Seven Kashmiri separatists arrested for terror funding
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested seven members of Kashmir's main separatist alliance on Monday on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan-based militant groups to wage attacks. This was the first such case against the group. The counter-terrorism agency said it had found cash and valuables worth millions of rupees, electronic devices and incriminating documents during raids on the seven members of All Parties Hurriyat Conference. Top leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik condemned the arrests as arbitrary and called for a strike to protests the action. One of the seven arrested on charges of terror funding was Altaf Shah, a son-in-law of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a former chairman of the Hurriyat. The NIA said in a statement that the men had received funds from the Hizbul Mujahideen.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Save Bengal Programme
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said its 'Save Bengal' programme had been started to bring to light the present condition of West Bengal and also stating that an event would be held in the Constitution Club on July 26. The BJP started the 'Save Bengal' campaign on July 13 from New Delhi's Rajghat. BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that that the disruptive jihadi mindset had got rooted in West Bengal and the whole country needed to come together to curb it. The BJP's march came in the backdrop of recent communal violence WB's Baduria and Basirhat areas of North 24 Parganas district over a Facebook post. These areas were close to Bangladesh border. Lekhi demanded that the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal Government agree to seal the porous Bangladesh border to tame the jihadist forces in the state.
Supreme Court says no to re-investigation into Kashmiri Pandits killings
The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea seeking re-investigation and prosecution of persons, including separatist leaders Yasin Malik and Bitta Karate, in connection with the killing of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley during 1989-90. A bench comprising of Chief Justice of India (CJI) J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the evidence would be difficult to find as almost 27 years had passed. The apex court also asked the petitioner to come up with the evidence, if possible. Advocate for petitioner Vikash Pandora appearing for the organisation 'Roots of Kashmir', said that Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their homes. He accepted that there was a delay from their side but neither the Center nor the State and not even the judiciary had taken any notice. Relating to the murders of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits, till now 215 FIRs had been lodged but not a single case had reached a logical conclusion.
Samajwadi Party and CPI against idea of army tank in university
With Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) Vice Chancellor Jagdish Kumar saying that setting up an Army tank in the campus area would remind the students of the sacrifices of the defence forces, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) strongly criticised his demand. SP leader Naresh Agarwal said that it was strange to have people of such mentality. Agarwal told the media "It's strange to have people of such mentality. How would Army's tank be an inspiration?" CPI (M) leader D Raja said that the JNU VC should be instead demanding the instillation of the renowned mathematician Aryabhatta, as it would convey some message. VC Jagdish Kumar had said, that the presence of an Army tank in the varsity would remind the students of sacrifices and valor of the defence forces. He had called on Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh to help the University procure a tank.