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Jammu and Kashmir | 3 terrorists gunned down in Handwara encounter, ‘raining whole night,’ tweets DGP

Three terrorists were gunned down in a joint operation by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara on Monday.Giving out the details of the encounter, Jammu and Kashmir’ Director General of Police, SP Vaid tweeted that, “In Unisoo, Handwara all the three terrorists apparently Pakistanis have been neutralised.”He also said that the anti-terror operation was carried out by the joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, the Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF.Lauding the valour of the men involved in the encounter, Vaid also said that ‘It has been raining whole night & boys were out there in the cold (sic).’Apart from the three terrorists, a civilian woman has also been killed in the encounter. ” Bodies of three terrorists killed in the operation and three weapons recovered. No other operations in the area”, th army spokesman said clarified.The clarification came in the wake of the update tweeted by news agency ANI that in a separate operation, two terrorists were killed and one captured alive in Baramulla’s Bomai area.However, the army has clarified that there was just one operation in Handwara and three terrorists have been killed in the encounter. This year, the security forces have killed more than 200 terrorists in various operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

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5 militants killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir

Five militants were killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir Valley on Thursday, security forces said. While four terrorists were killed in a gunfight in Budgam district, another was killed in Baramulla area. A para commando of the Indian Army was also injured.Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that four terrorists were killed in a gunfight with security forces at Budgam’s Fultipora village.Another gunfight erupted in north Kashmir Sagipora village of Sopore area in Baramulla where the police said one militant was killed while a para commando of the army was injured.”The operation against militants in Sagipora village is still on,” police said.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Four terrorists killed by security forces in BudgamFollowing specific information about the presence of militants at Futlipora, the security forces had surrounded the village in Pakherpora area of Budgam district in the morning.”As the security forces closed in on the hiding militants, the security forces were fired upon triggering the encounter,” a police officer said.A teenager, identified as Sinar Ahmad, 15, was injured when a mob clashed with the army in Pakherpora Chowk. He was shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.Meanwhile, authorities today said that the government forces, in 2017, have killed more than 200 militants in the state including around 82 locals, which is highest in the past decade. “Today by the collective effort of J&K police, Indian Army, CAPF and people of Kashmir have lead to neutralization of more than 200 terrorists in the year of 2017 alone. This marks a huge landmark for establishing peace and stability in the state of J&K and our country,” Director General of J&K police S P Vaid tweeted.
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Jammu and Kashmir: Four terrorists killed by security forces in Budgam

Four terrorists were killed by Jammu and Kashmir’s security forces in an encounter at Budgam’s Fultipora village on Thursday. Following specific tip-offs that the terrorists were hiding in a house, the security forces carried out a joint search operation involving Jammu and Kashmir police, Army and the CRPF. The militants opened fire at the security forces, who retaliated and led to a fierce gun battle.Police sources said one security force personnel sustained injuries during the operation while two civilians got injured in security forces action against protestors who were trying to disrupt the anti-militancy operation.In another encounter at Bomai in Sopore area of Baramulla district, security forces shot dead a militant, a police official said.Internet services have been shut down in central Kashmir’s Budgam region.Meanwhile, another encounter between security forces and terrorists has been ongoing in the Sopore area of Baramulla district.(With Inputs from PTI)
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Pakistani LeT militant captured alive in North Kashmir’s Handwara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan terror factory was again exposed on Friday when Army captured a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant alive in the Magam forests of Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.“A Pakistan LeT terrorist apprehended in a joint operation by army and Jammu and Kashmir police in Magam forests today”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.The militant, sources said, was part of the same group which was neutralized by the security forces on November 21. Security forces had dealt a huge blow to the LeT on Tuesday when they killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani militants in an operation in Magam area of Handwara.The operation was launched after security forces received a tip off about the presence of militants in Khar Moholla area of Magam. Immediately, a joint operation was launched by the army, special operations group of J&K Police and CRPF in the area.However, during the follow up moping and sanitizing operation, security forces apprehended the Pakistan militant who was hiding in the jungles after his three associates were killed. The arrest of militant has come against the backdrop of the release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Mohommad Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan.Sources said the Pakistani militant has been taken away to an undisclosed location where he is being questioned. Sources said his questioning is expected to expose the terror syndicate in Pakistan. “We are questioning him and hopefully he will spill the beans about the plans and designs of the militants”, said an officer.Though it is not the first time that a Pakistani militant has been arrested, it is still rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016 Indian army had arrested 22 year old Bahadur Ali alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district. Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah of Bahawalpur in Pakistan was arrested by the police during a routine patrol in Sogam market in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party got suspicious about him.On May 14, 2016 Jammu and Kashmir police caught a top Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber alive from Baramulla. Earlier in February last year, the police arrested Pakistani JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local militants from Baramulla.LeT militant Mohammed Naveed alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured alive when he, along with his associate Noman, attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.On August 27, 2015, Sajad Ahmad aka Javid Ahmad alias Abu Ubadullah, a 22-year-old LeT operative of Muzaffargarh in south-west Pakistan, was captured alive after all his four associates were gunned down during a fierce gunfight at two different locations in Bijhama to Panzala forests of Baramulla district.

Jammu and Kashmir: Leisure trips not exciting anymore, agriculture-tourism to boost tourist footfalls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fledgling tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir has suffered huge losses post-Burhan Wani killing that sparked unrest in the valley. Curfews, hartals, stone pelting, and encounters have shaken the confidence of the tourists who have given Kashmir a miss after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8 last year. Now, Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to introduce the Agriculture-tourism to showcase exotic agricultural products and increase the footfalls of the tourists in the restive valley.Under this ambitious plan, Gulgam Kupwara will be transformed as a model village for honey production. This area has a clean atmosphere and will be introduced to the world as new Agri-Tourism destination. Similarly, three areas have been identified as vegetable initiative clusters, which will be linked directly to the vegetable corridor of the country. More than 70 hectares in Pattan, Sopore, and Baramulla will be upgraded and every best technology will be provided to them so that the benefit is directly harvested by the farmers. Exotic saffron is another attraction that is seen as eye-catcher and can help in boosting the tourist footfalls“Every district is blessed with unique products. Like Gurez is blessed with ‘zeera’ (cumin), Kupwara with honey, Baramulla has a potential of producing exotic vegetables; Ganderbal has potential growth for potato, in addition to other basic varieties and so on”, said Sandeep Kumar Nayak, Principal Secretary to Government, Agriculture Production Department, Jammu and Kashmir. This brings a ray of hope to tourism sector here which has suffered a lot in the recent past. Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3000 crore due to the unrest in 2016. Post Burhan Wani unrest has cost the hotel industry Rs 1100 crore. Official data revealed that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, were reduced to a trickle in the corresponding period of 2016 because of the post Burhan Wani killing unrest. Data revealed that this year around 7.9 lakh tourists visited Kashmir this year. They include over 2.6 lakh Amarnath pilgrims who visited the cave shrine this year. Last year 11.27 lakh tourists visit Kashmir most of them before July 8 when Burhan Wani was killed. “We need to come out of the local market. Let us focus on national and international markets. Foreign markets need assured supply line. May be three years after, we can. But Indian market is waiting for us. Quality vegetable of this state is better than others. So that our production should increase multiple times”, said Nayak.

What is stopping you from getting back PoK, prove my father wrong: Omar Abdullah to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Farooq Abdullah’s controversial remark on PoK, son Omar Abdullah today said the Centre should prove his father wrong with “actions” by taking back Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”I don’t understand the ‘if we try’. What is stopping you from getting it back? Prove Dr (Farooq) Abdullah wrong with your actions rather than with hollowed out words,” Omar Abdullah tweeted. The National Conference leader was reacting to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hans Raj Ahir’s statement that no one can stop India from taking back PoK. “I say Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir is a part of India and due to the mistakes of the previous governments it has been with Pakistan. If we try to get PoK back, no one can stop us because it is our right,” Ahir said on the sidelines of a function in Delhi.Farooq Abdullah made controversial remarks earlier this week saying PoK was part of Pakistan while Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. He said India and Pakistan may fight as many wars as they can but this cannot be changed. Despite drawing flak, the National Conference president continued with his controversial remarks and while addressing a party function in Uri town of Baramulla district yesterday said that Pakistan was “not weak and not wearing bangles to allow India to take that part of Jammu and Kashmir under its occupation”. “How long shall we keep saying that (PoK) is our part? It (PoK) is not their father’s share. That (PoK) is Pakistan and this (J-K) is India,” he had said.
ALSO READ Another shocker: Pakistan not weak to allow India to take PoK, says Farooq Abdullah He said 70 years have “passed but they (India) could not get it (PoK)”. “Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it (PoK), we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans,” Farooq Abdullah had said. Hitting out at Ahir, Omar Abdullah asked if he included the decision of the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to respect the sanctity of Line of Control (LoC).”And in ‘previous governments’ do you include Vajpayee Sb’s decision to respect sanctity of LoC during the Kargil War as well?” he asked. In an earlier tweet yesterday, Omar Abdullah, reacting to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks, said he wanted to know what successive Congress governments did since 1947 to get back PoK. “That’s excellent news. Perhaps Azad Sb may like to explain what successive Congress governments have done since 47 to get it back,” he wrote.

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Another shocker: Pakistan not weak to allow India to take PoK, says Farooq Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after ex- Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah made a controversial statement about autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir and that PoK belongs to Pakistan, he has made another shocking assertion, which virtually asks India to give up its rights over Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).Addressing party workers in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the senior NC leader said, “How long shall we keep saying that (PoK) is our part? It (PoK) is not their father’s share. That (PoK) is Pakistan and this (J-K) is India.” He said 70 years have “passed but they (India) could not get it (PoK)”. “Today, they (India) claim it is our part. So take it (PoK), we are also saying please take it (from Pakistan). We will also see. They (Pakistan) are not weak and are not wearing bangles. They too have atom bomb. Before we think about war, we should think how we will live as humans,” Abdullah said.Farooq Abdullah further said about a case filed about him in Bihar that, “A case has been filed against me. That too by a Muslim. May God protect him. Look at his situation, he does not know Kashmir. He does not know our situation. They (Pakistan) drop a bomb, common people and soldiers die here (in Kashmir) and when a bomb is dropped from here, our people and soldiers also die there (PoK). Till when would this storm continue? Till when would the blood of innocents continue to flow,” he told his party workers.It leaves to be seen how Omar Abdullah and other National Conference leaders defend this rather outrageous statement from former Jammu and Kashmir CM.

J&K: Hizbul Mujahideen’s over ground worker Showkat Ahmad Lone arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday arrested Hizbul Mujahideen’s Over Ground Worker (OGW) Showkat Ahmad Lone.The Kulgam police also recovered one Pistol and four rounds from him.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: Masood Azhar’s nephew, two other terrorists killed in encounter, Army jawan martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew and two other terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.The encounter took place in Pulwama’s Aglar Kandi.One terrorist killed is identified as Talha Rasheed, a nephew of Masood Azhar. The two other terrorists are Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local and Waseem, a resident of Pulwama’s Drubgam.One security personnel Lance Naik Vrahma Pal Singh also lost his life in the encounter.The encounter broke out when the troops of 182 Bn and 183 Bn Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), along with 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police were carrying out a cordon and search operation (CASO) in the region.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.

Army foils infiltration bid in Uri; two terrorists killed

Updated: Nov 5, 2017, 09:31 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists were killed on Sunday morning as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.The operation is still in progress.”An infiltration bid was foiled in Uri sector and two terrorists have been killed,” an Army official said here.Further details are awaited

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.

17-year-old novelist creates history in strife-torn Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Class 12 student Rafaat Gilani decided to write a novel, little did he realise that he would be mocked and lampooned by people for trying his hand at the English literature.Eight months on, the 17-year-old has proved his critics wrong by becoming one of the youngest novelists to have lived his dream in strife-torn Kashmir. Breaking from the traditions of a Kashmir-centric theme, ‘The day I died’ is set in Japan and revolves around an orphan boy’s struggle in pursuit of success.”I faced a lot of difficulties in the course of writing the book. There were a lot of discouragements. People mocked me for trying to write a novel. Fiction is a big ‘no’ here. People think autobiographies and biographies are a kind of novel. And if there is a novel, it should be based on Kashmir. I want to try new things and, therefore, I wrote a fiction novel set in Japan,” said Rafaat.Son of a government engineer, Rafaat is a student of Saint Joseph’s School in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. An avid gamer, he is a computer geek who has always dreamed of writing a novel with a different theme.”Now many of my friends do not talk to me. They think that I have become big. One day I got a call from a friend and he was discussing his story. I told him I am also writing a novel and he laughed, saying, “Have you seen you face?” he saidFor Rafaat, the journey from student to writer was not a bed of roses, but a road full of bumps. From financial problems to publishing blues, he faced many hurdles before the book could hit stands.”I am a student and do not have enough financial resources. I contacted many publishing houses but I found the price very high. So a friend who is running a start-up Paper Square, published my book. Still, I had to borrow from my friends. I did not take a penny from my parents,” he said.Interestingly, Rafaat did not tell his parents about the book till it was complete. “I told my parents casually when I started writing. Then all through I told them nothing. Just 10 days before the launch I informed them my book was ready to be unveiled and they were pleasantly surprised,” he said.Elated at the response to his maiden novel, Rafaat is now working on more. “I am fascinated by technology and wanted to take up computer software programming. But writing is my passion and I will continue it, come what may. I am already working on three more novels”, he said.

J&K cops arrest more than 70 in crackdown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police launched a massive crackdown against vigilante groups on Saturday and arrested more than 70 people for assaulting locals and soldiers after branding them braid choppers. The arrested people also allegedly spread rumors to fan protests and stone-pelting in the valley.Around 12 people were arrested in overnight raids in Sopore. The crackdown comes after a frenzied mob mistook mentally -challenged Wasim Ahmad Tantray as a braid chopper and tried to burn him alive and run a tractor over him in Sopore.”We have arrested 12 people so far. More than 15 have been identified and are absconding. They will soon be arrested. We have booked them for attempt to murder, rioting and stone pelting”, said Harmeet Singh, senior superintendent of police, Sopore.Police have arrested 45 people, including the 18 involved in stripping and thrashing three army men after de-boarding them from a bus at Sheeri village of Baramulla district on Wednesday.”When we investigated, we found a notorious stone-pelter, Kaiser Bilal, was also traveling in the same bus to get three jawans killed. He stopped the bus at Sheeri and spread rumours that they are braid choppers. Police reached the spot and rescued the jawans. We have arrested 18 people including the main accused, Kaiser Bilal,” said Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla.Police arrested 14 people for spreading rumours.”Eight persons were arrested from Batamaloo area while six were held from Noorbagh. These people were spreading rumours on braid chopping and causing panic among people. These rumour-mongers were taking advantage of braid chopping incidents to instigate the general public for protests and stone pelting”, said a police officer.Ten miscreants involved in stripping and thrashing an army soldier after branding him braid chopper at Redii village of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on October 17 were arrested. Two vehicles have also been seizedPolice have issued stern warnings to vigilante mobs and said strict action will be taken against people who take law into their hands.”Hooliganism will not be tolerated. We have taken action against those who have taken law into hands. We have had 11 cases of braid chopping in Baramulla. Certain things have cropped up like the spray being used to make women unconscious. No doctor or laboratory has certified it,” said the SSP Baramulla.Police have also issued an advisory asking people not to pay heed to rumours as investigations revealed that some elements were raising false alarms to “disturb the peace in the valley, create animosity between people and security forces and an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty to confine womenfolk in their homes so that radical religious agenda is realised.””They raise Zakir Musa slogans to make their intentions public. People are requested not to pay heed to any rumours and help the police create a conducive and peaceful atmosphere so that our women can overcome the fear,” said a police spokesman.More than 150 braid chopping cases have been reported from Kashmir alone. Police said victims and families were not cooperating with investigators. Police has decided to test blood samples to understand what kind of spray was used to make women unconscious.Meanwhile, normal life was disrupted in Kashmir as people observed a shutdown against the rising braid chopping incidents.Police advisoryPolice have issued an advisory asking people not to pay heed to rumours as some elements were raising false alarms.

J&K: 18 arrested for assaulting army personnel suspected of being braid choppers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eighteen people have been arrested for allegedly assaulting three Army men accusing them of being braid choppers in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said on Saturday.”Police have so far arrested 18 accused, including the main conspirators in the case, and recovered cash, ATM cards and mobile phones looted from the Army men,” a police spokesman said.Three Territorial Army men were mercilessly assaulted by a mob on October 18.”A police party was rushed to the spot and after strenuous efforts, the injured Army men were rescued,” he said.During investigation, it surfaced that the men were on their way to the Sheeri market area here, the spokesman said. “They boarded a bus from Kitchama. Qaiser Bilal, a known stone pelter, also boarded the same bus.”Bilal hatched a conspiracy to get the Army men killed by falsely accusing them of being braid choppers. He raised an alarm near Sheeri Market and got a violent mob attack them,” he added.He said that certain elements have been using the braid- chopping incidents to disrupt peace and order in the valley, spread animosity between people and the security forces, and create an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty forcing women to remain confined to their homes so that the radical religious agenda of these elements are realised.

J&K: Civilian porter working with Indian Army killed in firing by Pakistani troops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army porter was on Saturday killed and a girl injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote sector of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.”There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Kamalkote area,” an army official said.A civilian working as a porter for the Army was killed “when the Pakistani troops resorted to indiscriminate firing, the official said.The Indian army personnel were giving a “strong and befitting” response to the ceasefire violation, he said.Meanwhile, sources said a girl was also injured in the Pakistani firing. She was taken to a hospital in Uri town for treatment.There has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year.On October 12, an army jawan and a porter were killed and six others injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and shelled forward areas along the LoC in the Poonch district.Eight civilians, including a two-year-old girl, were injured on October 18 when Pakistani troops shelled civilian hamlets and forward posts along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts.Earlier this month, a Home Ministry official had said that Pakistani troops targeted Indian territories more than 600 times till September 30. Eight civilians and 16 security personnel were killed in the firing.It is the highest number of ceasefire violations in nearly a decade, the official said.The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir had come into force in November 2003.India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

J&K: Militant module unearthed in Kulgam, Hizbul, LeT?men arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir, in last three days.The three ultras were arrested from Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The LeT militants have been identified as Khursheed Ahmad Dar and Haziq Rather. One pistol, some ammunition and a live grenade were recovered from their possession.A joint party of the police, the Army and the CRPF established a check-point and nabbed the two militants, who were riding a motorcycle, said Inspector General of Police Kashmir Munir Khan.Another arrested militant has been identified as Rameez Yatoo, and arms and ammunition were recovered from his home.On Saturday, security forces killed two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Last week, A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Pallavi Purkayastha’s killer nabbed in Jammu & Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Crime Branch officers on Tuesday arrested Sajjad Mughal, who was convicted in 2014 for the August 2012 murder of lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha. Police sources say that Mughal was nabbed from Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Mughal has been on the run since he jumped parole in March 2016 and, according to the police, he has been hiding in a prohibited area near the India-Pakistan border, surviving by doing petty jobs.On August 9, 2012, Purkayastha, the daughter of IAS officers Atanu and Sumita Purkayastha – who were posted in Delhi at the time – was found dead in her flat in Wadala.The police had arrested Mughal, who worked as the watchman of the building where Purkayastha stayed, for his involvement in the crime. Mughal had fled from the building after Purkayastha was found dead. In his confession, Mughal told the police that he had killed Pallavi as she fought him when he tried to force himself on her.Mughal is a native of Salamabad in Baramulla District. He was arrested from Gagangir village in Sonmarg where he had gone to work as labourer in highway construction project.According to the police, Mughal took up several temporary jobs and was garnering sympathy and support from villagers as he had told them that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the police. This sympathy from villagers made it easy for him to hide, and difficult for police to nab him, the cops claimed.”In August 2016, a team was formed to track Mughal’s movement and it visited J&K at least four times to develop human intelligence on Mughal. On Tuesday morning, the accused was finally nabbed and brought to Mumbai same day. We will hand him over to Nashik Police as the case was registered by them after he jumped parole,” said Datta Padsalgikar, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.The team, led by inspector Sanjay Nikam, had been living in J&K for a week and nabbed Mughal through an undercover operation. “Mughal was hiding in a village that neighbouring his, and since it is a prohibited area, it was difficult for us carry out any operation. His village is 16 kilometres from the India-Pakistan border and it was impossible for us to arrest him. Mughal had also changed his identity, names and appearance. He would introduced himself as Sajid, Salim or Sahil,” Nikam said.Another officer said, “We posed as Kashmiris so that we would not face opposition from locals. We developed our local sources and were keeping a watch on him. We were waiting for him to come out of the prohibited area to arrest him. Apart from J&K, he also attempted to work in Maharashtra under another identity, before fleeing to his village.”

J&K: Good day for Indian Army as 5 terrorists killed along LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army on Monday killed five terrorists while foiling two infiltration bids at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.The infiltration attempts from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were made in Rampur sector in Baramulla district and Tangdhar sector in Kupwara district.”An infiltration bid was foiled today by alert soldiers along the LoC in Rampur sector of Baramulla district,” a defence spokesman said here.He said two terrorists were killed and two rifles were recovered from them.The search operation was still in progress.Earlier, the Army foiled an infiltration bid by militants in Tangdhar sector.An army official said the soldiers noticed some suspicious movement near the LoC and challenged the suspects.”An exchange of fire took place between the sides,” he said, adding three militants were killed in the gunfight.Three rifles were recovered from the scene of the gunbattle, he said, adding the operation was still on.

J&K: Army foils infiltration bid along LoC, one militant killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A militant was killed today (Tuesday) as Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.”An infiltration bid has been eliminated in general area Zorawar of Uri sector. One terrorist has been killed,” an Army official said.He said a weapon has been recovered from the site of the encounter. The operation is on and further details are awaited, the official added. On Monday, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had said that terrorists will keep coming, we are ready to bury them two feet under the ground. Surgical strikes were carried to send a message to the adversary and if required these can be repeated, he added. Yesterday, Indian Army gunned down four terrorists and recovered war like stores in an anti-terrorism operation near the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla’s Uri.According to a senior army personnel the terrorists were planning to carry out a September 18, 2016 Uri-like attack. The September 2016 attack was carried out by the terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which at least 23 army jawans were killed and several others were injured.Harpreet Singh, Deputy Commander, Uri Brigade, said, “Army foiled a major terrorist attempt in Baramulla district. The terrorists gunned down in the operation were here to carry out a major attack at an army camp.”The Army officer added that the terrorists were planning to attack the Kalkai camp in Baramulla district of the valley.(With agency inputs)

Separated and reunited by a fate of two nations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The story of two friends who were united after 47 years comes with every ingredient for a bollywood potboiler.A former judge of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and his Indian advocate friend shared a stage together in Poonch after 47 years without recognising each other. But they were reunited minutes later creating emotional scenes.Former Chief Justice of PoK Supreme Court Syed Manzoor Geelani and senior advocate Dwarka Nath Bakshi were part of a reception hosted by Poonch Bar Association to honour the guest from the other side of the border recently. Both were sitting together, exchanging pleasantries as strangers without realising that they had been the best of buddies in Aligarh Muslim University from 1968 to 70.As luck had it, Bakshi told Geelani in passing that one of his classmates lived in the PoK . Geelani, curious, asked for the name, and then introduced him to Bakshi. Emotions ran high and tears ran when they came to know that they were the same guys who were separated 47 years ago.”The bar had hosted a reception for Geelani and I was also asked to join. I went to the room and sat with him. I told him I had a friend whose name is Manzoor Geelani, who lives in PoK. He stood up and said he was Manzoor. I could not believe my eyes. It was an emotional scene and we hugged each other and talked for long. It was as if my prayers were heard”, said Bakshi.In fact Geelani had come to Kashmir in a Cross-LoC Karwan-e-Aman bus to attend a wedding. He had heard about beauty of the Mughal Road but had not travelled on it, so he decided to do it and visit his friends in Rajouri. On arrival in Poonch, the Bar Association decided to hold a reception in his honour. The function turned out to be an emotional melange of two old friends separated by fate.Hailing from Karna in Kupwara district, Geelani’s parents had migrated to PoK in 1947 but he stayed with his maternal grandparents in the valley. After graduating from Baramulla Degree College, Geelani went to Aligarh Muslim University to pursue law. After his return in 1970, he practised as a lawyer in Baramulla before migrating to PoK in 1977, where he rose to the rank of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.”It was really surprising when I met my old class fellow after 47 years. We were together in Aligarh for two years .During reception at Poonch, he sat beside me and said his classmate had gone to Pakistan. I asked for the address but he said that he did not have it. Then he said they studied together in Aligarh. I further probed and finally he said `are you the person I am looking for’. I said yes”, said Geelani.The audience gave a standing ovation to the duo.In fact, Geelani also met his Kashmiri doctor friend in Baramulla after 1968. “Doctor sahab was my classmate in Baramulla but we had not met since 1968,”saida BSF spokesperson?.

Mobiles recovered from Baramulla jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir police unearthed a major conspiracy when they recovered 20 cell phones from the high security Baramulla Sub Jail after launching a massive crackdown against the detainees on Tuesday night.The police said that a joint search was conducted by Baramulla Police and Jail authorities in Sub Jail Baramulla based on the information that some incriminating material including unauthorised cell phones are being used inside the jail premises.”While conducting the search 20 cell phones and some incriminating material was recovered from the possession of jail inmates. An FIR has been registered and investigation is on to find out how these articles, which are not authorised as per jail manual, made an entry into jail premises,” said a police spokesman.The police are not ruling out the involvement of the jail staff in smuggling the cell phones and other articles into the prison premises. “Police is investigating the role of the jail staff if any (in smuggling the cellphones inside the facility). Cell phones and other articles were recovered in various search operations by police in the same jail,” he said.Jammu and Kashmir police blew the lid off a major conspiracy when they recovered 14 cellphones from the under-trial prisoners in the high-security Baramulla Sub Jail in April this year. Two of them were seized from the Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam, who is the architect of 2010 unrest in Kashmir.The police is likely to question some of the detainees, and is currently investigating whether the under-trials were using Internet and WhatsApp on their cellphones inside the jail.“We are trying to find the call details and decode other data so that we can reach a definite conclusion and unravel the truth behind the conspiracy,” said an officer.

Mobile phones recovered from Baramulla jail inmates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>20 mobile phones and some incriminating material have been recovered from the inmates of the Baramulla Jail in north Kashmir, officials said here today. “Police and jail authorities recovered 20 mobile phone and other incriminating material during a search at Baramulla jail,” a senior police officer said. He said a case has been registered in this regard and investigations are in progress. The officer did not give any further details. This is the second time this year that authorities have recovered mobile phones from the Baramulla jail. Fourteen mobile phones were recovered in April this year from the same prison.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

At J-K NCC camp, common refrain among female cadets: ‘Real

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As they made it to the NCC camp here, leaving behind stones-scattered streets and youths raising ‘azadi’ slogans, the girl cadets echo one message- “shun stone-pelting, sloganeering and enjoy the real azadi in India”. These female NCC cadets from Kashmir are among the 500, of which 147 are girls, undergoing training at a National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp at Sainik school, Nagrota, in the outskirts of Jammu city. They are participating in the 10-day camp to select a 40 -member Jammu and Kashmir Directorate Thal Sainik Team, which will take part in a national-level camp at New Delhi soon. Soft-spoken Aneesa of first JK Battalion Srinagar, and a student of government women’s degree college in Anantnag, said she was the only girl representing her college at the camp. “Most of the girls wanted to come. But were disallowed by their parents citing the prevailing situation in south Kashmir,” she said. Addressing those advocating ‘azadi’ and taking the path of violent protests, the cadets asked them to “taste the freedom enjoyed by them outside Kashmir”. “I want to tell them that the real azadi (freedom) is here. If you want azadi, it is here,” she said and asked the youth to shun stone-pelting and sloganeering. “Please don t go towards the bad things like protests, stone-pelting or getting involved in sloganeering for azadi. Azadi is nothing. If you want azadi it is here,” Aneesa said. She said she was initially worried when she joined the camp. “Before I came to this camp, I was very much worried and asking what will happen in the camp. What type of activities will be there?” she said. “But the camp commander lifted my morale. The camp commandant is very nice person and motivated me. I am enjoying a lot here. I want to suggest all girls to come forward if you want to live a life of freedom which is here,” she said. Another cadet Syed Rabia, also of first JK battalion, Srinagar, said she alongwith two other girls, had come from Army Goodwill Higher Secondary School Uri in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. “We are three girls here from Army Goodwill Higher Secondary School Uri. We are very lucky to be part of the NCC because we do not only learn discipline and unity but it helps us in our overall development,” she said. She said she would like to suggest the girls from across the state especially in the Valley, which has seen violent protest recently over several issues, to be part of the NCC for overall development. Lt Col Ravindra Singh, Commanding Officer, Second Jammu and Kashmir Independent Company NCC Bhaderwah, said this is the first phase of the ‘Thal Sainik’ camp and is run by his unit. “Second and third phase will also be organised. In the third phase, the final JK Directorate Thal Sainik team will be selected which will take part in national competition in Delhi later,” he said. About the activities at the camp, he said the day starts with physical training, yoga and drill followed by training in obstacles, firing, field and battle craft and health and hygiene. In the evening, games and crossing of obstacles are performed, he said. “In this camp, we have children from all across the state including Bhaderwah, Jammu, Akhnoor, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, and 100 children from the Srinagar group,” he said. Sonum Angu, a cadet from Ladkah, said she belongs to first JK pro company and is accompanied by 12 other cadets. “I am feeling proud to be part of this camp. We get a lot of experience here, and our confidence level goes to to new height. All girls are requested to join this camp,” she said. Rajesh Kumar Vohra, 2nd officer, Second JK NCC battalion, said a total of 500 cadets, including 147 girls, are participating in the camp. Vohra, posted in Army Public School Udhampur, said he salutes the valour of children who joined the camp from the turmoil-hit Kashmir. “They have shown the courage, especially our daughters from Pulwama, Baramulla, Anantnag and Ladakh and their message is simple and straight that there is whole world outside Kashmir,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terrorists kill cable operator in J&K’s Shopian district; third civilian killing in three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists killed a cable operator in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Sunday evening. This is the third killing in sensitive south Kashmir region in the last 24 hours and second in Shopian in less than 12 hours.Police said Hilal Ahmad Wani, who was running a cable network in Shopian, was shot at from point blank range at 8 pm. Police said he received grievous wounds and was shifted to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. The terrorists have been identified as Zubair Ahmad Turray and Umar Nazir Malik.“Terrorists have killed Cable TV Operator Hilal Ahmad in Shopian. Was a brave and honest person, would always stand for truth. RIP,” tweeted Imtiyaz Hussain, senior superintendent of police, Baramulla.This is the second killing in Shopian district in less than 12 hours. Earlier, the bullet-riddled body of 16-year-old Gowhar Ahmad Dar was found in the orchard in Urpora village of Shopian. Dar, a student, had been missing since Saturday evening.“Gowhar Ahmed Dar of Urpora. Jjust 16 years old boy killed by militants …Police is investigating the matter”, tweeted deputy inspector general of police, south Kashmir range.On Saturday, a People’s Democratic Party worker at Ugjan village of Dialgam in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district was shot dead.

Jawan, father two injured in ceasefire violation by Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army jawan and his father were injured along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district as the Pakistan Army violated ceasefire for the sixth consecutive day today. There was a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the Nowshera sector today in which two persons – a jawan and his father – sustained minor splinter injuries, Army officials said. There were also reports of brief small arms firing along the LoC in Poonch sector today, a police official said. There have been several ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the last six days, beginning from August 12, when a jawan and a woman were killed, officials said. On August 13, the Pakistan Army violated ceasefire four times by resorting to firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Mankote (Poonch district) Nowshera (Rajouri district) and Uri (Baramulla district) resulting in injuries to three jawans. On August 14, there was firing by Pak Army on the forward areas along the LoC in the Tangdhar belt of Kupwara district of north Kashmir. The next day, on August 15, a woman was injured in firing and shelling along the LoC in the Uri sector of Baramulla district in north Kashmir. Yesterday, the Pakistan army violated ceasefire by firing and shelling in civilian areas and forward posts at six places along the LoC in Poonch district, forcing the Indian Army to retaliate. The year, 2017, has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan. Till August 1, there have been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less, 228, for the entire year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire, shells areas in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today violated the ceasefire by shelling forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army. This is the fourth consecutive day that Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire along the LoC. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said. “Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added. Pakistan violated the ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera and Mankote, resulting in injuries to three jawans. On July 12, Pakistani troops heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed. A Pakistani Army shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pakistani firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12. On August 8, Pakistani troops shelled Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and later succumbed to injuries. On August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla district. On August 6, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the LoC in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. 2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: NIA raids 12 locations in connection with terror funding case against separatists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted searches at about a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case against separatists and others. Officials in the central probe agency said the searches are being carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. They said those being searched today have alleged links to persons being investigated in this case. The NIA had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest. The money was being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the NIA had alleged. The agency had claiming that the accused were waging war against the country and were involved in various offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. It had also alleged that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terror funding case: NIA raids 12 locations in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today conducted searches at about a dozen locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the terror funding case against separatists and others. Officials in the central probe agency said the searches are being carried out at 12 locations in Srinagar, Baramulla and Handwara. They said those being searched today have alleged links to persons being investigated in this case. The NIA had arrested seven persons on July 24 in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest. The money was being raised to fund separatist and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the NIA had alleged. The agency had claiming that the accused were waging war against the country and were involved in various offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. It had also alleged that the accused were involved in creating unrest by way of anti-India demonstrations and bandhs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pak troops violate ceasefire, shells LoC areas in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan today resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, prompting the Indian army to give a befitting response. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours today in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said. “Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added. There had been reports of firing and shelling in Mankote sub-sector of Poonch too. It may be recalled that Pakistan violated ceasefire 4 times on August 13 by resorting to firing and shelling in Krishnagati, Nowshera, Mankote and north Kashmir, resulting in injuries to three Jawans. On July 12, Pakistan troops had heavily fired on forward posts and civilian areas in Krishnagati and Poonch sectors in which a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a woman were killed. Pak army’s shells exploded near a house killing 40-year-old Raqia Bi of Gohlad Kalran on August 12. Naib Subedar Jagram Singh Tomar was also killed in Pak firing in Krishnagati sector on August 12. On August 8, Pakistan troops resorted to firing and shelling in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district, in which Sepoy Pawan Singh Sugra was grievously injured and later succumbed to his injuries. On August 7, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector of Baramulla district. On August 6, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Baba Khori area of Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Prior to that, on July 30, Pakistani forces had resorted to firing from light weapons and medium machine guns in the Baba Khori belt of Naushera sector. 2017 has also seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan. Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, the figures said adding that last year, eight Army personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations. Eleven people including nine soldiers, were killed and 18 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in the month of July. There were 83 ceasefire violations, one BAT attack and two infiltration bids from the Pakistani side in June in which 4 people, including 3 jawans, were killed and 12 injured. In May, there were 79 ceasefire violations, according to officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Continuous ceasefire violations show Pakistan’s frustration Defence Experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The defence experts on Monday said that the continuous ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) by the Pakistani troops shows their extreme frustration as their sponsored militants are being killed by the India Army and they are not being able to push fresh terrorist in the Indian Territory. Defence Expert Major General (Retd.) PK Sehgal told ANI that with every inch closer to India?s Independence Day, the ceasefire violation will increase in both magnitude and intensity from Pakistan. ?Pakistan is extremely worried and frustrated that Pakistani sponsored militants are being killed and they are not being able to push fresh terrorist. For these reasons, the ceasefire violation is increasing. However the response from our side is extremely punitive,? he said. Resonating similar views, another defence expert Qamar Agha said the attempts to infiltrate are increasing because the Pakistani Army is under terrible pressure as large number of militants has been killed in the last three months. ?It has become quite frequent in past three four months. They are finding it more difficult to infiltrate. The Pakistani Army is also under terrible pressure because large number of militants has been killed in the last three months. So, the number of militants has decreased. So there attempt is to how to overcome and how to send more terrorist. There is need to take more pro-active step,? he added. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. At least three Army jawans were injured after Pakistan violated the ceasefire in the Bazz area of Uri Sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday. The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire and invoked heavy mortar shelling and firing of small arms yesterday, in the Naushera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, five army jawans were injured and two others seriously hurt in an encounter with terrorists in the Shopian district on late Saturday night.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 jawans injured in ceasefire violation by Pak in Uri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Kashmir by opening fire at Indian posts, resulting in injuries to three soldiers, officials said. The Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian positions at Baaz Post in Uri in Baramulla district at around 4 pm, Indian Army sources said. The sources said three soldiers suffered bullet injuries in the firing and were admitted to the 92 Base Hospital of the Army here. Earlier in the day, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire thrice in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Keep an eye on your wards: J&K police caution parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With militants facing acute manpower crunch, Jammu and Kashmir police have issued a public appeal to the parents to keep an eye on their wards and prevent them from falling into the trap of ultras in the restive valley.”It is a humble appeal to parents and conscientious citizens to come forward and help police and security forces to prevent such vulnerable youngsters falling prey to terrorist designs being lured to the killing fields”, said Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, senior superintendent of police, Baramulla.The appeal comes against the backdrop of unearthing a Hizbul Mujhadeen module to lure the youth to join militancy in north Kashmir.Police busted the module when they along with 29 Rashtriya Riffles and CRPF laid a joint Naka at Behrampora Tilgam crossing and apprehended three suspected individuals —Waseem Ahmed Mir, Umer Hassan and Rather Akif Hussain Rather – and recovered two Chinese pistols along with ammunition from their possession.

Army jawan killed in Pak firing in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian Army jawan was killed in Pakistani firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today. There was a ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army on a forward post along the LoC in Mankote-Balnoie sector of the district, army sources said. One jawan of the Indian Army was injured in the sniper firing and later he succumbed to his injuries, they added. Yesterday, an Army jawan was injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in the Uri sector of Baramulla district. On August 7, the Pakistani Army had violated the ceasefire by firing at Indian posts along the LoC in Baba Khori belt of Naushera sector of Rajouri district. Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to figures of the Indian Army.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K: Three Hizbul suspects nabbed for luring Kashmiri youth into terrorism @ 8/8/2017 3:05:18 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In an effort to foil terror elements from building a terror infrastructure to lure young boys of the Valley, the Baramulla Police assisted by 29 RR and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), apprehended three suspected individuals of Hizbul Mujahideen from here. The plan was chalked out to apprehend the terrorists on specific information, laid a joint Naka at Behrampora Tilgam crossing to detain the terrorists. The three terrorists are identified as Waseem Ahmed Mir of Andergam Pattan, Umer Hassan Rather and Akif Hussain of Achbal Sopore. The team of security forces also recovered two Chinese pistols along with ammunition from their possession. On sustained questioning the trio admitted that they are working for Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit and were motivating young boys into terrorism and have been carrying out this activity in the North Kashmir region from quite a long time. As per reports, the network was being spearheaded by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Parvez Wani, who hails from Galoora Handwara region. These networks were not only luring the youth of the Valley to join the terror outfits, but were also providing logistic support to terrorists in the Andergam Pattan and Sopore areas. FIR has been lodged in Kreeri police station and a case has been registered under sections 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, ULA (P) Act.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.

JK govt unable to utilise central funds due to graft in lower

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir government has been unable to utilise central funds for development of the state due to corruption in lower ranks of administration, PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beig said today. In a scathing attack on the functioning of some of his party ministers in the state government, Beig said, “The Centre had sanctioned Rs 19,000 crore for the state this year, but we are not able to spend this amount. Our officers are weak.” The PDP leader, who represents Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, said he did not know about the state of affairs at higher levels of the administration, but corruption was prevalent in lower levels. He urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to ensure that the officers were held accountable. Beig was speaking at a rally held to celebrate the 18th foundation day of the party. He addressed the chief minister, who was also present at the rally, as ‘prime minister’ in his speech. “I had discussed with Mufti (Mehbooba’s father Mohammad Sayeed) Sahib several times that Mehbooba should become the first woman prime minister of Jammu and Kashmir, but he was helpless as she refused to hold any office during his lifetime,” he said. The PDP leader also criticised the arrest of Hurriyat leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with its probe into terror funding in Kashmir. “Somebody from the seven persons (arrested) may be innocent and should be set free. Proceedings should be initiated against only those who had indulged in killing of people and burning of schools,” he added. Seven people including Altaf Ahmed Shah, son-in-law of hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, were recently arrested by the NIA in connection with its probe into funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: 66.5 kgs of heroin, brown sugar seized from truck on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In one of the biggest drug hauls in Kashmir, police today seized over 66 kgs of heroin and brown sugar, worth over Rs 300 crore, from a truck coming from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at the trade facilitation centre in the town of Uri on the LoC, police said. The quantity of the consignment has been revised to 66.5 kgs, worth more than Rs 300 crore, after initial estimates had pegged it at 40 kgs, valued at Rs 200 crore. “So far, around 40 kilograms of narcotics have been recovered from a truck coming from PoK for the cross-LoC trade at Salamabad,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain earlier told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: 40 kgs of heroin, brown sugar seized from truck on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In one of the biggest drug hauls in Jammu and Kashmir, police today recovered 40 kgs of heroin and brown sugar worth Rs 200 crore from a truck coming from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at Salamabad trade facilitation centre in the town of Uri on the LoC, police said. “So far, around 40 kilograms of narcotics have been recovered from a truck coming from PoK for the cross-LoC trade at Salamabad,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Two Hizbul Mujahedeen modules busted, 7 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir Police dealt a major blow to Hizbul Mujahedeen on Sunday when they busted two of its modules and arrested seven militants and overground workers (OGWs), including a cop-driver of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA, in north and south Kashmir.The first module was busted in Shopian district of south Kashmir when the police arrested four OGWs, including Constable Towseef Ahmad, who was posted as a driver to the PDP MLA from Wachi constituency, Aijaz Ahmad Mir.The police said the OGWs were arrested for their involvement in providing logistic support to militants for carrying out an attack on special police officer Khursheed Ahmad on June 11 at Imam Sahab in Shopian district.The arrested OGWs have been identified as Amir Mohidin, a relationship executive in a bank, Constable Ahmad, Basharat Yusuf Mir, a teacher in a private school, and Iftikhar Rather.The police said that during investigations, it came to the fore that the attack was carried out by Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction of Hizbul commanders Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie.”Investigations conducted so far have revealed their (OGWs’) complicity in entering into a criminal conspiracy for carrying out future attacks at the behest of this group, aimed at targeting some more policemen and civilians,” said a police spokesman.Hizbul efforts to replenish its depleting ranks suffered a major setback when the police busted its recruitment module in the Pattan area of Baramulla and arrested three people who were planning to send boys to Pakistan on valid visas for arms training.They were identified as Ansar-ul-lah Tantray, Abdul Rashid Bhat and Mehraj-ud-din Kak. “Abdul Rashid Bhat had visited Pakistan in May this year and obtained terror training in Hizbul’s Khalid bin Waleed camp, located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” said Imtiyaz Hussain, senior superintendent of police, Baramulla.

2 drug-peddlers held, 2.5 kg of poppy straw seized: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two alleged drug peddlers were today arrested from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the police said. During a routine checking at Wanigam in Baramulla, a police party intercepted a truck and seized 2.5 kgs of poppy straw from it, said a police spokesman. The driver of the vehicle, Umer Ali Dar, and another person, Ishfaq Ahmad Kaboo — both residents of the Sheer Colony in Sopore — were arrested. A case was registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, said the spokesman.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Wani anniv: Army reviews security situation in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Army officials today reviewed security situation in the Kashmir Valley, a day ahead of the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Army’s Northern Command chief Lt. Gen D Anbu, accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen J S Sandhu, visited areas in North and South Kashmir to review the security situation and measures put in place for ensuring peace and calm in the Valley, a defence spokesperson said here. He said Lt. Gen Anbu interacted with the troops on ground and complimented them for their dedication and highest standard of professionalism. The two officers also called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and briefed her about the prevailing security situation in the Valley. Authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir to maintain law and order as the Valley braces for Wani’s first death anniversary tomorrow. In Srinagar, restrictions have been imposed on movement of people in five police station areas, officials said. They said the curbs have been imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal. The officials said similar restrictions have been imposed in Anantnag town in south Kashmir. Curbs on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir and in Baramulla district in north, they said. The officials said the restrictions in these areas have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. They however, said life was going on normally in the rest of the valley. Wani’s killing in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year, triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley. As many as 85 persons were killed and thousands others were injured in daily clashes between security forces and protesters for a period of over four months. Separatist groups have called for a strike tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Restrictions in Kashmir ahead of Wani’s death anniversay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities today imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir to maintain law and order as the Valley braces for the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani tomorrow. Restrictions have been imposed in many parts of the Valley to maintain law and order, officials said. In Srinagar, restrictions have been imposed on movement of people in five police station areas, the officials said. They said the curbs have been imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal. The officials said similar restrictions have been imposed in Anantnag town in south Kashmir. Curbs on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir and in Baramulla district in north, they said. The officials said the restrictions in these areas have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. They however, said life was going on normally in the rest of the valley. Security forces have been deployed in strength at sensitive places across the Valley to thwart any protests, the officials said. Wani’s killing in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year, triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley. As many as 85 persons were killed and thousands others were injured in daily clashes between security forces and protestors for a period of over four months. Security has been beefed up in the Valley, especially in south Kashmir districts. Police and other security forces have intensified area domination to prevent assembly of people at Wani’s ancestral village in Tral area. Separatist groups have called for a strike tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Only 16 pc infiltration bids succeeded in J&K: MHA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Only 16 per cent of terrorists succeeded in crossing the Line of Control (LoC) this year to enter Jammu and Kashmir till May 31. An Home Ministry official claimed today said 115 terrorists had made attempts to cross the LoC along the Jammu and Kashmir of which only 19 managed to sneak in. According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, around 90 militants were active in north Kashmir, comprising Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara districts. In March, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir had said a total of 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016 which was the highest in last six years. The data on infiltration shows that 119 terrorists had sneaked into the country in 2016. In 2014, 222 terrorists tried to enter the country, but only 65 could do it and in 2015, 121 ultras attempted but 33 of them were successful, the minister had said. The minister, however, had added that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has “improved to a large extent” in 2017. Ahir had shared in Parliament the data about Kashmiri youths taking up arms, infiltration attempts and law and order situation in the valley. The data showed a steady increase in the number of youths taking up arms in the valley from 2014 onwards as compared to ones between 2010 and 2013. In 2010, 54 youths joined militancy, in 2011, the number came down to 23. It further dipped to 21 in 2012 and 16 in 2013, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police thwart plan of Kashmiri boy to become militant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Police on Thursday thwarted a young Kashmiri boy?s plan to become a militant. A Police naka party in Baramulla district?s Uri stopped 14-year-old Mohammad Qadeer Lone from crossing the Line of Control (LoC). During the interrogation, Lone told the police that he wanted to cross the LoC to get arms training in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to become a militant. He is a student of Eagle English Medium Public School Bomai Sopore and a resident of Naidkhai, Sumbal. He is being counselled and would be handed over to parents.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police rescue 150 people stranded after cable car accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police rescued about 150 people stranded due to the snapping of a cable car ropeway today at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The accident killed seven people, including four of a Delhi-based family, and left two others injured. Police with the help of locals and all-terrain vehicle operators rescued about 150 stranded people, a police official said. He said the people were stranded in other cable cars after the ropeway was snapped by a falling tree which was uprooted by strong winds at the resort.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Top police officer lynched to death by mob outside Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Deputy Superintendent of Police was lynched to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people who caught him clicking pictures near a mosque in downtown area of Srinagar.Police officer Ayub Pandit’s body was recovered from outside the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of the old Srinagar where he was attacked.”Another officer sacrificed his life in line of duty DySP Mohammed Ayub Pandith of Security beaten to death by mob,” said Jammu & Kashmir Police on Twitter.According to Kashmir Reader, eyewitnesses said that a group of youth caught hold the officer and thrashed him.
ALSO READ Kashmir issue: Pak wants UN intervention, MEA maintains matter to be resolved bilaterally Sources told PTI that the irate mob caught hold of him (officer) and stripped him naked before stoning him to death.”The officer was on frisking duty at the Jamia Masjid. He was carrying out his duties as usual when the miscreants attacked him,” informed sources told IANS.
ALSO READ Jammu and Kashmir: Two Hizbul terrorists gunned down in encounter, another gunbattle in BaramullaReports said Pandit’s security guards ran away after they found the mob too large to be handle.Pandit belonged to Khanyar area which is adjacent to Nowhatta where he was killed.Muslims across Kashmir are observing Shab-e-Qadr (the night of power) with night-long prayers and supplications being made inside the mosques and shrines of the valley.The authorities have already announced restrictions on movement of people in seven police station areas of the city as a precautionary measure.The restrictions, which would come into force at dawn, were announced to maintain law and order as separatists had called for protests after Friday prayers against killing of a civilian during protests in Kakapora area of Pulwama District on Thursday.

J&K: Three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed in encounter in Pulwama

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces on Thursday gunned down three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in an encounter that lasted for over six hours in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.The encounter started last evening in Kakapora area of Pulwama following an intelligence input that three local boys, who had joined militant ranks in banned Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, were holed up in a house located in a densely populated locality, a police official said.This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong-network of over ground workers, he said.The identity of the three slain militants was being established, he said, adding the successful operation was a big blow to the LeT terror outfit which recently lost its commander Junaid Mattoo in an encounter at Arwin village in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on June 17.This is the second successful operation against the terror outfit within three days.Yesterday, two militants were killed in an encounter in Sopore township of Baramulla district in north Kashmir.

Watch: Kashmir youth celebrate Pakistan’s win over India in ICC Champions Trophy final

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Widespread celebrations erupted in Kashmir following Pakistan’s win against arch-rival India in the Champions Trophy final at Oval, with separatist leaders congratulating the neighbouring country for clinching the title.As soon as Pakistan won the match, a large number of youth hit the streets across the Valley to celebrate the win yesterday.Beating drums and singing songs, youths burst crackers and raised slogans in favour of Pakistan. Large processions of youths were witnessed in many parts of the city here and elsewhere in the Valley.The celebrations were also held in Uri town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The town is close to the Line of Control (LoC) and has a huge presence of army.A large number of youth marched towards the residence of moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq around 11 pm and requested him to come out to celebrate the win with them.Mirwaiz came out of his Nigeen residence, addressed the youth and congratulated the Pakistan cricket team.Earlier, Mirwaiz tweeted a congratulatory message to the team, invoking a strong response from cricketer Gautam Gambhir.”Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here.Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan,” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter. Eid-ul-Fitr is a week away and will be celebrated either on Monday or Tuesday according to the Islamic calendar.Reacting to the tweet, Gambhir said “A suggestion to @MirwaizKashmir why don’t u cross the border? U will get better fireworks (Chinese?), Eid celebs there. I can help u wid packing (sic), the cricketer said.This is Pakistan’s first ICC title triumph since their 2009 World Twenty20 win but more importantly it broke the jinx of not performing against India in big ticket matches. Watch the video below:

2 civilians killed in forces’ firing in Kashmir, 1 militant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two civilians were killed and a militant was gunned down during an encounter between security forces and Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Anantnag district of south Kashmir today. The encounter broke out at 10 AM at Arwani village in Bijbehara, 51 km from here, in which 10 other civilians were injured, while three militants were trapped inside a house. “The body of a terrorist has been recovered from debris in Arwani village encounter site in south Kashmir, while search is on for others,” a police official said. Earlier, a civilian identified as Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) was killed in the crossfire between the forces and the militants. Khar, a resident of Kharpora Arwani area, was rushed to district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said. Ahsan Mushtaq (15) was killed after he was hit by bullets near the site of the encounter, the official said. He said it was not immediately clear whether the duo were part of the stone-pelting mob who tried to disrupt the anti- militancy operation in the village. Some people had started pelting stones on the security personnel immediately after the security forces laid a cordon around the house, located in densely populated Malik Mohalla of the village. The accompanying teams of the local police and CRPF used tear gas shells and resorted to firing pellets after the crowd began hurling stones at the troops, thereby, hampering the counter-insurgency operation. A police party, which was part of the anti-militancy operation, was also fired upon from the crowd, the officer said. 10 people were injured, mostly by pellets, he said. The security forces had received an intelligence tip-off about the presence of the three militants inside the house. Later in the evening, reports suggested that all the ultras have been killed. However, only one militant’s body has been recovered so far. Following the civilian killings, clashes 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 erupted shortly after Friday prayers and were going on when reports last came in, 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 judicial remand till June 19,” a JKLF spokesman said. Meanwhile, separatists have called for a general strike on June 18 against the killing of civilians and ransacking of properties allegedly by security forces.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.)

Militant killed as Army foils infiltration bid in Gurez sector of Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army on Saturday foiled an infiltration bid and killed a militant in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir.The security forces also recovered a weapon from the slain terrorist.On Friday, the Army killed six militants near the Line of Control (LoC). The six militants were killed in Uri sector during a counter-infiltration operation.On May 26, 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.

Bullets found in armyman’s bag at Srinagar airport, detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army jawan was today detained at the Srinagar airport after two live bullets were recovered from his baggage during checking, police sources said. The jawan was identified as Ravindra Kumar, a sepoy in Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles unit posted at Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Kumar was detained by the police at the airport after two bullets of an AK assault rifle were recovered during an X-ray check. Kumar, a resident of Chhattisgarh, was going on leave and was to board an Air India flight. He is under detention and is being questioned, the sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Seven militants killed as four Pak aided infiltration bids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three militants and a jawan were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Naugam sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today, as the Army foiled yet another infiltration attempt. According to the Army, four infiltration bids, aided by Pakistani forces, have been thwarted along the LoC in north Kashmir in the last 48 hours, in which seven militants were killed while a jawan also lost his life. The Army has foiled multiple attempts made by the Pakistan army to push armed infiltrators across the LoC, the Army’s Northern Command said in a statement today. “In the last 48 hours, infiltration attempts have been foiled at the Gurez, Machhil, Naugam and Uri sectors. Seven armed intruders have been eliminated so far,” the statement said. Large quantities of arms, ammunition and war-like stores have been recovered, it said. According to the statement, three militants were killed in the Naugam sector today, while four were killed in the Machhil sector yesterday. The statement said that an anti-infiltration operation was in progress in Uri sector, while in Gurez, armed intruders ran back leaving rucksacks behind. The Army statement said the intruders were being provided active support, including covering fire (heavy calibre artillery) by Pakistani army posts on the LoC to assist them to enter the Kashmir valley. With these four operations, the Army has thwarted six infiltration attempts along the LoC in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir. On May 26, the Army had claimed to have killed two Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members who tried to infiltrate into the 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. The Northern Command claimed that in the current year, 22 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 armed intruders have been eliminated along the LoC. “Relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and its agents to spread terror in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan,” the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army foils infiltration bid; jawan, three militants killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three militants and a jawan were killed as the Army foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today. This is the second successful anti-infiltration operation by the Army in the last 24 hours and the fourth such along the LoC in less than a fortnight in north Kashmir. “Alert troops foiled an infiltration bid in Naugam sector. Three terrorists have been killed, while one soldier has been martyred,” an Army official said. Three weapons and other war-like stores have been recovered from the spot, the official said, adding the search operation was going on. Yesterday, three heavily-armed militants were killed in a gunbattle in the district as the Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the LoC. 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 next day when they attempted to sneak into the Valley from across the border.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

One soldier, two terrorists killed during Nowgam infiltration bid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A soldier and two terrorists lost their lives during an encounter on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir?s Nowgam sector. The operation to flush out militants is still on. In a separate incident in Baramulla district, two Indian Army soldiers were injured. Indian Army troops moved into the Doba Sardar area of the Baramulla-Uri sector near the Line of Control on receiving intelligence about the movement of five to six militants who had infiltrated from across the border. When the militants opened fire on the troops, two of the soldiers were injured. They have been identified as Vijay Sharma and Firasat Ali and are presently being treated in hospital. The remaining militants are suspected to be hiding in a dense forest area near the Line of Control. The army has confirmed the recovery of six bags belonging to the militants. Details of the contents in these bags has not been revealed till now.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militants killed in Sopore behind attack on police party: DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two militants, who were killed by security forces in an encounter in Baramulla district’s Sopore area today, belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen and were behind an attack on a police party. “Yesterday, a grenade attack was carried out on a police deployment party in Sopore town in which four policemen were injured,” Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, S P Vaid told reporters here. “The description of assailants and CCTV footage helped in identifying and arresting two persons, including one who had hurled the grenade at the police party,” the DGP said. Vaid said during interrogation, the arrested persons provided information about the hideout of the militants at whose behest they had carried out the attack. “The security forces laid a cordon around the area. As they were closing in on the house where the militants were hiding, they opened fire. The security forces retaliated leading to death of the two militants,” the DGP said. He said both slain militants were locals and belonged to the Hizbul Mujahdieen. “They have been identified as Aijaz and Basharat,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite shutdown call, hundreds of Kashmiri youth appear in army recruitment exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Asserting that the Kashmir youth need employment, a top army officer on Sunday said that defying separatist shutdown call, hundreds of students participated in the army recruitment examination in the Valley. Despite the valley-wide shutdown on Sunday and Monday against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Sabzar Ahmad Bhatt, 799 candidates out of 815 appeared for common entrance written examination for selection of Junior Commissioned Officers and other ranks at Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district while only seven candidates out of 500 missed the exam at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Srinagar. Talking to media here, Major General A.K. Singh, the Kilo Force General Officer Commanding (GOC), said, “The Kashmir youth need employment. You have seen how hundreds of Kashmiri youth participated in the army recruitment examination on Sunday despite shutdown called by the separatists.” “If we continue to take appropriate measures in this direction, we will bring Kashmiri youth on the right path,” he added. The Major General further informed that 200 to 250 militants are currently present in the Kashmir Valley. “I think, presently there are around 200 to 250 militants in Kashmir. Pakistan is trying to get them infiltrated on this side. But various measures have been taken to strengthen the robust counter infiltration grid along the Line of Control (LoC), so that militants will be eliminated on the LC only,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Clashes between students and security forces in Anantnag,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clashes broke out today between student protesters and security forces in Anantnag and Baramulla districts of Kashmir, police said. Dozens of students from a government higher secondary school in Dooru area of Anantnag district demonstrated against the alleged high-handedness of security forces during students’ protests last month in Pulwama district, a police official said. Some of the students started hurling stones at security forces deployed there compelling them to use force in an attempt to chase the protesters away. The clashes were still going on till last reports came in but no one was reported to be injured so far, the official said. Similar clashes took place in Sopore town in Baramulla district as students from a local government higher secondary school staged a protest, he said. Additional police force has been rushed to both the spots to bring the situation under control and restore order, the official said. The students were protesting against the alleged highhandedness of security forces against students of Degree College Pulwama on April 15 and the subsequent protests thereafter across Kashmir. They also demanded the release of the students arrested by the police during these protests over the past one month. A police raid on government degree college Pulwama had triggered widespread protests by students across Kashmir on April 17 and these have been going on intermittently since then, prompting authorities to suspend classes in the higher educational institutions for over a week last month. A number of students were also arrested during clashes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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