Srinagar, Dec 14 : In view of the ‘public jalsa’ call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on DEC 15, the Anantnag police on Thursday decided to impose restrictions in the district as precauctionary measure. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anantnag, Altaf khan told KNS that in view of the JRL’s call, the restrictions will be imposed across the district to thwart any possible protest. He informed that the restrictions will be imposed as precautionary measure. Earlier ,the JRL had called for ‘Public jalsa’ tomorrow at Anantnag.
Global humanitarian NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Thursday that at least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine state late August.
Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar’s official figure of 400, reports the BBC.
“In the most conservative estimations” at least 6,700 of those deaths have been caused by violence, including at least 730 children under the age of five, MSF said in a reports.
MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders, said it was “the clearest indication yet of the widespread violence” by Myanmar authorities.
“What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured,” MSF Medical Director Sidney Wong said.
Among the dead children below the age of five, MSF said more than 59 per cent were reportedly shot, 15 per cent burnt to death, 7 per cent beaten to death and 2 per cent killed by landmine blasts.
More than 647,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh after military crackdown began on August 25 following Rohingya Arsa militants attack on more than 30 police posts, the BBC reported.
After an internal investigation, the Myanmar Army in November exonerated itself of any blame regarding the crisis.
It denied killing any civilians, burning their villages, raping women and girls, and stealing possessions.
The Muslim-majority community are denied citizenship by Myanmar, where they are seen as immigrants from Bangladesh. The government does not use the term Rohingya but calls them Bengali Muslims.
“The numbers of deaths are likely to be an underestimation as we have not surveyed all refugee settlements in Bangladesh and because the surveys don’t account for the families who never made it out of Myanmar,” Wong added.
Teacher couple sacked on wedding day in south Kashmir Chairman of the school Bashir Masoodi said the duo were relieved from service as they were in a “romantic relationship before getting married.
Srinagar: A teacher couple working in a private school in Pulwama district of south Kashmir were sacked on their wedding day with the school management claiming their “romance could adversely affect the students”. Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, residents of Tral town in Pulwama, were working in Boys’ and Girls’ wings, respectively, of Pampore Muslim Educational Institute for the past several years. They alleged their services were abruptly terminated by the school management on November 30, the day they entered the wedlock. While the principal of the school did not respond to calls for a comment on the sacking, chairman of the school Bashir Masoodi said the duo were relieved from service as they were in a “romantic relationship” before getting married. “They were having romance and it is not good for the 2,000 students of the school and 200 staff members working there. This can adversely affect the students,” Masoodi told PTI. On other queries, he asked the reporter to “visit the school and talk to the principal for it”. The couple claimed that they had an arranged marriage. “Ours was an arranged marriage. We got engaged a few months ago and the entire school management knew about it as Sumaya hosted a party for the staff members soon after the engagement ceremony,” Bhat said. He questioned the school management’s claim of “romantic relationship”, asking why they were not given an opportunity to explain if it were the case. “We both applied for leave to get married almost a month before the wedding day and the school management sanctioned the leave. If we were in a romantic relationship, did they come to know of it only after we announced our wedding plans?” Bhat asked. The couple alleged the school management was “tarnishing” their image. “We have got married which is the right thing to do from which ever perspective one looks at it. We have not sinned or committed a crime,” they said. PTI
Clashes erupt in Pulwama village after forces launch search operation
Reports said that youth took to streets and pelted the forces with stones to disrupt the anti-militant operation.
More details are awaited…
Srinagar: The Army has taken 20-year-old Majid Khan, the footballer-turned-Lashkar-e-Toiba militant who renounced violence and returned home a fortnight back, outside the state for his studies. The decision to shift Majid for education outside the state was taken with the approval of his family, a defence official said. “Majid wanted to continue his education and the Army facilitated it and shifted him outside the state. He has again taken up his studies,” the official said, wishing not to be named. However, he did not divulge the where he was sent for studying, saying “we don’t want to risk the life of the young boy who took a brave decision by returning home.” Before Majid went missing, he was an undergraduate commerce student and had passed classes X and XII exams with a high grade He was a known footballer of Anantnag town in south Kashmir. After he went missing, the promising footballer’s picture surfaced on the social media where he was seen brandishing a rifle. Khan had joined Lashkar ranks on November 9 for a brief period. His mother Ayesha Khan’s video had surfaced on the social media pleading with him for returning home. Majid’s surrender on November 16 was facilitated by Army. No charges were pressed against him by the security forces. However, Lashkar said Majid was permitted to go home on the request of his mother. After Majid’s surrender, he did not return to his Anantnag home. However, his family was allowed to meet him inside the Army base. After his surrender, the Army had promised him that it would provide him all opportunities to pursue his education and sporting talent. Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia had also written to the J&K Football Association, offered Majid a training stint at the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School in New Delhi.
Srinagar: Police on Thursday said that it have recovered three militant bodies along with as many AK 47 rifles in an ongoing operation Pakharpora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh told that so far three militant bodies have been recovered. Among them one has been identified as Shabir Ahmad Thokar.
Searches are in progress to find out another militant body under the debris, SSP said.
Earlier army’s Defense spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia confirmed that four militants have been killed in the operation. (GNS)
Srinagar: The wailing mother of 16- year-old pellet victim Zahid Manzoor Sunday said forces did not show any mercy on my innocent kid and sprayed pellets on him. Zahid’s 40-year-old mother Shameema Bano visibly distressed said, “My heart wrenched when I saw a hole-ridden body of my son lying on the hospital bed.” Tears rolling down Bano’s cheek, she while sharing her pain and agony said, “The forces are merciless who didn’t look at the innocent face of my son and fired a full cartridge of pellets on his back.” Bano said that her family cannot afford to treat him as he has received grave injuries on back. She was speaking on Sunday during a protest demonstration held at Press Enclave against the forces demanding justice for her son. On the occasion, she was accompanied by her husband Manzoor Ahmad and relatives who were chanting pro-justice slogans. Pertinently the teenager Zahid of Zoonimar area of Srinagar’s old town was fired upon on Friday here in Nawakadal area. He was injured and went through a major surgery to removal some vital organs. One of the Zahid’s relative, Irfan Ahmad during the protest said, “During the surgery, doctors removed three damaged vital organs- gallbladder, right kidney and a part of the liver of Zahid.” Irfan also said, “As far as the financial status of Zahid’s family is concerned they cannot afford to bear the expenses to treat him and needs a support.” Zahid’s elder brother Yasir Manzoor said, “Zahid was targeted from a short distance and was sprayed with pellets over his back by the forces after he was returning from his examination centre.” Yasir said, “My brother is studying in MPML Higher Secondary School Babadem and after finishing his exams he stayed at his uncles’ home at Khanyar but after sometime when he was heading towards home he was targeted and fired upon.” Medical Superintendent of SMHS hospital Dr Saleem Tak said, “The concerned surgeon of this case Syed Mushtaq informed me that the victim’s right kidney was shattered by a huge number of pellets and to stop the bleeding they removed his right kidney and gallbladder.” Tak added that when the pellets are being fired from a short distance they travel together and damages a particular part and if it is been fired from a long distance the pellets get dispersed. He also added that Zahid is now stable and is admitted to ICU.
The house of notorious slain government gunman Kuka Parrey in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district was attacked by a group of suspected militants during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. Two issues of Kuka Parrey reside in the Hajin based house. Imtiyaz Parrey is affiliated with Congress party while Khurshid Parrey is apolitical. Khurshid Parrey told Kashmir News Trust that a group of at least 7 to 8 armed militants emerged at around 2 am in the dead of night. He said they first fired a rifle grenade on the house that hit barbed wire and then resorted to indiscriminate firing. The house of Kuka Parrey is guarded by Para military Centreal Reserve Police Force. ” CRPF retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for more than 15 minutes,” Khurshid Parrey said adding that militants chanted pro freedom slogans before leaving the area.