This is also the first time that elections in J&K are open to non-state subjects like West Pakistan Refugees (WPR) after the abrogation of state-subject laws with the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A.
Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, J&K Police said, killed the trio in a pre-planned attack and fled from the spot. Wednesday’s incident is being seen as part of a bloody cycle of attacks on pro-India political activists in the restive Kashmir region.
Two journalists — Azaan Javaid, a special correspondent for ThePrint and Anees Zargar, J&K Bureau Chief of Newsclick — were allegedly beaten by the J&K police personnel outside Islamia College when they were recording video of the scene following the protests.
Director-General of J&K Police Dilbag Singh directed the officers on Monday to make “make strong cases against identified individuals who are habitual offenders in drug peddling and bovine smuggling.”
Along with a press release sent to journalists daily, the police on Friday also sent a list of tweets posted about the situation in Kashmir, particularly about human rights violations there. The tweets had been compiled in a file.
Sinha was accompanied by members of the 'Concerned Citizens’ Group', including former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, and journalists Bharat Bhushan and Sushoba Bharve.