Resentment across Kashmir as New Delhi clears land for sale

Residents in India-administered Kashmir are expressing fear over a set of laws modified by the Indian government that allows local land to be sold to people from outside the state.

Last week, the Indian government repealed several laws that were intended to prevent non-residents from purchasing land in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region claimed both by India and Pakistan. The new rules allow any Indian citizen to buy land in the area whereas earlier, only permanent residents under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution were permitted to do so.

The constitutional law accorded special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, allowing it a large degree of independence in its administration. New Delhi abrogated the article last year in August, revoking Kashmir’s autonomy and imposing strict curbs on public movement and communications.

The new development regarding land laws has now sparked fear among the Muslim-majority population of Kashmir, who

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Delhi contractor abducted for R4 lakh ransom by employee and four others over payment dispute, three held – cities

New Delhi

The Delhi Police on Friday said they have rescued a south Delhi-based 38-year-old floor polishing contractor from a forested area in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, where he had been kept in confinement after being abducted from Lakhimpur Kheri by a group of four men on October 24.

The alleged abductors and the mastermind of the crime, who worked for the contractor and had a dispute over pending wages, had been demanding R4 lakh from the family for his safe release, the police said.

Three men, including the main conspirator, Irfan,26, have been arrested for the crime. The other two were identified as Aziz Ali,35, and Bablu,24. Irfan’s brother Vakeel,31, and their associate Samim,30, are still absconding.

Irfan was only part of the planning. He was not involved in its execution because the contractor, Ramesh Chandra from Panchsheel Park in Malviya Nagar, would have identified him, police said.


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Abducted Delhi-based contractor rescued from Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur; 3 held | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: A Delhi-based contractor who was abducted by one of his co-worker and his associates, was rescued from Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district, police said on Friday after arresting three accused from there.
One of the accused, who used to work with the victim, planned the abduction following a dispute over payment with him, they said.
The accused have been identified as Irfan Ali (27), Aziz Ali (35) and Bablu (24), all residents of Sitapur, they said.
On October 24, a woman, who is a resident of Malviya Nagar here, lodged a complaint with the police.
She alleged that her husband Ramesh Chandra, who had gone to Lakhimpur Kheri in UP for some work on October 23, has been abducted by unidentified people, who had also demanded a ransom of Rs four lakh for his release, a senior police officer said.
A case was then registered under relevant section at
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Delhi gym owner arrested over alleged fraud of sale of luxury cars : The Tribune India

New Delhi, October 24

A 46-year-old gym owner was arrested here for allegedly duping a businessman to the tune of Rs 1.15 crore on the pretext of selling him luxury cars, police said on Saturday.

The accused was identified as Rahul Narang, a resident of Greater Kailash-II. He was carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his arrest, they said.

Police said Narang was arrested earlier, but he got conditional bail.

He stopped attending court in connection with the case but later a non-bailable warrant was issued for his arrest, the police said.  The incident came to light after a South Delhi businessman, Sunil Verma, filed a complaint against Narang, police said.

In his police complaint, Verma alleged that Narang approached him for some money. In return, Narang gave Verma sale letters for six luxurious cars but handed over only one car. Thereafter, the accused neither returned the money nor

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2 die, 4 unwell after cleaning septic tank at Delhi factory; owner, contractor held

Delhi [India] October 19 (ANI): Two persons died after cleaning a septic tank at a factory in Delhi’s Azad Pur area on Sunday, the police said.

Factory owner Rajender Soni (63) and contractor Pramod Dangi (35), both from Delhi, have been arrested, the police added.

Six of seven labourers, cleaning the septic tank of the factory, Delhi Chain Company, fell sick and were shifted to BJRM Hospital on Sunday. On reaching the hospital, two persons, Idris (45) and Salim (45) — both residents of Khurja in Uttar Pradesh — were declared dead. One Islam (40) of Khurja is undergoing treatment in the hospital and is reportedly stable, while three others, Abdul Saddam (35) of Bulandshahr district in UP, Salim (35) of Khurja and Mansoor (38) of Khurja, were discharged after first aid.

An FIR under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering

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