Gunmen seize 4 weapons from MLC’s residence in IOK

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, unknown gunmen decamped with four service rifles of policemen guarding the official residence of Congress Member of the Legislative Council (MLC), Muhammad Muzaffar Parray in Srinagar.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, central Kashmir range, VK Birdi in a media interview in Srinagar said that four AK-47 rifles had gone missing from the Congress MLC’s official residence (quarter number J-37) at Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar.

“We have started the investigations into the incident,” he said. Soon after the incident, senior police officers rushed to the spot and detained all the four policemen—three from the security wing and one from district police lines Sopore— for questioning.

The incident had sent the entire security establishment into a tizzy, with the top police authorities ordering withdrawal of services of all SPOs who were deployed for protection of politicians.

The fresh incident triggered a security alert across Srinagar Sunday, with massive frisking operations launched at various places in the summer capital, including Ram Bagh, Rajbagh, Dalgate, Pantha Chowk and Batamaloo.

According to official figures, 74 weapons that include 17 AK-47 rifles, 23 SLRs and 14 INSAS guns were snatched in various incidents in 201

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Police, CRPF patrolling party attacked in Pulwama

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a joint patrolling party of the Indian police and Central Reserve Police Force came under an attack in southern Pulwama town on Sunday evening.

A police official told media in Srinagar that the attack by unknown gunmen took place at around 5:00pm in main town, but no reports of any injury or loss of life were reported in the incident.

“The militants fled from the spot after carrying out the attack,” a police official said. Following the attack, a heavy deployment of police and CRPF was made at multiple locations in the town. The attack took place a day after four youth were killed by the Indian forces during a cordon and search operation in the district.

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Juvenile slapped with PSA in violation of law

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, in yet another violation of Juvenile Justice Act, a young boy has been slapped with the draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA) on the charge of organising protest demonstrations in 2016 when he was a minor.

Hailing from Rampora Qaimoh, Kulgam, Khalid Nazir Wagay has been serving detention for past more than a year on the fake charges of being involved in unlawful activities. The boy is presently detained in Kot-Bhalwal Central Jail, Jammu since October 2018. He has now been booked under PSA for a case of 2016, when he was barely 17. Khalid was born on August 28, 1999, as per his school certificates and aadhar card.

“Even though he is major now, he has been booked under a case of 2016 when he was a minor, which is illegal, for a minor cannot be detained under PSA,” stressed Advocate Mir Shafkat Hussain, who is pleading his case at Kashmir High Court.

To mention, detention of minors under PSA is a sheer violation of an amendment to the Act, which prohibits the detention of persons below the age of 18 years in police custody or interrogation centre. The amendment was made in April 2012 following strong criticism from international human rights organisations.

“Like in other cases, in this case too PSA has been misused by the police. They have been placing him in illegal detention,” said Advocate Hussain, adding that the District Magistrate Kulgam has signed his detention orders at the behest of police “without applying his own mind.”

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2018 failed to provide justice to Jammu’s rape & murder victim

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the year 2018 will be remembered for sheer brutality witnessed by an eight-year-old Muslim girl from Jammu, Aasifa, in the form of rape and murder in January, this year.

The girl hailing from Rasana area of Kathua had gone grazing horses on 10th of January 2018 and after searching for her vainly, her father lodged a missing complaint with the police. However, her body was found on January 17.

The charge-sheet presented by the Crime Branch of Kashmir police in court was one of the most disturbing reads of the year. It stated that the mastermind, Sanjhi Ram, instigated his juvenile nephew and six others to kidnap, rape and murder her in a bid to “drive out the nomadic Muslim community of Bakerwals from Hiranagar area”.

The charge-sheet said, “The minor was held captive in a temple (devasthan), of which Sanjhi Ram is the priest. The victim was sedated and gang-raped several times through the week”.

One of the rapists, Ram’s son Vishal, came all the way from Meerut after the Vishal called him with the proposition to satisfy his lust. Besides, just before the victim was killed by hitting her head with a stone twice and strangulation, a policeman, who is a co-conspirator, asked others to “wait because he wanted to rape her one last time”.

In a letter written to the Director General of Police, the Crime Branch said the victim’s blood-and-mud-soaked clothes had been washed by the police before sending these for forensic test. The crime scene was never preserved and no searches had been carried out in the village even after the girl’s family filed a missing complaint.

On February 15, a Hindu extremist outfit, Ekta Manch, held a march, carrying Indian flag, in support of one of the culprits, Deepak Khajuria. The march was attended by BJP leaders including ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga.

The year has ended, but the victim family sees no ray of hope from Indian judicial system.

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Mehbooba warns against victimization of Mujahideens’ families

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former puppet Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed concern over the victimization of the families of freedom activists and mujahideen by the Indian forces and has cautioned that such methods will further deepen the alienation in the territory.

A PDP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said Mehbooba visited various areas of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and during her visit met a woman, who was recently arrested by male policemen just because she was allegedly a sister of a mujahid

Mufti was appraised by the woman’s family that her husband and his brother continued to remain under detention and both had been tortured in custody, the PDP spokesman said.

“Methods such as these have failed in the past and will fail again. Such repressive measures only deepen the alienation,” Mehbooba said.

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Facebook blocks Kashmir newspaper’s page

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Facebook page of Kashmir Horizon, a newspaper published from Srinagar, has been blocked by Facebook administration at the behest of Indian government.

Facebook authorities in their response to requests for unblocking the page said that it was not for violation of Facebook’s rules but “for violation of local” rules that the page was blocked, which indicates that the authorities in Kashmir have had the page blocked.

Reports said that after Facebook pages of several newspapers published from Srinagar were blocked, the admin of such pages approached Facebook authorities, who cited local policy violation as reason for blocking the pages.

The FB page of local daily “Kashmir Horizon” was not unblocked despite repeated requests from the page admin and from the Editor in Chief of the newspaper.

Kashmir Horizon’s Editor in Chief said, “We have not violated any local policy and it is for the authorities in Kashmir to put in public domain its policy for newspapers running their Facebook pages.

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Blast victim boy laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans

Srinagar, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a 10-year-old boy who was killed in a mysterious blast was laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans at the local martyrs’ graveyard at Larew in Kakapora area of Pulwama district.

Arif Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Ghani, was fatally injured after he was fiddling with some explosive material in an orchard at Gadoora village of Pulwama district. Soon after the blast, he was shifted to District Hospital, Pulwama. He was referred to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Family members said the incident took place when Arif along with his father was grazing cattle in a field at Gudoora village.

Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people from different areas of south Kashmir offered his funeral prayers. Amid pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans, Arif was buried in the Martyrs’ Graveyard.

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