Lawyer Deepika Rajawat dropped by Kathua rape and murder victim’s family

The family of the eight-year-old Kathua rape and murder victim has decided to drop their lawyer Deepika Rajawat as she has “barely been available at the court hearings”, the victim’s father has said. Those close to the family said he has moved an application in the Pathankot court in Punjab, where the case was earlier shifted. It said that Rajawat shall not represent them and the power of attorney was being withdrawn. The father told reporters on Wednesday here that so far the case has been heard 100 times by…

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Provocative speeches by prominent Right Wing Hindu leaders at Jammu seminar evoke sharp criticism

Condemning the provocative speeches delivered by many prominent Right-Wing Hindu leaders at a seminar on November 11, political parties and Muslim Organizations on Monday said that it was an attempt to harm the harmony in the Jammu region. Prominent right-wing leaders including academician, Madhu Kishwar, activist, Sushil Pandit, MLA Udhmapur and others on Sunday had termed the Muslim colonies in Jammu as “threat”. The seminar was organised by a little-known organization, IKKJUTH. Jammu Muslim Front (JMF), a prominent Muslim organization, strongly denounced the speeches delivered at the and said that…

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Sushil Pandit, Madhu Kishwar others concerned about upcoming Muslim colonies in Jammu

Prominent Hindu right-wing leaders including Madhu Kishwar and Sushil Pandit on Sunday unanimously alleged that growth of Muslim colonies in Jammu and around Jammu was a concerted effort to change its demography. During a seminar ‘Shankhnaad’ organized by IKKJUTH Jammu, a right wing organization, most of the speakers including Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Sushil Pandit, MLA Udhampur, Pawan Gupta and others alleged that there was an “Islamic invasion” in Jammu. They alleged that Muslim colonies around the winter capital were “threat to Dogras”. “There is need to take emergency steps in…

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Four key suspects held in Kishtwar’s BJP leaders killings

In a major breakthrough in the killings of BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar in Kishtwar last week, the police have arrested four key suspects who allegedly plotted the assassination and chose the killers. Police sources told Kashmir Post that the arrest of the suspects from Kulgam would help solve the case, including the conspiracy angle. The Parihar brothers were gunned down in Kishtwar on November 1 night. “We cannot divulge all details at the moment due to the sensitive nature of the case,” a senior police…

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Hectic lobbying on for Mayor, Dy Mayor posts

After registering a thumping majority in the just-concluded elections to Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), hectic lobbying has begun within the BJP for the coveted posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor as contenders are cozying up to senior party leaders to brighten their prospects. The top leadership of the BJP, however, said it was deliberating upon the names of all probable candidates for the two posts, and a final decision would be taken by the end of the week. Party sources said the names of around a half-dozen senior party leaders…

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BJP surges in Valley, slips in Jammu lost 51% of its vote within city of temples

Even as the BJP made inroads into several parts of the Kashmir valley owing to the poll boycott call by the two regional parties, it failed to retain its hold over Jammu areas. The party won a majority in 18 of the 79 municipalities across the state and the Congress 10. Voting was not held in 27 civic bodies in the Valley either because there was no candidate or only one had filed nominations for a ward. Of the total 1,145 wards across the state, elections were held for 716,…

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‘Shastra Poojan’ performed, rallies taken out by RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal activists on Vijaydashmi

In order to celebrate its 93rd foundation day on the occasion of Vijaydashmi on Thursday, activists of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vihswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal took out rallies and performed the “Shastra Poojan” (weapon worshipping) across the Jammu Region. During the day, the RSS activists performed Shastra Poojan (weapon worshipping) and marched through the main towns of RS Pura, Kathua, Vijaypur, Bari Brahamana, Udhampur, Ramban, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah in the “Ganvesh” (the complete RSS dress) and sang the “Sanchalan Geet” (RSS group song) invoking “Maa Bharti” (motherland).…

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BJP surpassing other parties in dynastic politics

Rising to power after charging the Congress, National Conference, and Peoples Democratic Party with promoting dynastic legacy, the BJP is following the same path now. Whether it was as part of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state or the ongoing urban bodies elections, the party is drawing widespread resentment from its cadre for promoting “bhai-bhatijavaad.” Ironically, this maxim was used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the election campaign in 2014 against his rivals. State BJP general secretary Yudhveer Sethi’s wife Priya Sethi, who was earlier a Minister of…

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BJP faces tough fight from expelled party leaders, 6 lakh voters to decide fate of 1283 candidates

Bharatiya Janata Party candidates are pitted against expelled saffron party leaders in several wards of the Jammu Municipal Corporation and councils going to the polls tomorrow in first phase of the civic elections. As many as 28 expelled BJP activists charged with anti-party activities have turned out to be strong contenders in various wards and are giving a tough fight to BJP contestants. Fifteen workers were expelled on October 3 followed by seven and six more on October 5 and 6 for “anti-party activities”. BJP state president Ravinder Raina on…

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