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Srinagar, Sep 18: Out of the 19.26 lakh police officers in India, 56,944 are deployed for the security of 20,828 VIPs, media reports quoting the data compiled by the Bureau of Police Research and Development said on Monday. As per the data Bihar has the highest number of VIPs being accorded protection. There are 3,200 VIPs who are being guarded by 6,248 police personnel. In West Bengal, 4,233 cops provide protection to 2,207 VIPs. In Jammu and Kashmir, there are 2,075 VIPs being protected by 4,499 policemen. There are 1,901 VIPs being guarded by 4,681 cops in Uttar Pradesh while

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Chandigarh, Sep 16: Dal Khalsa takes a dig at the Union government for describing the Rohingya Muslims “illegal” immigrants and threat to ‘national security” in the Supreme Court. Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said by definition all refugees are ‘illegal’ until the respective state grants them ‘refugee status’ and allow them to stay. “Even Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans who came from their respective countries fearing persecution were illegal the day they crossed over. The government of the day gave them legal sanction some for political reasons and others on humanitarian grounds, he said. He asked the present dispensation to grant

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Shortly after the Government of India in its affidavit to Supreme Court claiming that the Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their continuous stay posed “serious national security ramifications,” former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah took to twitter and said that there was no such threat prior to 2014. “This threat, at least in J&K, is a post 2014 development. No such intelligence reports ever came up for discussion in Unified HQ meetings,” Omar Abdullah tweeted. The Centre’s affidavit, filed in the apex court Registry, said the fundamental right to reside and settle in

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The Joint Resistance Leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that the paranoia and panic that has gripped the state on the martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani is an acknowledgment that even his memory that lives in each Kashmiris heart as a symbol of resistance and courage, is a threat to the mighty Indian state despite its huge military control. Leadership said that curfews and restrictions across the valley, blanket ban and gag on communication channels and networks suspension of rail links closing of highways deployment of additional forces at every nook and corner of

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Strongly condemning the deployment of additional forces in Kashmir valley, imposing of undue restrictions on people’s movement, and arrest of resistance leaders and activists ahead of the first anniversary of popular rebel commander Burhan Wani and his two associates, the incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said, “New Delhi and its collaborators won’t succeed in stopping people from remembering their hero.” In a statement issued here, Shah said that the people’s tribute to Wani is a referendum against the Indian forcible occupation. He said Kashmiris are not scared of bullets and repressive measures. “Indian leaders should

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Young and brave journalist Sumegha Gulati has passed away earlier today in Mumbai, after bravely fighting years of battle with her illness. Gulati had been a staffer at The Indian Express and was now writing reportage for publications like The Caravan, The Quint, and Scroll.in among many others. She was in love with Kashmir more than any place on earth, where she spent a few months in 2009 while interning with a local daily. Having studied journalism from Delhi University and then Asian College of Journalism, Gulati had grown into one of the talented journalists and a person deeply concerned

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More than fifty women from different walks of life sat together on Sunday and expressed their idea of Being a Woman in Kashmir. The event celebrated the resilience, achievement and individual struggles of women. Among the speaker,s academician Neerja Mattoo spoke about the cultural and historical context and how the times have changed in Kashmir. While as the Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Parveena Ahangar, recalled her journey from being a housewife to becoming a Human rights defender. “I had not moved beyond Lal Chowk but the disappearance of my son took me beyond mental and

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On the third death anniversary of Muhammad Afzal Guru, his family has appealed pro-freedom organizations, legal experts and civil society members of Kashmir Valley to impress upon the government of India to return the belongings of Guru lying with the Tihar jail authorities. The lone son of Guru, Ghalib told CNS – a local news agency, both he and his mother Tabasum is aware of this fact that India is not interested in returning the mortal remains of ‘Baba’ (as he calls Muhammad Afzal Guru) but they wish that his belongings that includes the Holy Quran, his spectacles, a radio

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Atta Mohammad (75) of Bimyar, Chahal, Uri died last night after prolonged ailment. Atta Mohammad is one such brave Kashmiri who despite an atmosphere of militarization and repression, continued to speak truth. In the last 25 years of violent repression, Atta Mohammad in his village received 235 unidentified bullet ridden dead bodies, most of whom the armed forces claimed are militants killed in encounters. This included the dead body of a six-moth old baby girl. According to Atta Mohammad, he felt the forces that killed these unidentified persons, would not have paid respect to the dead; therefore he chose to