Pulwama villagers decry night raids, harassment; police deny

Pulwama villagers decry night raids, harassment; police deny

Pulwama: ‘State terror’ has returned to haunt villages in Pulwama, after a brief respite in the winter. Midnight knocks on doors, noises coming from the darkness outside, and men in uniform with guns dragging away boys from their beds, are happening all over again across this south Kashmir district. Living next to a graveyard in […]

A home ruined by one act of rebellion

A home ruined by one act of rebellion

NADIHAL, BARAMULLA: Seventy kilometres from Srinagar city, Nadihal village in north Kashmir looks irresistible to eyes with its beautiful sun-soaked mountains and golden rice fields. This charm, however, is overshadowed by the presence of hundreds of soldiers alongside its border. The people of Nadihal have alleged that these soldiers have killed a number of the […]

In service of humanity, a life ends of a sudden

In service of humanity, a life ends of a sudden

ANANTNAG: On the evening of September 12 when some injured policemen and civilians were rushed to district hospital Anantnag, the officials in the hospital laboratory on night duty started phoning their colleague, Bilal Ahmad Dar, who had left the hospital at 4pm as usual. After getting no response to their repeated calls they gave up […]

‘While my son was battling for life, I was offered a million rupees to speak against Hurriyat’

‘While my son was battling for life, I was offered a million rupees to speak against Hurriyat’

Akhran Nawpora (Kulgam): A few days before Rasiq Ahmad was declared dead at the SKIMS, Soura, on 15 September, his father Mohammad Yusuf Bhat was called into the office of the Director SKIMS and told that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s uncle Sartaj Madni and her cousin Sajjad Mufti wanted to meet him. The duo had […]

‘He organised protests and I never stopped him’

‘He organised protests and I never stopped him’

KULGAM: Sitting in the corner of a room in his one-storey house at Nawpora, Kulgam, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat is happily receiving the people visiting him for condolences over the death of his son, Rasiq Ahmad. There is no grief on his face and he ensures that every visitor is offered tea and a packet of […]

Shopian ‘rebels’ live in hiding

Shopian ‘rebels’ live in hiding

Shopian: Hundreds of men have fled from their homes in villages across Shopian district to escape arrest by police. Most of these men are in the age group of 20-40 years. One of them, a masters student in English Literature at Kashmir University, said that if they are arrested, this new movement for liberating Kashmir […]

The girl who led from the front, asking, Hum Kya Chahte?

The girl who led from the front, asking, Hum Kya Chahte?

Gandapora, Shopian: The little girl who used to say that she will give her life for the freedom of Kashmir gave it up just as she said. On Monday she went out to participate in a public rally to demand the Azaadi of Kashmir, and fell to her death, when her tender heart was stunned […]

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