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Protesters again display Islamic State flags in Kashmir valley
18-10-2014

SRINAGAR: Protesters on Friday displayed flag of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a rally in old city after Friday prayers, official sources said. They said some masked youth were seen carrying the flags of the international terror group during a protest after Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid area.

Police, however, said no such incident has been reported from anywhere in the valley on Friday. Security officials have expressed concern over the displaying of ISIS flags during the protest rallies in Kashmir. Today's was the fourth such incident in the last three months.

Army has said the waving of ISIS flags in Kashmir was a matter of concern and “deserves the highest attention of the security agencies” so that the Valley youth are prevented from being lured into the ranks of the jihadist organisation.

General Officer Commanding of Army's 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha has said, “The emergence of the ISIS flags (during protests) merits concern and deserves the highest attention of security agencies to prevent the youth of Kashmir from getting lured (into ISIS).”

nvictiu� Te� � 0� der ensures Jayalalithaa celebrates Diwali outside prison since the court is slated to go on a vacation for the festival from October 18 to 26.

She had moved the court last week against the Karnataka High Court’s dismissal of her bail plea. In her bail petition, Jayalalithaa has also sought suspension of her four-year-jail term in the case, besides urging the medical grounds for her entitlement to the relief.

Jayalalithaa was convicted by a special court in Karnataka for amassing assets disproportionate to the known sources of her income. In the wake of her conviction, she was automatically disqualified as a MLA and also had to step down as the Chief Minister in the middle of her third term in the chair. She handpicked party loyalist O Panneerselvam to fill in for her as Chief Minister.

The case against her accuses Jayalalithaa of using her first term as chief Minister from 1991 to 1996 to accumulate vast wealth. Jayalalithaa however claimed she was a victim of political vendetta by rival party, the DMK, which pursued the case.

Assembly elections are due in the state in 2016 and unless her conviction is stayed or set aside, Jayalalithaa will not be able to contest.