Fresh wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

Fresh wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

By – Aijaz Hussain The Kashmiri Hindu activist was listening to religious hymns on his cellphone when he was interrupted by a tragic WhatsApp message. It brought news of a fatal shooting of a prominent chemist from his community, just a few miles from the activist’s home in Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Sanjay Tickoo, 54, anxiously bolted the gate of his house and gathered his family in the dining room. His phone kept buzzing with calls from frightened minority community members. Within two hours of the killing…

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What is behind the recent surge in violence in Kashmir?

What is behind the recent surge in violence in Kashmir?

A surge in violence in Indian Kashmir in recent weeks, including a spate of militant attacks on civilians and a widespread crackdown by security forces, has left 33 people dead in the heavily militarised region since early October. Kashmir, which is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan but ruled in parts by both countries, has been the site of a bloody armed insurrection against New Delhi since the 1990s. WHAT IS HAPPENING? The fresh wave of killings by suspected militants appears to be targeted towards non-Kashmiris, including migrant…

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The Resistance Front : Faceless killers in the Valley

The Resistance Front : Faceless killers in the Valley

The shadowy outfit targets both security personnel and civilians in Kashmir The killings of seven civilians in six days, including a well-known chemist, Makhan Lal Pandita, and a school principal, Supinder Kaur, have shaken the Kashmir Valley. A little-known militant outfit called the Resistance Front (TRF) has claimed responsibility for the killings. Security agencies warn that attacks could intensify it in the coming days. The outfit was born nine months after the Union government ended Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status on August 5, 2019. The TRF’s name first surfaced…

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What has changed in Kashmir since Aug 5, 2019?

What has changed in Kashmir since Aug 5, 2019?

Thirty years ago J&K was under Governor’s rule, there was massive troops deployment, its political leadership was kept locked up and there was no development. Haven’t we reverted to the same disarray? In his speech of 8 August 2019 explaining the move to ‘deoperationalise’ Article 370 (it has not been revoked or removed as is widely assumed), the prime minister said the following: That the development of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh was being held back by Article 370. The problem had now been eliminated and a new era had begun.…

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Recent spate of killings may trigger fresh wave of migration of minority community from Kashmir Valley

Recent spate of killings may trigger fresh wave of migration of minority community from Kashmir Valley

At least 10 to 15 families, who had returned to Kashmir by availing the benefits under Rehabilitation Package announced by the Manmohan Singh govt in 2008, have already fled the Valley, say sources The pictures of the lifeless bodies of two teachers lying in the well-manicured lawns of a government school gave the willies to Ajay Koul (34), a Kashmiri Pandit living in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Ever since the news about the killing of Supinder Kour and her colleague Deepak Chand in the Eidgah area of Srinagar spread, Koul…

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Valley witnessed 28 Civilians Killings in 2021, including 05 persons from minority community: Police

Valley witnessed 28 Civilians Killings in 2021, including 05 persons from minority community - Police

There has been a spurt in the killings of civilians in Kashmir in the past three days, with at least seven civilians killed, including famous chemist ML Bindroo. Urging people and the minority community in Kashmir not to panic, J&K Police on Thursday evening attributed the recent spurt in the civilian killings to the frustration of the militant handlers. The police said the militant handlers after “the killing huge number of terrorists” of all outfits especially their top commanders, destruction of their support structures, and continuous and effective maintenance of…

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J&K Police to seize vehicles, houses under UAPA

J&K Police to seize vehicles, houses under UAPA

“PHQ has accorded sanction for the seizure of 2 vehicles Maruti Alto K-10 bearing registration No. JK05G-5626 and Alto- K-10 bearing registration No. JK21C- 8461, which were used by OGWs for terror activities,” J&K Police tweet said. Jammu and Kashmir Police are planning to seize around 74 vehicles, 5 houses, 6 shops, land, and cash under Section 25 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). On Wednesday, J&K Police announced the news on Twitter. “PHQ has accorded sanction for the seizure of 2 vehicles Maruti Alto K-10 bearing registration No.…

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Attempts On to rewrite the political history by rename historical places & institutions of J&K

Attempts On to rewrite the political history by rename historical places & institutions of J&K

The Narendra Modi government’s move to alter names of historical places and institutions is one more in a series of attempts to rewrite the political history of Jammu and Kashmir. Divya Trivedi “SOME people say if you can’t beat them, join them. I say, if you can’t beat them, beat them, because they will be expecting you to join them, so you will have the element of surprise.” This oft-quoted wisecrack attributed to an anonymous source, best describes the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) current mood in Jammu and Kashmir. After…

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Press Council Of India to inquire allegations of Journalist’s harassment in Kashmir

Press Council Of India to inquire allegations of Journalist's harassment in Kashmir

The Press Council Of India(PCI) has constituted a three-member team, following former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s letter about the ‘harrowing state’ of journalism in Kashmir. The Press Council of India on Thursday constituted a three-member fact-finding committee to inquire into the allegations of intimidation and harassment of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir. The PCI letter stated that the three-member fact-finding committee will inquire into the allegations of harassment and intimidation to journalists in Kashmir. “The Hon’ble Chairman, Press Council of India while taking suo-motu cognisance on the…

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In Kashmir, each one a Kabul Expert

In Kashmir, each one a Kabul Expert

Long before the fall of Kabul on August 15 and before the news channels became keen on its unfolding, Kashmiris have been keeping eye on the Afghanistan situation for the past Naseer Ganai Outside the baker’s shop, there was the usual rush. I was waiting for my turn when a person asked whether Mullah Baradar and Anas Haqqani have patched up. All of a sudden everyone seemed to be interested in the discussion. One youngster volunteered to participate in the discussion and revealed that Mullah Baradar has given an interview…

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