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Top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander gunned down in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama

In a major success for the security forces, top commander of Jaish e Mohammad was gunned down in an encounter at Samboora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.The terrorist has been identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, a three feet midget who had jumped parole in July and taken over the command of Jaish in South Kashmir. Tantray was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.”The encounter has been going on since last evening in Awantipura district. There was input about presence of two to three terrorists near National Highway planning to attack convoy. One dead body of terrorist recovered so far, search for others going on”, tweeted Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir.The anti-terror operation started on Monday evening after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the village.Also readJammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire; targets Indian forward posts along LoC at PoonchImmediately the village was cordoned off and when the search team was zeroing in on the target, militants opened heavy fire.The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight one militant was gunned down. “Dead body of one mulitant with arms and ammunition recovered. Search continues”, said a police spokesman at Srinagar.Also readJammu and Kashmir | 3 terrorists gunned down in Handwara encounter, ‘raining whole night,’ tweets DGPThe 2017 also saw highest number of over 206 militants being killed since 2010. Figures reveal that 270 terrorists were killed by security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 terrorists were killed in 2012 followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014 and 113 in 2015.Despite unrest, security forces killed 165 terrorists in 2016. This year close to 100 local youth have joined the terrorists ranks in the strife-torn Kashmir Valley, which is the highest in last seven years.

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Jammu and Kashmir | 2 terrorists gunned down, encounter still on in Shopian

Stepping up their anti-terror offensive, security forces killed two top terrorists in a fierce gunfight at Bat Muran village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.The encounter started on Monday evening after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the villageImmediately the village was cordoned off and when the search team was zeroing in on the target, gunmen opened heavy fire.The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing gun fight two were gunned down.”Two terrorists have been killed. Operation is in progress”, said an army spokesman at Srinagar.One of the terrorists have been identified as Tanveer Bhat.Another terrorist is a foreign national and efforts are on to identify him. Army sources said there is likelihood of third terrorist hiding in the house and operation is on to neutralise him too.Sources said the firing has resumed this morning after contact was established with the hiding militant at encounter site. Sources said it was during search and mopping operation, the third hiding terrorist opened fire from the same house triggering the gun fight again.The 2017 also saw highest number of over 200 militants being killed since 2010. Figures reveal that 270 terrorist were killed by security forces in 2010. The figure came down to 119 in 2011.Around 84 terrorist were killed in 2012 followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014 and 113 in 2015. Despite unrest, security forces killed 165 ultras in 2016.This year close to 100 local youth have joined the terrorist ranks in the strife-torn Kashmir Valley, which is the highest in last seven years.

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Amarnath Yatra attack group eliminated as 3 LeT militants killed in encounter in South Kashmir

Three Lashker-e-Taiba militants, including two Pakistanis, allegedly responsible for carrying out an attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year, were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir.The police identified the dead militants as Yawar Basir, who is a local militant, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists).”Furkan, a Pakistani terrorist who took over as Divisional commander of LeT after the elimination of Ismail was killed in today’s encounter at Qazikund along with another Pakistani terrorist identified as Abu Mavia. Great success for security forces!,” said J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid.Vaid said that a body of third terrorist Yawar a local was also recovered from encounter site and the fourth terrorist caught alive in injured condition.”With the elimination of Abu Ismail earlier & now these three Abu Mavia , Furkan & Yawar group that attacked Amarnath Yatries is wiped out,” he added.Also readTurning over a new leaf: How Indian Army amped up its diplomacy with new coffee table bookThe encounter broke on Monday afternoon when the militants opened fire on an Army convoy, on its way to Srinagar, at Qazigund on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed in the attack while another sustained injuries.Basir, hailing from Habiash of Kulgam, joined ranks with Lashker -e-Taiba this year in February after snatching a weapon from a policeman. Furqan had taken over as the head of Lashker-e-Taiba in South Kashmir after the death of Abu Ismail, who had led the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July this year.In July, at least seven pilgrims were killed while several were injured in a terror attack, while they were on their way back from Amarnath Temple.Also readSecurity agencies enter ‘Tora Bora’ of Kashmir to kill JeM terrorists(With agency inputs)
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Hundreds turn up to watch Dhoni at Army-sponsored cricket match

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people turned up to watch the grand finale of the Army-sponsored Chinar Cricket Premier League (CCPL) at the sprawling Kunzer Ground in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.Former Team India captain and Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the chief guest on the occasion.”A scintillating cricket match between teams of North and South Kashmir held at Kunzer Cricket Ground on Sunday left an indelible mark in the cricketing history of the Valley. Presence of cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the chief guest was a major attraction,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesman at Srinagar.The match also marked the culmination of a busy cricketing season in the Valley spread over the last six months at various locations. The championship was aimed at providing cricket lovers a platform to showcase their talent. The tourney drew tremendous response with 110 teams participating in it.”32 young cricketers, selected from all parts of Kashmir after exhaustive trials, comprised the two teams. The friendly contest was played with full vigour and sportsmanship spirit. South Kashmir team won the match by 47 runs,” said Col Kalia.The occasion was also graced by Brig VS Yadav, deputy General Officer Commanding, Kilo Force. Chief Guest MS Dhoni later gave away the prizes and mementos to the players, umpires and the organisers.”The event is yet another step in nurturing the nascent talent of the youth from Kashmir valley by the Army. For many, the sight and pleasure of meeting Dhoni in person exhilarated them. All the teams that participated in run up to today’s event were presented with a bat autographed by Dhoni,” said Colonel.Meanwhile, some youth raised slogans in favour of Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and azadi outside the stadium when they were not able to enter to watch the match and have a glimpse of Dhoni. Police sources the youth were disgruntled because they could not enter into the stadium. However, no case has been registered so far.

1 more J&K youth shuns terrorism, returns home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have scored another victory against militants after one more misguided youth renounced the path of violence and returned home in Kulgam district. Police sources said the 16-year-old boy had been missing since September 27. Family members of the boy had filed a missing report soon after he disappeared.“Responding to the appeal of parents one more youth who had joined militants returns home in South Kashmir”, tweeted J&K police.Sources said the boy contacted his family members and expressed his desire to return. Soon after his return, he was handed over to the police for further investigation.“On my visit to Kulgam I was told another local militant has come back home in response to appeal of his mother and other family members. Great news!” tweeted Dr Shesh wPaul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.This is the second youth to have returned home in the last four days. On Friday, 20-year-old footballer-turned-militant Majid Irshad Khan renounced the path of violence and returned to mainstream, after a heart-wrenching video of his inconsolable mother appealing him “to come back or kill them” went viral. After Majid’s return, two more families have come forward appealing their kin to return home in Shopian and Pulwama districts.The DGP reiterated that J&K police will facilitate and help youth who have joined militants to return home. “Dr Vaid stressed upon the officers to continue their excellent coordination among all security agencies to deal with militants,” said a spokesman.Meanwhile, a local militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sheer forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

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.

Udta Kashmir! Drugs replace terror as biggest threat to J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forget terror, now drugs pose the biggest threat to the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Official figures reveal that police have seized 64 kilograms of charas, 7.5 kilograms of charas powder, 194 kilograms of bhang and bhang dust, 925 kilograms of fukki, 915 kilograms of poppy straw and 3.75 kilograms of brown sugar in different parts of the valley in 2016. If it was not enough, police seized 26457 intoxicating capsules 10553 intoxicating tablets and 12983 bottles intoxicating syrup in 2016. “Drugs is a bigger threat than terrorism.We are waging a war against it and we seek people’s cooperation in eradicating it from the state”, said Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.Around 312 persons were arrested in 2016 of whom 202 were prosecuted and 26 others were booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), under which a person can be jailed without trial and bail up to two years. Similarly in 2015 police had registered 375 cases and arrested 442 people and 13 others have been booked under PSA.South Kashmir is emerging as a hub of the contraband drugs. In September alone more than 712 kilos of different contraband drugs have been seized in Pulwama district of South Kashmir. This includes 244 kilograms of cannabis powder, 43 Kilograms of cannabis leaves ( the raw material of charas) and a large quantity of poppy straw and other drug derivatives.For the last two months, 60 drug peddlers were arrested and huge quantity of contraband substances including 486 Kilograms of Poppy Straw, 510 bottles of Codeine Phosphate, 1,29,600 tablets etc were recovered from their possession in neighboring Kulgam district of south Kashmir.Figures released by Excise Department of Jammu and Kashmir have revealed shocking details about the drug cultivation in the trouble-torn valley. Poppy crop spread over 2863 kanals (20 kanals form one hectare) of land was destroyed this year so far. Last year poppy crop spread over 2873 kanals of land was destroyed by the Excise Department.In summer this year Bhang spread over 1475 kanals of land has been destroyed in Kashmir valley. Last year the crop over 180 kanals of land was destroyed by the Excise Department. Poppy crop is sown in November and December and harvested from April to mid June. “A paddy sown on one kanal of land fetches Rs 4000 to Rs 5000 for a farmer. While as sowing poppy on one kanal of land will fetch him Rs 70000 to Rs one lakh”, said an official of Excise department.

Security forces step up winter offensive against militants in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up their winter offensive, security forces have launched two major operations against the militants in the troubled south Kashmir region early Tuesday morning.The fresh offensive comes 12 hours after 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 on Monday evening.Police sources said two groups of the militants are reported to be trapped in the cordon in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir. First encounter started at Now bug Kund village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district when a joint team of army, police, and CRPF cordoned off the area following specific inputs about the presence of militants.When the security forces were busy strengthening the cordon, the militants in the area fired on the troops triggering a gunfight. “Cordon and search turned into the encounter in Nowbug Kund, Qazigun in Kulgam. Police, Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF are on the job”, said a police spokesman.Sources said at least two militants are believed to be trapped inside the village and security forces are engaged in a fierce gun battle to eliminate them at the earliestEven as the security forces were busy flushing out the militants, there was another encounter reported from Laam area in the Burhan Wani’s home town of Tral in Pulwama district.Police sources said the encounter broke out after security forces launched a joint operation in the the area. However, the militants hiding in the area opened fire triggering a gun fight between the two sides. “Encounter started in Laam Tral in Awantipora. Police, Army and CRPF on the job”, said the police spokesman.This is the third encounter with militants in the last 12 hours in the Kashmir valley Two militants were eliminated in an operation in Handwara on Monday evening taking the toll of ultras killed in different encounters across Kashmir to 180 since January this year.Sources said around 70 security force men too have lost their lives in the line of duty this year so far. This year so far, sources said 70 new ultras have been able to infiltrate into Kashmir. Last year estimated net infiltration (number of militants who managed to sneak in) was 112 compared to 33 in 2015. Similarly, estimated net infiltration was 65 in 2014 compared to 97 in 2013.

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

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday arrested Hizbul Mujahideen’s Over Ground Worker (OGW) Showkat Ahmad Lone.The Kulgam police also recovered one Pistol and four rounds from him.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

J&K: Masood Azhar’s nephew, two other terrorists killed in encounter, Army jawan martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew and two other terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.The encounter took place in Pulwama’s Aglar Kandi.One terrorist killed is identified as Talha Rasheed, a nephew of Masood Azhar. The two other terrorists are Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local and Waseem, a resident of Pulwama’s Drubgam.One security personnel Lance Naik Vrahma Pal Singh also lost his life in the encounter.The encounter broke out when the troops of 182 Bn and 183 Bn Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), along with 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police were carrying out a cordon and search operation (CASO) in the region.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Soldier, three militants killed in Kashmir during anti-terror op

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three militants and an army soldier were killed and a civilian was injured in a counter-terror operation in Aglar Kandi village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening. At the time of going to press, the encounter was still on, said army sources.Police said the encounter started after security forces received a tip-off about the presence of the militants in the village. A joint column of army and police launched the operation. However militants opened fire in which one soldier was killed.“An Army man martyred in the encounter. One person injured in the cross firing. Encounter is going on”, said a police spokesman.Clashes rocked the area prompting the authorities to suspend the mobile internet services in the south Kashmir district.This is second time in last two days when security forces have suffered fatality in the Pulwama district. On Saturday, terrorists carried two back to back attacks on the Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday leaving one cop dead and another injured in the districts of Pulwama and Shopian in south Kashmir region.

How home-grown terror in Kashmir is next big challenge for India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the early 90s till until sometime now, local Kashmir youth were seen crossing the border to get training in the terror camps located in the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).But the picture has change now. That trend appears to be on a decline with security agencies now realising that most of the home-grown terrorists in Kashmir are no longer risking going across the border. Instead, they are getting all the wherewithal to become terrorists in the Valley itself.Sources have told WION that despite a major offensive by the Indian Army against terrorists this year, the number of locally recruited terrorists has increased. Estimates suggest that close to 90 local Kashmiris took to arms and became terrorists this year itself.Though no terror training camps have yet been unearthed in Kashmir, security agencies are of the view that foreign terrorists infiltrating into India from across the border are setting up hideouts which could be used a training grounds for these local Kashmiri men.Security agencies admit it’s a worrying trend, one that will need better handling.There has been a surge in the number of terrorists who have been killed this in the Kashmir Valley this year as compared to the last. While the year 2016 saw 130 terrorists being gunned down, the numbers have already crossed 170 this year.Sources in the defence establishment say that roughly 250-odd terrorists are present and active in North Kashmir while around 40 are believed to be active in South Kashmir. Of these, 60 per cent are locals terrorists while 40 per cent are the ones who have infiltrated from Pakistan.As Indian defence forces continue to fight the proxy war initiated by Pakistan, it is the presence and growth of this home-grown terror network in Kashmir that is being seen as the next big challenge.

Terrorists slit throat of BJP’s Kashmir leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists brutally killed a BJP district youth president by slitting his throat at Shopian on Wednesday. Gowhar Ahmad Bhat was abducted from his home at Kellora village at 6 pm and his body was recovered from the neighboring village.Bhat had played a crucial role in organizing the first youth convention held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium last month, in which thousands of workers had participated, according to Altaf Thakur, BJP’s media secretary in J&K.”Terrorists killed civilian Gowhar Ahmed in Shopian. Investigation has started,” tweeted SP Pani, Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir range.A search operation has been launched to hunt down terrorists responsible for the act and reinforcements have been rushed to the area to augment the forces on ground. BJP state general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Dr Narendra Singh condemned Gowhar’s killing, calling it a cowardly act.This is the second such incident in two weeks in Shopian district.

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

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

J&K: Massive cordon and search operations underway in several villages of Shopian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive cordon and search operations are underway in various villages of Shopian district in Jammu and Kashmir.The security forces launched the operations in the wake of recent militant attacks in south Kashmir, following a tip-off on the presence of militants in the area.Joint teams of police, Army and CRPF have cordoned off at least eight villages of the districtOn October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and KashmirEarlier, security forces killed two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

PDP leader’s house set ablaze in less than 24 hours after his assassination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slain Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former Sarpanch Mohammad Ramzan’s family became the subject of second tragedy in less than 24 hours as violent mob set their house in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on fire, just a day after the leader’s assassination. The incidents occurred in a bid to avenge the killing of a top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist on Monday, who had barged in Ramzan’s house.Police immediately swung into action and rescued seven of his family members from the house. They also chased away the crowd which was allegedly instigated by the terror outfit and their sympathisers.”Family has been rescued by the police and security forces. Strong action under law is being taken against the perpetrators,” Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted.Former Sarpanch Mohommad Ramzan was killed when a group of three Hizbul terrorists stormed his house and shot him dead from point blank range on Monday evening. Family members present in the house, however, resisted. One of the terrorists, identified as Shoukat, was killed in the ensuing scuffle.Locals took away the body of the perpetrator and handed it to his family for burial. Sources said no medical examination or postmortem was conducted to ascertain nature of injuries.Some villagers alleged that the terrorist did not have any bullet wounds. Police sources, on the other hand, said he died of gunshot wounds fired by one of the terrosrists during the scuffle.After the terrorist’s burial, a mob of around 200 people marched to Ramzan’s house and set it on fire. Quick Reaction Teams immediately rushed to the spot and rescued the family.Police have registered the case and massive hunt has been launched to nab the people responsible for torching the house.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incidents saying, “I strongly condemn the killing of former Sarpanch Mr Mohammad Ramazan and burning of his house at Humhuna Shopian. Such dastardly acts cannot justify or achieve any political goals.”

J&K: Terrorists kill former panchayat member affliated with PDP in Anantnag

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Terrorists tonight shot dead a former panchayat member affiliated with the ruling PDP in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Ghulam Rasool Ganai (52) was shot at and injured by terrorists at his shop in Mattan area of Anantnag, a police official said. He said Ganai succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a hospital. This was the third killing in South Kashmir in the last 24 hours.Earlier, police recovered bullet-riddled body of a 22- year-old man in Kulgam District. Showkat Ahmad Dar was kidnapped by suspected militants on Sunday. Last night, a policeman was shot dead by terrorists in Awantipora area of Pulwama District when he was returning from the marriage ceremony of his relative.

‘Dead man’ exposes terrorists in a video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A chilling video of a youth confessing of being an informer on gunpoint, apparently shot before he was assassinated, has exposed the terrorists in the troubled South Kashmir region.Bullet-riddled body of Ishtiyaq Ahmad Wagay, a shopkeeper of Jablipora in Anantnag, was recovered from Shopian on August 8. Police said terrorists had allegedly washed their hands of the assassination and instead blamed security agencies for the killing.A month later, a 1.39-minute video showing Wagay confessing of being an informer while a suspected terrorist (not in the frame) points AK 47 at him at an undisclosed destination.”I was forced to become an informer. They did not pay me anything. I have shared information about Talha, Musa bhai, Junaid Kandro and Turab. Now they have asked me to track down Daad,” Wagay, dressed in blue Khan Suit, tells the gunmen in pure Kashmiri.Police said 30-year-old Wagay was abducted by the terrorists before he was shot dead. Wagay’s blood-soaked body with multiple bullet wounds was recovered from the Alam Gunj village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.”What did you gain from being the informer? Aren’t we your brothers? For whom we have left home? We have left for Islam. Now are you confessing that you were informer,” a terrorist not in the frame is heard telling Wagay.Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir Range, SP Pani said the killing reflects that the terrorists are settling their own scores and committing atrocities on the civilians.”They are fooling the people. They are killing innocent people just to fulfill their agenda. This is absolutely condemnable. This reflects what terrorists are up to,” said Pani.Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, SP Vaid said investigation is on in the video. “We are investigating (the video) to check its veracity,” he said.A spate of civilian killings had rocked south Kashmir last month. Suspected terrorists had killed three persons, including a cable operator, within 24 hours last month.

Pulwama attack: 3rd terrorist gunned down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 20 hour-long encounter between holed up fidayeen and security forces ended on Saturday night with the third terrorist being gunned down in the District Police Lines (DPL) at Pulwama.Eight security personnel — four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police — were killed and six others injured in the encounter with the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists.The attack took place at around 4 am on Saturday, when a group of three fidayeen cut through a fence at the rear end of the DPL and stormed the complex. They later split and took shelter in three residential family blocks of the cops and engaged the security forces in a fierce gunfight. Two fidayeen were killed during the day.”All three terrorists involved in the police lines Pulwama attack has been eliminated. Salute to the sacrifices of our brave hearts,” tweeted Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir Range.Police sources said the slain JeM men were Pakistani nationals who had been operating in south Kashmir for some time. Citing that there were no lapses, the cops are now investigating how the militants managed to enter the highly-fortified premises.Preliminary investigation revealed that the terrorists had done proper reconnaissance before the attack.

J&K students disrupt event after tricolour was hoisted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students went on a rampage torching tents and disrupting the Jammu and Kashmir Police-sponsored sports festival after a tricolour was unfurled at the venue in the Government Boys Degree College in South Kashmir’s Anantnag on Wednesday.The police have registered a case, however, no one has been arrested so far. The incident occurred when an inaugural T-20 cricket match was being played in the grounds of Boys Degree College Anantnag.Sources said when the tricolour was unfurled, some students shouted slogans and pelted stones on the cops disrupting the match.Later they went around the ground and set the tent on fire and damaged other infrastructure including the stage in the college.Panic gripped the campus after students pelted stones on the police and shouted pro freedom slogans. Police used lathi charge and lobbed smoke shells to quell the mob which pelted stones on the fire tenders who had come to douse the flames.Under pressure the police later brought the situation under control and conducted the sports festival without any hindrance.”The T-20 cricket match, karate, wushu, tug of war were all played in the festival which was conducted without any

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

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

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.

J&K: Encounter breaks out in Pulwama between militants and security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter broke out early on Tuesday between militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hakripora village of Pulwama, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area, a police official said.The militants opened fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered a gunbattle, he said.The encounter is in progress and further details are awaited, the official said.

HM div commander appears in slain militant’s funeral, raises

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Self-styled Hizbul Mujahideen divisional commander Reyaz Naikoo today appeared at the funeral of slain militant Shariq Ahmad at Awantipora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A video has surfaced showing Naikoo, brandishing an AK- 47, addressing the people at the funeral of the slain militant. Earlier in the day, Shakir was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Tahab in the district. According to an eyewitness, Naikoo appealed to the people “not to fall into the Al-Qaeda trap as it is defaming our freedom moment”. In the video, the militant commander is also seen raising pro-independence and pro-Pakistani slogans before leaving the place.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath: Kashmir’s moment of truth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over the past 27 years, the people of Kashmir have seen it all. Innocents killed by terrorists, politicians killed for being anti-terrorism or pro-India, officers and personnel of the Army and paramilitary forces martyred by terrorists, houses, shops and public places, including places of worship bombed. Terrorists have also been eliminated as have innocent Kashmiris, by either the terrorists or security forces.But, every terrorist attack, every killing would be followed by a period of relative peace, which would last only until the next incident.The Valley was always in a stalemate. Nobody knows when, if ever, a permanent solution to end the cycle of violence will be found. But, in between all the killings and deaths, life as usual continued to plod on in the death-ravaged streets of the Valley.But since Monday evening, when terrorists sprayed bullets on a bus carrying Amarnath yatris, killing seven, including six women, and injuring many others, everyone agrees things will never be the same again.“We will never lead a normal life from now on,” says Ghulam Mohammad Pincho, who looked on in horror as terrorists sprayed bullets at the bus. The 65-year-old poultry seller was shutting his shop near Batengoo in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district when he heard two loud bangs. “I thought they were firecrackers. But soon I realised it was gunshots. I thought it was an attack on the nearby security camp. I lay on the ground, and saw two buses pass by,” he tells DNA.Showkat Ahmad Laway, another eyewitness, chose to flee, leaving his grocery shop unattended, when he heard the first shots. “I was terrified… I still am. We don’t know what lies ahead,” he says, almost fearful his words may be prophetic.Apprehensions about the potential fallout of Monday’s attack on the Jammu-Srinagar highway run strong. Around a dozen shops, located along the highway that connects Kashmir to the rest of India, are shut. Villagers are choosing to stay indoors. The sense that the dastardly act has brought Kashmir — battling the scourge of terrorism for 27 years — to a critical crossroads is palpable. This is the first major attack, since 2006, on the yatris of the annual pilgrimage that brings thousands to the Amarnath cave every year. In 2000, terrorists had killed 30 people in Pahalgam.Two hours after Monday’s attack, security forces began search operations. “Our gate started buzzing. We didn’t open it, but they jumped over it… Instead of going after terrorists and recording our statements, they beat us and ransacked our house,” alleges Shahzada, wife of a local shopkeeper. At his house, poultry seller Pincho also points towards broken windows, ransacked homes and scattered household items. He says, “We are ready to cooperate with investigators. But they beat all residents without asking anything.” Villagers also allege that the police also took away some people. The police, however, deny the charges. “Some other agency may have visited the village. I have no idea, who vandalised their homes,” says Anantnag SSP Altaf Khan, whose office is just a kilometre from the attack site.South Kashmir DIG SP Pani, head of the Special Investigation Team constituted to probe the attack, admits that thrashing people is not the right way to conduct investigations. He promises to look into the allegations. Near the DIG’s office, tea-stall owner Abdul Rashid saw the valiant bus driver bringing his passengers to safety in inky darkness and through a hail of bullets. “They were all screaming. The DIG office security took control of the bullet-riddled bus. Initially, we helped passengers — families, businessmen and barefoot ascetics. But as more forces started pouring in, we got scared, closed shops and left,” he says. The bus, carrying passengers mostly from Gujarat and Maharashtra, was returning to Jammu from the cave shrine of Lord Shiva, located 12,756 ft above sea level. Politicians are equally apprehensive. As J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her cabinet colleagues drove to Anantnag, potential repercussions of the attack were on her mind. “I feared a backlash against Kashmiri students and a Hindu-Muslim tension outside Kashmir,” she told DNA. TV visuals of her apologizing to the survivors were galore. She cried and hugged the injured, reviving the signature actions that were central to her campaign while building the PDP in Kashmir. Even separatist leaders, who challenge India’s sovereignty over Kashmir, have strongly condemned the killings. The choice of the place where the attack was carried out is baffling. On one side, there are the headquarters of the Rashtriya Rifles’s First Brigade. On the other side, is a camp of the Special Operations Group, J&K police’s anti-insurgency force. A stone’s throw from the spot are the offices of South Kashmir’s DIG and Anantnag’s SSP. The deputy commissioner’s residence is also nearby. The attack happened on the highway, which straddles Batengoo village and the Jhelum river, only 50 km from J&K summer capital Srinagar. Many in the village saw the shooting. A 40-year-old says he saw three cars pass by. “From one car — perhaps a grey Maruti Alto — two men were firing. I guess, they were militants… we’re praying to the almighty for peace,” he says, also contradicting police claims that the attackers rode motorcycles.Faith unshakenSince July 11, when the bus was attacked, 40,161 pilgrims have visited the shrine Between June 29 and July 14, the total number was 1,86,853By August 7, when the yatra ends, the number is likely to cross the 3 lakh mark Terror timeline20177 killed in yatri bus attack20065 pilgrims killed during the yatra2002Terrorists attack a yatra base camp2001A militant hurled a grenade into a camp near the shrine, opened fire killing 13 people200030 yatris killed and several injured1994A sadhu found hanging from a tree in Pahalgam

2 terrorists killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Tral: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists were believed to have been killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district today, police said. A senior police officer said the bodies of the terrorists were yet to be recovered and that the exchange of fire continued. The encounter began after militants opened fire on security forces who were carrying out a search operation in Satoora forest area of Tral, 36 kms from here. The police officer said the search operation was launched on information about the presence of some militants there.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 1.86 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath shrine since

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1.86 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas, so far. “Today, on the 16th day of the yatra, 9,719 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave and cumulatively 1,86,853 pilgrims have had its darshan since the beginning of the pilgrimage,” an official spokesman said. Escorted by the CRPF and the police personnel, the fresh batch, consisting of 3,111 males, 892 females and 102 sadhus and sadhvis, left in a convoy of 191 vehicles for Baltal and Pahalgam base-camps this morning, officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

102 terrorists killed in JK in 7 months of this years; more on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police have killed 102 terrorists till now this year, making it the highest number of killings in the January-July period in seven years, a police official said today. The security forces also have prepared a hit-list of several other terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen. The slain terrorists included Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Bashir Lashkari who was involved in the killing of six policemen in south Kashmir and top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, he noted. The security forces and police are going after terrorists as part of the operation “hunt down” and on the basis of a “hit-list” of terrorists, said the official who refused to be identified. The killing of 102 terrorists till July 12 makes it the highest number in the past seven years, the official said. Earlier in 2010, the highest number of 156 militants were killed between January and July that year. Last year, 77 terrorists were killed during this period, 51 each were killed in 2015 and 2014, respectively, 43 in 2013, 37 in 2012 and 61 in 2011, according to the police data. The hunt for terrorists of various outfits has been intensified under an operational strategy, the official said. The counter-terrorist grid continues to maintain dominance and deny any space to terrorists, the official said, adding synergised hard intelligence-based joint operations involving the J&K police and central paramilitary forces have been the hallmark of these operations. While the forces have already eliminated those involved the killing of seven cops and lynching of Dy SP, a massive hunt is underway for LeT commander Abu Ismail who has emerged as the mastermind of the deadly attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Sabzar Bhat, who was a close associate of the slain poster boy Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, was killed along with an associate in an encounter in Tral in South Kashmir on May 28. On July one this year, Lashkari and another LeT militant Azad Malik were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Anantnag’s Brenti village in South Kashmir. Bashir Lashkari was involved in the killing of six policemen in the district s Acchabal area on June 16, according to the police. On July 12, top Hizb terrorist Sajad Gilkar was among three militants killed by security forces in Budgam district of central Kashmir. According to the police, Gilkar had played a key role in the lynching of DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar on June 22. Most of the encounters have taken place in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag districts while others have taken place in Bandipora and Kupwara in north Kashmir and Budgam in central Kashmir, the official pointed out. In June, the Army had released a “hit-list” of 12 top militants in Jammu and Kashmir who it aims to “go after”. The hit-list carries the names and pictures of the militants along with the areas they are active in and the strikes carried out by them. The hit-list includes LeT’s so-called ‘divisional commander’ Abu Dujana alias Hafiz, its Kulgam ‘district commander’ Junaid Ahmad Matoo alias Kandroo, Anantnag ‘district commander’ Bashir Wani alias Lashkar, Pulwama ‘district commander’ Showkat Tak alias Huzaifa, Shopian ‘commander’ Wasim Ahmed alias Osama and Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Alkama (LET), according to the police. Abu Hamas, Jaish-e-Mohammad’s so-called ‘divisional commander and a Pakistani national, is also in the hit-list. From the Hizbul Mujahideen, the list includes its ‘divisional commander’ Zakir Rashid Bhatt alias Musa, Shopian ‘district commander’ Saddam Paddar alias Zaid, Pulwama ‘district commander’ Reyaz Ahmed Naikoo alias Zubair, Badgam ‘district commander’ Mohd Yasin Ittoo alias Mansoon and Kulgam ‘district commander’ Altaf Ahmed Dar alias Kachroo.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath attack: Phagwara observes bandh; Indo-Pak buses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The residents of Phagwara cutting across religions observed a day-long bandh today in protest against the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims in a terrorist attack in Kashmir. Various Hindu outfits gave the bandh call, and Muslims extended their support to it. As a precautionary measure, authorities diverted ‘Sada- e-Sarhad’ buses plying between Delhi and Lahore, Phagwara Superintendent of Police P S Bhandal said. While the bus bound for Delhi from Lahore took the Kartarpur-Subhanpur-Kapurthala-Noormahal-Phillaur route, the Lahore-bound bus took the Phillaur-Noormahal-Nakodar- Kapurthala-Kartarpur route, he said. In Phagwara, the residents took out a rally from the Hanumangarhi Temple complex and marched through the city streets, police said. Most of shops were closed and vehicles remained off the road. A huge police force was deployed in the city to maintain peace. Addressing the rally, Gulam Sarvar Saba, a member of the Punjab Haj Committee, called the killing of Amarnath pilgrims an “anti-Islamic act”. “Islam teaches us to respect all religions and the killing of Amarnath pilgrims was an anti-Islamic and anti- mankind act,” he said. Leaders of various Hindu groups and the BJP also addressed the rally. Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and several others injured in the terrorist attack in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 10.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Updates on terror attack on Amarnath yatris, Sourav Ganguly on Virat Kohli, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. 7 dead, several injured as terrorists attack Amarnath yatris in Anantnag; Intel alert ignoredTerrorists mounted a dastardly attack and fired indiscriminately on a Jammu-bound Amarnath Yatra bus, killing seven unsuspecting pilgrims, including six women, and wounding 19 others, all from Gujarat, at Batangoo in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district at 8:20 pm on Monday. Read more here2. Train lynching: Stabbed Junaid with knife in a fit of rage, says accused Naresh RakhNaresh Rakh, the accused arrested for the murder of 16-year old Junaid Khan, told the police in his statement that he attacked Junaid and others with a knife after they had hit him with a belt and he’d started bleeding. Read more here3. DNA Exclusive: Electronics manufacturing projects of Rs 75,000 crore near approvalThe Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is close to approving two mega projects for manufacturing in electronics worth Rs 75,000 crore under its modified special incentive package (MSIP) scheme, a senior official in the ministry told DNA Money. Read more here4. Virat needs to understand how coaches operate: Sourav GangulyWhile captain Virat Kohli may be the boss of Team India at the moment, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly showed he is the Dada once again. Read more here5. Sridevi wants Alia Bhatt to play her character in ChalbaazJudwaa, in which Salman Khan played a double role is being remade. Now, it begs to be asked who would Sridevi like to see in the remake of her comedy film Chalbaaz. Read more here

Curfew, restrictions in Kashmir on Burhan death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities today clamped curfew in three towns and imposed severe restrictions in the rest of Kashmir to foil a plan by separatists to hold a rally to mark the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength across Kashmir and Internet services snapped to maintain law and order, officials said. Normal life came to a standstill in the valley due to a strike call given by the separatists and the curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities. Curfew was imposed in Tral, Wani’s home town in Pulwama district, as a precautionary measure, a senior police official said. The joint separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked the people to march to Tral, about 36 kms from here, to pay tribute to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day last year. The official said curfew had also been imposed in Shopian town of South Kashmir and Trehgam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “Elsewhere in the valley, restrictions on the movement of people are being strictly enforced,” he added. In view of the prevailing situation in the valley, the Amarnath pilgrimage has been suspended from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu till further orders. The yatra, however, continued from Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Kashmir. From Jammu, the pilgrims reach Pahalgam or Baltal base camp, before proceeding to the cave shrine. All university examinations scheduled for today have been postponed. Schools were closed earlier in the week. Shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off the roads, the official said, adding that the situation was peaceful so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath yatra suspended from Jammu due to Kashmir situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu today due to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley under curfew for the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani. Authorities clamped curfew in three towns, including Tral in Kashmir, and imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the rest of the valley. “The yatra has been been suspended from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu due to law and order situation in the Kashmir Valley,” a senior police officer said. Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength across Kashmir to handle any security challenge. The number of pilgrims paying obeisance at ice lingum of Lord Shiva at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir himalayas has crossed the one-lakh mark as over 1.15 lakh devotees had darshan at the shrine. The yatra is continuing from Baltal and Pahalgam base camps. A total of 25,294 pilgrims and sadhus have left Jammu for Amarnath in eight batches since the yatra began. Nine people including a security officer have died in the ongoing Amarnath pilgrimage. “As many as 1,15,841 pilgrims have had darshan at the cave shrine since the beginning of the yatra,” an official spokesman said. Amid multi-tier security, the 40-day long yatra began from Jammu on June 28 as the first batch of pilgrims left for twin base-camps of 3,888-metre high cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. The annual yatra in Kashmir began amid a terror threat, according to an intelligence warning which has prompted the authorities to mobilise the “highest level” of security measures, including satellite tracking system.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Burhan anniversary: Curfew in Tral,restrictions across Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Authorities clamped curfew in three towns including Tral in Kashmir and imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the rest of the valley to foil the separatists’ plan to hold a rally today to mark the first anniversary of the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength across Kashmir to handle any security challenges. Curfew was imposed in Tral, the native town of Wani, in Pulwama district as a precautionary measure to maintain peace in the valley, a senior police official said. The joint separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has asked the people to march to Tral to pay tributes to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on this day last year. The official said curfew had also been imposed in Sophian town of South Kashmir and Trehgam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “Elsewhere in the valley, restrictions on the movement of people are being strictly enforced,” he added. All the examinations scheduled for today have been postponed by universities. Normal life came to a standstill in the valley due to a strike call given by the separatists and the curfew-like restrictions imposed by the authorities. Shops and business establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off the roads, the official said, adding that the situation was peaceful so far.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath yatra: Over 1.15 lakh devotees pay obeisance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1.15 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at ice lingum of Lord Shiva at the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir himalayas.The seventh batch of 2,246 pilgrims today left winter capital city of Jammu for twin base-camps of Amarnath cave shrine.With the death of three more pilgrims due to various reasons yesterday, the toll in the ongoing pilgrimage went up to nine.”Today, 10,461 pilgrims paid obeisance at the Holy Cave and, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,15,841 yatris have had darshan of the ice lingam,” an official spokesman said.Escorted by the CRPF, the pilgrims consisting of 1,748 men, 401 women and 97 sadhus and sadhvis left in 75 vehicles for Baltal and Pahalgam base camps of Amarnath cave shrine this morning, officials said.With today’s batch, a total of 25,294 pilgrims and sadhus have left Jammu for Amarnath since yatra began from Jammu on June 28.Amid multi-tier security, 40-days long Amarnath yatra began on June 28 from Jammu when first batch of pilgrims left for twin base camps.The annual Yatra in Kashmir began amid a terror threat, according to an intelligence warning which has prompted the authorities to mobilise the “highest level” of security measures, including satellite tracking system.Militants are planning to target 100 policemen and as many pilgrims participating in the yatra. The government has mobilised a heavy security blanket of over 35,000 to 40,000 troops including the police, the Army, the BSF and the CRPF.In addition to the existing strength of the CRPF in the state, the Centre has provided over 250 companies (around 25,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces to the state government.The BSF has deployed over 2,000 troops for the yatra while the Army has provided five battalions (about 5,000 personnel) and additional 54 companies (5,400 personnel) of the police have also been mobilised.This year’s yatra will be eight days shorter as compared to the last year’s of 48 days, and conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7.

Burhan Wani death anniversary: Army visits Valley to review security situation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Army officials today reviewed security situation in the Kashmir Valley, a day ahead of the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.Army’s Northern Command chief Lt. Gen D Anbu, accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen J S Sandhu, visited areas in North and South Kashmir to review the security situation and measures put in place for ensuring peace and calm in the Valley, a defence spokesperson said here.He said Lt. Gen Anbu interacted with the troops on ground and complimented them for their dedication and highest standard of professionalism.
ALSO READ Birmingham cancels permission for Burhan Wani Day after India questions ‘glorification of terrorist’The two officers also called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and briefed her about the prevailing security situation in the Valley.Authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Kashmir to maintain law and order as the Valley braces for Wani’s first death anniversary tomorrow.In Srinagar, restrictions have been imposed on movement of people in five police station areas, officials said.They said the curbs have been imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal.The officials said similar restrictions have been imposed in Anantnag town in south Kashmir.Curbs on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir and in Baramulla district in north, they said.The officials said the restrictions in these areas have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.They however, said life was going on normally in the rest of the valley.Wani’s killing in an encounter with security forces on July 8 last year, triggered massive protests and prolonged period of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley.As many as 85 persons were killed and thousands others were injured in daily clashes between security forces and protesters for a period of over four months.Separatist groups have called for a strike tomorrow.

Jawan goes missing from Army camp in Kashmir, alert sounded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Army jawan has gone missing along with his service rifle from a camp in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, officials said today. Zahoor Ahmad Thoker, a resident of Pulwama district in South Kashmir, was reported absconding since last night by the Army unit located in Gantmulla area of Baramulla, the officials said. They said Thoker’s service rifle and three magazines were also missing. An alert has been sounded and security forces have been directed to remain vigilant as the jawan could have joined militant ranks, the officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police bust recruitment, rescue 54 youths from terror clutches

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

Burhan Wani’s death anniversary: Schools in J&K to be shut

Wani, along with two of his aides, was killed by the security forces in an encounter at Bamdoora village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8, 2016. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension has gripped Kashmir ahead of Hizbul Mujhadeen leader Burhan Wani’s first death anniversary, prompting the Mehbooba Mufti government to announce summer vacation in schools and colleges from July 6 to avoid another bout of unrest in the restive Valley. Wani, along with two of his aides, was killed by the security forces in an encounter at Bamdoora village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8, 2016. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK)-based United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella group of over a dozen militant outfits, has announced a week-long programme from July 7 to mark Wani’s anniversary. UJC chairman and Hizbul chief Syed Salahudin released a 4.37 minute video announcing a two-day shutdown on July 8.

Army inducts five more battalions to secure Amarnath Yatra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid resurgence in militancy, Indian Army has inducted five more battalions (around 5,000 men) to secure the Amarnath Yatra and the strategic section of the Srinagar-Jammu highway in sensitive south Kashmir.”We have deployed two battalions for the Amaranth yatra. In addition, three battalions have been deployed in south Kashmir to cover the national highway,” said Lieutenant General JS Sandhu, general officer commanding (GoC), 15 corps.The Army troops are in addition to 200 companies (each company has strength of 100 men) of the paramilitary forces deployed for the Amarnath yatra. This is in addition to the local police and other security forces presently posted in Kashmir for different law and order and anti militancy duties.The first batch of yatris was flagged off from Jammu base camp on Wednesday. The yatra will officially take off from the Kashmir Valley on Thursday when the first batch of pilgrims will start trekking towards the cave shrine from Baltal and Pahalgam routes for darshan of the holy Shiv Lingum.This year, the challenges for the security forces are manifold. The yatra has to pass from the South Kashmir axis, which is considered sensitive and volatile both as far as militancy and stone pelting is considered.Plus the stretch of the Srinagar –Jammu highway from Lower Munda to Pantha Chowk in south Kashmir has been the cause of worry for the security forces given the brazen militant attacks on convoys. On June 3, two soldiers were killed and four others injured when militants attacked the Army convoy near Lower Mundain Qazigund area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.On June 24, Lashkar-e-Taiba members ambushed the CRPF party killing an officer and injuring another on the highway at Pantha Chowk. Later two terrorists who took shelter in neigbouring Delhi Public School and after 24 hours the duo was killed by the security forces.”Geelani sahib has said there is no threat to Amaranth Yatra. In addition, we have got the reports that probably they (terrorists) will try to attack it. We have deployed forces. Our efforts will be to protect the yatris so that yatra continues without any problem,” said Lieutenant General Sandhu.

ITBP officer dies of cardiac arrest near Amarnath shrine

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An ITBP officer died of cardiac arrest near the cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir today, police said. Assistant Sub Inspector Sanjun Singh complained of severe chest pain while he was on his way to the cave shrine from Brarimarg, a police official said. He said 42-year-old Singh was rushed to a hospital at the Baltal base camp where doctors declared him “brought dead”. The annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high cave shrine is scheduled to begin tomorrow from twin routes of Baltal and Nunwan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2,000 more soldiers going to South Kashmir as reinforcements

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two additional Army battalions — about 2,000 men — have started moving into four troubled South Kashmir districts, being described as the new “ground zero” because of increased militant activity, officials said. With the presence of additional forces in Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama, some army camps in Shopian and Pulwama would be revived, they said. The officials said the forces, being sent as reinforcements, had already started moving to Kashmir and would be posted to some of the more vulnerable areas of the districts. Major General B S Raju, General Officer Command of the Army’s Victor Force, whose area of responsibility is South Kashmir, yesterday surveyed the region. The decision on redeployment was taken after intelligence reports said South Kashmir had turned into a militant hub. Officials said army camps had been set up to help locals who were “possibly intimidated” by the militants. The places where camps are being set up include Lidder in Pulwama, which officials see as the base for militants shuttling between Shopian, Pulwama and Budgam in Central Kashmir. Sources said new camps would be established at Zainpora, on the border of Heff Shremal, and the Khudwani and Nagbal areas which fall in these four districts. The Army has also launched a programme to meet villagers and to talk to them about the need to stay away from counter- insurgency operations, they said. The sources said locals were often herded towards an encounter site by members of militant groups to hamper army operations. “Once a semblance of security is ensured in these areas, people may not follow the diktats,” an official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

3 LeT militants killed in encounter in South Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces today gunned down three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in an encounter that lasted for over six hours in Pulwama district of South Kashmir. The encounter started last evening in Kakapora area of Pulwama following an intelligence input that three local boys, who had joined militant ranks in banned Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, were holed up in a house located in a densely populated locality, a police official said. This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong-network of over ground workers, he said. The identity of the three slain militants was being established, he said, adding the successful operation was a big blow to the LeT terror outfit which recently lost its commander Junaid Mattoo in an encounter at Arwin village in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on June 17. This is the second successful operation against the terror outfit within three days. Yesterday, two militants were killed in an encounter in Sopore township of Baramulla district in north Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Militants target Army convoy in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of militants attacked an Army convoy in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Sunday.There was, however, no casualty in the incident.The militants fired some shots at the army vehicles in Bijbehara area and fled from the spot, a police official said.Security forces cordoned off the area and a search operation was on, the official said.

Situation in Kashmir has not gone out of control: Jitendra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the terrorists are adopting different strategies as they are “on the run” following the killing of their cadres in Kashmir and expressed confidence that security agencies are capable of dealing with then. “No..not at all..certainly not”, Singh told reporters in reply to a question whether the situation in the Valley has gone out of the control of central and state government. “Police and security agencies will have changed strategies to deal with terrorists and separatists. They will strongly be dealt with and very soon the situation will return back to normal”, he said. “Terrorists are frustrated due to increasing killing of their cadres and leaders by the security forces and they are on run. Being on the run, they adopt different strategies. Let be assured security forces will be able to deal with it,” he said. The union minister said that terrorists are changing their strategies to create an impact. “Militants are changing their strategies in a bid to show their impact and our security agencies are capable to deal with them as per the strategy they adopt,” said Singh who was on a one-day visit to Jammu. “I think security agencies are already taking cognisance of it…,” he said. Singh backed the vow of the J&K police to eliminate the terror group instrumental in killing of six cops in Anantnag district of South Kashmir yesterday. He said that such incidents can’t affect the morale of the common man in the Valley, as young boys and girls are showing willingness to serve the country. “You see we had results of Indian Military Academy four days back. 11 young boys from Kashmir valley have qualified over there in spite of the intimidation against joining army. “We have 14 young boys and girls qualifying the civil services, the result of which was out last month. “We have 28 young boys and girls coming from remotest parts of the Valley qualifying for IIT and IIM through JEE entrance exams”, he added. The more they (militant) are trying to intimidate them, the more is the resolve of the civil society because they wish to be part of the development journey of India led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said. Asked about duplicity of the mainstream political parties supporting terror, he said, “by and large, the so called main stream leaders, activists, even the separatists have realised the disadvantage of having followed the political approach that they used to follow. “They were swearing by India when in power and then started questioning the status of the Kashmir when out of power”. “In today’s time and date, the kind of reporting which is being done by the media, I think a politician or an activist can hardly manage to fool the masses through any duplicity”, he said. Replying to another question on Pakistan targeting India on borders as well as hinterland, he said, “Pakistan has been exposed. “More than what is commendable is that during 3 years of Modi rule and PM’s outreach across the world, now the world is coming around to the India’s point of view as far as terrorism is considered”. “Even the nations which were half or not convinced, are now absolutely convinced with India point of view and India’s resolve and strategy of a collective fight against global terrorism”, he added. On ceasefire violation, he said, “it is for all of us to see the kind of retaliatory action taking place from our side. It has not been witnessed for years together and that is the difference”. Asked whether the terrorists are striking in Valley at their own will, he said, “…Please don’t undermine the mind of Indian government and Indian forces. They are capable of dealing with terrorists in the state of changing terror strategies. Sooner or later the terrorism in Kashmir valley will be brought to an end”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tearful farewell to JK cop, who spoke of death and peace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a chronicle of his death foretold, Feroz Ahmed Dar wrote, “Just imagine…yourself in your grave. Down there in that dark hole…Alone.” The 32-year-old Jammu and Kashmir police officer was buried last night in the family’s ancestral graveyard in Dogripora village in Pulwama district with many from the village and his department bidding him a tearful adieu. Dar and five other policemen were killed yesterday in a gruesome ambush in Achabal in Anantnag district by suspected LeT militants who tried to disfigure their faces before walking away with their weapons. As his family and friends prepared for his last journey, his words written on January 18, 2013 came back to haunt. “Did you ever stop for a while and asked yourself, what is going to happen to me the first night in my grave? Think about the moment your body is being washed and prepared to your grave. “Think about the day people will be carrying you to your grave And your families crying …think about the moment you are put in your grave,” he had written on his Facebook wall. As Dogripora mourned its hero, his premonition of death echoed from his “first night” in the grave. The village, which shares its border with Budgam as well as Shopian districts, was awash with tears as it were. Villagers queued up outside Dar’s home to offer their condolences. His two daughters — six-year-old Addah and two- year-old Simran – watched bewildered, unable to understand the sudden rush of people at their house. His wife Mubeena Akthar and aged parents wailed and beat their chests, trying to come to terms with the devastating loss. Nicknamed Dabang (daring) by his friends and a “one man army”, Dar had wished earnestly for the situation in the Kashmir Valley to return to normal. “Oh God! when will be the day we see normal Kashmir,” he had written on his Facebook page on March 8, 2013. While family and his colleagues grieved, so did his batchmates. “Bus itna yaad rahe, ek saathi aur bhi tha…” The refrain of the Bollywood song from the film “LoC Kargil” recalling the sacrifices of a soldier echoed their grief. His batchmate Sunil Sharma posted Dar’s picture and recalled the lyrics of the song in memory of those martyred in war. Many of his batchmates and colleagues recalled their association with Dar and said he was a god fearing man and a true Muslim who offered prayers five times a day. “The officer whom everybody loved and who could get the support and respect of everybody around will always be in our heart. This inhuman act will be punished and punished suitably. Condolences for all the men that we lost today,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani posted on his official Facebook page. As the memories continue to build, and his family learns to live with the tragedy that has befallen them, Dar’s hope for a peaceful Kashmir lives on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K Encounter: Killing of six policemen an act of cowardice, says Jaitley; bodies of Lashkar militants recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday condemned terrorist attack on a police party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag in which as many as six police personnel were killed.”Killing of six policemen by terrorists in #Achabal is a cowardice act. My condolences to the bereaved families. Salute to martyrs,” Jaitley tweeted.The incident took place in Anantnag’s Thajiwara Achabal area.The militants who ambushed a police party at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir disfigured the faces of the six cops slain in the attack before walking away with their weapons.A sub-inspector, identified as Pulwama-resident Feroz, a driver and four other policemen, who were on a routine round in their jeep, died in the attack, Director General of Police S P Vaid.Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba has claimed the responsibility for the ambush.
ALSO READ Jammu and Kashmir: Two persons killed in security forces firing in AnantnagMeanwhile, bodies of dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Junaid Ahmad Mattoo and two others were recovered 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.

6 policemen killed as militants ambush police party in JK

The Station House Officer identified as Sub Inspector Feroz, a resident of Pulwama, fell victim to indiscriminate firing from militants, Director General of Police S P Vaid told <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, were killed at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir after terrorists ambushed a police party today. The Station House Officer identified as Sub Inspector Feroz, a resident of Pulwama, fell victim to indiscriminate firing from militants, 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.)

Anantnag: At least 5 killed as terrorists ambush police party

Fri, 16 Jun 2017-07:50pm , Srinagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Five policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, were killed at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir after terrorists ambushed a police party on Friday. The Station House Officer identified as Sub Inspector Feroz, a resident of Pulwama, fell victim to indiscriminate firing from militants, senior police officials said. They said besides the fatalities, some other policemen sustained serious bullet injuries and were rushed to nearby hospital. Army has been moved out and was combing the area, they said.

Several jawans injured as multiple terror attacks rock Kashmir; search operation on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terror revisited Kashmir on Tuesday when terrorists carried out five back-to-back attacks against security forces.The first attack occurred at Lariyar village of Tral when unidentified terrorists hurled a powerful grenade at F-company of 180-battalion CRPF on Tuesday evening. The grenade landed inside the camp and exploded with a big bang, causing injuries to nine soldiers. Three of them received critical wounds and have been shifted to Army’s 92 base hospital at Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar.”It was company location of F-180 location which was targeted. Grenade landed inside the camp which caused the injuries. Nine people are injured and three of them are critical,” said Rajesh Yadav, CRPF spokesman at Srinagar.Reinforcements have been rushed to the area to augment the forces to track down the terrorists. Forces have launched cordon and search operations in the area to hunt down the terrorists responsible for the attack. “Searches in the area are presently on,” said Yadav.Terrorists later lobbed another grenade on CRPF camp at Padgampora village. However, it missed the target and exploded in a nearby school without causing any damage.Terrorists again struck at Anchidora village in Anantnag when they fired at the cops posted at the residence of former J&K high court judge Justice Muzaffar Attar. Two cops were injured and terrorists looted some rifles also.Terrorists also fired upon army camp with automatic weapons at Sopore. Troops swung into action and fired back.This is the seventh terror incident in the valley since Sunday night. Two soldiers were injured when terrorists hurled a grenade at 180 battalion headquarters of CRPF at Tral township in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday evening.Two security men were injured when terrorists, under the cover of stone-pelting mob, hurled a powerful grenade on the security forces at Saraf Kadal in old Srinagar city late Sunday night.Terrorists later fired at the residence of former minister in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, possibly to snatch the rifles. However, the alert guards immediately retaliated, forcing the terrorists to take a hasty retreat.The spurt in the terror attacks comes just 15 days before the annual Amarnath Yatra takes off in the valley. More than 200 companies of security forces are additionally being deployed for the security of the yatris in Jammu and Kashmir. This year the annual yatra will take off on June 29 and culminate on the Raksha Bandan Day, which falls on August 7.

13 jawans injured in series of militant attacks in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Militants tonight carried out a series of attacks on security forces in South Kashmir, injuring 13 jawans in a span of four hours. The ultras also looted four service rifles of the security personnel. A grenade was hurled on a CRPF camp at Ladiyar in Tral area of Pulwama district. 10 paramilitary jawans were injured in the attack, a police official said. In the second attack, the militants opened firing on the security personnel guarding the residence of a retired high court judge at Anchidora in Anantnag district, resulting in injuries to two cops, the official said. He said the ultras also snatched four service weapons from the cops posted there. The third attack took place on a CRPF camp at Padgampora in Pulwama, but no one was hurt in it as the grenade hurled by the militants exploded mid-air. The ultras also threw a grenade on Pulwama police station, resulting in minor injuries to a cop.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

In Pictures | Army releases list of 12 dreaded terrorists active in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the security forces dealt a major blow to Hizbul Mujhadeen when they killed one of the most wanted commanders Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, the Indian army has released a list of dreaded terrorists active in Jammu and Kashmir.Last week, Sabzar Ahmad Bhat who was the successor of Hizbul Mujhadeen leader Burhan Wani, was gunned down after security forces launched an operation in the Samoo village in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.In another operation, the army foiled a major infiltration bid when they killed six militants in Rampur sector on Friday night.The terrorists in the list are reportedly recent local recruits.

J&K: Infiltration attempt by Pakistan in Poonch foiled, one intruder killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of one intruder was recovered as the Indian Army foiled another infiltration attempt by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch area on Sunday.”One intruder from PoK successfully killed in an ambush at about 0230 hours yesterday night on LoC in KG Sector, body of intruder recovered,” said Lt Col Manish Mehta Defense Spokesperson in a statement.Based on intelligence inputs, an ambush was laid down in the early morning by the troops of the same Sikh Battalion whose jawans were mutilated by Pakistan operatives recently. A search operation is currently in progress.On Saturday, the Indian Army has confirmed killing 10 heavily armed intruders including Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Sabzar Bhat and terrorists in last 24 hours. It said that relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pak sponsored agents to spread terror in the Jammu and Kashmir in the run up to the holy month of Ramadan.The Northern Command of Indian Army said that security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have mounted relentless operations to thwart attempts by Pakistan to boost terror activities from across the Line of Control. “In the last 24 hours, 10 heavily armed intruders and terrorists have been successfully eliminated. In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation on the Line of Control in the Rampur sector, a group of 6 armed intruders have been intercepted and eliminated. In another counter-terrorist operation based on specific intelligence generated from local sources in Tral, South Kashmir has so far resulted in killing 2 terrorists,” said a release by the Northern Command.
ALSO READ Hizbul’s Sabzar Bhat killed: Curfew imposed in Kashmir Valley amid stirring unrestEarlier on 26 May 17, a BAT action attempted on an Indian army post by a group of heavily armed intruders through an area under control of a Pak army post in the Uri sector, was successfully intercepted resulting in killing of two intruders whose identities are yet to be established.In another operation, May 21, alert troops deployed in the Naugam sector eliminated four terrorists thereby foiling a major infiltration bid.

Hizbul’s Sabzar Bhat killed: Curfew imposed in Kashmir Valley amid stirring unrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Curfew has been announced following the killing of Hijbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Bhat in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral area on Saturday.Unrest stirred again in the Valley after Bhat’s killing, as locals took to the streets and clashed with the security forces to express their anger over the killings.The curfew has been announced in parts of Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of eight police stations including Kralkhud, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safa kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Batamaloo and Nowhatta.The authorities also ordered closure of schools and colleges in Srinagar district in the wake of protests and clashes witnessed in various city schools and colleges.On Saturday, mobile internet services were also suspended a day after authorities lifted a month-long ban on the social media. Outgoing calls on prepaid mobiles were also broken after protests in several parts of the Valley. The death of Sabzar Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani, has triggered protests in the region.The Tral operation was a coordinated effort of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), the JKP, Special Operation Group (SOG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).On Saturday, the Indian Army confirmed killing 10 heavily armed intruders and terrorists in last 24 hours. It said that relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pakistan sponsored agents to spread terror in the Jammu and Kashmir in the run up to the holy month of Ramazan.”In the last 24 hours, 10 heavily armed intruders and terrorists have been successfully eliminated. In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation on the Line of Control in the Rampur sector, a group of 6 armed intruders have been intercepted and eliminated. In another counter-terrorist operation based on specific intelligence generated from local sources in Tral, South Kashmir has so far resulted in killing 2 terrorists,” said a release by the Northern Command.

Army mounts ops in Kashmir, 10 militants killed in 24 hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army today said its relentless operations to thwart attempts by Pakistan to boost terror activities in Kashmir have borne fruit, resulting to the deaths of ten militants since yesterday. “Relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pakistan-sponsored agents to spread terror in the state in the run up to the holy month of Ramzan,” the defence spokesman of the Northern Command said. In the last 24 hours, ten heavily armed intruders and terrorists have been successfully eliminated, he said. In the ongoing counter-infiltration operations along the LoC in Rampur sector, six armed intruders have been intercepted and eliminated, he said. In another counter-terror operation which was based on specific information from a local source in Tral in South Kashmir, have so far resulted in deaths of two terrorists, he said. Army troops yesterday foiled an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) on a patrol party along the LoC in Uri sector, killing two militants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Most-wanted LeT commander gives slip to forces second time in a week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the second time in a week, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Chief Operations Commander Abu Dujana and his two associates broke the security forces cordon and escaped to safety in Hakripora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Abu Dujana, who is a most wanted terrorist carrying over Rs 15 lakh bounty on his head, fled Hakripora village soon after security forces cordoned of the area on Tuesday evening.Sources said Dujana along with his aide Arif Lelhar and other associates were hiding in Hakripora village when security forces received a tip-off about their presence.However, when security forces were closing in on the target, the people of the village came on streets and started pelting stones. In the melee, Dujana and his associates fired some rounds and managed to give forces a slip, sources said.”We can’t say whether Dujana was there or not. Reportedly, there was LeT group but we do not know who was there. We had information about three to four militants in the area. Operations are a continuing process. We tried to save civilians and terrorists take advantage of that,” said Mohommad Aslam, Senior Superintendent of Police, Pulwama.Operating in the valley since last five years, Dujana replaced LeT operational Commander and Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim after he was killed by security forces in October 2015.Believed to be originally hailing from Gilgit-Baltistan, Dujana has been mastermind of most of the attacks on security forces in south Kashmir.Operating mostly in Pulwama district, Abu Dujana is also the mastermind of Pampore terror attack that killed eight CRPF men last year. Last year, Dujana had made several public appearances during protest rallies in south Kashmir. He had also made appearances during the last rites of Hizbul Commander Burhan Wani at Tral.This is the second time in a week that Dujana broke the cordon and escaped to safety. On May 19, Dujana had escaped from the same village, prompting security forces to call off the operation.”There is huge support for the terrorists in certain pockets, the reason why they manage to escape. Security forces are unable to break this nexus so far,” said an officer.Official figures reveal that there are more than 200 terrorists operating in the valley, of which 110 are locals and rest are from outside, mostly from Pakistan. Ninety five ultras are new recruits who joined the terrorist ranks last year. More than 100 terrorists are active in the South Kashmir region alone.

First leave becomes his last: officer killed by militants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His first leave home became his last. And a wedding gathering that he wanted to join turned into his funeral procession. Lieutenant Umer Fayaz, 23, 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 here, last night. 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. The autopsy report showed marks on his body, indicating that he had resisted the suspected militants who had abducted him. He was fired at from a close range, and the bullets had hit his head and stomach or chest region. Locals said two masked men entered the house at 8 last night. The men asked Lt Fayaz, who was unarmed, to accompany them, and warned the family not to inform the police. The killing caused anger among locals who demanded that the men responsible be identified and punished. Major General B S Raju, the General Officer in Command of the Victor Force, responsible for counter-terrorism in South Kashmir, has directed all its units in and around the area to launch a manhunt for the killers. The body of the officer was laid to rest with full military honours. His funeral was attended by several people from his village. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley described the abduction and killing as “a dastardly act” of cowardice. “This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Jaitley said in a tweet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Security forces working with larger degree of freedom in JK’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir will be back on track soon as the security forces are now acting more professionally with a larger degree of freedom, Union minister Jitendra Singh said today. Tension prevailed in the Valley as six policemen died in terror attack in South Kashmir in the first week of May. Six civilians also lost their lives during the same period amid stone pelting by students. “By the next couple of weeks, Jammu and Kashmir would be back on track. There has been such (disturbing) incidents in the past one or two days. But there are noticeable differences …the para military forces are now acting more professionally with larger degree of freedom,” Singh told reporters here. The MoS, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu region, said “I am sure that sooner than later, things will return to normalcy and J&K will start moving ahead like the rest of the country.” The BJP leader also hit out at Pakistan for unleashing a reign of terror on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan region. “It is condemnable that the government of Pakistan has unleashed the most inhuman oppression on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan,” he said. “The manner in which Pakistan is seeking to suppress its own subjects is also an eye opener for the entire world, and clearly establishes that Pakistan has emerged as the gravest form of human rights violator in this part of the world, particularly in Indian sub-continent. “Not jut in Gilgit Baltistan and PoK, which are under its (Pakistan) illegal control, but under its legally occupied territories like Baluchistan also, Pakistan has been suppressing people,” he said. The Union minister further added, “India’s concerns emanate not only from the human point of view, but also when the neighbourhood is on fire, it is the responsibility and duty of the Government of India and its security agencies to ensure that all these developments do not have a negative ramification in the region.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Net chats between Kashmir and Syria, Iraq on security radar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security agencies are not ruling out the possibility of the banned ISIS trying to create a base in the Kashmir Valley, noting that internet chats and establishing of contacts with possible handlers in Syria and Iraq by some youths have grown in the last six months. Officials in the security establishment, who are not authorised to speak to the media, said on condition of anonymity that there have been small pockets in the Valley from where some youths are trying to get in touch with one or more handlers in Syria and Iraq. Last month, two masked gunmen appeared at the grave of a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist in Pulwama during which they asked the gathering to follow the rules laid down by Taliban and ISIS and not support or raise slogans in favour of Pakistan. They gave fiery speeches for over three minutes in which they spoke about pan-Islamisation and the importance of having Shariat as a law, the officials said. While militant outfits including United Jehad Council, a conglomerate of terror outfits based out of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, as well as the local unit of Hizbul Mujahideen were quick to downplay the incident, security officials viewed it with more seriousness. The agencies felt if the growing influence of ISIS was not checked, it could be detrimental to the situation in the Valley. The officials said that the activities on the internet from the Valley to some accounts in Syria and Iraq have been tracked during last one year. In 2014, 2015 and early 2016, there were few stray cases whichi had been noticed. But beginning this year, after a comprehensie monitoring system was placed to track such chats, over a 100 users were found to be conversing with possible handlers in the two foreign countries. There was no pinpointed information about the users other than the general areas of some villages in South Kashmir, Sopore in North Kashmir, Prang and Lar in Central Kashmir as well as Reasi, Kishtawar and Doda areas of Jammu region, they said. During the recent protests across the Valley, ISIS flags were waived in certain areas and even walls in some were splattered with slogans supporting the banned terror outfit. Army has also been worried about the growing influence of the ISIS ideology on the youth of the Valley and a study done last year showed that six out of 10 youths were watching videos of controversial Islamic preacher Zaki Naik or other jehadi videos.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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.)

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