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CAA spurs global Kashmiri Pandits to stand up for rights

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New Delhi, Jan 20 : The anti-CAA protests have inspired Kashmiri Hindus, who are victims of Islamic extremism, to demand their rights on their homeland in the Kashmir valley. For the first time in 30 years, members of the global Kashmiri Hindu community, known as Kashmiri Pandits, rose as one on January 19, to remind the world of the atrocities they have suffered.

Sunday saw Kashmiri Pandits, and their sympathisers, gather in large numbers at several places in different countries, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their ‘Exodus Day’. It was on this day in 1990 that Kashmiri Hindus, better known as Kashmiri Pandits, fled the valley overnight to escape the threats from Islamic extremists.

The Kashmiri Pandit Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD), along with its alliance partner associations, organized seminars, rallies, symposiums, and prayers in India, USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

In US, Indian Americans for Kashmir (IAKF) and GKPD joined hands to organise an event to recognize the resilience and noble spirit of the survivors of genocide. Self-confessed India-lover and founder of Voice for India, Renee Lynn, expressed happiness over the passing of Citizenship Amendment Act by the Modi government.

Noted film actor Anupam Kher also spoke to the gathering and provided a detailed account of the horror that Kashmiri pandit community had to face because of their faith.

In Australia collective prayers were held to commemorate the genocide and ethnic cleansing. Events were organised at Brisbane, Perth and Sydney by KAshmiri Pandit organisations such as the Kashmiri Pandits Australia (KPA) and KPCSWA.

In New Zealand, a seminar was organised by the local Kashmiri Pandit to commemorate 30 years of exile along with discussions on the way forward. Political analysts Major Gaurav Vaidya and Pushpendra Kulshreshta participated in the proceedings via Skype.

In Canada a symposium was held in Toronto on ‘Global terrorism and its impact on social, cultural and economic wellbeing of minorities’ focusing on the return of indigenous Kashmiris to the land of their ancestors and restoration of their political rights. The event was organized by Indo Canadian Kashmir Forum (ICKF) and the speaker panelists were Rajiv Malhotra, Tahir Aslam Gora, Tom Quiggin, Vidhya Bushan Dhar.

In India, at Jagati, the largest refugee camp, Jammu Helpline Humanity, in collaboration with GKPD, organized a symposium and painting competition the topic of which was ‘Ethnic cleansing and the way forward’. A protest demonstration was organized in front of Raj Bhawan by all state Kashmir Pandit conference.

In Delhi a silent sit-in was organized jointly by Jammu Kashmir Vichaar Manch (JKVM), Roots in Kashmir (RIK), Panun Kashmir (PK) and Kashmiri Samiti Delhi (KSD).

In Mumbai, Kashmiri Pandits Association, Mumbai organized a seminar ‘No more exodus’ where eminent speakers such as Padamshree recipient, Dr. Kashi Nath Pandita, and Dr Rattan Sharda, a columnist and author, addressed a strong community gathering in Mumbai.

In Jaipur, the Kashmiri Pandit Association of Jaipur organized a candle march.

Coming in the backdrop of the anti-CAA protests which call for protection of minorities, the resolve of the Hindu minority in Kashmir is to raise their voice echoed strongly on their ‘Exodus Day’.

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Delhi govt ill informed about Kanhaiya case: Chidambaram slams Kejriwal govt

The Delhi government on Friday had granted sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case.

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New Delhi, Feb 29 Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has slammed the Arvind Kejriwal government for the go-ahead to the police to prosecute former Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others in a sedition case of 2016.

Chidambaram called the Delhi government “ill-informed”. “Delhi Government is no less ill-informed than the central government in its understanding of sedition law”, Chiadambaram said in a tweet.

He also criticized the Delhi government for giving the sanction. “I strongly disapprove of the sanction granted to prosecute Mr Kanhaiya Kumar and others for alleged offences under sections 124A and 120B of IPC”, he added.

The Delhi government on Friday had granted sanction to the Delhi Police to prosecute former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 sedition case.

The Delhi Police Special Cell on February 19 wrote to the Delhi Home Secretary requesting to “expedite” the process of grant of sanction in the JNU sedition case involving former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar.

In a letter written by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha to the Deputy Secretary, Home, he said, “It is therefore requested to expedite the process to accord prosecution sanction under Section 196 CrPC as required for offence under Chapter VI of the IPC i.e. Section 124A IPC.”

A Delhi court had asked the Delhi government to file a status report relating to the issue of pendency of sanction in the case to prosecute student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and others.

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Congress delegation visits violence-hit Delhi areas

As per figures available till February 28, a total of 39 persons were killed, of which 13 had gunshot wounds. As many as 22 died of severe injuries suffered during rioting.

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : The Congress’ five-member delegation, set up by interim President Sonia Gandhi to file a report on Delhi violence, visited the GTB hospital and interacted with victims admitted to the hospital and their families.

The deadly clashes in northeast Delhi, after a clash between opponents and supporters of the CAA on Sunday took on a communal turn, have left over 40 people dead and over 200 injured and extensive damage to property, including homes, shops and other establishment

Earlier on Friday, Gandhi constituted the delegation comprising party general Secretary Mukul Wasnik, Delhi in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, former Union Minister Tariq Anwar, Haryana unit chief Kumari Selja, and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev.

The delegation was tasked to “assess the situation emanating from the mindless violence in riot affected areas and its after-effects and submit a detailed report to the Congress President immediately”, as per the release issued by party General Secretary K.C. Venugopal.

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Delhi violence: Former Congress councillor denied bail

“She (Ishrat Jahan) has been specifically named in the FIR. It is prima facie made out that the assembly of persons had become unlawful… the accused targeted the police officers with gun shots and pelting of stones.”

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New Delhi, Feb 28 : A court on Friday rejected the bail application moved a former Congress municipal councillor who was arrested in connection with violence in Delhi’s northeast area.

Ishrat Jahan was protesting against contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Khureji Khas area on February 26, and “instigated” the large crowd to stay put after the police asked them to vacate the road. The police claimed that due to her instigation, the crowd pelted stones on security personnel.

Additional Sessions Judge Naveen Gupta of Karkadooma Court rejected the bail plea, observing that the charges against her are “serious in nature”.

“When the protectors of law are targeted in the manner as reflected in present FIR and that too, in the gaze of general public, such actions lower the public confidence in the ability of police officers to do their duty,” the court said.

During the course of proceedings, Additional Public Prosecutor Mukul Kumar, appearing for the state, told court that a total of seven persons have been arrested in the case.

“The persons named in the FIR including the accused as well as other persons in the crowd did not disperse.. rather the persons named in the FIR instigated the public for using force against the police officials.

“She (Ishrat Jahan) has been specifically named in the FIR. It is prima facie made out that the assembly of persons had become unlawful… the accused targeted the police officers with gun shots and pelting of stones.”

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