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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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Meanwhile, the BJP which shared power in the state with the PDP for three years from 2015 to 2018, did not get the top post

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Jammu and Kashmir has seen several Chief Ministers from Congress, National Conference and the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Flickr

The BJP is hopeful of getting its “first Chief Minister” in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 from the state two months ago, and the planned delimitation of the Assembly constituencies.

In an interview to IANS, Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Ravinder Raina said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a unit. And as President of BJP here, I am confident that we will have a BJP Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir very soon.”

Jammu and Kashmir has seen several Chief Ministers from Congress, National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the BJP which shared power in the state with the PDP for three years from 2015 to 2018, did not get the top post and had to accept the post of Deputy Chief Minister.

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In an interview to IANS, Jammu and Kashmir Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Ravinder Raina said, Jammu and Kashmir is a unit. Flickr

When asked about the planned delimitation of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Raina said, “The Election Commission will take a final call on the delimitation of the Assembly constituencies here.”

Raina said the poll panel will constitute a commission, which will be headed by either a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge.

The BJP leader pointed out that the commission which will be constituted for the delimitation process will follow all the standard prodecures.

The government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 and also bifurcated the state into two union territories.

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Following the revocation of Article 370, the government has enforced a massive clampdown on communication and internet services in the state and deployed heavy security presence.

To a question over the clampdown for 60 days in the state, the state BJP chief said, “Soon after the abrogation of Article 370 the mobile connectivity and internet facility was suspended here.

“And now you are witnessing that the mobile connectivity and Wi-fi services are given a free hand and people are using those facilities here,” Raina said pointing towards the Wi-fi hotspots and connections provided to the citizens in Jammu.

Pointing towards the Kashmir valley, where only landlines connections and BSNL mobile networks are operating, he said, “In Kashmir valley too, the communication systems whether it is landline connections or BSNL mobile numbers are being operated and are given access.”

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And as President of BJP here, I am confident that we will have a BJP Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir very soon. Pixabay

“But there are still apprehensions that Pakistani agents may use the internet facilities to defame and to create mess and try to instigate the youth of the country,” he said on the internet suspension in Srinagar and other districts in the Kashmir valley.

Raina further said that Pakistani elements can instigate the youth and spread venom in the society and that is why preventive measures have been taken. “But soon you shall find all internet facilities will be opened and will be given free access,” he said.

India has on several occasions accused Pakistan of sponsoring terror and allowing its land to be used for terror activities. In recent days, the Indian Army and security forces have foiled terrorists’ attempts to enter Indian territory from the Pakistan side.

On India’s semi-high speed and feature-rich Vande Bharat Express arriving in Jammu from Delhi, he said, “We are thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for providing the best train that is Vande Bharat Express to Jammu and Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370.

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He said “Vande Bharat Express will provide all sorts of relief to passengers that we have seen at the overcrowded railway stations of Jammu Tawi, Katra and Udhampur. It is a big gift for the people of Kashmir,” Raina added. (IANS)