CUK students stages protest to demand release of detained mates

SRINAGAR, NOV 12 : The students of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) on Monday staged a protest in Srinagar to demand release of their varsity mates detained by the forces during a night raid last week.

Students staged a protest at Press colony in Srinagar to press for the release of Suhail Ahmad and Muhammad Ismail, residents of Shopian and Baramulla respectively.

The students were holding placards with messages like “no class till release”, “Justice delayed is justice denied”. “Both the students are innocent with no links with militants whatsoever, how come can they be militants when they regularly attended their classes at the university’, said Adil Farooq, a university student.

“Under pressure from the administration, the university has suspended our classes, but this will not stop us from protesting,” he said. The students said that the duo was arrested from their rental accommodation outside the university on Friday night following which the students blocked the Nowgam highway in protest.

“We met the concerned SDM who assured that the students will be released but nothing was done, he said. The students threatened of intensifying protests if their detained mates were not released immediately.


Gaw Kadal massacre of 1990: SHRC asks SSP Srinagar to appear in person, file status report

SRINAGAR, NOV 12 : For the first time, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked SSP Srinagar to appear in person and file the status report regarding Gaw Kadal massacre of 1990 in which 22 persons were killed and more than 50 injured by the forces.

The spokesman said that SHRC has sent a notice to SSP Srinagar in response to the petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case SHRC/112/2012.

According to the notice, SHRC has asked SSP Srinagar to appear on November 28 along with the status report. Police have been maintaining that they have identified the unit that opened the fire at the protesters.

According to the petitioner, families of those whose family members were killed in the incident were yet to receive compensation as police have failed to trace the majority of the families saying they have migrated from their original places.

The petitioner said he was hopeful that the police would come up with the names of forces personnel in its status report on November 28.

Kashmiri Sikh Community stages protest to demand SRO-425

SRINAGAR, NOV 12 : Kashmiri Sikh Community Monday held a protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding revocation of SRO-425 in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Sikhs from various district of Kashmir valley assembled here in Pratap Park under the banner of Kashmir Sikh community.

Holding placards and banners reading: “SRO- 425 totally injustice with Kashmiri Sikhs”, ” Stop Favouritism”, “Do Justice of equality”, “Stop discrimination with Kashmiri Sikhs” and “We Want Justice”.

One of the protesters, advocate Bikramdeep Singh said that in 2009 under prime minister’s package approximately 3000 posts were created for migrants. “Out of 3000 posts, 500 posts were kept reserved for Kashmiri minorities who had not migrated from the valley. But Jammu and Kashmir government has amended that cabinet order and replaced that order instead of minorties to non-migrant Kashmiri Pandith families.”


He said the SRO 425 should be revoked immediately. The protesters said that if their genuine demands are not fulfilled they will continue their protest.


Weatherman predicts rain, snowfall across Kashmir from Nov 12

Srinagar, Nov 08 : As the temperature goes down in the Valley, the weathermen here has predicted more rain and snowfall across the Valley from Nov 12 to 15, saying that the temperature may go further down during the rainy days.
Director Meteorological (MeT) department, Sonum Lotus said that there is possibility of rain and snowfall across the Valley from Nov 12, saying that the wet weather would remain till Nov 15.
He said that the weather in the Valley is highly dynamic and the department will give appropriate forecast in the coming days. “The intensity of magnitude of rain and snowfall will be less as compared to last snowfall that was witnessed on last Saturday,” he said.
Lots further said that beside higher reaches, plains may also experience fresh snowfall on Nov 14 according to the prediction. “After Nov 15, there is prediction of dry weather for next few days,” he said.
Earlier on last Saturday, the higher reaches of the valley as well plains here experienced season’s first snowfall that also resulted in the blockade of roads and especially affected the power supply across the Valley.
The four transmission towers in the Valley at Lissar, Kulgam, Shopian and Wanpoh got fully damaged in the snowfall, thereby left southern districts without electricity for days together.

Amid shutdown, protest erupt in Budgam against summon of Hurriyat leader by NIA


SRINAGAR, NOV 02 : Scores of people took to the streets to protest against the recent summon by National Investigation Agency (NIA) to senior Hurriyat leader and president Anjuman-e-Sharie- Shian Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi directing him to appear before the agency today.

The agency had conducted a raid at the residence of Agha Syed Hassan in central Kashmir’s Budgam district in September 2017 in connection with funding case. NIA is investigating the funding case in Kashmir registered on May 30 last year.

“National Investigating Agency has registered a case vide number RC-10/2017/NIA/DLI. It appears that you are acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case. You are hereby directed to appear before the Agency on November 2, 2018 at 10 am at Police Officers Mess, Humhama Srinagar in connection with the investigation of the case,” read the letter dispatched by NIA to Aga Syed Hassan.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Budgam district, including Magam. All shops, offices, business establishments and petrol pumps in the twin towns remained closed. Many people from Kashmir including resistance leaders have already been arrested by the investigation agency in connection with the case and have been lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi.

This year in May, after the court hearings of Kashmiris booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 and money laundering offences by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act, a Delhi High Court administrative order had transferred the case from the court of Additional Sessions Judge Justice Tarun Sehrawat to District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) Poonam A Bamba.

The families of the incarcerated Hurriyat leaders feel that with the transfer, the case status is back square one.

In September, MLA, Engineer Rasheed, was summoned by the NIA, for questioning in a case related to the “funding of terror activities” in the Valley.

In October, United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salahuddin’s son Shahid Yousuf was sent to a seven day NIA custody by a court in New Delhi.

Yousuf was arrested by the NIA and being accused of receiving money from his father in 2011.

On November 1, judicial remand of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi, its secretary general Nahida Nasreen and its spokesperson Fahmeeda Sofi which ended was extended.

NIA on Tuesday also raided the house of a prominent businessman in Lal Bazaar area of Srinagar.

The alleged terror funding case involves Altaf Ahmad Shah, alias Altaf Fantosh, son-in-law of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali and photojournalist Kamran Yusuf along with nine other accused.

Kamran Yousuf has been given bail, along with one other accused, Javed Bhat, due to lack of evidences.

Sehrai hails British MPs report on ‘human rights violations’ in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 01 ): Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Thursday welcomed the report on human rights abuses in Kashmir prepared and presented by a group of British MPs to the UK Parliament.
Welcoming the report prepared by All-Party Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG), Sehrai in a statement issued today said that the report is a second jolt to the Indian state after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHR) report revealed large scale human rights violations in Kashmir.
“The detailed report by APPKG reflects grim situation of Kashmir and how Indian forces have brutalized Kashmiris on daily basis since last 70 years,” Sehrai said.
He said that the unprecedented use of violence by the Indian forces against the unarmed and innocent Kashmiris was a daily affair
“So we appeal international community UN, UNSC, European Parliament, OCHR, and every human rights organisation to do more than occasional verbal condemnation and go beyond such Human rights violation Report submissions in order to restore your own reduced credibility,” Sehrai said.
He said that the UN and other International watch dogs have a moral obligation to the people of Kashmir as the promise of holding plebiscite in Kashmir has not been fulfilled till now.
Meanwhile, Sehrai expressed concern over the missing of a Kashmiri student Ahteshaam from Khanyaar Srinagar in Delhi saying students even outside Jammu and Kashmir were not safe, and expressed serious concern and apprehensions over the mysterious missing of the said student.

Two rebels killed, army soldier wounded in Budgam gunfight

SRINAGAR, NOV 01 : Two rebels were killed and an army soldier wounded in a gunfight in Zugoo Arizal area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday, triggering violent protests and Internet blockade.

A police spokesman said the gunfight broke out after a joint team of army’s 53RR, SOG and CRPF laid a siege around Zugoo, Arizal after receiving credible inputs about the presence of some rebels in the area.

He said that two militants were killed in the gunfight that lasted for several hours. The slain rebels, he said, were identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Ahad Khan, a resident of Brass Arizal Budgam and Mohd Amin Mir son of Ghulam Rasool Mir resident of Drangbal Pampore.

Mobile Internet service was snapped in the Budgam district soon after the gunfight broke out. An official said the service was suspended as a “precautionary measure” to prevent spreading of rumours.

The militant killings triggered violent protests in Zugoo near the site of the gunfight, and Pampore area of Pulwama district as the news of local rebel’s death reached there.

Reports said that youth pelted stones on the forces in Namblabal area of Pampore as the news of Mir’s killing reached there. The protesters also blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway.