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While you were away: Top stories to bring you up to date

Police officer’s lynching in Srinagar widely condemned, Muslim boy stabbed to death on train, opposition leader in Russia barred from presidential elections, first ODI in Trinidad abandoned due to rain. Top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 07:06 IST
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An Indian army officer salutes during the wreath-laying ceremony of Mohammad Ayoub Pandit, a policeman who was beaten to death, at the police headquarters in Srinagar, Friday, June 23, 2017.
An Indian army officer salutes during the wreath-laying ceremony of Mohammad Ayoub Pandit, a policeman who was beaten to death, at the police headquarters in Srinagar, Friday, June 23, 2017. (AP)

‘Horrific, shameful’: Political parties condemn police officer’s lynching in Kashmir

The lynching of a police officer outside the Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar on Friday triggered widespread condemnation from political parties with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah saying those behind the “travesty” should “burn in hell”. In a strong reaction, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti termed the killing of deputy superintendent of police Mohammad Ayub Pandith as “shameful” and warned people of severe backlash if the police loses its patience. The Congress expressed serious concern over the “worsening situation” in Kashmir; party vice president Rahul Gandhi termed the lynching as “horrific”, saying the incident marked a new low in the state.

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‘Is this the azadi we are fighting for?’ Anger, disbelief among kin of J-K cop lynched by mob

Anger and disbelief was high among the near and dear of Mohammed Ayub Pandith, the Jammu and Kashmir police officer who was lynched by a mob in Srinagar on Thursday, as they tried to make sense of his killing. “What state we have reached that we kill a person outside a mosque on an auspicious night without any reason? Is this what the religion has taught us?” asked a close relative of Pandith at their home in old city Nowpora. “Is this the azadi (freedom) we are fighting for that we have started lynching people? What shall we do with such Azadi?” she asked.

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Muslim boy stabbed to death on train after argument turns into religious slurs

One minor Muslim boy was allegedly stabbed to death and four others were injured on board a Mathura-bound train, police said on Friday, when an argument over a seat turned into religious slurs and triggered a mob attack on family members returning home from Eid shopping. The incident took place on Thursday evening between Okhla and Asoti in Haryana, a distance of about 60 km. Police said one person was arrested on Friday and he has confessed to his involvement in the killing of Hafiz Junaid (16), which came amid several incidents of assaults on Muslims across the country over beef and cow slaughter.

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‘Has Bihar ki beti been chosen to lose,’ asks Nitish on Oppn’s presidential pick

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar faced fresh calls from ally and RJD chief Lalu Prasad and opposition parties to reconsider the JD(U)’s support to NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind but he stood his ground. But Kumar stuck to his stand, saying the presidential election should not become an issue of confrontation. “It is an election for President. It should not become an issue of confrontation,” he told reporters after visiting Prasad’s residence. “There is no doubt about the result. We have lot of respect for ‘Bihar Ki Beti’ (Meira Kumar). But the question is has Bihar Ki Beti been chosen to lose?”

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Will build forward-looking vision with Trump: Modi ahead of US visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will visit the US on Saturday, has said he is looking forward to an “in depth exchange of views” with President Donald Trump and his cabinet colleagues and forging a “forward looking vision for our partnership”. “I look forward to this opportunity to have an in depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide-ranging partnership between India and the United States” the PM said in a Facebook post. Modi meets Trump and his cabinet colleagues only on Monday. He is expected to first meet Trump in a one-on-one, followed by a meeting with their respective delegations. However, neither side has officially announced the schedule yet.

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Mansarovar pilgrims stranded as China denies entry, MEA in talks with Beijing

India has initiated discussions with China after a group of pilgrims headed to Manasarovar was denied permission by the neighbouring country to cross over the international border. “Some difficulties are being experienced in the movement of Kailash-Mansarovar yatris via Nathu La. The matter is being discussed with the Chinese side,” the ministry of external affairs said. Earlier, the 47 pilgrims who had been stranded on the Indian side of the border since June 20 after being denied access to cross over the international border, returned to Sikkim’s capital Gangtok on Friday evening.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny formally barred from presidential elections

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has declared his intention to run in next year’s presidential elections , is ineligible to be a candidate, the country’s central electoral commission said on Friday. “Currently Alexei Navalny is not eligible to stand for office,” the commission said in a statement, citing the fact that he is serving a five-year suspended sentence for embezzlement. Navalny and his erstwhile business partner were convicted in 2013. The European Court of Human Rights quashed the verdict last year, saying the men did not have a fair trial.

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Close to 100% certain Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead: Russian MP

The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100%, Interfax news agency quoted the head of the defence committee in Russia’s upper parliamentary house as saying on Friday. Russia’s defence ministry said a week ago it believed it may have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of senior Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. But armed groups fighting in the region and US officials say they have no evidence that Baghdadi was killed, and many regional officials have said they are sceptical about the information from Moscow.

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India-West Indies ODI abandoned due to rain

Rain played spoilsport on Friday as the first ODI between India and West Indies was abandoned with India batting for only 39.5 overs. They made 199/3 in that period. India had got off to a strong start and with the openers putting on 132 in 25 overs and setting a platform. Shikhar Dhawan made 87 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 62 on his return to the team. But just as Virat Kohli (32 no) and MS Dhoni (9 no) were beginning to show urgency, rain forced a break with India 189/3 in 38 overs.

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