Po­lice-pub­lic clashes con­tinue; Kash­mir counts its miss­ing

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Gud­wan Posh­wan, a small ham­let near Pul­wama town in south­ern Kash­mir, wore a mourn­ful look on Wed­nes­day. Its residents had just re­turned from bury­ing a young boy, whose body was fished out of the Jhelum from the Awan­tipora area a few kilo­me­tres away.

Lo­cals said there were “tor­ture marks” all over the body of the vic­tim, iden­ti­fied as 18-year-old Za­hoor Ah­mad from the nearby Kisirgam Kaka­pora vil­lage. “His wrists were slashed, his legs bore cuts. It was dif­fi­cult to even iden­tify him,” said a res­i­dent.

Za­hoor had re­port­edly left home to at­tend slain mil­i­tant Burhan Wani’s fu­neral, but never re­turned. “Ev­ery­body was search­ing for him. Some­one said he was picked up by se­cu­rity forces. Today, they found his body,” said J&K CM Me­hbooba Mufti pays floral trib­utes dur­ing a Mar­tyrs’ Day cer­e­mony in Sri­na­gar on Wed­nes­day. an­other Gud­wan Posh­wan res­i­dent. The boy is sur­vived by his mother, a dif­fer­ently-abled brother and four sis­ters. His fa­ther had died a few years ago.

The Maharashtra State Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day de­cided to can­cel the regis­tra­tion of 191 po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing the All In­dia It­te­hadul Mus­limeen (AIMIM) led by MP Asadud­din Owaisi, for fail­ing to sub­mit doc­u­ments such as In­come Tax (IT) re­turns. The Hy­der­abad­based party, will be able to con­test polls in the state, but will not get a sym­bol of its choice. The sym­bol of the party is a kite. The AIMIM has now de­cided to chal­lenge the de­ci­sion.

The de­ci­sion will only be in ef­fect for lo­cal body elec­tions in the state. There will be no lim­i­ta­tions on these po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the state Assem­bly and the Lok Sabha polls be­cause those are han­dled by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia and not the state elec­tion com­mis­sion. Most par­ties that have lost their regis­tra­tion are small out­fits, ex­cept AIMIM, the Repub­li­can Party of In­dia (Demo­cratic) and the Repub­li­can Party of In­dia (Kho­bra­gade).

All the po­lit­i­cal par­ties con­cerned must now reg­is­ter them­selves again with the com­mis­sion, but will also have to pay a penalty of Rs1 lakh, said an elec­tion com­mis­sion of­fi­cial.

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