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Anantnag bypoll: EC team to visit J&K to assess ground situation

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A three-member team of Election Commission (EC) of India will visit Kashmir Monday to asses the ground situation ahead of the bypoll in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. The J&K government has been demanding that the bypoll be deferred indefinitely because of the precarious ground situation.

The Anantnag bypoll was slated on April 12, but was deferred after large-scale violence broke out on the day of polling in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on April 9. On that day, eight people were killed in security force firing and the voter turn out dropped to 7 per cent, the lowest in three decades.

The EC had rescheduled the bypoll on May 25. However, after repeated requests by the J&K government, Home Ministry and the PDP candidate, the EC is sending the three-member team to assess the ground situation

Firing in Shopian, one dead

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Unidentified gunmen Sunday evening fired upon a person at Pinjoora Shopian, leaving him critically injured.

According to reports, the person identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan was fired upon by unidentified gunmen.

He was critically injured and was shifted to district hospital Shopian where he  succumbed to his injuries

The reports suggest that he was close aide of National Conference leader Shabir Kullay. Kullay unsuccessfully fought assembly elections in 2014.

Advocate by profession, Khan was public prosecutor in NC-Congress government.

Pertinently on Saturday evening, Bashir Ahmad was shot dead at his home in Pulwama

Bajrang Dal leader announces reward of Rs 1 lakh for Farooq Abdullah’s head

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New Delhi: In a bid to gain attention from everyone, Bajrang Dal leader Govind Parashar announced a bounty of Rs 1 lakh on the head of former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah.

The Bajrang Dal leader said that Farooq Abdullah was supporting insurgents and threatening the life of security forces in the Valley.

However, this is not the first time Parashar is in the news. He had earlier claimed that he unfurled the Indian flag on Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

“The way the Indian defence personnel are being targeted by locals in Kashmir valley has caused resentment amongst citizens. These incidents of insulting our army soldiers have been condemned by all, cutting across party and ideological lines. Yet the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir chose to defend those pelting Indian soldiers with stones and attacking them,” he said.

He stated that the government should not tolerate such leaders and should declare them anti-national, a facile accusation which normally riles the public

50 injured in clash between protesters, security forces; firing reported

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At least 50 persons including college students were  injured in clashes between protesters and forces in Pulwama town in south Kashmir.

A group of students of Pulwama College started shouting slogans and hurling stones at forces naka party near Degree College, Pulwama, resulting in injuries to 50 students.

Some injured have been shifted to Srinagar for advanced treatment, local sources said.

Sources said the security forces resorted to baton charge and fired several tear smoke shells and pellets after the students objected to a naka near the College.

Forces also fired in air, local sources said.

They said that during clashes followed by shutdown, some 50 persons sustained injuries.

The situation was tense in the south town, they added.

He said the security forces resorted to baton charge and fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors.

There were unconfirmed reports of security forces firing a few warning shots in the

Mother of two sets herself ablaze in Kangan

A women allegedly set herself ablaze at Hill Pathri Gund area of Kangan district Ganderbal. She is admitted in SKIMS hospital where she is battling for her life.

The woman, identified as Zamrooda Banoo, is critical and has sustained more than 95 percent burn injuries.

Zamrooda, wife of Shabir Ahmed Khan, a resident of Razai Kadal in Srinagar, travelled to Kangan, at least 25 kilometres from her residence, and set herself ablaze there.

According to reports that Zamrooda, who hail from Srigufwara, Islamabad, had a dispute with her husband since last one year and they used to fight almost every other day.

Police official said that, “Zamrooda had a dispute with her husband that led her to attempt suicide.”

In this regard police station Kangan has registered a case and investigation has been started