Papa Kishtwari’s PSO deposes against him in court

Papa Kishtwari’s PSO deposes against him in court

Nusrat Sidiq Srinagar: A police constable on Thursday deposed before a court in Srinagar that notorious Ikhwani Ghulam Muhammad Lone aka Papa Kishtwari and his associates carried guns on themselves in 1996, the year when the constable along with three other policemen were deputed as PSOs (personal security guards) to Kishtwari. The constable is one […]

Struggle for justice to continue for Saderkoot victims: JKCSS

Struggle for justice to continue for Saderkoot victims: JKCSS

Srinagar: The 16 April 2017 extra-judicial execution of Abdul Rashid Parray (alias Rashid Billa), who used to work for the State as Ikhwan (pro-government militia), raises serious questions on the role of the State – and its various institutions – in fostering a climate of impunity in Jammu and Kashmir. Specifically, the State has consistently […]

Notorious Ikhwani shot dead in his home

Notorious Ikhwani shot dead in his home

Hajin: A notorious government-sponsored militiaman and counterinsurgent Ikhwani Abdul Rashid Billa of Hajin was killed by unidentified gunmen at his residence on Sunday evening. A police officer said at around 10pm gunmen barged into Billa’s house at Par Mohalla and shot him. They left him lying in a pool of blood. He died on the […]

HC asks police for report on rape and murder by Ikhwanis

HC asks police for report on rape and murder by Ikhwanis

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed the Superintendent of Police Bandipora to file a status report on the case of rape and murder of a girl in Preng area of Bandipora allegedly by Ikhwani Rashid Pahloo and his aide Bashir Ahmad Rather in 1993, the Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) […]

Govt to process draft bill that gives police AFSPA-like powers

Govt to process draft bill that gives police AFSPA-like powers

Srinagar: The government has decided to process “for approval of the competent authority” a draft bill that proposes to arm the police with powers similar to those enjoyed by the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The 74-page Jammu and Kashmir Police Draft Bill-2013 had been posted on the Web site of the home department […]

Ikhwani Usman abducted me and my father: MLA Batamaloo

Ikhwani Usman abducted me and my father: MLA Batamaloo

Jammu: Legislative assembly was on Wednesday informed by PDP MLA Noor Muhammad Sheikh that he was allegedly abducted by Congress MLA Usman Majeed when he (Usman) was a government sponsored gunman of infamous Ikhwan group. MLA Batamaloo informed the house that Majeed abducted him and his father and they were released only after paying Rs […]

Saderkoot Massacre: A dark chapter in Ikhwan barbarity

Saderkoot Massacre: A dark chapter in Ikhwan barbarity

Bandipora: The sound of chisels and hammers is omnipresent in the village of Bounpora, in Saderkoot area of Bandipora. The main profession here is stone carving, which sustains a secondary industry: of bakeries. The dozens of bakers around bring the stone-carvers fresh bread to keep them going. All day the chisels and hammers sound, but […]

Court order leads to seizure of Rashid Billa’s property

Court order leads to seizure of Rashid Billa’s property

Bandipore: A team of officers headed by Tehsildar Hajin Moin Kakroo on Tuesday seized the property of notorious Ikhwani Rashid Billa, following court directions in a case of murder of seven persons in Saderkoot, a village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora. The police also seized the property of another accused in the case. The action comes […]