See More on Facebook

Politics

Curfew-like restrictions re-imposed in Kashmir

It is designed to foil Muharram procession.


Written by

Updated: +00

Curfew-like restrictions were re-imposed today in several parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar city, to foil any plans of taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended about the possibility of untoward incidents due to large congregations.

Srinagar’s main commercial area Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing security wires at all entry points where large numbers of security force personnel were deployed, our New Delhi correspondent reports quoting officials.

Restrictions have already been in vogue several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said

The officials did not cite any reason for re-imposing restrictions but it is understood that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when armed insurgency began.

Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Indian government announced its decision to scrap Article 370 withdrawing special constitutional status and bifurcate the state into federally-ruled territories.

Thereafter, the restrictions were withdrawn in phases from several parts of the Valley as the situation improved with the passage of time.

The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to foment protests.

Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to the shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day today.

Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said

Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream parties’ leaders, including three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been either detained or placed under house arrest, a step authorities said aimed at ensuring their own safety.

 



Enjoyed this story? Share it.


Daily Star
About the Author: The Daily Star is a leading English-language daily newspaper in Bangladesh.

Eastern Briefings

All you need to know about Asia


Our Eastern Briefings Newsletter presents curated stories from 22 Asian newspapers from South, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Sign up and stay updated with the latest news.



By providing us with your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

View Today's Newsletter Here

Politics

Rohingyas in Voter List: EC staffers, fraud ring behind it

Electoral fraud sees Rohingya on voting list. A nexus of brokers and some dishonest staffers of the Election Commission’s Chattogram office provides forged national identity cards to Rohingyas, an EC investigation team has found. Three members of the syndicate were arrested on Monday. An EC laptop, used in the forgery, was recovered from their possession, EC Deputy Director (NID) Iqbal Hossain, head of the three-member team, told The Daily Star yesterday. The arrestees are Jainal Abedin, 35, office assistant of Double Mooring Election Office under the Chattogram EC office, Bijoy Das, 23, a driver, and his sister Sima Das alias Sumaiya Jahan, 26, said Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station. Yesterday, Double Mooring Thana Election Officer Pallabi Chakma filed a case against five people, including the three, with the police station under the Digital Security Act, the OC said


By Daily Star
September 18, 2019

Politics

President blames China for ‘suppressing Taiwan int’l space’

The Solomon Islands is the latest country to not recognise Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) strongly condemned Solomon Islands’ decision to establish diplomatic relations with China in a major statement released on Monday. The president blamed China for using “financial and political pressure to suppress Taiwan’s international space” and called Beijing’s action “a threat,” but also a “brazen challenge and detriment to the international order.” Taiwan’s attitude towards its diplomatic allies has been one of sincere friendship, she said, stressing that Taiwan spares “no effort” and treats allies with “sincerity.” In the face of China’s alleged interference, however, she added that “we will not stand to be threatened, nor will we be subjected to ceaseless demands.” The president also stressed that Taiwan will not engage in “dollar diplomacy” with China


By ANN Members
September 17, 2019

Politics

Hong Kong police deploy water cannon, tear gas to disperse radical protesters

More protests erupted this week, the third month of continuous weekend protest. Hong Kong police fired water cannons and volleys of tear gas to break up protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks near the Legislative Council (LegCo) building and central government offices on Sunday (Sept 15), the latest in weeks of sometimes-violent unrest. One water-cannon truck parked behind water-filled barriers surrounding the government headquarters complex caught fire after being hit by a petrol bomb, but the flames were quickly put out by police. After repeated warnings failed to disperse the protesters, police fired water cannons laced with blue dye as well as volleys of tear gas to break up the demonstrators. In other countries, dye is added to the water to help identify protesters later. Meanwhile, the LegCo Secretariat issued a red alert informing all persons to evacuate the LegCo Complex immediately.


By The Straits Times
September 16, 2019

Politics

Iran rejects US claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, says ready for war

All sides in the Middle East have stepped up their rhetoric in recent days. Iran dismissed accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting global energy supplies and warned on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles. Yemen’s Houthi group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks that knocked out more than half of Saudi oil output or more than 5 per cent of global supply, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the assault was the work of Iran, a Houthi ally. The drone strikes on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility, were expected to send oil prices up $5-10 per barrel on Monday as tensions rise in the Middle East. Iran’s President Hass


By Dawn
September 16, 2019

Politics

PM Abe surprises by appointing Koizumi to 1st Cabinet post

Abe nominates rising political star to cabinet post. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who doubles as Liberal Democratic Party president, is attempting to maintain “stability” by not changing the core members of his administration in the reshuffle of his Cabinet and party executives, while also demonstrating the ability to “challenge” by appointing young and mid-career lawmakers such as Shinjiro Koizumi of the House of Representatives. Abe is apparently looking ahead to the end of his term as party leader in September 2021 by putting the finishing touches on his long period in power. 3rd-youngest postwar minister A mid-career LDP lawmaker was excited Tuesday evening after watching a television report predicting Koizumi’s appointment to the Cabinet for the first time. “It’s the biggest surprise [in the reshuffle],” the lawmaker yelled.


By The Japan News
September 12, 2019

Politics

14 Rohingyas detained in Chattogram

Bangladesh has begun reclaiming lands occupied by the refugees. Fourteen Rohingya men, who fled from refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, were detained from Chattogram’s Lohagara Upazila early Today. Md Syful Islam, officer-in-charge of Lohagara Police Station, said they detained the men during a drive in the upazila. The Rohingyas fled the camps in Ukhiya upazila and came to Lohagara. They used to work as day labourers, the policeman said. It is unclear when they escaped from the camps. Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar camps. Most of them fled their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State after the military launched a brutal offensive targeting the mainly-Muslim ethnic minority. The refugees and rights groups accused Myanmar army and their local collaborators of murder, rape, torture, arson and loot. Myanma


By Daily Star
September 11, 2019