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KUPWARA: In this chilly winter season, scores of villages from North Kashmir’s Kupwara district are reeling under continuous darkness while locals yearn for a bulb to get light during dark hours. The worst affect villages include Meeliyal, Kachhama, Rashanpora, Dardpora, Warsun, Batargam, Zurhama, Vilgam Haihama, Lolab, Kalaroos, Chowkibal, Harai, Batpora, Bungam, Gooniora, Hlamtproa, Sohipora, Sulkoote, Muqam-e-Shahewali, Anderhama, Bumhama and Drugmulla and Gugloosa. Locals say they feel they are untouchables as administration has left them on the mercy of Almighty.

 

“Nobody listens to us. Our pleas and protests go unheard,” said a villager Ghulam Qadir to news agency CNS who added that education of the children are getting affected due to non-availability of the electricity. “We are already facing shortage of LPG and other sources of energy in this shivering cold weather,” the locals said.  “There is no accountability in Power Development Department. The power authorities at Tikker, Armpora, Vilgam, Krusan and Sogam grid stations are frequently resorting to long and unscheduled cuts both in metered and un-metered areas,” they said.

 

They said that during this chilly season PDD has taken them for a ride while no official from district administration comes to their rescue.  “We voted in last Assembly elections with a hope to get electricity but elected representatives disappeared once they made it to the Assembly. We have now decided not to trust these opportunist politicians and will not vote for anyone,” said an elderly man. When contacted a PDD official in a hurry said that they should not be blamed for mess, but answers should be sought from those who sold power projects to NHPC.

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PULWAMA: Suspected militants hurled a grenade at police station Pulwama in South Kashmir on Friday. Sources said that grenade exploded with a bang inside Tehsil office, adjacent to police station, damaged couple of parked vehicles there. Reports said that at least two civilians and four policemen suffered injuries. Shortly after the explosion, youth clashes with government forces. Reports said that local youth pelted stones on Forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells. Locals said that Forces fired some rounds in air to disperse the stone-throwers. The clashes disrupted normal life for hours in the district.

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SRINAGAR: A Nowhatta family from old Srinagar city still awaits the return of Sirajuddin Farooqi, the father of sibling who according to them was picked up by Indian Border Security Forces on 22 January 1992 during a nocturnal raid and since then they have failed to track down his whereabouts. “It has been 26 years of enforced disappearance now and we are still waiting for his return. We don’t know whether he is alive or dead but we can’t presume him dead till we find his body,” the family members of Sirajuddin Farooqi told news agency CNS.

 

Sirajuddin Farooqi, a resident of Safakadal Srinagar was the brother-in-law of militant commander Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar. According to his family members, they had invited him for a ceremonial dinner at their Nowhatta residence. “On that fateful day in January 22, 1992, a contingent of Indian Border Security Forces personnel from 22 Battalion cordoned off our house and dragged Siraj and my brother Fayaz Ahmed Zargar from the house and bundled them in an armoured vehicle,” Zahoor Ahmed Zargar, the brother-in-law of Sirajuddin Farooqi said.

 

He said that after 3 months, BSF men released his brother Fayaz on Chowkibal border in Kupwara district. “They released him in the middle of the night blind folded and it were the locals of Chowkibal that brought him home safely,” he said. “My brother-in-law Siraj was not fortunate like my brother Fayaz. He disappeared and we don’t know whether he is alive or dead. We wandered from pillar to post and even registered an FIR against the 22 Battalion BSF at Police Station Nowhatta. We were offered government job and monetary assistance that we declined. We need to know about his fate. If they (BSF) have killed him, they should tell us where he has been buried,” said Zahoor Ahmed.

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