Landslide buries two dozen shops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda


Srinagar:- Nearly two dozen shops were buried under the debris of a massive landslide in Bhaleesa area of Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

A police official said that a landslide hit the Bathri market, 60 KM from Doda town at around 4:15AM, burying 14 commercial structures which housed nearly two dozen shops. However, no loss of life was reported, he said.

“According to initial reports, 14 structures consisting of nearly two dozen shops got completely buried under the debris of the massive landslide,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhadarwah, Raj Singh Gouria, told Greater Kashmir over telephone from the spot.

He said they have started a rescue operation with the help of locals. “The district administration has been informed about the incident with a request to immediately send the machines to remove the debris from the road,” he said.

A local resident, Rubina Begum (29) told Greater Kashmir that the landslide felt like an earthquake.

“It felt like an earthquake and there was thundering and loud banging. We were sleeping when the landslide took place. All of us ran out,” Begum said.

The Chenab region is among the most disaster-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir.(GK)
[3/13, 12:11] ‪+91 96225 54188‬: *Kashmir University students protest ban on Jama’at, demand immediate revocation*

Srinagar: The students of Kashmir University on Wednesday held a strong protest demonstration against the ban on Kashmir’s largest socio-religio-political organization in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dozens of students marched from the varsity’s History department upto Humanities block carrying banners and chanting slogans denouncing the ban on Jama’at.

A student told Kashmir Reader that the protesters later dispersed peacefully at the Humanities block.

Government of India last month imposed a ban on Jama’at for five years for “unlawful association” of having the potential to disrupt the unity and integrity of the country.

Prior to the ban, more than 200 members of JeI were arrested by the state police during raids at their residences including its Ameer Dr Abdul Hameed Fayaz.

The students sought immediate revocation of the ban on Jama’at, the student said.