Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar to prevent people from staging demonstrations against increasing incidents of braid-chopping in the territory.
According to media sources, call for holding of the demonstrations has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
However, the occupation authorities have imposed restrictions in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud, Maisuma and other areas to prevent people from staging demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the puppet authorities have placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while Syed Ali Gilani was already under house detention. The action is aimed at preventing the leaders from leading the demonstrations against braid-chopping incidents. The Mirwaiz was also scheduled to address a public gathering at Charar-e-Sharif in Badgam district, today. More than 300 incidents of braid-chopping have been reported from different parts of the occupied Valley over the last one month. Locals say that Indian secret agencies are carrying out these incidents to scare the masses particularly the womenfolk. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest, today, ahead of his scheduled visit to Charar-e-Sharif shrine.
According to media sources, a spokesman for the forum in a statement in Srinagar said that a posse of Indian policemen arrived at the Nigeen residence of the Mirwaiz and informed him of his detention. The Mirwaiz was scheduled to address the Friday congregation at Charar-e-Sharif in Budgam district, today, in view of 598th death anniversary of Sheikh-ul-Alam, Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA). The puppet authorities also continue to put the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, under house detention. The house arrest of the leaders is aimed at preventing them from leading demonstrations against braid-chopping incidents in the territory. The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for the demonstrations after Juma prayers, today. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, an 80-year-old man from Sopore continues to remain jailed despite the High Court directing his release after quashing his Illegal detention under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA).
According to media sources, a bench of Justice M K Hanjura directed the authorities to release Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh of Iqbal Nagar, Sopore, after quashing his PSA detention. This is for the third time that the court has quashed his detention. Interestingly, the different benches that quashed the three PSA detention orders against Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh held that it was illegal to book him on the same grounds under which he was booked earlier. But the grounds of detention were repeated by the authorities. “The detainee has not been informed that he has a right to make a representation to the detaining authority. Negation of this inalienable right renders the order of detention liable to be quashed,” Justice Hanjura said. Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh has lost his son, Sheikh Rouf, a Ph.D scholar, who was killed on December 25, 2000 by Indian troops while returning from the Aligarh Muslim University on the eve of Eid. His other elder son, Altaf Ahmad, a pharmacist in the Health department, was killed by the agents of Indian Army in 2015 when he was returning home from his duties late in the evening. In November last year, Sheikh’s 73-year-old wife Haneefa had requested the court that her husband was suffering from multiple ailments and the medicines he required were not available at District Jail, Kupwara. She had sought her release. On November 23 last year, a bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey quashed PSA detention of Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh after observing that the only precious and valuable right guaranteed to a detainee was of making an effective representation against the order of detention. On March 2 this year, a bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan while quashing PSA detention of Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh had said, “The grounds of detention that lay foundation for the detention order in question are the same as were the grounds of detention pressed into service while making earlier detention order dated August 10, 2016.” KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have declared thousands of kanals of land as firing range for the Indian Army in Akhnoor district of Jammu for ten years.
According to media sources, on June 8, the authorities declared more than 82 kanals of land to be used by the army for firing and artillery use in Udhampur. In March this year, the puppet administration declared nearly five lakh kanals of land as firing range in cold desert of Leh in Ladakh region for five years. Earlier, the authorities notified a large chunk of land in Ramban to be used for firing and artillery purposes by the Indian Army. Earlier, Indian Army had used Tosa Maidan area of Badgam for decades. Nearly 50 residents living around the Tosa Maidan meadow are said to have lost their lives while hundreds of others were rendered crippled for life to stray or unexploded shells left by the Indian Army. On the other hand, Indian Army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have sought a fresh ban on the sale of combat uniform in occupied Kashmir especially in the Valley. The forces operating in the Valley have written to the Indian Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Home Affairs demanding strict ban on the purchase of combat uniform. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a number of 2014 flood victims are yet to receive financial aid released by the government of India in 2015 under the prime minister’s relief fund.
According to media sources, three years after the devastating floods hit occupied Kashmir, scores of flood victims say that they have taken loans from banks for reconstruction or repairing of their residential houses. Some of them say that they are yet to receive assistance. Muhammad Abbas Butt of Shivpora area of Srinagar has been visiting authorities concerned for the past two years to get his assistance under the prime minister’s plan. He said there are a lot of people who visit offices to know the status of their cases but have been receiving hallow assurances in return. Ansar Ahmad Mir of Sonwar, whose residential house was severely damaged in 2014 floods, said that his file was ready in the Deputy Commissioner’s office. “But there is no progress and I am visiting authorities thrice a week to know the status of my case,” he said. After receiving complaints from general public, the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on May 3, 2016 had directed all Deputy Commissioners to expedite the process of providing assistance to flood victims. However, the aggrieved say that nothing was done. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, October 20 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a spontaneous shutdown is being observed in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today, after Indian troops used brute force against peaceful protesters.
According to media sources, the troops fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters in main Hajin market, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the troops. After the clashes, shopkeepers downed their shutters and ran for safety. Meanwhile, people held demonstrations in Dargah and Nigeen areas of Srinagar. Locals told media the protests erupted following a fresh incident of braid chopping in the area. People in Hazratbal area of Srinagar are staging demonstrations and observing shutdown over a braid chopping incident that took place in Dhobi Ghat area on Wednesday. The locals said that they caught a braid chopper on Thursday who was later rescued by Indian police and set free. On the other hand, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, led a demonstration in Handwara against braid chopping incidents in the territory. Addressing the protesters at Main Chowk, Handwara, he said that the puppet administration was duty-bound to nab the culprits and find out the miscreants behind these shameful incidents. It is to mention here that Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for demonstrations across the occupied territory to register protest against the incessant incidents of braid-cutting. KASHMIR VOICE