Srinagar, August 13 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Chadoora, Langate and Tral areas to mark the first martyrdom anniversary of liberation activist Muhammad Yasin Itoo and rising Indian state terrorism in the territory.
According to media sources, all shops and other business establishments are closed while public transport is off the road in these areas. In Chadoora town of Budgam district, first martyrdom anniversary of Mohammad Yasin Itoo is being observed, today. Mohammad Yasin Itoo alias Commander Gaznavi along with his three associates was martyred by the Indian troops in Awneera village of Shopian on this day in 2017. A complete shutdown is being observed in Langate area of Kupwara district for the third consecutive day, today, to press the authorities for return of the mortal remains of a local youth martyred by the troops in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district, recently. The youth, belonged to Langate, was among five who were martyred the troops during a cordon and search operation in the area on Thursday. All shops, commercial establishments remained closed in Langate market. Tral town in Pulwama district remained shut on fourth straight day, today, against the detentions. Eleven people, including students, employees and traders, were detained during a night raid. Most of those detained are relatives and family members of mujahideen. All shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town while traffic was off the roads. KASHMIR VOICE
New Delhi, August 13 (Kashmir Voice): Some unidentified men targeted Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid and gunshots were heard at the Constitution Club near Parliament, today, but he escaped unhurt, police said.
According to media sources, witnesses said that two shots were fired when Khalid was at the entrance of the club. The student leader was at the venue to attend an event titled ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, organised by an organisation named ‘United Against Hate’. Umar Khalid became famous after he criticized the unjust execution of Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Afzal Guru at the hands of Indian judiciary. Saifi, who was accompanying Khalid, said, “We had gone to have tea when three people came towards us. One of them got hold of Khalid which he resisted.” “There was a melee as a gunshot was heard. But Khalid was not injured. While the accused were fleeing, they fired one more shot”. Later Khalid said, “There is an atmosphere of fear in India and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened.” Police are at the spot and are investigating the matter. They have seized the weapon that was dropped by the accused while fleeing. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, August 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, in the face of unrelenting Indian atrocities on innocent Kashmiris and New Delhi’s deep conspiracies against the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 24 special police officers (SPOs) have left their jobs and returned home. They have also sought apology from Kashmiri people.
According to media sources, some SPOs announced their resignations in mosques and others simply stayed home to indicate they have quitted police jobs, media reports said. On Friday, the head cleric of a local mosque in Syedabad and Lurow Jagir areas of Tral in Pulwama district had received letters from 13 SPOs stating they had quitted their jobs. While reading these letters, the cleric said, “SPOs have announced voluntary retirement from their services and are seeking public apology.” 16 SPOs left their jobs and by Saturday evening the number swelled to 24, Srinagar-based English daily Greater Kashmir reported. These SPOs hail from different villages in Tral. Nine SPOs have returned in Syedabad, eight in Amirabad LurowJagir, four in Chankitar, one each in Nader, Batagund and Pinglish villages, the newspaper added. An SPO from Lurow Jagir, who recently resigned, said he was initially recruited to work as gardener but with the passage of time he was assigned the task to combat stone pelting which he disliked and he ultimately left the job. Superintendent of police Awantipora Muhammad Zahid Malik told the newspaper that police had also received information regarding the resignations of SPOs and they were investigating the matter. KASHMIR VOICE
Jammu, August 12 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, in a first sign of revolt in Hindu extremist Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) over its favoring of scrapping Article 35-A, the BJP MLA from R S Pura, Gagan Bhagat opposed abrogation of the State residency law and warned that if the law was scrapped, Jammuites would take up guns and pelt stones.
According to media sources, speaking during a public meeting in R S Pura in Jammu, Bhagat said, “Kashmiris are united on Article 35-A and oppose its abrogation. Everyone in Kashmir is opposing scrapping of Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents of the J&K”. He said that people of Jammu and Kashmir had been given special rights under Article 35-A by Maharaja Hari Singh. The BJP MLA said Article 35A bars non-state subjects from employment, purchase of property and land in the territory. “If a girl from state marries outside, her husband cannot claim property in J&K”. He said Maharaja had given special residency rights to people of Jammu and Kashmir because he knew Jammuities are simple and innocent people. Taking a different line from party, Bhagat favoured continuation of Article 35-A in J&K. “Sometimes, we have to speak differently from party with which we are affiliated. The BJP wants to revoke the law because they would prefer 300 parliamentary seats from across India. Even if Jammuities don’t vote for them, it won’t affect the party,” he said. He said if Article 35-A was scrapped, people in Jammu would be worst hit. “In case, this law is scrapped, Jammu people will not get employment. Leave aside government jobs, you will not be able to get private jobs. You will not get land because land prices will increase manifold and the price will be out of reach of Jammu people,” the BJP MLA said. He said the non-state subjects, who are working under Jammuites, would become their bosses if special rights are revoked. The BJP MLA said when Jammu people would lose jobs and business due to scrapping of Article 35-A, people would pick up guns and pet stones. “You will see stone pelting in Jammu region also”. “Kashmiri people are fighting for their rights. They are also fighting war of Jammu people,” he said. Bhagat said youth in Kashmir did not take gun in a day. He said he would campaign across Jammu division to spread awareness among people about Article 35-A and Article 370 and their benefits to the people of Jammu specially. KASHMIR VOICE