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Restrictions imposed in Srinagar over separatist leaders protest

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Srinagar, July 2 : Jammu and Kashmir’s authorities imposed restrictions in several parts of Srinagar on Sunday to prevent separatist-called protests.

Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for the valley-wide protest shutdown against the killing of two civilians and two militants in Anantnag district on Saturday.

Srinagar District Magistrate Farooq Ahmad Lone said: “Restrictions will remain in force in Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma.”

Contingents of state and central police forces have been deployed in areas placed under restrictions as well as in other sensitive areas in the city.

Heavy deployments have also been made in south and north of the valley to maintain law and order.

Public transport remained off the road. Shops, other businesses, educational institutions, post offices, banks and government offices remained closed as it was a Sunday.

The civilians killed on Saturday were identified as 42-year-old Tahira and 22-year-old Shadab Ahmad Chopan, who were killed in Brenthi village.

The police said they were killed in the cross-firing between the security force and the holed-up militants.

However, locals said the two civilians were killed in clashes. A stone pelting mob had clashed with the security forces to disrupt the operation.

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants including a top commander Bashir Lashkari and his Pakistani associate Abu Maaz, were also killed in the gunfight.

Police said Lashkari had masterminded and carried out the murder of six policemen including officer Feroz Dar in Achabal area in June.

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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav gets five years jail term in third case

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Ranchi, Jan 24: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who was convicted in the third fodder scam case, granted five year’s jail term by a special CBI court here on Wednesday.

Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra also sentenced to five years in the  prison.

Along with the imprisonment, the court imposed fine of Rs 5 lakhs to both leaders.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad announced the judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This is the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

At present, the RJD Chief is in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was sentenced five years’  of jail term.

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Won’t Let Padmaavat Release, says Karni Sena Chief

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Jaipur, Jan 24 : The Supreme Court’s green signal for countrywide screening of “Padmaavat”  notwithstanding, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said the Rajput organisation won’t allow the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed to be released as it depicts the Rajput queen in less than honourable light.

“We are adamant on our stand that this film should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may,” Kalvi stated.

He urged  people for a self-imposed curfew to boycott the movie that “insults the mother, Rani Padmavati”.

On being asked about the violence being perpetrated in the name of banning the movie, Kalvi stated it was “sad”, but held Bhansali responsible for it.

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Padmaavat Row: Protesters block Delhi-Jaipur highway

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New Delhi, Jan 26: Protesters on Wednesday blocked Delhi-Jaipur highway against Padmavaat release. 

In various parts of the country people are agitating against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh Fort has been also closed as a mark of protest.

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