women carried green flags amid ‘pro-freedom and anti-establishment’ slogans marched towards house of the accused. However, to avoid any eventuality police reached the spot and are tried to control the situation. The situation remained tense as the protesters were adamant to burn down the house of the accused informer. Reports said after Zuhr prayers hundreds of protesters from…

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Violent protests after Hizb militant killed in Kupwara

Security forces on Tuesday shot dead a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering violent protests in Sopore to which he belonged. Police said Sameer Wani was killed after security forces surrounded a house in Nagri village in Kupwara district, some 100 km from here, following information that some militants were hiding there. A police officer told IANS that security forces came under heavy fire from the hideout, leading to fighting that left Wani, the Hizb divisional commander for north Kashmir, dead. As soon as reports of Wani’s…

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Kashmiri Pandit family returns home, rejects township plan

A Pandit family on Tuesday visited their ancestral house at Lolab in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district and condemned “agencies for conspiracies to create communal disharmony” in the state. Jaggar Nath Raina (80) putting up at Jagti Migrant Camp in Nagrota area of Jammu region since the breakout of turmoil in 90’s has finally taken a stride forward to return his homeland after a gap of almost twenty-six years. The family has been one among the many who aspire to “revisit and revive their bond with the Muslim brethren in Kashmir”. Raina…

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