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Five soldiers missing after heavy snowfall along LoC

Five Indian Army soldiers have gone missing following an avalanche that hit two different sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipora and Kupwara districts of North Kashmir since Monday.Heavy snowfall has swept away Army’s high altitudes posts along the LoC. Special rescue teams of the Army are conducting search and rescue operations to locate the five missing soldiers.The first incident occurred at Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez when an avalanche hit ‘Mani Post’ in Bagtoor area. Three army jawans, who were manning the post, were swept away.The second incident occurred in Naugam sector along the LoC when two soldiers fell down a slope. “Two soldiers slipped down the slope in Naugam Sector in Kupwara. Three soldiers went missing from a forward post in Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in Bandipora district during heavy snowfall in the last 24 hours. Search and rescue operations are underway,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Apart from special team of the Indian army, specially-trained sniffer dogs and state-of-the art equipment have been pressed into service to locate the soldiers.Bandipora Deputy Commissioner Sajjad Hussain on Tuesday evening issued a weather advisory asking locals in Gurez and Tulail areas not to venture in avalanche prone areas till weather conditions become favourable.Hussain also directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Gurez to take all precautionary measures in coordination with the concerned departments for the safety of the general public.According to the Met department, there has been moderate to heavy snowfall in many areas of the Valley with Gulmarg receiving the highest so far.Meanwhile, Kashmir has been covered by a blanket of snow bringing smiles on the faces of people who were otherwise battling with dry cold and disease.Famed ski resort Gulmarg has received two feet of snow. Srinagar has received 3.5 cm of snow while Qazigund, the gateway to Kashmir has got 13 centimentr of snow so far. Famous health resort of Pahalgam has received 25 centimeter while Kokarnag has received 12 centimeter of snow so far.Cheers notwithstanding, snow has also caused disruption of essential services in many parts of the valley.. The 300 kilometer Srinagar-Jammu highway, the lifeline for the landlocked valley, has been closed for traffic due to the snow at Jawahar Tunnel and en route.”National Highway and Mughal Road closed. All district roads operational”, tweeted deputy inspector general of police, south Kashmir range.VALLEY OF WOESMet department said there has been moderate to heavy snowfall in many areas of the Valley with Gulmarg receiving the highest so far. Police said on Tuesday they rescued 70 people in Surankote who were trapped due to heavy snowfall.

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Centre has taken note of reports of ISIS claiming attack in Kashmir: Jitendra Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has taken note of reports about global terror group ISIS claiming an attack in the Kashmir Valley that left a police officer dead, Union minister Jitendra Singh said adding that the future course of action would be adopted after taking an appropriate view.The minister of state in the prime minister’s office also said that the recent “back to back” successes achieved against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir was the result of the free hand given to security forces to wipe out the nearly three decade old militancy which is in its “last phase”.Singh was asked about the ISIS claiming its first terror attack in Kashmir through its propaganda wing, Amaq news agency.”The government has taken cognisance of inputs and the concerned agencies, the ministry of home affairs and the security agencies, are taking an appropriate view and will adopt future course of action accordingly,” he told reporters here.Three militants in a car opened fire on a police team at Zakura crossing on the Srinagar-Ganderbal road, killing Sub- Inspector Imran Tak and injuring a special police officer (SPO) on Friday.The retaliatory action left a most wanted local militant dead, whose body was wrapped in ISIS flag during funeral procession.Responding to a question about the killing of six Pakistani militants, including the nephew of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi,?in an encounter in Bandipora district yesterday, Singh said this was the result of the “decisive initiative” taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union government.”The free hand given to security forces to perform with professional freedom is behind such back to back successes. This is possibly the last phase of militancy in Kashmir,” he said.The minister said that he had been saying for the last several months that this was the last phase of terrorism in the state but there were people who were not taking the statement seriously.”The life span of any commander has been reduced to a few weeks – 10 to 15 weeks. Once a commander is appointed, the second is being kept ready to take over. The time has gone when they used to live for years,” he said.He said it was for the first time in the last quarter of a century that there is a government in place in New Delhi which is working on the principle of clarity, conviction and consistency and does not interfere with the professional work being done by security forces.Lauding the local police, he said the manner in which the special operations group performed is testimony to the fact that if given right opportunity without intimidation, the force is capable of doing wonders.On the surrender of college student and footballer Majid Arshid, who had joined the LeT a week ago, Singh said the change was already there but it was just a veil of fear which was holding them back.”Once the Modi government decided to initiate decisive action, this veil of fear has been taken away and the boys and girls are feeling free enough to come forward and express their aspirations,” he said.He said what Pakistan was doing has never been a secret but what is different today is that the common man in Kashmir, particularly the youth, is now ready to join the mainstream development journey led by Modi.”This change started actually two years ago and that is the reason today this year also we have 19 young boys and girls qualifying for the IITs,” he said.On Pakistan’s role in fomenting terror, Singh said that all the information was already available but it was only Pakistan that was in a denial mode.”But what has changed now in the past few months is that countries which were hesitant to accept India’s view point for reasons of their own, are now constrained to accept India’s viewpoint as far as terror and perpetration of terrorism from Pakistan soil is concerned. Pakistan also now feels constrained to no longer continue in denial mode,” he said.

Bandipora encounter ends: IAF Garud soldier martyred, 6 terrorists killed including 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi’s nephew Obaid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six LeT terrorists were gunned down in an encounter in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday. The encountered ended in the evening. Arms and ammunition was recovered from the slain terrorists. Earlier, an army spokesperson had said: “Five terrorists killed so far. One IAF GARUD soldier martyred and one Army soldier injured.” One of the slain terrorists was Obaid, the nephew of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and son of Lashkar commander Ab Rehman Makki.Obaid is the second nephew of Lakvhi’s to be killed this year. On Jan 19, another one of his nephews, Abu Musaib was killed in the same area.On Twitter, director general of state police SP Vaid had said a joint operation was underway with the CRPF, state police and the army was underway.Security forces cordoned off and launched a search operation in Chandergeer village in Hajin area of the district after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area, a police official said.He said the search operation resulted in an encounter when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.The gunfight was continuing when last reports came in, the official said. According to latest updates, authorities have ordered suspension of data services, including 2G, 3G and 4G services, in Bandipora in view of the ongoing operation.With inputs from PTI

Kashmiris line up to become proud Indian army soldiers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When militants killed 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz in May, little did they realize that their actions will only strengthen the resolve of the Kashmiri youth to serve the motherland by joining the Indian army.Militants had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district, where he had gone to attend cousin’s wedding on May 10.Lieutenant Fayaz, who was unarmed and had come home on leave, was taken to the neighboring Harmain village, where he was shot dead. Hailing from the Sadsun village of Kulgam district, his assassination had shocked the entire nation, since the officer was unarmed and commissioned in the Army just a few months ago. Six months on, thousands of youth swarmed the army recruitment rally in Kupwara to don the olive greens and defend the motherland against the inimical elements in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Army’s Recruitment Rally commenced on November 15 at Panzgam garrison for the candidates of the border districts of Kupwara and Bandipora in North Kashmir.“An overwhelming response was visible among the locals of the remote border district as youths in thousands turned up for participating in various tests conducted for enrollment into Indian Army”, said an army spokesman at Srinagar. The rally which is being conducted from November 15 to 23 will test the candidates for their physical standards and other ground tests followed by an aptitude test and medical examination. A candidate has to clear all these tests and examination with high standards so as to get a seat in the final merit list. “Candidates were seen to be highly motivated and over-exuberant as they braved out the winter and came in thousands for the early morning run. The huge turnout of youth is a clear indicator that they pay no heed to the calls given by inimical element and want to be part of elite Indian Army and participate in nation building”, said the spokesman.This is the second time in four months when Kashmiri youth have defied odds to join the Indian army. More than 3000 youth from Jammu and Kashmir appeared for the written exam for the selection of officers in the Territorial Army in July. Of whom, more than 800 youth hailed from the restive Kashmir valley alone, a figure which is almost double than the previous year.

J&K’s Swachch icon is grounded amid fame, name

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Srinagar’s Swachata ambassador, Bilal Ahmed Dar is unfazed by his new-found fame. In the last one month, his posters have dotted Srinagar’s streets, and the media has not stopped following him ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered him with praises for actively cleaning up Kashmir’s Wular lake.“Many ridiculed me for picking up plastic and other trash off the Wular, but after I was made the brand ambassador (of Srinagar Municipal Corporation) and managed to support the marriage of my sister with the money earned by selling off Wular’s trash plastic, they now look at me with respect,” Bilal told DNA on the sidelines of the 9th CMS Vatavaran –an international film festival and forum on environment and wildlife.The 17-year-old from an impoverished family in Bandipora district in Kashmir earned anywhere between Rs 150 to Rs 200 by selling trash collected from the lake.Having lost his father at an early age, Bilal has been cleaning the lake to support his family since he was 12. He was a special guest at the festival, where the award-winning film on him and Wular “Saving the Saviour” by Srinagar-based filmmaker Jalal Ud Din Baba was screened and bagged two awards.Offers of a job with a monthly pay of Rs 8,000, school admission have come to Dar. While he can’t take up the job over age issues, Dar aims to attend classes from November 10.Baba, who has been in touch with the city’s civic body, said Bilal would soon be getting his remuneration.Baba won three awards for two of his films screened at the festival where 113 films were nominated. About the lake, he said it was once the largest fresh water lake of Asia, but has shrunk over the years. “Wular was always there in my blood. And when I met Bilal and heard his story, I was touched and decided to tell the world about him through my film.”

Constable killed, jawan injured in terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police constable was killed after heavily armed terrorists launched a massive counter offensive against the security forces when they were trying to close in on their hideout in Hajin village of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Sunday.Constable Zaheer Abbas Khan was part of the security forces team when terrorists opened a barrage of fire at Mir Moholla in Bandiproa district. A resident of Poonch district in Jammu, Khan received serious wounds and was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed. However militants later managed to escape from the cordon”Bandipora police along with 13 Rashtriya Riffles and the 45th battalion of CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Mir Mohalla area of Bandipora district. During search operation, terrorists hiding in the area fired upon the joint search party. Constable Zaheer Abbas Khan was injured and was shifted to hospital for treatment where he achieved martyrdom,” said a police spokesperson.Zaheer Abbas Khan is survived by aged parents, wife and three minor children — Mehtab Zaheer 10, Manik Ahmad, eight and Sumaira Zaheer, five. Tributes were paid to the martyr for displaying exemplary bravery while taking on the heavily armed militants. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and senior officers paid tributes and placed floral wreaths on the body of the slain constable. Senior police and civil administration officers too paid their last respects to the martyrs.

J&K: Two terrorists killed in encounter in Bandipora’s Hajin, heavy stone pelting underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Bandipora’s Hajin area of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning.Security forces cordoned off the Mir Mohalla village in Hajin area of the district following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants there.When the forces were conducting the searches the militants opened fire on them, triggering a gun battle.Reports said that even though the firing was stopped, heavy stone pelting underway in the area.Jammu and Kashmir Police constable Zahir Abbas was also killed in the gunbattle.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

J&K: Encounter breaks out between militants, security forces in Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter between militants and security forces broke out on Sunday in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.Security forces cordoned off the Mir Mohalla village in Hajin area of the district this morning following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants thereWhen the forces were conducting the searches the militants opened fire on them, triggering a gun battle, the official said.The encounter is still underway.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Bandipora encounter, BJP’s mega farmer session, steel firms’ monopoly, happy birthday Amitabh Bachchan: DNA morning must reads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2 terrorists gunned down, encounter still on in Jammu and Kashmir’s BandiporaTwo terrorists were killed and three security personnel injured during an ongoing encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora on Wednesday. According to the initial reports, 2-3 terrorists were believed to be trapped in Bandipora’s Hajin area. Security personnel are retaliating to the gun battle. Hajin is the same area where a BSF constable was dragged out and brutally murdered by terrorists earlier this month. dnai.in/f6DeBJP to organise mega brainstorming session to discuss farmers’ unrestThe BJP will organise a mega brainstorming session in the Capital on October 12, to discuss the farmers’ unrest in several states. The party aims at devising ways to woo the distressed section of the society, given the political compulsions of the 2019 general elections. The country has been witnessing angry farmer protests in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh. Farmers from Tamil Nadu recently staged a “naked” protest in Delhi, carried skulls of those who committed suicide, and even threatened to eat faeces.Pakistan building underground tunnels for nuclear weapons located 750 km from DelhiPakistan is reported to have built up a stock of 140 nuclear weapons and is now building underground tunnels to store them, according to a report by WION. The upcoming site is reportedly coming up in Mianwali that is located 350 km from Amritsar and 750 km from India’s capital New Delhi, the report added. The report adds that the facility comprises three interconnected tunnels, each 10 metres in height and 10 metres in width. dnai.in/f6AISteel firms playing ‘Monopoly’, passing on cost to consumersThe steel sector in India often twists the natural order of demand and supply. Defying economic logic, five hugely debt-struck steel companies — owing Rs 1.4 lakh crore to banks and facing insolvency proceedings — are being eyed by dominant players in the steel sector. The five companies are Bhushan Steel, Essar Steel, Monnet Ispat, Bhushan Power and Steel and Electrosteel Steels. Sources said, these are likely to be sold to dominant players – thereby further strengthening the monopolization of the steel sector in India. dnai.in/f6BKHe ordered 166 phones and claimed refunds: Here’s how 21-year-old duped AmazonThe Delhi Police have arrested a 21-year-old youth for duping famous e-commerce website Amazon. According to the police, the accused, identified as Shivam Chopra, used to order expensive mobile phones and after getting them delivered, he used to register complaints of getting empty boxes to raise a refund. dnai.in/f6CHHappy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: 13 Times Big B won our hearts with his vocals in these songs!Whether romantic, fun, folk, forlorn, festive or quirky, Amitabh Bachchan has rendered songs in different flavours over the years. Here are the tracks he has lent his voice to, not counting verses like Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum. Goes to prove that his singing voice is just as cool as his talking! dnai.in/f6AJ

BSF jawan Rameez Ahmad Parray shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a stark reminder of Lt Umar Faiyaz’s killing in May, the terrorists gunned down a jawan of the Border Security Forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora on Wednesday.According to initial reports, the terrorists stormed the house of Rameez Ahmad Parray in Bandipora’s Hajin area, and started firing indiscriminately.The 33-year-old BSF personnel, who had come home on leave, was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.Other members of Parray’s family including his father Mohamad Mqabool Parray, mother and his aunt also got injured in the attack.The trio have been shifted to hospital for treatment. The Jammu and Kashmir Police took to Twitter to inform about the killing.Parray’s killing is eerily similar to the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle.Lt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative.He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian.A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two soldiers killed, one terrorist neutralised in Shopian encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the massive encounter underway in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir since last night, a terrorist has been neutralised on Sunday as security forces have been giving a strong response. The dead body of one terrorist has been recovered and counter-terror operations are underway.Earlier in the day, two Indian Army soldiers were killed in the fierce gunbattle.The area has been cordoned, as around three terrorists are believed to be holed up and attempts are being made to smoke them out.Meanwhile, in another development, a group of terrorists attacked a police searching party at Bandipora’s Hajin area today, in which two police personnel have been injured.Cordon and search operation has been launched by the police and other forces to nab the terrorists.Further details are awaited.

Terrorists fire at police vehicle in Srinagar, no one hurt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists tonight fired at a police vehicle in Nowgam area of Srinagar but no one was hurt in the attack that caused panic among the residents and passers by.”Militants fired upon a bunker vehicle of police at Nowgam at 8.45 pm but there was no loss of life in the incident,” a police official said.He said the firing caused panic among the residents of Nowgam and adjoining areas as passers by at the busy city intersection ran towards safety.Traffic was briefly suspended on the Parimpora-Pantha Chowk by pass road following the attack, he addedEarlier, security forces killed three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants in an encounter in Sopore area of north Kashmir, the police said.Two of the killed militants were locals while one was yet to be identified, the police said.The gunbattle took place after security forces launched an operation following information about the presence of militants in Amargarh area of Sopore in Baramulla district, a police official said.As the security forces were closing in, the militants opened fire, which was returned, the official said.Two slain militants were identified as Javid Ahmed Dar of Baramulla and Abid Hamid Mir of Bandipora, the police said.Three AK rifles and two magazines were recovered from them, the police added.Meanwhile, three persons were injured in Bandipora district when Army personnel allegedly opened fire on a group of stone-pelters who targeted them, police said.A mob pelted stones on Army vehicles which were passing through S K Bala locality in Sumbal area of Bandipora this morning, a police official said.He said the Army personnel allegedly opened fire to disperse the mob, resulting in injuries to three persons.The injured have been referred to a hospital here for treatment, he added.A similar incident took place at Harnag in Anantnag district but there were no injuries there, the official said.

Seven hectares of bhang cultivation destroyed in valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities have destroyed nearly seven hectares of bhang cultivation in Srinagar and Bandipora districts. “A team of Excise Department destroyed bhang on 53 kanals (2.6 hectares) of land in the villages of Tangpore-Takanwari in Srinagar yesterday,” officials said. Another team destroyed bhang on 62 kanals (three hectares) of land in Markundal, Khuman and Punhwara villages of Bandipora district, they said. The officials said bhang on one hectare of land was destroyed by the excise officials at Shaat Malooro village in Shopian district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stone pelting reduced by half : DG CRPF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even though the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is still far away from normal, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), managing internal security in the state along with Indian Army and local police, claimed that stone pelting incidents in the valley has declined by half.CRPF Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar said, “So far this year, only 424 stone-pelting incidents have been reported as opposed to 1,590 incidents last year.” He was speaking at the 78th anniversary celebration of the force.He attributed the decline to Central government policies and combined effort of security and intelligence forces and agencies. “Combined effort of the security forces, Jammu and Kashmir Police, and all agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made this happen,” he said.He further pointed out that CRPF is closely working with state police to deal with Law & Order situation in the state, particularly stone pelting. “Our troops are properly trained to handle volatile Law and Order situation; maintaining restraint, using proper strategy and equipment, and lesser usage of lethal weapons to control violent mob,” he said.He also said 75 terrorists have been killed by central paramilitary forces in J&K in last year. In addition, 252 terrorists have been apprehended and 118 arms recovered.Further, the force exalted their June 5 operation where in a Fidayeen attack on 45 battalion of CRPF camp at Sumbal in Bandipora was thwarted by jawans, and all the four Fidayeens were neutralised.After terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in which seven, including five women, were killed and many were injured, the CRPF, in a bid to prevent any further such tragedy, has increased patrolling and checkposts in coordination with local police over there.Till now, the force is dependent on its own ‘jugaad’ system. “The force made some changes in the structure in the combat vehicles to make it partial bullet proof locally,”he said adding that the force will now in process of procuring full bullet proof vehicles for combat purpose.The jawans put different shapes and sizes of the panel to the inside and outside of the vehicles. “A mechanism is working pretty well. We have told our troopers to procure the material locally in order to safeguard its personnel who are otherwise exposed to risk in a conflict region,” he said.The force has now planned procure bullet proof vehicles and buses to carry pilgrims.Notable Militants neutralized by CRPF in J&K.1. Shabzar Ahmed Bhat. Category “A++( HM Comdr)2. Bashir Lashkar Wani Distt Commander LeT3. JanaidMattoo Category “A”+( LeTDivComdr)4. Gulzar Ahmed Lone Category “A”+ (HM)5. Aquib Ahmed @Abu Hamza Foreign terrorist (JeM)6. Jahangir Ahmed Ganni Category “A”7. Shabaz Ahmed Wani Category “A”In Jammu and Kashmir, CRPF operations in coordination with Indian ArmyMilitants killed 75Militant apprehended 252Arms recovered 118

Security forces, militants exchange fire in Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A brief exchange of fire took place between security forces and militants in Bandipora district late last night, police said today. A joint party of the Army and police signalled a taxi to stop at Bandipora late last night during routine checking, a police official said. He said the driver of the vehicle ignored the signal and brought the vehicle to a halt some distance away. “The militants disembarked from the vehicle and opened fire towards security forces who retaliated.However, the militants managed to escape from the spot under the cover of darkness, leaving behind the vehicle they were travelling in,” the official said. He said the vehicle was seized and during search, the security forces recovered a hand grenade and some empty cartridges from it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists were killed in Bandipora district’s Gurez sector on Tuesday. Two to three terrorists were believed to be trapped in the area. The operation was conducted by the 36 Rashtriya Rifles(RR).The encounter is still underway. Meanwhile, the authorities have closed all schools and colleges in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district following the killings of three terrorists in a shootout with police and army late Monday night in Anantnag district.Mobile Internet services were also suspended to prevent the spreading of rumours in the valley.The three slain terrorists killed on Monday, all belonging to terrorist group Lashkar-e-taiba( LeT), were identified as Shaukat Louhar, Mudassir and Zibran.The Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber Gali and Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The violation took place at around 6:45 am, to which the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.Earlier on Monday, a jawan was injured in the ceasefire violation carried out by Pakistan in the Uri Sector.The Indian Army had also confirmed the death of a soldier during ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu’s Bhimber Gali Sector. The deceased soldier was identified as Naik Muddasar Ahmed.In the fire exchange, Ahmed was grievously injured when mortar shells landed on his bunker. He was evacuated to the MI room where he succumbed to his injuries.

J&K: LeT terrorist arrested in Bandipora, arms and ammunition recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was arrested on Friday from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and arms and ammunition recovered from his possession, police said in Srinagar.The newly-recruited LeT militant has been identified as Shahbaz Rasool Mir, a resident of nearby Hajin. Mir was nabbed during a search operation in an orchard area in Markundal village in Sumbal area of the district, a police official said.A Chinese pistol, a pistol magazine, four pistol rounds, a hand grenade, a knife and other items were recovered from his possession, the official said, adding a case has been registered.

LeT terrorist held with arms from north Kashmir’s Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was today arrested from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and arms and ammunition recovered from his possession, police said here. The newly-recruited LeT militant has been identified as Shahbaz Rasool Mir, a resident of nearby Hajin. Mir was nabbed during a search operation in an orchard area in Markundal village in Sumbal area of the district, a police official said. A Chinese pistol, a pistol magazine, four pistol rounds, a hand grenade, a knife and other items were recovered from his possession, the official said, adding a case has ben registered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SPO injured after terrorists hurled grenade at police post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Special Police Officer (SPO) suffered minor injuries after terrorists hurled a grenade on a temporary police post at Tral’s Aripal in Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir last night. Yesterday, two army jawans were injured in a terror attack in Hajin area of Bandipora. On July 3, terrorists opened fire on a Police patrol party in South Kashmir’s Anantnag , in which one cop was injured. More details to follow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Captain among 3 soldiers injured in terrorist attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists ambushed an army patrol injuring three soldiers including a captain in Hajin village even as the Kashmir valley remained under perpetual lockdown on the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani on Saturday.Police said terrorists attacked the army vehicles when they were on a night patrol at Hajin village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district at 3.30 am.”Three soldiers including a captain suffered minor injuries. All these vehicles were on a night patrol when they were ambushed near Hajin hospital,” said Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipora.Security forces immediately swung into action and launched the cordon and search operation to track down the terrorists. However, terrorists managed to flee from the spot after the ambush.The attack comes on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahedeen, poster boy Burhan Wani. Wani along with two of his aides was killed by security forces in an encounter at Bamdoora village of Anantnag on July 8, 2016.A curfew was imposed in Srinagar and other places to prevent any procession and marches including Burhan Wani’s hometown Tral to prevent any law and order problem.Clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar, Tral and Shopian with people throwing stones at the security forces. Mobile and broadband internet services were suspended across Kashmir valley as a precautionary measure as was the Amarnath pilgrimage from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu on Saturday.The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said the state can only suppress people struggling for freedom and justice physically, but can never crush their spirit and aspirations.”Curfews and restrictions across the valley, blanket ban and gags on communication channels arbitrary arrests and detentions and all other measures expose the fear of the government in the face of people’s revolt and resistance,” said a JRL spokesman.Sharif pays tribute to WaniIslamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday paid tribute to militant commander Burhan Wani, saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom in the Valley.”The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion,” said Sharif in a message on the first death anniversary of Wani, who was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces last year.

Pak won’t succeed in creating atmosphere of terror in J-K Nirmal Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh on Saturday assured that stern action would be taken against Pakistan for creating an atmosphere of terror in the valley. ?We have been giving befitting reply to Pakistan because it understands that language only. Pakistan will not get success in its attempt of creating an atmosphere of terror in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan will break down one day,? Singh told ANI. His statement comes hours after some civilians and army personnel were killed and injured in Pakistan firing in the state. Two civilians belonging to the same family were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch Sector along the Line of Control (LoC). According to reports, the mother and father have been killed while their two children have been injured after the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the wee hours of Saturday. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation which took place around 6:30 a.m. Earlier in the day, two army jawans were injured in a terror attack in Hajin area of Bandipora.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 Army personnel injured in militant attack in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Army personnel, including a Captain, were injured when militants fired at a patrol team in Kashmir’s Bandipora district, police said today. The militants opened indiscriminate fire on the Army patrol at Hajin in Bandipora late last night, a police official said. The militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness, he added. The injured were admitted to the 92 Base Hospital here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two members from same family killed in Pak firing in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two civilians belonging to the same family were killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the mother and father have been killed while their two children have been injured after the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the wee hours of Saturday. Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation which took place around 06:30 a.m. Earlier in the day, two army jawans were injured in a terror attack in Hajin area of Bandipora. More details awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police bust recruitment, rescue 54 youths from terror clutches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists are licking their wounds after Jammu and Kashmir police thwarted their plan and arrested 54 boys before they could be pushed into the quagmire of terror and replenish their depleting ranks in the restive state.”Of these, 28 youth have been arrested in the districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Sopore, Handwara and Bandipora of North Kashmir. Thirteen youth have been arrested in Central Kashmir Range. Equal number of youth have been arrested in districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Awantipora and Kulgam of South Kashmir Range”, said a police spokesman.Police also arrested four boys who were attempting to cross the Line of Control for arms training in Kupwara district. “The parents and the people of the area have hailed the efforts of the Kupwara police. Three of the youth were handed over to their parents while one of them and his motivator were sent to juvenile home,” said the spokesman.Police said though arms and ammunitions are recovered from many of the arrested youth, some of them were handed over to their families after counselling. “By doing so their families are saved from the adverse affects of the militancy,” he said.There are 225 to 250 terrorists operating in the valley of which 110 are locals and rest foreign elements, mostly from Pakistan. Ninety five of them are new recruits who joined the terrorist ranks last year.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two persons killed in security forces firing in Anantnag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons were today killed and 10 others injured as security forces allegedly opened fire to keep stone-pelting protesters from interfering in an ongoing encounter with three holed up Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.Also, clashes rocked various parts of the Valley including Srinagar after Friday prayers even as the police detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik. Ahsan Mushtaq (15) and Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) were killed after being hit by bullets near the site of an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces at Arwani village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a police official said.He said it was not immediately clear whether the duo were part of the stone-pelting protesters who tried to disrupt the anti-militancy operation in the village. Ten other people were injured, mostly by pellets. The operation to flush out militants was going on, he said. Officials said clashes also broke out between protesters and security forces at nearly a dozen places in the Valley, including Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, Tral, Pampore, Pulwama town and Anantnag in south Kashmir, Hajin in Bandipora and Sopore in Baramulla in north Kashmir.The protests against the civilian killings erupted shortly after Friday prayers and were going on when reports last came in, the officials said. They said several persons were injured in the clashes. JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody from his Abi Guzar office in the heart of Srinagar prior to Friday prayers.”Malik along with senior member G M Dar was arrested from Abi Guzar and both of them were shifted to Central jail on a judical remand till June 19,” a JKLF spokesman said. Meanwhile, separatists called for a general strike on June 18 against the killing of civilians and ransacking of properties allegedly by security forces.

Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid in J-K’s Gurez

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A militant was killed as the Army thwarted an infiltration attempt along the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district in north Kashmir. An Army official said the troops guarding the LoC observed movement of ultras trying to sneak into the valley from across the border and challenged them. During the exchange of fire, a militant was killed, the official said. With the latest operation, the number of militants killed in encounters along the LoC in north Kashmir in the past four days has gone up to 14. An Army jawan also lost his life in one of the encounters. A defence spokesman on Thursday said multiple attempts made by Pakistan army to push armed infiltrators across the LoC were foiled by the troops at Machhil and Naugam sectors in Kupwara district, Gurez in Bandipora district and Uri in Baramulla, resulting in the killing of seven militants. All the four infiltration bids were aided by the Pakistani forces who provided active support, including cover fire using heavy calibre artillery, the Army’s Northern Command had said in a statement. With the killing of six militants in Uri sector yesterday and one in Gurez today, the Army has foiled eight infiltration attempts in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir. Three of the attempts were scuttled in Uri sector alone. On May 26, the Army killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to infiltrate into Uri sector in Baramulla district to carry out an attack on the soldiers. Six more militants were killed in the same sector the next day when they attempted to sneak into the valley from across the border. This year, Army foiled 24 infiltration attempts killing 41 armed intruders along the LoC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Situation in Kashmir under control, Army working independently Govt.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday said the situation in Kashmir is under control and that the Army is working independently to tackle any situation. ?The people are seeing, what the media is reporting. The situation in Kashmir is under control and the Army is totally independent and functioning accordingly,? he said. Meanwhile, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar visited Kashmir today. He interacted with 45 Battalion CRPF Sumbal, Cheetahs of 45 and 44th Battalion. He lauded the army, while stating that the Bandipora encounter was successful. ?We succeeded in saving our camps. The Jammu and Kashmir Police also helped us. We have reviewed the Amarnath Yatra too,? he added. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said the Bandipora encounter was a live example of coordinated work. At least four militants were killed in retaliatory firing by 45 Battalion CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) at Sumbal in Bandipora district yesterday. The militants were reportedly attempting a suicide attack on the CRPF camp.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CRPF DG visits Kashmir, interacted with 45 Battalion CRPF Sumbal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar visited Kashmir and interacted with 45 Battalion CRPF Sumbal, Cheetahs of 45 and 44th Battalion on Tuesday.He lauded the army, while stating that the Bandipora encounter was successful.We succeeded in saving our camps. The Jammu and Kashmir Police also helped us. We have reviewed the Amarnath Yatra too, he added.Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said the Bandipora encounter was a live example of coordinated work.

J&K rattled as terrorists kill three within 24 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists sent a chilling reminder to the Mehbooba Mufti government when they carried out three killings — two of political workers and one of a former counter-insurgent — in the last 24 hours across the restive Kashmir Valley.Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan, an advocate by profession, was killed when terrorists fired at him at South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday evening. They later entered the house of Rashid Billa, a former government militia man and Ikhwan commander, and fired indiscriminately at him, killing him on the spot at Hajin in North Kashmir’s Bandiproa district. Ikhwan, a counter-insurgent group of surrendered militants, was created by the armed forces in the early ’90s to help in the fight against terror. Later, some of them started working with the police.“Terrorists barged into Billa’s home and shot him dead. He had no security at his home,” Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bandipora, told DNA.A massive security cordon has been put in place and search operations have been launched to hunt down the terrorists responsible for the killing of the former government militia men. Billa was among the few top counter-insurgents who had survived the terror onslaught. This is the third major assassination that has rocked the Valley in the last 24 hours. Bashir Ahmad Dar, 46, was killed and Altaf Ahmad, 47, was injured when militants fired indiscriminately at them near Qasabayar village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday night.

Two soldiers dead, one missing after avalanches hit Batalik sector in Ladakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two of the five soldiers trapped in a series of avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir?s Batalik succumbed to their injuries on Friday, while one is still missing. At least five soldiers were trapped when a series of avalanches hit the Batalik sector in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir clamping down an army post yesterday. Four soldiers have been rescued from the area, so far. Since Tuesday, most places of the state received moderate to heavy rains. Met office said that the higher reaches received heavy snowfall. Divisional Administration Kashmir had issued an avalanche warning for next 24-hours for hilly and avalanche prone areas of Kashmir Valley and Kargil district. According to MeT department officials, Srinagar received 83.9 mm rain and snowfall since yesterday while Kokernag in south Kashmir received 69.9 mm of rains in that period. Pahalgam, also in south Kashmir, recorded a rainfall of 64.2 mm since yesterday. As many as 20 Army personnel including a Major and a Junior Commissioned Officer lost their lives in three separate incidents of avalanches in Sonamarg area of Ganderbal, Gurez in Bandipora and Machhil in Kupwara districts in January this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CRPF commandant who was shot 9 times to return home today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chetan Kumar Cheetah, the CRPF commandant who had slipped into coma after being shot by at least nine bullets during a gun battle with suspected terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir two months ago, is finally conscious.As per reports in The Times of India, doctors who treated Cheetah at AIIMS said that he is fit to be discharged. When he was brought in, Cheetah had bullet injuries in his head, fractured upper limbs, and a ruptured right eye. Doctors said that after two months his vitals were finally stable. He will be discharged sometime today.His wife, Uma Singh, said the CRPF commandant’s penchant for fitness and strong willpower helped too.At least three soldiers and one militant were killed in the encounter in Hajin area of Bandipora district of Kashmir on February 14, where Cheetah got injured. Sources said the terrorists had received prior information about the attack on their hideout.

J-K cops bid adieu to constable killed in grenade attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel today bid a tearful adieu to constable Shams-ud-din, who was killed in a grenade attack by militants in Nowhatta area of the city here yesterday. A wreath laying ceremony was held for the constable, hailing from Gurez area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, at District Police Lines in Srinagar, a police official said. Besides top officials of police and civil administration including DGP S P Vaid, Deputy Speaker of state assembly and MLA Gurez, Nazir Ahmad Khan Gurezi, laid wreath on the slain cop’s coffin which was draped in Tricolour, the official said. He said Shams-ud-din’s body was later taken to his ancestral village. Speaking to reporters on the occasion, the DGP Vaid said ” such attacks only result in death, destruction and bloodshed and nothing else is achieved by them. My heart goes out to the family which has lost their dear one.” 15 other security personnel were injured in the grenade attack on a police party next to Ganjbaksh Park in Nowhatta area at around 7.00 pm yesterday. Two CRPF men were also among the injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CRPF personnel Chetan Cheeta’s medical condition remains critical but stable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Injured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commanding Officer Chetan Cheeta’s medical condition continues to remain critical, but stable. The medical bulletin released today said Chetan does not have fever and broad spectrum of antibiotics is being given to him. The Commandant of the 45 Battalion of the CRPF sustained multiple wounds during an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district on February 14. As many as three army personnel were killed and seven others were injured in the encounters in the Hajin area of Bandipora. One LeT terrorist was also killed in the encounter. The Indian Army officers recovered both arms and ammunitions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K govt aims to address traffic problem in Valley by next yr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir government has said it will complete major road projects this year in order to provide better connectivity and ensure effective traffic management in the Valley. “By next year, the problem of traffic congestion in Srinagar city and other towns will be addressed to a large extent,” Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar said at a meeting here yesterday. “Major initiatives are afoot to provide better road connectivity and ensure effective traffic management in Kashmir Valley by completion of major road and infrastructure projects,” he said. The government is committed to building an infrastructure that will be able to provide the best services to the citizens. It has initiated a massive programme to build new roads, bridges and flyovers, Akhtar said. The minister said work on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover, Mehjoor Nagar bridge, TRC grade separator shall be completed by this year and construction of Bund road from Rambagh to Gangbug would be undertaken soon. He directed officials concerned to expedite construction and upgrading uptown-downtown connecting roads, particularly at Tankipora-Zaindar Mohalla and Habbakadal-Babapora link roads which will greatly increase mobility in the interiors of the city. Akhtar also directed officials to prepare the feasibility report of Pandach-Kupwara road that will connect various places in Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara districts. The around 150 km-long road will be a boon for connectivity between central and North Kashmir, he said. “Work on the four-lane Boulevard road project is going on and will be of great help to tourists and locals,” Akhtar said, and told officials to respect the aesthetic, environment and historical aspect of the area while carrying on with any development works. The officials informed the minister that under the district sector plan, work on 527 schemes, at a cost of Rs 320 crore, is being undertaken.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chetan Cheeta’s medical condition remains critical

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Injured Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commanding Officer, Chetan Cheeta?s medical condition still remains critical, according to medical bulletin released on Thursday. Commandant of the 45 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who sustained multiple gunshots during the gun battle during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir?s Bandipora on February 14, was reportedly in a critical condition and admitted to AIIMS trauma centre. Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the officer to take cognisance of his medical condition. As many as three army personnel were killed and seven others injured in an encounter that took place between militants and security forces in the Hajin area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora. One LeT terrorist was also killed in the same encounter and the Indian Army officers recovered arms and ammunitions from the encounter site.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CRPF DG’s final Kashmir visit before retirement concludes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director General, CRPF, K Durga Prasad today concluded his two-day visit to Kashmir, his last before retiring from service at the end of this month. “Prasad was on his final Kashmir visit (as DG, CRPF) since he is due for superannuation on February 28,” a spokesman of the paramilitary force said in a statement here. He said while addressing the troops deployed in the Valley yesterday, at an elaborate Sainik Sammelan at RTC, CRPF, Humhama, Prasad paid rich tributes to Commandant Promod Kumar, who lost his life in an encounter with militants in the old city here on August 15, 2016, and his likes in the rank and file. Prasad also “applauded the daredevilry” of Commandant Chetan Cheeta, who was critically injured in another encounter with militants in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on February 14, the spokesman added. He said the DG, CRPF stressed on the preparedness of the force “for the tough days ahead” and giving priority to equipping the jawans for the “emerging challenges on the law-and-order and terrorism fronts”. Prasad also talked about modernisation of the force and optimal efficacy of the less lethal weapons, the spokesman said, adding that a ‘bada khana’ (grand feast) was organised last evening, to boost the morale of the troops. Despite inclement weather, an impressive Guard of Honour was presented to the outgoing DG this morning, he said. Later, the DG had a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Police officials before leaving for Delhi, the spokesman added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army Chief Rawat’s statement | Don’t indulge in politicking at cost of security forces’ morale: Centre hits out at Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Congress criticised Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement, issuing a warning against anti-national elements in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre on Friday asked the party to not to indulge in any kind of politicking at the cost of security forces’ morale.The stern message from Rawat came after three soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipore in north Kashmir when they were about to launch an operation against militants holed up there.Alerted by the stone-pelters, the militants had got an opportunity to fire hand grenades and empty a few magazines from AK-rifles into the advancing troopers, leaving three jawans dead and some others, including a Commanding officer of CRPF, injured. Addressing the media, Minister of State (MoS) in PMO, Jitendra Singh said, “We appeal to political sections and Congress to not to indulge in any kind of politicking at cost of security forces’ morale”Singh also said that the army chief’s warning was out of concern for the youth of Kashmir and nobody was more concerned about the possibility of collateral damage than the army. “Congress calls itself a national party, but is doing cheap politics,” Singh added.Earlier, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had criticised the lack of government initiative for the dismal situation in Kashmir and said, “The government is to be blamed for the situation in Kashmir. Even we ran the government, why was it not so bad then?””To threaten the Kashmiri youth like this is unjustified. Last year, 1000 kids were affected by splinters, 1200 kids lost their eyes,” Azad addedGeneral Rawat, while paying his tribute to the bravehearts of the Handwara and Bandipora encounters, had said, “The people who have picked up arms, the local boys, if they want to continue with such acts of terrorism and display flags of the ISIS and Pakistan then we will treat them as anti-national elements.”

PM pays homage to soldiers, says their valour will be

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid homage to four army men, including a Major, who died fighting militants in two encounters in Kashmir and said the country will always remember their valour and sacrifice. He laid wreaths on the bodies of the soldiers at the Palam Airport here where the mortal remains were brought today from Srinagar. On the occasion, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat briefed the Prime Minister on the encounters in which the casualties took place. “Paid tributes to the brave men who lost their lives fighting terrorists in J&K. India will always remember their valour & sacrifice,” Modi tweeted later. The Prime Minister was returning from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh after addressing an election rally there when he paid his last respects to the bravehearts. Major S Dahiya and three other soldiers were killed yesterday in two encounters in Kashmir. Dahiya was killed in an encounter in Kralgund area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where security forces gunned down three militants hiding in a residential house. Three other army men were killed in an encounter in Hajin area of Bandipora district after security forces cordoned off the area following information about presence of militants there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Those displaying Pak, ISIS flags in JK to face harsh action:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People creating hurdles during anti-terror operations and displaying flags of Pakistan and ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir will be dealt as anti-nationals and will face “harsh” actions, Army Chief Bipin Rawat said today. His stern message came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he paid last respects here to the three of the four soldiers including a major who were killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir yesterday. General Rawat said security forces in J&K are facing higher casualties due to manner in which the local population is preventing them in conducting the operations and “at times even supporting the terrorists to escape”. “We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with the acts of terrorism displaying flags of ISIS and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. “They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue,” said the Army Chief. The Prime Minister, in a tweet, said, “Paid tributes to the brave men who lost their lives fighting terrorists in J&K. India will always remember their valour & sacrifice.” General Rawat said those supporting terror activities are being given an opportunity but if they continue with their acts then security forces will come down hard on them. “We are giving them an opportunity, should they want to continue to then, we will continue with relentless operations may be with harsher measures and that is the way to continue,” he told reporters after laying wreath to the martyrs of Handwara and Bandipora operations. The Army Chief further said if “they do not relent and create hurdle in our operations, then we will take tough action.” Off late, security forces have faced opposition from local population in certain areas of Kashmir during anti-terror operations. Three security force personnel were killed in an encounter in Parray Mohalla of Hajin area of Bandipora district yesterday while another armymen lost his life in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Four militants were also killed in the operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi pays tribute to Bandipora, Handwara bravehearts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid his tributes to security personnel who lost their lives in encounters with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. Four army personnel including a major lost their lives in two encounters in the Bandipora and Handwara areas of North Kashmir yesterday. Three other officers and three civilians sustained injuries as well. Four militants were also neutralised during the operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mobs who disrupt military ops will be treated as ‘overground workers of terrorists’: Army Chief Rawat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angry at civilians disrupting operations, security forces in J&K want clear guidelines on how to deal with stone-pelting mobs during anti-terror drive. Four security personnel were martyred during the encounter in last two operations in Handwara in Kulgam district and Hajin, Bandipora.The India Today reported that the Army, CRPF and J&K police are reviewing the SOP and refining them to meet the challenge posed by such mobs. The report added that concerned by the incident army commander from North Command, Lt General Devraj Ambu went to the Chinar Corps area to personally assess the situation.Meanwhile, Army Chief General Bipin paid tribute to security personnel who lost their lives in encounters with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. He also said that those who disrupt operations during encounters and are not supportive will be treated as ‘overground workers of terrorists’.The close to 1:1 kill ratio (five terrorists were killed during the operation), is considered unacceptable and the acceptable ratio in the army is one soldier for every 7 terrorists killed. It’s believed that security forces want defined ‘Red Lines’, a clear demarcated area, beyond which protesters won’t be permitted and if they do then the defence personnel would be within their rights to use non-lethal or lethal force.They are also considering videographing the entire procedure and there’s a chance that pellet guns might also be used to restrain the protesters. Indian Army pays homage to martyrsEarlier, the Army paid homage to four soldiers, including an officer, who laid down their lives during two counter-insurgency operations in Bandipora and Kupwara districts of Kashmir.Joined by officials of other security forces operating in the Valley, Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen J S Sandhu paid rich tributes to Major Satish Dahiya, Rifleman Ravi Kumar, Paratrooper Dharmender Kumar and Gunner Astosh Kumar in a solemn ceremony at Badamaibagh Cantonment here.”Survived by his wife and a two-year-old daughter, 31-year-old Maj Dahiya had led the operation launched by Army in Handwara yesterday which eventually resulted in the elimination of three terrorists, thus delivering a major blow to the terror network in North Kashmir,” defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.He said the officer, hailing from Mahendergarh in Haryana, had been a part of several counter-terrorist operations and had also been awarded for gallantry earlier. 33-year-old Rifleman Ravi Kumar hailed from Samba in Jammu and Kashmir and was part of another operation in Hajin, Bandipora yesterday in which one terrorist was killed.He is survived by his wife and a three-year-old daughter, the spokesman said. Also forming part of the same operation was Paratrooper Dharmender Kumar of Nainital, Uttarakhand.”The young paratrooper, who defied his 26 years of age and had established himself amongst his comrades as a spirited and daring soldier, is survived by his parents,” he said.Gunner Astosh Kumar hailed from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his mother Shila Devi. His father Havildar Lal Sahib had laid down his life during the Kargil War. “The mortal remains of the martyrs will be taken to their native places for last rites with full military honours. The Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families and remains committed to their dignity and wellbeing,” the spokesman said.With inputs from agencies

Four Indian soldiers, four terrorists dead in Kashmir gun battles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four Indian soldiers and four terrorists were killed on Tuesday in gunbattles in Kashmir, in the second outbreak of violence between security forces and separatists in three days.Three soldiers and a militant died in a shootout in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district, as a joint army and police team mounted a search following a tip-off that gunmen were in the area, a defence spokesman said. Five soldiers were wounded. “During the searches, militants hiding in a house opened fire, triggering off an encounter,” Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Reuters. He said there were no arrests.Separately, security forces shot dead three terrorists in Handwara district, a senior police official told Reuters. An Indian army officer was also killed in the gunbattle.Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven killed in a gunbattle in South Kashmir on Sunday.

Defence expert condemns Bandipora attack, asks for more surgical strikes in Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the aftermath of the encounter which ended in Jammu and Kashmir?s Bandipora district on Tuesday morning, Defence Expert Qamar Agha stressed on the importance of carrying out more surgical strikes in Pakistan, asking to further persuade the latter for a peaceful settlement. ?Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan has occupied a part of it. And we want a peaceful settlement of the dispute, a peaceful transfer of this territory. Time has come. Pressure should now be mounted on Pakistan,? Agha told ANI. Agha claimed that Pakistan is breaking the international norms, since this kind of ?proxy war? is deemed as unacceptable from a legal perspective. Agha added that it is time that India took a firm stand against this. ?This has been going on for quite some time. If you look at the details, a number of army personnel have died in these encounters. These militants are coming from across the border and are trained, funded and sent across by Pakistan Military establishments. The Indian Government should hold these establishments responsible for these kinds of attacks,? said Agha. On Tuesday morning, three army personnel were martyred in an encounter that took place in the Hajin area of Bandipora district in Jammu and Kashmir. One LeT terrorist was killed and Indian Army officers recovered arms and ammunitions from the encounter site.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

5 soldiers rescued from avalanche in Macchil sector die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five soldiers, found trapped under snow in Macchil sector and rescued on Saturday, succumbed to injuries today, taking the toll of army personnel killed in avalanches in Kashmir to 20. Braving inclement weather, Army aviation pilots today airlifted the five injured soldiers from Macchil to Srinagar for specialised treatment, an army official said. “Unfortunately, all five brave hearts attained martyrdom,” the official said. The five soldiers were trapped under snow at a forward post in Machhil on Saturday but were rescued by avalanche rescue teams. Meanwhile, the mortal remains of 14 soldiers who died in an avalanche near the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of north Kashmir last week were also brought to Srinagar so that they could be sent to their native places for last rites. The inclement weather was hampering the efforts of the army to airlift the mortal remains of the 14 soldiers who died in Gurez sector of Bandipora district on January 25, defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. He said Army aviation pilots made repeated attempts during the past week to reach the snow-bound Gurez and Machhil in Kupwara district of north Kashmir and finally managed to evacuate the rescued soldiers besides bringing back the bodies of the deceased soldiers. While 20 soldiers including an officer have died in avalanches in Kashmir over the past six days, five civilians were also killed in similar incidents in the valley. The high altitude areas of Kashmir valley experienced heavy snowfall last week as a result of which the soldiers could not be flown to Srinagar as bad weather hampered the flying operations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cloud cover in Kashmir valley as ‘Chillai Kalan’ ends today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clouds continue to cover most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, even as the 40-day harshest winter period of ‘Chillai Kalan’ ended today during which the Valley witnessed heaviest snowfall in two decades, and avalanches that left 20 people, including 15 army personnel, dead. Despite overnight rains and light snowfall in the higher reaches, one-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway – the only all-weather road link between Kashmir and rest of the country – remained smooth, but bad weather led to delay in resumption of air traffic to and from Srinagar international airport, officials said. Kashmir valley experienced first heavy snowfall on January 6, which ended nearly five-month-long dry spell, providing relief to the people facing problems due to absence of rain or snow. Since then, Srinagar witnessed snowfall on six occasions. The high altitude areas including famous ski resort of Gulmarg – an attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter – recorded heaviest snowfall in over 25 years with present depth of snow being around eight feet, officials said. The peripheral areas of Gulmarg along with other high altitude areas in the Valley experienced snowfall ranging between 15 to 20 feet this month, they said. This is for the first time in over two decades that ‘Chillai-Kalan’ ended with snowfall in abundance, much to the delight of the people, especially the farming community and winter sports lovers. For the last four years, Chillai Kalan had witnessed scant snowfall. It was one of the major reasons for low discharge in rivers and shortage of drinking water in the Valley, as snowfall during this 40-day period lasts for longer time due to freezing temperatures. The ‘Chillai Kalan’ is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai- Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai Bachha’ (baby cold). Last week’s heavy snowfall triggered avalanches in Sonamarg area of Ganderbal and Gurez in Bandipora district, resulting in death of 15 soldiers and four members of a family. A civilian was killed in an avalanche in Uri sector of Baramulla district, while five soldiers were rescued alive after remaining trapped for several hours under snow in Macchil sector of Kupwara district on Saturday. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Indian Army today clarified that it was not an avalanche that hit an Army post in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir trapping five army personnel, but that the snow track caved in. Massive rescue operations were launched immediately to rescue the trapped Army personnel. The five soldiers of a patrol were immediately trapped as the snow track caved in. This comes in the wake of the two separate avalanches in Gurez and Sonmarg on Wednesday, in which two soldiers lost their lives. Two ghastly avalanches had hit an army camp in Gurez sector of Bandipora district near the Line of Control and the Army camp of 115 Battalion at Sonmarg in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district respectively. While an avalanche hit a patrol party which was on its way to a post in Gurez sector on Wednesday night, the other hit two shelters occupied by two officers and four jawans. The number of soldiers who died in the avalanches in the Gurez valley rose to 14 as four more bodies were recovered after the weather improved on Friday morning. Fifteen soldiers have lost their lives in three major avalanches in Ganderbal and Bandipora since January 25. Earlier, local authorities had issued a high danger avalanche warning for the hilly areas of Kashmir valley for the next 24 hours. An official spokesman said the warning has been issued for avalanche-prone slopes of Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Budgam and Kargil district of Kashmir division. Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir division, including Leh and Kargil, have been asked to take precautionary measures in their districts and advised people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas. Locals have also been asked to keep clearing snow deposits from roof tops of their houses and bunkers to avoid any damage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jammu and Kashmir: Avalanche hits army camp at Sonamarg, five dead including an officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An army officer and four members of a family were killed in avalanches in Ganderbal and Bandipora districts of Kashmir. An avalanche hit an army camp at Sonamarg in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district this morning, a police official said. He said an army officer — Major Amit of High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) — was buried under the debris of the avalanche.An army official said one soldier had died after getting trapped under the avalanche. However, the official did not reveal the rank and name of the soldier who lost his life in the incident. In another avalanche incident, four members of a family died as their house was buried under snow in Gurez sector near Line of Control in Kashmir, the police official said. The avalanche struck Badoogam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours today and buried the house of Mehraj-ud-Din Lone, a police official said.He said the house collapsed under the debris of the avalanche resulting in death of 55-year-old Lone, his wife Azizi (50), 22-year-old son Irfan and daughter Gulshan (19).Lone another son, Reyaz Ahmad, was rescued by the authorities and admitted to a hospital for treatment, the official said. The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning in higher reaches of the valley following fresh snowfall yesterday and advised people to stay away from the mountains and foothills. A ‘high danger’ avalanche warning was issued for some avalanche-prone slopes of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued the warning valid for the next 24 hours starting at 5 PM today. A SASE advisory said “high danger” warning is in place for avalanche prone slopes in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Budgam, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Doda and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir. High-danger avalanche warning for the same period has also been issued for avalanche prone slopes in Kullu, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti, Mandi, Kangra, Sirmour and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh.”People are advised to keep clearing the snow deposition from rooftops of their houses/bunkers to avoid damages,” it said.SASE said fresh snowfall had occurred at many places in both the states since yesterday. Banihal Top (19 cm), Haddan Taj (85 cm), Gulmarg (81 cm), Drass (55 cm) in Jammu and Kashmir, and Solang Nala (22 cm), Dhundi (116 cm) and Patsio (15 cm) in Himachal Pradesh had received fresh snowfall, it added. Meanwhile, an army officer and four members of a family were killed in avalanches in Ganderbal and Bandipora districts of Kashmir today.

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