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Posters threatening Kashmiri students to leave Uttar Pradesh surface




New Delhi, April 21: In a yet another offensive to Kashmiri students, dozens of hate mongering hoardings against Kashmiris, commanding them to leave Uttar Pradesh or face the consequences surfaced along the Partapur bypass in Meerut.

As per PTI the posters were flashed outside the colleges where Kashmiri students study.

The case has been registered on Amit Jani, head of the UP Navnirman Sena who is behind the campaign. He also shared a picture of the poster on his Facebook account on Wednesday.

According to Indian Express, Jaani said that, Navnirman Sena is also planning to hold camps outside Jammu and Kashmir Bank branches in the state and appeal the account holders to close their accounts to stop funding the Kashmiris.

Also on Wednesday in a separate incident, 6 Kashmiri students of Maiwar University were called “stone pelters” and beaten up by locals in Rajasthan. The students also alleged that police and university have failed to provide them protection and shared a tainted version of the incident that could have cost their life.

Meanwhile Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday appealed to all state governments to ensure safety of Kashmiri students.

It is shameful that within 24 hours, the students from valley are beaten up, bad mouthed and threatened to leave their place in two of the BJP ruled states.

The statement by the Union Minister arrived after 2 days of the offensive. The minister said, “Kashmiris are citizens of India and part of our family. They should not be harassed. I condemn the attack” and home ministry is asked to circulate the advisory in the regard.

Already massive protests and unrest across the valley have been reported between Kasmiri students and security forces. Since last one year, the unrest in Kashmir has ceased to rest despite PDP BJP coalition in J&K.

Thousands have been injured and hundreds killed. What remains mostly unreported is the fact that the Army is battling a war of emotions within a country where locals resort to stone pelting and hamper the army operations, besides gunning terrorists across LoC and contesting frequent ceasefire violation from the hostile neigbour.

If the unrest embroils with Kashmiris in the other parts of the country the situation could threaten the whole structure of democracy.

Wefornews Bureau


OP Rawat takes charge as new Chief Election Commissioner



New Delhi, Jan 26: Om Prakash Rawat on Tuesday took charge as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), succeeding Achal Kumar Jyoti to the post.

Rawat will serve a tenure of almost a year till his retirement in December 2018.

He has previously held various key portfolios at the Central government and in the states. He was also deputed to South Africa in May 1994 as the United Nations’ election observer to chalk out the first post-apartheid elections there.


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Karni Sena threats force cancellation of ‘Padmaavat’ bookings in Bihar




Patna, Jan 23: Shree Rajput Karni Sena activists have forced cinema halls to stop advance bookings for “Padmaavat”, officials on Tuesday said.

In Patna, online bookings for the movie were stopped following protest and threat by Karni Sena’s activists.

“Fear of Karni Sena is such that Cinepolis has not only stopped online booking of ‘Padmaavat’. It cancelled 50 bookings after a group of Karni Sena activists protested and threatened the staff members,” an official of district administration said.

Three other cinema halls, set to screen the controversial movie, have so far not informed people about advance booking for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

In Gaya district, all cinema hall owners have decided not to show “Padmaavat” fearing violence by Karni Sena supporters.

In Bhagalpur and Purnea districts also cinema halls have decided not to screen the film.

Karni Sena’s state president Dhirender Singh said cinema halls should not to show “Padmaavat”, respecting the sentiments of the people.

In the last 10 day, activists of the Rajput organisation, which has been at the forefront of anti-“Padmaavat” protest, have staged demonstrations across the state.

Last week, some activists attacked a cinema hall in Muzaffarpur district, tore posters of “Padmaavat” and threatened to set ablaze the hall if the film is screened, police said.

The police is, however, yet to act against those who indulged in the vandalism.

According to district officials, the police would scan the CCTV footage.

The JD(U)-BJP government led by Nitish Kumar has so far not decided whether the movie will release in the state.


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No ban on ‘Padmaavat’, Supreme Court clears pan-India Jan 25 release




New Delhi, Jan 23: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked all states to comply with its order not to stand in the way of the release of controversial film “Padmaavat” as it dismissed last ditch efforts by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments to block its January 25 release.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said: “People must understand that the Supreme Court has passed an order and it must be complied with.”

“Our order is to be complied with by one and all. A few hundred people come on the street and create a law and order situation demanding ban. That can’t be accepted,” Misra said.

“You can advise them not to watch the movie if they don’t like it. We will not modify our order,” the Chief Justice told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who tried to flag the law and order situation as a ground for blocking release of the film.

The court also dismissed a plea by Akhil Bharatiya Karni Mahasangh, saying: “We are not inclined to modify order” — clearing the decks for the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

Admitting that maintaining law and order was the state’s obligation, Mehta appearing for the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments urged the court to appreciate the ground situation and threat to breach of peace.

“You can’t make virtue of creating trouble. You can’t first create trouble and then make a virtue of it,” said Justice Chandrachud.

Seeking clarification, Mehta said a situation could arise where after the release of the film, there could be trouble in some parts.

“Let the state honour this order. Rest we will deal with when it comes to it,” Justice Khanwilkar said.


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