Custodial death sparks outrage, Mainstream demands time-bound probe, Resistance called for shutdown

The custodial death of a private school principal from southern Awantipora police district Tuesday triggered a fresh wave of anger across Kashmir, even as the administration ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident that evoked widespread condemnation from the mainstream and separatist circles in the Valley. A police spokesman said in a statement that “in pursuance of a militancy case investigation, a suspect Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora was in police custody. The person died in police custody. In this matter, while following the procedure laid down in section 176 of…

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‘Ensure Safety of Kashmiris across India’: SC issues notice to Centre, 11 states

The court said the Union home ministry will issue advisories to all the state governments to ensure the protection of Kashmiris in their respective states. It asked the chiefs of the state police to ensure the safety of Kashmiris. The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the central government and 11 states, seeking their response on a plea for its intervention to prevent the alleged attacks on Kashmiri students after last week’s terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. The notice has been issued to Jammu and Kashmir,…

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44 Jawans killed, scores injured in Lethpora fidayeen attack

At least 44 paramilitary CRPF personnel were killed and several injured when a Jaish fidayeen rammed his explosive laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy along Srinagar-Jammu highway at Lethpora area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. At around 3: 15 pm, the blast ripped through a CRPF bus which was part of a convoy coming from Jammu towards Srinagar.A local militant identified as Adil Ahmad of Kakapora rammed explosive-laden vehicle into a bus belonging to CRPF’s 54 battalion, reports said.Adil had joined militancy in March 2018.Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) claimed responsibility of…

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J&K heading for power crisis as NTPC to stop the ​supply

The state is heading for an unprecedented power crisis as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on Monday decided to stop its entire supply of nearly 940 mega watts (MW) from next week due to non-payment of dues amounting to Rs 1,984.65 crore. The corporation sent a regulation notice, a copy of which is with Kashmir Post, to the state’s Power Commissioner and informed him of the decision to stop the entire supply of 939.08 MW. “Power supply to the extent of 100 percent, allocated from the NTPC station, will…

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5 Rebels killed in Kulgam gunfight, 7 Security men among 11 injured in Palladium grenade blast

Five militants were killed in a fierce gunfight with Army and Police here, officials said Sunday. The gunfight broke out during the wee hours after the government forces cordoned off the area and zeroed in on a suspected locality. “No sooner we reached the suspected house to carry out searches, the militants hiding inside fired at us, thereby triggering a gunfight,” a Police official said. “In the standoff that lasted for six hours, five militants were gunned down.” The slain militants were identified as Waseem Bashir Rather alias Zeeshan, a…

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Highway remained closed for 3rd day, Stranded Protest, Essential and fuel crisis across Kashmir

Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link to Kashmir with outside world, remained closed due to heavy snowfall and landslides for the third consecutive day Friday, triggering protests by the stranded people in Jammu. Over 1500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essential supplies are stranded at various places on highway fromLakhanpur in Kathua district to Banihal belt of Rambandistrict. “The highway is closed for the third consecutive daytoday due to multiple landslides and snowfall.No traffic has been allowed on highway fromJammu,” police officials said. Due to landslides and snowfall, the highway has…

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Highway shut, flights canceled​, Airline takes stranded flyers ‘For A Ride’

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir Wednesday yet again led to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway and cancellation of flights at the Srinagar airport, even as the local meteorological department predicted more precipitation in next 24 hours.A meteorological department official said snowfall started in Valley during the night and continued throughout Wednesday, albeit intermittently.Some areas in southern Kashmir experienced heavy to moderate snowfall, he said.Srinagar recorded 19.7mm mix of rain and snow, Qazigund 8.8mm, Pahalgam 4.8mm, Kupwara 14.8mm, Kokernag 5.2mm and Gulmarg 30.6mm.In southern Kashmir, he said, Sedow area in Shopian recorded…

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Pakistan observes ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, President Alvi puts forward eight demands to India

Indian Govt should uphold rights of Kashmiris: Pak PresidentKashmir’s freedom struggle gaining strength: Imran KhanQureshi says Kashmiris will get their rights Pakistan on Tuesday observed ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’, with top leaders extending their support to the people in the Valley and to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the issue. On the occasion Pakistan President Arif Alvi urged Government of India to uphold the rights of Kashmiri people instead of trying ─ and failing ─ to “justify its terrorism” against innocent citizens by pushing a “false narrative of ‘killing…

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Massacre: Forces killed 7 Civilians, injured 100’s near gunfight site in Pulwama

Seven civilians were killed and three dozen others injured in trigger-happy force personnel’s firing on protestors near encounter site at Sirnoo village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants including an army deserter and an army man were killed in the gunfight.A police official said a joint forces comprising 55 Rashtriya Rifles, 182 and 183 Bn of CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police laid siege around Sirnoo village at around 4 am. He said as the search parties approached a spot in village orchards between Sirnoo…

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14 Year old among 3 rebels killed during 18 Hour gunfight in Mujgund

Two teenage local militants were among three killed and an Army man was injured in an 18-hour long fierce gunfight at Munjgund area on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Sunday.Police said the gunfight which started at around 5:15 pm on Saturday ended at 11 am, after 18-hours, on Sunday.“Three militants were killed, while arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of gunfight,” Police said.Police said a search operation was launched Saturday evening following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants at Ghat Mohalla of Mujgund area on Bandipora Road.“The…

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