Indian SC rejects plea to declare IWT unconstitutional
Indian authorities on Monday bolstered security in Occupied Kashmir after clashes turned deadly during a local election.
“Etiquette deployments have been made to maintain the law and order situation on Monday,” a senior police official told the “Times of India”. Police blocked roads with barricades and imposed travel restrictions across the Himalayan region, including suspending various train routes servicing the area.
At least 8 people were killed and more than 200 injured on Sunday after police and Indian paramilitary forces opened fire at protesters during a by-election for a parliamentary seat in the Srinagar-Budgam district.
“Violent protests happened at many places in Budgam. Protesters damaged and snatched EVMs (electronic voting machines) at some places,” Jammu and Kashmir chief electoral officer Shantmanu said. “It was not a good day for us.”Officials have warned of an escalation of violence ahead of a second by-election slated for April 12 in Anantnag, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Budgam.
Farooq Abdullah, a former state chief minister contesting the parliamentary seat in Sunday’s election, blamed the government for failing to ensure security during the electoral process.
Meanwhile, The Indian Supreme Court Monday dismissed a PIL seeking the declaration of the Indus Waters Treaty between India and Pakistan as illegal and unconstitutional.
“This treaty is of 1960 and this treaty has held good for more than half a century,” a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said while dismissing the PIL filed by lawyer M L Sharma in his personal capacity.
The bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul, however, made clear that the order dismissing the PIL “does not put any impairment on anybody”.—INP