300 polling booths saw no single voter

Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has lauded the Kashmiri people for rejecting the fifth and final phase of election drama, enacted under the heavy army siege.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that despite suffocating and obnoxious environment created by heavy military presence, India had miserably failed to convince people of the territory to participate in the military operation, conducted in the name of political exercise of elections. He also castigated the despotic and imperialistic approach adopted by India to turn Kashmir into a hell-like prison. The APHC chairman regretted that New Delhi was trying to let loose a reign of terror in the nook and corner of the territory by engaging its so-called investigative agencies like National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate to malign the noble image of freedom movement. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the students and scholars of Kashmir University’s Sociology Department on Tuesday assembled to pay glorious tributes to Professor Rafi on his first martyrdom anniversary.

A large number of students spoke on this occasion on the theme “We Remember! We Resist!”, which was organized by the students of the department in memory of the martyr Professor. He was martyred by Indian troops on May 6, last year, in Shopian.

“We had planned yesterday to organise this sit in but we couldn’t make it as university was off. Prof. Rafi is our hero and a role model. He is our inspiration. We will miss him throughout the life but definitely, he stood for a collective and a right cause, and we pledge to support that cause come what may,” said a protesting student. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz Jammu and Kashmir, Yasmeen Raja has hailed the people for also rejecting the final phase of election drama. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have condemned the continued illegal detention of Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of India and the territory. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): The India’s National Investigation Agency has filed charge sheet against two Pulwama youth in a false case of grenade blasts in Jalandhar on 14th of September 2018.

The NIA spokesman said that during the investigation, Fazil Bashir Pinchoo, resident of Ghat Mohalla Awantipora and Shahid Qayoom, resident of Kanjinag Awantipora, were arrested on 8th November 2018. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities have invoked third draconian Public Safety Act against Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District Secretary Kulgam, Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh, who is detained at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.

After failing in finding any sound allegation against the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, police labeled him as ‘hardcore provocateur’ of stone pelting in its PSA dossier against him. It is the third draconian PSA invoked against Ramzan, who is in his mid 60s. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, ‘deserted polling booths, missing polling agents and scared polling staff — Pulwama and Shopian recorded the lowest turnout in the final phase of the polling’ was the comment of a Srinagar-based English daily on sham Indian parliamentary elections as the two South Kashmir’s districts recorded the lowest voter turnout of less than 3 per cent on Monday.

Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar said the twin districts recorded a voter turnout of 2.81 per cent with 300 out of 695 polling booths seeing no voting in election on the Islamabad’s Lok Sabha seat. 266 polling booths in Pulwama and 37 in Shopian—28 in Shopian assembly segment and 9 in Wachi witnessed zero voting. As per officials, 2.14 percent voting was recorded in Pulwama and at the same time, Shopian district, spread over two assembly segments, saw 2.88%. However, independent sources say that the actual turnout is far less than officially stated 2.81 per cent. »

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Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, following in the footprints of former ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, India has started extorting the Kashmiri people by imposing harsh toll tax on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

People told media that a toll plaza has been set up near Sangam on Srinagar-Jammu highway in South Kashmir, and every vehicle passing through it was charged toll of Rupees 85 for every light motor vehicle.

Locals staged a protest demonstration on the highway against the cruel decision by the Indian rulers.

“How can government impose such a harsh order against people of Kashmir asking us to pay Rupees 170 per day from moving to and fro on the highway,” asked a person, showing a receipt of Rs 85 collecting as toll by National Highways Authority of India. »

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Torture on bakarwal community members denounced

Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League has condemned the ill-treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners in Udhampur, Kot Bhalwal, Kathu and other jails, saying that they are subjected to mental and physical torture.

A JKML spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that prisoners are being harassed in the jails of Kashmir and outside.

“Jail authorities are torturing the inmates mentally and physically, and there are reports that animal like treatment is given to the Kashmiri prisoners,” he said.

The JKML said non-local prisoners who are in jails from the past 10-15 years have been recently shifted from Srinagar Central Jail to Kot Bhalwal, Udhampur, Kathua and other jails, are kept in narrow cells and denied their basic rights. “They are forced to work in garden. In case they refuse they are tortured and beaten ruthlessly.” »

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