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Memorial to martyr unveiled, kin await relief

A war memorial to Sepoy Dharma Ram, Shaurya Chakra (posthumous) was unveiled at the Taratara village of Barmer district. Sepoy Dharma Ram of 1 Rashtriya Rifles, had laid down his life while fighting terrorists in Kulgam district of Jammu & Kashmir on May 25, 2015. He was hit by 25 bullets. Dharma Ram had been awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously in 2016.A large number of local residents were present at the unveiling ceremony of the memorial, built at the home town of Sepoy Dharma Ram, with the help of local residents. The martyr’s family was also present on the occasion. Addressing the public, General Bipin Rawat the Army Chief expressed gratitude to the local people gathered on the occasion and said that the Army would soon hold a recruitment rally in the area. “The youth of Barmer have exhibited extreme bravery and valour in the Army. We hope that more brave youth from the area join the Army to make it stronger.” Praising the martyr, the Army Chief said that Dharma Ram had taken part in many operations against terrorists. He laid down his life in Kulgam after neutralising the district commander of Lashkar. He assured that the family of Dharma Ram has been given all facilities. His children would be given good education and his little child would get admission in military school. The martyr’s family however was of a different view. His wife Timo Devi alleged that they had received assurances, not assistance. They are still facing a problem of basic facilities, she said. Timo Devi said she is well educated and needs a job to support her family. Dharma Ram is survived by his 75-year-old mother, wife Timo Devi and two children. Also present on the occasion were , Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Dewan Rabindranath Soni, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command and Lieutenant General RK Jagga, General Officer Commanding, Konark Corps. The event was attended by a large number of local residents. Local parliamentarian Col Sonaram was also present.

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Kashmiris line up to become proud Indian army soldiers

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

Militant, soldier killed in 2 operations in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up their winter offensive, security forces launched two major operations against militants and purged their capabilities in the troubled south Kashmir region.An army soldier and a militant were killed while a cop suffered injuries in one of the operations at Nowbug Kund village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam. In another operation, security forces busted a hideout at Laam area in Burhan Wani’s home town of Tral in Pulwama district.This was the third operation against militants in less than 12 hours in the valley. On Monday evening, security forces achieved major success when they repulsed the militant attack killing two Hizbul Mujhadeen ultras near a check point at Sultanpora Crossing in Zachaldara area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir.Police said the first encounter started at Nowbug Kund village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district when a joint team of army, police and the CRPF cordoned off the area after specific inputs on the presence of militants on Tuesday morning.When security forces were busy strengthening the cordon, the militants in the area fired on troops triggering a gun fight. A soldier was killed in the line of duty while a cop suffered gunshot wounds. Later, security forces mounted an offensive killing one of the militants.”A solider died and a policeman was injured but is stable now. A terrorist was killed, whose identity is yet to be ascertained”, tweeted SP Pani, deputy inspector-general of police, South Kashmir Range.The slain militant was identified as Muzamil Ahmad of Badroo Yaripora in Kulgam district. An engineering pass out, Ahmad had been active as a militant for quite some time in the south Kashmir region.Security forces busted a hideout after they launched a joint operation in Laam area of Tral after receiving a tip off about the presence of militants. “Jaish-e-Mohommad (JeM) hideout busted in Tral. Search continues”, said the deputy inspector general of police, South Kashmir Range.Official figures reveal that more than 180 militants have been killed by the security forces in different encounters across Kashmir this year so far.Sources said around 70 security force men too have lost their lives in the line of duty this yearLives lost this yrOfficial figures reveal that more than 180 militants have been killed by the security forces in different encounters across Kashmir this year. 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate Kashmir.Around 70 security force men too have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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

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

J&K: Head constable killed, jawan injured after ‘suspicious firing’ at SSB camp in Banihal belt of Ramban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A head constable of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was today killed in mysterious firing and another jawan was injured in Banihal area on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, a senior police officer said. The incident took place at around 7.15 pm and the police is investigating the cause of the firing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal told PTI.”An SSB head constable suffered a fatal casualty in the brief firing while another jawan lost his jaw bone due to an attack by some blunt object,” Lal said. The deceased received one gun shot and his body was removed to the hospital for post-mortem, officials said, adding the injured jawan was also evacuated to a hospital for treatment.”It is premature to say anything about the incident right now. We are ascertaining the details,” the SSP said while not ruling out either a militant attack or fratricide. He, however, said there was no retaliation from the SSB personnel to the firing. The jawans were manning a post outside an 8.5 km-long under-construction tunnel connecting Banihal town of Ramban district in Jammu province with Kulgam district’s Qazigund, the gateway to the Kashmir valley.

Will not be intimidated by NIA: Yasin Malik after 2 Kashmiri separatists sent to 10-day custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two men, including a freelance photo-journalist, arrested yesterday for alleged stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley and mobilising support against security personnel through the social media, were on Wednesday sent to 10-day NIA custody for interrogation. Responding to the move, Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader Yasin Malik said that he would not be intimidated by the NIA move. “We will go to the NIA gate to protest,” said Malik.District Judge Poonam A Bamba allowed the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to quiz Javed Ahmed Bhat from Kulgam and Kamran Yusuf from Pulwama till September 16 after the probe agency said they were required to be confronted with the other accused in the case, court sources said.During in-chamber proceedings, the NIA also said the two had to be taken to various places in relation to the ongoing investigation, the sources said.Continuing with its probe in the funding of terror and separatist activities in the Kashmir Valley, the NIA had yesterday arrested Bhat and Yusuf.According to the agency, they were involved in stone- pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter- insurgency operations.Yusuf, who had often been warned by the local police, was allegedly mobilising the youth and clicking their pictures for circulation in local and national newspapers, it had said.The two, also circulated pictures and videos on social networking sites that sparked widespread rumours in the Valley, the officials alleged.The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities

Top LeT commander gunned down in Kulgam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces gunned down a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, Ishfaq Ahmad Paddar, in the Tantray Pora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. The terrorist was reportedly involved in the assassination of a young Kashmiri Army officer, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was killed on May 10.Police said that after receiving a tip-off about his movement, a joint team of Kulgam police and 62 Rashtriya Rifles laid an ambush and trapped the dreaded militant. In a bid to escape, Ishfaq fired indiscriminately. The forces retaliated and he was killed.Ishfaq, along with Mohammad Abass and Gayas-ul-Islam, had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, 22, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of Shopian district, where he had gone to attend a cousin’s wedding. Fayaz was taken to a neighbouring village, where he was shot dead.Fayaz hailed from the Sadsun village of Kulgam district and his assassination had shocked the entire nation, since the officer was unarmed and commissioned in the Army just a few months ago.Investigation had revealed that Fayaz had two gunshot wounds on his body. The empty cartridges found near the spot proved that the terrorists used the snatched INSAS rifle to shoot at him.”At the time, Ishfaq was with Hizbul Mujhadeen (HM). Later, he joined the LeT. He is the first of the three terrorists involved in Lieutenant Fayaz’s killing, who has been neutralised,” Superintendent of Police, Kulgam, Shridhar Patil said.Two other terrorists involved in the assassination are still on the run. “Ishfaq was notorious in the area. He had been targeting the civilian population to unleash terror. Killing him is a great success for the security forces and also a relief for the local populace,” Patil said.Police said besides this incident, Ishfaq was also involved in robberies at the Kader branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and Ellaquai Dehati Bank. He was also involved in a firing incident at Yaripora police station. An AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 magazines, 42 AK 47 rounds, and a pouch were recovered from his possession.Meanwhile, stone pelting rocked Eidgah in Srinagar after the Eid prayers, prompting the forces to use smoke shells to disperse the mob.

3 arrested for peddling drugs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have arrested three drug peddlers in south Kashmir and seized 40 kg of poppy straw from their possession. During routine checking on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Marhama in Anantnag district, a police party yesterday intercepted a truck bearing a Punjab registration number, an official said here. He said the checking of the truck led to the seizure of 28 kg of poppy straw. The truck was impounded and the driver arrested, the official said, adding the police have registered a case. In another case in Kulgam district, a vehicle bearing a Jammu registration number was intercepted during routine checking at the Jawahar Tunnel police post on the national highway. 12 kg of poppy straw was seized from the possession of Harmesh Lal and Charanjeet Singh both residents of Gadi Nowhsher in Punjab. They have been arrested and case has been registered against them, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Two Armymen martyred in terror attack in Shopian; 2 militants killed in Kulgam encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two army personnel, including an officer were killed in firing by militants in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.Police confirmed that one jawan and a major were killed and another jawan sustained injuries. The injured jawan has been taken to Army’s 92 base hospital.A cordon and search operation was launched by Army in Zaipora area of Shopian during the night following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants there.The encounter between the militants and security forces is still underway.In another encounter in Gopalpora area of Kulgam district of south Kashmir, two militants were killed.The slain militants were involved in an attack on a bank cash van in the district on May 1 this year in which five policemen and two bank guards were killed.The security forces have recovered two weapons from the site of the encounter.

Forces target new LeT chief to prevent outfit’s regrouping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diplomatic overtures notwithstanding, security forces have decided to go whole hog against the new Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Abu Ismail to prevent the outfit from regrouping and gaining foothold after the killing of Abu Dujana. “Hunt is on for the new chief (to prevent him to have a foothold after suffering massive blow),” said Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.The 20 something Abu Ismail was the deputy of Abu Dujana who was sidelined due to the differences within the group. Ismail, a Pakistani national, is the mastermind of the terror attack on the Amarnath pilgrims in which eight pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured at Botengoo area of Anantnag district on July 10.Operating in South Kashmir for the last two and half years, Abu Ismail has been part of almost all recent attacks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. He is wanted in many cases and has been active in Pulwama and Kulgam.Sources said Abu Ismail has been A++ terrorist and has tried to fill in the space left by the killing of Bashir Lashkari and Junaid Matoo. “He operates across the south Kashmir with focus on the national highway. No matter where he carries out the attack, he flees to Kulgam district because he has been entrenched there for long time. He was operating in Pulwama before he shifted to Shopian and Kulgam,” said a police officer.

Terrorists storm cops’ houses in south Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists on Thursday night stormed residences of some police officers in south Kashmir region, threatened family members, and ransacked their property before fleeing.According to sources, they raided a senior police officer’s house and threatened the family members with dire consequences.Police sources said terrorists launched coordinated raids at residences of police officers in Kulgam and Pulwama districts. The raids started from Kulgam and spread to Pulwama villages where the attackers broke windows and glass panes apart from ransacking other property and household items. None of the police officers were home when the attacks were carried out.The terrorists also torched a house at Buchroo village of Kulgam district.SP Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir, said, “They (terrorists) are frustrated because their support structure is being handled by Jammu and Kashmir police very effectively.”Meanwhile, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the operational preparedness and the prevailing security situation in Jammu division.This is not the first such instance in the Valley. In March, heavily armed militants stormed the residence of an assistant jail superintendent, threatened his family, abducted his son, and torched his vehicle in Budgam district. The son and his relative were later released 12 kilometre away from the spot.Few days later militants barged into the house of a police officer in Shopian district of south Kashmir and opened fire. Ultras tried to ransack the property but the neighborhood came to the rescue of the family.On his arrival, the Army Chief was briefed by general officer commanding of 16 corps Lt Gen A K Sharma about the preparedness in dealing with the emerging and dynamically changing security situation and the measures taken to thwart any misadventure by inimical forces.Later General Rawat visited forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri where he was briefed in detail on the actions being undertaken to ensure a robust counter infiltration grid.”General Bipin Rawat complimented the troops for their unflinching efforts and reiterated the need to remain ever prepared to counter the nefarious designs of the adversary”, said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Northern Command headquarters.

LeT module busted in Kashmir, UP resident arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major breakthrough, Jammu and Kashmir police today said it has busted an LeT module and arrested two people, including a resident of Uttar Pradesh who was an active part of the group that killed six police personnel in south Kashmir. “We have busted a module involved in a series of sensational crimes, including terror crimes, in south Kashmir. Two individuals, Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, and Muneeb Shah, a resident of Kulgam in south Kashmir, have been arrested,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Munir Khan told reporters. The arrest of Sandeep, who was used frequently by the Lashkar-e-Taiba and made full use of the fact that he was a non-local, points to the blurring lines between criminality and terrorism, he said. Some new things as far militancy in Kashmir is concerned have come to the surface during investigations into the looting of banks and ATMs. “Investigations have revealed the angle of criminals who are involved in militancy and how they are being used by militant outfit LeT. How they are plundering and looting banks and ATMs and funding militant outfits as well as themselves,” he said. Sandeep was nabbed from the same house where LeT commander Bashir Lashkari was killed on July 1. His arrest led to Shah being caught. “We apprehended Sandeep during the encounter in which notorious militant Lashkari was eliminated. It raised the fingers of suspicion. We were surprised to see a non-local sitting in the same house where Lashkari was taking shelter, so we decided to go further.” The IGP said the probe revealed that Sandeep had come to the valley in 2012 and worked as a welder here in the summers. In the winters, he would go outside the valley, especially to Patiala. “While working in Punjab, he came in contact with one Shahid Ahmad, a resident of Kulgam, who was also working in Punjab. In January this year, he came to the valley and planned to loot ATMs and other robberies in south Kashmir.” Four people — Sandeep, Muneeb Shah, Shahid Ahmad and Muzaffar Ahmad — stayed in a rented accommodation in Kulgam for carrying out criminal activities. It was here that they met hardcore LeT terrorist Shakoor Ahmad, the IGP disclosed. “That was the beginning of all these criminal activities. The militants utilized the services of Sandeep for looting ATMs and the booty was shared,” he added. The IGP said Sandeep was involved in criminal and militant activities and became a “hardcore terrorist in the sense that he accompanied LeT terrorists in three actions”. He was involved in an attack on a police party in Achabal in south Kashmir on June 16 in which SHO Feroze Dar and five others were killed and their faces disfigured as well as the June 3 ambush on an army convoy in lower Munda in which a jawan was killed and the snatching of weapons from retired Justice Muzaffar Attar’s guard in Anantnag. “In all these actions, Sandeep was present and participating,” Khan said. Sandeep, who is now in police custody with the state police in touch with its counterparts in Uttar Pradesh, was an expert in looting. “He was also arrested with some other associates in a robbery case in March this year at Mir Bazar and remained in judicial custody till he was bailed out,” Khan disclosed. “Investigations are going on and a number of arrests are in the offing,” he said. Asked whether this was a first case of its kind in the valley, the IGP said, “In my knowledge, yes it is the first such case.” “Criminal elements are joining the militancy. Lashker has become an outfit of criminals Militants are criminals,” he said. Asked about the possibility of involvement of more non- locals in militancy in the valley, he said police would verify all non-local labourers. “Seeing this scenario, I have to investigate and get the verifications done of all the non-locals who are working in the valley in different capacities.” He described the “new scenario” as a challenge for the police. “Certainly it is a challenge because it is a new scenario which we have to deal with in the coming days because we have to be careful now of all the workers who come to Kashmir from different parts of India as in most of the cases the character and the antecedents are not known. We have to go for in-depth verifications of all of them,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K police bust Lashkar-e-Taiba module, arrests UP resident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police have busted a major Lashkar-e-Taiba module and arrested two militants including a Hindu ultra from Uttar Pradesh in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil and Muneeb Shah of Kulgam was arrested by the police after a tip off about their involvement in several terror cases in south Kashmir.Sharma was a close aide of slain militant commander Bashir Lashkari who was involved in the killing of SHO Achabal Feroz Ahmad Dar and his five cops.In fact Sharma and Shah were part of the Lashkari led group who ambushed the vehicle of Dar at Thajwara on June 16 killing SHO and his five cops in cold blood. Lashkari and his Pakistani aide Abu Maaz was neutralized recently by the security forces and Sharma and Shah were on the run.“He (Sharma) joined Bashir Lashkar of LeT and worked as his key aide. He was present in a house at Brinty Dailgam when the encounter took place on July 1 in which Lashkari and Abdu Maaz were killed. During the encounter he was rescued along with other members of the family by the police”, said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone.On further enquiry, Khan said it was revealed that Sharma along with other individual hatched a criminal conspiracy for providing shelter, ferrying of terrorists from one place to other and actively participating in the terrorists cases.IGP Kashmir said the investigation is in process and the duo has been arrested. “On the direction of LeT the subject (Sharma) along with his associates received terrorists and dropped them at different sites for the terror action in south Kashmir. He also concealed weapons looted from police guards in a vehicle and shifted them to difference locations on the directions of LeT”, he said.Khan said investigation so far conducted has revealed that LeT in league with criminal network is raising money for terror activities by looting banks and ATMs in the south Kashmir region.

Burhan Wani anniversary: High alert in Jammu & Kashmir Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have taken precautionary measures and deployed adequate personnel in the Kashmir Valley, apprehending trouble on the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.”All threats are being analysed and precautionary measures are being taken. Adequate security personnel have been deployed to deal with any situation,” a home ministry official said.The official said as the Kashmir Valley continued to face terror threats, the government had enhanced the counter-terror mechanism over the years.Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.Over 80 young men from these areas had taken to arms since the encounter, official sources from the state said earlier.
ALSO READ Birmingham cancels permission for Burhan Wani Day after India questions ‘glorification of terrorist’Seventy-six people, besides two police personnel, were killed during the five-month unrest in the valley following the killing of Wani.The state government has also announced a 10-day summer vacation in all educational institutions in the valley from July 6.The vacation coincides with a protest schedule issued by the United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant organisations operating in the valley. Last year, vacations were announced in schools from July 1 to 17.The UJC had announced a protest programme on Monday in connection with what it called the first death anniversary of Wani.

Burhan anniv: Security forces ready to deal with challenges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have taken precautionary measures and deployed adequate personnel in the Kashmir Valley, apprehending trouble on the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. “All threats are being analysed and precautionary measures are being taken. Adequate security personnel have been deployed to deal with any situation,” a home ministry official said. The official said as the Kashmir Valley continued to face terror threats, the government had enhanced the counter-terror mechanism over the years. Four districts of the state — Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag — have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016. Over 80 young men from these areas had taken to arms since the encounter, official sources from the state said earlier. Seventy-six people, besides two police personnel, were killed during the five-month unrest in the valley following the killing of Wani. The state government has also announced a 10-day summer vacation in all educational institutions in the valley from July 6. The vacation coincides with a protest schedule issued by the United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant organisations operating in the valley. Last year, vacations were announced in schools from July 1 to 17. The UJC had announced a protest programme on Monday in connection with what it called the first death anniversary of Wani.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmir: Teenage boy killed in cloud burst at Kulgam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A teenage boy was killed when a cloudburst struck a village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, police said on Saturday.
ALSO READ Uttarakhand cloudburst: 3 more bodies recovered, death toll rises to 18Shabir Ahmad Garsee (17), a resident of Sarbadree Homepathri village of Kulgam, was killed when a cloudburst struck the area last night, a police official said.He said police has reached the spot to assess the situation, adding further details were awaited.

10 injured in J&K clashes after Eid prayers, even as LoC remains calm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An eerie silence prevailed on the occasion of Eid along the LoC, which has witnessed 20 ceasefire violations, a BAT attack and two infiltration bids in the month of June in which four people, including three jawans, were killed.The lack of the rattle of guns came as some good news.”Guns are silent today. There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army along the LoC,” a senior army officer said.However, clashes broke out between the security forces and stone pelters at several places in the Kashmir Valley after Eid prayers.At least 10 protesters were injured in the clashes that took place in Anantnag, Sopore, Kulgam, Pulwama and Pattan towns, police said.Earlier during the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “fully confident that this festival of goodness and humanity will help in bringing peace, understanding, brotherhood and happiness in Kashmir Valley and pave the way for a new dawn there.”

Bodies of LeT militant Mattoo, 2 others recovered from

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bodies of dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo and two others were recovered today from the encounter site in Arwani village of South Kashmir. Besides 24-year-old Mattoo alias ‘Jana’, the other two bodies were of 18-year-old Adil Mushtaq Mir alias ‘Nana’ and 20-year-old Nisar Ahmad Wani. All three belong to the banned terror outfit Lashkar. Hailing from Khudwani village of Kulgam, 24-year-old Mattoo joined militancy in June 2015. He had a meteoric rise within the Lashkar group and was appointed commander for South Kashmir after he gunned down two policemen in broad daylight at Anantnag bus stand in June last year. While Mir hailed from Frasbal area of Pampore, Wani was from Heff Shremal of Shopian district. Both had joined militancy after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani last year. Police had laid a cordon around a house in Malik Mohalla in Arwani village at 8 AM yesterday following an intelligence tip off about the presence of three militants there. The first engagement with terrorists took place at 10 AM after which additional forces were rushed to the spot. By late afternoon, firing had stopped but two houses had caught fire during the encounter. After the fire tenders doused the raging flames, police and other security forces, which were already embattled by stone pelters, began a search operation in the rubble. The security forces were also fired upon from the crowd that was indulging in stone pelting, police said, adding that the Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were desperate to save Mattoo. The serach operation was also hampered after six policemen including an officer Feroz Ahmed Dar were gunned down at Achabal area, 20 km south of the encounter site. This act was a revenge by Lashkar-e-Taiba for killing of Mattoo and two others. During yesterday’s encounter, two civilians were also killed. In the morning itself, 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 the district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said. Ahsan Mushtaq, 15, was also killed after he was hit by bullets near the site of the encounter, the police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bijbehara encounter: Bodies of Lashkar commander Junaid Mattoo, two other militants recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bodies of dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo and two others were recovered on Saturday from the encounter site in Arwani village of South Kashmir.Besides 24-year-old Mattoo alias ‘Jana’, the other two bodies were of 18-year-old Adil Mushtaq Mir alias ‘Nana’ and 20-year-old Nisar Ahmad Wani. All three belong to the banned terror outfit Lashkar.Hailing from Khudwani village of Kulgam, 24-year-old Mattoo joined militancy in June 2015. He had a meteoric rise within the Lashkar group and was appointed commander for South Kashmir after he gunned down two policemen in broad daylight at Anantnag bus stand in June last year.While Mir hailed from Frasbal area of Pampore, Wani was from Heff Shremal of Shopian district. Both had joined militancy after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy Burhan Wani last year.Police had laid a cordon around a house in Malik Mohalla in Arwani village at 8 AM yesterday following an intelligence tip off about the presence of three militants there. The first engagement with terrorists took place at 10 AM after which additional forces were rushed to the spot.By late afternoon, firing had stopped but two houses had caught fire during the encounter. After the fire tenders doused the raging flames, police and other security forces, which were already embattled by stone pelters, began a search operation in the rubble.The security forces were also fired upon from the crowd that was indulging in stone pelting, police said, adding that the Lashkar-e-Taiba militants were desperate to save Mattoo.The serach operation was also hampered after six policemen including an officer Feroz Ahmed Dar were gunned down at Achabal area, 20 km south of the encounter site. This act was a revenge by Lashkar-e-Taiba for killing of Mattoo and two others.During yesterday’s encounter, two civilians were also killed. In the morning itself, 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 the district hospital at Bijbehara where he was declared brought dead, police said.Ahsan Mushtaq, 15, was also killed after he was hit by bullets near the site of the encounter, the police said.

DNA Evening Must Reads: From live updates of India vs Bangladesh to blast near kindergarten in China

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Denied boarding pass, TDP MP Diwakar Reddy creates ruckus at Visakhapatnam airportTelugu Desam Party (TDP) MP JC Diwakar Reddy on Thursday created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport when the authorities did not issue a boarding pass to him. Read more here.2. J&K: Constable shot dead by terrorist outside his residenceMilitants shot dead a policeman in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday. Read more here.3. Blast near kindergarten in eastern China, at least seven dead and 59 injuredAn explosion struck a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday while children were leaving the school, resulting in several casualties, the state media reported. Follow live updates here.4. RIL-BP to invest $6 billion in developing new gas fields in KG-D6 blockReliance Industries and its partner BP plc on Thursday announced investment of US$ 6 billion in developing new gas fields in the KG-D6 block after an eight- year hiatus. Read more here.5. ICC Champions Trophy 2017, 2nd Semi-final | Quick wickets halt Bangladesh’s surgeIndia won the toss and opted to field against Bangladesh in the second semifinal of the Champions Trophy on Thursday. India picked the same team that played in their previous game against South Africa. Follow live updates here.

600 KPs leave for Kheerbhawani shrine in Kashmir amid security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid tight security, a group of around 600 Kashmiri Pandits, including women and children, today left for annual pilgrimage to the Mata Kheer bhawani shirne in Kashmir valley. Amid chants of ‘Mata Kheer Bhawani Ki Jai’, the Kashmiri Pandits boarded around 20 State Road Transport Corporation buses and left this morning to pay obeisance at the Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple in Tulmulla area of Ganderbal district. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu region, Mandeep Bhandari and head of the Mata Kheerbhawani 2017 reception committee and former bureaucrat Kiran Watal, flagged off the vehicles. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti greeted Kashmiri Pandits on the eve of Mela Kheer Bhawani. Yesterday, more than 100 pilgrims had left for Mata Kheer Bhawani shrine in Manzgam in Kulgam district in troubled South Kashmir area for organising a annual maha yajna. “We have reached to shrine safely. The preparing for the yajna (hawan) has started,” Head of Kheerbhawani Prabandik Committee Manzgam, Kuldeep Raina said. Watal, who along with his team left with pilgrims, told reporters that “unnecessary” fear has been created by some people and it cannot stop KPs from visiting the shrine of their principal deity. “It is centuries old yatra. We have been going to Kheer Bhawani temple in Tulmul Ganderbal, Kheerbhawani temple in Manzgaam (Kulgam), shrine of Mata at Tikker (Kupwara), Tripursundri temple at devsar (Kulgam) tomorrow. KPs are going to all these shrines to pay their obeisance,” Watal said. He said the state authorities have made security arrangements at par with Amarnath Yatra en route Mata Kheer Bhawani shirne and back. A voluntary committee, including representatives from camps and non-camps, has been set up under the umbrella of Mata Kheer Bhawani Yatra 2017 Reception Committee with an aim to provide facilities to the pilgrims en route the temple. Omkar Nath, who has been visiting the cave shrine for the past 17 year, said that he will not stop going to shrine to pay his obeisance. “I will rather die en route but will not stop from going to Mata Kheerbhawani. I am going this year too,” he said. The shrine of the Hindu goddess, Mata Ragyna was built by erstwhile Dogra rulers of Jammu and Kashmir. Nestled among mammoth Chinar trees in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the temple witnessed massive crowds of KP devotees who made the journey from across the country. Walking barefoot, the devotees carry rose petals and offerings to the goddess. Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a holiday tomorrow in the Kashmir Valley on the occasion of Kheer Bhawani Mela. In 2016, about 40,000 people took part in the pilgrimage while 30,000 in 2015 and about 60,000 in 2014. The shrine is called Kheer Bhawani as devotees offer milk and kheer to the deity known as Ragnya Devi. The fair held at this annual festival is a symbol of centuries-old communal harmony and brotherhood as local Muslims make all arrangements for devotees and even set up stalls selling flowers and other material for the devotees to offer at the temple. The governor, in his message, said that this festival is a shining example of communal harmony and brotherhood which symbolise the glorious pluralistic ethos of Jammu and Kashmir in the centuries past. He also prayed for peace, harmony, progress and prosperity in the state. The chief minister, greeting people on the eve of Mela Kheer Bhawani, said that the mela symbolises the multi- religious and tolerant ethos of the state which has been an epitome of harmony and brotherhood since ages. She made an appeal to people to strengthen the bond of togetherness between various sections of the society which Jammu and Kashmir has been proud of.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Honouring Major Gogoi unbecoming of Army’s traditions:Tarigami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior CPI(M) leader and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami today termed as “provocative” the honouring of Major Leetul Gogoi, saying it was unbecoming of the Army’s traditions. The officer, who is in the midst of a row for tying up a Kashmiri man to a jeep allegedly as a shield against stone- pelters, was honoured by Army chief General Bipin Rawat recently with a ‘Commendation Card’ “for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”. Tarigami, in a statement issued here, said “The Army’s decision to award the officer is highly condemnable and provocative. It was unbecoming of the Army’s traditions.” He demanded that the court of inquiry ordered by the Army in the incident must fix the “responsibilities” and award “punishment” to those involved in the “gross human rights violation” of tying up a civilian to an army jeep and used as a human shield. “What message you want to convey to Kashmiris by awarding an erring officer? Is an erring officer so important while sentiments of people of Kashmir are ignored?” the CPI(M) leader questioned.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Militants fire at MLA Tarigami’s house in Kulgam distt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Militants attacked the ancestral residence of Kulgam MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami in the south Kashmir district late evening today but no one was hurt in the incident. Gunmen opened fire at Tarigami’s residence at Taragam village in Kulgam district at around 9 pm, officials said. The CPI(M) MLA, who had visited the village in the afternoon, had left for his Srinagar residence when the attack took place. Tarigami confirmed that firing had taken place but added that no one was hurt. Police officers rushed to the spot following the attack. Further details were awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘His path will inspire people’: Outrage and grief at India Gate over killing of army officer Ummer Fayaz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The India Gate saw outpouring of grief and outrage over the abduction and killing of 22-year-old Kashmiri army officer Ummer Fayaz by militants. Hundreds of army veterans, students and tourists took out a candle light march in his memory, with many voicing their demand for the death of the young lieutenant to be “avenged”. “His killing is condemnable. Each and every part of the society should condemn the incident and it should not be accepted at any cost. Stability should return to the valley. The path Fayaz chose should inspire the people,” former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said. The march, that went around the India Gate circle, saw people raising slogans hailing his “sacrifice”. ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ rented the air along with cries condemning Pakistan and militant groups in the valley.
ALSO READ Zakir Musa, who threatened to behead Hurriyat leaders, quits terror outfit Hizbul MujhaideenMany tourists who flocked the area also spontaneously joined the march in the evening.The alumni association of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, where Fayaz studied before joining the Pune-based National Defence Academy, were among the marchers, along with members of the 124 infantry battalion of the Territorial Army.
ALSO READ Officer Ummer Fayaz murdered: J-K police puts up posters of killers, offers reward”If Kashmiris want to go with Pakistan, let them go. I am sure Kashmir will be left with nothing within a few months. And if Pakistan does not abide by the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case then the Indian Army should be given a chance to retaliate,” Captain (retd) Ravi Verma said.He was referring to the Hague-based ICJ staying the execution of the 46-year-old Indian, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “spying”. Lieutenant Fayaz, from the troubled region of Kulgam district, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin’s wedding.He was on leave when he was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam, 60 kilometres from Srinagar, on Tuesday. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.Fayaz, who studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in South Kashmir, joined the Army after being commissioned in December last year. He belonged to the 129th batch of cadets from the prestigious Pune-based National Defence Academy. This was for the first time that he had taken leave after joining the Army, a senior official said. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.

Tarigami hails efforts to hold national conclave on Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CPI-M MLA from Kulgam M Y Tarigami today welcomed the efforts by some political and civil society groups to hold a national conclave on Kashmir, saying these were imperative in the backdrop of “sufferings and miseries” being faced by the people of the state. He said, in a statement, that the situation in Kashmir continues to worsen and there seems to be no genuine effort on the part of the present Indian establishment to address the basic and concrete issues, responsible for the present unrest. “The secular democrats, intelligentsia – broadminded thinkers and peace lovers, need to come out of slumber and raise their voice against the state negligence and negative complacency vis-a-vis Kashmir,” he said. In an apparent reference to the conclave on Kashmir, he said, “We welcome the efforts by some political and civil society groups, as also by some individual intellectuals to identify the main causes of the present turmoil and to suggest ways and means to address the underlying issues, including various types of grievances expressed by the people.” BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav have reportedly planned a national conclave on Kashmir in the national capital this month as part of peace efforts in the Valley. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who also heads a policy planning group of the Congress on Jammu and Kashmir, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and D Raja of the CPI have also been roped in and had reportedly favoured the conclave. “It is hoped that such efforts will continue consistently and seriously across the country and will help in delineating a realistic way forward in the resolution of the Kashmir tangle without further dilly dallying,” Tarigami said, adding that this would also help in lessening the ever increasing huge isolation and alienation of the masses. Terming Kashmir as a “political” issue, he said it needs to be dealt with politically. “Taking a narrow view of the situation and resorting to unbridled use of force, including crackdowns, search operations, firing by pellet guns and tear gas shells will not help in restoration of normalcy,” he said. Tarigami also said that the country’s image was at stake if Kashmir continues to bleed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army brings back CASO as part of counter-terror ops in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Signalling an aggressive stance, The Army has decided to re-introduce cordon and search operations (CASO) as a “permanent feature” of its campaign against militants, nearly 15 years after the practice was abandoned. Army sources said CASO will be carried out in a major way in militancy-hit areas of Kulgam, Pulwama, Tral, Budgam and Shopian in south Kashmir. “CASO will be a permanent feature as part of counter- terror operations after a gap of 15 years,” sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rahul Gandhi condemns killing of Kashmiri Army officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said those who tried to defeat what slain army officer Umer Fayaz stood for, would be themselves defeated. Condoling the killing of Lt Fayaz by militants in Shopian of Kashmir, he said, “The entire nation shares the grief of Fayaz’s family, friends and colleagues. My heartfelt condolences.” “His memory will never be forgotten. Those who tried to defeat what he stood for, will themselves be defeated,” he said on Twitter. Lieutenant Umer Fayaz (23) was last night abducted by five to six militants from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian where he had gone to attend the wedding ceremony. His bullet riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian this morning, a police official said. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz, who studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in South Kashmir, joined the Army after being commissioned in December last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: Lieutenant rank army officer killed in Shopian, bullet-ridden body found

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of an Army Lieutenant was found with multiple bullet injuries in Herman in Shopian district of South Kashmir.The slain officer has bee identified as Umar Fayaz. He was a resident of Kulgam district.Police said the officer, hailing from neighbouring Kulgam district, had gone to Shopian to attend the marriage function of a relative.An army official said they have received an input and are verifying the circumstances in which the officer was found dead.According to reports, he was abducted by terrorists, following which he was shot dead and his body was disposed.

Udhampur attack key conspirator shot dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The terrorist killed in a chance encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night was wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his key role in the 2015 Udhampur terror attack that left two Border Security Force men dead and 13 others injured.Fayaz Ahmad Ishwar alias Setha of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was one of the main conspirators of the August 5, 2015 terror attack. Setha was the man who ferried two fidayeens Usman and Momin in his truck from South Kashmir and dropped them at Narsoo Nallah minutes before they attacked the BSF convoy in Udhampur.Momin was later gunned down in retaliatory fire while Mohammad Naveed alias Usman of Faisalabad Pakistan took five civilians hostage in a bid to flee from the spot. However, he was overpowered by two of the hostages and handed over to the security forces.Setha was part of three-member team of terrorists which attacked the police party near Mir Bazar Kulgam when they were inspecting the accident spot and clearing the traffic jam on the road on Saturday night. Three civilians and a cop were killed in the terror attack.However, police displayed exemplary bravery and retaliated which resulted in the death of Setha. Two other terrorists, however, managed to escape from the spot. Police said one of the terrorists might have received injuries in the counter offensive.”It is a big success for us since Setha was wanted terrorist by NIA. Setha was part of the conspiracy and he had arranged logistics and was on the spot (of Udhampur terror attack). It was after Udhampur incident that he became active with LeT,” Shridhar Patil, superintendent of police, Kulgam, told DNA.Security forces have launched a massive hunt for two other terrorists who were part of the attack at Kulgam on Saturday night. “We suspect both of them must have been injured. Hunt has been launched to nab the duo”, said Patil.What created a tricky situation was when militants surfaced during the funeral and offered gun salute to the slain Setha at his ancestral village on Sunday. Massive pro freedom slogans rent the air at the funeral procession of the slain ultra.Setha has been absconding since the Udhampur terror attack though he was charge-sheeted by the NIA last year. NIA had put Rs two lakh bounty on Setha who had become an active militant of Lashkar-e-Tioba in south Kashmir.According to NIA Setha dropped two fidayeens at the spot before they proceeded towards Jammu on August 5 2016. Setha along with his assistant Sabzar had left Khudwani in Kulgam along with two Pakistani fidayeens on August 4, 2016 and spent the night at Tamtar Morh on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.Sabzar has been arrested since then but Setha was still on the loose. “The first charge sheet has been filed against eight accused persons on January 28 2016. Further investigation in the case is continuing”, said NIA.Mastermind of the Udhampur terror attack and the then chief operational commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Abu Qasim alias Abdul Rehman of Pakistan was also killed in an encounter at Khandaypora village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on October 29 2015.

Political goals can’t be achieved through violence: J&K CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed anguish over the killing of three civilians and a cop in a militant attack in Kulgam district yesterday and said political goals cannot be achieved through violence. The chief minister said the futility of violence to achieve political goals had been established beyond doubt. “It is unfortunate for the state that human blood is being spilt here when elsewhere in the world, the futility of violence to achieve political goals has been established beyond doubt,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kashmir unrest | Jawan martyred in Kulgam shootout laid to rest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All roads in the remote Pariwan village of this district on Sunday led to the house of Constable Mehmood Ahmed, who died bravely fighting Lashker-e- Taiba militants last night even after being hit by a spray of bullets.Sitting besides the body, his wife cried inconsolably as she narrated the journey of her life with him, as people from the village, which has a population of about 2,000, as well as those from the adjoining areas poured in to pay their last respect to the brave constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police.The body of 38-year-old Mehmood was brought to his home, nine kilometres from district headquarter of Kulgam, with all police honours and handed over to the family for burial.Senior Police officials including Deputy Inspector General of Police Swayam Prakash Pani were among the large number of people who paid their last respect to him.Mourners could not take their eyes off his nine-year-old son Tahir Ahmed who wept watching his father being taken away for burial, while eight-month old son Nika was unaware of what was happening around him.The body was kept at a nearby school ground as the small house of Mehmood could not accommodate the heavy rush of people.Manzoor was part of the police party that was ambushed by four militants in Mir Bazar area of Kulgam town last night where they had gone to regulate traffic following a road accident.The police party, which was busy clearing the traffic, was ambushed by Lashker-e-Taiba militants and Manzoor, who was promoted from SPO in May 2016 because of his operational capabilities, showed presence of mind and snatched a pistol from a militant and killed him and injured another.Three civilians also died in the indiscriminate firing by militants.Around 3000 people held prayers at the funeral of Mehmood before he was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in the village.At the wreath laying ceremony, senior police officials recalled the service of Mehmood and his sacrifice yesterday on the line of the duty.”When the terrorists fired indiscriminately on the police, civilians on the road also got trapped. Mehmood and his colleagues fought bravely. Their presence of mind and acumen saved a lot of lives thoughMehmood and three innocent civilian lives fell to the bullets of the terrorists, who were hiding and it was pitch dark,” a senior official recalled.Senior police officials, who attended his funeral, said “we are proud of our brave hearts and salute their commitment and devotion for public service. It was a touching moment to see the way people came forward at this critical juncture and consoled the family”.The crowd at the funeral could be seen as a silent protest of the people against the violence perpetrated by the terrorists.

In pics | Terrorists give gun salute to slain associate at funeral in Kashmir’s Kulgam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of terrorists appeared at the funeral of a slain associate and fired a volley of bullets in the air as a form of gun salute in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday.The incident occurred during the funeral ceremony of Fayaz Ahmed alias Setha, a resident of Qaimoh area of Kulgam, who was killed in retaliation yesterday after terrorists had fired upon a police party which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident.People carry the body of Fayaz Ahmad, a suspected terrorist, who according to local media was killed in a retaliatory firing by the police in a brief gun battle on Saturday evening in Kulgam district of Kashmir. (Reuters)Ahmed had been been on the run since August 2015 after his name cropped up in the Udhampur terror strike case.Three civilians and a cop were also killed in the attack yesterday.At least four terrorists appeared in the crowd during the funeral today and offered gun salute to the slain militant by firing in the air from their AK-assault rifles on Sunday, police officials said.The terrorists raised some slogans and then fled, the officials said.The incident comes just a couple of days after the security forces carried out a major combing operation in the neighbouring Shopian district to flush out militants.A woman is consoled during the funeral of Fayaz Ahmad. (Reuters)There have been several instances of militants appearing at the funerals of slain associates in recent times in what appears to have taken the shape of a disturbing trend.The slain terrorist, at whose funeral the incident occurred, carried a cash reward of Rs. 2 lakh on his head and had been charge-sheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Udhampur terror strike case.

2 civilians, cop among 4 killed in Kashmir terror attack

One of the militants was killed, while another was injured in retaliatory firing by police, Director General of Police S P Vaid told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two civilians and a policeman were killed in a militant attack in Kulgam district of south Kashmir today, while one militant was killed in retaliatory action, police said. One of the militants was killed, while another was injured in retaliatory firing by police, Director General of Police S P Vaid told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cash transactions stopped in 40 bank branches in South Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of militants targeting banks in south Kashmir, cash transactions at nearly 40 branches in sensitive areas of Pulwama and Shopian districts in South Kashmir have been stopped. The step has been taken following an advisory issued by security agencies asking the banks operating in the two districts to stop cash deliveries at the branches located in these areas as they apprehend more such attacks. The cash transactions have been stopped at the branches belonging to the Jammu and Kashmir Bank and Ellaquai Dehati Bank, which were targeted by militants recently. A senior official of Jammu and Kashmir Bank said all other banking operations including ATM services would continue in these areas. “We were told that the security agencies have inputs about more such attacks, so we had to stop cash transactions at these branches designated by the security agencies as sensitive,” he said. Other banking operations, including cashless transactions and ATM services, will continue to take place. Also, people in these areas can undertake cash transactions at other designated branches in the nearby areas, he said. The official said the move to stop cash transactions was temporary till effective measures are put in place to ensure safety and security of bank employees and assets. “We have discussed various measures for the safety and security of our employees as well as the cash. “We are putting those measures in place in the coming few days and once they are in place, cash transactions at these bank branches will be resumed,” he said. Various measures like providing additional armed security guards at these branches and having bullet-proof cash-vans have been discussed, the official said. The advisory by the security agencies comes in the wake of a spurt in attacks on banks in south Kashmir. On May 1, militants attacked a cash van of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and shot dead five policemen and two bank security guards in Damhal Hanji Pora area of Kulgam district in south Kashmir. Meanwhile, a special state-level bankers committee meeting was held here yesterday in which the issue was discussed. Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, who presided over the meeting, said there was a need to devise special security measures to deal with this kind of situation. “Surveillance is good but it cannot substitute physical security on ground,” he said. The meeting unanimously called for revisiting the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for augmenting and upgrading physical security as well as ensuring safety of public life and property. The meeting was also attended by state Chief Secretary B B Vyas, Principal Secretary (Home) R K Goel and Director General of Police S P Vaid.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Massive operation to flush out militants in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Helicopters and drones circled the air and more than 4,000 troops today fanned out across south Kashmir’s Shopian district in a massive operation to flush out militants holed up inside homes. The operation targeting militants who have been hiding in the area and striking against security forces began in the early hours of the morning with security forces, comprising army, police and CRPF, marching into more than a dozen villages in the district, army sources said. There have been no casualties so far. The operation in Shopian, about 55 km from here, was perhaps the biggest in more than a decade in the troubled Kashmir Valley, an army official said on the condition of anonymity. Door-to-door search of houses, a practice stopped in the late 1990s, was re-introduced today. The troops asked all villagers to assemble in a common area so a proper search of their homes could be carried out, “We do not wish to have any civilian casualty and the measure was therefore required,” said a senior army official engaged in the operation. The cordon and search operation (CASO) followed intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, including foreign terrorists, in the area, an official said. However, no contact had been established with the militants so far. Aiding the security forces, which included a team of concealed anti terrorists (CAT), on the ground were drones providing real-time intelligence to the troops. Barring a minor stone pelting incident at Turkawangan village, the operation was going on smoothly, an official said. After carrying out a search operation, security forces carried out a ‘reverse sweep’ of the entire region once again in order to ensure that none of the militants had slipped in after the earlier cordon ended. In Delhi, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, who was here on a two-day visit earlier this week, indicated to reporters that security forces had beefed up counter-infiltration postures in Jammu and Kashmir. “It is nothing new. Combing operations have been going in the past as well,” he said. He said there had been an increase in militant activities in south Kashmir with incidents of policemen being killed and banks being looted. The operation comes four days after militants killed seven people, including five policemen, in adjoining Kulgam. Recently, videos of large groups of militants — in some cases as many as 30 — have surfaced on social media, despite the ban imposed by authorities on 22 such sites and applications. Security agencies believe that these videos were shot in south Kashmir, especially Shopian district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unrest in J&K continues, Governor NN Vohra meets Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the continuing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Governor NN Vohra met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and discussed the issues concerning the state with him. During the 40-minute meeting, Singh and Vohra reviewed the ground situation in the valley and the steps taken to control it.Issues like infiltration from across the border, activities of separatists and street protests by students were discussed at the meeting, official sources said. The situation along the border, where two soldiers were beheaded by the Pakistan Army on Monday, also figured in the meeting. The Governor is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi too.Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed violence during the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in which eight people lost their lives in more than 200 incidents. The Election Commission has also cancelled the May 25 Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, saying the situation there is not feasible for holding the election.On Monday, seven people, five of them policemen, were killed by Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists after being dragged out of a bank’s cash van in Kulgam district.Last month, the valley saw protests by students against alleged police excesses where even girls, for the first time in recent memory, were seen pelting stones at security personnel. Massive protests erupted in Kashmir after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter in July last year which continued for nearly four months. More than 90 people lost their lives, while scores of security personnel and civilians were injured.

Hizbul Mujahideen claims responsibility of Kulgam cash van attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen on Monday claimed the responsibility of Kulgam cash van attack, in which five policemen and two bank employees were killed. However, Burhanuddin, the operational spokesperson of the terrorist outfit said that the militants didn?t kill the two bank employees, and they were instead shot dead by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were accompanying them. ?We didn?t attack the vehicle with intent to loot the cash. We have enough cash. We condemn the killing of two bank employees and want to clarify that they were shot dead by CRPF personnel and not by militants,? Burhanuddin said, adding that militants could never target innocent Kashmiris. The militants earlier in the day opened fire at a cash delivery van of a bank in Jammu and Kashmir?s Kulgam, killing five police constables and two bank officials. The terrorists attacked the van when it was returning after dispensing cash to local bank branches. As per the reports, the deceased policemen were identified as assistant sub inspector Mohd. Yousaf, Farooq Ahmad, Ishfaq Ahmad, Mohammad Qasim and Muzaffar Ahmad. The two security guards killed were Javeed Reshi and Muzaffar Ahmed Laway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five cops, 2 bank employees killed in Kashmir terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists today carried out a major attack in Kashmir, killing seven people, including five policemen, after dragging them out of a bank’s cash van in Kulgam district. The cash van of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, which was returning to Kulgam district headquarter from Damhal Hanji Pora, was waylaid by a group of heavily-armed terrorists this afternoon, police said. The terrorists pulled out the five police personnel and two bank employees from the vehicle and shot them from point blank range, a police official said. While four cops and two bank employees — including a bank security guard — died on the spot, the fifth cop succumbed to injuries at a hospital, the official said. Among the deceased is an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police. The attack took place at Bomai at around 4:15 pm, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, S J M Gilani. “Our five police personnel were martyred. Two civilians (bank employees), who were in the van, were also martyred in the attack, he said. He said the militants took away four weapons which were being carried by the guards. Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesperson of the Hizb told a local news gathering agency that its cadres had decamped with four weapons from the scene of the attack. During our preliminary investigation, the name of a local terrorist from Kulgam, Umar Majeed, and two of his associates, has come up, Gilani told reporters here. In another incident, militants targeted a senior police officer in Pulwama district but he escaped unhurt. Militants fired at the vehicle of Deputy Superintendent of Police Farooq Ahmad at Dangerpora in Pulwama district this evening, a police official said. He said the security personnel escorting the officer returned the fire, forcing the militants to flee. No one was hurt in the brief exchange of fire, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dialogue only way to solve Kashmir issue: Tarigami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior CPI(M) leader and Kulgam MLA M Y Tarigami today said holding talks with voices of dissent is the essence of democracy and the only answer to end the unrest in Kashmir. The best option recognised by the civilised world to settle disputes is the process of dialogue as violence only leads to death and destruction, he said. Even those countries which have been on the war path with each other, finally settle the issues only when they sit on negotiations table, he added. Commenting over the Centre’s assertions in Supreme Court that it cannot hold dialogue with the separatists in Kashmir, Tarigami said holding talks with the voices of dissent is the essence of democracy. He also expressed surprise over the stand taken by the attorney general the apex court, and New Delhi’s stand that it will talk only when there is peace is similar to a doctor asking a patient to get well first and then he will treat him. “Making excuses and running away from dialogue process should not be the trait of a state. Hearing the voices of dissent and holding dialogue with them is the only option,” he said. “Despite wars and violence in different forms, the (Kashmir) issue has remained lingering on since the last 70 years and sufferings of people have increased manifold. Death and destruction has virtually taken over and the saner voices have become the causality,” he added. The Kulgam legislator said the CPI(M) has been consistently advocating initiating of a credible process of dialogue with all the stake-holders including those outside the democratic frame.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Clashes between students and forces leave 26 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clashes between stone-pelting students and security forces were reported from a number of areas of Kashmir today, resulting in injuries to 26 people, police said. Students of Higher Secondary schools and colleges held protests at some places in Srinagar, Pulwama, Pampore, Shopian, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora against the alleged highhandedness of security forces during similar student protests at Pulwama on April 15, a police official said. In Srinagar, the protests were held in Shalimar and Soura areas. At most places, the students indulged in stone-pelting at security forces, who used force to disperse them, the official said adding 26 people were hurt in the clashes. The security forces exercised restraint while dealing with the protestors but managed to bring the situation under control at these places, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militant planning to attack polling bus held: J&K police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A wanted Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was arrested while he was planning to hurl a grenade at a bus hired for poll duty in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, the police claimed today. A joint party of Army and police launched an operation after getting an input that militants were planning to carry out an attack in Kulgam, a police official said today. The alleged LeT militant, identified as Shakir Ahmed Itoo, was arrested during the operation and a grenade was recovered from him, he said. “Shakir was involved in a rifle snatching incident in Qazigund and he was arrested when he was planning to hurl a grenade at a polling bus,” the police official claimed. A “chinese hand grenade” was recovered from his possession, he said. The Kashmir Valley had earlier seen unprecedented election-day violence when the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat byelection was held on April 9 following which the bypoll for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat was postponed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PDP leader’s demand to defer Anantnag by-poll indictment of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Latching onto the PDP candidate’s demand for postponement of Anantnag by-poll in view of violence, NC leader Omar Abdullah today said it was an “indictment” of the government headed by his sister. “Tassaduq’s statement is an indictment of his sister @MehboobaMufti’s government and its abject failure. How can the BJP not see this (sic),” the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister posted on Twitter. “EC is well within its powers to postpone or countermand Anantnag election but if so @MehboobaMufti must resign & Governor should take charge (sic),” he said in another tweet. PDP candidate from Anantnag, Tasaduq Mufti, had earlier in the day appealed to the Election Commission to defer the by-poll to the constituency, saying the situation was not conducive for holding elections in Kashmir at the moment. Eight people were yesterday killed in firing by security forces as unprecedented election-day violence marred the by-poll for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat which saw the voter turnout plunge to an all-time low of 7.14 per cent. Anantnag constituency, spread over four districts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag, is scheduled to go to polls on Wednesday.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terrorists supplied across border to disrupt tranquility in Kashmir BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that the recent militants attack at a police station in south Kashmir?s Kulgam depicts that supply of terrorists from across the border is continuing to disrupt the tranquility in the valley. Lauding the valor of the armed forces, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli told ANI that the men in uniform are leaving no stone unturned in eliminating security threats. ?Over the last few days it appears that there is a renewed attempt to somehow disrupt the peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir?but this is not going to reverse the successes by our armed forces or by our security personal,? he said. He further said that the Center and the state government is working together towards bringing peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir. A police party which was deployed to handle the locals who were stone pelting, were fired upon by terrorists in Kulgam’s Madibugh Yaripora in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. This fresh provocation comes as an audition to the recent spree of attacks on Kulgam cops by terrorists. A day earlier, terrorists opened fire outside the residence of a senior police officer in Khudwani area of Kulgam and prior to that, terrorists had also barged into the houses of cops and threatened their families. Militants also ransacked the senior cops’ house in a third such incident in the last seven days in the Kashmir Valley. On Monday, militants had ransacked an assistant sub-inspector’s house in Dairoo village of Shopian district. Earlier, they looted the house and torched the car of a Jammu and Kashmir Prisons Department officer in Budgam district. Stone pelting, which has become a major point of debate, is the core issue of discussion both by the state and Central governments. In the wake of the civilian casualties and injuries during the stone pelting that occurred on the sidelines of the Budgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made a fervent appeal to the locals of the Valley to not pose as an obstruction in the path of security forces while they are combating terrorists. Three stone pelters were killed in retaliatory firing by security forces near the site of the Budgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. The stone pelters could be seen attacking the forces while a gunbattle was underway with terrorists, during which they were killed. At least 17 stone pelters, 40 CRPF and 20 police personnel were injured in the stone pelting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kulgam: Terrorists open fire on policemen deployed to handle stone pelting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police party which was deployed to handle the locals who were stone pelting, were fired upon by terrorists in Kulgam’s Madibugh Yaripora in Jammu and Kashmir today.This fresh provocation comes as an audition to the recent spree of attacks on Kulgam cops by terrorists. Yesterday, terrorists opened fire outside the residence of a senior police officer in Khudwani area of Kulgam and prior to that, terrorists had also barged into the houses of cops and threatened their families. Militants also ransacked the senior cops’ house in a third such incident in the last seven days in the Kashmir Valley. A day earlier, militants had ransacked an assistant sub-inspector’s house in Dairoo village of Shopian district.Earlier, they looted the house and torched the car of a Jammu and Kashmir Prisons Department officer in Budgam district. Stone pelting, which has become a major point of debate, is the core issue of discussion both by the state and Central governments. In the wake of the civilian casualties and injuries during the stone pelting that occurred on the sidelines of the Budgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made a fervent appeal to the locals of the Valley to not pose as an obstruction in the path of security forces while they are combating terrorists. “I believe that the people of Kashmir should let law take its own course and not obstruct the operation as the operations are against militants.They should let us do our duty. We appeal to the people of Kashmir to stay away from the area of operations,” CRPF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dr. Sanjay Kumar told ANI. Three stone pelters were killed in retaliatory firing by security forces near the site of the Budgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. The stone pelters could be seen attacking the forces while a gunbattle was underway with terrorists, during which they were killed.At least 17 stone pelters, 40 CRPF and 20 police personnel were injured in the stone pelting.

Terrorist apprehended in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a major breakthrough, Reasi and Kulgam police on Monday apprehended a terrorist from Jammu and Kashmir?s Reasi district in a joint operation. The militant, identified as Sabzar Ahmed Mantoo is a resident of khushibhatpura DH Pura Kulgam. ‘In a joint operation launched by Reasi and Kulgam Police, one Sabzar Ahmed Mantoo, son of Gaffar Ahmed Mantoo, resident of Khushibhatpura, DH Pura, Kulgam, a C-category militant was apprehended alive,” a senior police officer here said. The militant was nabbed from the house of Nizam Din Pogli of Chinkah, tehsil Thakrakote. He was involved in arson and looting of PS DH Pora in 2016 and many other militancy related incidents in Kulgam.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Avalanche warning issued for hilly areas of Kashmir, Kargil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An avalanche warning was issued today for hilly and vulnerable areas of Kashmir valley and Kargil district after these places received fresh snowfall. “Medium danger avalanche warning valid for next 24 hours from March 8 to March 9 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche-prone slopes in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Budgam and Kargil districts of Kashmir Division,” an official spokesman said quoting a statement issued by the Divisional Administration. Accordingly, the spokesman said, all the Deputy Commissioners concerned have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas during the aforementioned period and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident. The high altitude areas of Kashmir valley and Kargil experienced snowfall since yesterday under the influence of western disturbance which is expected to remain active in the region till the weekend.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Army conducts workshop to tackle threat from wild animals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army today conducted a workshop for residents of far-flung areas in Kulgam district on how to avoid man-animal conflict in wake of numerous such incidents in recent past. “On the request of the people, the Army camp in Nohama organised a workshop on precautions against the attacks by bears and leopards. A large number of local representatives from areas near forests attended the workshop in which various precautionary measures were explained,” an army official said here. He said the people were advised not to venture out alone in remote areas especially during evenings and night hours. “If absolutely necessary, they should carry adequate lighting equipments like torches or lamps,” he said adding the locals were also taught how to make “mashals” using local materials and use crackers to scare away the wild animals. The need to properly dispose leftover food by burying or burning them to avoid attracting wild animals and keeping livestocks in closed spaces was also highlighted, he said. The locals were cautioned against leaving children alone or unattended in such areas as they are most vulnerable to attacks by wild animals. “The people appreciated the concern shown by the Army for their wellbeing,” he said. Nohama and the adjoining areas are located at the foothills of Kadlabal ridge where the people live in vicinity of the dense forest and abundant wildlife. There have been numerous sightings of dangerous and wild animals in the residential areas here in recent past. Heavy snowfall leading to paucity of food in the forest areas invariably leads to increase in the number of incidents of man-animal conflict.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Evening Must Reads: Sasikala holds second meeting with MLAs, India thrashes Pakistan; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>LIVE | Tamil Nadu crisis: Sasikala holds second meeting with MLAs holed up in resortAs the revolt in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam rages on, five more Members of Parliament extended their support to Tamil Nadu’s caretaker chief minister, O Panneerselvam, on Sunday. Follow live updates here. Uttarakhand Elections 2017: Mass exodus from state due to lack of job opportunities, says PM ModiAccusing the Congress government in Uttarakhand of having no vision for growth even though the state has great potential in tourism and allied sectors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the people to vote out the ruling party and give BJP a chance to ensure new heights of development in the next five years. Read more here.J&K: 4 terrorists, 2 jawans and a civilian killed in Kulgam encounterAn encounter took place between security forces and terrorists in Yaripora of Kulgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. The two sides engaged in a gunbattle, according to TV reports. Bodies of two terrorists were recovered during the encounter. Read more here.India thrash Pakistan to lift the Blind T20 World Cup for 2nd consecutive timeIndia beat Pakistan by nine wickets on Sunday to lift the T20 World Cup for the blind for the second consecutive time at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Read more here.Box Office: Akshay Kumar’s ‘Jolly LLB 2’ almost touches ‘Jolly LLB’ LIFETIME collections in 2 days flat!On its release, Jolly LLB 2013 had enjoyed a weekend of Rs 12.5 crore and then was declared a hit after scoring Rs 32 crore in its lifetime. Now the second film of the franchise, which has released four years later, has managed to come quite close to this mark in 2 days flat. Read more here.

4 terrorists, 2 army jawans killed in encounter in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four militants and two army jawans were today killed in a fierce encounter in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, officials said here. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Frisal area of Kulgam district in the wee hours following information about presence of a large number of militants in the area, a police official said. He said as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants, the ultras opened firing resulting in injuries to five soldiers. Two soldiers succumbed to injuries before they could be evacuated for treatment, the official said adding three jawans were airlifted to Army’s 92 base hospital here and their condition was stated to be stable. The security forces returned fire, ensuing in a fierce gunbattle that lasted several hours in which four terrorists were killed, he added. The search operations was still in progress as security forces suspect that some militants might have managed to escape to nearby areas, the official said. Four weapons have been recovered from the scene of the gunbattle and security forces were also trying to ascertain the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Medium danger avalanche warning for some areas in J K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A medium danger avalanche warning was issued today for some avalanche-prone slopes of Jammu and Kashmir. Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment’s (SASE) warning would be valid for the next 24 hours, starting 5 PM. “Medium danger” warning exists for avalanche-prone slopes in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramula, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Budgam, Poonch, Doda, Kishtwar and Kargil districts of Jammu and Kashmir, A SASE advisory issued here said. It said moderate to nearly heavy snowfall is expected during the next 24 to 48 hours in the Himalayan state. “The additional load of fresh snowfall will weaken the existing snowpack and this may lead to extensive avalanche activity in the region,” the advisory said. People are advised not to move in avalanche-prone areas and clear the snow deposition form rooftops of their houses to avoid damages, it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

High danger avalanche warning in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities in Kashmir today issued a high danger avalanche warning for the next 24 hours, advising people to take precautionary measures to avert any untoward incidents. The administration has issued a high danger avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours for avalanche-prone areas in the Kashmir division, a government spokesman said here. He said that as per the office of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, high danger avalanche warning from 1700 hrs on January 29 to 1700 hrs on January 30 exists for avalanche-prone slopes in Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, and Budgam and Kargil districts. Accordingly, he said, all the deputy commissioners in the division, including Leh and Kargil, have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas and to keep clearing snow depositions from roofs of their houses and bunkers to avoid damages. He said people have been asked to take all precautionary measures so as to avert any untoward incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Divisional Administration in Kashmir on Sunday issued a high danger avalanche warning for the next 24-hours from January 29 to January 30. According to the officials, high danger avalanche warning will exist in avalanche prone slopes like Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Budgam and Kargil districts of Kashmir. Accordingly, all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir including Leh and Kargil have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas and to keep clearing snow depositions from roof tops of their houses and bunkers to avoid damages. They have also advised all to take precautionary measures to avert any untoward incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K avalanche: 5 trapped soldiers in Macchil sector rescued, says Army

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

Medium danger avalanche warning for some areas in J&K, HP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A medium danger avalanche warning was issued today for some avalanche-prone slopes in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued the warning that would be valid for the next 24 hours starting at 5 pm today. A SASE advisory said that “medium danger” warning is in place for avalanche prone slopes in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Budgam, Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar and Kargil districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Medium danger avalanche warning for the same period has also been issued for avalanche-prone slopes in Kullu, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh. “People are advised to keep clearing the snow deposition from rooftops of their houses/bunkers to avoid damages,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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