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The government on Tuesday informed the Parliament that the word ‘Shaheed’ or martyr was not defined “anywhere”.

It further went on to say that there was no official order to accord the same to any defense or paramilitary personnel.

Earlier, during a Committee of Secretaries meeting on September 14, 2011, the Defense Minister had indicated that the term shaheed was not defined anywhere.

Following this, the government has stopped the issuance of any order/notification to this effect in respect of defence personnel.

Still, there have been demands for giving shaheed/martyr status to the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Assam Rifles (AR) personnel killed in action.

Other branches of CAPF’s like CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF, SSB and NSG have also made representations to the Union Home Ministry saying that the ‘shaheed’ salutation is being demanded by the personnel of these forces.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply to Lok Sabha said, “No status of shaheed/martyr is given to the CAPF and Assam Rifles. However, their families/next of kin are given full family pension under the Liberalised Pensionary award rules and lump sum ex-gratia compensation of Rs 15 lakh as per rules in addition to other benefits admissible.”

Disregarding the government refusal to confer the slain military men with the title of ‘shaheed’, the Central Reserve Police Force, last year, had issued in-house orders making it mandatory to use ‘shaheed’ before the name of a martyred personnel and in all communications vis-a-vis its slain men and women.

 

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10 security men injured amid I-Day celebrations in Kashmir

Nine CRPF men were injured in the encounter that ensued in the operation that continued for over four hours at Khwaja Bazaar in Nowhatta-Khanyar area

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Srinagar, August 15:The main Independence Day function passed off peacefully here on Monday, August 15 although a militant attack in the old city area left 10 security personnel injured.

“Militants attacked a security forces troop in Khanyar area injuring 10 security personnel, including nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and a local policeman,” a police officer told IANS.

The injured were transferred to a hospital, the official said. The doctors described the condition of two CRPF troopers as “critical”.

 

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Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti hoisted the national flag and was given a salute at a parade at the Bakshi stadium.

Mehbooba said peace was imperative for the equal development of all the three regions of the state.

“I ensured that civilians are not used as a human shield during anti-militancy operations. I am sad because certain elements are using our youths as a shield to fulfil their notorious desires.

“These elements are trying to achieve their objectives through violence,” the Chief Minister said.

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“Thousands have died in the state in the 1990s but what did we achieve?” Mehbooba asked. “During the past 40 days, we handed our youths to these vested interests who are using them as cannon fodder.”

She said that her government needed time for healing of the wounds left behind by the current violence which has left at least 57 people dead in the valley.

Mehbooba regretted that despite Islam’s message of hospitality, even basic hospitality was ignored during Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit to Pakistan.

The Chief Minister appealed India and Pakistan to come together and work for peace in both parts of the divided Kashmir.

“So much blood has flown in the Jehlum river and it has no capacity to bear further bloodshed,” she said.Mehbooba also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire parliament stood behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pull them out of the present crisis.

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Mehbooba also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire parliament stood behind the people of Jammu and Kashmir to pull them out of the present crisis. She regretted that whenever schools are opened by the government, people come out to force the closure of those institutions.

Mehbooba said the present disturbance had retarded the pace of development in the state.

Members of the state council of ministers, senior civil and military officials were present during the Independence Day celebration ceremony.

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Authorities have imposed curfew in the entire Srinagar and all other nine districts in the valley to prevent violence on the country’s 70th Independence Day celebration. (IANS)

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Kashmir: curfew continues in two districts

"Police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were deployed in different areas," the official added.

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Curfew continues in two districts. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
  • “Police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were deployed in different areas,” the official added
  • A civilian was killed and his pillion riding son injured when he hit a roadblock in Beerwa area of Badgam district
  • Geelani called these “masked miscreants as Indian agents out to defame the people’s struggle in Kashmir”

Authorities on Saturday imposed curfew in two south Kashmir districts and restrictions in many other areas of the Valley.

“Curfew shall continue today (Saturday) in Pulwama and Kulgam districts. Restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) will continue in other places,” a senior police official told IANS.

CRPF deployed in Kahmir. Image Source: www.indiasamvad.co.in
CRPF deployed in Kahmir. Image Source: www.indiasamvad.co.in

“Police and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were deployed in different areas,” the official added.

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Despite a Valley wide curfew to prevent a separatist called protest march on Friday, over 100 people including civilians and security forces were injured when agitating mobs attacked security forces.

A civilian was killed and his pillion riding son injured when he hit a roadblock in Beerwa area of Badgam district.

Separatists called for a protest march. Image Source: newsdog.today
Separatists called for a protest march. Image Source: newsdog.today

Police said miscreants had laid obstructions on the road which the ill-fated biker did not see before he hit it.

Police and CRPF used tear smoke shells to quell a mob of protesters in Srinagar that was marching towards the Sonwar locality office of the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

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Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani issued a statement on Friday condemning youths threatening Amarnath pilgrims and tourists.

Geelani called these “masked miscreants as Indian agents out to defame the people’s struggle in Kashmir”.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com
Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Image Source: www.youtube.com

Emboldened youths have been blocking roads and highways in addition to forcing shopkeepers to close businesses in areas where peripheral markets are functioning in Srinagar and other districts.

Separatists have asked people to observe a protest shutdown till Sunday. (IANS)

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Kashmir Killings: Six more die in Kashmir frenzy, death toll 21

The government said it was also trying to arrange flights to fly out the thousands of tourists stranded in the valley due to the violence

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Srinagar: Protesters throwing stones on police vehicle during a protest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani along with his two associates, in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI Photo by S Irfan (PTI7_9_2016_000126B)
  • Fresh firing by security forces in Pulwama district of north Kashmir led to the death of Faiyaz Ahmed Mir
  • Shabir Ahmed, 27, was shot and wounded by security forces during a street protest Irfan
  • Ahmad Malik, 17, was also killed on Sunday in firing in Pulwama after a curfew-defying mob attacked the security forces

The Jammu and Kashmir government appealed for calm on Sunday, July 10, as six more people died in unending demonstrations against the killing of a top militant leader, taking the death toll to 21 in two days in curfew-bound Kashmir Valley.

Shabir Ahmed, 27, was shot and wounded by security forces during a street protest here and died in hospital, becoming the first to be killed outside of north Kashmir since the anti-government protests erupted on Saturday, July 9.

The incident took place in Batmaloo, a known separatist hub.

Fresh firing by security forces in Pulwama district of north Kashmir led to the death of Faiyaz Ahmed Mir. Elsewhere in Pulwama, four CRPF troopers were wounded when militants hurled grenades taking advantage of a street protest.

Four other deaths were reported earlier in the day.

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A mob overran a bullet-proof police vehicle and rolled it down into the Sutlej river at Sangam in Anantnag district, drowning its constable driver while other policemen fled the scene, official sources said.

Security forces shot dead two demonstrators at Litter in Pulwama after a mob took to the streets shouting anti-government and pro-freedom slogans, the sources said.

Irfan Ahmad Malik, 17, was also killed on Sunday in firing in Pulwama after a curfew-defying mob attacked the security forces, a police official said.

The latest fatalities took the death toll in two days of widespread clashes between protesters and security forces in the Kashmir Valley to 21-20 demonstrators and one policeman.

Kashmir Valley erupted in anger on Saturday after security forces shot dead Burhan Wani, a top leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen, along with two of his associates on Friday. His funeral was attended by thousands.

Burhan, Hizbul Mujahidin. Image source:indianexpress.com
Burhan, Hizbul Mujahidin. Image source:indianexpress.com

Most protests have taken place in the northern districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian. Wani hailed from Pulwama. In most places mobs have attacked police and paramilitary forces with stones, leading to tear-gassing and firing.

Taking advantage of the outnumbered security personnel, demonstrators on Sunday set fire to the Sub Divisional Police Officer’s office in Pahalgam, a court complex in Dooru and a police post in Qazigund in Kulgam.

On Saturday, July 9, mobs torched four police stations, two police pickets and a tehsildar’s office. There were two incidents of weapon snatching and torching of several vehicles of security forces.

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Senior officials said three policemen were missing following the violence and nearly 100 security personnel were injured in the street clashes which have crippled the Kashmir Valley and halted the Amarnath Yatra.

On Sunday, the Jammu and Kashmir government urged parents of young demonstrators to tell their wards not to take part in protests that were leading to civilian casualties.

Education Minister and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar also urged the separatist Hurriyat Conference to help restore calm in the Kashmir Valley, where a separatist campaign has left many thousands dead since 1989.

The government said it was also trying to arrange flights to fly out the thousands of tourists stranded in the valley due to the violence.

In New Delhi, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, offering all possible help from New Delhi.

Senior officials expressed the hope that the situation in Kashmir would return to normal soon.

Four demonstrators, Imtiyaz Ahmad Mandoo, Mashooq Ahmad and Safeer Ahmad (all from Anantnag) and Mohammmad Altaf Rather (Pulwama) who were wounded on Saturday died on Sunday. Eleven people were killed on Saturday.

At least 100 protesters were injured on Saturday. They suffered bullet, tear smoke and pellet injuries.

Wani was buried in his native Shariefabad village on Saturday where thousands gathered defying curfew restrictions to take part in his funeral prayers.

The separatists have called for a valley-wide shut down till Monday to protest against Wani’s killing. (IANS)

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