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Anti-Qur’an remarks: Protests held across Kashmir

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Religious body seek exemplary punishment to Waseem Rizvi, dismissal of PIL

Faizan Wani

(Asian News Hub) – Protests against blasphemy remarks by a former Shia Wakf Board Chairman, Waseem Rizvi were held on Saturday, with people demanding exemplary punishment to Rizvi, for hurting religious sentiments of billions of Muslims across the globe.

A religious body, Rehmatan-lil-Alameen Foundation, according to the news agency—KNO, staged a protest against the Shia leader’s controversial remarks against the holy book of Muslims.

Rizvi has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India seeking deletion of 26 verses of the holy Quran, who he alleged incites terrorism and promote violence among Muslims.

Members of religious bodies holding placards reading “hang evil Rizvi, dismiss petition” assembled at Press Enclave to lodge their protest against Rizvi’s move to challenge the authenticity of the holy book of Muslims. They were also chanting slogans against the former UP Shia Wakf Board Chairman.

“We have assembled here to register our protest against accursed (Maloon) Rizvi, who wounded the religious sentiments of billions of Muslims across the world. We want the government to act tough against such radical elements, who always stoke controversy through his blasphemy acts,” they said.

They appealed to the Supreme Court of India to dismiss the plea seeking amendments in the holy Quran whose authenticity, they said, has never been challenged since the past 1400 years.  

The protesters said Rizvi’s aim to file PIL in the top court was to incite communal disharmony among several sects of Muslims.

They also claimed that such moves have potential to create discord among the communities; however, they appealed Muslims to exhibit patience to make people like Rizvi fail in their nefarious designs.

“We appeal the every sect of Muslims to be united and do not sway into emotions, we also appeal the government to arrest Rizvi and punish him for attempting to create communal discord,” they added.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

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Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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Militant killed in Bemina Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that broke out between forces and militants in Bemina area of Srinagar.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), officials said that a militant has been killed while the operation is still on in the area.

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“#Encounter has started at #Bemina area of #Srinagar. Srinagar Police on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Police Zone tweeted.

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Militant from Sgr involved in recent civilian killings killed in Pulwama gunfight: IGP

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(Asian News Hub) – Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar Friday said that a militant from Srinagar, who was involved in recent civilian killings has been killed in Pulwama gunfight.

According to reports the gunfight broke out between forces and militants in Wahibugh area after a joint team of Police, Army’s 50 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

Killed #terrorist has been identified as Shahid Basir Sheikh of #Srinagar. He was involved in recent #killing of #civilian (Mohd Safi Dar, PDD Deptt’s staff) on 2/10/21. AK 47 rifle was used in his killing. One AK rifle along with Mag/Amn recovered: IGP Kashmir, Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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