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Stories that shook Jammu this week!

National anthem disrespect incident at Jammu University

On April 11, a delegation of local students held a meeting with DSW (Dean Student Welfare) in connection with the case of insult of national anthem by students of a University of Kashmir University. In the meeting, the delegation members said that it was shameful to insult the national anthem in the premises of Jammu University. They alleged that it’s a conspiracy. In a way to protest, the group of students had intervened in the ongoing events of the sports meet.

Mob smashes and burns EVMs in Srinagar, low voter turnout in bypolls

Fresh polling was held on 13th April 2017 in parts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, where a by-election on Sunday saw huge violence as mobs targeted polling booths amid a poll boycott call by separatists. They burned electronic voting machines or EVMs and clashed with security forces in at least 200 incidents of violence. Eight civilians were killed and about 100 security personnel were injured. The by-election saw a voter turnout of only 7 per cent in total and the Election Commission ordered re-election in 38 polling stations across the Srinagar parliamentary constituency.

Fire at Rohingyas camp in Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu

Another settlement of Rohingyas at Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu has caught fire in a mishap that occurred during the wee hours of the day on 14th April. The cause for fire is still unknown but there are speculations that the community has willingly done this to gain sympathy. 7 jhuggis belonging to Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar were reduced to ashes in a fire that broke out under mysterious circumstances in their settlement at Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu during wee hours of Friday. Though there had been no loss of life or injury in the fire, seven out of the total eight jhuggis were gutted. The fire broke out around 4 am.

Protestors heckle CRPF troops in Kashmir, 5 detained

Five persons were arrested on Friday in Kashmir’s Budgam district for heckling a paramilitary trooper on Sunday during the by-poll for Srinagar parliamentary seat. “Based on video and other evidence, five persons have been detained for questioning in connection with the heckling of a CRPF jawan in Chadoora of Budgam district,” police said. A video had gone viral showing some youth kicking a CRPF trooper on April 9 after the polling process ended in the constituency. Senior officers of the CRPF had said the exemplary restraint shown by the trooper was testimony to the fact that the CRPF had been discharging its duties in Kashmir with restraint and under extremely difficult conditions.

Kashmiri man tied to Army jeep, paraded through villages

A video had surfaced in which a man is seen tied to the front of the Army jeep and paraded through the roads in Kashmir. The man, who was seen tied to an army jeep on polling day has been identified as Farooq Dar, while the army unit involved in the act was 53 Rashtriya Rifles. A report said that he was driven nearly 25 km — from Utligam to Sonpa, Najan, Chakpora, Hanjiguroo, Rawalpora, Khospora, Arizal — before the jeep halted at the Hardpanzoo CRPF camp.

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