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Turkey’s top court rules release of 2 jailed journalists

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Ankara, Jan 12: Turkey’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that two jailed journalists be released, saying their rights were violated when in custody.

Some Turkish lawyers and experts said the ruling could set a positive precedent for other journalists detained under the state of emergency since July 2016.

Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay, jailed for more than a year amid purges of media members following the failed coup attempt in July 2016, were accused of “links to terrorist groups” and “attempting to overthrow the government.” They have denied all the charges, Xinhua reported.

On Wednesday, Turkish Journalist Association called on the government to free the 145 imprisoned journalists, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Many of the jailed reporters are charged with propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the networks of US-based Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the 2016 coup attempt.

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BJP Lok Sabha member from Ladakh quits party

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Srinagar, Nov 15 : Thupstan Chhewang, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Ladakh constituency, resigned from the party on Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Ravinder Raina, Chhewang said he was resigning from the basic membership of the party on health grounds.

Chhewang also told Raina that he was writing separately to the Lok Sabha speaker submitting his resignation from Parliament.

The BJP has three Lok Sabha members from Jammu and Kashmir including Chhewang.

The other two BJP Lok Sabha members are Jitendra Singh, MoS (PMO) and Jugal Kishore Sharma.

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Police officer, PDP activist killed by terrorists in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar, Oct 28 : Terrorists carried out two deadly attacks in the troubled Kashmir Valley on Sunday, killing a middle-rung police officer and a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) activist, Muhammad Amin, in Gangbugh.

An unknown number of terrorists intercepted a private vehicle driven by police sub-inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir in Wahibugh area of Pulwama district.

Police said the officer was forcibly taken out of his vehicle, taken some distance away from the road and then shot dead from close range, killing him instantly.

Mir worked in the state intelligence department and was posted in Srinagar.

In another attack, militants targeted a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) activist, Muhammad Amin, in Gangbugh area on the outskirts of Srinagar district.

He was fired at from close range, leading to critical injuries.

He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, a police officer said, adding that FIRs had been registered in both cases.

Sources in the intelligence department said the security forces have information about two groups of sniper shooters active in south Kashmir areas.

“Each group of sniper shooters comprises two terrorists each,” one officer said.

Security forces have been told to be vigilant about such sniper attacks that can be carried out from a long distance with pinpoint accuracy.

A special police officer (SPO) was critically injured after he was shot at by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district, authorities said on Sunday.

The incident took place in Charar-e-Sharif area on Saturday night.

“The injured SPO Muhammad Hafiz was shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment,” police sources said.

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Mirwaiz Umer defies house arrest, shifted to police station

Another senior separatist leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik who had evaded arrest, appeared in Lal Chowk where the police took him into preventive custody.

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Srinagar: Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq defies his house arrest during a protest march against the deaths of seven civilians in an explosion in Kulgam district; in Srinagar, on Oct 23, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

Srinagar, Oct 23 : Senior Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq defied house arrest on Tuesday and tried to march towards the Lal Chowk area here.

According to the police, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq who was placed under house arrest in his residence on the city’s outskirts, tried to defy the order.

“He was taken into preventive custody and shifted to the Nigeen police station,” police sources said.

Another senior separatist leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik who had evaded arrest, appeared in Lal Chowk where the police took him into preventive custody.

The separatists had called for a protest march to Lal Chowk against the killings of seven civilians in an explosion in Kulgam district on Sunday.

Authorities have placed curbs on the movement of traffic to and through Lal Chowk.

Educational institutions have been closed in Srinagar as a precautionary measure.

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