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Jammu and Kashmir Timeline - 2017

January 2

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch District, but there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side. "There was firing by Pakistani troops from 9 am along LoC in Shahpur sub sector of Poonch district today," official sources said. The Indian troops retaliated and there was a brief exchange of firing, they said, adding there were no casualties. The firing took place in Shahpur sector of Poonch for about an hour. There was slight panic among the people during the firing but it subsided as bullets stopped within an hour. The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping over 300 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in J&K by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 27 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on September 28-29 in which over 50 Pakistani militants and army personnel were killed.

January 3

A LeT militant identified as Abu Umar Khitab of Pakistan was killed in an encounter with SFs in Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs had laid an ambush at Haritar in Sopore during the intervening night following information about movement of militants through the area, a Police official said. He said SFs on noticing suspicious movement in the wee hours challenged the persons who opened fire. "In the retaliatory firing, one terrorist was killed," the official said. The militant affiliated with LeT and was active for last four years. He was believed to part of the militant group, which escaped from the SFs cordon several times last month in Hajjan area of North Kashmir. Sources said that the militant was operating in Sopore, Hajin, Gunde Jehanghir and Shah Gund areas of North Kashmir and SFs were tracking his movement for long. They said one AK 47 rifle, one hand grenade, three magazines, 70 AK ammunition rounds, one I-com set, one compass, one bag and one torch was recovered from his possession.

A CRPF ASI was critically injured in a militant attack in Murran Chowk in Pulwama town in Pulwama District. The ASI identified as BN Thakur was hit by a bullet in his back and was shifted to army hospital for treatment. The firing caused panic in the township and senior Police and CRPF officers reached the spot immediately cordoned off the area and searches were conducted in the area but the militants managed to flee after carrying out the attack.

A search operation was launched by SFs in Kuta Satri forest area of Bandipora District, following an input about the presence of militants. The operation was, however, later called off due to heavy snowfall.

Investigating Officers of nine Police Stations of Kashmir valley are yet to recover, 63 rifles and 186 magazines looted by the militants and mob from 16 different locations, despite lapse of considerable period of time. According to the official data provided by the Home Department in the Legislative Assembly, 16 incidents of looting/snatching of rifles and magazines besides huge number of rounds took place under the jurisdiction of nine Police Stations in Kashmir valley during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Of these incidents, maximum four incidents took place under the jurisdiction of DH Pora Police Station followed by Pulwama (three) and Kulgam and Shopian (two each). The other incidents took place under the jurisdiction of Batamaloo, Anantnag, Dooru, Chadoora and Budgam Police Stations. Giving gist of the cases, the Home Department said that in some cases the militants fired upon the Police personnel deployed in the general areas and decamped with their service rifles after killing them while as in other cases they attached the Police deployed for the security of political workers and looted their service rifles after eliminating or injuring them. In some other cases the militants even entered the guarded places and snatched rifles, magazines and rounds from the Police. The incidents of militants forcibly snatching the weapons from the Police without harming them physically were also reported from some parts of Valley.

According to the official data, five incidents of mob attacking guard posts and decamping with the weapons and arms during the period of unrest in Kashmir valley were reported from five different places. In all these 16 incidents of weapon looting, FIR under different sections of RPC and Arms Act were registered but till date no major headway has been made by the concerned Police Stations as a result of which neither the accused could be arrested nor looted weapons recovered. AK-47s, SLRs, INSAS Rifles, Pistols and Carbines were among the weapons looted by the militants and mob, the Home Department said in reply to the question of independent MLA, Er Abdul Rashid. According to the data, a total of 2690 cases of stone pelting were also registered during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The maximum cases were registered in Sopore (492) followed by Srinagar (339) and Baramulla (318). The other stone pelting incidents were reported from Ganderbal (65), Budgam (163), Anantnag (271), Shopian (173), Pulwama (143), Kulgam (167), Awantipora (121), Bandipora (109), Kupwara (218) and Handwara (111).

In reply to question of Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, the Minister Incharge Home said that during the recent unrest 2632 FIRs were registered and almost all are still under investigation. “Besides, 463 persons were detained under Public Safety Act out of which 145 were released and presently 318 are under detention”, the Minister added.

Replying to question of NC MLA, Mubarak Gul, the Government said that a total of 59 youths joined militant ranks after the killing of HM militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with Security Forces on July 8 last year. “As reported by CID Headquarters, 59 youth have joined militant ranks after 8th July, 2016”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply, adding the Government has notified a Surrender Policy which was superseded by Rehabilitation Policy to encourage the misguided youths and militants to abjure violence and accept the integrity of India and the Constitution.

January 4

SFs arrested a LeT militant from Handwara area of North Kashmir in Kupwara District, who was planning to carry out attack on security convoys in the area. Police said that on specific information one LeT militant identified as Ashiq Ahmed alias Abu Haider was arrested by Handwara Police and 21 RR of army near Fruit Mandi crossing in Handwara in the District. “On sustained interrogation he disclosed that he was a close associate of Abu Bakar a LeT ‘commander’ killed in Sopore few days back. On further discloser the arrested militant said that in near future he was planning to attack security forces convoy in Handwara area”, Police said. Police said that huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from him. These include one AK-47 rifle, 3 Magazines with live cartridges, one Chinese Pistol with one Magazine, three Hand Grenades, one Magazine Pouch, one Map and one Haversack.

IG of CRPF, Zulfikar Hassan, said that militants take advantage of presence of common people on NH and at times escape after carrying out the attack. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in South Kashmir, Hassan said that at times militants flee after carrying out an attack on the NH by taking advantage of common people and SFs avoid collateral damage. “The attacks on National Highway occur many times during a year. Many-a-times we are successful in killing those who attack. Sometimes due to presence of common people we don’t fire because that can result in collateral damage and we restrain ourselves. The militants sometimes take advantage of crowd and escape”, he said. Hassan said that at times militants manage to escape from the security but SFs make their efforts to prevent them from fleeing. “Sometimes the stone-pelting takes place so that militants manage to escape. But security forces, CRPF, Jammu and Kashmir Police try not to make it successful and sometimes we do manage to stop militants from escaping”, he said.

January 6

Al-Badr terrorist Muzzafar Ahmed, who had links with LeT, was gunned down by the SFs after heavy exchange of fire in Budgam District. Ahmed, who was wanted in several cases, was earlier associated with LeT. Also, a Policeman sustained critical injuries during the encounter.

The call traffic between hawala agents in India dropped almost by half post demonetisation, says a recent assessment by the central intelligence agencies. Payments to the end beneficiary of hawala deals are traditionally in cash, with INR 500 and INR 1,000 being the favoured denominations. The demonetisation of these high-value notes on November 9 severely affected hawala operators, and going solely by call traffic, their business may be down by 50%, said an intelligence source. Terror funds are mostly sourced in counterfeit currency, comprising high-quality fake notes that Indian agencies suspect are printed at the Pakistan government printing press in Quetta and its security press at Karachi. Given this fact and the drop in hawala transactions, demonetisation has dried up funds used for organised stone-pelting in J&K and paying overground terror supporters in the State. Intelligence officials claim that terrorism-related violence in J&K dipped by 60% post the cash ban, with only one major blast reported from the valley in December. An intelligence official claimed that apart from organised stone-pelting, a direct casualty of demonetisation in J&K was the overground network of terror facilitators. "The overground support base of terrorists depends on instant cash payments. A weakened OGW network due to demonetisation has resulted in several successful counterterrorist operations in the Valley over the past several weeks," said the officer.

January 7

Normal life in Jammu and Kashmir was affected due to shutdown called by separatists. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed across Srinagar and public transport was partially off the roads. The private vehicles were, however, plying normally. Street vendors had set-up their stalls at multiple places in the city’s civil line areas.

A complete shutdown was observed in Sopore town of Baramulla District, to mourn the killing of senior militant ‘commander’ associated with Al Badr Mujahideen, Muzzafar Ahmad Naiko alias Muz Molvi, who was killed on January 6 in an encounter. During the shutdown, hundreds of security men were deployed to prevent outbreak of protests across the Sopore town.

January 9

Three civilians working as labourers were killed in a pre-dawn terror attack by militants on a GREF camp near LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu District. Two or more militants attacked the GREF camp around 1 AM near LoC in Battal village, sources said. Militants likely infiltrated from across the border to carry out the terror attack, sources said. In the attack, three civilians were killed, they said, adding that the victims were working as labourers with GREF.

January 10

A top LeT militant was killed in a gun battle in Bandipora District. SFs including 13-RR of army and SOG of JKP, Bandipora, cordoned off Parray Mohalla Hajan in the District. A LeT militant, who was hiding in a house opened fire on the troops, leading to a gun battle in which he was shot dead by the troops. After the gun battle during searches one AK 47, three AK Magazines, three hand grenades, one radio set, one pouch, one matrix sheet and 200 AK rounds were recovered from the encounter site. The militant was identified as Abu Maviya of LeT.

SFs including 55 RR and SOG Shopian cordoned off Heff Shermal in Shopian District. There are seven militants of LeT from the village and SFs had information about their movement in the village. However, the operation was later called off and no one was arrested.

SFs including 50 RR, 183 Battalion of CRPF and SOG Kakapora cordon off Kandi Zal area of Pampore in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs had information about presence of Reyaz Dar of LeT and his associates in the village. However, the operation was later called off.

SFs including 55 RR and SOG Awantipora cordon off Khandaypora, Awantipora in Pulwama District. They had information about presence of Reyaz Naiku of HM and his associates in the village. However, the operation was later called off.

SFs including 42 RR and SOG Awantipora cordon off Batpora, Noorpora, Tral in Awantipora area of Pulwama District. They had information about presence of some militants in the area. The troops also cordoned off Ratsuna in Tral area of Awantipora. However, the operations at these places were later called off.

A soldier was injured in a mine explosion in forward area of Mankote sector in Poonch District. Official sources said that Naik Deepak Singh of 15 Mahar Regiment received serious injuries in his legs when a land mine exploded as he over stepped it while patrolling. The injured soldier was rushed to unit hospital and then shifted to Military Hospital, Rajouri.

January 11

Two militants were killed by the Army as it foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Poonch sector in Poonch District. An Army spokesman said the troops present along the LoC detected movement of two terrorists along the Betar Nala in the wee hours of January 10 and engaged them with heavy automatic fire. “While one terrorist was eliminated by afternoon of January 10 the second was eliminated today (January 11),” he said. He said the bodies of the slain terrorists and their weapons lie on the LoC.

CM Mehbooba Mufti said that 4088 missing persons and terrorists belonging to J&K, who had crossed the borders, are still in Pakistan and PoK. She was responding to the question of BJP MLA from Jammu East, Rajesh Gupta, in the Legislative Assembly. “As per the figures of the Home Department, 4088 missing persons and terrorists are still camping/residing in Pakistan and PoK”, she said. It is pertinent to mention here that during peak of militancy in this State huge number of misguided youth had crossed over the borders to get arms training in the camps established in different parts of Pakistan and PoK by the outfits of terrorists and ISI, Pakistan's external intelligence agency.

January 12

Intelligence agencies have identified 12 active terror launch pads with 300 terrorists in Pakistan. The launch pads were identified as Balakot, Garhi Habibullah, Batrasi, Mashar-e-Akshah, Abdullah bin Mausam, Dalai, Chela Bandi, Kotli, Dungi, Gulpar, Barali and Mandakuli. According to an intelligence report there are "reception" areas within Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, where these terrorists would be received. The reception areas where the terrorists meet their handlers, who provide them logistics and money, are Lojab Valley, Rajwar forest, Bandipora, Kazikund, Rafiabad and Naugam.

January 13

The BSF foiled major infiltration attempt by a group of four to six militants, trying to infiltrate into the Indian Territory, along the IB in Samba sector in Samba District by killing one of them and forcing others to retreat to Pakistan. Official sources said the BSF troops observed the movement of four to six militants, who were moving towards the Indian Territory along Tarnah Nullah between Samba and Hiranagar sectors on the IB. As the alert BSF troops challenged the militants, after heavy exchange of firing one of the militants was killed on spot while others were reported to have retreated to Pakistan taking cover of darkness in the area. The BSF didn’t suffer any casualties in the encounter.

SFs busted a militant hideout and recovered cache of arms and ammunition in Charmar area of Surankote in Poonch District. Acting on tip off, police and army launched joint operation in Charmar area of Surankote and recovered the cache of arms and ammunition from an underground dump, which included two AK 56, two Chinese pistols, two RPG guns, four HE 36 grenades, 10 AK magazines, 302 AK ammunition, LMG ammunition 88, sniper ammunition 12, one wireless set damaged, one bayonet cover, three pistol magazines, two pistols ammunition, three M 16 Rocket and one 51 motor ammunition.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat made it clear that more surgical strikes cannot be ruled out as India has the “right to retaliate” if Pakistan does not react positively to offers of peace. General Rawat also said India needs to “wait and watch” the Pakistani response in Jammu and Kashmir. He accepted that challenges of proxy war, insurgency and terrorism will keep India embroiled for “years to come”. The General said the DGMOs of both sides have spoken to each other and want peace and tranquillity along the LoC. The two officers spoke on November 23, 2016 and since then there has been relative peace along the LoC, he said. Asked if surgical strikes conducted along the LoC, and operations conducted in Myanmar, would now be part of the doctrine, the Army chief said, “We have told the adversary to accept peace and in case that offer is not reciprocated this method of operations (surgical strikes) shall continue”. He also said the aim is to ensure peace and tranquillity and it (surgical strike) shall not be needed if there is peace.

January 14

The separatists in J&K have further scaled down their ongoing agitation by restricting the strike call to every Friday and have asked people to observe a 'black day' on Republic Day. In a fresh protest programme issued late last night (January 14), the separatists - hardline APHC-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate APHC-M chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik - asked the people to observe strike only on Fridays. In view of Republic Day, the separatists have called for a shutdown on Thursday (January 19) as well this week. They have also called for joint protest on Monday (January 16) after the afternoon prayer.

January 16

Three LeT militants were killed in an encounter with SFs at Awoora village in Pahalgam area of Anantnag District. Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of three LeT militants, ‘commander’ Adil, Masood and Abid, hiding in the village, Army’s 3rd RR and SOG launched a search operation in the area on January 15. An army official said as the SFs were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them and the SFs retaliated. The exchange of fire went on till late in the evening after which it was halted for the night, the official said, adding it was resumed in the wee hours today and the three militants were killed in the gunfight. Three AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the encounter site, the official said adding the operation has been called off.

January 17

The three militants killed in the overnight gun battle with SFs in Anantnag District of J&K on January 16, were affiliated with HM and were identified as Abid Sheikh, son of Farooq Sheikh, resident of Satkipora Srigufwara, Maqsood Ahmad Sheikh alias Masoom, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Bewoora Srigufwara, and Adil Reshi, son of Mushtaq Ahmad, resident of Iqbal Mohalla in Bijbehara. Three AK-47 rifles, 9 magazines, 80 rounds and 3 pouches were recovered from the encounter site. Police said that Adil Reshi was involved in number of incidents. Adil along with Amir Nabi alias Ibn Qasim was involved in attack on SDPO Bijbehara and his PSO on 24th of December 2015. The 1-Sector Commander of RR Brigadier R Chakraborty stated, "It is a major success as their moving freely and preparing a video, in which they were playing with snow, appeared that they were challenging us." The Commander urged the rest of the militants of the group to join mainstream. "I urge rest of the three militants to surrender and join mainstream", he said. He further said that they were all A category militants with one each being A++ and A+. "They are part of a six member militant group that recently appeared in a video playing in snow. We ensured that there is no collateral damage during the encounter", he added.

A man allegedly trying to sneak into the Nagrota Army camp in Jammu District was shot and injured before being arrested. "During last night, an unidentified man was found moving suspiciously near the fence of the Nagrota Army camp along the banks of river Tawi," a Defence spokesman said.

JKP has turned into an important force in fighting militancy and modernization of the force has become imperative to enhance capacity of the force, stated DGP, Dr. S. P. Vaid in the meeting of the 16th CCTNS Empowered Committee for implementation of CCTNS Project held at PHQ in Jammu District. In order to make the department high-tech, we are focussing on high security capacity building in future. Special focus is given on technical up-gradation to enhance the capabilities of the force in order to commensurate with the modern requirements, he added.

January 18

SFs arrested Arzoo Bashir, a militant of HM, from Tral area in Pulwama District. Sources said that the SFs conducted an operation in Tral area during which they arrested the HM militant who was active in the area and one pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

January 19

A LeT militant was killed in an encounter with SFs in Bandipora District. Acting on specific intelligence inputs that there might be militants hiding in Parray Mohalla in the Hajin area, SFs launched a search operation in the village. As the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militant opened fire on them. In the ensuing encounter, the LeT militant Abu Musaib was killed and a SOG soldier was also injured in the brief encounter, Police said.

January 20

Militants hurled a grenade on a Police party in Narbal area in Budgam District. The grenade exploded on the road causing minor damage to a Police vehicle. Police and Army launched an operation and laid a naka at Narbal crossing on National Highway against the militants responsible for the grenade blast.

The security agencies defused an old live shell which was recovered from a pond at Kharote village in Kathua District. A Police spokesman said that a villager noticed a shell lying in the marshy pond and informed Police and the Army and it was defused by the security agencies.

January 21

Life was affected in several parts of Srinagar, as authorities imposed restrictions amid shutdown to thwart protests called by separatists on the 27th anniversary of Gaw Kadal killings. Over 50 persons were killed on this day of 1990 when security forces opened fire at Gaw Kadal on a procession. To mark the anniversary, the separatists had called for a shutdown and protests. In view of the separatists call, a complete shutdown was observed in Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal, Maisuma, Amira Kadal, Jehangir Chowk, Basant Bagh and Habba Kadal markets.

January 22

SFs cordoned off Fatehgarh Sheeri area in Baramulla District, after inputs about presence of militants in the area. Reports said that around 30 people were detained for questioning and majority of them have been let off. However, a Police official said that few of them who are OGWs are being questioned.

January 23

The Army in a joint operation with JKP busted a suspected militant hideout and seized a huge cache of arms, ammunition and war-like stores in the Hilnar area of Chhatru tehsil in Kishtwar District. The team came upon a suspicious natural cave, whereupon, on further probing and digging, forces recovered one AK-47, one Pistol with Magazine (Chinese), one UBGL, seven Grenades of UBGL, two Chinese Hand Grenades, three AK-47 Magazines, 428 rounds of 7.62mm AK-47 and two Kenwood Radio Sets (Transistor TH 28A 144MH).

January 24

SFs launched a search operation against a group of militants in Ganderbal District. They said 5 RR and SOG of J&K launched a joint operation at Handoora village in Ganderbal following a tip-off about the presence of militants.

Two top militants of the LeT outfit were killed in a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Ganderbal District. Following a tip off about the presence of militants in Hadoora, Shuhama area in Ganderbal District, Police from Srinagar and Ganderbal along with 5-RR and CRPF cordoned off the area and launched the search operation. “The hiding militants opened fire on joint search party which was retaliated, triggering an encounter during which two militants of LeT were killed. Two AK-47 rifles, one grenade, six magazines and 180 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from the encounter site”, SSP, Ganderbal, Imtiaz Ismail Parray, said. The two LeT militants have been identified as Qari Hanzullah and Anas Bilal and both of them were residents of Pakistan. They were associates of top LeT ‘commander’ Abu Hurraira who is operating from Dachigam area in the outskirts of Srinagar for last several years. They were operating in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts since January 22, 2013 and had recently started coordinating with HM.

SFs averted a major tragedy after they detected and defused an IED on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad National Highway in Baramulla District. Sources said that on receiving specific input of planting of IED at Srinagar- Muzaffarabad national highway a joint operation by 53 Bn of the CRPF, SOG Baramulla, was launched and an IED of around 10 kilograms was recovered.

A Policeman was injured as militants hurled a grenade at a Police party at Haal Pulwama and fired at them. Police had established a naka at Haal when militants attacked them. Massive operations have been launched in the area against the militants.

Army and BSF foiled two major infiltration attempts, along the LoC and IB killing a top Pakistani militant and arrested another while three other infiltrators managed to escape back to PoK following effective retaliatory firing brought down by the troops. Official sources stated that the troops observed movement of a group of four militants along LoC in Dadal Maneka area of Sunderbani sector in Rajouri District when they were trying to infiltrate into the Indian Territory along with a consignment of heavy arms, ammunition and explosive material. Immediately after the gunfight, troops conducted searches along LoC in Sunderbani sector and recovered the body of the slain militant who was believed to be a top Pakistani militant.

The BSF thwarted another infiltration attempt along the IB in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil in Jammu District when they captured a Pakistani national alive soon after he entered into the Indian Territory. The captured person reportedly disclosed his identity as Mohammad Ahmad (35), son of Mohammad Aneef, a resident of Kot Din Dhan in Sialkot District of Pakistan. He was carrying some currency with him when he was captured.

January 25

Unidentified militants opened fire at a Police picket at Gofabal in Kulgam District. Police returned the fire, forcing the militants to flee from the place. No casualties were reported in the incident.

SFs detected an IED planted by militants at Batamaloo area in Srinagar District. The IED was later safely defused.

January 26

A cordon and search operation was launched by the SFs in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, after an explosion, believed to be grenade thrown by militants, occurred near local Police Station without causing any damage. However, no one was arrested during the search operation.

SFs conducted search and cordon operations at Hassanwadi and Badibagh villages in Pulwama, after receiving inputs about the presence of militants.  During the searches, locals came out of their houses and pelted stones on forces and hampered the search operations. Police fired teargas shells and chased away the stone-pelting mobs. The search operations were later called off.

January 30

SFs busted a hideout of unidentified militant and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition at Tranz area in Shopian District. SFs recovered one SLR, which was snatched by militants from guard at Samnoo Kulgam in October last year (2016), two magazines of SLR, 37 SLR rounds, two RPG, one grenade, 503 AK rounds, one AK magazine, one ammunition pouch, one solar charger, one charger pin and a small black pouch containing medicines from the militant hideout.

Over 200 persons were killed in unrests in 2008, 2010 and 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Government told Legislative Assembly. CM Mehbooba Mufti, in a written reply, told the House that 76 civilians and two Police personnel were killed in “law and order disturbances” in the Valley in 2016. In 2010, 101 persons were killed and 4,288 others, including SFs, injured, she said. Mehbooba said 46 persons were killed and 1,265 others, including SFs, were injured in 2008. In 2016, as many as 8,587 persons were arrested, out of which 8,473 have been released till January 21, the Chief Minister informed. In addition, 522 persons were booked under the J&K PSA, and 265 persons among 1,978 booked in the recent unrest, were still under detention as on January 21, she stated. Further, Mehbooba said as many as 133 buildings, including Police Stations and schools, were damaged or set ablaze during the “law and order disturbances” in the Valley last year and 213 persons were arrested in this connection. She said 2,655 cases have been registered in various police stations across Kashmir since July 8 last year.

January 31

Four persons were injured after SFs fired to disperse protesters in Samboora village of Pampore area in Pulwama District. An Army party conducted a search operation in the Samboora village of Pampore area and people started stone pelting on them and they fired injuring four persons.

SFs cordoned off Heff Shermal area of Shopian District and launched searches. However, as the searches were underway, locals came out of their houses pelted stones on SFs. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse the locals hampering the operation. Later the search operation was called off.

Pakistan army again resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages in Shahpur sector of Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward areas in Shahpur at 9 pm, prompting the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing continued, however, there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side. Sources said Pakistan army was trying to push a group of militants into the Indian side from the LoC. The shelling was aimed at facilitating the infiltration attempt, they added.

February 1

Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, stressed for high level of alertness and vigil along the LoC and to foil the nefarious designs of militants and their masters across. While interacting with the troops and the Commanders at 19 Division headquarters in Baramulla and 28 Mountain Division in Kupwara, General Rawat stressed for alertness along the LoC to foil the infiltration attempts from across. He stressed for terminating infiltration attempts right on the LoC so that peace is restored in Jammu and Kashmir.

February 2

SFs detected and defused an IED on the Srinagar-Jammu NH in Pampore area in Pulwama District. A patrol party of Police detected the IED planted by terrorists between Kadlabal and Chursoo section of the NH and later the bomb disposal squad destroyed the explosive.

The BSF foiled a major infiltration attempt by the militants on the IB in Samba sector of Samba District, in which the SF personnel had a very narrow escape in three UBG thrown by the militants on them in a bid to enter into this side. According to the sources, the grenade attacks and firing by the militants was to be followed by the infiltration attempt. However, finding the BSF troops on very high alert on the IB, the militants retreated to Pakistan.

Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on forward Indian posts and villages in Baba Khori area of Nowshera sector along the LoC in Rajouri District. Sources said Pakistani troops started shelling forward areas in Baba Khori area of Nowshera at 6.20 pm, prompting the Indian side to retaliate. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing continued for about half an hour. However, there were no reports of any casualties or damage on the Indian side so far.

February 3

Police and paramilitary CRPF recovered a cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation in Ganderbal District. A joint party of Police and 118 BN (Battalion) CRPF busted a militant hideout in Fraw area of Gund tehsil of the District. SFs recovered two AK 47 magazines, 32 rounds, a 5-kilograms gas cylinder and few biscuit packets were recovered during the operation.

SFs arrested a LeT militant from Nowpora Payeen village of Lassipora in Pulwama District. Police said that based upon specific input, SFs including Police and Army’s 55 RR launched a cordon and search operation at Nowpora area of the District, during which a local militant identified as Manzoor Ahmad was arrested, along with one pistol, two pistol rounds, 36 AK rounds, one Chinese grenade, two pistol magazines, one pouch and first aid kit, from the possession of the arrested militant. During the cordon and search operation, locals came out of their houses and pelted stone on Police and Army. Police fired several teargas shells on protesters and also resorted to aerial firing to break up the stone pelting protest. However, no protester was injured in the clashes and later the cordon was lifted by forces.

February 4

Police and SFs thwarted a major terrorist action by killing two HM militants in an encounter in Sopore area in Baramulla District. SFs launched an operation in Amargarh area in Sopore following information about presence of militants in the area. When challenged, the militants lobbed a grenade and fired upon the Police party in which SP operation Baramulla, Shafqat Hussain and SI, Mohammad Murtaza were injured. Two AK series rifles, one pistol, four hand grenades and other arms and ammunition was recovered from the encounter site. The two militants have been identified as Azhar Khan of Kupwara and Sajjad Ahmed Lone, a resident of Eidipora Bomai in Sopore. Sajjad had gone to Pakistan in March 2016 via Wagah border.

February 5

A Pakistani infiltrator was arrested by the BSF personnel from the IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. Official sources said Jawans on duty observed suspicious movement across the IB near Balhad Post along Basantar River in Ramgarh sector this afternoon. They rushed and challenged the suspect, who had intruded deep inside the Indian Territory and arrested Mansheer (25), a resident of Kingra Morh in Sabekote area of Pakistan.

February 6

The BSF thwarted an intrusion bid at IB, which originated from Pakistan side, in Samba sector in Samba District, followed by heavy mortar shelling and firing in the forward areas. Official sources said a group of heavily armed militants reached close to the IB on Pakistan side taking advantage of undulating ground in Samba sector and opened heavy firing on the BSF personnel deployed on duty mound in forward areas with automatic weapons. The BSF personnel swiftly organized coordinated effected fire over the militants and forced them to retreat to Pakistan.

February 7

Police said it have arrested miscreants who pelted stones on vehicles at Baramulla town last week. "In the evening of February 4 (Saturday) a group of miscreants boarding three vehicles appeared in Baramulla market near Karripa Park and started pelting stones on vehicles and created law and order problem," a Police spokesman said. He said all these miscreants were detained and a case was registered in Baramulla Police Station.

Sub-Judge/Judicial Magistrate first Class, Rajesh Kumar ID Abrol of Chadoora in Budgam District, denied bail to two militants of HM outfit. According to the prosecution case, the militants identified as Younis Bashir of Checkpora and Adil Ahmed of Lasjan were arrested under Sections 419, 506, 387, 511 and 120B RPC at Nowgam Police Station on the basis of the complaint filed by Mohammad Amin Bhat of Checkpora. These militants were demanding INR 500,000 from the complainant for HM outfit with the warning that he and his family will face the consequences of death if the complainant failed to follow their directive.

The J&K Police has prepared a report, warning about the possibility of a 'more dangerous repetition of 2016' after March and highlighted the 'lack of the preparedness to handle such crisis on part of the civil administration and Police'. DG of the J&K Police SP Vaid confirmed that there were reports of 'possible unrest after March' but maintained that Police was ready to handle any 'law and order' situation, adding that APHC leaders who lead such agitations were to be 'squarely blamed' for the consequences. The report submitted to the chief minister's office in January sees joint APHC leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer and Yasin Malik as a 'threat to peace' and their 'unification on Pakistan's insistence a trouble'. "The mass contact programme of Hurriyat leaders and their meetings with their small constituents are a matter of concern. And by reaching out to victims of the 2016 unrest, they are reaching out to the common man and thus preparing the ground for another unrest," the report said.

February 8

Sunderbani Police arrested nine persons along with two weapons (.12 bore guns), in Rajouri District and busted a racket involved in making fake gun licenses and recovered 13 such licenses from their possession.

February 10

During a joint operation by the Army and the Police, a major terrorist hideout was busted at Mislai Bonjwah area in Kishtwar District of J&K. SFs recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the location, which included one AK-47 rifle with 450 rounds, 224 Pika ammunitions, one UBGL, two UBGL ammunitions and one binocular.

CRPF and SOG arrested a militant from Janbazpora area in Baramulla District. Police said that a local militant, Irshad Ahmad Khwaja, a resident of Seelo village, was arrested after specific information by a team of SOG of J&K Police and 53 BN CRPF. One pistol, two magazines and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession.

February 12

Eight persons including four militants, two Army personnel and equal number of civilians were killed and around 24 civilians were injured in an encounter followed by clashes in Kulgam District. Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Nagbal, Frisal area of the District, Kulgam Police along with 1-RR and 18th Battalion of CRPF cordoned off the suspected house and started the search operation, Police said. The four militants killed in the encounter were identified as Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Checki Dessand, Mohammad Younis Lone of Hawoora, both were HM militants and Mudisir Ahmad Tantary alias Assim of Redwani Kulgam and Wakeel Ahmad Thoker of Hadigam, both were LeT militants. Two AK rifles, two pistols, one INSAS rifle and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site. Further, people in the area came out in street as the encounter was in progress and pelted stones on SFs near the encounter site. The SFs fired teargas and pellets in which around two dozen persons were injured, out of which one Mushtaq Ibrahim Itoo succumbed to his injuries.

February 13

Pakistan army violated ceasefire along the LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri District, targeting forward Indian posts with small and automatic weapons and mortars. "The Indian side effectively retaliated, leading to heavy exchanges that continued for some time," sources said, adding that there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side in Pakistan shelling and firing. Casualties or damages, if any, on the other side were not known.

Normal life was affected in Jammu and Kashmir, due to a shutdown called by the separatists against the killing of two civilians and four militants in an encounter in Kulgam District of South Kashmir while curfew like restrictions were imposed in parts of South Kashmir. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Srinagar and Public transport was mostly off the roads. However, some vehicles were plying.

February 14

Two top LeT 'commanders' were among four militants and four soldiers including an Army Major killed while six soldiers and a civilian were injured in two separate gun battles in North Kashmir. Sources said that on a tip-off, Army, SOG of JKP and CRPF launched a joint search operation at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District. They said that as the SFs were sealing the area, militants hiding in the village opened fire on troops and hurled hand grenades. The SFS returned the fire killing one militant who has been identified as Abu Haris, a top 'commander' of LeT. Srinagar based Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col Rajesh Kalia identified the Army men killed in the gun battle as Dharmendera Kumar of Pataliya, Uttarakhand; Rifleman Ravi Kumar of Meen Sarkar Tabela of Samba and Gunner Astosh Kumar of Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Three militants were killed and an Army Major was injured in Handwara area in Kupwara District. SFs received information about presence of three-four militants in Khan Mohalla Hajin Kralgund area of Handwara's Kupwara District. Major S Dhaiya, who was leading the operation, succumbed to his injuries. One of the killed militants has been identified as Abu Darda, a top 'commander' of LeT and the identity of other two is being ascertained.

Three Pakistan army personnel were killed in heavy exchange of firing between Indo-Pak troops in Thoob area of Bhimber sector opposite Sunderbani in Rajouri District along the LoC. Pakistan army has confirmed the killing of their three personnel.

Army and Police averted two major terror attacks by timely detecting and defusing an IED, planted by the militants near Bhimber Gali on Jammu-Poonch road and recovering huge quantity of weaponry in Mendhar sector of Poonch District. A Bomb Disposal Squad later defused the IED.

A joint team of Army and Police busted a hideout of the militants in Chajla forest area of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch District and recovered large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives. Recoveries included one Pika Machine Gun with 90 belted rounds, one AK-74 rifle, one AK-47 rifle, two UBGL launchers, 22 UBGL grenades, two Chinese grenades, one I Com radio set and antenna and 500 rounds of AK-47. Later, SFs also undertook search operations in Chajla forest area but the militants remained untraced.

The BSF pre-empted a major terror strike by detecting a tunnel originating from Pakistan and opening up just about 20 meters ahead of border fencing inside the Indian Territory in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. The tunnels had been dug beneath the border fencing to facilitate infiltration by the militants. "The tunnel was under construction when the BSF detected it during major anti-tunneling measures taken along the International Border following very specific inputs that the militants were being trained for infiltration at Rattu training camp in PoK," official sources said.

February 15

Police and para-military forces heavily deployed in Kulgam District foiled separatists' March in the District. Separatist leaders had called for protest March to Kulgam against the civilian killings during an encounter at Frisal in the District on February 12. Four militants, two civilians and two Army men were killed in the encounter. All entry routes towards Kulgam were sealed off and curfew like restrictions were imposed in the District. The situation remained peaceful and under control, and no protest March or clashes were reported from anywhere in the town. There were clashes in Pulwama as protesters pelted stones on Police and CRPF, who, in retaliation, fired tear smoke to disperse them. And in Srinagar city, there was a complete shutdown and most of shops and business establishments also remained closed. The areas like Old City and Maisuma witnessed shutdown.

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was arrested to prevent him from marching towards Kulgam. APHC-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed house arrest to prevent him venturing out to take part in protest march towards Kulgam.

The BSF seized a wireless set from the IB in Londi area of Hiranagar sector in Kathua District. "The wireless set resembled to the one that was seized by police from near the border in Kathua few days after the terror attack on Nagrota Army camp on November 30,2016,'' official sources said. Sources added that a civilian Ashwani Kumar of Londi was spraying his field when he spotted the wireless set and informed the BSF officials, who rushed to the spot and seized the set.

Police identified the militants who were killed in the encounter at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District on February 14, as LeT 'commander' Abu Darda alias Shafiq, operating in North Kashmir between 2008 and 2010 and later he ex-filtrated to Pakistan and again infiltrated in 2016 and was operating in Handwara and Kupwara areas of North Kashmir, while the other two militants have been identified as Abu Maviya and Abu Saad.

Police detained three persons during separate raids in North Kashmir. Sources said that Showkat Ahmad Lone, Mohammad Azam Dar, both residents of Kachloo Kralgund and Tanveer Ahmad Bhat of Trichoo Rafiabad were picked up in separate raids by Police for questioning regarding the encounter at Parray Mohalla Hajan in Bandipora District on February 14.

Army chief Bipin Rawat, warned those attacking SFs during anti-militancy operations of "tough action", as the hostile conduct of locals was causing higher casualties in the Kashmir valley. The stern message from Rawat came a day after three soldiers faced heavy stone-pelting at Parray Mohalla of Bandipora when they were about to launch an operation against militants holed up there. Alerted by the stone-pelters, the militants got an opportunity to fire hand grenades and empty a few magazines from AK-rifles into the advancing troopers, leaving three jawans dead and some others, including a Commanding Officer of CRPF, injured. One terrorist managed to flee the area. General Rawat said SFs in J&K were facing higher casualties due to the manner in which the local population was preventing them from conducting the operations and "at times even supporting the terrorists to escape". "We would now request the local population that people who have picked up arms, and they are the local boys, if they want to continue with the acts of terrorism, displaying flags of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Pakistan, then we will treat them as anti-national elements and go helter-skelter for them. They may survive today but we will get them tomorrow. Our relentless operations will continue," the Army chief said, sending out a stern message to those who support militants.

February 16

Militants fired gunshots and forcibly entered into Jammu and Kashmir Bank's Turkawangam Branch in Shopian District and decamped with INR 304,000 from the bank. Police said four militants were involved in the robbery. Police said that two out of four militants involved in the bank robbery have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Barburgh, Shopian and Zeenat-ul-Islam of Sugan, Zainapora Shopian. Tariq was identified by the INSAS he was carrying. Tariq was kept as guard outside while the other three went inside.

Militants fired gunshots and forcibly entered into Jammu and Kashmir Bank's Turkawangam Branch in Shopian District and decamped with INR 304,000 from the bank. Police said four militants were involved in the robbery. Police said that two out of four militants involved in the bank robbery have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Barburgh, Shopian and Zeenat-ul-Islam of Sugan, Zainapora Shopian. Tariq was identified by the INSAS he was carrying. Tariq was kept as guard outside while the other three went inside.

Authorities asked the public in Kashmir to stay away from the places of encounters between SFs and militants and decided to impose prohibitory orders in the radius of three kilometres from such sites in three Districts. The decision came a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned of tough action against those hampering counter- insurgency operations. "District Administrations of Srinagar, Budgam and Shopian advised people not to move towards or assemble near the places where encounters take place between security forces and militants to avoid loss and injuries to precious human lives," an official spokesman said. "Prohibitory restrictions have been imposed within the radius of three kilometers from the site of any counter- insurgency operation in these districts," the spokesman added.

February 17

Two Police personnel were injured when Militants hurled a grenade on a Police party in Nowgam area of Srinagar. Police said that militants hurled grenade on the Police party and ran away under the cover of darkness.

A militant was arrested in a joint operation by Police, Army and CRPF in Srinagar. The militant was identified as Irshad Ahmad Bhat of Wailoo, Pattan in North Kashmir. "The accused offender Irshad has been an active militant of HM terrorist outfit who had joined militant ranks after killing of his militant father Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in inter gang rivalry in year 2015", SSP Baramulla, Imtiaz Hussain, said. One AK series rifle, 2 AK magazines, one Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, four hand grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the possession of the militant.

Protesters clashed with SFs in Srinagar and Sopore, after youth pelted stones on them post Friday prayers. After the culmination of congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of the city, locals took to the streets to protest against the civilian killings in Kashmir. They pelted stones on the SFs, who were deployed there. Police and CRPF intercepted the protesters, triggering clashes. SFs fired several rounds of tear-gas canisters to disperse the protesters.

February 19

Two persons were injured in a low intensity blast in a house at village Sungri in Mahore in Reasi District. According to SSP Reasi, Tahir Sajjad Bhat, the blast took place around 11.30 AM in the house of Shabir Ahmad, when he was cleaning the junk on the roof top. In the blast, Shabir Ahmed received injuries in hand while his brother-in-law Bashir Ahmed, resident of Sar Mahore, who was also present at the scene, sustained injuries in his leg.

A militant was arrested after he fired at the CRPF camp in Nawdal village of Tral in Pulwama District. A Police official said that Mohammad Maqbool Ganaie of Lam Tral fired at the 180 Battalion of CRPF camp at Nawdal before attempting to lob a grenade. The official said that a pistol and a grenade were recovered from his possession and no casualties were reported in the firing. Ganaie had joined militancy in 2007 and later surrendered before SFs in the same year after remaining active for seven months. He was jailed for three years after his surrender but was released in 2010. Sources said that he had become active again and was arrested by the SFs.

February 20

A militant was killed by the BSF during an infiltration bid along the LoC in Rajouri District. Officials said the incident occurred around midnight when BSF troops deployed along the LoC fence in Keri sector of Rajouri detected some suspicious movement and a heavy exchange of fire ensued in which the militant was killed. During search the BSF party recovered the body of the militant along with an AK-47 rifle, six loaded magazines and a monocular night vision device from the Pakistan side. A black bag containing another loaded AK magazine, dry fruits and juice was also recovered. The identity of the militant is yet to be ascertained.

February 21

Three Kashmiri youth from Sopore in Baramulla District were arrested by Special Cell of Delhi. Three youth were identified as Yawar Muzaffar, Waseem Dar and Danish Dar of Batpora Sopore, who were wanted by Sopore Police in stone pelting cases, were evading arrest and had fled to Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir Police in Sopore after getting information about the presence of the trio in Delhi informed the Police who arrested them in a raid. A Police officer said that they were on the run and were instrumental in stone pelting incidents and protests in Sopore area.

February 22

At least three militants including 'district commander' of HM, fled from the cordon after stone pelting by locals on SFs during the operation in Kulgam District. Massive stone-pelting clashes erupted in two villages of the District as SFs launched search and cordon operations against a group of militants including HM 'commander', Altaf Ahmad Kachru. Sources said that Army's 1-RR, SOG of JKP and CRPF cordoned off Tarigam village of Kulgam District after receiving an input about the presence of three militants. Sources said that as the searches were started, the locals including women came out of their houses and held protests. The locals pelted stones on SFs involved in operations and tried to break the cordon to give safe passage to militants who were believed to be trapped inside.

Police fired teargas and fired gun shots in air to disperse the protesters. Clashes between the two sides continued for several hours and few persons were reported to be injured. Following the clashes, the cordon and search operation in the Tarigam village was called off and sources said that militants managed to flee from the cordon. Clashes also erupted at Qoimoh area of the District after SFs launched a cordon and search operation following information that the militants who fled Tarigam have taken shelter in nearby Makhdoom Mohalla locality of Qoimoh. SFs called off the operation at Qoimoh following clashes. Minor stone-pelting clashes were also reported from Kakpora area of Pulwama District. However, the situation there was brought under control by Police.

February 23

Three jawans and a woman were killed after terrorists attacked a patrolling party at Mulu Chitragam in Shopian District of J&K. Four other army personnel were injured in the ambush. The woman was killed in the cross-firing. The army personnel, who belonged to 44th RR, were returning from an operation at Kungnoo Shopian when the militants opened fire. The Police said one woman, identified as Taja, "was hit by a stray bullet inside her house during the cross fire". "She also succumbed to her injuries," said Police spokesman.

February 24

Stone-throwing clashes broke out in parts of summer capital Srinagar and in Sopore town of North Kashmir, after Friday prayers during which Police used teargas against stone-throwers. Witnesses said soon after the culmination of Friday congregational prayers, dozens of masked youth came out of Jama Masjid in Nowhatta and started sloganeering. Amid sloganeering, the masked youth pelted stones on SFs deployed in the area and clashed with them for nearly an hour. Later, the clashes spilled over to nearby neighbourhoods and Police used dozens of teargas shells against the stone-throwers at Saraf Kadal and Rajouri Kadal localities. The clashes continued for several hours.

Similar clashes raged soon after Friday prayers culminated at Jama Masjid in northern Sopore town of Baramulla District. Masked youth resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SF personnel in Jama Masjid area and the forces retaliated by lobbing teargas canisters. Police said no one was injured during post-Friday clashes.

February 25

SFs arrested 12 persons on stone pelting charges during which 15 persons were injured in Pulwama town in Pulwama District. A shutdown was observed in Pulwama town amid stone-throwing clashes against arrest of a shopkeeper. A Police official said the arrested shopkeeper, Bilal Ahmad Mir, is a stone-pelter and was held on charges of stone-throwing in the town. Protesters came out of their houses and pelted stones on SFs in the town. The clashes continued throughout the day and security men lobbed dozens of teargas shells to disperse the rock-hurlers. The protesters were seeking release of the arrested shopkeeper. Eight SF personnel were among 15 persons who were injured in these clashes. Police later detained 12 persons on charges of stone pelting during the clashes in Pulwama.

February 26

Army and Police laid an ambush in Ahmadpora-Tantraypora area of Magam in Budgam District in Central Kashmir. A joint party of 2 RR Gagarpora and SOG Magam laid the ambush late last night. One person was detained during the operation and shifted to Budgam. His identification couldn't be established. SFs also fired some gun shots in air as they had information about militant movement.

Shutdown was observed in twin Districts of Pulwama and Shopian to protest against the arrests of youth on February 25. Over 12 persons were arrested in Pulwama on charges of stone pelting from Pulwama on February 25.

February 27

CRPF DG K Durga Prasad said the paramilitary force had taken the decision of modifying the pellet guns to minimise injuries. The modified version of pellet guns will have a "deflector", an attachment on the muzzle end to prevent the pellets from going up. The force has tasked a special BSF workshop to deploy metal 'deflectors' on the muzzle of these guns so that shrapnels in the pellets do not hit above the abdomen region. CRPF troops deployed in Kashmir Valley have been asked to fire the pellets aiming at the feet of the protesters now as against laid down procedure of hitting the abdomen area.

The CRPF is moving back to its 'old mandate' in J&K, when it was sent there in 1989 for carrying out counter-insurgency operations aggressively, said CRPF DG K Durga Prasad. He said that "we (CRPF) are now not just doing normal law and order duty in Kashmir. We are engaged actively in intelligence based counter-terror operations where our men hunt down the militants in their den." Prasad said that CRPF was originally sent to J&K two decades back for counter-insurgency operations only. However, this role had been reduced to normal law and order duty in disturbed areas in last several years.

March 1

According to Intelligence agencies, stone-throwing protests in Kashmir, which picked up after militant leader Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with SFs July 2016, have now spread to rural regions. Report said that authorities are worried as they say the crowds in the countryside are more belligerent. Boys as young as four and five are participating in the stone-pelting, said an officer. After being caught, many of these kids reveal that they have no idea what they are involved in.

The Central Government has given a major push to equip the Army and central paramilitary forces with advanced weapons and equipment in anticipation of increased militant activity in Kashmir valley in summer. Intelligence agencies have hinted that militant activity may reach an all-time high this summer, people familiar with the matter said. This was the first time in over a decade that any Government has overhauled the entire weapon system of SFs deployed in the Valley, the people said.

SFs arrested a HM militant, identified as Hilal Ahmad Bhat from Dahwatoo in Awantipora area in Pulwama District. Two Chinese grenades, one camouflage uniform, one knife and some other incriminating material were also recovered from Bhat's possession, said Police. Bhat had joined the HM ranks recently, the official said adding a case under relevant sections of the RPC have been registered against him.

March 3

Two OGWs of JeM were arrested by the Police in Baramulla District. The Police also recovered two Chinese pistols from their possession. The arrest comes a month after the Police busted an OGW network of the JeM in Handwara and arrested three persons. The OGW network, which was operating since April 2015, was involved in various subversive activities and determined to target political workers, SFs installations and Police establishments. The operators were providing logistic support to the JeM militants and were close associates of a top commander of JeM.

One civilian was killed and four others, including one CRPF personnel were injured in a grenade attack on a CRPF party in Murran Chowk in Pulwama District. According to sources, militants lobbed a grenade at a CRPF party in Murran Chowk, resulting in injuries to four civilians and one CRPF personnel. One of the injured civilians, identified as Mohammad Ayub Wani succumbed to injuries at a hospital. However, militants fled after carrying out the attack.

Protesters clashed with Police and SFs at Ratnipora and Kakapora in Pulwama District after Friday prayers. Protesters pelted stones on SFs who responded by firing tear smoke.

Stone-throwing clashes and protests also erupted in parts of Srinagar and in North Kashmir's Sopore Town of Baramulla District after Friday congregational prayers. After culmination of Friday prayers, large number of youths came out of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area here and started sloganeering.

Stone-throwing clashes and protests also erupted in parts of Srinagar and in North Kashmir's Sopore Town of Baramulla District after Friday congregational prayers. After culmination of Friday prayers, large number of youths came out of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area here and started sloganeering.

Several separatist JKLF activists were held by Police after they held a sit-in protest at Budshah Chowk in Lal Chowk in Srinagar District post-Friday prayers. The held leaders were shifted to Central Jail Srinagar.

March 3-4

A joint operation between the Army and the SOG of J&K Police was launched against militants on March 3 evening and the encounter is still (March 4) underway in Chilli Pora village in Shopian District. Officials said that troops of 55 RR and SOG of J&K Police launched the operation after SFs received specific input about the militant presence in the village. Officials said they had input that two to three militants had been hiding in the village.

March 4

SFs had to call off anti-militancy operation in Shopian District of South Kashmir after militants holed up in a house managed to escape following intense protests and stone pelting from locals.

In an incident of terror, as many as 12 terrorists carried out a raid at a Policeman's house and proceeded to ransack it thoroughly, virtually trashing the establishment in Shopian District. The people affected had been too terror-stricken to take the complaint to authorities initially as they feared being attacked again. Militants have been targeting Policemen in Kashmir as they have been maintaining law and order despite repeated protests welling-up in the region. Militants have warned cops to not obey orders from their superiors and to let the situation deteriorate.

March 4-5

At least two militants, identified as Aqib Molvi of Tral and Umar of Pakistan and one J&K Police constable, identified as Manzoor Ahmad Naik of Uri were killed while an Army major and four CRPF personnel were injured during an encounter between SFs and militants which started on March 4 evening in Shikargah in Tral in Pulwama District. According to reports, the house where the militants were hiding has been demolished by the SFs. The identity of the militants hasn't been revealed yet. However, at least two HM terrorists, including the right hand man of slain Hizbul 'commander' Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, were believed to be trapped in the encounter, sources said.

As the news about the encounter spread in the area, a law and order problem erupted, with civilians pelting stone at the SFs. One assailant hit an ASI and snatched his AK-47 rifle before disappearing into the crowd. A separate operation is on to recover the weapon. A top officer said, "Security forces were stopped by civilians. Resistance was shown. We had to rush in reinforcement. An ASI of CRPF was injured his weapon snatched by (the) belligerent crowd."

March 5

J&K saw a three-fold increase in cases of rioting and a substantial rise in arson cases in 2016 which also witnessed five-month-long unrest after killing of terrorist Burhan Wani, official data of Crime Branch of State Police showed. According to data, J&K has witnessed as many as 3,404 cases of rioting in 2016 as compared to 1,157 such cases in 2015, an increase of 2,247. Similarly, Police registered as many as 267 cases of arson in 2016 as compared to 147 such cases in 2015, thereby showing an increase of 120 during the period, it said.

Officials of the Crime Branch point towards this increase because of the 2016 unrest in Kashmir Valley for five months following killing of HM 'militant commander' Burhan Wani in July 2016. There has also been an increase of 143 cases of attempt to murder from 2015 to 2016. As many as 573 cases of attempt to murder have been registered in 2016 as compared to 430 such cases in 2015. There has also been an increase in murder cases. As many as 140 cases of murder were registered in 2016 as compared to 133 such cases in 2015, it said. The statistics reveal there has been no custodial death in 2016 and 2015.

Officials of the Crime Branch point towards this increase because of the 2016 unrest in Kashmir Valley for five months following killing of HM 'militant commander' Burhan Wani in July 2016. There has also been an increase of 143 cases of attempt to murder from 2015 to 2016. As many as 573 cases of attempt to murder have been registered in 2016 as compared to 430 such cases in 2015. There has also been an increase in murder cases. As many as 140 cases of murder were registered in 2016 as compared to 133 such cases in 2015, it said. The statistics reveal there has been no custodial death in 2016 and 2015.

Of the total 2,690 incidents of stone pelting, North Kashmir accounts for the highest number of 1,248 incidents followed by 875 incidents in South Kashmir and 567 in Central Kashmir, according to official data of State Home Ministry. Sopore, which is part of Baramulla District, has recorded the highest number of 492 incidents of stone pelting during the unrest, while the total number of such incidents in the entire Baramulla District is 810, the data said. Baramulla is followed by Srinagar and Kupwara Districts with 339 such incidents each reported, it said adding 271 such incidents took place in Anantnag District, followed by 264 in Pulwama, 173 in Shopian, 167 in Kulgam, 163 in Budgam, 109 in Bandipora and only 65 in Ganderbal District.

A day after HM 'deputy chief' Sabzar Ahmad along with some of his associates escaped from an encounter site in Tral area in Pulwama District of South Kashmir, CRPF has admitted that stone pelting is hampering anti-militancy operations in the Valley and many militants have escaped from the encounter sites during the clashes. "The stone pelting is hampering our anti-militancy operations," said IG CRPF (Operations), Zulfikar Hassan. At least six CRPF personnel, including an officer, were injured on March 4 evening, in Hayena area of Tral in Pulwama District when locals pelted stones on Police, paramilitary and army men, who were laying siege around the village to conduct operation to flush out a group of militants hiding there. An INSAS assault rifle of a CRPF officer was snatched by the mob after injuring him. During the clashes between locals and security men, the HM 'deputy chief' Sabzar Ahmad along with some of his associates managed to escape from the area, Police sources said.

March 6

SFs faced protests at Pinjoora area in Pulwama District of South Kashmir, where they had gone to conduct search operations after receiving inputs about presence of the militants. Later, the operation was called off after no militant was found. Asked what measures have been taken to prevent protests and stone pelting at encounter sites, IG CRPF said, "The local administration is taking steps to prevent people from staging protests and pelting stones on security men during anti-militancy operations in the Valley."

However, despite these measures intense stone pelting takes place at some places during the encounters, Hassan said. According to him, most of the stone pelting incidents during anti-militancy operations have taken place in South Kashmir.

Pakistan-based terror groups finance terrorism in J&K by generating millions in donations through their charity organisations, said Atul Goel, SP, NIA. Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a charity run by terror outfits JuD and LeT, and Al Rehmat Trust, backed by another terrorists group JeM, have been supporting terrorists and funding terrorism in Kashmir, said Atul Goel, addressing a session at the 19th Asian Security Conference on 'Combating Terrorism: Evolving an Asian Response' in New Delhi. Goel said the NIA was looking into the activities of JuD, LeT and JeM and also the working of trusts associated with them in Pakistan. "These outfits collect donations from people in Pakistan and then pass on the money to finance terrorism in Kashmir through their overground workers," he said.

An operation against militants was called off in the Newa area in Pulwama District after people took to the streets and threw stones during the counter-insurgency operation. The Army's 55 RR, the Police's SOG and the CRPF's 183 Battalion cordoned off the area around 10 p.m. on March 6. A tip-off suggested movement of LeT militants in the area. Police sources said the operation was called off at night when mosques in the area started blaring pro-freedom songs and residents from many adjacent villages marched towards the operation site.

 

March 7

Growing public interference in anti-militancy operations forced the SFs to call off two anti-militancy operations in south Kashmir in the past 24 hours. A search-and-cordon team of the Army and the Police came under heavy stone throwing in Mohamadpora village in Kulgam District, thus delaying the operation. Police sources said the residents started throwing stones as the SFs were throwing a cordon after a tip-off about militants' presence. "Heavy teargas shelling was used to disperse protesters from the site," said a senior Police official. Several local people, including a woman, were injured in the process.

Mehmood Shah, an LeT spokesman, praised people for "ensuring the safety of the militants". "We won't let the people-militant bond to break. Till people are in the field, militants will continue to outsmart Indian troopers," said the LeT spokesman.

Mehmood Shah, an LeT spokesman, praised people for "ensuring the safety of the militants". "We won't let the people-militant bond to break. Till people are in the field, militants will continue to outsmart Indian troopers," said the LeT spokesman.

March 8

The J&K Police busted a HM module by arresting its three suspected members, identified as Reyaz Ahmad Wani, Ikhlaq Ahmad Khanday and Tawseeul-Nabi in Bemina area of Srinagar District. The Police recovered two pistols, two pistol Magazines, 20 rounds, four grenades, one wireless set and a packet of explosive substance from the militants. During preliminary investigation the trio said they were working with Jehangir, an active militant in Kishtwar, the Police said.

DGP of J&K, Shesh Paul Vaid, on March 8 warned terrorists to desist from attacking the families of Police personnel in Kashmir valley. DGP Vaid said: "Don't bring in families in this conflict, you too have families. If you harass our families we will do same to your families." The remarks came a day after some terrorists ransacked the house of a Police officer and asked the families to tell the officer to quit the job else face the consequences.

With the onset of spring and melting of snow, BSF warned of increased infiltration along the LoC but said it along with Army is alert to tackle it. IG, Subsidiary Training Centre (STC), BSF, Sushil Kumar Shinde, said in Srinagar that the infiltration of militants increases after melting of snow. "Definitely after melting of snow, infiltration increases because during snow accumulation, it is difficult for them (militants) to cross the LoC. But after melting of snow, the infiltration increases…," he said on the sidelines of a passing-out-parade at STC Humhama on city outskirts (Srinagar). However, the IG, BSF said that the infiltration could be prevented through alertness of Army and BSF. "Our alertness accordingly increases and (as a result) we are successful in securing our borders," he said and added that as far as preparation (to tackle infiltration) is considered, they are always ready (to curb militant infiltration).

March 9

Two militants were killed in a fierce gun battle broke out between SFs and LeT militants in Padgampora area of Pulwama District in the morning. "The slain militants have been identified as Jehangir Ganai and Mohammad Shafi alias Sher Gujri," a senior CRPF officer said, adding that Ganai was involved in the killing of a local Policeman last year (2016). SFs from the CRPF and SOG of J&K Police have started search operations and cordoned off the area where two-three militants of the group were holed up even. Army was deployed to carry out combing operations.

A fifteen year old teenager, identified as Amir Nazir was also killed by a bullet-hit when he was throwing stones to disrupt the anti-terror operations of SFs against two hiding LeT terrorists at Padgampora in Pulwama District, DGP of J&K, Shesh Paul Vaid said. Amir Nazir was part of a mob pelting stones when a bullet hit him in the neck. The incident happened despite Army chief Bipin Rawat's recent warning against those attacking SFs during anti-militancy operations of "tough action". The SFs came under intense attack from stone pelters, which forced them to open fire, leaving several injured.

Locals hit the streets and started pelting stones on SFs near the encounter site. Additional SFs have been rushed to the area, where locals are pelting stones to disrupt the operation. Sources said there could be two to three militants in the area. SFs have sealed all roads leading to the village, including from Awantipora to prevent people from moving towards the encounter site

A HM militant, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Seergojri was killed and an Army major injured in a shootout near Police Station in Bandipora in Bandipora District in the evening. A joint team of Army and SOG of J&K Police had laid a naka following specific inputs about the movement of militants. A militant who was travelling in a vehicle opened fire on Army in which Army Major was injured. In the retaliatory fire, the militant was gunned down. One pistol and a grenade were recovered from his possession.

The authorities placed separatist Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders, including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Mehrajudin, Mohd Ashraf Laaya and Umer Adil Dar under house arrest following a strike called by them against the killing of civilian. Security has also been intensified to prevent violence in Kashmir.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep anguish and grief over the killing of a 15 year old Amir Nazir in Padgampora village of Pulwama District. Extending her sympathies to the bereaved, the Chief Minister said it was highly unfortunate that youth are caught in the vicious cycle of violence in the State which has consumed so many precious lives and left behind a trail of death and destruction.

An Army jawan (trooper), identified as Deepak Jaganath was killed when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Poonch sector in Poonch District of Jammu region. Official sources said Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts around 2 pm at Gulpur area which was effectively retaliated by the Army. The sources said the jawan was injured in the firing from across the border and he was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries this evening.

March 10

A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir, following a call by the Valley's joint separatist leadership against the killing of a civilian during an encounter March 9, disrupting normal life. Shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed and the streets remained deserted. Hardliner Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and chairman of the JKLF Yasin Malik had given call for a complete shutdown and after-prayer protests on Friday (March 10) in the wake of Pulwama encounter (March 9).

Two teenage boys from PoK, against whom the NIA dropped charges of conspiracy in the Uri terror strike (September 18, 2016), were reunited with their families at the Wagah border after spending nearly six months in detention. Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed had been handed over to the Jammu-based 16 Corps of the Army this week after the probe agency came to the conclusion that the two had strayed into the Indian side after a tiff with their parents due to the pressure of studies. The NIA had said that the evidence collected in the form of statements, technical analysis of their mobile phones, seized GPS devices and other circumstantial evidence collected by the NIA "did not reveal any linkage of the suspects with the Uri attackers". Earlier, the Army had detained the two on September 23, 2016 barely days after the terror strike, and claimed that the two had allegedly acted as guides of the four terrorists who carried out the attack on the Uri garrison in North Kashmir.

Junaid Qureshi, son of Kashmiri separatist leader Hashim Qureshi, said that Gilgit Baltistan is an integral part of J&K and Pakistan has no right to divide the state. "Gilgit Baltistan (region) is an integral part of (India's) Jammu and Kashmir State. Pakistan has no right to divide the state further and sell its resources under false rubric of infrastructure development," Junaid Qureshi said, adding that the "state is not for sale." Qureshi who also heads European Foundation for South Asian Studies, was speaking at the UN's Geneva convention. He also rejected the construction of CPEC along the line of control through Gilgit Baltistan region. "Construction of CPEC is illegal and a contravention of International law. It requires your (UN) urgent attention and intervention," he said.

March 11 Two persons were arrested by Railway Police at Mazhama railway station in Budgam District, along with old scrapped currency notes worth over INR 3.4 million. An official said that following a specific input, Railway Police officials intercepted two persons identified as Farooq Ahmad Labru and Mohammad Shafi Labru when they were about to board train at Mazhama railway station.
March 12 Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati sector along the LoC in Poonch District.
March 13

A former Sarpanch was killed by unidentified gunmen in Pulwama. Police said gunmen abducted former Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad from his Kakoora residence in Pulwama, and his bullet riddled body has been recovered from Chewa Kalan village in the District.

A former Sarpanch was killed by unidentified gunmen in Pulwama. Police said gunmen abducted former Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad from his Kakoora residence in Pulwama, and his bullet riddled body has been recovered from Chewa Kalan village in the District.

In another incident of ceasefire violation along LoC in border District Poonch of the Jammu region, the Pakistani troops targeted the forward Indian posts along the LoC for the third time in the last 24 hours, forcing the authorities to suspend the Poonch-Rawalkote bus service and postpone examinations.

March 15

Three LeT militants and a minor girl were killed while another minor boy and a SF person were injured in an encounter at Hyhama area of Kupwara District of North Kashmir. SSP Kupwara, Shamsher Hussain, said that three militants of LeT, identified as Abu Mala, Anas Bhai and Abu Mansoor (all of them were Pakistani nationals) were killed in gun battle at Jagityal Kulnard area of Kupwara this morning (March 15). A minor girl, identified as Kaneeza and a minor boy Faisal were injured when they were hit by bullets during the encounter. Girl Kaneeza succumbed to her injuries and boy was shifted to Srinagar for treatment. A Police constable identified as Danish Ahmad was also injured in the encounter. Three AK-47 rifles, six hand grenades, one GPS, one wireless set, six magazines and large quantity of ammunition was recovered from them.

The SSP said that these militants were active in Kralpora, Dardpora, Marhama, Awoora and its adjacent areas for last one year. He said that they had infiltrated last year (2016) and were part of reception party of LeT. He said that they were receiving infiltrated militants from Keran and Tangdhar sectors and providing them logistic support before launching them to Kashmir valley.

Cross LoC trade between India and Pakistan via Chakkan-da-Bagh trade point in Poonch in Poonch District has been suspended in view of the mounting tension along the LoC after ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops. The Pakistan Army has targeted Trade Centre complex during shelling on March 12 and March 13. A school building and another structure at Chakkan-da-Bagh have been affected with the shelling by Pakistan.

Militants hurled a grenade on District Police Lines Pulwama in Pulwama District in the night. However, no damage was done. Police and SFs immediately cordoned off the area and the searches are on for the militants responsible for the attack.

March 16

Police disallowed a joint press conference of separatist leaders, including the chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, and took them into custody. The separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yaseen Malik were scheduled to hold a joint press conference at Geelani's residence in Hyderpora in Srinagar District but Police did not allow Mirwaiz and Malik to enter into Geelani's residence. Police took the trio into custody and did not allow the press conference. Before being taken away, the Hurriyat leaders called for the boycott of the by-polls to two Lok Sabha constituencies of Srinagar and Anantnag which are going to polls on April 9 and 12 respectively.

India termed as "entirely unacceptable" any possible attempt by Pakistan to declare the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed PoK, as the fifth Province. Reacting sharply to reports that a committee headed by Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz has proposed status of a Province to Gilgit-Baltistan, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said any such step would not be able to hide the illegality of Pakistan's occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir which it must vacate, forthwith. Noting that the issue pertains to the sovereignty of India, he said the Government's position is very well known on the matter.

"The entire State of J&K is an integral part, has been an integral part and will be an integral part of India. No attempt or unilateral attempt or step to change that would have any legal basis, whatsoever, and it will be entirely unacceptable. "Any such step would not be able to hide the illegality of Pakistan's occupation of parts of J&K which it must vacate, forthwith. It will also not be able to hide the tremendous, very concerning human rights violations and denial of freedom that has been going on in parts controlled by Pakistan for the last 70 years," the spokesperson said.

HM militant Zakir Rashid Bhat, who took over from Burhan Wani who was killed in an encounter July 2016, has urged Kashmiri Muslim youths to pelt stones at SFs in the name of Islam, rubbishing Hurriyat's claim that the militant movement was "secular" or for "freedom" and Kashmiri "nationalism". In a 12-minute video, circulated widely on social media, Zakir Rashid Bhat, alias Zakir Musa, is seen preaching violence in the name of Islam. The terror outfit also separately directed voters to boycott the upcoming by-polls for two parliamentary seats and panchayat polls in the Valley. "When you pelt stones, don't think you're helping just one Musa or one mujahideen. You must do it to help and protect Islam," Musa said. "We'll hoist Islam's flag in our Kashmir one day," he proclaimed. Wearing an Afghan cap, a beige coat over a brown sweater, Musa appeared to be imitating Wani's strategy of using Islamic State (IS)-style videos and social media propaganda to lure youth into militancy. Calling Kashmiri informers and J&K Police "kafir" (infidel), Musa said both deserve to be killed. "We're fighting for Islam. We want to be martyrs for our Islam."

March 17

An encounter broke out between SFs and militants in Pulwama District of J&K, according to Police. According to reports, the area has been cordoned off by defence personnel as the militants have fled from the spot. This comes two days after a clash between the militants and SFs in north Kashmir's Kupwara District had killed three LeT militants and a minor girl.

At least three militants managed to escape from cordon after a brief gun battle in Batnoor village of Pulwama District of South Kashmir. A Police official said that SFs cordoned off village Batnoor during the night. Police official said that SFs and SOG of J&K Police launched search operations at several places in Pulwama after HM posters appeared asking people to boycott bypoll in Anantnag Parliamentary constituency on April 12. However, the operation ended as the militants managed to escape and no arrests were made.

A day after HM posters put up in Pulwama in Kashmir provoked the youth in Kashmir to "fight for Islam, not Kashmir," posters have been put up by the LeT in the neighbouring District of Anantnag asking the people not to vote in the upcoming local polls. The posters have warned people to stay away from the election process and not to cast their vote. The J&K Police have taken cognizance of these threats and have launched a probe to check the veracity of these posters. "The terror outfits have trying their best to ensure terror in the valley through the posters but not much heed should be paid into it," Colonel (retired) VN Thapar said. "The government shouldn't bring its own guard down; rather it should ensure swift action."

There were 15 terror attacks on the Army last year (2016) as the force lost 68 soldiers, the Lok Sabha was informed. 2016 also recorded 449 instances of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the J&K border. In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, said 10 cases of terror attacks were recorded in 2014, followed by 11 in 2015, 15 in 2016 and three until March 15 this year (2017). 2015 and 2016 also saw a spike in the number of deaths of Army personnel, recording 67 and 68 casualties respectively in terror attacks and along the border. In 2014, 38 army personnel died in terror acts while 13 have lost their lives this year.

Bhamre said, in 2016 the area along the LoC, which is under operational control of the Army, saw 228 instances of ceasefire violations while the area along the IB in J&K, under the control of the BSF, recorded 221 instances of ceasefire violations. This accounts for more than one instance of ceasefire violation every day. In 2017, 30 instances of ceasefire violations were recorded along the LoC while six such instances along the international border were recorded until February 6 by the BSF.

March 18

A terror wave stares at SFs in Kashmir with a massive influx of Pakistani terrorists, and spiraling of local recruits pegging the number of armed radicals at 400 in the State, a three-fold increase following the killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016. A recent review done by the Army shows there are 250 local recruits and 150 Pakistani terrorists in Kashmir as of now. The increase from 91 locals and 60 Pakistanis respectively June (2016), a month before Wani, a local HM 'commander', was gunned down, has alarmed security agencies. Wani's killing triggered months of unrest in the State with frequent violent clashes between civilians and SFs. Pakistani terrorists have also increased to 150, whereas the number was only 60 before Wani was killed. "With increased numbers and infiltration bids scaling, the forces are preparing for challenges in the summer," said an Army officer.

A day after separatists asked voters to desist from participating in the bypolls to Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested from his office in Srinagar. "A posse of Policemen raided Abi Guzar office of the JKLF in the heart of Srinagar and arrested Malik to desist him from spearheading the poll boycott campaign," a JKLF spokesman said.

March 19

Pakistan troops on March 19 violated ceasefire and resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing with automatic weapons in civilian areas and targeting forward posts of the Indian Army at Bhimber Gali (BG) and Balakote sectors along the LoC in Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistan Army started shelling with two inch mortars and firing with automatic and semi automatic weapons in several forward areas falling under BG and Balakote sectors in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch District at 6 am on March 19. "Troops from this side retaliated effectively, leading to heavy exchanges that continued for 45 minutes. The firing and shelling from Pakistan side stopped after befitting retaliation was given by the Indian side to silence the guns of enemy troops and prevent civilian casualties and loss of property," they said. There were no casualties of Army or civilians on the Indian side in Pakistani shelling and firing. Also, no major damage was reported as majority of mortar shells fired by Pakistan fell away from the civilian population and exploded harmlessly. However, Pakistan side claimed that a 60-year old woman was killed on their side at village Thandi in Kot Kehera sector opposite Bhimber Gali in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops.

Sources described ceasefire violation by Pakistan army as totally unprovoked. They didn't rule out the possibility of Pakistan army trying to push militants from other parts of the LoC after firing in one sector. The troops were already maintaining high alert along the LoC in anticipation of infiltration attempts by the militants under the garb of ceasefire violations by Pakistan army, which was trying to facilitate intrusions by the militants.

A Pakistani national, awaiting deportation after completing a jail term for illegally crossing the border, has been slapped with PSA provisions and sent to the Kotbalwal jail in the district, the Police said. The J&K Home Department issued a warrant under the PSA against Khalid Parvez alias Junaid, and it was executed by the Samba Police, a Police official said. Khalid has been lodged in the Central Jail, he said, adding that the detenue was awaiting deportation to Pakistan after completing his sentence.

March 21

A HM militant wanted for arson and looting last year, identified as Sabzar Ahmed Mantoo, was arrested from a house in Thakrakot area in Reasi District. According to Police, the captured militant was associated with HM outfit and had been involved in arson and looting incident under Police Station DH Pora in 2016.

Ahead of by-polls, Police have arrested at least 24 persons accused of stone-pelting in multiple raids at Pulwama and Kulgam Districts of South Kashmir. Police raided Murana and Kangan villages of Pulwama District during nocturnal hours and detained at least 21 persons, mostly youths. Police said all the detained persons were involved in stone-pelting. Three youths were also detained from Budroo and Chawalgam villages of neighbouring Kulgam District. The trio was detained over their alleged involvement in stoning recent election rally of ruling PDP that was held at Chawalgam in the District.

Deputy CM Nirmal Kumar Singh said terrorism has no religion and the people involved in carrying out heinous crimes against humanity need to be condemned by every section of the society. “We should all collectively synergize our efforts to beat the forces preaching secessionism and give befitting reply to the anti-national forces,” he said and added that such elements are hell bent to create disturbances in the country and are trying hard to disturb the social fabric of the nation.

DGP of J&K, Shesh Pal Vaid said that certain elements trying to radicalize young minds in the Kashmir valley wouldn’t succeed as the youth wouldn’t accept their ideology, which was also evident from thousands of youths turning up for the Army recruitment in Baramulla District, which was earlier a hub of stone pelters. Vaid said that some `Wahabi elements’ were trying to change mindset of the youth but they have out-rightly rejected them. “The youth of Kashmir are for peace. No one likes violence. Kashmir is the land of Sufis and Saints, which has been inhibited by them for centuries together. There has been no place for radicalization of the youth, who have themselves rejected this approach and want to grow with education and jobs,” he said.

A total of 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016, the highest in last six years and the infiltration almost tripled last year as compared to 2015, said Central GovernmentIn written replies to two separate questions in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir shared data about Kashmiri youths taking up arms, infiltration attempts and law and order situation in the Valley. The data shows a steady increase in the number of youths taking up arms in the Valley from 2014 onwards as compared to ones between 2010 and 2013. It, however, said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has “improved to a large extent” in the current year.

March 22

Terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir has declined in the aftermath of surgical strikes executed by the Army in September 2016, the Union Government said in Parliament. According to statistics furnished by the Government in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, terrorist incidents fell to 87 between October 1 and December 31, 2016, from 110 between July 1 and September 30, 2016. Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the House that 34 SFs were killed in the three months prior to the surgical strikes, while 19 died in the subsequent quarter. Civilian killings also fell from 7 to 6 in the corresponding period. According to sources, the fall in number of terrorist incidents is largely on account of weakening of violent protests that broke out after HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter in July. Law and order disturbances peaked in the Valley state between July and September 2016, but violence witnessed a sharp decline thereafter as the protests died down and normalcy returned to the State.

March 23

Militants attacked the residence and official vehicle of Mohammad Yusuf Bhat, a MLA from Shopian in two separate incidents, in the Shopian District. Militants attacked the residence of MLA Bhat, at Memander in the District. Police said that militants fired several rounds at the residence of Bhat at Memander and the security guards deployed there retaliated. However, no one was injured in the attack. Earlier in the day, militants fired on his official bullet proof vehicle at Hajipora in Shopian. Several rounds of fire hit a Police bullet proof vehicles and his ambassador car. However, the MLA was not in his car at the time of attack. Police fired back but militants escaped.

SFs cordoned off Moshward village in Keller area of Shopian District, after inputs about the presence of three militants. However, the operation was later called off after no militants were found in the village.

March 26

Two militants of the HM were killed in an encounter with SFs in Awantipora area of Pulwama District, after they fired at the vehicle of a Police officer. A Police officer said that ASP Pulwama, Chandan Kohli, was on his way from Pulwama to Anantnag in a car along with two PSOs when a group of militants coming from opposite directions in another car fired at the bullet proof vehicle of the ASP near Padgampora village leading to an exchange of fire in which two militants were killed on the spot while two of the militants fled from the spot leaving behind the car. The slain militants have been identified as Shahbaz Shafi Wani alias Rayees Kachroo, resident of Beloo Rajpora of Pulwama and Farooq Ahmad Hurrah, resident of Nazneenpora of Shopian. “Both of them belonged to Hizb ul Mujahideen. The dead bodies have been handed over to the legal heirs for last rites”, the Police officer said. One AK rifle, one SLR, one AK magazine, 2 SLR Magazines, 2 pouches and a grenade was recovered from the spot. The car in which militants were travelling was also seized by the Police. IGP Kashmir, SMJ Gillani said, “An AK-47 rifle and one SLR were recovered from them. Interestingly, the SLR weapon was snatched from a minority picket in the month of October”.

Soon after the encounter clashes broke out between SFs and stone throwing protesters at Beloo, Padgampora, Awantipora and Pulwama. SFs fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters. And this morning (March 27) 1-RR of army and Kulgam Police launched a cordon and search operation at Gretbal Qaimoh area of Kulgam District. One SLR, three magazines and 132 rounds of SLR ammunition were recovered during the searches.

Militants snatched five SLRs from the security guards at the ancestral house of Minister of State, Syed Farooq Indrabi, in Dooru area of Anantnag District. A Police officer said that at least 13 militants including their OGWs attacked the ancestral residence of Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Hajj and Auqaf and Power Development Department, Syed Farooq Indrabi, at Shestargam in Dooru area of Anantnag District. One of the security guards, Gulzar Ahmad, of the Minister was injured in the attack.

Police arrested two more suspects – one from Ban Toll Plaza at Nagrota and another from Shopian taking total number of arrests in AK-47 rifle snatching of Police constable to three, while the main accused remained at large along with the rifle. IGP, Jammu Zone, SD Singh Jamwal told that one of the suspects was arrested this morning when he was trying to flee to Kashmir while another one was captured from Shopian. “We are on the job to nab the main accused, who is absconding with AK-47 rifle of police constable,’’ Jamwal said, adding a high alert is being maintained throughout the region to nab the accused and recover the snatched weapon,’’ Jamwal, who was monitoring the search operation, said.

Reliable sources told that Shahid Ahmad, a resident of Memander in Shopian was arrested by the Police from Ban Toll Plaza at Nagrota on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway this morning (March 26), when he was fleeing from Jammu in a Tavera taxi car to Kashmir. Another accused Mohammad Asif, resident of Shopian has been arrested by the Police from Shopian on a tip off given by Jammu Police to their counterparts in Shopian. The main accused Amir Hussain, resident of Hallpora, Ratnipora of Shopian is absconding along with AK-47 rifle and 30 rounds. Fourth accused Masrool Ahmed, resident of Ratnipora in Shopian was arrested from the spot yesterday (March 25). Two motor-cycles have also been seized from the accused.

March 27

Suspected militants opened fire on the house of two Policemen, who are brothers, in Shopian District. The militants opened fire on the houses of ASI, Dilbar Ahmad and Constable Reyaz Ahmad at Keegam in Shopian. A Police official said the militants broke some window panes of the house and vehicle of the Policemen before fleeing. However, no one was injured in the attack.

SFs busted a HM militant module in Kulgam District, and arrested eight of its members who were tasked to carry out attacks on SFs and snatch weapons. SP of Kulgam, Shridhar Patil, said that the District Police and Army received a specific intelligence input on March 21 that HM militant has constituted a module of about a dozen OGWs to carry out attacks on SFs, Police personnel and snatch weapons. Patil said that the module was formed by district 'commander' of the outfit Altaf Dar alias Al-Kachroo and Towseef Sheikh alias Mossad. "We registered a case on the basis of this information and during the investigations, it came to the fore that Zubar Ahmad Badar, a resident of Nai-Basti in Qoimoh area of the district was the main king-pin of this module and he was subsequently arrested along with one of his associates", he said. The SP said that during further course of questioning, it became evident that leader of this module and other members were having large quantity of arms/ammunition for conduct of subversive activities.

March 28

A HM militant was killed and a Para-commando was injured in a fierce gun battle in Chadoora area of Budgam District. A joint team of the Army, Police and CRPF surrounded a house at Zuin village in central Kashmir's Budgam in which the HM terrorist was hiding. Civilian protesters soon gathered at the spot and began pelting the forces with stones, injuring more than 60 Police and CRPF personnel along with four soldiers, Army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. The Army had to fire at the protesters, killing three of them, before the eight-hour-long operation ended with the terrorist, as Tauseef Ahmad Wagay of Kanjijulla village of Yaripora in Kulgam District, being gunned down. Sources said that one militant managed to escape during massive stone-pelting.

A HM militant was killed and a Para-commando was injured in a fierce gun battle in Chadoora area of Budgam District. A joint team of the Army, Police and CRPF surrounded a house at Zuin village in central Kashmir's Budgam in which the HM terrorist was hiding. Civilian protesters soon gathered at the spot and began pelting the forces with stones, injuring more than 60 Police and CRPF personnel along with four soldiers, Army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. The Army had to fire at the protesters, killing three of them, before the eight-hour-long operation ended with the terrorist, as Tauseef Ahmad Wagay of Kanjijulla village of Yaripora in Kulgam District, being gunned down. Sources said that one militant managed to escape during massive stone-pelting.

At least four militants ransacked the house of SP, Hazratbal in South Kashmir of Kulgam District. Sources said that four militants barged into the house of Mohammad Ayub Mattoo father of SP, Hazratbal, Dawood Mattoo, in Khudwani area of the District and ransacked the house. The militants also beat up father of the SP, and broke window of the house. Before fleeing, they fired in air.

Mohammad Amir, who along with his associates had snatched rifle from a Police man near Tawi Bridge in Jewel Chowk in Jammu, surrendered before SSP, Shopian, Tahir Saleem, along with AK-47 rifle and magazine. Three Kashmiri youth identified as Amir, Masood and Shahid, all residents of Shopian District, attacked Police constable Mohammad Hanief posted as PSO of Anjuman Minhaj-e-Rasool chairman Maulana Dehlavi, near the main Tawi bridge in Jammu, last week. They attacked the Policeman with a stick and also threw chilli powder in his eyes. They snatched the AK-47 rifle from him and fled. Masood was arrested in Jewel area in Jammu, and his bike was also seized, while Shahid was arrested near Toll Plaza in Nagrota.

March 29

Militants attacked Police parties in two separate incidents in South Kashmir. In the first incident, Militants attacked a Police party at Yaripora in Kulgam District. Militants opened fire upon the Police party outside the Police Station Yaripora. However, no one was injured in the attack. SFs launched searches in the area after the attack however, no one was arrested. In the second incident, Militants threw a grenade at a Police Party in Goriwan Chowk in Bijbehara area of Anantnag District. Police in retaliation fired several rounds in air and the militants fled under the cover of darkness. However, no damage was done. SFs conducted searches in the area. However, no one was arrested.

Strike was observed across Kashmir, against killing of three civilians who were killed at Chadoora in SFs firing during clashes amid a gun battle in the village of Budgam District on March 28. In Srinagar, a complete shutdown was observed.

Stone-pelting clashes broke out at Rawalpora, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Zampa Kadal, Batamaloo, Habba Kadal, Safa Kadal, HMT, Parimpora and other areas of the city. The clashes were also reported from several old city areas including Rainawari. Police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters. One civilian was injured during clashes at Rawalpora. Reports of shutdown were received from all parts of the Valley. Protests were also reported from parts of Budgam District while massive clashes raged at Baramulla Old Town and Palhallan hamlet. A protest was also reported from Ajas area of Bandipora District.

As many as 104 local youths of J&K have joined the militancy since 2016 and 65 of them are currently active there, Lok Sabha was informed. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said among the 104 local youths in J&K who have joined the militancy in 2016-17, 12 were killed by SFs, 25 were arrested while two have surrendered. Ahir also said the State Government has reported that during the counter-insurgency operations, 18 incidents of stone pelting were reported during the last two years. He further said that there were 371 incidents of attempts to infiltrate in J&K from across the border in 2016 of which 119 were successful. While 217 militants have returned, 35 were killed and three were arrested last year, he added.

Replying to another question, the Minister said J&K has been affected by terror violence which is sponsored and supported from across the border. "The levels of terrorist violence in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir are linked to the infiltration from across the border. The activities of separatist and militant outfits also remain a challenge in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

March 30

The CRPF recovered arms and ammunition from Chardarie forest area of Baramulla District. 53rd Battalion of the Force recovered one pistol, three grenades, two pistol magazines, one AK rifle and SLR ammunition from Chardarie forest area of the District during searches that were launched on specific input.

Youths who storm the encounter sites in the Valley to hurl stones at security personnel are committing suicide, Jammu and Kashmir Police said, and appealed to them to refrain from such activity. "In the encounter, even SFs and Police take cover of a bullet-proof vehicle or a house. Youths coming to the encounter sites are committing suicide," DGP, S P Vaid said. He appealed to the youngsters not to rush to the encounter sites, saying they were being misled and misused by elements inimical to peace in the Valley for their short-term political gains. "A bullet does not know whom it will hit. My appeal to all the young boys is that they should remain in their homes and not come to encounter sites. The youth must understand that they are being used by people for their short-term political gains," he said.

March 31

An Army trooper was killed in gun fire at a post located closer to the LoC, in Mendhar sector of Poonch District. The incident took place during early morning when Sepoy Kulwant Singh of 49 RR, hailing from Punjab had been deployed at a forward post. He had sustained bullet injury in his abdomen.

A top HM 'commander', identified as Amir Nabi Wagay, surrendered before SFs in Anantnag District. A Police official said that Amir was suffering from kidney failure and doctors had advised him dialyses. He said that he was involved in the grenade throwing incidents in South Kashmir and various other militant activities. He had joined militancy on August 16, 2014 and was active since then. His surrender was facilitated by the CIK, Police said. However, sources said that in the official records he has been shown arrested by the SOG of JKP and 1-RR from whose operational area he was hailing from.

UHM Rajnath Singh, accused Pakistan of using the social media to incite youths in J&K to storm encounter sites to help holed-up militants, after some members in Lok Sabha raised the issue of death of three civilians in Budgam District in firing by SFs. He said the strife-torn region had seen a "new trend" of late in which youths from nearby villages gather at the sites of encounter between SFs and terrorists and pelt stones to help the militants holed-up there to flee. "I will appeal to youths not to be misled by Pakistan. Some social media applications like Whatsapp and Facebook are used to gather youths at places of encounters. These groups are based in Pakistan. "Security forces are dealing with terrorists exactly the way they should and will continue to do so. I want to say that we will definitely be successful," UHM Singh said, adding, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists are trying to destabilise not only J&K but entire India.

April 1

Three Army personnel were injured, as militants attacked an Army convoy heading towards Baramulla, on Srinagar-Bemina Bypass in Srinagar District. Terrorist group HM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 2

A Policeman, identified as Shamim Ahmad, was killed and 14 others were injured in a grenade attack in the Nowhatta area of Srinagar. Militants hurled a grenade on a patrol of SF personnel when they were withdrawing from security duty in Botagali area of Nowhatta at around 7 pm.

Police raided Baramulla sub-jail in Baramulla District. Police recovered 14 mobile phones, two of them belong to hardline separatist Masarat Alam Bhat, and incriminating material from Baramulla sub-jail during a search operation in North Kashmir. Police suspects that these phones were being used for creating trouble in Kashmir. SSP, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir, said that Police received a request from sub-jail authorities that they are suspecting use of mobile phones inside the prison."Thereafter police and jail authorities jointly launched a search operation there. During the search operation, we recovered 14 mobile phones along with some incriminating material. Mostly, these communication devices were recovered from those inmates who are involved in stone pelting, its instigation and militancy activities." Sources said that the incriminating material recovered include diaries and books.

Life was affected in the Kashmir Valley as separatist groups called a strike in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the State for inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Asking people to observe a general strike, the chairmen of the two factions of the APHC, Syed Ali Shah Geelani of the APHC-G and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the APHC-M, and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement on March 30, said "all rhetoric about development or construction of tunnels and roads are futile and will not succeed in luring us". They said the Prime Minister was visiting the State at a time when the situation was "extremely gloomy".

April 3

One CRPF trooper was killed and five others were injured after suspected militants opened fire at a CRPF convoy at Pantha Chowk area in the outskirts of Srinagar. Unidentified militants fired at a civilian passenger vehicle carrying CRPF personnel of 97 Battalion at Sempora in Pantha Chowk area. Two civilians, including a 10-year-old girl, were also injured in the crossfire. One of the injured personnel, Head Constable Basappa, later succumbed to his injuries. LeT claimed responsibility for the attack. The personnel were on their way to Srinagar for election duty for Lok Sabha by-polls scheduled to be held on April 9.

Pakistan army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Digwar and Balakote sectors of Poonch District. Official sources said Pakistan army started heavy firing in all forward villages and Army posts in Digwar sector of the District at 9.30 am and soon extended the ceasefire violation to Balakote sector of the same District. Pakistan army used mortars, automatic and semi-automatic weapons in shelling and firing, which was retaliated very effectively by the Indian side, leading to heavy exchanges that lasted till this afternoon. However, there were no reports of any casualties or major damage on the Indian side.

April 5

Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the LoC in Poonch District, prompting the Army to retaliate. "There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Digwar sector of Poonch today, using 82 mm mortars, automatic weapons," a defence spokesman said. Indian Army personnel took positions and responded befittingly to the Pakistani firing, the spokesman said, adding that intermittent firing was going on. However, till the time of reporting there is no casualty on either side. The defence spokesman said, on April 4, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing and shelling of mortar bombs on forward posts in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri District from 1100 hours and it continued for some hours. Earlier, SATP had reported that Pakistan army, on April 3, violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Digwar and Balakote sectors of Poonch District.

Suspected militants ransacked house of a former PDP Sarpanch at Nagbal area in Shopian District. A Police officer said that unidentified assailants knocked door of the house of Abdul Qayoom Sheikh at Urpora village of Nagbal in the Shopian, the door was, however, not opened from inside and these persons broke window panes and glasses of the house, adding that no one was, however, injured. He further said that it was not immediately known whether the Sarpanch was present inside his house. The official said the identity of the attackers has not been ascertained so far but sources said that they were suspected militants.

Clashes erupted in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, against the arrest of nearly one dozen youth in Police raids. The clashes erupted in the main market Pulwama after some youths protested against the arrest of one Jehangir Ahmad of Dallipora and others during night raids at neighbouring Kakapora area. The protesting youth enforced shutdown in the main market of Pulwama and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs. The SFs retaliated by lobbing teargas. The situation, however, returned to normal later.

Clashes erupted in Pulwama town in Pulwama District, against the arrest of nearly one dozen youth in Police raids. The clashes erupted in the main market Pulwama after some youths protested against the arrest of one Jehangir Ahmad of Dallipora and others during night raids at neighbouring Kakapora area. The protesting youth enforced shutdown in the main market of Pulwama and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs. The SFs retaliated by lobbing teargas. The situation, however, returned to normal later.

Sources further said that these militants are still in the forests of North Kashmir after infiltration and are waiting for logistic support to get into Valley. However, SFs are keeping an eye on the possible routes which they can take for entering into Valley from the forests and want to engage them inside forests only. The infiltration of militants into Kashmir has started early this year as compared to last year. Last year, the first infiltration reports were received in May and as per MAC figures, 114 militants infiltrated into Kashmir last year which was highest since 2014. Sources said that over 150 militants are on launch pads mostly in Neelam Valley area of PoK. These militants have gathered in last two months and are waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir.

April 7

SFs arrested two new militant recruits of HM from Sopore area in Baramulla District. Acting on specific information about the presence of HM militants in an orchard near Achabal village of Sopore, the Police along with Army and CRPF cordoned off the orchard and launched search operation, a Police official said. The newly recruited militants were identified as Yawar Nabi Mir and Arsalan Rasool Teli - both hailing from Sheikh Sahib Locality of Chinkipora area of Sopore.

April 8

Militants opened fire on a Police team near an election meeting venue of the ruling PDP in poll-bound Anantnag District and fled from the scene. No one was injured in the firing, even as the meeting, chaired by Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali, remained unaffected and later concluded peacefully, a Police official said. The militants opened fire on a Police party patrolling the area around Magray Mohalla in Achabal, 65 kilometres from Srinagar, the official said. However, there was no report of any casualty on either side, the official stated. The meeting was being held in connection with the Lok Sabha by-poll to Anantnag parliamentary constituency scheduled for April 12.

Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District. Reports said Pakistan army started shelling and firing in Jhanghar, Karali and surrounding areas targeting forward posts of the Indian troops and civilian areas. The Indian side retaliated effectively, leading to heavy exchange of shelling and firing. Pakistan army used mortars, automatic and semi-automatic weapons in the firing, drawing matching response from this side. The shelling and firing continued till late night, reports said. Yesterday also, Pakistani troops had shelling forward army posts and civilian areas in Nowshera sector while prior to that, there had been exchange of shelling and firing at Digwar, Khari Karmara, Bhimber Gali and other sectors of Poonch District, the reports added. However, there had been no casualties or damage on the Indian side in shelling and firing, reports stated, adding that civilians confined themselves to their houses and didn't venture out.

April 9

Eight persons were killed and around 200 injured during Poll violence at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam District. An official said that hundreds of protestors stormed a polling station at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district and ransacked a building housing a polling booth and SFs fired several warning rounds to disperse the rampaging mob, which did not relent. "Six persons were injured in the firing, of whom two, 20- year-old Mohammad Abbas and 15-year-old Faizaan Ahmad Rather, succumbed to bullet wounds", he said. Violence marred polling in some other parts of Srinagar Parliamentary seat as stone pelting incidents were reported from around 200 places across the three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, which constitute the Srinagar constituency.

One Nissar Ahmed was killed as SFs opened fire to quell a stone-pelting mob in Ratsuna area of Beerwah in the Budgam District. At the Daulatpura in Chadoora Assembly segment of Budgam District, one person, identified as Shabir Ahmed, was killed in firing by SF personnel. Another youth, Adil Farooq, succumbed to multiple pellet injuries in the Kawoosa area of Beerwa constituency in Budgam District. One Aqib Wani was shot dead as Police opened fire on a crowd of protestors in the Beerwah area in the afternoon. Amir Bashir Malla, resident of Sogam, Chadoora in district Budgam, who was injured earlier in the day succumbed to injuries in the hospital. And Omar Farooq Gania, who was injured in SFs firing at Barsu in Ganderbal District, also succumbed to injuries at hospital.

A Police official said that three vehicles were also set on fire and 33 were damaged, 21 Electronic Voting Machines were damaged and re-poll will be held at those places, where polling could not be held. At several polling booths in Budgam, Police had to rescue the polling staff for safety as protesters attacked and ransacked the booths. Army was called out to help SFs quell a rampaging mob which pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs to set a polling booth ablaze in Ganderbal District of the Srinagar constituency. Chief Electoral Officer Shantmanu said that six people were killed and around 117 including Police and para-military forces were injured in 200 incidents of violence in Central Kashmir. He said that around 7.14 percent voter turnout was recorded in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency.

Militants attacked Yaripora Police Station in Kulgam District. However, there was no damage. Also, the assailants set on fire the Government High School Arihal in Pulwama where polling booth was set up for by polls in Anantnag constituency that goes to vote on March 12.

Separatists called for a two-day shutdown against the killing of protestors in SFs firing saying it was the only way for them to express solidarity with the families of those killed and the cause for which they laid down their lives. "We know hartal would not affect Government policy towards us but it is the only option to express our collective grief," the separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a joint statement.

To strengthen Army's infantry and held it in operations in J&K, Army has started the process to procure around 1,500 anti-materiel lightweight rifles capable of damaging targets like battle tanks, low-flying helicopters and bunkers. Official sources said, a RFI for purchasing the rifles which should have a range of at least 1.8 kilometers with a caliber of 12.7 mm/0.50, has been issued. The light weight rifles will boost operational capabilities of the troops both along the borders as well as hinterland.

April 10

Army foiled infiltration bid on the LoC in Keran sector of Kupwara District. Army spokesman said, in the operation four terrorists were killed. "A group of militants attempting to infiltrate was intercepted Sunday night by alert troops deployed on the Line of Control. In the ensuing encounter four terrorists were gunned down," Police official said. However, no causalities were reported in the attack, the officer added.

April 11

Life across the Kashmir Valley, remained adversely affected due to the separatist called protest shutdown against the killing of eight civilians firing by SFs. Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed for the second consecutive day. Tension in south Kashmir's Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian Districts reduced after the Election Commission announced deferment of April 12 poll in Anantnag. Voting for this Lok Sabha constituency by-election will be held on May 25.

Army recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives during a search operation in Tatta Pani Forests in Kalakote tehsil of Rajouri District. A team of RR battalion of Counter Insurgency Force of the Army busted a hideout of the militants in Tatta Pani Forests after developing specific input about a dump of arms and ammunition and carrying out searches in the area for past few days. Recoveries made from the hideout included one sniper rifle with telescopic sight (Chinese), one AK-47 rifle, one AK-74 rifle, one 7.62 mm pistol, one Chinese pistol (Mauser), one .32 revolver (Made in Pakistan), four hand held radio sets, one binocular and around 150 rounds of ammunition. After effecting recoveries, Army conducted searches in the area for suspected militants or their Over Ground Workers. No arrests were made.

SFs arrested a LeT militant in South Kashmir, as he was planning to carry out attack on SFs on a National Highway in Kulgam District. A Police officer said that based on intelligence input, Kulgam Police and RR of Army launched a manhunt and established a special Naka at Sangus-Kaharoot road, resultantly arrested one LeT militant, identified as Shakir Ahmad Itoo of Qoimoh, and recovered one Chinese grenade form his possession. According to Police, on March 26, a joint party of Kulgam Police, 9 RR and CRPF cordoned his house. "At the time of laying of cordon, Shakir Ahmad Itoo gave slip to security personnel. During the search, one SLR, 2 SLR magazines and 130 rounds which were dumped by him in collaboration with banned outfit of LeT were recovered from his residential house", he said. The recovered arms and ammunition were earlier looted from the Police guards at Dalwatch, Qazigund in Kulgam District.

As many as 33 terrorists were neutralised in J&K in the first three months of the current year, the Government told the Lok Sabha. In comparison, 149 terrorists were killed in the Valley State in 2016 and 102 in 2015, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the MPs in written reply to a starred question. As per data furnished with the reply, the total number of encounters in the Valley State stood at 25 until March 2017, as compared to 101 in whole of 2016. While 10 security personnel were martyred in counter-terror operations in J&K in the first three months of the year, last year's overall figure stood at 60. Terrorists/terror suspects arrested so far this year totalled 20, against 79 in all of 2016 and 67 in 2015.

The comparatively high terror indices of last year are largely on account of violent protests that broke out in the Valley following the killing of HM 'commander' Burhan Wani in July 2016. The protests had caused a sharp rise in stone-pelting incidents. Stone-pelting instances peaked at 837, 757 and 536 in July, August and September 2016 respectively. However, they have now come down significantly, with only 17, 46 and 60 stone-pelting incidents recorded in January, February and March 2017 respectively. In another question, Ahir informed the Lok Sabha that there were 43 infiltration attempts on the Indo-Pak border in J&K till February this year, as compared to 371 in 2016 and 121 in 2015. The number of infiltrating terrorists killed stood at 4 in first two months of the year, as against 35 killed in all of 2016 and 46 in 2015. As many as 30 terrorists were returned, against 217 in 2016 and 41 in 2015. Therefore, the estimated net infiltration cases works out to 9 till February this year, as compared to 119 in all of 2016 and 33 in 2015.

April 12 The NIA told a Delhi court that it has no objection to the applications of two persons pleading guilty of criminally conspiring to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit. The accused, Azhar-ul-Islam (24) from Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh (25) from Maharashtra, took a U-turn more than a month after the court framed charges against them. The court in March had framed charges against both the accused and 36-year-old Adnan Hassan for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit. The NIA had registered a case against the three accused on January 28, 2016. They were arrested the next day on arrival to Delhi from Abu Dhabi. District judge Amar Nath posted the matter for further hearing on April 19.
April 13

The CRPF has identified the place where its personnel were heckled and kicked by unidentified youth and forced to raise 'Go India, Go back' slogans on April 9, when bypolls were held at the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, reports The Indian Express. Officials said the video was shot at Kralpora village in Chadoora Budgam District soon after polling had ended and the paramilitary personnel were returning to their camp. "We have collected all the details of the incident. This incident took place at Kralpora village in Chadoora. We will formally lodge a complaint at Chadoora Police Station against the protesters involved in this incident,'' a senior CRPF official told the newspaper. He said action will be taken against all the youths involved. "In this case, our personnel showed exemplary restraint. They could have easily opened fire as they had guns."

Repolling in the 38 polling booths of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency located in Budgam District on April 13 registered only around 2% voter turnout, amid very tight security arrangements.

April 14

Clashes erupted at several places in Kashmir valley after Friday prayers against the civilian killings in SFs firing on March 9. One person was injured in these clashes outside Jama Masjid Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla District. In view of the sensitivity of the day, SFs were deployed in several areas of downtown and Budgam District to prevent post-Friday violence as separatists had called for protests against the killing of eight civilians. Clashes were also reported from Natipora area located in the outskirts of Srinagar city, in Narbal area of Budgam District and Tral and Tahab areas of Pulwama District.

SFs on April 14 foiled the separatists call to offer joint prayers for the eight civilians killed in Budgam District during the by-poll on April 9. A spokesman of the Hurriyat said SFs detained all senior separatists and other leaders were placed under house arrest. The authorities also sealed the offices of the Hurriyat Conference and the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat headquarters.

April 15

A civilian, identified as Bashir Ahmad Dar, was killed and another injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire in a place named Qasbayar of Pulwama District.

A civilian identified as, Sajad Hassan, was shot dead in a firing incident in Srinagar's Batamaloo area after an incident of stone pelting on a BSF patrol.

Unidentified militants barged into the houses of five serving Police personals at Hajipora, Chotgam and Landoora areas in Shopian District. Their families were threatened, houses ransacked and they were asked for resignation of the cops. The masked militants barged in residential houses of Constable Mehrajdin Shah and Constable Abdul Rashid of Hajipora Shopian. They thrashed Shah and broke the window panes of his house. They also directed Mehraj to announce from local Masjid loudspeaker that all policemen should resign immediately or face consequences. Another constable was targeted at Chotgam in Shopian when militants forced him to announce resignation publicly through Masjid loudspeaker.

April 16

Unidentified militants barged into the house of Advocate Imtiaz Ahmad Khan and killed him at Pinjoora area of Shopian District. He was former public prosecutor and affiliated with opposition National Conference. He was close relative of NC leader Shabir Kullay who contested Assembly elections from Shopian constituency in 2014. Advocate Imtiaz was campaigning for him during the elections.

Unidentified militants shot dead former counter-insurgent 'commander', Rashid Billa at Hajin area of Bandipora District. He was top 'commander' of Ikhwan and close associate of Imtiaz Ahmad Parray commonly known as Kuka Parray who was killed by militants in September 2003.

April 17

Eight Pakistani Army soldiers were reported killed when Indian troops retaliated to unprovoked heavy shelling and firing from across the LoC in several areas of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District. However, there was no official confirmation of the Pakistani casualties. Two Indian Army soldiers also sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Scores of protestors and a Police Officer were injured as thousands of protestors of various colleges across Kashmir valley protested on April 17 against last week's Police action in Pulwama Degree College in Pulwama District that left 54 students injured. A Police spokesman said: "Students of different colleges protested at some places in Kashmir valley today. While at most of the places the students protested inside their college premises, at few places in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam the students assembled on the roads and indulged in stone pelting thus disrupting the movement of general people and traffic on busy roads.

The police at these places exhibited maximum restraint and dispersed the stone pelting mobs of students by using some teargas shells. At some places the College property was also damaged. In the resultant chaos some students received minor injuries and most of them were discharged after first aid. While tackling the stone pelting SHO Kothibagh and four policemen were injured at MA Road Srinagar. A lady constable had a fracture in her arm."

April 19

A youth, Muzaffar Ahmad Mir (22), injured in firing, allegedly by SFs, on the day of bypolls for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, died. While locals alleged that BSF personnel had opened fire, BSF spokesperson Vishwa Bandu said there was no BSF deployment in Ganderbal on the day of by-election on Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency,

Police claimed to have foiled a bid to snatch away weapons of CRPF jawans by some students during a clash with them in Banihal District. The incident occurred on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway after an altercation between the students and the CRPF personnel when a vehicle carrying the former overtook the security force's convoy in which one of their vehicles was hit, they said.

The State Government ordered the extension of teaching work in colleges across Kashmir for two more days from April 20, as a precautionary measure following the April 17 Student protests. "According to the divisional commissioner, Kashmir, teaching work in all colleges of Kashmir division shall remain suspended on 20 and 21 April as a precautionary measure," an official spokesman said.

April 20

Scores of mainstream political workers have fled after militants broke into their homes, beat them with sticks and guns, ordered them to tender a public apology and dissociate from mainstream politics, before recording their 'dissociation' on mobile phones across South Kashmir's four Districts. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met dozens of her party workers from these four districts and assured them that the government would provide safety and security to all political workers, irrespective of their political ideology.

Dozens of videos had started surfacing on social media in which political workers, surrounded by gun-wielding militants, were seeking forgiveness from the general public, before the 3G and 4G services were snapped in the Valley. The gunmen had periodically released these videos to "teach (political workers) a lesson" and have, according to political workers in Pulwama and Shopian District, recorded many such video, but are yet to release them on the internet.

April 22

SFs killed two LeT militants, identified as 'commander', Abu Ali and his associate Younis Ganai in a brief gun battle in Chadoora area of the Budgam District. According to Police, acting on specific information, 53 RR of Army and SOG of J&K Police Budgam cordoned off Hayatpora village of in Chadoora area of Budgam District on April 22 evening. The troops zeroed in two militants who were hiding in an orchard and in a brief exchange of gunfire, both the militants were killed. Sources said that militants fired at the troops as they cordoned off the area leading to a gun battle in which both of them were killed. Two AK 47, four magazines, one pistol and Chinese hand grenade were recovered from the possession of the dead militants.

On specific information, the CRPF and J&K Police Awantipora raided a militant hideout in Charsu area of Awantipora in Pulwama District and recovered 54 AK rounds, two AK magazines, one round of AK ammunition, one pouch, one torch, two bundles of wires, two mobile charges and one gas regulator.

April 24

The ruling PDP District President for Pulwama, Advocate Abdul Gani Dar was killed by the militants in Pinglena area of Pulwama District when he was on way to Srinagar. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the killing so far.

The ongoing students' protests spread to schools and colleges across Srinagar, with students staying away from classes and taking to the streets. Kashmiri students have been protesting against alleged Police excesses at Pulwama Degree College on April 15 where SFs and students clashed. At least 50 students were injured in the clash.

J&K, CM Mehbooba Mufti met PM Narendra Modi to discuss deteriorating law and order situation in the State. "We discussed the issue of less voting percentage in recent elections, and security situation in state (J&K) with the PM," Mehbooba said after the meeting with PM Narendra Modi.

April 27

In a fidayeen (suicide) attack by suspected JeM militants, three Indian Army troopers and two militants were killed at Panjgaon of Chowkibal in Kupwara District in the morning. Militants attacked the Army garrison in Kupwara's Panzgam area, around 90 km away from Srinagar. "Two terrorists were killed. Three soldiers, including an officer, were also martyred," said an Army spokesman adding, "The operation is in progress." Five soldiers were also injured in the incident.

Police arrested separatist leader Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DEM) 'chief' Asiya Andrabi under the PSA. She was arrested in the morning from her residence, sources said. She is alleged to be the main separatist leader who incites women in the valley to pelt stones at security forces and disrupt normal life.

Three major militant groups are operating together in Kashmir. A video, being circulated on social media, purportedly showed 30 militants of the HM, LeT and JeM together in south Kashmir. The armed militants of the three outfits were reportedly marching in front of the camera in the 45-second video shot in a forested area. "Militants from HM, LeT and JeM… are operating jointly. This trend started last year after the July unrest. Before that, they had different areas of operation," an unnamed senior security officer from Kashmir said.

A civilian, identified as Mohammad Yusuf (55), was killed and three others were injured after Army opened fire on protesters seeking bodies of two slain militants who attacked an Army camp in Panzgam village of Kupwara District. In a fidayeen (suicide) attack by suspected JeM militants, three Indian Army troopers and two militants were killed at Panjgaon of Chowkibal in Kupwara District on the same day.

April 28

A CRPF jawan, Koshal Kumar of 20 Battalion, was injured after militants opened fire at him outside a Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch at Tehsil premises in Anantnag town in Anantnag District. CRPF personnel managed to nab one of the militant identified as Muneeb Malla. It is being investigated whether the motive of militants was snatching the rifle of CRPF personal only or bank robbery as well.

The Army launched a fresh search operation around the garrison that was attacked in Kupwara's Panzgam area on April 27. A militant had escaped from the scene following a firefight that left three Army troopers and two militants dead. The Army had recovered three weapons from the two, indicating that one more militant was involved. It said the militant who escaped could be hiding in the nearby villages or forest area. Residents said the Army was looking for the militant and questioned many civilians.

April 29

According to sources in the Army, there have been 60 instances of ceasefire violations until mid-April in the 16 Corps Zone, the area that falls south of Pir Panjal mountain Range. There were two ceasefire violations during the same period last year. Two-thirds of these ceasefire violations this year have occurred in the Naushera sector, the area where there are reports of militants congregating at launch-pads on the Pakistani side of LoC. The Army, sources said, has been proactive in taking pre-emptive action to prevent attempts at infiltration. This has led to an increase in the number of ceasefire violations this year. Four bids at infiltration have been foiled by the army on the LoC so far this year, leading to the death of eight militants.

A total of 40 militants have already been killed by the Army in the state during the same period. As per Army sources, 371 militants had attempted infiltration from across the LoC last year, of which 119 had been successful. The comparative figures for 2015 were 121 and 33 respectively. The rise in ceasefire violations in the 16 Corps Zone started after the surgical strikes last year when Special Forces of the Army targeted terror launch pads along the LoC. Of 226 ceasefire violations last year, only 45 occurred before the surgical strikes. The number of ceasefire violations have shown a rise since 2014, when they shot to 153 from 99 in 2013. There were 152 ceasefire violations on the LoC, south of the Pir Panjal range, in 2015.

April 30

A civilian was killed and five persons, including four Policemen and a civilian, injured in a grenade attack outside Khanyar Police Station in Srinagar District in the evening. Militants hurled the grenade at a Police bunker and it fell on the road injuring four Policemen and two civilians. One of the injured civilians, identified as Ghulam Mohammad Khan (65) was declared dead on arrival at the Gousia hospital adjacent to the Police Station.

Militants shot at and critically injured a man in Pulwama District of South Kashmir on April 30 night, reports Daily Excelsior. According to sources, militants barged into the house of Nisar Ahmad Mir at Prachu in Pulwama district but he was not present in the house. As the militants were coming out of the house, he was heading home and militants fired at him. He was critically injured and shifted to Pulwama hospital where from he was referred to Srinagar for treatment. Mir is plumber by profession.

Normal life in Kashmir was affected due to a shutdown called by separatists against killing of a civilian in Kupwara District in Army firing three days ago on April 27. Most of the shops, commercial establishments and fuel stations in summer capital Srinagar were closed.

April 30

Data released by the UMHA revealed that over 40,961 people have been killed in different parts of J&K from 1990 to March 31, 2017. In an RTI reply, Chief Public Information Officer of the UMHA said 13,491 civilians and 5,055 SFs personnel were killed in different terror attacks. Around 21,965 terrorists have also been neutralized by the SFs in the last 27 years. Nearly 13,502 soldiers have also been injured while fighting with the terrorists. The 2001 was the bloodiest year in the history of turmoil. Nearly 3,552 people were killed which included 996 civilians, 536 SF personnel and 2,020 terrorists. Around 1,587 SF personals were injured in the year.

The 1996 witnessed maximum number of civilian deaths in the last 27 years. Nearly 1,341 civilians were killed in 1996 followed by 1,031 civilians in 1995. "After 2006, there has been a steep decline in the terror-related causalities till 2012. In year 2012, there were only 102 causalities that included 15 civilians, 15 SF personnel and 72 terrorists, Nearly, 65 security men received injuries while fighting terrorists", said Raman Sharma, RTI activist who had filed the application. However, from 2013 onward there is a rise in the killings and in the terror related cases in the State.

According to SATP data, a total of 44,059 persons, including 14,635 civilians, 6,265 SF personnel and 2,3159 militants were killed in various terrorism related incidents in J&K from 1990 to March 31, 2017.

May 1

Five Policemen including an ASI and two Bank security guards were killed when militants attacked a J&K Bank van in Kulgam District. According to reports, the J&K Bank mobile van carrying cash in the Kulgam District was attacked by militants near Bombay village of the District. Terrorists decamped with four INSAS and one AK 47 rifle.

HM claimed the responsibility for the attack. However, it said that they killed five Policemen and not bank guards. "They were killed by CRPF men," it claimed and said that the attack was not aimed at looting cash.

Pakistani Special Forces, BATs carried out an attack after sneaking about 400 to 500 meters inside the Indian territory across the border fencing along LoC in Nangi Tekri area of Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch District and killed two soldiers of Army and BSF. Two Indian soldiers, identified as Prem Sagar and Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh were beheaded and another soldier, Rajinder Singh injured by a Pakistani forces that sneaked into Indian Territory under the cover of heavy shelling in the Krishna Ghati sector.

May 2

Suspected militants barged into a Police post of District Court complex in Shopian District and decamped with five rifles including an AK-47. The militants attacked the guard room of the court complex around 9 pm and snatched five rifles from the Policemen posted there.

As many as 55 camps of Pakistan- backed militant groups have come up across the LoC in PoK in the last four months where terrorists are being trained to be pushed into J&K, officials said. Quoting intelligence reports, Government officials said at least 20 new terrorist camps have come up this year (2017) taking the total number to 55 from earlier 35.

When the surgical strike was carried out by the Indian Army on terror launch pads across the LoC in September 2016, there were around 35 training camps of the militant groups and many of them were dismantled and shifted deep inside PoK. However, the officials said, all these camps have resurfaced since January and at least 20 new camps too have come into existence. All these 55 camps are "actively operating", an official said. In the first four months of 2017, there were 60 infiltration attempts along the LoC in which 15 terrorists managed to enter into J&K.

Unidentified gunmen had barged into the Yaripora branch of Ellaquai Dehati Bank at Kadder in neighbouring Kulgam District and taken away INR 65,000.

Blood samples collected by Indian investigators confirmed that Pakistan army personnel killed the two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies in the Krishna Ghati sector along the LoC.
May 3

In third incident of its kind during preceding 24 hours in South Kashmir, militants in broad daylight raided two banks in Pulwama District and decamped with cash worth lakhs of rupees. Following these twin incidents, Police claimed that LeT is involved in these robberies and said they have identified three of its militants behind today's (May 3) bank raids on whom heads it also announced cash reward.

A group of five militants entered Ellaquai Dehati Bank Wahibugh, which is some 8-10 kilometers away from Pulwama town. SP Rayees Bhat said that the militants fled with INR 4.92 lakh from Ellaquai Dehati Bank at Wahibugh and they concluded the raid in around 3-4 minutes. The militants, before the arrival of SFs, managed to escape from the village in the same car they had arrived.

The SP said that after some two-and-a-half hours, another bank, a local unit of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, was looted at Nehama village of Kakapora area in Pulwama District. "Five militants were also involved in it. Four militants barged into the bank and another was with the car. From there, they decamped around Rs. 1.49 lakh rupees," he said.

Following series of attacks on Police personnel, snatching of their rifles and looting of banks, UHM Rajnath Singh is said to have directed J&K Police and Para-military forces operating in the Valley to be "pro-active" and hit the militants before giving them a chance to strike.

CM Mehbooba Mufti appealed youth of Kashmir to help in progress and development of the State to save the place from destruction. Mehbooba urged for ending the destruction, loot and murder in Kashmir.

The moderate faction of APHC pressed the Central Government to initiate a "meaningful dialogue" to find a lasting solution to the "explosive" Kashmir issue, which it said had become a "nuclear flash point". The conglomerate of various separatist groups, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, held a meeting in Srinagar to discuss the prevailing situation and the way forward.

May 4

A civilian was killed and two Army personnel were injured as militants ambushed an Army patrol party in Imam Saheb area of Shopian District while SFs conducted a massive operation against militants in the area. A civilian driver, identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, who was driving the cab in which Army was returning after search and cordon operation, was killed in the ambush and two Army men were injured. HM claimed the responsibility of the attack on Army.

Army conducted massive search and cordon operation in several villages in Shopian District after militants intensified their attacks on Police and SFs in South Kashmir and looted banks and weapons. However, no one was arrested during the operation.

Recently, videos showing large groups of terrorists moving freely in the area - in some cases as many as 30 - have surfaced on social media, despite the ban imposed by authorities on 22 such sites and applications.

At Maldoora, Turkawangam and Trenz village, groups of protesters pelted stones on the SFs.

SFs also laid a cordon in Khudwani of Kulgam District after a tip-off about the presence of LeT terrorists, but they escaped with public support, Police said

J&K Police announced a cash reward of INR 10 lakh on the head of Umer Majid, a suspected HM militant responsible for killing seven persons including five Policemen at Kulgam earlier this week.

At least 45 persons including 25 SFs personnel and 19 students were injured during stone-throwing clashes between students and SFs in northern Baramulla District while similar clash erupted in Gogji Bagh area of Srinagar.

May 5

Army along with SoG of J&K Police busted a HM module of three of its OGWs, who were involved in number of militancy activities and planning to snatch weapon from SFs and luring youth into militancy. The members of the module, Akeel Ahmad Malla, Asif Abdullah Wagay and Amir Hussain Ganie were arrested from Shopian District.

A video showing two youths being tortured and their hair being shaved by HM terrorists went viral across Kashmir valley. The two youths were tortured and humiliated by HM terrorists after being branded as Police informers in the video.

In the wake of surge in armed robberies, the banks in sensitive areas of two Districts of Pulwama and Shopian in South Kashmir stopped cash dealings following a Police advisory to evade further raids for cash by militants while as Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu chaired a bankers meeting in Srinagar to discuss the security scenario of banks.

May 6

A 12-year-old boy from PoK was arrested by the Army after he crossed over into the Indian territory along the LoC in Rajouri District, an Army official said. Army strongly suspects that he was sent by the Pakistan Army along with terrorists to conduct probe of infiltration routes and patrol track of the Army.

Five persons including three civilians, a Policeman and a militant were killed in a militant attack in Kulgam District. Militants, travelling in a car, opened fire on a police party which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident. Police also retaliated killing one of militants and injuring another who has, however, escaped. A grenade and ammunition rounds were recovered during frisking of one of the dead persons who is a militant.

At least one incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan took place daily along the LoC in J&K in 2015 and 2016 in which 23 SFs personnel lost their lives, the UMHA said in an RTI reply. As many as 1,142 terror incidents were reported in the State between 2012 and 2016 in which 236 SFs personnel and 90 civilians were killed, it said in reply to an RTI query filed by a Press Trust of India Bhasha correspondent. In the same period, 507 terrorists were killed in encounters, it said.

According to the reply, Pakistan breached the truce along the LoC 449 times in 2016 as compared to 405 violations in 2015. 23 SFs personnel were killed in the two-year period. Compared to 220 terror incidents in J&K in 2012, there were 322 incidents in 2016 in which 82 SFs personnel and 15 civilians were killed, the Ministry said. It said in 2015, 39 SFs personnel and 17 civilians were killed in 208 terror incidents, while 108 terrorists were killed in encounters.

While 47 SFs personnel and 28 civilians were killed in the State, 110 terrorists were killed in encounters in 2014, the reply said. In 2013, 53 SFs personnel and 15 civilians were killed in 170 terror incidents in J&K. SFs killed 67 terrorists in encounters that year, as per the Ministry. In 2012, 15 SFs personnel and as many civilians were killed in 220 terror incidents, and 72 terrorists were killed in encounters, it said.

Security agencies are not ruling out the possibility of the banned Islamic State (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.

May 7

The militant who was killed on May 6 night by Police during an attack on them at NH in Kulgam was wanted by NIA for his role in 2015 Fidayeen attack on a BSF convoy at Udhampur. The HM militant, identified as Fayaz Ahmad Ishwar alias Setha was killed in retaliatory fire by police after a group of militants attacked them on May 6. Police said that the killed militant was active from last two years and was involved in many subversive activities.

The militant who was killed on May 6 night by Police during an attack on them at NH in Kulgam was wanted by NIA for his role in 2015 Fidayeen attack on a BSF convoy at Udhampur. The HM militant, identified as Fayaz Ahmad Ishwar alias Setha was killed in retaliatory fire by police after a group of militants attacked them on May 6. Police said that the killed militant was active from last two years and was involved in many subversive activities.

May 8

The Karvan-e-Aman bus service, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, was cancelled after an attack on Army on the LoC near Chokas post overlooking Aman Setu in Uri in Baramulla District. Sources said that Army repulsed an attack on the LoC in Chokas and one Army jawan was injured in the firing.

The student protests in Kashmir entered fourth week and hundreds of students clashed with Police in several areas including in summer capital Srinagar during which several of them were injured while seven have been detained.

Exactly a week after the mutilation of two Indian soldiers, Indian Army has hit back targeting Pakistani forward posts and bunkers with `Anti Guided Tank Missiles’ across Nowshera sector along the LoC inflicting heavy damages on the Pakistani troops. At least four Pakistani posts and three bunkers have been destroyed in massive retaliatory attack undertaken by the Indian Army in Rajouri-Poonch sector.

While exact casualties suffered by Pakistan in the attack were not known, sources said that four to six Pakistani jawans appeared to have perished in the attack. However, sources said, the attack was just a tip of iceberg and Pakistan could face much bigger offence from the Indian side in the days to come for mutilation of two Indian soldiers at Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch District on May 1.

Sources said the troops targeted forward Pakistan Army posts and bunkers, which had been resorting to unprovoked shelling and firing on the Indian side apart from giving shelter to terrorists to push them into this side. Troops were reported to have used ‘Anti Guided Tank Missiles’ to hit Pakistani posts and bunkers.

IGP, Kashmir, Syed Javid Mujtaba Gillani said that by releasing their videos online, militants in Kashmir are indulging in psychological warfare. The IGP said in a press conference in Srinagar that as of now, there are about 200 militants which is roughly the same number that has been there last year as well. “95 new recruits were there last year, now there are about 200 militants, among them nearly 110 are local militants,” he said.

May 9

A SPO, identified as Mohammad Younis (35) who was injured in the firing by unidentified gunmen at a STF post in Tanta area of Gandoh tehsil in Doda District during the intervening night of May 7 and 8, succumbed to his injuries at GMCH. Another SPO Kikar Singh (35), injured in the firing has been referred to PGI Chandigarh for advanced treatment. IGP Jammu Zone Dr SD Singh Jamwal has ruled out the firing incident as militants’ attack, while investigation in the incident is going on after registering a case under relevant Sections at Gandoh Police Station.

Militants attacked a Police party at Kumdalan village of Shopian District in the evening. Sources said that the militants attacked a cavalcade of senior officers including SSP, DySP and SHO at Shopian but they escaped unhurt. They said that the Police officers were returning from an Army camp and as they reached Kumdalan village militants fired at them from the orchard. However, no one was hurt.

Police have sounded alert in parts of Pulwama and Budgam after militants hijacked a car. A police officer said that one Mohammad Rafiq Dar of Samboora village of Pampore reported in Police Station Pulwama that a group of militants hijacked his Alto Car at Gudoora village. All the Police stations, control rooms and security agencies have been alerted following the hijacking of the car by suspected militants. “We have alerted security forces along National Highway”, a Police officer said.

Police restored to tear gas shelling when a group of farmers allegedly started stone pelting in which several persons including three Police personals received minor injuries in Kishtwar District.

May 9-10

A young army officer was abducted in South Kashmir by suspected militants from a wedding last night (May 9) and his bullet-riddled body was found early morning today (May 10) in Herman area of Shopian District. According to J& Police, Umar Fayyaz, a Lieutenant rank Army officer, was kidnapped around 10 pm by terrorists when he went to attend his cousin's wedding at south Kashmir's Kulgam District. Later, on May 10, his body was found in Shopian District with bullets in his head and abdomen.

May 10

A woman was killed and another man was injured in Pakistani firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector in Rajouri District in the night. Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing from small arms and mortars along the LoC in Nowshera sector around 10.30 pm. Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively, Army sources said.

May 11

A dozen SF personal and six students were injured when students from Government Degree College and Government Higher Secondary School in Sopore town of Baramulla District pelted stones on security personnel.

At least four students were injured in clashes at Magam in Budgam District. The students of higher secondary schools alleged that Army soldiers beat some of their peers and boycotted classes. Witnesses said the students pelted stones on security forces who retaliated by firing teargas canisters.

Two shopkeepers were injured following clashes between them and SFs at Main Town of Pulwama District.

Shopkeepers downed their shutters after clashes between students and SFs in Dooru town of Anantnag District.

SFs have identified three militants of HM, who, they believed, abducted and killed the Indian Army officer in Kulgam District. The HM trio was identified as Abbas Bhat of Materbugh, Gayasul Islam of Chekchalun and Ashfaq Ahmad Thokar of Paderpora.

CM, Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the death of woman and injuries to her husband in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District due to cross LoC firing on May 10. The ACM has directed the Rajouri District administration to provide all assistance and help to the injured in the incident.

May 12

A BSF soldier was injured as Pakistan yet again violated the ceasefire along the international border (IB) in Arnia sector in Samba District. The ceasefire violation took place between 7-7:30 AM today and the BSF promptly retaliated.

Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling during ceasefire violation along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District, drawing sharp retaliation from the Indian Army. "Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 0715 hours along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector", PRO, MoD Jammu, Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said. The Indian Army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively, he said, adding that the firing is currently going on.

J&K Police released posters of three HM terrorists wanted for the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz and pasted these at several places in Shopian town of south Kashmir, offering a reward to anyone who could provide information about them. The Police identified the three as Ishfaq Ahmad Thoker (24) and Gayas-ul-Islam, residents of Padderpora, and Abass Ahmad Bhat (26) of Mantribugh.

An audio slideshow in which HM militant ‘commander’ Zakir Moosa is purportedly speaking about establishing an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir has gone viral in the Valley. The 5.40-minute long clip also warns separatist leaders of Kashmir not to meddle in the move to set up a caliphate in Jammu and Kashmir along the lines of the rule established by the Islamic State (ISIS) in parts of Syria and Iraq.

May 13

Two persons were killed and three others were injured when Pakistani army fired mortar bombs and automatic weapons along the LoC in Rajouri District of J&K. The Indian Army retaliated “strongly and effectively”, PRO MoD, Jammu, Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said. “Two persons have been killed and three others injured in the firing and shelling by Pakistani Army along LoC in Nowshera belt,” DC of Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.  “Pakistani Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 0715 hours along the LoC in Nowshera sector,” Mehta said. Over 100 more people have migrated to safer places from five hamlets near the LoC which have been targeted, the DC said. Pakistani troops are targeting Jangarh, Bhawani, Laam belts, officials said.

One person, identified as Azad Ahmad Rather (18), was injured reportedly in a mysterious blast at Pastuna Tral in Pulwama District. Police said that they are investigating the incident in which two more persons received minor injuries.

Police foiled a major attempt to revive militancy in Chenab Valley, which had been reduced to negligible during the past few years, by arresting seven militants, who had developed links in Pakistan as well as with LeT commanders in the Kashmir valley. The module was working to revive militancy in the Doda- Kishtwar-Ramban region of J&K. IGP of Jammu Zone S D S Jamwal said that the arrests were made by a SIT formed after the attack on a Police post in Doda on May 8, in which one SPO was killed and another injured. An AK-47 rifle and three magazines and ammunition have been recovered from them, the IGP added.

May 14

Pakistani troops heavily shelled areas along the LoC in Rajouri District for the second consecutive day, causing heavy damage to buildings and forcing evacuation of 1000 border dwellers. The Indian Army effectively retaliated. DC, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said fresh ceasefire violation has been reported in 'chitibakri' area of Chingus in Rajouri today (May 14). "Heavy shelling started in Manjakote area of Rajouri at O620 hours. More than seven villages have been affected", the DC said. Choudhary said there was massive damage to buildings. He said the number of migrants at relief camps swelled to 978 overnight. Till now 259 families have been evacuated from three villages, he added.

Two LeT militants who escaped from an Army base after carrying out Fidayeen attack on April 27 were killed in a gun battle in Handwara area of Kupwara District. The two militants were killed in a brief encounter in Warpora area of Handwara after 21 RR of Army and SoG of J&K Police Handwara carried out an operation on a specific information regarding the presence of militants in Warpora. We recovered large quantity of war like stores which includes two AK rifles, two pistols”, the Commanding Officer 21 RR, Colonel Kuldeep Singh said.

An AK rifle and three magazines were recovered during the demolition of an old Masjid Sharief in Rajwar area of Handwara in Kupwara District. Police said during the demolition of an old Masjid Sharief in Lashipora, Rajwar area of Handwara, locals found an AK rifle and three magazines. Later, the villagers informed Handwara Police and handed the rifle and magazines to them.

A civilian, identified as Mohammad Hussain Dar injured in the May 6 Kulgam firing incident died in the hospital on May 14 morning as the death toll in the incident has risen to six. Officials said Mohammad Hussain Dar was critically wounded when militants attacked a Police party at Mir Bazar on Srinagar-Jammu NH in Kulgam District on May 6. SATP earlier reported that five persons including three civilians, a Policeman and a militant were killed in the militant attack.

May 15

Three persons including a senior Police officer were injured as students clashed with Police in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. Dozens of students of Sri Pratap College, Srinagar, at Maulana Azad Road boycotted their classes and staged protests. The students pelted stones on Police. Police retaliated to stone-pelting by lobbing tear and pepper gas shells on students, ensuing clashes between the both sides.

Army and Police recovered a consignment of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout at Nagseni in Kishtwar District. According to reports, a joint team of Army, Police and SOG Kishtwar conducted a joint search operation at Nagseni in Kishtwar District and destroyed a hideout of the militants at Horanmarg forest area. The hideout was detected and destroyed during two-day long search operation in the forests. Recoveries made from the hideout included one AK 56 rifle, two AK magazines, 60 rounds, four UBGL grenades, four hand grenades, one wireless set, one Radio set antenna, three RPG rounds, one binocular, cooking utensils and two blankets.

A BSF Assistant Commandant from J&K, who had topped the recruitment exam, wrote to the Government alleging that terrorists are threatening him and his sister. Nabeel Ahmed Wani, the topper of the All India Examination for BSF Assistant Commandant (Works) last year (2016), said his sister, a civil engineering student in Chandigarh, had been staying in a hostel but the college authorities now want her to move elsewhere. Wani wrote to women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on May 14 asking her to arrange for hostel facility for Nida Rafiq.

May 16

One person, identified as Raj Kumar was injured as a powerful car blast rocked Kishtwar town in Kishtwar District. Sources said that Raj Kumar had parked his car at Old Bus Stand in the town on May 15 night as he was living in a rented accommodation nearby. In the morning (on May 16), when he returned from the temple and opened the front door his car, there was an explosion inside the vehicle blowing off its gear box, both the front seats and smashing the window panes and windscreen of the vehicle.

Clashes between students and SFs continued for the second day in Kashmir during which scores of persons including policemen sustained injuries and affected routine class work in educational institutions. Clashes erupted at Pattan town in Baramulla District between hundreds of students and SFs in the morning. Confronted by SFs including police in Main Market of Pattan, the agitating students resorted to heavy stone-pelting after which Police responded by firing teargas shells, ensuing violent clashes between the two sides. The clashes rocked the Town throughout the day and during which 14 students and 11 SFs personnel were injured.

Dozens of students of Government Higher Secondary School Hajin in Bandipora District staged a massive protest and pelted stones on SFs against deployment of Army men near their educational institute. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse the students. During these clashes, four students sustained minor injuries.

Scores of students of Gandhi Memorial College and MP Higher Secondary School at Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan came out of their respective institutes and resorted to stone-pelting on Police. The Police retaliated by lobbing teargas and pepper shells. A boy was detained by Police on the occasion.

The students in Main Town of Pulwama District in Southern Kashmir attacked SFs with stones and bricks. The Police retaliated by firing teargas and situation was brought to normal.

The students of Dooru College in Anantnag district staged a protest against alleged thrashing of one of their counterparts by Army.

In Okay village in Kulgam District, women staged a protest against alleged thrashing of a civilian during a search and cordon operation. Some of the protesters also pelted stones on SFs and Army fired in air to disperse them. However, no one was injured.

Pakistan Army again heavily shelled forward villages along LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District in the night, leading to fresh migration from the people amidst panic even as the Indian side gave very effective retaliation at all the places. Official sources said Pakistani troops resumed heavy shelling targeting forward posts of Army and civilian population at Pukharni, Ban Morha, Rezwa and Siya Bagla at 6.35pm.

Sources said a total of 3044 families comprising 11,547 people from 10 villages falling on the LoC in Nowshera sector have migrated. While 1720 people from 477 families were putting up in the migrant camps, others were reported to have left for the houses of their relatives in safer areas.

Ten villages badly affected by the shelling included Khamba, Sarya, Bhawani, Kalsian, Manpur, Dhanaka, Khori, Ganiah, Pukharni and Anwas Bhandar. The migrants have been lodged in four Government schools, which have been converted into the migrant camps including Boys Higher Secondary School, Nowshera, Government Middle School Bawali, Government High School, Nonial and Government Middle School, Nonial.

Pakistani troops had targeted Pukharni and surrounding villages in Nowshera sector in Rajouri District by resorting to mortar shelling and firing for over two hours.

May 17

SFs conducted separate counter-insurgency operations in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama Districts during which locals resorted to stone-pelting to hamper these operations against the militants, resulting in injuries to 12 persons. Police said: “in an effort to flush out the holed up militants”, the SFs including SOG, Army and CRPF conducted extensive searches in Heff and Shirmal villages of Shopian District. The locals in a bid to disrupt the operation pelted stones on SFs who retaliated by firing teargas and pellets, ensuing clashes. Locals alleged that SFs thrashed residents including family members of militants and vandalized properties. Residents said 11 persons sustained injuries in the clashes.

The SFs launched another search and cordon operation at Mahmudpora village of Kulgam District, after receiving an input about the militants’ presence.. However, the locals disrupted the operation by pelting stones on SFs involved in the anti-militancy operation. Police used teargas shells to disperse the stone-pelting crowds during which one lady identified as Zareefa was hit by a smoke canister.

SFs late in the afternoon launched an anti-militancy operation at Seer village of Tral in Pulwama District. Sources said that after receiving input about the presence of four local militants, the Seer village was cordoned off by the SFs. As the searches were ensued, locals started pelting stones on SFs, sparking off clashes. SFs suspected presence of militants in a hideout. As clashes continued, the SFs suspended the search operation due to darkness till dawn. However, the cordon was intact.

Students in Valley once again staged protests and clashed with SFs. The students of Gandhi Memorial College and MPML Higher Secondary School at Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan in Srinagar boycotted their classes and started protests against the detention of their peers. They pelted stones on Police deployed near Baba Demb Road. Police fired teargas shells and used pepper grenades to quell the stones.

The clashes between students and SFs also broke out at Pattan in Baramulla District and in Hajin town of Bandipora district. At these places, police used tear and pepper canisters against the students, who were protesting against the State and demanding release of their detained peers.

In another ceasefire violation, Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling and firing in Balakote sector of Mendhar tehsil (revenue unit) in Poonch District in wee hours of this morning. Official sources said that since the migration from villages, located close to LoC in Nowshera sector in Rajouri District continued even though there was no major incident of Pakistani shelling and firing today, the administration has increased number of make shift migrant camps from four to five.

May 18

Three Policemen and a civilian were injured as militants hurled a grenade towards Police station in Safa Kadal in Srinagar. A constable, two SPOs and a civilian were injured in the grenade attack. “The injured were immediately rushed to the hospital. One SPO has received severe injuries in the attack and is currently being treated in the hospital,” a Police official said.

Fifteen persons including one media person were injured as students staged violent protests in Main Town of South Kashmir’s Kulgam District. Dozens of students of Kulgam Degree College boycotted their classes and staged protests. The students after being confronted by Police resorted to heavy stone-pelting while the latter fired teargas canisters and pellets in a bid to disperse them.

Massive clashes erupted in Main Town of Anantnag District after an altercation between shopkeepers and Police took an ugly turn. The shopkeepers alleged that Police thrashed a trader and after which they staged anti-Police protests. The shopkeepers were joined by locals and students. Police, in a bid to disperse protesters, fired teargas and the latter responded by pelting stones, ensuing clashes.

The Union Government ruled out any dialogue with separatists in J&K in near future, saying its priority was to improve the situation in the Valley first. “Our priority is to improve the situation first,” Union Minister for Defence and Finance Arun Jaitley said in Srinagar when asked if the Centre had any plans to hold talks with separatist groups like APHC. Jaitley, after reviewing the security situation in J&K, said it was not as bad as the impression was being given by some media outlets. The situation in the valley is improving, he said.

May 19

The Police recovered a bullet-riddled body of a 45-year-old man, identified as Mohammad Yousuf Lone who was reportedly working for both militants and SFs in Gadoora village of Pulwama District. The body had multiple bullet injuries, Police official said, adding that the Police was investigating the circumstances in which he was killed. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Lone was working as an OGW for militants as well as a source for SFs, the official said. Further details are awaited, he added.

Massive stone-pelting clashes and protests erupted in Kashmir after Friday prayers during which two persons were injured and one was detained. The call for protests was given by separatists against the detention of youth and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi. Soon after Friday prayers were over, APHC activists assembled outside Jama Masjid and staged a protest against the detentions. As the protest concluded, dozens of youth pelted stones on security forces deployed outside Jama Masjid premises in Nowhatta in Srinagar District.

Intense clashes erupted between youth and SFs at Main Town, Bellow and Tral areas of Pulwama District. Police fired scores of teargas shells to disperse the stone-throwers but they did not budge and continued pelting stones for several hours.

The clashes between youth and SFs erupted at Lal Chowk area of Anantnag District for the second consecutive day. Some of the students including girls also resorted to stone-pelting.

Police in a statement said: “Today morning some miscreants tried to enforce the shutdown in Lal Chowk of Anantnag town by pelting stones. Police reached the spot and chased the miscreants away with the help of the traders. Normalcy was restored and the market opened up.”

The Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla District also witnessed stone-throwing clashes between youth protesters and SFs after Friday prayers. Police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters.

Similar clashes broke out at Hajin town of Bandipora District.

The clashes also broke out at Kralpora and Trehgam areas of border Kupwara District. Police used teargas canisters against the stone-throwing demonstrators.

Dozens of JKLF also staged a protest after Friday prayers at Maisuma in Lal Chowk area but it ended on peaceful note.

Locals of Batapora village of Kanihama in central Kashmir’s Budgam District staged a protest against the detention of 10 youth on stone-pelting charges. They also clashed with Police. However the situation normalized instantly. In view of the situation, Police had placed many separatists including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house-detention.

The APHC reacted with anger and alarm to the Centre's announcement of the NIA's investigation into the source of its foreign funding. The NIA stepped in after allegations made by Hurriyat official Nayeem Khan of the Geelani faction that separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, received funds from Pakistan-based terrorist organisation LeT to carry out terror activities in the Kashmir Valley. Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar, also of the Geelani faction, denied links to LeT, saying, "The agency has earlier harassed and questioned party officials, including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Syed Geelani's son-in-law, but could not find anything. These are fabricated charges to pressure us, as authorities are unable to control clashes in Kashmir."

JKLF chief Yasin Malik, who joined the Hurriyat in 2016, said, "They try to prove I'm receiving funds from Pakistan.

May 20

The rising dissonance between Kashmiri separatists and terrorists based in the Valley on the one hand and Pakistan-based terrorist commanders and cadres in Kashmir on the other has led Indian agencies to suspect that terror masterminds across the border may be covertly planning a new terrorist organisation in J&K, with focus on ex-HM ‘commander’ Zakir Musa.

According to intelligence sources, multiple statements over the past two weeks by Musa, the self-styled successor of slain HM leader Burhan Wani, LeT, Kashmiri separatists and United Jehad Council chief Syed Salahuddin, coupled with images, videos and audio clips circulated on social media, point to "a widening conflict between key stakeholders of violence in the Valley". Intelligence sources said Pakistan may be attempting a repeat of its Kashmir strategy of the 1990s, when the only terror organisation - the JKLF - was supplanted and eventually replaced by many new outfits by 1993-94.

May 20-21

Seven persons, including four militants and three SFs personnel were killed as Army operation in Nowgam sector along the LoC in Kupwara District against the infiltrating militants. The operation started on May 20, as two terrorists and two Army troopers were killed in the operation while militants attempting to infiltrate into the State from PoK in the Nowgam sector. Two militants and a soldier were killed as Army operation in Nowgam sector along the LoC in Kupwara District against the infiltrating militants continued on May 21 taking the number of militants killed in the operation so far to four and the number of Army men killed to three

Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that four infiltrating militants and three soldiers were killed in Nowgam sector in North Kashmir during the operation that was launched by army last evening (May 20). “Four weapons and war like stores were also recovered as Army sanitized the area today (May 21)”, he added. The soldiers who were killed in the operation have been identified as Havaldar Damar Bahadur, Havaldar Girish Gurung and Rifleman Robin Sharma.

May 21

Amy launched a massive operation in Macchil sector in Kupwara District after they received inputs that a group of highly trained militants has managed to infiltrate into the area. The troops are conducting searches in vast forest areas in the sector.

SFs launched a massive operation in Pulwama District of South Kashmir in vast forest area. SFs launched searches in forest areas of Banderpora, Reshipora, Malangpora, Puchal and Goripora. However, no one was arrested.

Troops along the LoC in North Kashmir have been put on high alert after Army received inputs that the small groups of Special Services Group (SSG) of Pakistan Army have been deployed along with its troops in forward areas.

The NIA questioned Kashmiri separatists for the second day in connection with its probe into the role of LeT ‘chief’ Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The NIA further questioned Farooq Ahmad Dar alias 'Bitta Karate', Javed Ahmed Baba alias Prince alias Gazi in Srinagar regarding their involvement in raising, collecting and transferring funds through hawala and other channels for terror funding in Kashmir. The NIA is probing all aspects of funding of separatist leaders and the use of these funds in fuelling the unrest in the Valley, the NIA spokesperson said in a statement.

Police arrested a civilian, identified as Gazanfar Hajam after a grenade was found in his possession at Bemina area in Srinagar. Police during routine checking along Bemina Crossing, stopped the man for frisking. "During frisking, a grenade was found from his possession. He was immediately taken into custody and is being questioned," the sources said.

May 22

Students of several educational institutes staged protests and pelted stones on SFs during which at least eight of them were arrested in J&K. The students of all-boys SPHSS, which re-opened after two weeks, at Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar city centre again boycotted their classes and staged protests against the State. There was brief standoff between the students and Police during which both sides pelted stones on each other. The police while chasing down the students detained three of them. They were detained in local Police station and are being questioned.

The students of Gandhi Memorial College and MPML Higher Secondary School at Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan in downtown city engaged Police in pitched battles after staging protests. The police fired several teargas canisters towards the students, who, however, refused to budge and continued pelting stones. Police detained at least five students during stone-pelting at Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan.

The massive Amy operation in Macchil sector in Kupwara District continued. The operation was launched after Army received inputs that a group of highly trained militants had managed to infiltrate into the area. The troops are conducting searches in vast forest areas in the sector for last two days. However, so far no traces of these infiltrated militants were found.

Four militants of LeT who were killed as Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Kupwara District on May 20-21 were highly trained Fidayeen (Suicide Squad), who were tasked to carry out major strike in Kashmir. Army sources said that four killed LeT militants were highly trained and were tasked to carry out a major Fidayeen strike in Kashmir. They said that the amount of arms and ammunition which was recovered from them indicated their plan of carrying out the major strike. The recoveries include four AK 47 rifles and AK 47 ammunition, UBGL grenades, hand grenades, GPS, wireless sets, Pakistan made medicine, dry fruits, binoculars, wire cutters and matrix sheets.

A Police constable, who took away four service rifles from a Police post in Budgam District of Kashmir, has reportedly joined terrorist outfit HM. Constable Syed Naveed Mushtaq had fled with four INSAS rifles from the guard post at a FCI godown in Chandpora in Budgam on May 20, a Police official said. He said there were intelligence inputs suggesting that Mushtaq had joined the terrorist group.

A video showing anthem of PoK being played before the start of a cricket match in South Kashmir's Pulwama District has gone viral on the social media, prompting Police to initiate a probe. The video shot at Pulwama District stadium on May 21, shows two teams - Shining Stars Pampore and Pulwama Tigers - lined up before the start of the final match of a cricket tournament and the anthem of PoK was being played. After it went viral on the social media, Police took cognisance and started a probe. "Police has taken cognisance of the video and started investigation," an official said. Posters of slain militants were also allegedly put up around the ground while post-match awards were named after some of the slain militants.

According to intelligence agencies, top leaders of the HM are trying a patch-up with their former 'Kashmir commander' Zakir Rashid Bhat who severed ties with the militant group a few days ago. Bhat, better known by his alias Musa, released audio messages 10 days ago announcing his exit after the leadership criticised him for threatening to behead Hurriyat leaders for saying the "separatist movement" in the Valley was political and not religious in nature. The Kashmiri militant group is yet to name his successor. Jammu and Kashmir's Intelligence agencies see the delay as a sign of his subordinates' reluctance to take Bhat's position, which would amount to picking sides in a feud between their former commander and senior leadership. Sources in intelligence say Bhat's departure was not because of ideological differences, as claimed by him. He and the Pakistan-based leadership didn't agree on the group's activities in the Valley.

May 23

Indian Army took major 'pro-active' and 'punitive action' against Pakistani troops and infiltrating militants along LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District decimating nearly dozen posts and bunkers of the enemy and eliminating about a dozen Pakistani troops and militants, present inside the posts. The big counter-terrorism strike was necessitated to neutralize the militants well in advance before they could enter into the Indian territory to launch terror attacks while the posts were destroyed for giving shelter to militants and trying to aid and abet their infiltration into this side.

Sources said that a total of six strikes were carried out targeting Pakistani army posts and bunkers across Nowshera sector of Rajouri District, which had witnessed massive exchange of mortar shelling and firing between two hostile neighbours last week, after developing "very reliable" and "specific inputs" about presence of four to six militants inside Pakistani army posts, from where they had to be launched into the Indian side.

A large group of militants swooped down on Naira village of Pulwama District and raided houses of political workers and drug peddlers. Sources said that the militants during night hours thrashed at least two dozen political workers and drug peddlers. The militants threatened these persons and asked them to mend their ways, sources added.

Students, who were seeking release of their peers, resorted to violence, beat a Policeman and set ablaze his motorcycle at Rajpora Chowk in Pulwama District. As the students were protesting, they intercepted a Policeman, identified as Constable Bilal on his motorcycle. Witnesses said after learning about the identity of the Policeman, they thrashed him ruthlessly and also set ablaze his motorcycle. While the students resorted to heavy stone-pelting on Police and also paramilitary personnel, the Police managed to rescue Constable Bilal who was left injured due to beating.

The students of Government Degree College Bemina in Srinagar also staged violent protests against what they termed 'disappearance' of a student by Police. The students while seeking whereabouts of missing student resorted to heavy stone-pelting on Police throughout the day while the latter resorted to teargas shelling.

The students of Kashmir University also staged a protest inside Hazratbal campus against the arrest of a media student, Tahir Ahmad, under PSA and sought his immediate release. The protest, however, concluded on peaceful note.

IGP Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmad Khan, said that 90 militants are active in North Kashmir and there are no reports of enhanced infiltration from across the LoC into Kashmir. Khan said whether a common man or a Policeman joins militancy they will be equally treated as per the law. "A few of them, who have been lured into this (militancy), whenever anyone - whether a policeman or a common man - goes that way, he becomes a criminal and treatment for either of them is simple and there would be no differentiation. If he is a militant, he is a militant and that is all" (sic), he said.

May 23-24

Search operation launched by the SFs on May 23 in south Kashmir ended early this morning (May 24) as militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness, official sources said in Srinagar. They said with the first light this morning, the SFs resumed search operation in village Hakripora Kakpora in Pulwama District. However, the operation was called off at 05.30 am as the militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness.

The operation was launched on May 23th night following a tip-off about the presence of three militants including top LeT 'commander' in the village. There was a brief encounter between the militants hiding in the village and SFs. However, the operation was stopped due to darkness to avoid any casualty, the sources said. SFs had sealed the entire area after reinforcement was rushed there from nearby camps. However, the militants managed to escape. No arrests were made, they added.

May 24

Army found a dead body of foreign militant near the LoC in Safawali in Kupwara District. The body was decomposed and one UBGL and three UBGL grenades were recovered from the spot.

In another incident, a block president of PDP, identified as Abdul Qayoom, was critically injured as militants fired at him in Barzulla area of Srinagar in the evening. Militants opened firing on Abdul Qayoom outside his residence at Old Barzulla at around 8.15 p.m. Qayoom was rushed to SMHS hospital where his condition is said to be critical. Sources said that two militants who appeared outside his residence shot him at point blank range

Militants hurled a grenade towards camp of SoG of J&K Police at Imam Sahib in Shopian District in which five civilians were injured. The grenade lobbed at the camp missed the target and fell on the road outside the camp. Five pedestrians, identified as Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Ishfaq Rashid Mir, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat and Rafiq Bhat were injured in the attack and they were shifted to nearby hospital.

Unidentified persons sprinkled chilli into eyes of a Jammu and Kashmir Bank guard in Imam Sahib area of Shopian District. Police said two unidentified persons sprinkled chilli powder into the eyes of bank guards at Imam Sahib and the motive of the attack was not clear. Police is investigating the matter and a manhunt to nab the culprits is going on.

Police continued massive searches along the IB route leading towards the NH in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District for second day after four suspected foot prints were observed on May 23 morning in a field, located close to Tarnah Nullah, falling between Dayala Chak and Chadwal. "There has been no let up in the operations. At the same time, no movement of suspects has been noticed," Police said.

May 25

LeT militants fired upon an Army patrol party in Rajwar forests of North Kashmir's Handwara area in Kupwara District in the night. A joint operation was launched by Army and SOG Handwara of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Rajwar forest area of Handwara in the morning. They had information about presence of around three to four militants in forest area. The entire area has been cordoned off and more troops have been rushed to the area so as to prevent militants from fleeing.

Army fired in air at Ganjipora Burran in Pattan area of Baramulla District in the evening. Army had cordoned off the area and they fired few gun shots in air.

An apex body of former militants, Ex-Militants Welfare Association pitched for peaceful solution of Kashmir issue while it strongly denounced killings of both combatants and civilians. Addressing a press conference in Barmulla town, Ex-Militants Welfare Association said they, after realizing importance of dialogue, left the path of militancy. The former militants said that they stand against terrorism and condemn the killings of security men as well as militants. "We also condemn the killings of commoners," they said.

The ex-militants said that they want to live a peaceful life and demanded an end to ongoing unrest in Kashmir. "Kashmir should be resolved through peaceful dialogue," they said, adding that they had picked up guns for the solution of Kashmir. The former militants also demanded that a sympathetic attention should be paid towards them and the orphans and widows of militants.

The Central Government said it is keeping a close watch on illegal flow of funds to fuel militancy in J&K and action is being taken by security agencies in such instances. "All terror related incidents, including terror funding, are being monitored by the agencies. Appropriate action is also being taken", spokesperson in the UMHA Ashok Prasad said. Prasad said the State police along with the Central paramilitary forces is trying to bring back normalcy in J&K, which has been hit by unrest. "All efforts are being made to bring back normalcy. The Central Government is providing all help to the State Government," he said.

According to an estimate of the NIA, Pakistan-based terror groups finance terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir by generating millions in donations through their charity organisations. Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a charity run by terror outfits Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and LeT, and Al Rehmat Trust, backed by another terrorists group JeM, have been supporting terrorists and funding terrorism in Kashmir. These outfits collect donations from people in Pakistan and then pass on the money to finance terrorism in Kashmir through their over ground workers, an NIA official has said.

J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh said a comprehensive plan has been framed to deal with militancy and violence in Kashmir and assured its positive outcome. Dr Singh said in Srinagar that, "A comprehensive plan has been prepared to deal with militancy and violence. Its results should not be seen through one or two incidents. It is a comprehensive plan and it's results will be positive. I am sure there will be peace and law and order in Jammu and Kashmir." The Deputy Chief Minister also backed Major Gogoi for his action of tying a man to jeep in central Kashmir's Budgam District on April 9 and said the matter should not be politicised.

May 26

The infiltration of militants has increased this year and over 200 militants are waiting along the LoC for sneaking into Kashmir. Army is on heightened alert to prevent any further infiltration attempts. As per the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) figures, 19 militants have infiltrated into Kashmir till April this year (2017). These militants mostly infiltrated from Keran, Gurez, Machil and Nowgam sectors. Two groups of these militants managed to infiltrate in winter when the mountain passes were covered with snow.

Last year (2016) there were no reports of infiltration of militants into Kashmir till April and the official figure this year has already reached 19, while unofficially it is 29. In 2016, the first infiltration reports were received in May and as per MAC figures, 114 militants infiltrated into Kashmir last year, which was highest since 2014.

Sources said that around 200 militants are on launch pads mostly in Neelam Valley area of PoK. These militants had started gathering this year in winter only as there is more pressure on these groups to infiltrate into Kashmir in summer. Sources said that the militant groups are carrying out reconnaissance along the LoC regularly but the tight vigil along by the Army and regular patrols are preventing them from sneaking in.

Army foiled BAT strike along the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla District by killing two militants and recovering war like stores. Army noticed suspicious movement at Khalanaji Nallah near Kaman Post at Gulotha along LoC in Uri sector at around 8.40 am. Pakistan's 31 Baloch Regiment is posted in the opposite side of the LoC near Kaman Post where the BAT action was foiled. On noticing the movement, Army opened fire and killed two militants whose bodies were later recovered by Army during searches of the area.

Sources said that there were 4-6 members of the team and they were wearing black Khan suits. Colonel Bhanwar Singh said that the combing operation in the area is going on as Army expects that more militants may be present in the area. "We expect some more terrorists in the vicinity if it was a BAT team. Since the combing operation is on and the forest is thick it will take us some time to sanitise the area", he said.

SFs in the night launched an operation in Tral area of Awantipora in Pulwama District after they received inputs about presence of militants in the area. As 42 RR of Army and SOG)Tral and Awantipora cordoned off Saimu village in Tral area militants opened fire on them. SFs strengthened the cordon and searches are going on.

Report said that as many as three terrorists were reportedly cornered in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, while they attempted to attack an Army patrol party. "Encounter started at Saimu Tral. Reportedly 3 terrorists trapped," tweeted J&K DGP Shesh Paul Vaid late.

After receiving intelligence input about fresh infiltration last night (May 25), the Army and BSF launched massive searches in Bohri Pathar areas of Keran in Kupwara District. However, no traces of militants have been found yet.

Clashes erupted in Srinagar and Sopore town of Baramulla District after Friday prayers during which two youth sustained pellet injuries.

Soon after Friday prayers concluded in Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City, youth staged protests and clashed with SFs deployed in the area. Police fired teargas canisters and pellets to disperse the stone-throwers who, however, continued pelting stones. Two youth sustained injuries due to pellet firing and were removed to hospital for treatment.

The clashes also raged in northern Sopore Town in Baramulla District after Friday prayers. The youth converged outside Sopore Jama Masjid and pelted stones on security personnel. The clashes in the area continued for several hours.

The separatist leaders and activists held protests against the awarding of Major Gogoi at Maisuma in City Centre in Srinagar.

May 27

The Indian Army killed six militants and foiled yet another infiltration bid along the LoC in the Rampur sector in Baramulla District in J&K. Troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in the early hours, an army official said. He added that a fire fight broke out between the infiltrators and the Army.

Infiltration attempts have increased in the past few weeks, no thanks to the onset of summer, which has led to snow-blocked mountain passes opening up making them easier to traverse, the Army said recently. "With the mercury rising and snow-melting in the valley, the chances of infiltration increase from the Pakistani side. The Army is all geared up to counter such threats," said Major General Ashok Narula earlier in the week.

SFs, in an encounter, killed HM 'commander', Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and his aide Faizan Muzaffar in Soimoh village of Tral in Pulwama District. One civilian was also killed in the cross firing. The militants were trapped in the village after SFs cordoned it off last evening (May 26). The militants during the cordon and searches tried to flee but SFs fired back and they were trapped in a house. The operation was put on hold during the night and the SFs launched massive assault in the morning killing both the militants. Two residential houses in which the two militants were trapped were damaged in the encounter. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site. Police said a civilian, identified as Aqib Ahmad Dar died in cross firing near the encounter site. "During the cross firing one more person was injured. He was rushed to the Tral hospital where he succumbed to his injuries," Police said.

As the news about Sabzar's killing spread, clashes amid spontaneous shutdown occurred across Kashmir.

Clashes and protests broke out in Pulwama, Khanabal, Kulgam, Awantipora, Shopian, Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and all other major townships.

In Srinagar, students of Amar Singh College, SP College, SP School, MP School and Gandhi Memorial protested and pelted stones on police and CRPF. Within no time, clashes and protests spread in downtown and uptown areas of the Srinagar. Police and paramilitary forces fired teargas and pellets. Scores of students took out a protest march in Kashmir university campus.

In Srinagar, students of Amar Singh College, SP College, SP School, MP School and Gandhi Memorial protested and pelted stones on police and CRPF. Within no time, clashes and protests spread in downtown and uptown areas of the Srinagar. Police and paramilitary forces fired teargas and pellets. Scores of students took out a protest march in Kashmir university campus.

Separatists called for shutdown on May 28 and against killings of HM 'commander' Sabzar Ahmad and other militants. They also called for Tral march on May 30.

One porter of Army was killed and another one injured when militants opened fire upon them from across the LoC in Keran sector of North Kashmir's Kupwara District in the afternoon. Sources said that a group of porters had gone ahead of forward posts in Janger Naar area in Keran sector in the afternoon. Militants, who were waiting along the LoC saw the movement near forward posts and opened fire on them. Two of the porters managed to flee safely while two others were hit by bullets and one died on the spot. The Army also fired back but the militants managed to escape. Army has launched searches in the area. However, no militant presence was observed inside Indian territory. The operation is going on.

May 28

Indian Army shot dead an intruder along the LoC in Poonch District of J&K. Troops along the LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch District shot dead the intruder in an ambush around 0230 hours, an Army officer said. According to reports, the intruder had reportedly been sent for conducting recce of the area to check troop preparedness before the militants could be formally launched into this side. Though the intruder was believed to be a Pakistani, his identity couldn't be established as he wasn't carrying any identity card with him. He was in possession of some Pakistani currency and Pakistan made toffees.

At least 30 persons were injured in violent clashes between protestors and SFs in various parts of the valley following the killing of the HM 'commander' Sabzar Bhat in an encounter on May 27.

The separatists have called for a two-day shutdown to protest the killing of the two terrorists. The authorities have suspended mobile Internet services in the valley, while the outgoing call facility on prepaid numbers has also been snapped as a precautionary measure. Authorities also imposed curfew-like restrictions in many parts of the valley to maintain law and order in view of the protests.

Clashes broke out in Meemander in Shopian and Warpora in Sopore, Trehgam in Kupwara as SFs fired teargas shells on protesters to disperse them, while the protesters pelted stones towards the forces, triggering clashes. A Police spokesman said in Srinagar that except for six incidents of stone pelting in Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Sopore, situation across the Valley remained peaceful and under control.

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested from his residence in Srinagar, the Police said. A Police official said Malik has been shifted to central jail in Srinagar. He was arrested from his residence in Maisuma near Lal Chowk on May 28-morning. The JKLF chairman had on May 27 visited the residences of slain HM terrorists

Malik and chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have called for a two-day shutdown in the Valley to protest the killing of the two militants and the use of "brute force" against the protestors. The separatist trio has also called for a march to Tral on May 30 to pay tributes to the two militants.

A day after the killing of Sabzar Ahmed Bhat, HM identified Riyaz Naikoo, at 29 the oldest surviving terrorist of the outfit, as its new 'commander' in Kashmir, sources said. Tech-savvy Naikoo is considered a moderate among the hardline HM terrorists, and speaks contrary to the deposed HM commander Zakir Musa. He favours a secular society in the valley. A few months ago, Naikoo had invited Kashmiri Pandits to return to the valley.

Intelligence sources said HM is likely to nominate Naikoo as its new chief to counter the narrative of deposed 'commander' Zakir Musa that terrorists in Kashmir were fighting for an Islamic Caliphate and imposition of Shariat. Pakistan-based HM leadership, according to intelligence agencies, is under tremendous pressure from ISI after deposed HM 'commander' Zakir Musa last week spoke about establishing a Caliphate in the Valley, besides threatening separatists against terming Kashmir's struggle as political fight. "By appointing moderate Naikoo as new chief, HM may overshadow Zakir, who gained prominence among hardliners in Kashmir due to ISIS ideology. Also, HM would prove to the world that it was not fighting for Islamic rule in Kashmir," an intelligence source said.

May 29

Special Forces of Army targeted Pakistani troops along the LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla District and killed two Pakistani troopers and injured to at least four of them. Sources said that Para-commandos of the Army took positions near the LoC on a hill overlooking Chakoti-Muzaffarabad road in PoK and targeted a Pakistani troop convoy early in the morning. Sources said that there were three vehicles in the convoy on Chakoti Muzaffarabad road and they were targeted by the Para commandos inflicting casualties on them. They said that the attack led to the killing of two Pakistani troops and injuries to at least four of them. They said that it was a pre-emptive move by the Army as Pakistani troops have been attempting BAT strikes in the area besides infiltrating militants.

Authorities said that curfew like restrictions will continue in parts of Kashmir valley and educational intuitions will remain closed on May 30 as separatists have called for march to Tral in Pulwama District. The curfew like restrictions continued in parts of Kashmir while in rest of the Valley normal life remained paralysed due to strike called by separatists against the killing of HM ‘commander’, Sabzar Bhat, his associate and a civilian on May 27 in Tral area of Pulwama District.

Minor clashes/stone pelting incidents were reported in few areas of Srinagar, Tahab in Pulwama, Batapora area of Sopore and Trehgam, Kupwara.

As per Police statement, situation remained peaceful and under control throughout Kashmir valley. “A stray stone pelting incident was reported from Tahab in Pulwama. No injury was reported till filing of this report. A group of miscreants pelted stones on 182 CRPF Camp at Tahab. Police and security forces used maximum restraint and chased them away. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC remained imposed in some vulnerable areas of the Valley to thwart any untoward incident,” it said.

Three Kashmiri separatists appeared before the NIA in New Delhi for questioning in connection with a case related to the funding of terror and subversive activities in J&K. Sources said Farooq Ahmad Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’, Nayeem Khan and Javed Ahmed Baba alias ‘Gazi’ of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat have arrived in New Delhi for questioning by NIA sleuths. Dar, Ahmed and Khan were asked to bring certain bank and property documents, besides other papers, before the NIA team that had questioned them here for four consecutive days earlier this month.

A 21-year-old Kashmiri youth, who was allegedly trying to join the terror group Islamic State (ISIS), has been deported from Turkey to India after being picked up by Turkish authorities, official sources said in Srinagar. Srinagar resident Afshan Parvaiz was deported from the Turkish capital of Ankara on May 25 and whisked away to an undisclosed destination by security agencies in Delhi, the sources said. He was being assessed by various security agencies, they said.

Earlier in March, Mohammed Taha, a resident of Srinagar, was deported from Turkey and sent to India. He has been put in preventive custody, they said. Security agencies in India have viewed their alleged plans to join the ISIS with concern. They believe that some Kashmiri youths are getting radicalised by ‘jihadi’ propaganda material shared by the ISIS on the Internet. The agencies feel that if the growing influence of the ISIS is not checked, it can be detrimental to the situation in the Valley.

Despite the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir snowballing, UHM Rajnath Singh said that the problem would be solved soon without any compromise with Pakistan. Singh said certain forces were trying to misguide the Kashmiri youths but this would be checked. “Kashmir is ours and so are the Kashmiris,” he said at a programme to highlight achievements of the Modi government in the past three years.

May 30

The Army released a list of the 12 most dreaded terrorists in J&K. SFs are searching for these terrorists, army sources said. Among the most prominent names in the list are Reyaz Naikoo alias Zubair and Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa. Naikoo is a resident of Tokun, Awantipore, and is likely to be the next HM ‘commander’ in Kashmir after the death of Sabzar. He is known to be tech savvy and active on social media like his predecessor, Burhan Wani. On the other hand, Musa, was Wani's successor after the latter's killing by SFs on July 8, 2016. Earlier this month, Musa had released a video in which he threatened to behead the separatists if they created hurdles in establishing Sharia in Kashmir. For this the HM snubbed Musa, who later announced to part ways with the group.

It was not only Pakistan which pumped hawala money running into crores in Kashmir but the illegal funds were also reported to have been routed in the Valley from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Some cross-LoC traders were also reported to have funded the separatists and OGWs through the “extra money” sent to them from Pakistan under the garb of trade. This and some other sensational disclosures were reported to have figured during hawala investigations of separatists being conducted by the NIA, whose high-level team had camped in Srinagar for four days, and has now summoned three separatist leaders to its headquarters in New Delhi to join the probe.

Sources said that while LeT was using Pakistan soil to pump hawala money into the Kashmir valley, some other cadre of the LeT and other militant outfits had also used Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the two friendly neighbours of India, to pump money to the separatists using hawala channels in New Delhi, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Militants fired upon Abdul Rashid Lone, a PDP worker, when he was coming out from a Masjid after offering prayers in Khanpura area of Baramulla town in Baramulla District in the night. The incident took place at 10:30 pm outside the Khanpura shrine. Lone’s nephew also suffered injuries in the attack. They were shifted to hospital. Lone had retired after serving the Jammu and Kashmir Electricity department and is a PDP worker.

May 31

Four Policemen were injured as militants hurled a grenade at Police Station Sopore in Baramulla District. At around 4.20 pm, militants lobbed a grenade at Sopore Police Station which exploded outside it injuring four police personnel, identified as Head Constable Noor Mohammad, Head Constable Ghulam Hassan Bhat, Constable Abdul Rehman and Constable Bilal Ahmad. All the injured are undergoing treatment and condition of two of them is stated to be critical. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

SF have issued list of top commanders of the militants operating in South Kashmir and have evolved a strategy to target them in order to prevent attacks in South Kashmir. These militants are brain behind the attacks and running of militancy in the area. Topping the list is Abu Hamas, who is divisional commander of JeM. He is resident of Pakistan and is active since 2016. He has been categorized as A++ militant carrying a cash reward of INR 12.50 lakh.

Normal life resumed in Kashmir after being paralyzed for three days due to curfew-like restrictions and shutdown following the killing of HM ‘commander’ Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and his aide in a gunfight at Tral area of Pulwama District on May 27. However, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in Pulwama district while all the colleges and senior secondary schools remained closed in Valley.

In Pulwama District, however, a shutdown was observed to mourn the killings of militants. Witnesses said most of the shops and commercial establishments were closed in Pulwama areas including in Tral – the hometown of Sabzar Bhat. During shutdown, youth clashed with SFs at Main Town and Tahab areas.

A chemist, identified as Ghulam Mohiuddin was injured after a teargas canister exploded in his hand at Pulwama town in Pulwama District. He was shifted to local hospital for treatment and his condition is stated to be stable.

Police said the situation across Kashmir remained peaceful and no major incident of law and order was reported. “Apart from two incidents of stone-pelting in Pulwama, one such incident was reported from Papchan in Bandipora district,” a police official said.

JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Malik was released from Srinagar Central Jail.

June 1

Two militants were killed in an encounter that broke out between SFs and militants in Nathi Pora area of Sopore in Baramulla District in the early morning. The militants were suspected to be present in the area. With the killing of the two terrorists, the Army launched a search and combing operation. Army's Northern Command said that two weapons were recovered from the slain militants.

Pakistan again resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch District and Nowshera sector of Rajouri District in J&K, Army said. "Today Pakistan army carried out unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch's KG sector and Rajouri’s Nowshera sector. Befitting reply is being given," Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said.

In the morning, Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violations at 7.20 am targeting forward Army posts and civilian areas in Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors on the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri Districts respectively in which a civilian GREF labourer was killed and four others were injured. A GREF vehicle, engaged in construction work at Balnoi Forward was directly hit by a mortar shell fired by the Pakistan army, leading to injuries to four workers including the driver, one of whom, identified as Mohammad Parwaiz later succumbed to his injuries. A BSF Havaldar, identified as Mohammad Nizam-ud-Din was also injured in the shelling.

Indian Army launched yet another major offensive against Pakistani troops at Bhimber and Battal sectors along LoC between twin border Districts of Poonch and Rajouri killing six Pakistani troopers and injuring five in the afternoon. This was third fierce retaliatory action undertaken by the Indian troops exactly during past one month. Some of the Pakistani posts and bunkers were also destroyed in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops, sources said, adding that mortar shelling and firing by the Pakistani troops stopped immediately after Indian forces undertook retaliatory action.

Pakistan also claimed that their one civilian was killed in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army. Sources also said that major counter attack against the Pakistan army, which was undertaken this afternoon from Bhimber and Battal sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts, was necessitated to decimate Pakistani posts, which were raining mortars on Indian civilian areas and were also preparing to facilitate infiltration attempts into the Indian territory.

Pakistan summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh in Islamabad following Army’s killing. Pakistan alleged that at least one civilian was killed and four others were injured in the Indian firing in Battal sector in Rawalakot District on June 1st morning. However, India categorically denied Pakistan charge of resorting to ceasefire violation saying Pakistan started mortar shelling and firing prompting Indian retaliation.

Indian Army foiled a major infiltration bid in Macchil sector of LoC in Kupwara District during which one Army personnel was injured. Sources said that troops deployed at the LoC in Macchil sector of Kupwara noticed movement of at least a group of six militants trying to infiltrate into the sector during the wee hours on June 1. The troops deployed challenged the infiltrators leading to a gun battle. However, the group managed to escape back to PoK under the cover of darkness and thick foliage. One Army personnel was injured in the encounter.

Army has foiled several infiltration attempts along the LoC in Kashmir during last one month. So far, 19 militants, who were trying to infiltrate into Kashmir, have been killed but equal number of them managed to sneak in since winter this year. Army said that around 250 militants are waiting on the launch pads for infiltration but troops are alert to thwart their attempts.

UHM Rajnath Singh said infiltration by militants from Pakistan has come down to a large extent after India conducted surgical strikes on the terror hubs across the LoC. Addressing a gathering of Central police and paramilitary personnel during a BSF investiture ceremony in New Delhi, the Home Minister also asked security personnel to be cautious against using and forwarding unverified social media content. “There used to be infiltration by militants from Pakistan. But I can say after surgical strikes, incidents of infiltration have come down to a large extent. I compliment both the Army and the BSF for ensuring border security,” Singh said.

SFs busted an LeT OGW network by arresting five persons, that was supplying arms and ammunition to the militants in Bandipora District. Police said that an input was received that one Wagon-R vehicle is roaming between Chandergeer, Hajin, Shahgund and Gund-Jahangeer areas, carrying militants  and OGWs and arms and ammunition and were planning attacks. SFs laid a naka at Khusarpora Hajin axis, leading to recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunition, which was meant to be supplied to LeT group operating in the Shahgund and Gund-Jahangeer areas.

During the checking, one white color Wagon-R vehicle was intercepted and five boarding persons, identified as as driver Bashir Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Younis Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Dar, Hilal Ahmad Parray, and Sonaullah Dar, were questioned. “The extensive search of the vehicle and personal search of the people boarding the vehicle was conducted and 10 grenades, 2 AK-47 magazines and 27 rounds of AK rifle were recovered from the vehicle. All the five persons were arrested and vehicle was seized”, Police said

A HM militant, identified as Suhaib Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Chursoo Awantipora in Pulwama District, was arrested by SFs from Manigam area of Qazigund in Anantnag District. One pistol, one pistol magazine and eight pistol rounds were recovered from his possession.

Police arrested a youth, identified as Tufail Mir who appeared in a video holding an AK-47 rifle, after he returned to his home in Srinagar. Tufail Mir had appeared holding an assault rifle in a video, which went viral on social media, including Facebook and WhatsApp on May 24, about a week after his disappearance. “Mir is with his family at home,” DIG CKR Ghulam Hassan Bhat said. However, when asked whether the youth has surrendered or was caught, he didn’t give any further details about what led the youth to return home.

June 2

The central intelligence agencies and Police in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir are on their toes following an input that a highly trained handler of LeT from Pakistan, identified as Hanzia Anan, is present in India to direct attacks against civilian and military targets. According to alert shared with the SFs, Anan's plans could include parts of Srinagar, Vijaypur railway station in Jammu, industrial areas in Samba and Bari Brahmana, boys hostel at Jammu Dental College, areas along Gurdaspur-Brahmana Road to Tibri near the Indian Army camp and Gurdaspur and Dinanagar in Punjab.

Intelligence agencies have not been able to establish Anan's location yet but sources said that he may have sneaked into India recently and could be helped by local operatives to carry out the attacks. It is not known yet whether the LeT operative came to India alone or along with other cadres, but the input on his presence has seen security at all locations being increased and efforts are being made to trace him.

A Policeman and a woman were injured as stone-pelting clashes raged at various areas of Jammu and Kashmir on June 2 after Friday congregational prayers during which SFs were attacked with petrol bombs.

Clashes broke out between youths and SFs in Chota Bazar and Jamia market areas of Sopore town of Baramulla District after Friday prayers. The youth pelted stones on SFs and the latter fired teargas canisters. A Kupwara-bound Police vehicle was stoned by youth on Sopore outskirts in which a Policeman, identified as Fayaz Ahmad sustained grievous eye injury.

An elderly woman, identified as Sarwa Begum was injured after a stone hit her leg during clashes at Reshi Bazar area of Anantnag District in the afternoon. The woman was injured when dozens of youths after offering Friday prayers were clashing with SFs. Minor clashes also broke out at Vayilo village of Kokernag in Anantnag after Friday prayers.

A least five petrol bombs were hurled by masked youth towards SFs at Saraf Kadal in Srinagar during intense stone-pelting. However, no one was hurt in these petrol bomb attacks.

Hundreds of youth assembled in Nowhatta area in Srinagar after Friday prayers were over at historic Jama Masjid. Unlike past occasions, there was no deployment of SFs this Friday in Nowhatta and its adjoining areas. Youth, who assembled in main square of Nowhatta, shouted slogans. The youth later resorted to heavy stone-throwing on SFs near Gunj Baksh Park in Nowhatta. Although the security forces chased these stone-throwers multiple times but the latter repeatedly re-grouped and pelted stones heavily. During clashes, a youth was detained by Police. The clashes later spilled over to Saraf Kadal and Rajouri Kadal localities.

The situation in restive Pulwama District was by and large peaceful. However, incidents of stone-pelting were reported from couple of places. A police official said that some youth pelted stones on police station Pulwama after Friday prayers. He said that in another incident, some youths pelted stones on CRPF at Bellow in Rajpora area of the District. There were, however, no injuries.

A stone-pelting incident was also reported from Hyhama village of Kupwara District.

Police released moderate separatist and chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from his house detention and was allowed to deliver sermon at Jama Masjid in Srinagar.

One civilian, identified as Akhtar was reportedly injured in yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Shahpur Kerni area of Poonch District of J&K in the night. This is the third case of ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the preceding 36 hours. The Pakistan Army launched indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars at 11 pm on June 2 night. Heavy firing and shelling from Pakistan took place in Poonch, Shahpur, Kerni, Sauujian and Mendher Districts also.

The number of local Kashmiri youths recruited by terror groups in the Valley in the first five months this year (2017) alone has more than doubled as compared to the whole of 2016, intelligence agencies cautioned the UMHA. This comes a day after UHM Rajnath Singh said that infiltration of militants from Pakistan has dropped following the Army’s surgical strikes against terror launchpads in PoK in September last year.

According to a report by intelligence agencies, the security establishment has expressed concern over terror recruitments. While 128 locals joined militancy last year, “the figure could be between 260 and 300 till May this year alone.’’  Another important issue flagged by intelligence agencies and described as “alarming’’ was that the recruitment drive, particularly by HM, was not just limited to south Kashmir but extended to north as well as central Kashmir. One of the main reasons, sources said, for the sharp increase in locals joining the ranks of militant groups in the Valley was the sustained and aggressive campaign, including through social media, carried out by terror modules particularly after the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in July 2016.

Intelligence agencies have also alerted that terror outfits were facing a severe shortage of arms and ammunition as security agencies have been successful to a large extent in checking smuggling of weapons from across the border. This, the report adds, could lead to an increase in incidents of militants snatching weapons from security forces in the days ahead and that most local Kashmir youths recruited recently would be used for this purpose.

The report said, one of the main reasons for local youths getting lured by HM, as compared to LeT and JeM, the other two main terror outfits active in Kashmir, is that HM is largely a local group with most of its cadre and sympathisers from the Valley alone.

June 3

Pakistan resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch District, prompting Indian troops to retaliate. A defence spokesperson said that, “the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively. The firing is presently on”.

NIA raided 14 locations in Kashmir and eight in Delhi in connection with the terror funding case. According to sources, the raids were in connection with alleged hawala operations between Pak-based terror groups and Kashmiri separatists. The NIA also raided separatist leaders’ house, office and commercial locations. According to reports, NIA has registered a case against hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the matter. Earlier, the agency scrutinised five bank accounts allegedly linked to Geelani as part of its probe into suspected terror funding.

Two Army jawans were killed and four others injured as militants attacked an Army convoy near Toll Post Lower Munda on Srinagar-Jammu NH in Qazigund area of Anantnag District. The firing by militants left six jawans injured out of which two critically wounded soldiers succumbed to their injuries. They have been identified as Manivang and Deepak Methi. HM has claimed responsibility for the attack on Army convoy that left two jawans martyred. "A Hizb squad carried out the attack. We congratulate it for the successful attack," Hizb operational spokesman Burhan-ud-din was quoted as saying by a Kashmir-based news agency.

Pakistan resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling violating ceasefire on forward posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch District, prompting Indian troops to retaliate. "Pakistani army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics, 82mm and 120mm mortars from 11:00pm yesterday along the LoC in Poonch sector", a defense spokesperson said.

June 4

Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire by firing two rounds along IB near Patawal BOP in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. “Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire by firing two rounds of small arm on BSF Patawal Border Outpost in Ramgarh Sector at 6.30 am today (June 4),” official sources said. They said that no casualty or damage was reported on the Indian side. The BSF did not retaliate to the firing. The Rangers reportedly targeted a BSF patrol party moving in the forward area but failed to hit the target.

Pakistani Rangers had resorted to similar kind of targeted firing in Arnia sector of the IB in Jammu District. The BSF was maintaining high alert all along the IB to thwart infiltration attempts by the militants.

For second consecutive day today, the NIA conducted simultaneous raids in Jammu and Srinagar to unearth the nexus of hawala funding to separatists, OGWs and others to fuel militancy and unrest in the Valley even as the raiding teams were reported to have recovered foreign currency apart from yesterday’s (June 3) seizure of cash, gold and other items including documents. The NIA has frozen bank accounts and lockers of some of the separatists and traders, whose houses and business premises have been searched in the biggest ever crackdown to unearth hawala and terror funding in the Kashmir valley from Pakistan and some other foreign nations during the past two days. Nearly 40 locations have been raided and searched since yesterday by large number of NIA personnel, assisted by the Enforcement Directorate sleuths with the protection of paramilitary and Police personnel.

Sources said that Pakistan and its sponsored militant outfits, mainly LeT and HM had not only used New Delhi and Haryana based hawala operators to pump money to the separatists, OGWs and other influential persons to keep the pot boiling in the Valley but they had also used cross-LoC trade between Jammu and Kashmir and PoK through Poonch-Rawlakote and Uri-Muzaffarabad routes to generate the funding.

June 5

Four militants were killed in retaliatory fire by SFs as they attempted to attack a CRPF camp at Sumbal in Bandipora District of J&K early morning. According to report, the heavily armed militants tried to enter the camp of 45 Battalion CRPF at Sumbal in Bandipora at around 3.45am by opening fire at the sentry post. The gun battle between the SFs and militants went on till 6.15am. "Four militants were killed in the retaliatory firing and the suicide attack was foiled," the Police official said. Their bodies were recovered along with four AK rifles, one UBGL grenades and hand grenades.

After the killing of four militants in Sumbal area in Bandipora District early in the day as they tried to storm into CRPF camp, clashes erupted between protesters and SFs in the area as youth took to streets and pelted stones on Police Station Sumbal to protest the killing of four militants. The area observed shutdown against the killings. Authorities suspended all cellular networks and mobile internet, except the BSNL phones, in the area to prevent any flare up in the situation.

The DGP, Dr SP Vaid said that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is waging a major cyber war in Kashmir and Police and other security agencies are effectively dealing with it. “JuD has declared 2017 ‘year of Kashmir’ and they with their malicious intentions are misleading children of Pakistan by saying they have to fight Jihad in Kashmir and there is no need to go to Kashmir and instead wage cyber Jihad from Pakistan only. A cyber war has been launched and we are trying to effectively deal with it. Their maximum efforts would be to create mayhem and disturbance in Kashmir which security and people of Kashmir won’t let happen”, he added.

Police foiled a proposed meeting of three top separatist leaders to discuss raids by NIA during past two days in Kashmir as part of alleged hawala funding to them. The chairmen of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF Yasin Malik and hardline Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani were scheduled to meet at Hyderpora of Budgam District - the residence-cum-office of Geelani - at 11 am on June 5 and then address a press conference. However, Police did not allow the meeting to take place and placed Mirwaiz and Geelani under house detention while it detained Malik, who was lodged in Maisuma Police Station after being detained from his residence on June 5 morning. The Police also sealed off the lane leading to the house of Geelani at Hyderpora by erecting concertina wire. ‘

DGMO Lieutenant General AK Bhatt categorically told his Pakistani counterpart that the Army would give “appropriate and adequate’’ response to any attempt by Pakistani troops to “aid and abet’’ infiltration attempts on the LoC. The DGMOs of India and Pakistan spoke on hotline to discuss current situation along the LoC while BSF and Rangers also held Commandant-Wing Commander level flag meeting at the IB in Suchetgarh sector to discuss host of issues including yesterday’s ceasefire violation by the Rangers in Arnia sector and upcoming Baba Chamliyal Ji mela in Ramgarh sector of Samba District on June 22.

June 6

The militants, who tried to storm a CRPF camp in a pre-dawn suicide attack in J&K on June 5, intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage, UHM Rajnath Singh said. Giving the details of the attack in which four militants were killed while attacking CRPF’s Sumbal camp in Bandipora District, Singh said the heavily-armed “fidayeen” terrorists approached the paramilitary camp with the intent of breaching it.  “The terrorists were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations which indicate they intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage,” he said in a statement.

A civilian, identified as Adil Farooq was killed during clashes in Shopian District after SFs trapped two militants of HM in the evening. SFs cordoned off Ganowpora village in Shopian District in the evening after reports of two militants of HM – Naveed and Zahid – were hiding in a house. As the SFs cordoned the village, SFs fired few probing shots. The residents of the area immediately came out and pelted stones on the SFs, who were conducting the operation. Adil Farooq was hit by a bullet and was removed to hospital for treatment. He, however, succumbed to injuries.

Several persons were injured during clash between the two groups and later Police lathi-charge and stone pelting by locals at Mendhar town in the Poonch District.

June 7

A HM militant, who was seen in a video taken during the funeral of outfit ‘commander’ Sabzar Bhat last week, surrendered before authorities in Kashmir, Police said. Investigations revealed that he was Danish Ahmed, a resident of Handwara in the Kupwara District studying at the Doon P G College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Dehradun. “A few days back, video clips of an unidentified terrorist wearing a battle pouch with a grenade were in circulation on social media. “These video clips were clicked in Tral area by local media persons during the funeral of self-style terrorist commander Sabzar Bhat,” a Police spokesperson said.

Four militants were killed in a gun battle in Machil sector along LoC in Kupwara District while Army foiled three infiltration bids along the LoC. Army’s 56 RR launched a massive cordon and search operation at Sardari Nad forest area after reports of infiltration of a group of militants in Tangri post general area was reported. Militants hiding in the area opened fire on the troops leading to gun fight in which one militant was killed. However, the militants fled away and additional troops including 4 Para-Commandos have been rushed to the area and massive manhunt has been launched against these militants. Three more militants were later gunned down. According to report, one or two militants are still hiding in the area. A Srinagar based Defence spokesman said that three militants were killed in the operation and three AK-47 rifles were recovered.

Troops of 4 JAK LI and 4 Para-Commandos launched massive operation after movement of 5-6 infiltrating militants was noticed in Doba Sardar area of Uri (Baramulla District) near the LoC in the afternoon. As a group of highly trained militants infiltrated into this area, Army launched the operation. Militants fired on the troops injuring two of them, identified as Vijay Sharma and Firasat Ali. Militants are hiding in the dense forest area near the LoC and Army have recovered 6 bags of militants so far.

Army foiled an infiltration bid by a group of highly trained militants in Kanzalwan area of Gurez in Bandipora District. Army noticed movement of a group of 5-6 militants infiltrating into the area and challenged them. The militants fired back but managed to escape back to PoK.

Army is on high alert along the LoC after reports of over 250 militants waiting on the launch pads in PoK for infiltration. They foiled several infiltration attempts recently killing 23 militants so far this year. However, few group of militants managed to sneak in this year and as per the MAC figures, 19 militants infiltrated this year till April.

At least 25 persons including Policemen and students were injured as clashes broke out in parts of South Kashmir against the killing of a student on June 6 during a counter-insurgency operation in Shopian District. A large number of people gathered at Ganawpora village of Shopian District to attend the funeral prayers of Adil Farooq Magray, a first year student killed in firing on June 6, and staged massive protests.

A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Shopian and Pulwama Districts against the student’s killing during which students of various institutes took to streets and clashed with Police. Intense clashes broke out at Pampore where secondary students including girls boycotted their classes and hit streets.

The students blocked the Srinagar-Jammu NH and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs after being intercepted by Police. The Police fired back tear and pepper gas canisters but students did not disperse and engaged the security personnel in pitched battle. At least 17 students and two Policemen were injured in the clashes at Pampore where a shutdown was also observed against the killing at Shopian.

Scores of students at IUST Awantipora came out of their classes and staged protests against the killing of Shopian student. They marched towards Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and blocked the road. The students clashed with Police who fired teargas canisters in a bid to disperse them. A police spokesman with regard to clashes at Pampore and Awantipora said it exercised restraint and suffered injuries of its men.

Large number of police personnel received injuries due to heavy stone pelting by the students in Namblabal Pampore and University Road Awantipora. The situation was brought under control and the National Highway was kept through for vehicular movement. The students of Newa Higher Secondary School in Pulwama District also held similar protests and clashed with police. During clashes, three students sustained injuries.

The clashes between youth and security forces also broke out at Memandar, Kellar and Sofanaman villages of Shopian District against the killing student. Police fired teargas to disperse the stone-throwers. A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Shopian District. In Pulwama Town, three persons were injured after clashes broke out between youth and SFs against Shopian killing.

District Magistrate Shopian ordered a time-bound enquiry into the killing. According to the order, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Shopian has been appointed Enquiry Officer to “ascertain the circumstances” which led to death of the student. The Enquiry Officer has been asked to submit the enquiry report within 25 days.

India accused Pakistan of using terror as an instrument of state policy and asked Islamabad to vacate its illegal occupation of PoK. Raising the issue of Pak-sponsored terrorism at the 35th session of UNHRC, India said "Pakistan must rein in its compulsive hostility towards us." "The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and that Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory. Therefore, the neutrality of the phrase "Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir" is artificial," Rajiv K Chander, India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations (UN), asserted during the session.

June 8

Three militants and one soldier were killed in Nowgam sector in Kupwara District today morning after Pakistan violated ceasefire in the area and sent a group of infiltrators under the cover of firing. This is fourth infiltration bid that was foiled by army along LoC since yesterday (June 7).

The CRPF is exploring technology that could track and disable weapons looted by Left Wing Extremists in Left Wing Extremism-affected districts and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Automatic and semi-automatic rifles/guns like AK rifles, SLRs, INSAS rifles and revolvers used by the Security Forces in counter-insurgency and anti-Maoist operations are the ones used by the ultras in ambushes and attacks on the camps. CRPF Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar confirmed that the force is looking at such technology. He, however, said that this is in planning stage.

June 9

Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla District killing 5 infiltrating militants. Srinagar based Defence spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that Army foiled a major infiltration bid by militants in Uri sector killing 5 militants. Five militants were killed in the fierce gun battle that was going on since morning. Troops suspected presence of one more militant in the area.

SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police detained two youth, identified as Mir Showkat, who has done B.Tech and Danish Gulzar, who is pursuing MA in Dangerpora area of Pulwama District.

A shutdown against the killing of a student in Shopian District early this week paralyzed normal life across Kashmir during which authorities imposed restrictions in seven Police Station areas of Srinagar city while stone-throwing clashes left three persons injured.

Police detained separatist leader and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik at Sarai-e-Bala area in Srinagar. After offering Friday prayers, Malik along with dozens of JKLF supporters staged protests and tried to march towards Lal Chowk but Police deployed in the area did not allow the JKLF chief and his supporters to proceed ahead. The Police detained Malik and lodged him in nearby Police Station.

After Malik’s detention, clashes between stone-pelters and SFs broke out near Iqra Masjid at Sarai-e-Bala. The clashes also broke out at Sabzi Mandi in Soura, Chhattabal and at HMT in city areas. Police fired teargas canisters to disperse the stone-throwers. A youth was injured at Chattabal during clashes and he was shifted to SMHS Hospital where his condition is stated to be stable. Minor stone-pelting incidents erupted in downtown areas after lifting of restrictions.

After Friday prayers, clashes broke out at Memandar area of Shopian and in Tahab, Pampore, Main Town and Bellow areas of Pulwama District. Police fired teargas canisters to disperse the stone-throwers and at Pulwama town also resorted to aerial firing.

In Chewa Kalan village of Newa in Pulwama district, stone-throwers targeted Army vehicles after which soldiers opened fire in air. The clashes also erupted at Reshi Bazar area of Anantnag district during which one youth was injured. He was hit by pellets in his eye and was shifted to hospital for treatment.

The clashes also broke out at Ajas, Papchan and Hajin areas of North Kashmir’s Bandipora District. Similar clashes also raged at Sopore town of Baramulla district and in Main Town of Kupwara District. A Police Head Constable was injured in Kupwara clashes.

A police spokesman while detailing Friday’s situation said that barring the five stray incidents of stone pelting, situation across the Valley remained peaceful and under control till filing of this report. “After Friday prayers, these stone pelting incidents were reported from Memander, near Mini-Secretariat in Shopian, near Reshmoual Sahib Shrine in Anantnag, Near Jamia Masjid in Kupwara and at Main Chowk Sopore,” he said.

The UHM Rajnath Singh said that the country’s borders were “more secure” than before and would be further fortified to stop illegal infiltration. “India’s borders are more safe and secure as compared to the past and the Government has decided to make the borders highly protected in the years to come so that no citizen of a foreign country can enter into India without the permission of the Government of India,” Singh said. He was speaking at the inauguration of a ‘MODI-fest’ in Jaipur (Rajasthan) to mark the third anniversary of the Narendra Modi Government.

June 10

Army, foiled an infiltration bid along LoC in Gurez sector in Uri in Bandipora District killing one militant. Srinagar based Defense spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in Srinagar that Army foiled an infiltration bid in Gurez sector of the LoC in Bandipora District. He said that one militant was killed and an AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.

Pakistan army tonight, again resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing along LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch District targeting forward defense locations and civilian population, prompting an effective retaliation from the troops. Official sources said Pakistani troops started shelling at Mankote, Balnoi, Nangi Tekri and surrounding areas of Krishna Ghati sector around 8.20 pm. Initially, Pakistan army violated ceasefire with small and heavy arms but later resorted to 82mm mortar shelling. The Indian side was responding effectively, leading to heavy exchanges.

June 11

Four Policemen were injured after militants hurled a grenade at their bunker in Saraf Kadal area of downtown Srinagar in the night. Police said that the attack took place at around 10: 25 pm on a bunker. The injured have been identified as Nazir Ahmad, Constable Tariq Ahmad and Selection Grade Constable Farooq Ahmad of Police Post Urdu Bazar and SI Vikas Panday of CRPF.

Militants fired at the camp of SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police at Imam Sahib area of Shopian District in the afternoon in which one SPO, identified as Khursheed Ahmad was injured.

India, launched another major offensive against Pakistan after latter’s Army targeted defence locations and civilian areas along LoC in three sectors in twin border Districts of Poonch and Rajouri and also activated IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba District. At least nine posts and bunkers of Pakistan Army were destroyed opposite Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors in retaliatory fire by the troops while Pakistan claimed civilian casualties on their side.

Official sources said that heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan Army on the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch Districts, which began late June 10 night and continued till June 11 afternoon, was a clear indication that troops across the LoC were instructed to keep pot boiling on the LoC. However, they said, the Indian troops, who were anticipating misadventures by Pakistan following the visit of Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to the LoC, retaliated Pakistan shelling and firing very effectively. According to sources, at least nine posts and bunkers of Pakistan army have been razed to ground across Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors in retaliatory firing by the Indian troops. Pakistan claimed civilian casualties, both fatal and non-fatal, on their side. Sources didn’t rule out fatalities on part of Pakistan army in destruction of their posts but there were no exact numbers.

Pakistan Army activated three major sectors along LoC including Krishna Ghati, Bhimber Gali and Nowshera in Rajouri and Poonch Districts, just a day after General Bajwa visited Muzaffarabad, the capital of PoK and some forward posts on the LoC, where he inter-acted with Field Commanders and jawans.

June 12 

Two CRPF troopers were injured as militants fired a grenade from UBGL towards 180th Battalion of CRPF camp at Tral in Pulwama District in the night. The grenade exploded near the gate of the camp injuring two CRPF men. Police and Army immediately reached the spot and joined CRPF to conduct searches in the nearby locality but militants had managed to flee under the cover of darkness. Later, HM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Army foiled a major infiltration attempt by Pakistan backed militants on the LoC in Poonch sector in wee hours in the morning forcing the infiltrators to retreat and effecting major recoveries while an Army Havildar, Danesh Kumar was injured as Pakistani troops continued heavy mortar shelling and firing at Krishna Ghati, Mankote and Lam sectors in twin border Districts of Poonch and Rajouri.

Official sources said alert Indian troops observed movement of infiltrators at 3.30 am on June 12 along LoC in Poonch sector, who were trying to sneak into the Indian side with active support of Pakistan army, On being fired upon by the Army, the militants retaliated but retreated as troops stepped-up firing to eliminate them.

In the morning, Army conducted searches in the area and recovered eight rucksacks carrying one combat jacket each, one UBGL, one binocular, one radio set with antenna, seven shawls, medicines, ready to eat meat, one mobile phone, battery cells, eatables and clothing. A major tragedy has been averted with thwarting of the infiltration attempt, sources said. Meanwhile, Havildar Danesh Kumar was injured in continued Pakistan shelling at Sagra in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch District in the evening.

SFs busted a HM module by arresting two militants and two OGWs and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition from their possession in Jammu and Kashmir. On specific information regarding movement of militants, a joint Naka of Handwara Police and RR was laid at Chogal, Handwara in Kupwara District during which two persons identified as Mehrajudin and Obaid Shafi Malla both residents of Awantipora were caught while moving in suspicious circumstances. On their checking a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered. During the investigation, they revealed that they had come to Handwara for receiving ammunition and other war like stores for their militant outfit in South Kashmir. Sources said that preliminary investigating revealed that these militants were members of an HM militant module, which would not only recruit youth into militancy by radicalizing them over social media but also coordinate their training and arranged arms/ammunition.

On the discloser of these two militants, two more members of the module working as OGWs were arrested from Awantipora in Pulwama District. They were identified as Shahid Ahmad Thoker and Irfan Ahmad, both residents of Awantipora.

The NIA has approached Pakistan to provide details of four fidayeen (suicide) attackers involved in Uri attack of September 18, 2017. The attack at Uri became one of the main reasons for strained Indo-Pak relations in the last one year. According to the sources in the anti-terror probe agency, a judicial request (letter rogatory) has been sent to Pakistan via diplomatic channels in which details of DNA samples, medicines, clothes, shoes, accessories and DNA of one of the four terrorists who was identified as Abu Anas by the agencies. NIA wants to know from Pakistan the identities of other three terrorists, their outfit and who sent them apart from other details. The agency probe points to the role of LeT in the terror strike. Earlier, the Army had claimed that JeM was behind the plot but later evidence suggested that the four fidayeen belonged to LeT.

June 13

At least 14 SF personnel were injured in seven separate militant attacks across J&K while militants attacked residence of retired Justice and decamped with four rifles. The CRPF, in the meantime, has sounded alert and asked its troops across Kashmir to remain alert and launch offensive against the militants.

At least 10 CRPF personnel were injured as militants hurled a grenade on their camp at Lariyar village of Tral in Pulwama District. Militants lobbed the grenade on 180 Battalion CRPF camp at Lariyar resulting in injuries to 10 CRPF men. The injured have been identified as Charanlal, Ganpat Singh, Santanu Gosh, Kundan Lal Chatry, Ramdulare, Meghnad Das, Itlish Kumar, Motilal Meena, Gnanave A, B Sanjay Sadahsio. HM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants in the night attacked Police Guard picket deployed at the residence of Retired Justice Mohammad Attar at Anchidora in Anantnag District and decamped with four SLRs. Reports said that a group of militants attacked security guards deployed at the residence of Justice Attar and decamped with four SLRs including magazines. They said that two Policemen including a SPO were injured in the attack.

Militants hurled a grenade on Police Station Pulwama in the night injuring two Policemen including an SPO. They also fired at the Police, which retaliated but militants managed to escape.

Militants in the night hurled a grenade on 42 RR camp of Army at Largam Tral in Pulwama District. The grenade exploded outside the camp and didn’t cause any damage.

Militants hurled a grenade on 130 battalion of CRPF at Padgampora Awantipora in Pulwama District in the night. However, no one was injured in the attack.

Militants hurled a grenade on 116 battalion of CRPF at Sarbal Pahalgam in Anantnag District. However, no one was injured in the attack.

Militants tonight also fired a rifle grenade on 22 RR Camp of Army at Sopore in Baramulla District. However, on one was injured.

June 14

Pakistan violated ceasefire along LoC in Bimber Gali sector in Rajouri District. Indian Army gave befitting reply to this unprovoked firing from Pakistan side, the report said. Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and 82 mm mortars from 0500 hours to 0545 hours, report added.

Army personnel, who have been maintaining strict surveillance all along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch, targeted forward Pakistan army posts in Nowshera, Bhimber Gali and Balakote sectors, which were assisting the militants in re-establishing their launching pads on the LoC for making multiple intrusion bids in the next few days. “The Pakistan army and militants’ move was pre-empted by the Indian troops, who targeted Pakistani posts, which were helping militants to re-establish their launching pads along LoC. As the Pakistani posts came under intense shelling, they abandoned the plot to again set up the launch pads,” sources said, adding there were Intelligence inputs that the militants would make infiltration attempts together at various places to force their way.

Stone-throwing clashes erupted at Pulwama town of south Kashmir while a shutdown was observed by locals in Yaripora area of Kulgam District against the ransacking of their properties during night hours allegedly by SFs.

After June 13 night’s grenade attack and firing, the situation in Pulwama Town was tense. Witnesses said amid tense situation, dozens of youths including students assembled in the Town and pelted stones on SFs, resulting in chaos. Police chased away the stone-throwers and the situation normalized later.

A shutdown was observed in Frisal in Kulgam District against the alleged vandalisation by SFs of their properties during night hours. The residents staged a protest and sought action at highest level by authorities. Meanwhile, Police denied the allegation of locals.

DGP Dr, S P Vaid said that said that JeM carried out yesterday’s (June 13) serial attacks in South and North Kashmir. “Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) has large presence and it has been for quite some time and it is not today. These incidents have been carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed though Hizb-ul-Mujahideen claimed responsibility”, he added. The DGP, when asked about more attacks taking place in South Kashmir, said that the area has more local militants. “South Kashmir has more local terrorists and that is the reason. North Kashmir is in fact other way round and foreign element is more and that may be the reason”, he said.

After June 13 series of militant attacks in South Kashmir, security has been tightened and Army and other SFs have been asked to go for area domination to prevent such attacks.

June 15

At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed in fierce retaliation by Indian troops as Pakistan Army violated ceasefire thrice along the LoC in two sectors in Rajouri and Poonch Districts of J&K. The Pakistan Army resorted to shelling of mortar bombs and firing of small arms and automatic weapons on forwarding posts and civilians areas in the region.

Indian troops gave a strong retaliation in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed opposite to Bhimbher Gali sector in Rajouri District on June 15, defence sources said. “Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of mortars, small arms, automatics RPG, Recoilless Rifles from 1840 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajouri district today,” Defence Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said. Before this third ceasefire violation in the day, the Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics RPG, Recoilless Rifles from 0930 hours in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajouri District today, he said.

A Policeman, identified as Shahzad Dilawar was killed and another injured in a militant attack in Hyderpora area of Srinagar city in Srinagar District in the night. Militants travelling in a car opened fire on a Police party deployed near J&K Bank in Hyderpora, resulting into injuries to two Policemen. Later, one of the critically injured succumbed. The Police and other SFs have been put on high alert and nakas were immediately established at many places on the NH and Bypass. However, militants had managed to escape.

Militants shot dead a Policeman, identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar in Bogund village of Kulgam District. Police said that he was shot at by militants near his home in Bogund village in Kulgam District in the afternoon. SFs reached the spot immediately and massive manhunt has been launched against his assailants.

Militants fired at a woman, identified as Suraya in Katrasoo in Kulgam District. She was removed to hospital for treatment and her condition is stated to be stable.

In Srinagar outskirts at Rangreth, some youth pelted stones at SFs. A youth was critically injured after SSB opened fire to disperse the protesters. He was removed to hospital and his condition is stated to be critical.

SFs launched a search operation in the border town of Samba (Samba District) along Jammu-Pathankot NH following reports of suspected movement of four persons in the wee hours. Some labourers informed Police about movement of four persons in civilian clothes from Samba Main Chowk on the Highway towards SIDCO industrial area close to Basantar river belt. Basantar river, which flows into Pakistan across the IB, is one of the main infiltration routes of militants into the State and in past many times militants have sneaked into Jammu through the river basin. “Search operation was launched in Samba town along the highway after some people reported about suspected movement of four persons in the wee hours today,” a Police officer said.

Pakistani troops started heavy mortar shelling and firing in forward areas of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District. The Indian side gave befitting response to the shelling and firing, leading to heavy exchanges that continued till late night. Baba Khori, Sher Makri, Number, Sher Shalak, Kharli and Jhanghar areas in Nowshera sector were the worst hit by Pakistan’s mortar shelling from 1.45 pm to 3.50 pm and from 5.30 pm onwards. However, no casualties or major damage had been reported on the Indian side.

June 16

A joint team of SFs, in an encounter,  killed three LeT militants, identified as Junaid Ahmad Mattoo alias 'Jana,  Adil Mushtaq Mir alias 'Nana' and Nisar Ahmad Wani in Arwani village of Kulgam District. After getting specific input about the presence of three LeT militants, SF surrounded two houses in Arwani village. When the SFs closed in on the hiding militants, they were fired upon by the militants, triggering an exchange. The encounter continued throughout the day and firing ended this evening. Bodies of the three slain militants were recovered on June 17 morning.

Report said that scores of people also received injuries during the clashes near the encounter site in Arwani village. Two youths, identified as Mohammad Ashraf (34) and Ahsan Mushtaq (15) were killed and 20 others injured during the clashes near the encounter site in Arwani. According to the Police, Mohammad Ashraf was caught in crossfire when the encounter started at 10 AM at Arwani village.

In one of the major militant attack against Police, six Police personnel including a SHO were killed in Achabal in Anantnag District. Two civilians were also injured in the attack. A group of at least 10 militants in the evening laid an ambush on a Police party at Thajwara village in Achabal in Anantnag District. They surrounded the Police party and opened fire from all directions at their vehicle killing SHO of Achabal Police Station, identified as Feroze Ahmed Dar and five others, identified as Constable Shariq Ahmad, Constable Tasveer Ahmad, Constable Shiraz Ahmad, SPO Mohammad Asif, SPO Sabzar Ahmad. Militants also snatched 5 AK-47 rifles and ammunition from the dead Policemen. Sources said that the SFs had inputs that the LeT are planning to carry out militant strike in Anantnag.  Later, LeT has claimed responsibility for attack. The militants disfigured the faces of the six Policemen in the attack before walking away with their weapons, Police said.

Another youth who had received severe bullet injuries in Rangreth area in Budgam District on June 15 evening during protests succumbed to his injuries on June 16. The deceased youth, identified as Naseer Ahmad, was a resident of Ashtengo village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Dozens of persons were injured in parts of Kashmir during massive stone-throwing clashes before and after Friday prayers. Scores of youths in Pampore area of Pulwama District took to streets and pelted stones on Police and paramilitary. Police resorted to pellet firing and intense teargas shelling to disperse the rock-throwing protests. Three persons sustained injuries during clashes at Pampore and they were shifted to hospital.

The clashes also raged in Main Town of Pulwama District after Friday prayers. Large number of youths converged in Main Town and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on security personnel deployed. Police resorted to teargas shelling in the area to contain the stone-pelting clashes.

Clashes also broke out in Kakapora area of the Pulwama District. Police in Main Town of Anantnag District used force to break up a protest after which stone-pelting clashes erupted. The clashes continued for nearly an hour but concluded without any major injury to anyone.

In Tral Town of Pulwama district, groups of youth resorted to stone-pelting on security forces and enforced a shutdown against the Arwani killings.

In Srinagar, clashes between youth and SFs broke out near Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area after culmination of Friday prayers. Scores of youth resorted to heavy stone-pelting on Police and paramilitary in the area while police responded by lobbing dozens of teargas shells.

The clashes in Nowhatta area continued for several hours and later spilled over to Rajouri Kadal and Saraf Kadal neighborhoods. One youth was detained by police while he was pelting stones.

The clashes between youth and SFs also erupted at Sopore town of Baramulla District after Friday prayers. No one was reported injured in the clashes in Sopore and Bandipora areas.

Two youths were injured in Army firing after they allegedly didn’t stop at a checkpoint in Bandipora District on June 16. Locals said that Army opened fire on a car near Chek Reshipora area of Bandipora. “Two youths were injured in the firing. The Army signaled them to stop but they didn’t and were ultimately fired upon,” they said, adding that both of them sustained bullet wounds and were shifted to nearby hospital from where they were referred to Srinagar.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed deep anguish over the killing of two civilians and six Policemen across Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours. The Chief Minister said she has reiterated it time and again that violence and innocent killings would lead the State only to a cobweb bloodletting and destruction and uncertainty rather than paving the way for any peaceful solution.

DGP, Dr S P Vaid, said that militants have adopted a new strategy of targeting local Police for their work on anti-militancy front eagerly. “Targeting local cops is a new strategy by militants. The local police works on the anti-militancy front with eagerness, that is why they (militants) are targeting them (police). But I am sure that we will control this soon”, DGP said.

In the meantime, Director General of CRPF, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, said that his force is well trained and are ready for any challenges on militancy and law and order front. Bhatnagar said: “During the law and order probe, we face different kind of challenges as well as on militant front. So we are ready to face those challenges. We are well trained, well prepared, well motivated and we will face those challenges.”

An Army jawan, identified as Naik Bakhtawar Singh was killed and another injured in heavy mortar shelling and firing by Pakistan along LoC at Kalsian village in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District. Sources said that Pakistan army resumed heavy shelling using 120mm and 82mm mortars and firing with automatic and semi-automatic weapons in Nowshera sector at 4.30 am on June 16. The Indian side retaliated effectively and exchange of firing continued for about two hours. Two Army soldiers were injured in the shelling and firing by Pakistan side. One of them succumbed to his injuries while another injured has been admitted to the hospital in stable condition.

GOC 16 (White Knight) Corps Lieutenant General AK Sharma visited forward areas of LoC in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch District and reviewed situation with the Army Commanders in view of continued shelling and firing. He met the troops deployed along LoC and commended them for constant vigil and valiant actions taken to thwart inimical designs of Pakistan.

June 17

Militants killed one Ajaz Ahmad of Pinglana area in Pulwama District. Sources said that Ajaz was fired upon by militants outside his house and was critically injured. Militants fled after firing at him. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Militants attacked a convoy of CRPF in Budgam District. According to officials, bike borne militants opened fire on a vehicle carrying jawans of CRPF's 174 battalion at Duniwara village Budgam's in Chattergam area in the evening. However, no CRPF personnel were injured in the attack.

The perpetrators of the ambush in which six Policemen were killed would "face the law" very soon, J&K DGP S P Vaid said and announced a bounty of INR 10 lakh for LeT ‘commander’ Bashir Lashkari who is believed to have orchestrated the attack.

June 18

A group of militants attacked an Army convoy in south Kashmir's Anantnag District. The militants fired at army vehicles in Bijbehara area and fled from the spot, after which SFs started a search operation. No casualty was reported.

A spontaneous shutdown to mourn the civilian and militant killings was observed in South Kashmir areas amid tense situation. Majority of the shops and commercial establishments were closed in Khudwani, Pampore, Qoimoh, Yaripora, Pulwama and few other areas today against the killings of three LeT militants and two civilians during an encounter at Arwani area of Anantnag District on June 16.

A Police official said the day passed off peacefully and no incident of stone-pelting occurred anywhere. He said that the situation in rest of the Kashmir also remained peaceful and commercial activities as well as transport resumed in central and northern Districts.

Sources said, SFs are tracking five local militants who have returned to Srinagar from South Kashmir. These militants who joined militancy last year (2016) but were operating in South Kashmir have been asked by their commanders to return to Srinagar and operate in the city. Sources said that there were no resident militants in Srinagar till they arrived last month. Their return has made Srinagar a target.

Army’s 46 RR, 179 Battalion of CRPF and SOG of J&K, Baramulla, cordoned off Binnar area of Baramulla District in the afternoon after inputs that ‘divisional commander’ of JeM Khalid Bhai is hiding in the village. They conducted house to house searches in the village and its surroundings but the JeM ‘commander’ had left the village before the SFs arrived.

Exuding confidence that the State Government was capable of handling the prevailing situation in Kashmir valley, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju ruled out direct intervention by the Union Government to tackle the present state of affairs in J&K. “The State Government is capable of handling the situation and input support will be given by the Central Government in this regard,” he said in Srinagar.

June 19

Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla District, injuring a soldier. Sources said that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire at around 9 am at Lower Garh post in Uri sector where 20th Sikh regiment is posted. One soldier, identified as Sepoy Hiray Shriram was injured. Army said that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the LoC to provide cover to the infiltrating militants.

Intense clashes broke out between students and Police in Main Town of Ganderbal District during which a Police personnel was injured while situation elsewhere was normal. The students of Degree College Ganderbal assembled outside their college and started sloganeering. They also burst some firecrackers and then pelted stones on police at Dudherhama in the town. A Police constable, identified as Gulzar Ahmad Magray was injured after he was hit by a stone during clashes. Police while chasing stone-throwing students detained more than a dozen among them.

Among the five militants who came to LeT 'commander' Junaid Matoo's funeral on June 17, two were from the HM, their attendance reflective of a co-ordination between terror outfits that SFs and the Police find worrisome. LeT militants Matoo, Nasir Ahmed Wani and Adil Mushtaq were killed in an encounter in Anantnag District on June 16. Nasir's funeral, too, was attended by two HM commanders. At both places - Matoo's Khudwani village in Kulgam and Nasir's family home in Heff, Shopian - the militants came armed and raised anti-India slogans. A senior Police officer said the presence of militant leaders at funerals of militants who did not belong to the same outfit, was a way to glamourise their movement. "It is a matter of concern for us," said the officer. "By appearing at militants' funerals, they are trying to attract more youths towards militancy and they have been successful sometimes."

June 20

Militants in the evening fired two UBGL grenades at 180 battalion of CRPF at Tral Babla in Pulwama District. However, there was no damage. SFs immediately launched searches in the area but the militants had fled away.

Police recovered arms and ammunition from Old City area of Srinagar. However, no one was arrested in this connection. Sources said that Police station Kral Khud recovered one pistol, four pistol magazines and four grenades from Babdemb area of Srinagar. They said that the arms and ammunition were in rusted condition and were stored by militants.

A SPO was beaten by unidentified assailants at Arampora locality of Ganderbal District. Police said that the SPO, identified as Riyaz Ahmad had gone to offer prayers at Arampora mosque and when he came out of the mosque, he was thrashed by 'miscreants'. "The injured cop has suffered fractures and he has been hospitalized at Bone and Joint Hospital Barzulla," said the Police.

Clashes broke out at Frestbal area of Pampore in Pulwama District between protesters and SFs. The clashes broke out on the occasion of 'Chahrum' (rituals on the fourth day following a death) of a local militant namely Adil Mushtaq who was killed last week at Kulgam District in an encounter. Police used teargas shells to disperse the stone-throwers but they remained unfazed and continued pelting stones for several hours. However, no one was reported injured.

SFs resorted to aerial firing at Churat village of Kulgam District in the evening after their vehicle was stoned by youth. Police said that the vehicle developed some snag and stopped midway on road. As some youth spotted the vehicle, they pelted stones on it and to disperse them, the forces opened fire in air, the police added. No loss of life or injury was reported from area.

June 21

At least two HM militants, identified as Gulzar Ahmad and Basit were killed in an encounter with SFs in Rafiabad area of Baramulla District in the morning. According to report, the militants were holed up inside a house in Pazalpora village in Rafiabad in Baramulla District. Following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, SFs had launched a cordon and search operation last night (June 20). The Army official said two weapons were also recovered and operations were still on in the area.

Army foiled an infiltration attempt by Pakistan backed terrorists on the LoC in Palanwala sector in Jammu District. The attempt was made in the wee hours around 4.30 AM when alert troopers, deployed along the LoC, detected some suspicious movement on the border. On being challenged and fired by the Indian troops, the suspected group of terrorists fired in return but also ran back to other side of the LoC. Later an intense combing operation was conducted in the area which resulted into recovery of one AK-47 rifle along with ammunition and some other items, being used by the group of terrorists.

June 22

Three militants of the LeT were killed during search operation in Pulwama District. On a tip off about presence of a group of LeT militants hiding in New Colony Kakapora in Pulwama, SFs had launched cordon and search operation last evening (June 21). Militants fired upon SFs on seeing them, leading to an encounter in which an army Major, identified as Major Kartik suffered minor shoulder injury due to bullet hit. The encounter continued till morning and three militants were killed subsequently. Two of them have been identified as Majid Mir and Shabir while the identity of the third militant is yet to be ascertained.

A joint team of Army's first RR and SOG of JKP have laid a cordon in several villages in Baghpora, Magraypora of Marhama in Bijbehara in Anantnag District, after some inputs of militants hiding there. Further details are awaited as the search operation is currently going on at the time of reporting.

Two Army personnel were killed and two others injured when the BAT of Pakistan comprising Special Forces and highly trained militants carried out an attack on the Army personnel in Karmara area of Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch sector in Poonch District. Immediately after the BAT attack, the Indian Army launched massive offensive against Pakistani troops and decimated their four posts from where the BAT members had been launched into the Indian side to carry out the attack, official sources said adding that Indian troops retaliated swiftly killing two members of the BAT team. Sources said the BAT members could be either Pakistan Special Forces or dreaded terrorists of LeT and JeM outfits or mixture of Pakistan army and terrorists.

Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Keran sector in Kupwara District, killing one militant. Sources said that Army launched a massive operation in Keran sector of the LoC in Kupwara after reports that a group of 5-6 infiltrators had managed to sneak in. During massive searches in the forests near the LoC in Keran sector one body of the militant was recovered so far. Army also recovered one AK 47, one rucksack, one radio set, one magazine pouch, one knife and some eatables from the spot.

A DySP, Mohammed Ayub Pandith, was beaten to death by an irate mob in Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on the auspicious occasion of Shab-e-Qadar in the late night. There are conflicting reports about the incident and witnesses said that he was beaten to death by an irate mob after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people, who caught him clicking pictures outside Jamia Masjid injuring three persons. However, DGP Dr SP Vaid said that Pandith was checking the access control in the area. "When he came out after checking, he was surrounded by some miscreants who started manhandling him and asking for his identification. Initial investigation revealed that there was an altercation and the officer fired to get away from the mob. He was, however, overpowered and killed near Bata Chowk in Nowhatta area," he said. DGP added that two persons have been arrested in connection with lynching. "Two people have been arrested, third person has been identified. They will have to face the law," he said.

June 23

The situation in old city (Srinagar) turned tense following the killing incident of DySP, Mohammed Ayub Pandith. The mob went on a rampage targeting empty security pickets erected in the area. Police reinforcement were rushed in to restore normalcy in the area.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned people of severe backlash if Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police loses its patience over killing of Police men. Terming the lynching of DySP, Mohammad Ayub Pandith outside the Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar as shameful, she said, J&K Police is one of the best police forces in the country and is showing maximum restraint.

Report said that the DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandit, who was lynched on the premises of Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on June 22 night, is the third officer of Jammu and Kashmir Police to be killed on duty in the past two months and among 17 policemen to be killed this year. Most of the policeman deaths this year were reported from Anantnag and Kulgam Districts. Eleven Policemen were killed in two attacks in Achabal and Kulgam. A total of 13 policemen were killed in militancy-related incidents in the Valley last year (2016). The Police sources have expressed concern about the rising casualty figures, especially in the last two years.

Army recovered arms, ammunition and sharp-edged weapons from Karmara village in Chakan-Da-Bagh area of Poonch sector in Poonch District, where two members of BAT were eliminated while two jawans were martyred and two others injured on June 22 afternoon. Recoveries made from the site of BAT action included one rifle, magazines, ammunition, explosive devices, dagger and war-like stores, which indicated nefarious designs of the BAT members, sources said. Body of one of the slain intruder was recovered from the spot, sources said, adding body of his second slain associate was lying near the LoC and couldn't be recovered. Sources said the BAT members had planned to cause more casualties but their plot was thwarted by the troops with timely retaliation. The BAT members were also carrying with them sharp-edged weapons, headband and cameras, sources said.

June 24

One SF person was killed and another one injured after heavily armed militants attacked a CRPF's patrol party in Pantha Chowk area on the Srinagar-Jammu NH in Srinagar District. A CRPF official in Srinagar said that militants armed with AK-rifles fired indiscriminately around 5:50pm on a vehicle, which was part of a 29 battalion CRPF patrol party, near Pantha Chowk bus stand in Srinagar. "The injured soldiers were evacuated to military hospital at Badamibagh, Srinagar, where Sub-Inspector (SI) Sahab Shukla and other jawan injured in the attack is undergoing treatment," he added. A civilian too has sustained minor injuries in the attack. Later, LeT claimed responsibility of Pantha Chowk attack. "Mujahideen Lashkar-e-Toiba attacked on CRPF party at Pantha Chowk on Srinagar-Jammu highway," LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said in a statement.

Pakistani forces violated ceasefire by firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars at Shahpur and Kirni forward areas along the LoC in Poonch District. The Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars at Shahpur and Kirni from 11.30 am on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector, official sources said. The Indian troops returned the fire strongly and effectively, they said, adding that the firing stopped at 2.10 pm.

June 25

Pakistan Army again violated ceasefire in Naushera sector along the LoC in Rajauri District.

Investigations into a case of terror funding in the Kashmir Valley being carried out by the NIA revealed that the founder of JuD, Hafiz Saeed, pumped in almost INR 500 million for subversive activities in the region following the killing of top HM 'commander' Burhan Wani in July 2016. The FIR lodged by the NIA in connection with the case also names Saeed, who is the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, as one of the main accused for financing terror activities in the Valley.

The ED, which also lodged a case on June 23 to investigate the money laundering angle in terror financing, too has named Hafiz. "Initial investigations have confirmed that Hafiz Saeed routed at least Rs 50 crore over a period of almost a year since last July during which time the Valley witnessed unprecedented violence. This is a conservative estimate and the figure could be much higher. Most of the money came through a well organised hawala network through Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and UAE. We are trying to piece together the entire chain to establish clearly who were the end receivers of this money," a senior intelligence official said.

The ED, which also lodged a case on June 23 to investigate the money laundering angle in terror financing, too has named Hafiz. "Initial investigations have confirmed that Hafiz Saeed routed at least Rs 50 crore over a period of almost a year since last July during which time the Valley witnessed unprecedented violence. This is a conservative estimate and the figure could be much higher. Most of the money came through a well organised hawala network through Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and UAE. We are trying to piece together the entire chain to establish clearly who were the end receivers of this money," a senior intelligence official said.

DGP SP Vaid, issued advisory to the Police personnel asking them not to offer Eid prayers in Eidgahs and in Masjids at isolated places. They have been asked to offer prayers at Police Control Room and other secure places for security reasons. The advisory has been issued after recent attacks on Police personnel and lynching of a Police officer in Jamia Masjid on June 22-night.

Pakistan Amy again resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Nowshera sector along the LoC in Rajouri District twice during the day directly targeting civilian population and forward posts of the Army. An Army jawan was injured in the shelling while some houses were damaged. Official sources said Pakistan Army fired 120mm and 82 mm mortars and opened firing with automatic and semi-automatic weapons at Dhanaka, Kalali, Bhawani, Kalsian and Gania forward villages and their surroundings in Nowshera sector around 6 am. Indian Army gave befitting reply to Pakistan, leading to heavy exchanges of shelling and firing.

June 26

Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Balakot Sector of Poonch District at 8.30 pm. Indian side retaliated effectively. However, there was no report of casualties or damage on the Indian side when the reports last came in.

Amidst regular exchanges of mortar shelling and firing on the LoC, the Indian and Pakistan Army officials exchanged sweets at Chakan-Da-Bagh cross-LoC point in Poonch District while BSF and Rangers also celebrated Eid jointly at various places along the IB.

A few incident of stone-pelting and clashes between protestors and SFs were reported in J&K as Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across the state. Clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies were reported from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area of the Srinagar City. There were no reports of any casualties in these clashes.

The authorities have placed top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest, fearing that their presence at large Eid gatherings could spark violence, the officials said. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody and lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar.

UHM Rajnath Singh hoped that violence will end in Kashmir and peace and happiness will be restored in the Valley soon to pave the way for emergence of new dawn. In a video message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir on Eid festival, Rajnath said new Sun will rise in Kashmir, which will bring peace and normalcy back to the Valley and happiness for people of the State. He hoped for return of peace in the Valley, which has been facing series of violent incidents including spurt in militant activities, attacks on police personnel etc though the Government has taken various measures to maintain peace.

UHM Rajnath Singh hoped that violence will end in Kashmir and peace and happiness will be restored in the Valley soon to pave the way for emergence of new dawn. In a video message to the people of Jammu and Kashmir on Eid festival, Rajnath said new Sun will rise in Kashmir, which will bring peace and normalcy back to the Valley and happiness for people of the State. He hoped for return of peace in the Valley, which has been facing series of violent incidents including spurt in militant activities, attacks on police personnel etc though the Government has taken various measures to maintain peace.

As a senior leader of HM, the State Department said in September, 2016, Salahuddin, also known as Syed Mohammed Yusuf Shah, vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley "into a graveyard for Indian forces". "Under Salahuddin's tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people," the State Department said.

Following the designation of Salahuddin as the global terrorist, the State Department in a notification said he has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other nations, it said.

India welcomed the US' move. "India welcomes this notification. It underlines also quite strongly that both India and the US face threat of terrorism," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
June 27

Shifting its focus to the Indian subcontinent, global terror outfit al Qaeda has said it will target Indian security installations and leaders of Hindu "separatist" organisations. The outfit has released an elaborate document titled 'Code of conduct for Mujahideen in the subcontinent' detailing its objectives, targets, and do's and don'ts for members. "All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against implementation of sharia," the outfit said in the document. This is an exact reproduction of the text, "Officers are a greater priority than soldiers. The greater is the seniority, greater is our priority to kill him. Those officers of the military who have the blood of our Kashmiri brothers on their hands are our targets," the outfit said. The document makes several references to Kashmir, and the opening note even refers to a resident of UP's Sambhal, Maulana Asim Umar, as the 'emir' or chief of the so-called AQIS.

Indian intelligence sources said they were keeping a close tab on the development as it comes soon after former HM 'commander' Zakir Musa floated a new outfit and openly acknowledged support from al Qaeda. The document also mentions that hostages should either be traded for a brother, given up for ransom or be killed, besides elaborating on targets in Pakistan, Arakan (Myanmar) and Bangladesh. Sources said the most worrying part was that the outfit had invited different groups fighting in the subcontinent to pledge their allegiance to what they refer to as the "Islamic emirate of Afghanistan", and stand up against intelligence agencies and the groups they sponsor.

According to an official dealing in counter terror operations, al Qaeda is also trying to establish that its objectives and modus operandi are completely different from that of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), its arch rival. "The document mentions that the Mujahideen will not attack common Hindus, Muslims or Buddhists and also not strike places of worship. This is in sharp contrast with ISIS which has been targeting mosques on priority," the official added.

SFs conducted search operations at several places in Srinagar to hunt a group of JeM militants who are in the city for past two weeks and five more militants who are locals and have shifted to city recently. SFs for last two weeks are tracking the militants and on June 27 they conducted searches at five places in the city during which two persons were detained. Police and CRPF conducted searches at Firodus Abad and Khadi Mill areas of Batamaloo and detained two persons during the searches. According to sources, a group of five JeM militants headed by their 'commander' Mateen Bhai is in Srinagar for two weeks and SFs are on alert to prevent them from carrying out an attack in the city.

SFs also conducted searches in Khanyar, Lal Bazar and Anchar areas of Srinagar against them and other militants who are present in Srinagar. The army also conducted searches in Galib Abad and residents said that they were seeking details from the people about number of their families members. The army exercise followed reports that a group of militants was sighted in Zanakote area of Srinagar last week who are being provided logistic support by 2-3 OGWs of the area. The group was later sighted in Noorbagh area but had fled the area a day before the security operation was conducted there last week.

Jammu and Kashmir Police has put three Hurriyat Conference leaders, identified as Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah and Raja Mairaj ul din Kalwal, under preventive detention ahead of their pre-planned protest in Valley. The leaders, who are said to be in close circle of Hurriyat leader SA Geelani, were previously interrogated in a money laundering case. According to reports, the Police raided the houses of these leaders and arrested them. Police also raided the residence of another Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Pir Saifullah, however he was not present. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat confirmed the arrests but did not confirm the charges on which the arrest has been made.

The US Government's decision to declare Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist would help in choking his movements and financing, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said. Salahuddin, head of the Kashmiri militant group HM, was a "coward" who had "run away" to Pakistan, Mehrishi said. "What the US did is correct. He (Salahuddin) is a terrorist and he has now been declared so. This declaration by the US may probably help in impacting his movements and funding," Mehrishi said.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said in Washington that the designation was "a strong signal coming out of the administration that it is committed to ending terror in all forms". "We should take the step for what it is. It is fixing responsibility, highlighting the problem. There is a signaling out of it, it is focusing on a particular group and particular individual. None of us can really miss that message," he said.

June 28

Pakistan army again resorted to heavy mortar shelling in Balakote, Mendhar and Nowshera sectors along the LoC in twin border Districts of Poonch and Rajouri. Report said that Pakistan army directly targeted civilian areas, apart from forward defence locations, at Sandot, Dabbi, Panjni, Chouhala, Trala and Basuni areas on LoC in Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch District at 3.30 pm. Indian side retaliated very effectively, leading to heavy exchanges of mortar shelling and firing with both automatic and semi-automatic weapons

Pakistan army targeted Baba Khori, Gania and Kalal forward villages of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District from 2 pm to 5 pm. In all three sectors, there were no casualties of Army or civilians. Also, no major damage was reported to the civilian property.

June 29

Two Indian soldiers were injured in a ceasefire violation along the LoC in Poonch District by the Pakistan army. "Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked shelling and firing along the LoC in Poonch," Defence Ministry sources said. They used small arms, automatics and mortars. The firing started at 1.30am. The Indian Army retaliated effectively and strongly, the defence sources said.

Pakistan had summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner to lodge a protest over the alleged killing of a civilian in cross-border firing by Indian troops.

Separatist groups in Kashmir fear that categorising HM 'chief' Syed Salahuddin as "a global terrorist" may "drift militancy in a different direction in Kashmir as the decision has the potential to shrink space for pro-dialogue groups, too". In an interview, Hurriyat 'chairman' Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed apprehensions that the US' move has "far alarming ramifications" internally in Kashmir. "Indigenous militant outfits here never linked up with global terror and worked around the Kashmir issue. My fear is that militancy can drift in a different direction as any wrong branding of forces will pave way for those forces who completely reject the international system. Unfortunately, the U.S. decision will be responsible for this."

Condemning the US' stand on Salahuddin, who also heads the UJC that comprises around 13 militant outfits and is based in PoK, the Mirwaiz said the Hurriyat commitment to dialogue and its position on seeking U.S. intervention "will stay the same." "However, I fear the new U.S. position may shrink space for those canvassing for dialogue processes in the J&K," he added. The Mirwaiz said hostility between India and Pakistan, and Srinagar and New Delhi had "reached a new level." "The militaristic position taken by India on the Kashmir issue pushes south Kashmir to the brink of a nuclear war. In this situation, the U.S. has to take more pragmatic decisions."

The Government of India defended the US' use of the term "Indian-administered J&K", saying that it only affirmed India's position that HM 'chief' Syed Salahuddin is involved in "cross-border" terrorism. "Use of term 'Indian-administered J&K' affirms our position that Syed Salahuddin been involved in cross-border terrorism against India," said the MEA.

June 30

A woman, identified as Naseem Akhtar (35) was injured as Pakistani troops continued mortar shelling in Balakote sector of Poonch District for the second day. Sources said that she sustained a splinter injury in her lower back. The victim was sitting inside her house when a shell fell into the room after piercing through the roof. A house was partially damaged at Sandote in the morning, while some cattle were also killed in Sohala-Panjani area on June 29 as mortar shells were falling near residential areas. All the three panchayats in the area were affected, sources said, identifying some of the affected areas as Dharati, Sohala, Panjani, Balakote, Basooni, Sandote, and Behrote.

A Defence Ministry spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, said in Jammu that Pakistani troops initiated firing at 4.15 am. They were indiscriminately firing mortars, automatics and small arms, he said, adding that the Indian army was retaliating strongly and effectively.

Pakistan Army violated ceasefire by targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, small and automatic weapons along the LoC in Rajouri District. This is the 23rd incident of ceasefire violation in June, report said.

Reports said that two Pakistani soldiers were killed as the Indian Army deployed at the forward posts in Uri sector in Baramulla District sniped them after they noticed suspicious movement near the LoC in PoK. Sources said that the Army deployed along the LoC in Uri sector noticed suspicious movement near the LoC early on June 30 and targeted two soldiers with snipers killing them on the spot. Sources identified the two soldiers as Qamar and Hafiz belonging to 652 Mujahid Battalion of the Pakistan army. They were posted near the Sallan village of PoK. The Pakistani troops later targeted Indian posts. However, no damage was caused.

Pakistani troops continued cease fire violations along the LoC by pounding civilian areas with 82mm shells causing fresh wave of panic among the people in the border. A woman, identified as Shakeela (45) was injured as Pakistan violated ceasefire in Uri sector of Baramulla District along LoC. Pakistani troops violated ceasefire at Gailta sector of Uri in the morning. Army also retaliated the Pakistan fire. However, there were no reports of casualties on either side. Clashes between SFs and protesters broke out at several places in J&K after Friday prayers, though the authorities imposed restrictions to prevent protests called by separatists.

Five persons, including a Police officer, identified as Arif were injured in clashes with the SFs in Shopian District in the afternoon following inputs about the presence of militants in the area. As the area was being cordoned off, some youths assembled there and started pelting the SFs with stones that led to clashes. Police had to resort to teargas and pellets to disperse the protesters, causing injuries to five persons.

Protests broke out in Shermal village of Pulwama district also hampering search and cordon operations of the Army and the Police. The clashes also broke out at Bellow, Chatpora and Tral areas of Pulwama District.

The clashes between youth and SFs broke out at Nowhatta and Safakadal areas of downtown (Srinagar) in the evening after withdrawal of forces from there.

The clashes also broke out in South Kashmir after Friday prayers. At Reshi Bazar locality of Main Town in Anantnag District, a protest march was taken out after Friday prayers and later youth clashed with SFs during which Police resorted to teargas shelling. A house was partially gutted after allegedly being hit by a teargas canister at Reshi Bazar.

Clashes between youth and SFs broke out at Sopore town of Baramulla District after Friday prayers. There was no report of any injury to anyone.

July 1

LeT 'commander' Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Bashir Lashkar and his associate, identified as Azad Ahmad Malik alias Dada along with two civilians, identified as Tahira Begum and Shadab were killed in a fierce encounter in Dailgam village in Anantnag District. A Police spokesman said gunfight between the militants and the SFs raged after siege was laid in the area following specific inputs. Police said 17 civilians, who were inside the house, where militants were trapped, were rescued. After the house was cleared of civilians, Police and Army blasted the house and it resulted in the killing of two militants. "While the cordon was being laid, some militants outside a house fired upon the security personnel which was retaliated. In the cross firing one woman sustained injuries and later succumbed," the Police spokesman said. Another youth was also injured in clashes who later died.

As the news about the operation spread in the area, a large number of people took to streets and tried to approach towards the encounter site and pelted stones at the SFs. SFs fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. DGP Dr SP Vaid said that people assemble at the encounter sites at instigation of enemies of peace. "If you see the social media, there is instigation to youth to reach to the site of encounter to save Bashir Lashkar, these people assemble on the instigation of enemies of peace of this unfortunate Valley", he said.

Soon after the news about the killing of two militants including Bashir spread, clashes broke out at Kokernag, Pulwama and areas adjoining to Dialgam between protesters and SFs. Around a dozen civilians were injured in the clashes amid shutdown in the area.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the death of two civilians at Anantnag during an anti-militancy operation. Terming the deaths as tragic and unfortunate, the Chief Minister appealed the people to keep away from the points of conflagration so that precious human lives are not lost.

There has been a sharp drop in the number of stone-throwing incidents in the Kashmir Valley this year (2017), DG, CRPF, Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar said. "Last year [2016], around 1,600 incidents were reported when CRPF personnel were attacked with stones. This year [2017], the number has fallen to fewer than half, around 700 incidents maybe. There are days when there is no such incident," Bhatnagar said. The 1,600 incidents were reported in five months after Wani's killing, while the 700 incidents were recorded from January to June in 2017. Around 30,000 personnel of the CRPF are deployed in the Valley to assist the local police in maintaining law and order and conducting anti-militancy operations. Attacks on SFs by stone-throwing youth escalated in the Valley after July 8, 2016 when HM 'commander' Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter.

July 3

Militants shot at and critically injured a Policeman, identified as Ghulam Hassan in Anantnag town in Anantnag District. Constable Ghulam Hassan was shot in the neck by militants from close range at Anantnag bus stand, a Police official said. Hassan was unarmed at the time of the attack, the official said.

July 3-4

At least three terrorists were killed in an encounter in Bahmnoo area of Pulwama District. Three soldiers, including an officer, were also injured. The gun battle began in the morning of July 3 after the SFs launched a search operation following a specific tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the area. Two terrorists were killed on July 3 and the body of third terrorist was found in the morning of July 4.

July 4

Police said that during the last few months 54 youth have been arrested from different Districts of the Kashmir Zone. These youth were attempting to join militancy in Kashmir. “Out of these, 28 youth have been arrested in Baramulla, Kupwara, Sopore, Handwara and Bandipora of the North Kashmir Range”, Police said. 13 youth have been arrested in Central Kashmir Range Srinagar while an equal number of youth have been arrested in Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Awantipora and Kulgam of South Kashmir. Kupwara police arrested four boys who were attempting to cross the LoC.

India said the interview telecast by a Pakistani TV channel of HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin on July 1, is further proof of Pakistan's role in cross-border terrorism. "The brazen admission by Syed Salahuddin of perpetrating terrorist attacks on India and having the capacity to carry out such attacks at any place and time in India is a further proof of Pakistan's continuing policy of cross-border terrorism," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

"His (Salahuddin) confession of assistance in such activities from Pakistan also affirms the complicity of Pakistan's state structure in using terrorist proxies as a matter of policy against the neighbours," Baglay said. He added, "The interview only highlights the unabashed manner in which terrorist organisations and leaders enjoy freedom of operations in Pakistan, including access to terror financing and procurement and supply of weapons for terrorism."

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was arrested by Police and sent to the Central Jail in Srinagar. "Malik was arrested today when police raided the JKLF's office at Abi Guzar. He has been shifted to Central Jail, Srinagar, on a judicial remand," a spokesman of the separatist group said. The Police did not give any reason for the arrest but it is believed to be a preventive action since HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin has given a call for agitation to observe first anniversary of its slain militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

July 5

Birmingham city council withdrew its permission for a planned rally to mark “Burhan Wani Day” on July 8 after India lodged a protest with the UK Government against the “glorification of terrorists”. The rally was being planned by UK-based Kashmiri groups to mark the first death anniversary of the ‘commander’ of the HM militant outfit killed in a gun battle with Indian armed forces in the Kashmir valley on July 8, 2016. India on July 3 protested to the UK over the planned rally. “We took a booking for a peaceful rally highlighting the human rights abuse in Kashmir. However, we are now aware of concerns raised about the promotional leaflet and, having assessed the material, have not given permission for the use of Victoria Square,” a Birmingham City Council spokesperson said.

DIG of Police, North Kashmir Range, Nitesh Kumar said that there has been growing tendency over past few weeks of young boys attempting to join militant ranks and the recruiters are using ISIS (Islamic State) modus operandi in luring these youths to join militancy. The DIG said that the Police have been able to save five boys from Pattan and Naidkhai areas of Baramulla and Bandipora Districts with the help of their families who approached Police and with joint efforts of family and Police these boys were rescued. “After counseling they were handed over to families. Although we have been able to save many such boys but this dangerous trend can be stopped only with the help of conscientious citizens of the society,” he said.

A senior Police officer said that footprints of militants have been sharply increasing in the Kashmir Valley with as many as 50 young men taking to arms in the past six months. Most of these new recruits came from Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam Districts in South Kashmir, which had become the hub of tech-savvy, young militants. "A total of 50 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in the valley in 2017," the Police officer said. Rising footprints of militants have raised concern among the security agencies, which believe the trend reflects the worsening situation in Kashmir. The officer said that 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016, the highest in the past six years. Since 2014, there has been a constant rise in the number of people joining militancy. As many as 66 youths joined militancy in Kashmir in 2015 and 53 in 2014, data compiled by security agencies revealed. In 2010, 54 youths joined militancy and in 2011, the number came down to 23. It further dipped to 21 in 2012 and 16 in 2013, it said.

July 6

As many as 92 terrorists were killed till July 2, 2017 in J&K, against 79 in the corresponding period of 2016. In fact, the numbers of terrorists killed in counter-insurgency operations so far this year have surpassed the year-wise figures for 2012 and 2013 when UPA was in power at the Centre. While 72 and 67 terrorists were eliminated in J&K in 2012 and 2013 respectively, the numbers picked up during NDA's tenure, touching 110 in 2014, 108 in 2015 and 150 in 2016. "Terrorists killed till July 2 this year are only slightly less than killings through 2014 and 2015," a senior UMHA official said, attributing the successes to seamless coordination between the Army, Central Forces, State Government and Intelligence Agencies.

"The forces have been given a free hand to track and intercept the terrorists holed up in the valley, before launching intelligence-based operations with due mapping of the target and how to neutralise terrorists with minimum collateral damage," said a senior UMHA functionary. The official underlined that among the 92 terrorists killed in J&K till July 2, most of the targets were big and prominent terror operatives. Infiltration figures also show a decline. As against 371 infiltration cases recorded in 2016, 124 were recorded till May-end this year. "Many of these 124 terrorists have been neutralised since," said a UMHA official.

While terror-related incidents were higher at 168 till July 2 this year as compared to 126 in the corresponding period of 2016, stone-pelting incidents witnessed a dip with 142 incidents till June 2017. In July 2016 alone, there were 820 incidents, though this was largely on account of outbreak of violence after the killing of HM leader Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. The central security establishment feels that better statistics of terror-related violence in J&K, are largely to do with the Centre's strategy to actively engage with the terrorists holed up in the valley with full backing of the State Government. "Not only are pro-active operations being undertaken but the response of the Army and para-military forces to terror attacks against their personnel and installations has improved manifold," said an officer.

IGP Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmad Khan, said that security across Kashmir has been put on high alert ahead of death anniversary of HM militant Burhan Wani. Khan said that security has been alerted all across Kashmir. “And the alert is not for only unlawful assemblies and rallies but also for probably militant strikes and it has also been alerted vis-à-vis soft targets”, he said. The IGP said that the anti-militancy measures have been taken and the necessary measures for law and order maintenance have also been taken. The IGP said that miscreants across Kashmir have been put under preventive detention on Burhan’s anniversary in view of United Jehad Council and separatist strike call.

The IGP also said that there are more local militants in South Kashmir and more foreigners in North Kashmir. “There are more local militants in South Kashmir compared to North Kashmir and similarly there are more foreign militants in North Kashmir than local militants. So the number is varying. In South Kashmir, there are 100-125 militants”, he added. On recent militant videos, IGP said that they are not bothered about them as their job is to get information for successful operations. “Jammu and Kashmir is a professional force. Videos or no videos don’t make a difference to us. Our work is to get good information and then operate…Militants have their own agenda and we have our own agenda”, he added.

A soldier belonging to Territorial Army (TA), identified as Zahoor Ahmad Thakur went missing from North Kashmir's Baramulla District and Police suspect that he may have joined hands with militant group HM. Zahoor Ahmad Thakur was reportedly missing from his camp in Gantmulla area along with an AK-47 rifle. "Thakur belongs to Pulwama district. A search operation has been launched," Police sources said. Thakur's suspected joining of HM becomes more relevant as the terror outfit is planning to recruit more 40 local militants.

July 8

Two civilians were killed as Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch District. Pakistan Army began indiscriminate firing and shelling on our positions on the LoC in Gulpur area and the firing is ongoing and our forces are effectively retaliating, sources said.

Three Army personnel were seriously injured in a militant attack in Bandipora District early today. An Army convoy was attacked by militants in Hajin area of Bandipora early in the morning. The attack takes place on the death anniversary of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani.

A Policeman was injured in a grenade attack on a Police party in Tral area of Pulwama District. Police said that militants hurled a grenade on a Police party in Aripal Tral area of South Kashmir at around 11 pm and a Police man was injured in the blast and he was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Indian Army destroyed three bunkers and two posts of Pakistan Army and eliminated their at least two jawans in massive offensive launched against them in Chakan-Da-Bagh sub sector of Poonch District along LoC. Sources said the counter attack was necessitated to silence the Pakistani guns, which were pounding civilian areas in Khari, Karmara, Digwar and Chakan-Da-Bagh areas of Poonch sector. “Pakistan has suffered extensive damage in retaliation by the Indian troops,” sources said, adding that at least two Pakistan army personnel were killed and half a dozen others were injured when their posts and bunkers were destroyed. Number of the casualties on Pakistan side could be even higher, they pointed out saying “it was not possible to ascertain exact number of casualties and damage suffered by the Pakistani troops in the Indian offensive”.

July 9

Normal life resumed in Jammu and Kashmir a day after a shutdown was observed on the first anniversary of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani and curfew imposed by authorities in many parts of the Valley to thwart the protests. The Valley observed a complete shutdown on July 8 on the first death anniversary of Wani, with authorities clamping down on all access to roads and internet services suspended across the Valley. Mobile Internet services in Kashmir were restored last night (July 8), two days after the facility was snapped in view of apprehensions of law and order problems on the first death anniversary of Wani.

PM Narendra Modi held high-level review of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and NSA Ajit Doval. Rajnath and Doval gave detailed briefing to Modi in half an hour long meeting at his residence on the situation along frontiers, internal security and other aspects including implementation of GST in Jammu and Kashmir after which `One Nation, One Tax’ regime has come into force in the entire country.

India slammed Pakistan for making a martyr out of HM militant Burhan Wani, who was killed on July 8 2016. Criticising the Pakistani Government for glorifying the dead terrorist, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted, "First, Foreign Office of Pakistan read from banned LeT's script. Now, Pakistan COAS (army chief) glorifies Burhan Wani. Pakistan's terror support and sponsorship need to be condemned by one and all." Baglay's comments came a day after Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa praised Wani. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif too paid tributes to Wani, saying his death "infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom" in Kashmir Valley.

Pakistan Army evening again started mortar shelling and firing at Digwar, Gulpur, Chakan-Da-Bagh, Karmara and Kasalian forward villages of Poonch sector in Poonch District. Indian troops retaliated the shelling and firing effectively at all the places, sources said, adding heavy exchanges continued for couple of hours after which intensity of shelling reduced. The exchange of small arms firing also continued. However, there were no reports of any casualties or damage in Pakistan shelling.

Pakistan summoned India's deputy high commissioner in Islamabad for the second consecutive day on July 9 over alleged ceasefire violations along the LoC, claiming that more civilians were killed in firing by Indian troops. J P Singh was summoned to "condemn and lodge protest over more civilian casualties at the LoC due to unprovoked ceasefire violations by India", Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement. A Pakistani spokesperson alleged three more civilians were killed in Chirikot and Satwal sectors on July 8 by Indian troops, taking the total civilian toll to five.

India said Pakistan’s support for terrorism should be condemned by all and criticised the neighbouring country’s army chief for glorifying HM militant Burhan Wani on his first death anniversary. Wani was killed in a gunfight with SFs in south Kashmir on July 8, 2016. “Sacrifices of BurhanWani & generations against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve,” Addressing the G20 summit in Hamburg, Indian PM Narendra Modi equated Pakistan based LeTand JeM to Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, saying their names might be different but their ideology was the same.

Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Dulanga area of Uri sector in Baramulla District killing one militant. Sources said that Army noticed suspicious movement of a group of militants near the fence in Dulanga area of Uri sector and carried out a massive operation during which they challenged the militant group. The searches continued in the area and Army on July 12 saw body of a militant lying near the fence. The other members of the group have managed to flee back to the PoK.

July 10

In a worst attack on the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, militants killed seven pilgrims from Gujarat, including six women, and injured 32 others as they struck at a bus in Anantnag District. According to Police, the bus was attacked at around 8.20 pm near Khanabal when it was on its way to Jammu. The bus was not a part of the yatra convoy which is being provided elaborate security, Police said. The militants first attacked a bullet-proof bunker of the Police at Botengoo (Baramulla District), a Police official said, adding it was retaliated. There were no injuries in this attack. Thereafter the militants fired on a Police picket near Khannabal (Anantnag District), the Police added. When the Police retaliated, the militants fled, firing indiscriminately in which the bus carrying the pilgrims got it. Seven of the pilgrims were killed and 32 were injured, the Police said. Later, IGP Kashmir Range, Muneer Ahmad Khan said that the terror attack was carried out by the LeT and was masterminded by a Pakistani terrorist Ismail.

The Police and top Government sources said the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage, which state that no yatra vehicle should be on the highway after 7 pm as the security cover is withdrawn after that. It was the “irresponsible” act of the ill-fated bus driver and its passengers that exposed the Amarnath pilgrims to tonight’s terror attack in Kashmir in which seven were killed and 32 injured, according to top security officials.

Several political organisations, including the VHP, the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, the National Conference and the Congress called for a bandh (General Strike) in Jammu on July 11 to protest the killings.

Indian Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the LoC in Nowgam sector of Kupwara District killing three infiltrators. The Army troops deployed along the forward posts in Nowgam sector noticed the suspicious movement along the LoC in Nowgam sector on July 9 night and troops challenged the group of infiltrators. They, on being challenged, fired on the Army leading to a gun battle. The Army rushed more troops to the area and conducted searches in the vast forest area near the LoC during which three militants were killed.

Brigadier Neeraj Kumar said that Army foiled a major infiltration attempt along the LoC at Nowgam sector in Kupwara District on July 10. “The terrorists, who tried to infiltrate by exploiting the thick jungle along the LoC were detected by the Army troops on duty close to the LoC”, he said. The Army officer said that the operation that was conducted in a very difficult terrain lasted for 18 hours. “Army troops conducted prolong search operations in thick jungle and difficult terrain conditions which lasted over 18 hours, resulting in elimination of three terrorists and recovery of large cache of war-like stores”, he said. Brigadier Kumar said that this is the fourth infiltration bid that was foiled along the Nowgam sector in last two months.

A non-local militant of LeT, hailing from UP, identified as Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil along with another militant, identified as Muneeb Shah were arrested by Police from Anantnag District. IGP, Kashmir Range, Muneer Ahmad Khan said that Police arrested Sandeep Kumar Sharma, resident of Muzaffarnagar, UP, associated with LeT during an operation. Sharma was involved in a number of attacks on security forces, besides planned bank robbery, the IGP said, adding that he robbed four banks and shared the booty with the LeT members. “Sandeep helped the LeT militants to loot ATMs while they also indulged in immoral activities in the villages,” he said. The IGP said Sharma had come to Kashmir valley in 2012 and was working as a welder. However, he came into contact with Shahid Ahmad before joining the LeT. The IGP said that UP Police has been alerted and “we are trying to get more information about his background”.

Meanwhile, a team of the UP Police Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) rushed to Jammu and Kashmir to interrogate Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, an LeT suspected arrested in Kashmir valley on July 10, adds Daily Excelsior. Inspector General of Police (IGP) ATS Aseem Arun said that a team of UP ATS have rushed to Kashmir after hearing the news about the arrest of Sandeep, a native of Muzaffarnagar District. Arun said a separate team has also been rushed to Muzaffarnagar to get details about the accused.

July 11

Three youths, who were planning to join militant ranks in South Kashmir’s Shopian District, have been arrested, Jammu and Kashmir Police said. A Police spokesman said it have arrested three accused involved in the attempt of bank robbery and weapon snatching at Jammu and Kashmir Bank Imamsahab in Shopian. “By arresting these three accused, police have foiled their plans to join militant ranks,” he said. The spokesman said that the incident took place on May 25, 2017 and a case has been registered. “The trio had a plan of joining the militant ranks, upon successful completion of their attempt,” he said.

A manhunt has been launched for LeT ‘commander’ Mohammad Abu Ismail believed to have carried out Monday's (July 10) attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir that killed seven people. It was one of the deadliest attacks by the 26-year-old terrorist who had been operating in south Kashmir. Sources in Delhi said that Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had infiltrated from across the border with Pakistan about two years ago and was a local commander of the LeT in south Kashmir.

With heavy security arrangements by the Army and other Government forces in Kashmir, the LeT had activated its OGWs to find easy targets for its terrorists. "The OGWs had been tailing this group from Gujarat comprising mostly women for the last two days and tipped off the terrorists to attack the group when there was no security around," top Government sources said. Sources said Ismail, the mastermind, is from Mirpur in Pakistan and has been indulging in bank loots for the past year to sustain the operations of the LeT along with Abu Dujana, the LeT head for Kashmir valley. With an INR 10 lakh bounty on him, the category ‘A’ terrorist is active around the areas of Pampore and Anantnag and was involved in the killing of a sarpanch there in April 2017.

Even though central agencies are yet to conclusively link July 10's attack on Amarnath pilgrims to LeT, the latter's prompt denial of its role is being seen in the context of international pressure on Pakistan to crack down on its top leadership including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed as well as its terror activities. "A key factor that may have led LeT to disown the Amarnath attack is that civilians, and not Security Forces, were a target. Hitting innocent civilians obviously draws international condemnation, which could create problems as Pakistan has been told time and again to rein in Saeed and the LeT terror network," an intelligence officer said.

July 12

Three HM militants were killed in an encounter in Radbugh village in Budgam District in the morning. The slain militants were identified as Javid Sheikh, Dawood Ahmad Sofi and Aaquib Gul. The gun battle started on July 11 evening after SFs launched a search operation following a tip-off about the presence of militants in Radbugh village in Budgam's Magam area at around 7.30pm, a senior Army officer said. "Their bodies along with three assault rifles have been recovered," he added.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that "We consider it to have been a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in which seven religious pilgrims were killed. That's of great concern to us." Nauert further said that the terror attack is particularly "reprehensible" because it targeted civilians. "These were civilians, they were killed as they were exercising their right to worship, and that is in large part what makes this so reprehensible. That is a great concern to us," the State Department spokeswoman added.

Two soldiers were killed as Pakistan army violated ceasefire in Keran sector of Kupwara District. An Army spokesman said that Pakistan violated ceasefire in Farkian Gali in Keran sector of North Kashmir this afternoon and targeted Balbir Post. He said that two Army personnel of 3 JAKRIF, identified as Lance Naik Ranjit Singh and Rifleman Satish Bhagat were killed in the firing.

Pakistan is arming the militant group HM with chemical weapons to carry out terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir, audio excerpts intercepted by security agencies have revealed. According to this report, these transcripts are undeniable and damning proof of how Pakistan is aiding and abetting terror activities in Pakistan. Terror outfits have lost 90 members to military offensives during the past few months, and hitting back with chemical weapons may be a desperate way for HM to get back at the Indian security establishment. According to the accessed transcripts, HM members have already got their hands on these chemical weapons. Plans to use these weapons, primarily at forces, seem to be a desperate attempt to retaliate against the back-to-back successful offences launched by the SFs.

Members of this outfit hope to surprise the Indian security forces, which have so far been dealing in conventional weaponry, with this chemical attack. “Inshallah, we are going to get lots of support from Pakistan...things are happening along the border. In days to come, Pakistan will step-up its anti-India game,’ a HM operative can be heard saying at one point. At another instance, this operative adds, “Till now we’ve used grenade launchers on the Indian army...killing just 3-4 and injuring a few. But now it’s time to change our tactics. We will straightaway use chemical weapons...to kill as many as possible at the same time.” Hizb-ul-Mujahideen is the biggest terror outfit in the Valley with around 200 active members.

Even though there was no specific intelligence about Monday's (July 10) attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag District, the primary analysis by agencies suggests that it could be the result of frustration among terrorists who are on the run due to the aggressive line of SFs.  According to official figures, Army, CRPF and Jammu & Kashmir Police are literally hunting down terrorists in the Valley with over 100 killed till July 11 this year (2017) as compared to 150 in the whole of 2016.

Officials said out of the 100 terrorists killed in major joint operations this year, 33 belonged to LeT and 23 to HM. Sources said some of the big names gunned down in the last months included LeT's ‘district commander’ Basir Lashkari (who was listed among A++ category of wanted terrorists in the valley); another top commander of Pakistan-based outfit Abu Haris; outfit's ‘divisional commander’ Abu Musaib; and HM ‘commanders’ Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, Aquib Ahmad Bhat, Abu Hamza and Gulzar Ahmad Lone.

According to a senior official who coordinates joint operations with army, CRPF and J&K Police's SOG, most of the terrorists have been neutralised in Budgam, Kupwara, Kulgam, Baramulla, Anantnag, Bandipore and Pulwama. He said while 57 terrorists have been killed in joint operations, 43 were killed while infiltrating from Pakistan. "Specific intelligence is being gathered on terrorists hidings in villages and they are being targeted as part of coordinated operations. For example, three terrorists - Javid Ahmed, Sheikh Dawood Ahmed and Aaquib Gul - were neutralised in Budgam on Tuesday (July 11) night after security forces zeroed in on the house where they were holed up," said an official who didn't wish to be named. The officials are, however, concerned about 150 terrorists, including 40-50 who infiltrated from Pakistan, who are still present in south Kashmir.

In a first, the corpse of a militant was wrapped in the flag of the Islamic State (IS) terror group as hundreds of supporters joined his funeral in Srinagar. They waved flags with pictures of slain HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani and his protégé Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa. This was a departure from previous instances when the bodies of slain militants used to be covered with Pakistani flags. Sajad Gilkar, a resident of downtown Srinagar, was killed along with two other HM militants in an encounter on July 12. Police said Gilkar had played a key role in the lynching of DySP Mohammad Ayub Pandith. Gikar's funeral prayers were held in the premises of Jamia Masjid where Pandith was lynched by a mob on June 22.

July 13

Authorities imposed curfew in Shopian town and restrictions in many other parts of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain law and order as a strike called by separatists disrupted normal life in the Valley. Curfew has been imposed in Shopian town of south Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, a Police official said. He said these measures were taken to prevent any untoward incident in view of the strike called by separatists to mark the death anniversary of 21 persons who were killed in firing by the Dogra Army on this day in 1931.

More than 50 per cent of around 220 active terrorists in J&K are Pakistan nationals, a UMHA official said. He also said that infiltration bids have seen a rise in last five months. Around 220 terrorists are active in the Kashmir Valley and majority of them are Pakistanis, the official said. At least 120 attempts of infiltration have been made till May, with 30 militants having been successful at the attempt, he said. In 2016, there were 370 attempts of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said, adding as many as 119 terrorists had sneaked into the country that year.

According to data compiled by the UMHA, 88 Kashmiri youths had joined militancy in 2016, the highest in last six years. In 2014, 222 terrorists tried to enter the country, but only 65 could make it, and in 2015, 121 ultras attempted to cross the border, but 33 of them were successful. Besides, there has been a steady increase in the number of youths taking up arms in the Valley from 2014 onwards as compared to ones between 2010 and 2013, the data said. In 2010, as many as 54 youths joined militancy, in 2011, however, the number came down to 23. It further dipped to 21 in 2012 and 16 in 2013, it added.

India asserted that cross- border terrorism in J&K was at the “heart” of the matter that was threatening regional peace and snubbed China for its offer to mediate to resolve the Kashmir issue, insisting it was a bilateral matter between it and Pakistan. India’s strong reaction came a day after the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said China was willing to play a “constructive role” in improving Indo-Pak ties, especially after the increased hostility along the LoC. He also said the situation in Kashmir has attracted “international” attention.

July 14

A LeT militant was arrested by SFs in Sumbal area of Bandipora District. A Police official said that acting on specific information regarding the movement of militants in Markundal-Pushwari area, a joint ambush was laid in the orchards by Police, Army’s 13 RR and CRPF this morning at around 6 am. He said during the ambush, suspicious movement of a person was noticed in the area and he was challenged to stop but he tried to run away from the spot. “He was, however, overpowered by the alert security forces and apprehended subsequently,” the official said, adding that later on during investigation he identified himself as Shahbaz Rasool Mir of Mir Mohalla Hajin of the Bandipora District. The Police official said that Shahbaz was a recent militant recruit and he had joined the LeT few months ago. Police recovered a Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, four pistol rounds, one grenade and a knife from his possession.

Police detained driver of ruling PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir, identified as Touseef Ahmad for his alleged links with the militants. Sources said that Touseef Ahmad was picked up by Police for questioning following inputs that he is in touch with the militants. According to reports, Police has arrested two more persons along with Touseef for their links with militants. Sources said that Touseef has worked with the SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police in the past and is accused of supplying ammunition and facilitating militant movement.

Police constituted a SIT to probe attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag. IGP Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan, said that the SIT will be headed by DIG of South Kashmir Range SP Pani. “The SIT has been constituted to expedite the probe and investigate all the pros and cons. The probe involves foreign militants so it will take some time,” he said. Asked whether anyone has been detained so far, the IGP said: “As of now, I cannot divulge any details with regard to the probe.” Police have named LeT ‘commander’ Abu Ismail as prime suspect in the attack on Amarnath Yatra bus that left seven pilgrims dead and 19 others injured on July 10. The SIT will probe all the angles of the case.

Srinagar town had witnessed intense clashes between stone-pelters and SFs shortly after Friday prayers. Auqaf Committee headed by Mirwaiz south Kashmir Qazi Yasir Ahmad accused SFs of ransacking the Jamia Masjid during the clashes and arresting 14 persons from there.

July 15

At least three militants were killed in an encounter with SFs in Tral in Pulwama District. Official sources said SFs and State Police launched a joint search operation in the woods at Dantiwan Satoor forest in Tral in Pulwama District.  When the forest area was being sealed, militants hiding there opened fire, they said, adding that SFs also retaliated ensuing a fierce encounter. It is reported that three militants were killed, they said, adding that the bodies of militants have not yet been recovered.

Another operation against militants has been launched at Aripal in Tral in Pulwama District. However, details are awaited.

An Army trooper was killed as Pakistan resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing targeting forward defence location and civilian areas along the LoC in Manjakote sector of Rajouri District. A forward patrol party of the Army was reportedly caught in shelling by Pakistani troops at Tarkundi, falling between Manjakote and Balakote sectors of Rajouri and Poonch Districts, in which an Army soldier was seriously injured. Later, the trooper identified as Lance Naik Mohammad Naseer (35), succumbed to his injuries.

Jamia Masjid area in downtown Srinagar also observed a shutdown on July 15, to mourn the death of militant Sajid Ahmad Gilkar who was killed along with two of his associates in an encounter with SFs at Radbugh village in Budgam District on July 12.

July 16

Anantnag town in south Kashmir observed a shutdown in response to a call given by a religious organisation against the alleged vandalism of the local Jamia Masjid and the arrest of over a dozen youths during clashes. The town had witnessed intense clashes between stone-pelters and SFs on July 14 shortly after Friday prayers. Auqaf Committee headed by Mirwaiz south Kashmir Qazi Yasir Ahmad accused SFs of ransacking the Jamia Masjid during the clashes and arresting 14 persons from there.

At least five Pakistani soldiers were killed after Special Forces of Indian Army targeted their vehicle along the LoC in Furikiyan sector in Kupwara. Sources said that Special Forces of Army (Paras) targeted a Pakistani Army vehicle on Neelam Valley road. The vehicle that was targeted by the Special Forces fell into Kishan Ganga River called as Neelam River by Pakistan which is the LoC in the sector. They said five soldiers drowned in the river and one body has been recovered so far. “Pakistani troops were seen searching for the bodies in the river”, they said. Pakistani troops later targeted forward posts of Army but there was no loss of life. The intermittent firing in the area continued.

Pakistan’s ISPR confirmed the incident and said that Indian Army targeted an army vehicle which fell in the river at Athmuqam in PoK. The ISPR said the body of one of the soldiers had been found while the search for the others was under way. “Pakistani troops effectively responded to the ceasefire violation”, the ISPR added.

A woman pilgrim, identified as Lalita (47) injured in the militant attack on Amarnath Yatra bus on July 10, succumbed to her injuries at SKIMS hospital in Srinagar in the morning, taking the death toll in the July 10 attack to eight. The Commander of 1-Sector RR, Brigadier R Chakraborty, said that the attack on the Amarnath Yatra in which 8 pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured was an aberration. “We believe that this attack was an aberration and we have intensified our drills and hope such type of attacks won’t take place in future”, he said.

Police arrested four persons including a Policeman and bank official for their involvement in providing logistic support and participation in the killing of SPO Khurshid Ahmed in Imamsahab Shopian last month. Police said that during the investigations of the case, it was revealed that the attack was carried out by HM outfit based in Shopian. “One Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction of other HM militants Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie, both residents of Heff carried the attack”, said Police. Police said that in the criminal conspiracy four OGWs provided logistic support to the militant group who were identified as Amir Mohidin - a bank official, Constable Towseef Ahmad of Chakoora, Basharat Yusuf Mir - working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather alias Jamshed. “After sustained questioning they were arrested and are being investigated for their roles”, Police said.

SFs busted a HM militant module, luring youth to militancy, by arresting three persons in Baramulla District. The arrested HM militants were identified as Ansarullah Tantaray, Abdul Rashid Bhat, and Mehrajuddin Kak. SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said that Baramulla Police, assisted by other SFs, busted the module which has been active in the area to lure young boys to militancy. The SSP said the module was being spearheaded by HM ‘commander’ Parvez Wani alias Mub-ashir, a resident of Gagloora, Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara District.

The SSP said the module had plans to send many boys to Pakistan on valid visa to get them trained in militant camps of PoK. “One of the accused Abdul Rashid Bhat had visited Pakistan in the month of May this year and got training for undertaking terrorist activities in Khalid bin Waleed camp of HM located in PoK,” he said. The SSP said Bhat had got the visa from Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on the recommendation of a separatist organization. “Arms, ammunition and Rs one lakh in Indian currency has been recovered from their possession,” he said. He said that module has not only been luring young boys to militancy, but providing all logistic support to other militants of the outfit as well. Imtiyaz said recently Baramulla Police saved around 10 boys meant to be inducted in militant ranks and handed them over to their parents.

July 17

Pakistan Army resorted to heavy shelling and firing targeting the Indian positions on the LoC in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri District, Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said. "The indiscriminate firing using small arms, automatics and mortars that started from 7.30am is still on," Mehta said. The Indian Army was retaliating strongly and effectively, he added.

 

 

 

 

 
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