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Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani will be attending a seminar on Kashmir in New Delhi organized by Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners.
Hurriyat spokesman, Ayaz Akbar said Geelani will leave for New Delhi today where he will attend the seminar titled ‘Azadi the only way’, scheduled to be held on October 21. Besides Geelani, several prominent figures from India and abroad are also expected to participate in the seminar, Akbar said in a statement issued here on Tuesday. Geelani, who has been specially invited to the seminar by CRPP president GuruSharan Singh, will return to Kashmir on Sunday, October 24, Akbar added.

Srinagar: A local court on Tuesday remanded senior pro-freedom leader and general secretary of Hurriyat Conference (G) to five-day police remand.
Official sources said that Alam, chairman Muslim League, was produced before the court of forest magistrate, Masarat Roohi this afternoon who granted him five days police remand.
They said that as soon as Alam was produced before the court, a team of lawyers including Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Bashir Ahmad Sidiq, Mohammad Rafiq Joo, Mir Shafaqat and others appeared before the court. The made some contentions including that the Biscoe Schoool alumni be kept in police station Harwan where case is registered against him,
Advocate Rafiq Ahmad Joo said that the contention was made after Masrat Alam alleged that he was kept in ‘Cargo-SOG Camp’.
Besides, he said, the lawyers submitted that Alam should be allowed to meet the family and also adequate health care should be given to him.
“The court allowed our contention as Mr Alam was granted police remand for 5-days,” he told Press Bureau of India.
Masrat Alam Bhat was arrested by police during a raid in Telbal area in outskirts of here last evening.

Srinagar: At least twelve people on Tuesday were injured in violent clashes, as curfew and restrictions were clamped in several parts of the Valley fearing protests against the arrest of firebrand Hurriyat Conference (G) leader, Masrat Alam Bhat by police yesterday.
Reports and officials told kmw India that that the state authorities clamped curfew and restrictions in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Baramulla and Kupwara districts fearing pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations in the backdrop of Alam’s arrest.
CRPF and police, deployed in huge numbers in this summer capital enforced tight curfew fearing protests. Armed with assault rifles and riot gear, the forces manned lanes, by lanes, roads and highways to restrict the movement of the civilians. At many places, iron barricades and spools of barbed wire were laid to prevent people from coming out of their houses and staging pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.
In Srinagar, harsh curfew was enforced by thousands of CRPF men and policemen. The volatile areas of the old city, particularly Nowhatta, Gojwara, Hawal, Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Kawdara, Safa Kadal, Eidgah, and Nawab Bazar were sealed by CRPF troops and Police since early morning fearing pro-freedom demonstrations.
Curfew was also strictly enforced in Khanyar, Khayam, Rainawari, Fateh Kadal, Naid Kadal and other areas.
In Kupwara town, curfew was relaxed from 10 onwards, while in Handwara it was relaxed from 10 to 1400 hours.
Curfew was also relaxed in Srinagar’s East, West, South and Hazratbal Zones of the Srinagar City this afternoon.
However, protests and clashes broke out in Baramulla and Shopian districts of the Valley this afternoon resulting in injuries to at least a dozen people.
Press Bureau of India correspondent from North Kashmir said that scores of people of old town this afternoon took to streets and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Chanting “We want freedom,” “Islam Zindabad,” “Go India Go Back,” and pro-Geelani and anti-India slogans, the protesters tried to march to the civil line areas. However, when the protesters reached near Azad Gunj bridge, CRPF and police deployed in advance resorted to cane charge to quell the marchers. In retaliation, the protesters stoned the forces triggering off fierce clashes that soon spread to other areas of the town. Later, forces fired pellets to disperse the protesters. At least ten people, one among them were seriously injured in the clashes. The injured identified as Mohammad Yusuf Chana, son of Mohammad Ismail Chana of Arampora was rushed to Srinagar hospital for treatment.
At least two people were injured in protests and clashes in Shopian district of South Kashmir.
Reports said groups of youth this afternoon assembled near DC office and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Besides chanting pro-Independence slogans, the protesters, mainly youth pelted upon rocks and stones on the forces. Forces, eyewitnesses said burst several teargas canisters to disperse the protesters. At least two people were injured in the clashes that continued till late evening.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in almost all the ten districts of the Valley in response to the call given by Hurriyat Conference (G) in its latest resistance programme issued last week.
All shops, offices, banks, petrol pumps, business establishments and government offices across valley remained closed, while traffic remained off the roads due to government curbs coupled with Hurriyat called strike. However, schools remained opened with very thin attendance of students.
“Situation remained by and large remained normal and under control throughout Kashmir Valley. However, later today some miscreants defied curfew restrictions at Cement Bridge Baramulla and attempted to disrupt peace, by resorting to heavy stone pelting,” a police spokesman said.
“In an effort to bring the situation back under control, one miscreant was injured. He was shifted to Srinagar, where his condition was said to be stable when the last reports came in,” the spokesman added.

Srinagar: In a major breakthrough here Monday, Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested most wanted Masrat Alam, general secretary of the hardline Hurriyat group headed by Syed Ali Geelani.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police Monday evening arrested Masarat Alam, who spearheaded the ‘Quit Kashmir Movement’.
While talking to Press, Inspector General of Jammu, and Kashmir Police Kashmir S M Sahai confirmed, that Masrat Alam Bhat was picked up from Tailbal around 8 pm.
‘He was arrested on a specific tip-off by Srinagar police from an area falling under Harwan police station this evening,’ Sahai said.
Alam had been making app

earances during protests in old city areas and also releasing inflammatory CDs to the press prompting youth to violence, the officer added.
Alam was released in June this year, after being charged under the Public Safety Act seven consecutive times from the summer of 2008,
Alam was wanted by the police as he along with other leaders of the Hurriyat (G) was spearheading the “Quit Kashmir” Campaign.

    Srinagar: Government on Monday imposed curfew and restrictions in several parts of the Valley to scuttle the march called by Hurriyat Conference (G) to the Palhalan area of Baramulla district. Meanwhile, at least six people were injured in clashes in twin districts of Islamabad and Pulwama of South Kashmir.
    In the latest resistance programme of ‘Quit Kashmir’ announced last week, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani had asked people to march towards Palhalan area of Baramulla district which has been reeling under curfew and restrictions for over one month now. However, to foil the Hurriyat march, state authorities had imposed curfew and restrictions in almost all the major towns and districts of the Valley, including Srinagar.
    Palhalan, the venue of Hurriyat march, reports and eyewitnesses said was virtually turned into a fortress with the heavy deployment of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troops and police. The roads leading to the village along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway were sealed off with barricades and barbed wire.
    At Parimpora and Narbal, troops and police were maintaining strict vigil to thwart any attempt by people to march to Palhalan.
    At Pattan, CRPF opened several shots in air when groups of youth tried to march towards Palhalan. The gunshots triggered panic in the area forcing people to stay indoors.
    Curfew and restrictions were also imposed in Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara and Handwara towns of North Kashmir and Pampore town of South Kashmir.
    In Srinagar, curfew was clamped in the areas falling under police station Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Safakadal, Parimpora, Bemina and Qamarwari Police Division in view of the ‘Palhalan Chalo’ march today.
    Hundreds of paramilitary CRPF and police, equipped with riot gear and automatic rifles had laid a siege around the old city to prevent people from venturing out of their houses.
    Despite curfew and severe restrictions, scores of people staged pro-freedom demonstrations in Soura, Elahi Bagh, Eidgah, Onta Bhawan, Chattabal, Hyderpora and other areas of the city. Besides raising slogans in favor of Independence, the people, mainly youth pelted upon rocks and stones on the forces sparking off ding-dong clashes.
    In South Kashmir’s Islamabad district, at least four people were injured in protests and clashes that broke out this afternoon.
    Reports said groups of youth took to streets at Lazibal, Malaknag, K P Road and other areas of the district and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. The CRPF troops and police deployed in the areas swung into action to disperse the protesters. In retaliation, protesters stoned the forces. In the ensuing clashes, at least four people suffered minor injuries.
    Two people were injured in the clashes in the neighboring Pulwama district.
    Reports said scores of youth this morning took to Samboora area of Pampore and staged pro-freedom demonstrations. Chanting “We want freedom,” “Islam Zindabad,” “Go India Go Back,” and other anti-India slogans, the protesters pelted rocks and stones upon an Army convoy that was on its way to Srinagar.
    Eyewitnesses said Army and the personnel of Special Operations Group (SOG) of police fired several shots to disperse the protesters. At least two people suffered injuries in the forces action.
    Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed across Shopian, Budgam, Kulgam, Bandipore, and Ganderbal districts even as no curfew or restrictions were put in place.

    Srinagar: A top Lashker-e-Toiba commander and a soldier were killed in separate gunfights in north Kashmir since overnight, official sources told Press Bureau of India on Monday.
    They said LeT’s division commander was killed in a gunfight with troops of 3-madras in Barzulla area in Bandnipora last night. Two of his associates managed to give the army’s elite force slip, sources said.
    Defence ministry spokesman based here, Lt Col JS Brar said that the encounter ensued Sunday evening when troops of 3-Madras launched a cordon-and-search operation in Barzulla area following tip off about the presence of militants in the area. The militants, he said, present in the area opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off an encounter. “One foreign militant has been killed,” Brar told KMW. An Ak-47 and ammunition has been received from the encounter site, he added.
    Police sources said that slain militant is believed to be divisional commander of LeT, Abu Dawood who carried award on his head. However, the defence ministry spokesman, Brar said that the identity of the suspected LeT militant was being established.
    A trooper of army’s 4 JAT— Constable Kartar Singh—was killed when the troops confronted a group of ‘infiltrating’ militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector northern Baramulla district.
    J S Brar claimed that a group of heavily armed militants tried to infiltrate through Golta Nallah, Uri last evening. On being spotted by the army troops guarding the LoC, militants opened heavy fire, resulting into the death of the soldier Kartar Singh (Belt No 3203255X). The militants, he said, retrieved towards Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) taking advantage of the darkness.
    Meanwhile, a fresh encounter erupted between militants and troops of 21 Rashtriya Rifles in Bawan Watsar area in Handwara twon of the frontier Kupwara district. Sources said that a group of three to four militants are believed to be trapped in the area. However, there were no reports about casualty to either side when this report was filed late in the evening.

    Srinagar: Asking New Delhi to give-up rigidity, Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani Friday issued fresh protest calendar for next ten days under “Quit Kashmir Campaign” and called for “Palhalan Challo” on Monday and “Bijbhera Challo” on next Friday.
    As per the program—beginning 17 October, there will be no strike on following Sunday, next Wednesday—October 20 and 24 October.
    “There will be no strike on 17 October, Sunday,” a spokesman of the pro-plebiscite amalgam said, stating that there will be no strike for two consecutive days on tomorrow and day-after.
    “On Monday, people are urged to march to towards Palhalan (a village in northern Baramulla district’s Pattan area”. On the day, protest sit-in would be held in the locale to offer tributes to eight youths killed in past four months and express solidarity with the people who continue to be under curfew for past one month,” the spokesman said.
    On Tuesday, October 19, people are urged to offer Zuhr (afternoon) prayers on streets at district and Tehsil headquarters and stage protests till Asr prayers, the spokesman said.
    As per the program, there would be no strike on Wednesday, October 20.
    “Protests demonstrations would be held in district and Tehsil headquarters against curfew and the biggest rally would be held at Ghataghar in Lal Chowk to be addressed by Hurriyat leaders on October 21.”
    “On Friday, the spokesman said, people are urged to march towards Bijbhera to offer special prayers in favour of those 52 people killed on the day in 1993.
    “October 23, would be observed a ‘Yom-e-Tahafuzi Namusi Khawateen’ and protest would be held from Zuhr to Asr and problems facing woman would be highlighted,” the spokesman told Press Bureau of India, adding, “there would be no strike on next day—October 24.”
    On October 25, people would stage protest demonstrations to all important locations to protest “atrocities by police and Indian forces. “On the day people would put white straps on month.”
    “On October 26, there would be complete strike and day would be observed as ‘martyrs’ day.’ Besides offering tributes to those killed in past four months and others, corner stone for ‘Masahmat-e-Dewar’ would also be laid,” the spokesman added.
    Meanwhile, Syed Ali Shah Geelani asked government of India to give-up rigidity. “New Delhi is doing biggest mistake of keep with its traditional policy and they are mistaken in their belief that people of Kashmir would get fed up and give up the demand for their right. She should comprehend that youth are at the forefront and will no give up unless realizing their right,” the veteran leader was quoted as saying by the spokesman.

    Srinagar: A middle- aged man, who was allegedly beaten by uniformed men last week in Pampore town, succumbed to injuries at the SK Institute of medical sciences, on Thursday night taking the toll in the ongoing unrest in Valley to 111. His death set off massive protests on Friday across the saffron town.
    Family sources told KMW that Ghulam Nabi Mir, 52, of Astan Chowk, Namblabal, Pampore was allegedly thrashed by forces on Thursday last week when he was returning home after purchasing fruits for the family. He was cornered by the government forces and ruthlessly beaten with batons and gun butts resulting is serious head injuries. He was rushed to the nearby hospital where doctors referred him to SMHS hospital. After CT scan and other examinations, Ghulam Nabi was referred to SKIMS for specialized treatment. At SKIMS, the injured man was put on life support system. However, after battling with life for a week, Ghulam Nabi succumbed to injuries at SKIMS last evening.
    “The Pampore man was brought to hospital with polytrauma or head injury on October 7.  Four days later, he was shifted to the Surgical ICU. Last evening, he succumbed,” Medical Superintendent, SKIMS, Dr Syed Amin Tabish said.
    Ghulam Nabi was working as senior stores officer in Jammu and Kashmir Handloom Corporation for over last thirty years. He is survived by his wife Gulshan Akhter, four unmarried daughters, Shazia, Asiya, Ummaya, Nuzhat and mentally challenged son, Adil. His eldest daughter Shazia had recently appeared in M Ed examinations “Ghulam Nabi was returning home with fruits for his daughters, when news spread in the area that troops and police were coming. Like others, he rushed to his house. However, he was caught by forces. He was terribly beaten due to which he fell unconscious,” Bashir Ahmad, a close relative said.
    “When we took him to hospital, his arm was broken. The CT scan showed the results of the beating,” he added.
    Ahmad said that the slain man was the lone bread earner of the family and was very concerned about his daughters.
    “I have four grown up daughters. Don’t take me to ICU,” Ahmad quoted slain Ghulam Nabi pleading before the doctors when he was shifted to surgical ICU.
    “The tragedy has left family in shock. His wife and daughters are unconscious, while son is screaming,” he added.
    When the body of Ghulam Nabi was brought to his hometown, thousands of men, women and children took to streets and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Chanting “We want freedom,” “Islam Zindabad,” “Salam-O-Martyrs,” “O oppressors! O tyrants leave our Kashmir,” and anti-India slogans, the protesters took the body in a procession that passed through different areas of the town. Amid tears, sobs and heart wrenching scenes, Ghulam Nabi was laid to rest. His funeral prayers were led by Mirwaiz Riyaz Hamdani.
    Pertinently, this is the seventh death in the ongoing unrest due to the alleged beating of the government forces. The first victim, Rafiq Ahmad Bangroo, 27, was beaten to pulp by CRPF and police outside his Noorbagh residence on June 12. A week later, he succumbed to injuries at SKIMS.
    After Bangroo, five more people, including eight -year-old boy Sameer Ahmad Rah son of Fayaz Ahmad Rah of Batmaloo were beaten to death by the forces.
    “We had already registered a case Fir No 177/2010 under section 307 RPC against the unknown security forces in this regard. However, it has now been converted to 302. Further investigations will be carried out,” a senior police official pleading anonymity said.

      MULTAN, Pakistan: Pakistani police arrested a group of militants who were plotting to kill the prime minister and other top government officials, a top officer said Thursday.
      The conspiracy against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was “almost complete,” said Abid Qadri, a regional police chief. He said the militants were planning to attack Gilani when he traveled to his hometown of Multan, but gave no more details.
      Militants in Pakistan have frequently attacked government officials, security officers and political leaders as part of a campaign to destabilize the US-allied government and take over the state. Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack near Islamabad in 2007.
      Like other top officials, Gilani does not publicize his movements ahead of time and travels with extensive security.
      Qadri did not offer any evidence to back up his allegations.
      He said authorities learned about the plot during an initial interrogation of the seven militants, who were arrested late Wednesday after a shootout near a village in central Pakistan.
      The militants opened fire when police tried to pull their car over for a routine check, Qadri said. Nobody was wounded in the shooting, but two men managed to escape, he said.
      The men are members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned Sunni Muslim militant group linked to both the Taleban and al-Qaeda, Qadri said. The group has been blamed for attacking minority Shiite worship places as well as assaults on security forces and other targets.
      Some of the suspects are believed to have taken part in an attack last year on the offices of Pakistan’s main spy agency in Multan, which is in Punjab province in central Pakistan, Qadri said.
      The men were also conspiring to kill Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also a Multan native, and the minister for religious affairs, who last year survived an assassination attempt in Islamabad, Qadri said. He said the suspects also had plans to attack a dam, a bridge and military installations.

      Srinagar: Two months after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised youth in Jammu and Kashmir 50000 jobs, the state cabinet Thursday approved engagement of 43000 labourers in various government departments.
      An official spokesman said that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chaired a meeting of cabinet here this morning.
      “Cabinet approved engagement of 43,000 casual/seasonal labours in the departments of Power Development, PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control, Public Works, Rural Development, Floriculture, School Education and Forests,” the spokesman said while terming the decision as “landmark.”
      The cabinet, the spokesman said, decided that the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department will examine proposal for engagement of 7,000 causal/seasonal labours, in greater detail for further consideration and order of the Cabinet in the Department.
      Of the 43,000 engagements as many as 20,500 will be made in Jammu division and the same number in Kashmir division while 2,000 engagements will be made in Ladakh region.
      “The Cabinet also approved the guidelines for engagement of the above said persons and directed for strict adherence of these while making the engagements. It also authorized the above said departments for making the engagement for which the notification will be issued by the Finance Department.
      Official sources said that an expenditure of Rs. 143 crores on the scheme would be met as per the arrangement which envisages loading of Rs. 23 crores on the cost of new projects under implementation, enhancing the existing provisions in the non-plan maintenance budget of the respective departments to the tune of Rs. 40 crores and Rs. 80 crores as maintenance provisions in the Annual Plan 2010-11 in different sectors.
      It may be apt to recall here that Chief Minister Omar on August 15—Indian Independence day— promised to provide jobs to 50000 youth. Omar had made the announcement while speaking on Doordarshan and Radio Kashmir.
      In another decision, the official spokesman said, the Cabinet approved the creation of 10 posts of Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, Accounts Officer, Section Officer, Accountant, Accounts Assistant, Senior Assistant, Junior Assistant, Driver one each and two Orderlies in the J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.