Political leaders, including three former chief ministers, were detained ahead of a march by the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to protest against the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission.
“Good morning, and welcome to 2022. A new year with the same JK police illegally locking people in their homes and an administration so terrified of normal democratic activity,” National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted.
“Trucks parked outside our gates to scuttle the peaceful @JKPAGD sit-in protest. Some things never change,” he said.
Good morning & welcome to 2022. A new year with the same J&K police illegally locking people in their homes & an administration so terrified of normal democratic activity. Trucks parked outside our gates to scuttle the peaceful @JKPAGD sit-in protest. Some things never change. pic.twitter.com/OeSNwAOVkp
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) January 1, 2022
Abdullah, whose father and veteran politician Farooq Abdullah heads the PAGD, claimed, “Talk about a lawless police state, the police have even locked the internal gate connecting my father’s home to my sister’s. Yet our leaders have the cheek to tell the world that India is the largest democracy, hah!!”
Senior CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami, who is the alliance’s spokesperson, said it was sad that the Jammu and Kashmir administration was “scared even to allow a peaceful protest”.
“This is where the situation gets worse when people are not even allowed to express their opinion before the public,” he added.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had also been placed under detention. “A truck is parked outside my house, too,” she added.
The PAGD had proposed to hold a peaceful demonstration in Srinagar on Saturday against the proposal of the Delimitation Commission of increasing six seats in the Jammu division and one in Kashmir. With this, the number of seats in Jammu would have gone up to 43 and Kashmir to 47.
GOI trumpets scrapping Article 370 & dismembering J&K throughout the country but is deeply paranoid & intolerant when people of J&K want to protest against its disempowerment. For the umpteenth time, we’ve been placed under house arrest for trying to organise a peaceful protest
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) January 1, 2022
Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape
The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.
Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.
Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.
A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.
The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.
J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident
On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.
An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.
“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.
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