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Custodial Death Of A Teacher Triggers Clashes In Valley With Allegations Of Being Murdered

New Delhi: A 29-year-old school teacher, picked up from his south Kashmir home evening in connection with a terror case, has died in police custody, triggering clashes in the Valley and allegations that he may have been murdered.

A police spokesman said Rizwan Pandit, a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, had been in custody in “pursuance of a terror case investigation” when he died. The state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the circumstances of his death on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

Asked about the allegations of murder in custody, Srinagar senior superintendent of police Haseeb Mughal said, “There is a magisterial inquiry underway and, separately, a police investigation has also been initiated in the jurisdictional area of incident.”

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Mirwaiz Skips Summon By NIA For Questioning In New Delhi In A Terror Funding Case For Second Time

New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq skipped a summon by the National Investigation Agency for questioning at its New Delhi headquarters in a terror funding case for the second time this month citing security reasons. He insisted that he was willing to be quizzed in Srinagar.

The Mirwaiz who is also the chairman of moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference was issued summons for the second time to appear before the NIA at its Delhi headquarters on Monday in connection with a 2017 terror funding case.

His counsel Ajaz Ahmad Dhar wrote to the NIA saying, “Your attention is invited to some of the distressing comments which have appeared in the mainstream print media since the news of his summons to New Delhi. There are open calls for his assassination. Having regard to the comments, merely stating in the notice that security will be provided appears to be perfunctory observation.”

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Dalai Lama Says, It Is Possible My Incarnation Could Be Found In India after My Death

New Delhi: The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama said it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years. He warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.

Sat in an office next to a temple ringed by green hills and snow-capped mountains, the 14th Dalai Lama spoke to Reuters a day after Tibetans in the the town of Dharamshala marked the anniversary of his escape from the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, disguised as a soldier.

He fled to India in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, and has since worked to draw global support for linguistic and cultural autonomy in his remote and mountainous homeland.

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India Starts Construction Work On The Integrated Check Post At Dera Baba Nanak

New Delhi: India started construction work on the integrated check post (ICP) at Dera Baba Nanak as part of the proposed corridor which will give access to Sikh pilgrims from the country to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

A team of the Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) led by Attari integrated check post manager Sukhdev Singh and Dera Baba Nanak sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Gursimran Singh Dhillon, who is also the competent authority to acquire farmland for the corridor, visited the site on Monday.

Sukhdev Singh said, “On Tuesday, technical teams from India and Pakistan will visit the zero line at the border to draft the modalities for the construction of the corridor. The ICP will have adequate immigration and customs clearance facilities to process the smooth movement of nearly 5,000 pilgrims per day.”

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Sitharaman Asks TMC Chief Whether She Stands With India On Being Asked Proof Of Balakote

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asked the Trinamool supremo and her party whether they stood with India or “were helping our enemies”. In an all-out attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for seeking proof of Indian air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot,

Taking part in a panel discussion here, Sitharaman referred to the deadly Feb 14 terror attack on the CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and said “After that, when we struck Balakot, it was our fight against terrorism. But they are asking for proof? From the same state from where the entire nationalism movement began in India?”

The Defence Minister said: “Are they with India and nationalist Indians or are you helping our enemies? Are you giving support to their arguments? I can’t believe these people are from Bengal.”