25.62% : Sgr slides lower than Anantnag

Boycott, clashes mark Valley’s round 2 SRINAGAR: Voter turnout in Srinagar-Budgam-Ganderbal parliamentary constituency remained poorer than Ananatnag, even though the authorities had invested men, material and muscle in order to cross the South Kashmir score of 28 percent. Srinagar ended up with just 25.62 %. Throughout the day protesters engaged police and CRPF in pitched […]

City erupts as CRPF kills Nawa Kadal boy

Separatists call strike, Govt responds with curfew SRINAGAR: The tragic killing of a young man by the paramilitary personnel at Nawa Kadal overtook the general curiosity about the poor turnout and its impact on key players, National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party. Eyewitness said a ding dong battle between young protesters and the Central Reserve […]

CRPF denies role in Bashir’s death

SRINAGAR: The central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) denied that its men opened fire in the old city’s Nawa Kadal area where a boy Bashir Ahmad was dropped dead when the security men fired at a procession of stone pelters. The Public Relations Officer of CRPF Kishore Prasad said that the force didn’t open fire. “Our […]

Police books online activists for ‘rumor mongering’

IGP says Facebook’s many news pages are propagandist, warns action SRINAGAR: Police on Wednesday registered cases against some ‘ant-social elements’ for spreading rumors by posting ‘frivolous and fake information’ on social networking sites particularly on Facebook. A police spokesman in a statement said, “some mischievous elements have been identified who have been posting incorrect information […]

Scribes face hostile CRPF, unfriendly voters

SRINAGAR: Most of the reporters and photographers working for various media outlets Wednesday suffered the ordeal of being insulted by both paramilitary personnel as well as  the voters. Despite authority letters from the Election Commissioner of India, the troops of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Wednesday stopped journalists from entering a polling station in Srinagar […]

On curbed poll day mainstream, separatist leaders praise people for courage

SRINAGAR: Both mainstream and separatist leaders have hailed people for their courage to their respective calls for and against the participation in the elections on Wednesday. Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani thanked the people for successful and complete election boycott in central Kashmir despite ‘lot of curbs, restrictions and autocracies by the Indian […]

Budgam boy votes to get rid of midnight knocks

OMPORA (Budgam): Despite an overwhelming boycott in this small township why did the 25-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Bhat risk to vote. “I voted,” Gulzar says, “to get rid of Police chase.” During first five hours Ompora’s twin polling booths had recorded 149 votes out of the listed 1731 Gulzar alleged the the Special Operations Group (the […]

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