Police champion pellet guns, seek less lethal ones

Police champion pellet guns, seek less lethal ones

Srinagar: The JK Police have strongly supported the continuation of use of pellet guns in Kashmir. Senior police officials told Kashmir Reader that pellet guns were the most effective means of crowd control available at the moment, and that the lethality of pellet guns will be reduced by procuring new type of cartridges that have […]

Passengers recount horror of highway gridlock

Passengers recount horror of highway gridlock

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar-Jammu highway turned into a highway of horror for tens of hundreds of people since Thursday, as hundreds of vehicles were stuck on the road, forcing hungry and thirsty passengers to spend freezing nights inside vehicles. The worst traffic blockade, which continued for about 30 hours, reflects poor traffic management. The government claims […]

Life in police custody

Life in police custody

Srinagar: Asif Ahmad Dar, 25, a resident of Janglaat Mandi in Anantnag, vividly remembers the horror he went through as a prisoner in the local police station. Narrating his ordeal, Dar said he was picked up by a team of Special Operations Group (SOG) in October 2016 from Srinagar airport when he arrived from Chandigarh. […]

Post uprising, pro-India politicians picking up threads

Post uprising, pro-India politicians picking up threads

SRINAGAR: After being paralysed by the five-month-long 2016 uprising, pro-Indian parties in Kashmir have suddenly resumed their political activities to recover lost ground. “Due to the PDP-BJP government’s conduct and incompetence, people have started demonising the entire mainstream. The space for the mainstream politics of all parties has been squeezed. In south Kashmir, which is […]

Agenda of Alliance, on paper and in practice

Agenda of Alliance, on paper and in practice

SRINAGAR: Twenty months after the formation of PDP-BJP government in the state, the much touted Agenda of Alliance (AoA) – the governance agreement between the ruling allies– seems to be moving forward on saffron party’s lines, while the PDP seems to have made a quiet surrender. Kashmir Reader took a look at four major contentious […]

No government institution for special-needs children in Valley

No government institution for special-needs children in Valley

Srinagar: In a shocking revelation, it has come to fore that the Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Department has no rehabilitation centre for abandoned children and for children with special needs. A doctor at GB Pant hospital, talking on condition of anonymity, said that when no couples or non-government organisations (NGOs) turned up to adopt […]

Forsaken by parents, shunned by society, Salman and Burhan live on

Forsaken by parents, shunned by society, Salman and Burhan live on

Srinagar: Since they were born, 11-month-old Salman and six-month-old Burhan have been living in a ward at GB Pant Hospital, abandoned by family and society, but kept alive by the hospital staff. When this reporter entered the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre at GB Pant Hospital, in a small room Salman was being injected medicines with the […]

BJP march through Srinagar an unprecedented sight

BJP march through Srinagar an unprecedented sight

SRINAGAR: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashish Sareen on Wednesday said that announcing special package for the West Pakistan Refugees in the state of Jammu and Kashmir was the first step towards granting them permanent residence. “The state and central government in collaboration have formulated policies to rehabilitate West Pakistan Refugees in Kashmir,” Sareen, […]

Today in Srinagar, BJP’s first-ever torch rally

Today in Srinagar, BJP’s first-ever torch rally

Srinagar: Buoyed by their increasing strength in Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will conduct its first-ever torch procession in the heart of Srinagar on Wednesday to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the ideological inspiration of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) idea of “cultural nationalism”. “We would be conducting a […]