Jammu and Kashmir Timeline - 2016
Police arrested a HM militant,
identified as Towheed Ahmad Mir, who was wanted by Police for
killing of a former militant, Bashir Ahmad and his three year
old son Burhan Ahmad in September 2015, from Sopore area in Baramulla
District of Jammu and Kashmir.
Protesters pelted stones on SFs, which left seven
of them, injured in Srinagar District, during clashes that triggered
when the Shias' Protested against the execution of top Shia cleric,
Sheikh Nimr-al-Nimr by Saudi Government last week. A peaceful
protest against the Saudi execution was also held in central Kashmir's
Shutdown in south Kashmir's Pulwama town in Pulwama
District and its adjoining areas continued for the sixth day,
as the youth of the area are adamant on installing the insignia
of local and foreign militants killed in gunfights with SFs. All
the shops and commercial establishments were closed while the
public transport was also off the roads.
In South Kashmir's Pulwama District, after days
of violent protests against the militant killings, Police arrested
10 youths accused of being behind the stone-throwing incidents
on January 2. The parts of the District continued to shut for
the third day amid incidents of stone-pelting. Six youth were
arrested from Pulwama Town, while four were arrested from Kakapora
hamlet of the District.
Militants hurled a grenade at CRPF camp at Momin
Abad in Anantnag District. The grenade missed the intended target
and exploded outside without causing any harm.
The BSF will deploy around 2,000 additional personnel
along the Punjab and Jammu borders in order to plug unfenced riverine
and forest gaps even as it submitted a fresh report to the Government,
stating there was no evidence of infiltration along the IB in
the wake of the terrorist attack on the IAF base in Pathankot
in Punjab. Officials said BSF submitted a report to the UHM after
force Director General D K Pathak undertook a forward area tour
along the IB on January 5, including at Bamiyal, a border village
in Pathankot, which is believed to have been used by terrorists
to infiltrate into the country and attack the air base.
Army and JKP personnel busted a hideout in Samote
area and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition from a natural
cave hideout in Kuliwala Forest in Chasana in Reasi District.
Based on specific information, RR Battalion at Samote under the
aegis of RR Force Headquarter based at Reasi and JKP personnel
from Police Station Chasana recovered a cache of arms and ammunition.
The cache included one AK-56 rifle, one 7.63 mm pistol, one 303
rifle, one sniper rifle Dragunov, five magazines of AK 56, one
magazine of pistol, 75 rounds of AK 56 rifle, 55 rounds of Pikka,
two rounds of pistol, six rounds of sniper, rifle, one grenade
UBGL, one rotating bolt of AK 56 rifle, 11 fired cases of AK 56
and two fired cases of sniper rifles.
Three persons including an Army trooper were injured
in mine blasts on LoC in Guntrain area of Poonch District of Jammu
and Kashmir. As per Police sources, a trooper identified as Shiv
Ram Lingam of Field Regiment got injured in an accidental mine
blast, while on patrolling duty near the LoC.
Two civilians, working with Army, were injured
when a landmine exploded near LoC in Keran sector in the frontier
District of Kupwara. The landmine exploded accidentally when repair
work on fencing was going on near LoC resulting in injuries to
Parvez Ahmad Mir and Abdul Majid Mir, resident of Keran.
A top LeT 'commander' was killed during an encounter
with the SFs in the outskirts of Srinagar. Police and SFs received
information about presence of Sajjad Ahmad Bhat alias Peer
in Gossu village of Zakura in the outskirts of Srinagar. They
cordoned off the Gossu village and during searches Sajjad fired
at them and tried to escape from the security cordon but SF personnel
fired at and killed him on the spot, while his associate managed
to escape from the encounter site under the cover of darkness.
Sajjad Ahmad was one of the main architects of setting up of LeT
bases in South Kashmir since 2007. Police had announced a reward
of INR one million to the informants leading to his arrest or
At least six persons including two Policemen were
injured during clashes in the outskirts of Srinagar in Pantha
Chowk area, as Police fired scores of tear smoke shells to disperse
the protesters who had blocked the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway
over the killing of top LeT 'commander' Sajjad Ahmad Bhat on January
11 in Zakura area of Srinagar. The mourners attempted to hold
the funeral along Srinagar-Jammu National Highway but a large
contingent of Police intercepted the procession holding body of
the militant commander and resorted to heavy teargas shelling.
Police fired tear gas on youth who retaliated by pelting stones,
triggering clashes. A Police official said two persons received
injuries in the clashes while at least 4 protesters were also
injured. A complete shutdown was observed in Pantha Chowk, Pampore,
Zewan and adjoining areas against the Sajjad's killing.
The Indian Army is ready and competent to carry
out any task it is entrusted with, Army Chief Dalbir Singh Suhag
asserted, two days after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar underlined
the need to give back the pain inflicted on India by terror organisations
and individuals. "The Indian Army is ready and competent to carry
out any task given to it," Suhag said when asked if the Army is
capable of carrying out a covert or surgical strike against terror
camps in PoK. He added that the Army was fully prepared to meet
any challenge facing the country. The Army chief said that the
security environment facing the nation is becoming more "complex
and dynamic" and said that at least 17 terror training camps continue
to be active in PoK compared to 42 earlier. He said some of the
camps were shut down few years ago due to international pressure.
About infiltration, Suhag said that the reason why terrorists
were using the Punjab border to enter the country was because
anti-infiltration grid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has
been strengthened and is difficult to breach. The Army chief was
addressing his annual press conference ahead of the Army Day in
New Delhi. He also expressed his "concern" at the infiltration
along the borders with Pakistan in Punjab but made it clear that
the responsibility lies with the BSF which is manning the area.
Constable Shakoor Ahmed Parrey fled away with
four AK-47 rifles from SDPO in Bijbehara in Anantnag District
and is said to have joined LeT militant outfit. Shakoor, a resident
of Kundalan in Shopian District, was posted as a PSO to SDPO Bijbehara,
Irshad Ahmad Bhat, in Bijbehara area of Anantnag District. Shakoor
fled along with the rifles with two more youth - Gazi Fayaz Dar
(20) and Aqib Bashir, both the residents of Kundalan in Shopian.
Reports said that Shakoor didn't report to duty since January
13 and when the room in SDPO office where he was living with his
colleagues was checked, four AK-47 rifles were found missing.
Reports said that all the three have joined LeT. Shakoor had links
with the militancy in the past and was appointed as SPO and later
promoted as constable.
A Police officer was injured during stone-throwing
clashes between protesters and SFs in Old City area in Srinagar
after Friday prayers. Dozens of masked youth, waving flags of
IS, assembled at Nowhatta outside Jama Masjid post-Friday congregational
prayers and started sloganeering. The youths resorted to heavy
stone-pelting on SFs deployed additionally in the area, triggering
violent stand-off between the two sides. The Police fired scores
of teargas shells, pepper grenades and also used pellet gunfire
against the protesters. During the clashes, a Police officer identified
as Suhail Ahmad was injured after a stone hit his head. Several
protesters were also injured due to pellet gunfire during the
A tragedy was averted as SFs found and defused
an IED planted by suspected militants in Shopian District of south
Kashmir. Jawans of the 44 RR detected the IED fitted in a five-kilogram
gas cylinder lying by the roadside at Gulab Taing in the Keller
area of Shopian, a Police official said. A bomb disposal squad
was rushed to the spot and the explosive was destroyed in nearby
fields, they added.
The UMHA approved one more battalion for deployment
along the IB exclusively in Jammu sector comprising three districts
of Jammu, Samba and Kathua to thwart possibility of any infiltration
attempt by the militants from Pakistan even as the BSF has deployed
its entire fleet of reserves on the borders. The battalion comprised
about 1000 troopers, who would be deployed at sensitive points
along the IB to further enhance the security surveillance system
in Jammu region, which was already on high alert.
Police arrested an OGW of Al-Badar militant outfit
in Handwara area in Kupwara District. A Police spokesman said
acting on tip off about the movement of ANEs in the area, Police
along with 27 RR of Army laid a Naka at Sagipora Crossing. During
checking one suspect who tried to hide himself and give slip to
the Naka party was arrested and later identified as Bashir Ahmad
Dar resident of Pohru Peth: One Chinese pistol along with ammunition
was recovered from his possession.
Around 2-3 militants of HM were trapped in a village
in Pulwama District, after they were surrounded by SFs leading
to an exchange of fire. Acting on specific information about the
presence of 2-3 militants including HM 'commander' at Naina village,
Army's 55 RR, 183 CRPF and SOG cordoned off the village. As the
SFs intensified the searches and fired few shots, militants hiding
in the area fired indiscriminately at the SFs and tried to break
the cordon and run away. Reports said that two HM militants Latif
Ahmad Dar and Shakir are trapped inside.
SFs recovered a pressure cooker IED from village
Salhutri in Poonch District.
SFs shot dead a HM militant, identified as Shariq
Ahmad Bhat, in an encounter at Naina village in Pulwama District.
Bhat was a resident of Brow Bandana village of Awantipora in Awantipora
District. One AK 47 rifle and "some other war like stores" were
recovered from the encounter site. Reports said that two other
militants managed to escape from the security cordon.
Following the encounter on January 19, protesters
pelted stones on SFs and they fired dozens of teargas shells.
As the clashes turned intense, the SFs allegedly opened fire on
protesters, leaving three injured. One of the inured, identified
as Parvaiz Ahmed Guroo resident of Naina, succumbed to his injuries.
Soon after the news about the death of a civilian reached Naina
and its adjoining areas, hundreds of people took to streets and
held protests. Protesters clashed with SFs at multiple places
and also set ablaze an armoured vehicle of police - Rakshak -
on fire at Naina. During clashes four civilians sustained injuries
while a police official said 17 SF personnel were also injured.
Police arrested 20-year old Gazi Fayaz Dar from
Kundlan village in Shopian District. An AK47 rifles as well as
90 bullets were recovered from him. This was one of the four AK47
rifles that Constable Shakoor had fled with from SDPO office in
Bijbehara in Anantnag District. Constable Shakoor Ahmad and another
youth Aqib Bashir are absconding since January 13.
The State Government will have either to carry
out further amendment in J&K Panchayati Raj Act or constitute
State Election Commission well before February 2016 ending to
ensure timely elections to Panchayats otherwise these grass
root level democratic institutions in rural parts of the State
will meet the fate as that of Urban Local Bodies whose elections
have not been held during the past several years. This has become
imperative in view of the legal complications, which restrict
the CEO of J&K from starting any sort of exercise for Panchayat
elections, which will become due in May-June 2016. CEO of the
J&K, Shantmanu said, "We are ready with the Master Electoral Roll
after completion of Summary Revision exercise but we cannot go
ahead with segregation of rural voters for Panchayat elections
because at present we don't have the mandate for the same as per
the provisions of the Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2011".
Army busted a militant hideout near the LoC in
Kupwara District, and recovered five IEDs. Reports said that troops
of 12 Maratha Regiment of the Army unearthed a hideout during
search operations in Amrohi forests of North Kashmir's Kupwara
District. The items recovered from the hideout during the operation
include five IEDs weighing 500 grams each, 35 metres of electric
wire and three detonators.
Stone-throwing clashes erupted in parts of Old
City in Srinagar and in Sopore town in Baramulla District, after
Friday congregation prayers. Scores of youth assembled outside
historic Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City and staged a
protest. The protesters later marched towards Nowhatta Police
Station and pelted stones on SFs including Police and CRPF, ensuing
clashes between the two sides. The Police fired dozens of teargas
shells and pepper gas canisters towards stone-throwing youths.
However, the youth, continued pelting stones on the SFs. The clashes
later spread to Gojwara and Hawal localities of the Old City.
The rock-throwing clashes meanwhile also erupted in Sopore town
in north Kashmir. Witnesses said groups of youth in Sopore Main
Chowk pelted stones on 179 Battalion CRPF bunker after Friday
prayers after which clashes ensued.
A rusted anti-personnel mine was recovered near
forward BOP along IB in Samba District. Official sources said
one old rusted anti-personnel mine was recovered from Basantar
Nullah near Band Tip BOP by a patrolling party of the BSF.
Five militants of HuM who were planning attacks
on VIPs and SFs were arrested by the SFs in Sopore area in Baramulla
District. The SFs also busted the network of HuM in Sopore area
of North Kashmir. Sources said that Police in Sopore and Army's
52 RR conducted searches in Sangrama area of North Kashmir's Baramulla
District and arrested a wanted militant of HuM outfit, Ishfaq
Ahmad Sofi of Sopore and his accomplice and recovered arms and
ammunition from their possession. Sources said that the HuM was
in the process of reviving its network in Kashmir valley and were
planning attacks ahead of Republic Day in Kashmir by targeting
SFs and VIPs.
SFs foiled an attempt by LeT militant outfit to
carry out attacks on the occasion of Republic Day (January 26)
by arresting a LeT militant along with arms and ammunition in
the orchards of Qasermulla Chadoora village in Budgam District.
"This suspect person was apprehended by the security forces and
on searching his bag one AK-47 with two magazines, 60 rounds and
one grenade were recovered", a senior security official said.
The official identified the militant as Basharat Ahmad Shah alias
Furkan of LeT resident of Nillora, Litter in South Kashmir District
of Pulwama. "He was a close accomplice of Wasim Hef alias
Osama and Majid Zargar alias Talha of LeT
. Army recovered a consignment of explosive material
and ammunition from Seri Hatti forests in Gambhir Mugalan area
of Keri sector in Rajouri District. Official reports said a joint
team of 38 RR and Police conducted search operation in Seri Hatti
forest area of Gambhir Mugalan and recovered the consignment,
which comprised three Chinese grenades and 691 rounds of Pika
ammunition. The grenades and Pika rounds had been wrapped in polythene
bags and hidden in a small natural hideout, reports said. However,
no arrests were made from the spot.
An unidentified militant was killed in an encounter
with SF personnel in Kokernag town in Anantnag District. A militant
was killed and his identity is yet to be ascertained, Police said.
One AK 47 and three magazines were also recovered from the slain
On the occasion of India's 67th Republic Day,
a complete shutdown was observed in Jammu and Kashmir as the valley
was swathed in a blanket of heavy security. The shut down call
was given by Hardline APHC Chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani as he had
asked the people of the valley to observe 26th January as a 'black
day' and observe a complete shutdown.
Army officials of India and Pakistan met at Chakan-Da-Bagh
along Poonch-Rawlakote route and Mendhar-Hot Spring crossing points
in Krishna Ghati of Poonch District to celebrate the Republic
Day. The Army officers of two sides expressed commitment to keep
peace on the LoC and IB and exchanged sweets and gifts at both
the places. The BSF and Rangers also met at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh
sector of RS Pura and various other points along the IB in Jammu
sector to exchange greetings on the occasion.
The Union Cabinet that met under the chairmanship
of PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi, approved five new battalions
of IRP for J&K, which would be raised over a period of one and
half years to two years with preferential treatment to the youths
of border areas. The Cabinet cleared a proposal to raise a total
of 17 new IRP battalions including five for J&K. The PM, in his
Special Package announced for J&K on November 7, 2015, had kept
a provision of INR three billion for raising of five IRP battalions
for the State.
Troops of RR, TA and Reasi Police recovered a
consignment of arms and ammunition from village Bajali in Dandihalya
area of Reasi District. Official reports said a joint team of
the SF personnel carried out search operation in Bajali and destroyed
natural hideout of the militants. Recoveries made from the hideouts
included one AK-47 rifle with one magazine and 249 rounds, one
UBGL, one 9mm pistol with magazine, five rounds of 9mm pistol
ammunition, 23 Pika rounds, one radio set and war like stores.
Army and Police conducted searches in the area after effecting
the recoveries but no arrests were made from the spot.
The Police arrested a militant in Shopian District.
According to the Police, he was among the four youth who joined
militants along with a cop recently.
Terrorist outfit LeT is recruiting "vulnerable
young men in Pakistan," as part of a larger conspiracy to wage
war against India, especially in the State of J&K, a chargesheet
filed by the NIA in the Udhampur terrorist attack case has said.
The NIA said the LeT "recruited these impressionable young men
and put them through various training regimes with the twin objectives
of radicalising their worldview and providing them with 'military'
skills and they were then illegally pushed into India to join
their colleagues and commit terrorist acts." The outfit recruited
"guides" to help "trained terrorists" infiltrate into India through
Helen Det, a launch pad being operated by the outfit in PoK near
the LoC, says the chargesheet pertaining to the attack on a BSF
bus in Udhampur on August 5, 2015, in J&K.
Nine LeT cadres were named in a charge sheet
filed by NIA in terror attack case in Udhampur, 2015. The charge
sheet has been filed against the accused Mohammed Naveed alias
Usman, Khursheed Ahmed Bhat alias Khursheed Alam Bhat,
Showkat Ahmed Bhat, Shabzar Ahmed Bhat, Fayaz Ahmed Ittoo alias
Fayaz Khar, Khursheed Ahmed Ittu, Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar alias
Setha, Ashiq Hussain Bhat alias Ubaida and Abu Noman. GOC
of Army's 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Satish Kumar Dua while
speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at the inauguration
of Nawjawan Club for Youth at High Ground Anantnag in South Kashmir
said that over 200 militants are active in Kashmir Valley, but
SFs are maintaining pressure on them to ensure peaceful conduct
of various functions in the Valley. "There are around 220 militants,
over 200 militants in Kashmir", he said. The GOC also said that
the counter-infiltration grid along 400 kilometer long LoC in
Kashmir is robust and in multi tiers to foil any infiltration
A militant was killed in an encounter that broke
out between militants and SFs in Lolab area in Kupwara District,
after SFs launched an operation. Police said that acting on specific
information about presence of at least two-three militants of
LeT in Lohar Mohalla, Dardpora in the frontier district, 28 RR
of Army and SOG Kupwara launched the joint operation. Reports
said that during the cordon, militants fired on the SFs leading
to a gun battle in which one militant was killed and one AK-47
rifle was recovered from the dead militant.
Two LeT militants were killed during an encounter
in North Kashmir's Lolab area in Kupwara District. The militants
have been identified as Abu Mushtaq Hyder and Abu Rashid Suliaman
Qadri. Bodies of both the militants were retrieved and two AK-47
rifles, 15 magazines, hundreds of bullets, 4 wireless sets, three
grenades, one pistol, two GPS devices, one Thuraya, one matrix
sheet, clothes, medicine and ration were recovered from them.
Two persons were injured in Lolab area in Kupwara
District, after violent stone-throwing clashes erupted between
locals and SFs over the killing of three LeT militants. The clashes
erupted soon after the funeral-in-absentia for two militants as
locals resorted to massive stone-pelting on Lalpora Police Station.
The residents of Dardpora and Lalpora areas offered the absentia
funeral at Jindyal village as Police didn't handover bodies of
two militants to them.
Three teenagers were arrested by Police from Sazgaripora
locality of Hawal in Kupwara District, on the charges of stone-pelting.
The youths were detained for taking part in frequent stone-throwing
protests in Old City localities, said an official.
Two CRPF personnel including an officer were injured
after a militant hurled a grenade on CRPF during search and cordon
operations at Arwani village of Bijbehara area in Anantnag District.
As the SF personnel had zeroed in on a residential house, suddenly
a militant came out and hurled a grenade on SF personnel resulting
in injuries to two CRPF personnel. The militant managed to escape.
Three persons were arrested by Police over the
extortion charges in Ajas area in Bandipora District. Police said
three extortionists were arrested after they received information
about the three persons threatening the local residents in the
area. The three extortionists have been identified as Adil Iqbal
of Kensu Bandipora, Javid Naseer Khan of Handwara and Nisar Khan
of Rafiabad and all of them are in Police custody. A pistol, one
magazine and 8 rounds were recovered from the extortionists.
Three JeM militants were arrested as Police busted
a module of JMB in Handwara town of Kupwara District. The arrestees
are identified as Ghulam Nabi Lone alias Prince, Umar Mushtaq
Mir and Ishfaq Ahmad Parray. SP Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani Wani,
told that the module was providing logistic support to the top
commander of JeM in the area. He said that they were planning
attacks on security installations, Police and political workers
of different political parties in the area.
Eight persons have been arrested in Pulwama District
over their alleged involvement in setting ablaze an armoured vehicle
of Police during protests last month. A Police officer said that
the eight persons were arrested during separate raids and they
belong to different villages in the District. He identified the
arrested persons as Zubair Mir, Rayees Mir, Irfan Bhat, Hanan
Najar, Adil Iqbal, Misbah Farooq, Asif Bhat and Nazir Mir.
In a surgical operation in Hajan area in Bandipora
District, SFs eliminated three LeT militants including their 'commander'
in a fierce gun battle. DIG North Kashmir, Garib Dass, said, they
had information about their movement for last several days and
SFs were tracking them. He said that these militants were on their
way to South Kashmir to carry out subversive activities there.
SFs recovered three bodies of the militants, three AK-47 rifles,
one UBGL and large number of IEDs and ammunition from the encounter
site. The DIG said that all these three militants are Pakistani
nationals and were hiding in North Kashmir forests for several
months and were on their way to South Kashmir. One of them is
said to be LeT commander. However, they have not been identified
A SPO turned militant, identified as Raqib Bashir
was killed in a gun battle at Godipora area in Pulwama District
of Jammu and Kashmir. A joint team of SFs cordoned off Veerbagh
village of Godipora after receiving input about presence of three
militants of the LeT in the area. As the SFs conducted searches
in the area, militants fired upon the search parties, triggering
a gunfight in which the troops gunned down a militant. Raqib was
an SPO and had deserted the Police last year (2015) to join LeT.
He was believed to be responsible for attack on CRPF in Arwani
village of Bijbehara in Anantnag District last week in which two
CRPF men were injured.
Three persons were injured in an explosion at
Hajin area of North Kashmir's Bandipora District. The explosive
was lying under the debris of the house that was razed to rubble
by SFs three days ago (February 4).
Clashes broke out between protesters and SFs
amid shutdown at Newa area of south Kashmir's Pulwama District,
soon after the funeral of a militant killed on February 6, was
over. Thousands of people attended the funeral of Raqib Bashir,
a deserter-turned militant, at Zadoora in the District. The mourners
also staged a massive protest and after the funeral was over they
clashed with SFs at Newa. Following clashes, Police imposed restrictions
in Newa and its adjoining areas to prevent escalation of violence.
Elsewhere in Pulwama, a spontaneous shutdown was observed by people
but the traffic plied normally and situation remained peaceful.
Police in Budgam District, arrested the SPO who
deserted Police and fled with an AK-47 rifle from Srinagar's Rainawari
Police Station on February 6. The SPO Riyaz Ahmad (belt no 175F)
of Khan Sahib area in the District was arrested by Police from
Beerwah area of Budgam and the rifle which he had taken from the
Police Station was recovered from him. He was posted in Rainawari
Police Station where from he had deserted two days ago. He had
fled with AK-47 rifle and a magazine of a Police constable Shoukat
Ahmad. Shoukat was also posted in the same Police Station.
The Police detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin
Malik and other senior leaders in Srinagar, to deal with the shutdown
called by the separatists to mark the death anniversaries of Parliament
attack convict Afzal Guru and JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat on February
9 and 11. The detained leaders were presented before a magistrate,
who remanded them in judicial custody for seven days. The JLKF
planned to take out a protest march on the two days. Sources said
banners and posters depicting Bhat, who was hanged in 1984, and
Guru, executed in 2013, has been printed in large numbers by the
Police stopped the JKLF from taking out a rally
in Srinagar, as the Valley braced for another shutdown on February
11, on the death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat, the co-founder of
the separatist group. Scores of JKLF activists were rounded up
as they tried to march towards the city centre Lal Chowk, demanding
the mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who
was hanged in 2013, and Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in 1984.
Clashes erupted between stone-throwing youth and
SFs in Nowhatta area of Old City in Srinagar post-Friday congregation
prayers. A group of youth assembled outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta
and staged a protest. The protesters later resorted to stone-pelting
on SFs including Police and CRPF additionally deployed in the
area. Police used teargas canisters against the stone-throwing
protesters and also chased them away. However, the youths regrouped
themselves and continued pelting stones. The standoff between
the two sides continued for several hours, resulting in disruption
of the commercial and transport activities in Nowhatta, Gojwara
and its adjoining neighborhoods.
Five militants of LeT including their 'commander'
and two Army personnel, identified as Naik Shinde Shankar Chandrabhan
(34) and Gunner Sahdev Maruti More (26), were killed and two Army
personnel including an officer were injured during a fierce encounter
in Chowkibal forest area of North Kashmir's Kupwara District.
The encounter that started last evening (February 12) continued
throughout the night and in the morning, troops killed five militants
who were holed up in the house of Ghulam Mohammad Wani. Sources
said that seven militants infiltrated during the intervening night
of February 8 and 9 into Zonreshi forests of Chowkibal from Pakistan
occupied Kashmir (PoK). As the troops started cordon-and-search
operation, militants hiding in a house fired on troops leading
to an encounter. SFs recovered 5 AK-47 rifles, two UBGL throwers,
seven UBGL grenades, 13 hand grenades, 25 magazines and large
quantity of AK ammunition, pouches, dry fruits, sleeping bags,
snow axe and dry fruits besides other war like stores.
Army troops of Delta Force along with Jammu and
Kashmir Police busted a terrorist hideout in dense forests of
Bajpathri area of Banihal tehsil (revenue unit) in Ramban District
and seized huge quantity of arms and ammunition. The arms and
ammunition seized from the hideout include three pistols with
magazines, 2042 rounds of AK 47, 25 rounds of sniper rifle, five
hand grenades, five magazines of AK-47, two radio sets, one weapon
sight and other sustenance stores, sources said.
Two civilians including a woman and one LeT militant
were killed and over three dozen others were injured during an
encounter and clashes that broke out in Kakpora village in Pulwama
District of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Police, CRPF and Army 50
RR cordoned off Khanday Mohalla in Kakpora area after they received
information about presence of three LeT militants in the village.
One militant Adil Ahmad Wagay of Bandipora, Pulwama, was killed
in the encounter with SFs while two other militants managed to
escape. Protests erupted during the gun battle in which two persons
Danish Farooq Mir son of Farooq Ahmad Mir of Ratnipora, Pulwama,
and the woman as Shaista Hameed daughter of Abdul Hameed of Lelhar
village were killed. Danish, 19, was studying Electrical Engineering
at Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora,
while the 22-year-old Shaista was pursuing MA Urdu. The youth
protested near the encounter site in Lelhar village and security
forces fired at the protesters as it turned violent.
The Army said infiltration from across the LoC
into Jammu and Kashmir was down to a "trickle" when compared to
earlier years, as the state is seeing a decrease in the number
of terrorists with less than 100 terrorists in launch pads across
the LoC. "There has been no increase in the presence of terrorists.
Their numbers are decreasing," GOC of the Srinagar-based Chinar
Corps, Lieutenant General Satish Dua. The GOC said the terrain
on the LoC is such that infiltration does take place but the army
has been able to limit the numbers. "I will not deny that (infiltration
is taking place). In 2015, there were more than 600 inputs of
infiltration. However, because of the counter-infiltration grid
and our alertness on the LoC, we have been able to limit their
numbers. You all know, 10-15 years ago, the kind of infiltration
that used to take place. Today, that is down to a trickle," he
On the directions of Governor N. N. Vohra, the
State Government has approved enhancement in rate of Militia Relief
in favour of ex- J&K Militia personnel and their widows. The relief
rate has been enhanced from INR 1500 to INR 2500 per month in
case of 168 J&K Militia personnel who had served for 15 yrs and
more. Similarly, the relief rate has been enhanced from INR 1000
to INR 2000 per month for J&K Militia Personnel who had served
for periods less than 15 years.
In the 77th J&K Rajya Sainik Board meeting held
in April 2015, under the chairmanship of the Governor, who is
also its President, the Board had approved that the relief being
provided by the State Government to the Militia Veterans and their
widows should be enhanced.
Security agencies will approach Twitter
India to block all accounts having links with LeT founder and
JuD 'chief' Hafiz Saeed and which are often found to be spreading
venom against India. There are several accounts which have links
with Saeed and it has become necessary to shut these down as quickly
as possible, officials said. "We are approaching Twitter India
which in turn will tell its US-based parent company to deactivate
the accounts. Hopefully, it will be done soon," an unnamed official
said. Earlier, Twitter had blocked several accounts operated by
Saeed, following requests from security agencies in different
countries, including India and the US. However, such accounts
again cropped up after a gap of several months.
A militant, identified as Abid Ahmad Bhat, surrendered
before the Police in Shopian area of Shopian District along with
an AK-47 rifle and a magazine in the night. The AK-47 was given
to Bhat, a local militant, by Police deserter Constable Shakoor
Ahmed Parrey. In January 2016, Constable Parrey ran away with
four AK-47 rifles of fellow constables from the SDPO office at
Bijbehara in Anantnag District where he was posted as a PSO to
SDPO Bijbehara, Irshad Ahmad Bhat. Police have already arrested
a militant, Gazi Fayaz on January 20 from Kundalan village along
with one AK 47 rifle and three magazines; while another militant
Aqib was arrested on January 22 along with one AK 47 rifle, one
magazine and 30 bullet rounds. These two militants were also armed
by Shakoor. However, Shakoor is still at large.
GOC-in-C, Western Command, Lieutenant General
K J Singh stated that there was need for AFSPA to stay in Jammu
and Kashmir saying that though the situation has been under control
and level of infiltration was down, it (the level) has to be maintained
by the troops for which the AFSPA was a must. He observed that
gains achieved by Security Forces in bringing down the levels
of militancy and infiltration can reverse rapidly if the AFSPA
and DAA were removed.
Three persons, including two CRPF personnel and
the gardener were killed and 13 CRPF personnel, including an officer,
were injured in the Pampore area of Pulwama District in a militant
attack. The gunfight ensued after the militants attacked a CRPF
bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and then entered the multi-storey
JKEDI building situated close to the highway. 11 CRPF troopers
travelling in the bus were injured in the attack. . The encounter
is still going on as the terrorists are holed up in the building.
Death toll rises to six as operation continues
in Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir. Three Army persons were also
killed today as the operation was going on at the time of reporting.
Army killed three militants in the EDI building
in the Pampore area of Pulwama District after 48-hour long intense
gun fight, raising the death toll to nine. As reported earlier,
six persons, including three Army three personnel, including two
captains, two CRPF troopers and a gardener were killed and 13
CRPF personnel, including an officer, were injured in the attack
which commenced on February 21. While three persons, two CRPF
personnel and the gardener were killed on February 21, three Army
persons were killed on February 22. SATP had earlier reported
that four persons were killed in the attack. Sources claimed
that it was a group of LeT militants who carried out the attack
and identified them as Abu Saad, Abu Ukasha and Abu Walid. Army
recovered three AK-47 rifles, 15 magazines, 200 AK-rounds, five
UBGL grenades, one UBGL launcher, and three pouches besides war
like stores from the slain militants.
Army and Police recovered a consignment of arms
and ammunition from village Sagrawat under the jurisdiction of
Romeo Force in Rajouri District. Recoveries included one disposable
rocket launcher, two AK rifle magazines; one Pakistan made pistol
and four meters cordex wire.
A shutdown was observed in several parts of South
Kashmir against the killing of three LeT militants in Pampore
in Pulwama District during which people staged violent protests
at multiple places and offered funeral-in-absentia for the slain
trio. Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting and clashes in
which three protesters were injured, the situation across the
South Kashmir remained peaceful.
Police and Army arrested a Fidayeen of
JeM, Mohammad Sadiq Gujjar, who carried out an attack on November
25, 2015, along with his three associates at an Army camp near
the LoC in the Tanghdar area of Kupwara District. Mohammad Sadiq
Gujjar, 17, son of Walid Mohammad Gujjar resident of Sialkote tehsil in
Dehska in Pakistan was arrested by Police and Army from Baramulla.
His three associates Hussain, Malik and Rizwan were killed inside
Army camp at Tanghdar on November 25. The Guru squad of JeM carried
out three Fidayeen attacks so far including January
2, 2016, Pathankot (Punjab) attack on Indian Air Force base.
Police have not been able to recover a SLR that
had been snatched by unidentified assailants from the Police personnel
at Bari Brahmana in Samba District on February 22 when nine Police
personnel, including six from Himachal Pradesh and three from
Bari Brahmana Police Station, had been held hostage. Police said
the assailants had snatched a SLR along with 30 rounds and a carbine
with almost similar number of rounds from the Police personnel,
who had been held hostage by the miscreants.
Army foiled a militant bid to target the SFs vehicles
in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District by defusing an IED. A Defence
official said after a tip off about an IED in Khwajabagh Petrol
Pump area was received, a joint team of 46 RR and Police was launched
with explosive detection dog team and Bomb Disposal Squads. The
Defence official said the IED was reported to be weighing approximately
15 kilograms cylindrical in shape and had an electrical detonation
Two children, identified as Wasim Akram (10) and
Tahir Rashid (8), were injured in a suspected mine or shell explosion
at Azmabad village, close to the LoC in Mandi area in Poonch District.
Reports said that the children were playing near their house in
the village when they stepped over either a mine or shell, leading
to an explosion in which both of them were injured.
SFs arrested two suspects from Sopore town and
recovered German made high grade explosives packet from them.
Police and 46 RR recovered 1.5 kilogram of RDX from two persons
when they stopped a car after receiving specific information about
their movement in the outskirts of Baramulla town in Baramulla
Army and Police defused five live bombs at Azmabad
village, close to the LoC in Mandi area in Poonch District. Two
children were injured in a blast at the same forward village a
day before after they stepped over one of the bombs. Reports said
Army and Police had been conducting searches in the village and
surrounding areas after the blast and recovered five live bombs
this morning. A bomb Disposal Squad took the bombs to safer area,
away from the civilian population, and defused them.
The BSF and Rangers held casual contact along
the IB at BOP Mangu Chak in Samba sector in Samba District, for
about 45 minutes and discussed cleaning of grown up grass to ensure
visibility on the borders. The meeting decided that both sides
will cut and clean wild grass, thick bushes and other grown up
material close to the IB to ensure visibility in the area during
the night to ensure that the border guards didn’t face any problems
in checking movement of anti-national elements.
Three HM militants were killed in an overnight
encounter in Tral area in Pulwama District of South Kashmir. The
official said the SFs launched a cordon and search operation in
Dadsara area of Tral, following information about the presence
of militants in the area. The slain militants have been identified
as Ashiq Hussain Bhat, Mohammad Isaq Parray and Asif Ahmed Mir.
The official also added that Bhat was involved in providing shelter
to militants involved in the Udhampur attack. Three AK rifles
have been recovered from the scene of the gun battle.
One militant was killed and two Army personnel
were injured as Army foiled a major infiltration bid on the LoC
in North Kashmir’s Keran sector in Kupwara District of Jammu and
Kashmir. A defence spokesman said that Army foiled an infiltration
bid in Keran sector of the LoC and killed one militant early this
morning. “One weapon was also recovered”, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said that two soldiers were also injured during
operation. The Army men belong to 11-Kumaon regiment and were
injured at Rawtha Naad Domari. Sources said that Army noticed
movement of six-seven militants on LoC in Keran sector. The infiltrators
were challenged by the troops deployed in the counter-infiltration
grid. The militants fled back to PoK; however, two of them were
killed as Army saw the retreating militants dragging two bodies.
Police and Army arrested Police deserter turned
HM militant from South Kashmir’s Kulgam District. Police and Army
received information about presence of Shakoor Ahmed Parray of
Shopian in Avhotu village of Bihibagh, in South Kashmir’s Kulgam.
The operation was launched by 62-RR of Army and the Kulgam Police.
Parray had deserted the Police early this year and took away 4
Day after three militants were killed by SFs during
a gunfight, a spontaneous shutdown was observed by people in Tral
and Awantipora towns of South Kashmir’s in Pulwama District amid
stone-throwing clashes. All the shops and business establishments
were closed in Tral, Awantipora and its adjoining localities.
Following Friday congregation prayers, hundreds of people staged
a protest in Tral and clashed with SFs for over an hour. In the
interim, dozens of masked youths appeared outside Jama Masjid
here in Old City’s Nowhatta area after Friday prayers and staged
a protest. The protesters waved flags of IS, and hurled stones
towards SFs personnel who were additionally deployed there. The
clashes later spread to Gojwara and Rajouri Kadal neighbourhoods
and resulted in disruption of commercial activities in these areas.
Police and Army arrested a HM militant from Pattan
area of North Kashmir’s in Baramulla District and recovered a
SLR and 21 rounds from him. The SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police,
Pattan, and Army’s 29 RR launched a joint operation on specific
information and arrested a person Bashir Ahmed Dar alias Bitta
son of Mohammad Maqbool Dar resident of Bungam Kunzer in Baramulla
HM top ‘commander’, Dawood Sheikh alias Chotu,
was killed and an Army trooper was injured in an encounter at
Bichru village in Kulgam District. The SOG of Jammu and Kashmir
Police, Kulgam and Army’s 1 and 9 RR received information about
presence of two militants of HM in Bichru village of Kulgam. As
the SFs cordoned off the village, militants opened fire on them
injuring one soldier. SFs trapped Dawood in a house after he was
injured while trying to flee with his associate, Shabir Ahmad.
DIG South Kashmir, Nitish Kumar said Dawood of Rishipora Qaimoh
was killed by SFs in the encounter while his associate managed
to escape. Dawood was one of the most wanted militants in the
District and was involved in several militancy related incidents.
He was A+ category militant and was active for several years in
South Kashmir. One AK-47 rifle was recovered from the encounter
Stone-throwing clashes erupted amid shutdown in
Kulgam town of South Kashmir in Kulgam District, against the killing
of a local HM militant commander, Sheikh Dawood, in an encounter
with SFs in the District on March 6. Besides clashes, a spontaneous
shutdown was observed in Kulgam and in parts of neighbouring Anantnag
Two youth were injured in firing by SFs in Aishmuqam
area in Anantnag District. SFs cordoned off the area and conducted
searches following information about presence of militants in
the village. The residents clashed with SFs at Iram Colony, Aishmuqam
by pelting stones at them which forced Army personnel to open
fire on protesters resulting in the injuries of two youth, identified
as Javaid Ahmad Wani (22), a resident of Magray Mohalla and Amir
Ahmad Sheikh (20).
SFs killed Abu Ukasha, a top ‘commander’ of the
LeT, and his associate, Abu Hafiz, in an encounter at Wadhakpora
in Awantipora area in Pulwama District. After a specific input
received by the SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Srinagar, about
presence of 11 militants including top leadership of LeT, SFs
launched searches at Chandipora, Goripora and Wadhakpora villages
in the District. SFs cordoned off vast area and had a fierce gun
battle with the LeT militants at Wadhakpora in Awantipora area
in which two militants were killed. After the encounter SFs recovered
two AK-47 rifles, four magazines and two pouches from the encounter
SOG Srinagar and Army cordoned off Wanihama village
in Ganderbal District, after a tip off about the presence of two
militants of HM in Wanihama and cordoned off the area. As the
searches were underway, militants opened firing on Police leading
to a brief encounter. However, militants managed to escape from
the spot leaving behind one AK 47 rifle and few rounds.
SFs have intercepted a phone call which indicated
that LeT, based in South Kashmir is planning fidayeen attack
along the National Highway on SFs in Jammu and Kashmir. They said
that LeT has already conducted recce of an Army camp near Jawahar
Tunnel, CRPF 24th battalion at Jawahar Tunnel and one more security
installation in South Kashmir along the highway. After ‘divisional
commander’ of the LeT, Abu Dujana, and his associates fled from
cordon in South Kashmir’s Pulwama District, SFs have intensified
operations in the area as they have inputs that they are planning
a fidayeen attack in Kashmir along the Srinagar
Jammu National Highway.
Militants shot at and injured a person identified
as Jehangir Ahmad Bhat, at Kareemabad in Pulwama District of South
Kashmir. Police said that Jehangir received bullet wound in both
his legs and was shifted to hospital for treatment. The militants
fled from the spot after firing at him and leaving him in a pool
of blood. Police and Army rushed to the area and launched searches
for the militants responsible for the attack. However, no one
The Government is mulling a proposal to "thin
out" presence of BSF personnel on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir
and deploy them along the IB in Punjab and Jammu regions in the
wake of the Pathankot airbase terrorist attack. Officials said
a proposal to de-induct at least four out of the dozen-odd battalions
of BSF from LoC has already been sent to the UHM and a note for
taking a final decision in this regard by the Cabinet Committee
on Security will be prepared soon after deliberations with the
Ministry of Defence and Army.
SFs killed two LeT militants in an encounter in
Handwara town in Kupwara District. SOG of Handwara Police and
21 RR of Army cordoned off the Waderbala area of Handwara in the
District after the Police got specific information about presence
of a group of three LeT militants in the village. As the Army
laid cordon around the village when militants opened fire on the
SFs resulting in the encounter. SFs shot dead two militants in
a nullah, while one of the militants managed to escape into nearby
forests. SFs conducted searches and recovered two dead bodies
of militants, two AK 47 rifles, six AK magazines, four UBGLs,
46 AK rounds, two radio sets, two maps, two pouches and a diary
from the site of the encounter. Sources said that the two killed
militants were part of the five militants of LeT who were killed
by SFs in Chowkibal forest area of North Kashmir's Kupwara District
on February 13 this year.
Militants fired at and injured a shopkeeper in
South Kashmir's Pulwama town in Pulwama District. Police said
militants fired at shopkeeper, Mudasir Ahmad Malik at Muran Chowk
in Pulwama town. SFs reached the spot and conducted searches.
However, militants had escaped.
SFs arrested a HM militant along with weapons
in Central Kashmir's Budgam District. Acting on specific information
about the presence of militants, 2-RR of Army and SOG of Jammu
and Kashmir Police launched a search operation at Rathsuna village
in the District and arrested Abdul Hamid Nath, a HM militant and
recovered one AK 56 rifle, two AK 56 magazines, one Chinese grenade
and over 84 rounds of ammunition from him.
An Under Barrel Grenade was recovered from a Masjid
at Naibugh in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama District. The
Bomb Disposal Squad of Police in Awantipora and 42 RR rushed to
the spot and it was later defused in open fields.
DG of CRPF, K Durga Prasad, said that local youth
joining militancy in Kashmir is a concern and SFs will continue
their efforts to bring back them to mainstream. Prasad said that
"There will be attempts to provoke the youth but we will continue
to try to get them into mainstream. We are working shoulder to
shoulder with JK Police and we will control this problem, there
is no issue," he said. Prasad speaking at the passing out parade
of 514 cadets of 96 and 97 batch of the paramilitary force at
RTC at Humhama in Budgam District.
The number of militants, ready to infiltrate into
Jammu and Kashmir, at the launch pads across the LoC in PoK has
doubled since last one month as this year they are planning infiltration
ahead of summer. Sources said that in this year's winters, 50-70
militants were at the launch pads near 400 kilometer long LoC
in PoK ready for infiltration into Kashmir. They said that the
number of militants at the launch pads have over the past one
month increased and gone up to over 150. These militants are in
12 launch pads that are in PoK near the LoC. Sources said that
as this winter there was very less snowfall along the LoC in Kashmir,
militants mostly belonging to LeT, have started concentrating
in the launch pads near the LoC for infiltration.
A gun battle broke out in Drubgam village of South
Kashmir's Pulwama town in Pulwama District, between a group of
militants of HM who were trapped and SFs. On the basis of specific
information about presence of three HM militants - Nasir Pandit,
Zahid Ahmad and Tariq Pandit - in an orchard in village Drubgam,
SFs cordoned off the village. The militants on seeing the troops
fled to the nearby Drubgam village and took refuge there. SFs
have tightened the cordon and lit up the area so that the militants
may not flee.
Moderate APHC said that both India and Pakistan
need to engage in "serious" and "result-oriented talks" to settle
all issues pending for decades, including Kashmir, and hoped that
the composite dialogue announced during Foreign Secretary-level
talks will be a "milestone" in realising this dream. After meeting
with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi, APHC
chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told reporters, "We have time and
again demonstrated that we are not against talks between the two
countries and in fact we sincerely believe that dialogue is the
only mechanism with which the two countries can solve all issues."
Without naming anyone, paramilitary CRPF blamed
'some separatists' for provoking Kashmiri youth to tread path
of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir but expressed hope that they
will return to the mainstream. "We won't blame anybody. May be
they are carried away and misguided by some separatist group.
But at the same time I am sure they will come back to mainstream,
and it is much of hype, it's not much of the increase in militants,"
said DIG CRPF, Sanjeev Dhundia, Srinagar (North) on the sidelines
of a function.
Two Army personnel and a civilian were injured
in a grenade attack on a SFs party near a Police Station on the
National Highway in Bijbehara town in Anantnag District. Police
said that the militants hurled a grenade on a Police and Army
party, injuring two Army personnel and one civilian, identified
as Farooq Ahmad of Dupatyar village of Bijbehara. Army men also
fired in air after the attack but the militants fled away taking
advantage of busy market place. HM has claimed the responsibility
of grenade attack on SFs in Bijbehara town.
Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire along
the LoC after Pakistan Rangers objected "new constructions" at
a forward post in Tanghdar sector in Kupwara District. A senior
SF official said that 26-Rajput of Army were raising new constructions
at Anil Post in Tanghdar sector near the LoC when Pakistan Rangers
fired heavily forcing the Indian Army to stop constructions. Indian
Army also fired back leading to exchange of fire from both the
In Tanghdar sector, Army opened fire after they
found suspicious movement near the LoC. A top official said that
Army in the forward area fired in Tanghdar sector in Kupwara District,
after they found suspicious movement in Khodi area of PoK on the
LoC. Two persons were found in a nullah making suspicious movement
near the LoC and Army fired at them, however, they fled back.
Sources said that these two persons were conducting recce before
infiltration of militants in the sector.
Army recovered arms and ammunition from forest
area of North Kashmir's Bandipora District. An operation was launched
by 14-RR of Army in Buth forests of Bandipora during which one
Chinese pistol, two magazines, 78 pistol rounds, one pistol pouch,
three electronic detonators, nine detonators, nine grenades and
eight grenade fuses were recovered from them.
Army and Police recovered a large quantity of
arms and ammunition during a joint search operation at Koti Nallah
in Basti area under Doda Police Station in Doda District. Official
sources said a joint team of 10 RR and Doda Police launched search
operation along Koti Nallah after developing information about
a dump of arms and ammunition along the Nallah. Recoveries made
included one .303 rifles with one magazine, one single barrel
gun, one Chinese pistol with one magazine, 57 rounds of AK-47,
six rounds of Chinese pistol, one Lava mobile telephone without
battery and one Motorola walky-talky set in addition to some war
SFs arrested a local militant from Langate area
of Handwara in Kupwara District. Sources said Police along with
army's 21 RR arrested the militant identified as Tasaduq Ahmad
Pir of Bakihakar village in Handwara area during a search operation.
Police arrested a person in Dachi Kamal Kote area
of Uri in Baramulla District and recovered a grenade from his
possession. The person has been identified as Khaki Hussain Shah.
GOC of Srinagar based 15 Corps of Army, Lt General
S K Dua, said that infiltration attempts by militants may go up
in the coming months but stressed that army is ready to deal with
any challenge. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function
at Baramulla in North Kashmir, Lt General Dua said, as snow starts
melting on the mountain peaks there is possibility of increased
One Policeman was injured when Militants fired
at a Police party at Murran Chowk in Pulwama District. A Police
party that was constituted to arrest the burglars who made an
abortive bid to take away money from State Bank of India ATM in
Murran Chowk last night was investigating the case when militants
fired at them. As the SHO and others reached the Murran Chowk
and were taking finger prints at the ATM, militants fired resulting
in injuries to one of the Policeman identified as Head Constable,
A LeT over ground worker, identified as Obaid
Tariq Untoo and his associate Yawar Muzaffar Tanga of Sopore were
arrested by the Police in Srinagar. They are being questioned.
A LeT militant, identified as Owais Ahmad Malik,
surrendered before the Police in Pulwama District. Malik, a resident
of Hakripora in Pulwama District was a LeT militant and was active
for the last one month. Police is questioning him about the LeT
and their plans.
A HM militant was killed in an encounter at Gudoora
village in Pulwama District. The encounter started after Army’s
55 RR, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF cordoned off Gudoora
village following specific information about the presence of 2-3
militants in the area. Militants opened fire on SFs during cordon
and search operation leading to the encounter in which the local
militant of the HM, identified as Bilal Ahmad Bhat of Kareemabad
Pulwama was killed. To help militants from fleeing the cordon,
hundreds of people clashed with SFs near encounter spot and other
areas in Gudoora during the operation. People tried to march towards
the encounter spot in order to facilitate fleeing of trapped militants.
However, the additional contingents of Police and CRPF intercepted
them, triggering clashes. Protesters also clashed with SFs at
Kakapora, Kareemabad and Murran Chowk in which 10 persons were
Four militants of the LeT have been trapped by
SFs in Dardpora forest area of Lolab in Kupwara District. Army’s
28 RR and Police cordoned off forest area near Jindyal hamlet
in Dardpora area of Lolab in Kupwara. Militants opened fire on
the SFs but managed to escape. More troops were rushed and they
have been trapped in dense forest area.
A live hand grenade was found near a nullah in
Kralpora area of Kupwara District, which was later defused by
the BDS. Police said that a Police party noticed the suspected
device in Kralpora area. The grenade was recovered and defused
by the BDS team.
A militant of LeT was killed during an encounter
in North Kashmir Lolab forests in Kupwara District, while SFs
have launched massive searches against his colleagues who fled
from security cordon. Army recovered body of a militant from Dardpora
forests during searches along with an AK-47 rifle. The militant
is believed to have been killed in the gun battle during the night.
A spontaneous shutdown amid protests and clashes
was observed in parts of South Kashmir’s Pulwama District against
the killing of a HM militant on April 5. The HM militant, Bilal
Ahmad Bhat, was killed in a gunbattle at Gudoora in Pulwama District
with SFs. Soon after the funeral at his native village of Kareemabad,
clashes between SFs and locals erupted at various places including
Kareemabad and Kakapora which continued for several hours.
Threat posters of HM appeared in neighbouring
Sugan village of Shopian District. The posters warn people against
the participation and voting in upcoming local bodies’ elections
that are likely in May. Police said they have registered a case
and started investigation.
Two wanted HM militants, including a former Policeman,
were killed in a gun battle with SFs in Shopian District. An encounter
broke out between SFs and militants in Vehil village of Shopian,
after the troops of 62 RR launched a search operation in the area,
an Army official said. He said two militants, identified as Naseer
Ahmad Pandit and Inamul Haq alias Waseem Malla,
were killed in the encounter. Two weapons were recovered from
the militants. Pandit had joined militant ranks after deserting
Police force last year. He was posted on security duty at the
residence of PDP MLA and then works Minister Altaf Bukhari at
the time of quitting the force.
Police and 28 RR of Army busted a militant hideout
during searches in Dardpora area of Lolab in Kupwara District.
Ten UBGL grenades, two compasses, one AK-magazine, two green grenades,
one wireless set, AK ammunition, pistol ammunition, one wire cutter,
one binocular, one snow jacket, socks, pouches, glucose, fresh
fruit and vegetable were recovered from the hideout.
Two civilians were injured when militants lobbed
a grenade at Army convoy in Bijbehara town in Anantnag District.
Militant’s lobbed a grenade at Army convoy in Goriwan area of
Bijbehara town. The grenade exploded on the road resulting in
the injuries of two civilians. The injured persons have been identified
as Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan of Rainawari Srinagar and Gul Muhammad Thokar
of Bijbehera. The militants fled from the spot after carrying
out the attack.
Shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian Districts,
against the killing of three militants in two different encounters
with SFs amid stone-throwing clashes. All the shops and commercial
establishments were closed in Pulwama and Shopian while traffic
also remained off the routes. Protesters and SFs clashed at Newa
hamlet of Pulwama District and Shopian Town during which several
persons sustained injuries. Police fired teargas and fired pellets
towards the stone-throwers at Newa.
Police resorted to teargas shelling in Nowhatta
area of Old City in Srinagar, after masked youths pelted stones
on SFs and waved flags of IS and Pakistan post-Friday prayers.
The clashes between the Police and protesters continued for several
hours but no one was reported to be injured.
Pakistan army resumed heavy 82mm mortar shelling
and firing with automatic weapons targeting civilian population
in Shahpur sector along the LoC, about 25 kilometers from Poonch
town in Poonch District. Six houses of the civilians living in
the forward areas were extensively damaged as Pakistan army directly
fired mortars targeting the villages in Shahpur sector in the
border district of Poonch. An Alto car parked in premises of the
house of a trader was also damaged. Official sources said that
this was for the first time during past six months that Pakistan
army has resorted to mortar shelling along the villages in the
LoC, which was appropriately, effectively and adequately replied
by the Indian side to silence guns from across the LoC. “Today’s
ceasefire violation is the first major such incident of 2016,”
Stone-pelting clashes between youths and SFs erupted
in Lelhar and Kakapora areas in Pulwama District during a search
operation launched by SFs following an input about the presence
of LeT militants at Lelhar. As the search operation was underway,
local youths’ pelted stones on SFs and created hurdles in the
operation which was retaliated by using mild force against the
stone-throwers. Later, the clashes also erupted at Kakapora continued
till late evening and many protesters sustained injuries. There
was however no critical injuries to anyone.
Police foiled Lal Chowk sit-in protest by separatist
JKLF against attacks on Kashmiri students in country’s institutes
and detained its leaders and activists. Dozens of JKLF supporters
led by Vice-chairman Bashir Ahmad Bhat assembled at Maisuma neighbourhood
and started sloganeering against the attacks on Kashmiri students
and also against the detentions of youths. The protesters were
holding banners and placards and amid sloganeering started to
march towards Lal Chowk where they were scheduled to hold a sit-in.
As the JKLF protesters attempted to move towards the Lal Chowk,
the Police personnel stopped them and bundled them into Police
vehicles after brief scuffle. The protesters who also included
senior JKLF leaders were then detained at a nearby Police Station.
The Police also detained JKLF chairman Yasin Malik from his house
to prevent him from leading the protest march. Pertinently, the
JKLF called for a bandh last week against attacks
on Kashmiri students in parts of country on April 12.
Three persons were killed and six others were
injured as Army reportedly opened firing on protesters in Handwara
town of Kupwara District. The protestors had attacked an Army
bunker at Handwara Chowk. They assaulted the personnel deployed
there, ransacked the bunker and attempted to set on fire the bunker.
At least nine Army personnel were trapped inside the bunker. IGP,
Kashmir range, SJM Gillani while giving details stated that there
was an allegation of misbehavior against one SF personnel with
a girl and a mob gathered there and tried to set afire the Army
bunker and ransack it. “In retaliation, the troops fired at the
mob in which two men were injured and later they succumbed to
injuries,” he added. Another injured person also died.
India and Pakistan decided to carry forward the
peace along the LoC with Pakistan by addressing issues of mutual
concerns on priority in the future. The two sides decided to adhere
to the peace process initiated between Brigade Commander level
meeting at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch District on September 21,
2015. A decision to this effect was taken at Battalion Commander
level flag meeting held at Chakan-Da-Bagh on April 12. The meeting
came just two days after Pakistan violated ceasefire at Shahpur
sector along the LoC in Poonch District for the first time after
September 21 meeting, causing damage to six houses.
Due to the multi-pronged approach adopted by the
Union Government in tandem with the State Government, terrorist
violence and infiltration attempts in border State of J&K
are decreasing continuously during the past several years, UMHA
stated. The situation is likely to improve further in the years
to come as all out efforts are being made to strengthen the security
and surveillance mechanism along the IB and LoC with Pakistan.
The UMHA in its Annual Report for the year 2015-16, has said that
since the advent of militancy in J&K in 1990, 13,921 civilians
and 4,961 security force personnel have lost their lives till
The Army released a video of the girl’s statement.
The army says it has not filmed the video, in which the girl alleges
harassment by a local but does not talk about molestation by any
soldier. Defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel NN Joshi said:
“A video which surfaced is the statement of the girl and that
shows there was no molestation.”
A protestor, identified as Jehangir Ahmad Wani,
son of Ghulam-ud-Din Wani, resident of Nagri, Drugmulla, was hit
by a teargas shell at Drugmulla in Kupwara District of J&K
during protests and succumbed to his injuries later. Subsequently,
angry protesters set ablaze Police Post Langate and also attacked
Police Post Magam. Over two dozen civilians were injured in the
clashes across Kupwara. An unnamed police spokesman said that
110 Policemen and two CRPF troopers were injured in clashes that
broke out at several places across Kashmir.
GOC, 16 Corps, Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar said that
a number of militants continued to sit across the LoC, camping
at the launching pads, waiting for an opportunity to sneak into
this side. He said there was no “specific time” of the militants
for infiltration as they continued to wait for intrusion bid.
“You can’t say, they (the militants) will make infiltration attempts
when the snow melts. Though the snow will start melting some days
afterwards but the militants are always in search of opportunity
to infiltrate. They don’t wait for melting of snow. They try to
infiltrate every time but our brave and alert troops don’t allow
them to succeed,” the GOC said.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju asserted that there are no human rights in PaK. “There
are no human rights in PaK. This had been amply exposed many times
earlier also,” Rijiju said. He made this statement in the wake
of recent protests in the region. Protesters owing allegiance
to JKNSF, along with some members of JKNAP, reportedly carried
out a demonstration rally in Muzaffarabad area of PaK, condemning
the “oppressive rule” by Pakistani authorities and the PaK Government.
The protesters raised the issue of job vacancies, which are rare
in the area, only being given to Pakistani youth, marginalising
Kashmiri youth of the area.
A youth was killed and three others injured as
SFs opened firing in Kupwara District of North Kashmir, to disperse
protesters who were pelting stones on an Army camp during a protest
demonstration. And 60 people including 40 Policemen were injured
in massive protests that broke out across Kashmir at many places.
Protests rocked at many places in Kupwara and its adjoining areas
to mark the fourth day of death of three persons who were killed
in firing by SFs in Handwara town on April 12, following allegations
of molestation of a girl. However, girl denied any molestation
attempt by Army trooper. A Police official said four persons were
injured when SFs opened fire on a group of protesters who were
pelting stones on an Army camp at Kupwara’s Natnusa area. Among
the injured, a youth Arif Ahmad was injured critically and later
succumbed. Two of the injured have been identified as Amir Ahmad
Sheikh of Natnusa, Danish Ahmad Sheikh of Wadipora. The spokesman
said that the incidents of pelting were reported from Mir Mohalla,
Hyhama Chowk, Kralpora in Kupwara, Kralgund, Magam in Handwara
and Cement Bridge, Baramulla as well. “We appeal the public to
maintain calm and not to resort to violence and attack security
force and police establishments”, he added.
Militants shot at and critically injured a shopkeeper
in Shopian District. A Police official said that militants fired
at a shopkeeper, identified as Khursheed Ahmad Lone resident of
Heff in Zainapora area of Shopian outside his shop. Police said
that he has received bullets in lower abdomen and his condition
was critical. Militants had run away from the spot after firing
at him and leaving him in a pool of blood.
Two persons were arrested along with sharp-edged
weapons from Gagian area under the RS Pura Police Station in Jammu
District. Police said, on specific inputs, a team from RS Pura
Police Station laid a naka near Gagian, intercepted
two persons, identified as Hardeep Singh, of Raipur Satwari and
Jagandeep Singh, of Chatha Farm, who were moving under suspicious
circumstances and arrested them along with two sharp-edged weapons
from their possession.
Life in most parts of Kashmir returned to normal
after remaining paralysed for five days due to strikes, protests
and restrictions but the curfew like restrictions continued in
Handwara and Kupwara towns where five persons have been killed
since last week. A Police spokesman said that the situation remained
normal and peaceful across the Kashmir valley. “There were no
reports of stone pelting from any part of the Valley. Markets
were open, transport and rail services operated normally at most
of the places”, he added. There were no restrictions in Srinagar
though strict curbs on the movement of people remained in force
in some areas in North Kashmir, including Kupwara and Handwara
towns, for the fifth day to maintain law and order.
Concerned over violence in Jammu and Kashmir in
last four days, the Centre decided to rush 3,600 additional paramilitary
personnel to the Valley and asked the State Government to ensure
that there is no further loss of lives. The Central Government
is concerned over the loss of human lives in Jammu and Kashmir,
a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Amidst fresh wave of violence in Jammu and Kashmir,
which has taken toll of five including a woman, Army chief General
Dalbir Singh Suhag held high level review of security scenario
with Northern Army Commander, top Army Commanders of Jammu, Kashmir
and Ladakh and Air Commander, Western Command at Northern Command
Headquarters in Udhampur in which he called for strictly dealing
with militants and anti-national elements and sticking to liaison
with para-military forces as far as law and order situation is
concerned to ensure that innocent civilians were not killed and
SOP is strictly adhered to. The Army chief said the troops should
adopt strategy in liaison with para-military forces for crowd
control and strictly adhere to the SOP, which was already in place
for such kind of incidents. However, he was reported to have directed
the Army Commanders to go all out against the militants and anti-national
elements—both along the LoC and hinterland as they pose threat
to country’s security. “There can be no compromise with militants
and anti-national elements. Such elements had to be dealt with
sternly,’’ he reportedly told the top Commanders.
SFs cordoned off Ladiyar village in Dadsar area
of Tral in Pulwama District, after militants fired several gun
shots in air. The official said that the militants mistook some
animals for the SFs and fired several rounds near Ladiyar village.
The SFs immediately cordoned off the area but no militants were
found. However, the SFs have seen foot prints of fleeing militants
in the fields.
Hundreds of students at Valley's three varsities
including Kashmir University, Central University of Kashmir and
Islamic University of Science and Technology staged massive protests
against the recent civilian killings at Handwara and Kupwara and
demanded an impartial probe in the incident. The students boycotted
their classes and assembled in their varsities' campuses. However,
these protests ended on peaceful note and there was no violence.
Pakistani troops resorted to ceasefire violation
along the IB in Samba sector in Samba District, prompting retaliation
from the BSF. Pakistani troops fired 4-5 rounds in forward area
of Chalyari in Samba sector early this morning, official sources
said. BSF troops, guarding the borderline, retaliated, they said,
adding, there was no loss of life or injury to anyone. BSF troops
also picked up suspicious movement near a forward area in Samba
sector and resorted to firing thereby forcing the person to flee.
Police said a HM worker, who was involved in the
recruitment of the youth, has been arrested from Baramulla District.
Ghulam Ahmad Sofi alias Jany Baba of Juhama area of Baramulla
was arrested along with two live grenades and a satellite phone.
Sofi was involved in recruiting local youth for terrorist activities.
During the course of investigation it was found that he was affiliated
with banned terrorist organization HM and was working for the
revival and expansion of the banned outfit in the Kashmir valley,
particularly in Baramulla.
Three LeT militants were killed in an encounter
with SFs at Lolab in Kupwara District. Acting on specific information
about the presence of 3-4 militants in Putshahi area of Lolab
in the District, SFs cordoned off the area and began a search
operation. As the search operation was going on, militants who
were hiding fired upon the SFs resulting in the encounter. Two
militants have been killed in the operation; however, the identity
of the slain militants could not be immediately ascertained, but
were believed to be Pakistanis. Three AK 47 rifles, three UBGLs,
387 AK 47 rounds, 10 AK 47 magazines, three pouches, three bags,
three water proof Trousers and 40 biscuit packets were recovered
from the encounter site.
A group of militants including LeT 'divisional
commander', Abu Dujana, managed to flee from the SFs cordon in
Pulwama District. Acting on a tip off, a joint team of Army's
55 RR, SOG and CRPF launched cordon-and-search operation at Bulbul
Bagh area of Malwar village of Zadur in the District. Soon after
the joint team of forces reached near the suspected spot the militants
hiding in the area opened fire upon them and managed to break
the forces cordon. As the SFs intensified the combing operation
in Zadur and its adjacent areas to trace out the fleeing militants,
the locals in large numbers came out and clashed with the Police
and paramilitary forces to help the fleeing militants. The Police
and CRPF personnel who were deployed in the area chased the youth
and fired tear smoke shells to disperse them. However, they hurled
stones on them leading to clashes. SFs recovered 4 UBGL grenades,
3 AK magazines, 90 AK rounds and one pouch.
Pakistani Rangers allegedly fired along the IB
in Samba sector, in an apparent bid to scare away a leopard on
their side, even as BSF troops retaliated, taking no chance of
any kind of infiltration attempt by the militants. Official sources
said Pakistani Rangers fired a few rounds along IB in Samba sector
area to which BSF troops also fired back, adding that the troops
saw a leopard later which could have been a reason for the Pakistani
Rangers to open firing as leopard, which has sneaked into Pakistani
side of the IB opposite Regal Post of Samba sector, was repeatedly
trying to enter inside the Pakistani posts. However, no one was
injured in the firing, sources said, adding that this was third
incident of firing by the Pakistani Rangers at Regal and Chilyari
in Samba sector. In first act, the BSF hadn't retaliated but during
last two incidents, the BSF fired back. Sources said the BSF was
not taking any chances anticipating that the Pakistani Rangers
could try to push infiltrators into the Indian Territory under
the cover of targeting leopard.
The authorities disallowed heads of the APHC factions,
Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to attend congregational
prayers, sparking stone-pelting near Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz, who is also head priest of the Valley, said the pressure
tactics and confinement will not help to address the larger problem.
"I was stopped from addressing the Friday congregational gathering
at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar for the second consecutive
Friday. My residence has practically been converted into a jail,"
said Mirwaiz, who claimed he is under house arrest for 11 days
now. "As long as the Kashmir issue remains unresolved, the situation
in the subcontinent will never change for the good. Aggressive
attitude and curbs on religious freedom is only aimed at muzzling
the voice raised from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid," alleged the
Mirwaiz. Scores of youths hurled stones at SFs immediately after
the Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar's old city.
The SFs contained the situation by chasing them away.
The flow of suspected hawala funds from Gulf countries
is adding to the woes of security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir
as the illegal money is reported to be mainly used for creating
infrastructure for radicalization of youths in a bid to wean them
away from centuries old Sufi tradition. As new religious institutions
dot several parts of the Kashmir valley, they have been attracting
youths more where, according to the security assessments, the
young men are indoctrinated with the type of religion being followed
by likes of banned ISIS and al-Qaeda terror groups. The new trend
has left many religious heads, worrying as they believe that the
new generation of youth is being weaned away from Sufi tradition
that has been followed in the Valley for centuries. As questions
crop up over the funding for new mosques, the Army, Police and
Central security agencies believe that large amount of illegal
funds are been pumped into the Valley from Gulf countries and
they apparently go unchecked. "The funds come in small amounts
to avoid detection. Besides we believe that certain business houses
having their establishment in these countries; over invoice their
products and pass on the surplus funds," a senior Police official
said. This large inflow of hawala funds from Gulf countries and
more Kashmiri youths getting sucked into militancy are dangerously
stoking terrorism in the Valley in a fresh test for SFs in their
anti-militancy operations. An axis from Tral, Batapora, Panjgaon
and Yaripora in South Kashmir is witnessing a dominance of terror
group HM, while in the other axis from Palhalan to Sopore this
group and few militants of JeM are calling the shots.
Army arrested two infiltrators, both hailing from
PoK, from the LoC in Lam area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District.
Official sources identified them as Haroon Ali (15) and Tabrak
Hussain (26), both residents of PoK. The duos had inadvertently
crossed the LoC and infiltrated into the Indian side. However,
no recoveries were made from their possession.
Top Army Commanders of the country began thorough
review of situation on country’s borders along Pakistan and China
besides other neighbours and emerging strategic issues, security
scenario and operational preparedness in the event of any kind
of hostilities or to meet with internal security threats from
the terrorists. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar lauded the troops
for defending the country’s borders with its neighbours including
Pakistan and also coming to the rescue of civil administration
in case of internal security problems, speaking at the bi-annual
conference at Manekshaw Convention Centre in New Delhi. He said
the Army has successfully tackled the menace of terrorism in militancy-infested
States in Jammu and Kashmir and North East and hoped that it would
be able to tackle the emerging challenges vigorously and forcefully.
Parrikar called upon the Commanders to debate the situation along
the country’s borders, hinterland, operational preparedness, emerging
challenges in the current century especially with hostile neighbours
and, above all, the threat of terrorism posed by terror groups,
both old and new to safeguard lives and property of the people.
Despite huge success by the SFs in neutralizing
the terrorists, about 159 militants and over 1800 OGWs are still
active in J&K thereby necessitating the maintenance of heightened
security apparatus. According to the data of the State Home Department,
a total of 159 militants of different outfits and 1808 OGWs are
active in different parts of the State with maximum presence in
Sopore, Awantipora, Handwara and Pulwama areas of the Kashmir
valley. However, the situation is comparatively better in six
Districts of Jammu province, where at present there is no presence
of militants but their sympathizers are in large number.
In Sopore, there are 25 militants and 21 OGWs
while as in Handwara and Awantipora there are 22 militants each
with 220 and 26 OGWs respectively. Pulwama is also having presence
of 14 militants and 50 OGWs. In Srinagar district, there are 5
militants and 100 OGWs, 8 militants and 27 OGWs in Kupwara, 6
militants and 107 OGWs in Baramulla, 5 militants and 77 OGWs in
Budgam, 7 militants and 53 OGWs in Anantnag, 1 militant and 69
OGWs in Ganderbal and 7 militants and 121 OGWs in Bandipora. As
far as Jammu province is concerned, there is no presence of militants
in Poonch, Reasi, Jammu, Samba, Udhampur and Doda Districts while
as there are five militants in Rajouri with 81 OGWs and three
militants with 43 OGWs in Kathua. The Ramban and Kishtwar Districts
have 3 and 4 militants with 75 and 131 OGWs respectively. Out
of 22 Districts of the State, only Leh and Kargil are ones which
have neither presence of militants nor over ground workers. “The
presence of 159 militants and over 1800 OGWs clearly indicates
that there is no scope of showing any sort of complacency although
huge success was made by the security forces during 2015”, sources
in the Home Department said while disclosing that during 2015
a total of 103 militants were eliminated by the SFs in J&K.
Moreover, 45 militants were arrested during the year but there
was no surrender. During 2015, a total of 291 terrorist incidents
took place in the State with 23 incidents of grenade attack, which
was on higher side as compared to 2014 when only 10 grenade blasts
took place. However, 26 civilians lost their lives and 61 sustained
injuries in the encounters between security forces and militants
during the year.
Not only on eliminating militants, the SFs also
achieved huge success in the form of recovery of arms, ammunition
and explosive substances during the year 2015. As per the data,
the SFs recovered 185 AK 47/56, 71 pistols/revolver, 267
hand grenades, 34 grenades, 47 UBGL and 5 IEDs either from the
slain militants or from their hideouts, which were busted by the
forces by ensuring proper coordination. The seizure also includes
RDX, other explosive material, anti-personnel mines, rocket launchers
etc. Moreover, INR 675,684 in Indian currency was also recovered
from the militants.
Army launched a massive operation in Kupwara forests
in Kupwara District, after reports of infiltration of a militant
group in the area from PoK. Army received inputs that at least
10 militants of LeT have infiltrated into the forests of Budnambal
during the intervening night of April 18 and 19. Sources said
that for last four days, Army is conducting massive combing operations
in the forest area so that these militants don’t come out of the
forests and are tackled there only. Sources said that the Budnambal
search operation has been closed, while Army’s 28-RR, 18-RR and
SOG of Police, Kupwara, has launched another operation against
them in Patushai, Kantpora and Shumbreyal forest areas.
Amanullah Khan, one of the founders of the JKLF
that led a violent campaign for independent Kashmir, died in Pakistan,
which he made his home for three decades. A prominent Kashmiri
leader, who was based in London before being deported to Pakistan
in 1986, Khan was believed to have been the mastermind in the
killing of Ravindra Mhatre, the number two in the Indian Consulate
in Birmingham in 1984. In 1971, Bhat was accused of masterminding
the hijacking of a passenger Airline to Lahore and the hijackers
declared affiliation with JKLF under the leadership of Bhat. After
arrest and release in Pakistan, Bhat sneaked into India where
he was soon captured. Though Khan had set up JKLF in 1977, he
was relegated to the background after militant groups established
their dominance in Kashmir with a bloody campaign that began in
the late 80s.
A shopkeeper, who had sustained critical injuries
after being shot at suspected militants in Shopian District of
Jammu and Kashmir on April 17, succumbed to his injuries in a
Srinagar hospital in Srinagar. Police said the suspected militants
had opened fire on Khurshid Ahmad Lone at Heff Shirmal village
in the District, leaving him critically injured. Khurshid was
immediately shifted to nearby hospital where from he was referred
to SKIMS Soura in critical condition and later he succumbed to
injuries. So far, no militant outfit has claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Militants hurled a grenade towards Sherbagh Police
Post in Anantnag District. No loss of life or injury has been
reported during the blast. However, some vehicles suffered damage.
The explosion also created panic with pedestrians and shopkeepers
rushed towards safer places.
Hundreds of people resorted to stone-pelting to
facilitate fleeing of a militant from cordon in Kupwara village
in Kupwara District. Army’s 28th RR, Police and
CRPF personnel cordoned off Pir Mohalla area of Kantpora in Lolab
area of Kupwara District following a tip off about presence of
militants. As the joint team of SFs intensified the combing operations,
the militants believed to be hiding in the Pir Mohalla near the
Jamia Masjid tried to break the cordon. The SFs engaged them in
a gunfight which continued for nearly an hour. However, hundreds
of residents of Kantpora and its adjoining localities came out
of their houses and protested. The protesters marched towards
encounter site and resorted to stone-pelting on SFs in order to
facilitate feeling of trapped militants. Due to clashes, the operation
against militants got disrupted and later the SFs called off the
A bullet-riddled dead body of a militant was recovered
who was killed during an operation launched at Kanthpora in Lolab
area in Kupwara District. Army’s 28 RR and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir
Police cordoned off Pir Mohalla area of Kanthpora in Lolab and
conducted search for a militant who was hiding in the village.
According to Police, when the SFs conducted search operation,
the militant tried to break the cordon and in the initial exchange
of fire, the militant managed to give slip to the SFs in the injured
condition. The search operation which was immediately launched
was hampered by the locals of the area by resorting to stone-pelting
on SFs. However, when the joint team of SFs launched the massive
searches after locating blood stains of the injured militant,
they recovered the militant’s body which was lying near the local
graveyard of the area.
Police arrested a youth along with sharp-edged
weapon from main bazaar in Arnia in Jammu District. A team from
Arnia Police Station laid a naka at main bazaar and asked a youth
to stop for checking. On seeing the Police, the youth tried escape
from the spot; however, the Police chased and intercepted the
youth. During checking, Police recovered sharp-edged weapon (khokri)
from his possession.
GOC of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lieutenant General
Satish Dua said that Army is ready to stop infiltration from across
the LoC into Kashmir and establish peace in the Valley. Speaking
to reporters at Gumri on the sidelines of a re-opening of Srinagar-Leh
National Highway, the army Commander on militants waiting on launch
pads across the LoC said: “It does not matter how many people
are waiting at the launch pads. What matters is infiltration attempts
being made and for that our counter-infiltration grid is in place.
So, the Army is ready to stop infiltrators and to establish peace
in the Valley.” “Army is ready in every manner, whether there
is less snow or not and irrespective of the seasons, to stop infiltration.
The Army has always been helping the people – whether in far flung
areas whenever there is any slide and through various schemes
under (Operation) ‘Sadbhavana'”, Dua said.
A youth was injured in a shell explosion at Lolab
area in Kupwara District. Police said Reyaz Ahmad Khan (27) of
Kakerpati area was on his way towards a nearby rice field when
suddenly he stepped in over the shell which exploded with a bang
and sustained multiple splinter injuries.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of APHC-M, welcomed
the nod given by MoS for External Affairs, for Hurriyat-Pakistan
meeting and urged Centre to re-visit the policy of former Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee vis-a-vis Jammu and Kashmir. "We
will say better late than never. I think the Government of India
has realized that the red lines drawn by it neither works in politics
nor in diplomacy. They have to accept this reality besides being
the issue of India and Pakistan it is the basic issue of the people
of Jammu and Kashmir," Mirwaiz said during a press conference
The Army is facing a shortage of 8,671 officers,
excluding the medical and dental corps and the military nursing
service, Rajya Sabha was informed. In a written reply, Union Defence
Minister Manohar Parrikar said as against the authorised strength
of 49,833 officers, the held strength is 41,162. He said some
of the major reasons for shortage of officers include increase
in authorised strength due to accretions in force level from time
to time, stringent selection criteria coupled with perceived high
degree of risk. The shortage of officers in the Indian Army (approximately
17 per cent) is expected to get reduced gradually depending on
a number of variable factors like future accretions, number of
exits, actual intake among others, Parrikar said.
A senior Army Commander said the Army is committed
to ensuring overall development of the areas along the LoC in
together with the civil administration. "Army is committed to
ensure overall development of villages along the LoC through joint
initiatives undertaken with civil administration since December
2015," Brigadier H S Sahi, Commander, Bhimber Gali Brigade, said
speaking at a function organized by the Army to dedicate two community
centres to border village of Balakote in Poonch District.
||Centre has chalked out a
multi-pronged approach this year to contain militancy, cross border
infiltration and promote economic activity, besides strengthening
the hands of State Government by supporting several welfare measures.
This was revealed by the official of the MHA in their meetings with
the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs.
"While listing their priorities for the current financial year,
the MHA officials clearly told the Committee that the principal
focus on the Internal Security would remain on countering terrorism
in Jammu and Kashmir", says the report of the Committee. While commenting
on the possibility of talks with insurgents, the Report says, "priority
will be given to talks with militant groups, provided they abjure
violence and seek resolution of their demands within the frame work
of the Indian Constitution and come into the main stream of national
life". The documents says, "Union Government is also supplementing
the efforts of the State Governments through various measures such
as deployment of Central Security Forces to assist the State Authorities
in counter insurgency operations and providing security to vulnerable
institutions and installations based on threat assessment". "Government
of India in tandem with the Jammu and Kashmir has adopted a multi-pronged
approach to contain cross border infiltration, promote economic
activity, provide relief to victims and strengthen the State Government
apparatus", it added. Concerned over the use of conduits for providing
financial support to militant activities in the State, the documents
says, "the Government remains committed to disrupt and dismantle
the funding of terrorism and all steps will be initiated to choke
UHM Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar
along with the top security brass, reviewed the country's security
situation, including in Jammu and Kashmir. The high-level meeting
took stock of the prevailing situation in hinterland and border
areas, particularly in J&K on recent unrest following killing
of four persons by SFs on protesters who were demonstrating against
alleged molestation of a girl. Official sources said NSA Ajit
Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and Intelligence
Bureau Director Dineswar Sharma briefed the meeting their respective
inputs and the steps taken to beef up security in sensitive places.
Three Policemen were injured in a militant attack
at Chadoora on Srinagar-Charar-i-Sharief Road in Budgam District.
Police said that militants hurled a hand grenade on a Police party
at Chadoora Chowk resulting in injuries to three Police personnel.
The injured were identified as Constable Shabir Ahmad and Maroof
Ahmad of Armed Police and Manzoor Ahmad of local Police Station.
Army foiled a major infiltration bid by heavily
armed militants along LoC in Kupwara Sector of Kupwara District,
in which one Army trooper was killed. A Defence spokesman said
in Srinagar that a group of militants attempting to infiltrate
was intercepted by alert troops deployed on the LoC in Kupwara
Sector. "In the ensuing encounter one soldier, Sepoy Ramesh Chand
Yadav sustained a bullet injury. While being evacuated, the brave
young soldier succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom.
Operation continues", the spokesman said.
Investigators interrogating the three youths arrested
for alleged links with JeM said, the trios were shown videos pertaining
to alleged atrocities against Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, Muzaffarnagar
and Iraq to induct them into the outfit and execute terror strikes
in the national capital. A senior Police official said prime accused
Sajid had joined a social media page where he met a cyber entity
'Talha', believed to be close to JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar,
who is wanted by India in connection with 2001 Parliament attack
case and the terror strike on Pathankot IAF base in January. Once
Sajid had roped in, the other two, Sameer Ahmed and Shakir Ansari,
watched videos showing alleged atrocities against Muslims in Jammu
and Kashmir, Muzaffarnagar and Iraq. The idea was to induct them
into the outfit and plan serial blasts here, the official added.
Three HM militants were killed in a joint encounter
by Police and Army during a search operation in Panzgam village
of Pulwama District. As the forces were conducting a search operation,
the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter,
an Army official said. As a result, three HM militants were killed.
They were identified as Ashfaq Ahmad Dar, a resident of Dogripora,
Ishfaq Ahmad Baba, a resident of Tahab and Haseeb Ahmad, a resident
of Brao Bandyun. Three weapons were recovered from the encounter
site, he added.
SFs busted a militant hideout in Baramulla District,
and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition. Police said that
acting on a tip-off, a search operation was carried out by a joint
team of Police and Army in Kaawan, Wagila forest area of Kreeri
in Baramulla District. Police said two pistols, three pistol magazines,
11 pistol rounds, four AK 47 magazines, 22 AK 47 rounds, four
UBGL rounds, five hand grenades, three RPGs, one mortar bomb and
three wireless set antennas were recovered.
SFs arrested an intruder when he crossed over
to this side of the LoC in Balakote area of Poonch District. Official
sources said that Mohammad Sharief (70) who had crossed over to
PoK several years ago crossed over to this from Deri Dabsi area
of Balakote (Mendhar) and was arrested by the Army troopers. Mendhar,
SDPO, Shahid Naheem said that the intruder was still in Army custody
and he is likely to be handed over to local Police tomorrow.
The BSF arrested a Pakistani national from forward
village of Pindi along the IB in RS Pura sector. He has been identified
as Sahanulla (38), a resident of village Wajid Wali, Chawinda
in Sialkote District of Pakistan. Barring Rs 10 in Pakistan currency,
no significant recoveries were made from the Pakistani national,
who seemed to have crossed into this side of the border inadvertently.
The BSF personnel arrested the Pakistani as soon as he entered
into the Indian side at 9.50 am. He was being questioned to ascertain
reasons behind the intrusion.
The Centre alerted defence and para-military Forces
all across J&K along the LoC and IB with Pakistan following 'specific
inputs' about JeM militants, who were gearing up for infiltration
into the State. The alert named certain specific infiltration
routes along both LoC and IB, which could be exploited by the
militants for intrusions. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi
is expected to hold high level review of the situation along the
borders and hinterland on militancy front as well as arrangements
for annual Shri Amarnath ji pilgrimage with top brass of J&K very
soon. Official sources told that Army, BSF and other para-military
forces have been alerted by the Centre particularly about threat
emanating from the JeM outfit headed by Masood Azhar, whose cadre
have suddenly increased their presence both along LoC and IB on
Pakistani side with a view to infiltrate during an opportunity.
"The JeM was not only planning to revive the terror outfit in
J&K, which was virtually defunct in many parts of the State, but
was also trying to repeat January 2 like Pathankot attack by targeting
military establishments after pushing the militants,'' they said,
adding that majority of Jaish cadre vying for infiltration into
the State were Pakistanis.
Militants fled away with four rifles from a Police
Post in Kulgam District. All the four Police have been suspended
and taken into custody for questioning and SFs have launched massive
searches against the militants responsible for it. Police said
that militants fled away with four rifles - two SLRs and two INSAS
rifles, five magazines and 150 rounds - from a Police Post guarding
the minority community in Adijan area in the District. Sources
said that the atleast 7 militants surrounded the post and fled
with the box in which these weapons and ammunition was stored.
Sources said that the militants of HM are mostly involved in weapons
snatching from the Police Posts guarding minorities in South Kashmir.
The militants conduct recce several times before snatching the
weapons. They said that the militants resort to weapon snatching
as they face shortage of weapons.
Army recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition
and explosive material during a search operation at Phulwari Gali
in Rajouri District. Official sources said the troops conducted
searches in Phulwari Gali after developing specific information
about a dump of ammunition and explosives. After day-long searches,
the troops recovered the cache. Recoveries included one UBGL,
two magazines of Chinese pistol, one .22 pistol magazine, one
electric detonator, nine detonators of No. 27, one grenade delay
fuse, 1751 rounds of AK-47 rifles and 52 blank rounds of AK-47.
As many as 149 people of divided families of J&K and PoK crossed
the LoC in a weekly bus service via Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point
in Poonch District. Of these, 78 people crossed over to PoK from
J&K side, while 71 travelled to the Indian side from PoK via the
Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point. From the J&K side, there was one
new traveler while the remaining 77 were PoK returnees who were
going back after staying here with their relatives. From the PoK
side, 70 were freshers while one was an Indian returnee. Officials
from both sides monitored the crossover exercise at Chakan-Da-Bagh.
Troops of 49 RR under the aegis of Romeo Force and Mendhar Police
destroyed a major hideout of the militants and recovered large
quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from village Berni
in Balakote sector in Poonch District. A joint team of Army and
Police conducted searches in Berni forests of Balakote and unearthed
the militant hideout which was inside a cave, where the consignment
of arms, ammunition and explosives had been dumped. Recoveries
made from the hideout included one AK Machine Gun, 12 grenades,
12 detonators, one RPG head, three radio sets, two pistols, three
mobile headsets, 149 UBGL rounds, belt of Machine Gun and stick
explosives. Army and Police conducted searches in the area after
the recoveries but no arrests were made from the spot, Mendhar,
SDPO, Shahid Naheem said.
Troops of 49 RR under the aegis of Romeo Force and Mendhar Police
destroyed a major hideout of the militants and recovered large
quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from village Berni
in Balakote sector in Poonch District. A joint team of Army and
Police conducted searches in Berni forests of Balakote and unearthed
the militant hideout which was inside a cave, where the consignment
of arms, ammunition and explosives had been dumped. Recoveries
made from the hideout included one AK Machine Gun, 12 grenades,
12 detonators, one RPG head, three radio sets, two pistols, three
mobile headsets, 149 UBGL rounds, belt of Machine Gun and stick
explosives. Army and Police conducted searches in the area after
the recoveries but no arrests were made from the spot, Mendhar,
SDPO, Shahid Naheem said.
Parrikar also told the Rajya Sabha member that Army and
BSF take appropriate action and give adequate retaliation to the
ceasefire violations by Pakistan, as and when required, both along
LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir. In addition, Parrikar said, all
violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities
at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of
hotlines, flag meetings and week talks on hotline between the
DGMOs of the two neighbouring countries.
An Army trooper was killed in an encounter with militants in
a forest area of Kupwara District. Trooper, Om Veer Singh, was
injured in the encounter and was rushed to hospital where he was
declared brought dead. SFs launched an anti-militancy operation
in the Watsar forests in Handwara area of the District on May
9, night following information about the presence of militants
Driver of a Police officer was injured in a grenade attack in
Anantnag town in Anantnag District. The grenade lobbed at old
SP office building in Anantnag exploded on the premises, resulting
in injuries to SP Vigilance's driver. Three vehicles were damaged
in the blast. Soon after the attack, SFs cordoned the area to
find the attacker, but no arrests were made.
Army reported that some "inimical foreign intelligence operatives"
have become active and were trying to extract information about
Army including ORBAT (Order of Battle) plan from influential persons
including Sarpanchs etc, in sensitive Districts of Leh in J&K
having borders with both hostile neighbours including Pakistan
and China. Quoting an instance and telephone number of the person,
who had received such call and the telephone number from where
the call was made to gather strategic information, the Army has
alerted the District administration to sensitize civil persons
especially elected members and office bearers, who had some information
pertaining to Army and ITBP, who man the borders with Pakistan
and China, to remain alert and not to give any kind of information
to the callers. Citing one of the instances, a senior Army officer
in his official letter stated that a call was received by Durbuk
Sarpanch Stanzin, when he was incidentally present in the Army
area on his mobile telephone number 9419344560 from telephone
number 011-404609809. "The caller identified himself as a Colonel
and was trying to extract information of ORBAT plan of Army formation
from the Sarpanch," the letter said.
The BSF recovered two kilograms heroin valued at INR 100 million
in the international market, about 150 meters ahead of border
fencing along the IB in RS Pura sector. Official sources said
this was the first attempt of narcotics smuggling from across
the border to this side during 2015 and 2016, which has been foiled
by the BSF. The BSF troopers of 127 battalion along with sleuths
of NCB and `G' branch of BSF, conducted searches close to the
IB at 12.30 pm on specific inputs and recovered two packets, weighing
one kilogram each. "Area on Pakistan side of International Border,
opposite the spot where narcotics packets were recovered, is covered
with small Nullah and wild growth, which provide cover to the
smugglers to reach to the IB," sources said, adding that the smugglers
might have thrown packets of narcotics to the Indian side to be
picked up by the trans-border smugglers this side. However, before
the smugglers could succeed in taking the consignment, the BSF
and NCB recovered it.
Police and Army 46-RR, in a joint operation, arrested a JeM 'militant
commander', identified as Abdul Rehman from Hajibal forests area
in Baramulla District. Huge recoveries including some incriminating
documents were recovered from the possession of the arrested 'commander'
which include one AK rifle, 4 grenades, wireless set and other
arms and ammunition. The militant commander was planning to establish
a JeM base in Baramulla town. He was operating in and around Baramulla
town and was trying to recruit locals for his module so as to
carry out militant activities in the District. Rehman was part
of a six member Fidayeen squad that had infiltrated into Kashmir
in January this year (2016) from Machil sector of Kupwara. He
had told his interrogators that he has obtained training in JeM
training camp located in Balakot Pakistan.
Major General J S Nain, GOC, Baramulla Division, told during
a press conference that JeM is recruiting local youth as Fidayeen.
He said that recruiting youth in Jammu and Kashmir for suicide
missions is something new and a matter of serious concern. "This
is a new thing which has come to the fore as it is for the first
time that a group has come for recruitment to the Valley for its
Fidayeen squad. This is a serious matter", said the GOC. Major
General Nain said that arrest of JeM 'commander', Abdul Rehman
is a major success and SFs can launch intelligence based operations
at his disclosures. "So, this is a huge success for security forces
and whatever information we get from him. We can then launch operations
based on that intelligence," he said.
Militants shot dead a man for his alleged links
with SFs in Kulgam District. The victim was identified as Manzoor
Ahmad Palla (38), resident of Nawbal Batapora village in Kulgam
District. Manzoor, professionally a carpenter was outside in the
fields, when militants took him along towards a brick kiln and
later shot him dead. Manzoor’s cousin Shahid of Wampura was recently
inducted in Army through recruitment rally held in Anantnag High
Ground and is posted in West Bengal now. His sister is a ruling
PDP Panch in Wampura.
One militant was killed and two others were captured
alive by Army and Police, who intercepted the trio in forward
village of Chaprian close to the LoC in Sabjian sector of Poonch
District, when they were trying to exfiltrate to PoK for arms
training. Barring INR 27,500 cash from the slain militants, no
significant recoveries were made from their possession. All three
militants hailed from Baramulla and Pulwama Districts of the Kashmir
valley. IGP, Jammu Zone, Danesh Rana said, the militant, who was
killed while trying to escape, was `A’ category listed militant
of HM identified as Bashir Ahmad Bhat (35) in Baramulla District.
Bashir was already a trained militant and there was possibility
that he would have returned after facilitating exfiltration of
two fresh recruits, who had also become the militants, IGP Rana
said. Official sources said that the body of the killed militant
has been recovered while two others, identified as Mursaleem Rashid
(24), resident of Tral in Pulwama, and Adil Ahmad Bhat (22), resident
of Pinglan in Pulwama, were being questioned jointly by Army and
Police to ascertain their motive behind exfiltration to PoK, the
route taken by them to reach Sabjian from the Kashmir valley,
the militants, who had persuaded them to go to PoK for arms training
and the persons whom they had to contact after exfiltration to
other side of the LoC.
Militants fired at an Army party in the orchards
in Pahlipora in Shopian District. Police and Army cordoned off
the area and massive searches were launched to trace the militants.
One militant was killed in an encounter between
SFs and militants in Zunrishi Chowkibal forest area in Kupwara
District. A senior Police officer said that a LeT militant was
killed during an encounter started after SFs launched a cordon
and search operation in the Zunrishi forest area following specific
information about of 5-6 militants of LeT hiding in Zunrishi forest
area. They said that one militant was killed whose identity is
yet to be established, while other members fled under the cover
of darkness. More troops have been rushed to the area and massive
forest area has been cordoned off to track the members of the
One militant of HM was killed in a brief gun battle
that raged between militants and SFs in Pehlipora village in Shopian
District. A Police officer said that the encounter started last
evening when SFs laid a cordon around the area and militants fired
at them. “In the exchange of fire, one militant, identified as
Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Nazneenpora was killed”, he
added. One AK 56 Rifle, ammunition and other war like stores were
recovered from the terrorist. Sources said that the two members
of the group managed to flee as the gun battle started.
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the
LoC in Uri Sector in Baramulla District of J&K but no damage
was reported in the incident. "There was a ceasefire violation
from across the LoC last night in Kamalkote area of Uri sector,"
the Army official said. While there were no reports of any damage
in the Pakistani firing, further details of the incident are awaited,
The widow of a slain militant was arrested and
INR 200,000 in cash meant to be distributed amongst OGWs of militant
outfits was seized from her possession in Mahore area in Reasi
District. “We have arrested Hanifa Begum, wife of Saddam Hussain,
who was killed during an encounter in 2009 from Mahore area of
the district”, Police sources said. “Our initial investigations
suggest that she was acting as a courier and the cash was meant
to be distributed amongst the OGWs active in the area”, Police
said. Several mobile phones have also been seized from her possession,
they said, adding further investigations were underway. Saddam
was a hardcore militant of the area and was eliminated by the
Security Forces in 2009. Police suspects that Hanifa might have
been lured by some former militants and colleagues of Saddam.
Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the
LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla District when a group of five-six
militants tried to infiltrate into J&K. Sources said the alert
Army jawans noticed the movement of the militant
near fence in Baaz area of Kamalkote near the LoC fence in Uri
sector and challenged them. Sources said that the militants fled
through the nallah into PoK. Army troops were rushed to the area
and massive searches have been launched. Six Army jackets, six
blankets, six rucksacks, 20 batteries, a wireless set, dry fruit
and Pak make medicine was recovered during the searches.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led APHC-M, led a large rally
on the eve of the assassination anniversary of Molvi Mohammad
Farooq, in Old City in Srinagar after Friday prayers. Soon after
the Friday prayers were over, Mirwaiz took out a rally from historical
Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta which was attended by large number of
people and his party workers. The rally passed through Gojwara,
Islamia College and concluded at Hawal where Mirwaiz attended
the flag raising ceremony of his party and paid respects to his
father and other people killed on May 21, 1990. Though the
rally remained peaceful but some youths waved flags of IS and
LeT. Shortly after the conclusion of rally, hundreds of youths
resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs at Saraf Kadal ensuing
clashes between the two sides. The Police retaliated by firing
dozens of teargas shells and pepper grenades but the stone-throwers
re-grouped and continued throwing stones.
The BSF arrested a Pakistani national, who was
trying to exfiltrate to Pakistan from Arnia sector along the IB
in Jammu District. He has been identified as Zahid Farooq (30),
a resident of Mawa Morh, Sahakot in Chechawali area of Pakistan.
During preliminary questioning, the Pakistani national revealed
that he was arrested by Army in April 2006 along with Mohammad
Imran, a resident of Faisalabad, Pakistan, when he entered into
India through LoC in Khour area of Akhnoor sector.
IG of BSF, Jammu Frontiers, DK Upadhaya, said
that it was bounden duty of the BSF to fight anti-national activities,
violence and terrorism to maintain unity and integrity of the
nation. IG Upadhaya stated this while reading out the pledge to
BSF jawans on the occasion of ‘Anti-Terrorism
Day’, which was observed by the BSF in Jammu. “It is our bounden
duty to fight anti-national activities, violence and terrorism
as a true Indian to maintain unity and integrity of the nation,”
Five militants of JeM, including their ‘commander’,
were killed in a fierce gun battle in Drugmulla village in Kupwara
District, while two Army personnel were injured. Sources said
that they were Fidayeen and had recently infiltrated into
Kashmir and one of their members was killed in Zunreshi forests
of Kupwara early this week, on May 16 while the others fled under
the cover of darkness. However, SFs were tracking their
movement and were trapped early today after they got information
about their presence in the house of one Mohammad Sayeed Shah.
The encounter started at Chack Drugmulla near Hatmulla area after
a joint operation was launched by Army’s 47 RR, 41 RR and SOG
of J&K Police. An Army officer said two soldiers of RR were
also injured in the gun battle.
One injured Army trooper succumbs to his injuries
in Kupwara District. Brigadier Rajeev Puri said the Army lost
one of its troopers during the operation. “The operation was terminated
last night and we have called off the operation. We suffered two
casualties, one war minor casualty and he is absolutely hale and
hearty now, the other casualty, I am sorry to say, we have lost
few hours back in 92-Base Hospital in Srinagar. Brave Naik Pandu
of Rashtriya Rifles suffered a bullet injury and we lost him this
morning. We salute him”, he said. While giving details of the
operation in which five JeM militants were killed yesterday at
Drugmulla, Kupwara District, Brigadier Puri said. The warlike
stores are an ample proof that they have been trained across and
then brought to this side. The major recoveries are – 5 AK-47
rifles along with 457 rounds of ammunition, one UBGL, 3 radio
sets, 3 GPS devices, Maps, Matrix sheets, hand grenades and UBGL
grenades. These were the major warlike stores that were recovered.”
Army said that infiltration of militants from
across the LoC in PoK has increased due to early winters and less
snowfall but added that the counter-infiltration grid along the
LoC is strong to foil such attempts. Brigadier Puri, of Army’s
RR, told a news conference in Kupwara District at 8-Sector headquarter
that as compared to last year the infiltration of militants into
Kashmir from PoK is on higher side. “As compared to last year
the infiltration is on higher side”, he said. The Sector Commander
said that early summer, less snowfall in winter and pressure on
them to infiltrate are the reasons for the increased infiltration.
“It has lot of many reasons including early onset of summer this
year, we had less snowfall this year and that is why the infiltration
has been on higher side as compared to last year. They have also
pressure to send more and more militants”, he added. Brigadier
Puri said that militants are trying hard for more infiltration
but the counter-infiltration grid along the LoC is strong. “They
are trying to send more infiltrators but our counter- infiltration
grid is strong and that is why few days back an infiltration bid
was foiled in Uri area and they went back”, he said.
Three Policemen including one ASI of Police were
killed by the militants in Srinagar city. In the first strike,
two terrorists on motorcycle shot dead two Policemen in Zadibal
area of Srinagar. The militants shot at the two Policemen from
close range at Mill Stop in Zadibal area which connects the city
to Hazratbal Shrine and super specialty SKIMS Hospital at Soura.
The two Policemen died on the spot, he said, adding the deceased
have been identified as ASI Ghulam Mohammad and head constable
Nazir Ahmad. HM has claimed responsibility for the Policemen killings.
Militants shot at Constable Mohammad Sadiq, who
was posted as personal security guard to chairman of Jammu and
Kashmir Pasmanda Tabqajaat, Mohammad Abdullah Chatwal, at Tengpora
on Parimpora-Hyderpora Bypass road. The personal security guard
was in a car on Tengpora Bypass and Chatwal had gone to his office
when militants targeted him. He was fired at from point blank
range leaving him in a pool of blood. The militants also snatched
the service rifle of the injured guard before fleeing from the
spot. The guard was rushed to Police hospital at Batamaloo where
he succumbed to injuries. HM has claimed responsibility for the
Policemen killings. They have warned of more such attacks. DGP,
K Rajendra Kumar, described the twin attacks as "desperate act"
by militants to show their presence in Srinagar. "It is a desperate
act, attacking unarmed policemen…it is basically a desperate act
to show their presence," he said.
Police launched massive search operation against
the assailants and detained around two dozen former militants,
OGWs of militant outfits, suspected persons to question them about
the attack in Srinagar on May 23. However, none of them had knowledge
about the attacks and Police may round up more people for questioning
from various parts of city in next few days as part of investigations.
In the meantime, Police appealed the landlords in Srinagar to
allow only verified tenants in their properties. The Police will
begin verification of all the tenants and labourers who put up
in Srinagar city to prevent militants from making hideouts in
Srinagar city. The recruitment of three youth from Srinagar city
by militants is a major worry for security agencies as it has
led to Srinagar city becoming target of militant attacks. Three
youth Merajudin Bangroo, Danish and Mugais have reportedly joined
militancy this month only. Bangroo has reportedly joined LeT,
while, Danish and Mugais, the HM outfit.
Militants killed a security guard of NC leader
and former MLA in Pulwama District. Police said that the incident
took place in Monghama village where the former NC MLA Ghulam
Mohiuddin had gone to attend a marriage function. His PSO, Shabir
Ahmad, and another guard were waiting in a private car outside
the venue when three pistol-borne militants struck. The militants
tried to snatch the service rifle from the PSO which led to a
scuffle during which Shabir Ahmad received minor injuries on the
face. Militants then fired a few shots, resulting in injuries
to Constable Riyaz Ahmad Ganie. He was hit in the throat and succumbed
to his injuries later at a hospital. The militants fled from the
site along with the weapon of the PSO taking advantage of the
panic which followed the shooting.
Militants killed a porter working with Army in
Kupwara District. Liyakat Ali who was working as porter was fired
upon by militants at Waderbala. The injured was rushed to hospital
where he was declared as brought dead.
GOC of Kilo Force, Major General Jarken Gamlin,
said that there are 50 militants operating in North Kashmir and
Army is ready to foil their designs. The GOC while speaking to
Excelsior after a function at North Kashmir said there are nearly
50-60 militants active in Kilo Force area including Sopore, Handwara,
Kupwara and Bandipora 'but the Army is ready to foil their every
design'. "The militants always try to infiltrate and we have been
receiving intercepts about infiltration from some time but our
army is ready to eliminate them and we always eliminate them whenever
they come into our reception area." he said. He said the Army
recently conducted one of the major operations of this year in
Drugmulla area of Kupwara where five foreign militants were gunned
down in a day-long operation. "The successful operations give
us encouragement. We will continue to eliminate them," the GOC
said. In reply to a question regarding militant strike in Srinagar's
Tengpora area, which falls in the domain of Kilo Force, the GOC
said: "The militants are always here to carry out attacks but
we also are here and we will foil all designs."
At least 17 groups of militants have become active
across the LoC opposite twin border Districts of Rajouri and Poonch
in Jammu region and Kupwara District of Kashmir valley with a
view to infiltrate into the State to create disturbances even
as the MAC, set up by the UMHA has maintained that 18 militants
have infiltrated this year so far. Official sources said that
the credible inputs available with security and Intelligence agencies
revealed that at least 17 groups of militants have been observed
across the LoC in J&K, who were fully geared to infiltrate into
the State but high alertness being displayed by the troops hasn't
allowed them to succeed in their task. As per the inputs, there
were two groups of militants waiting across LoC in Poonch, three
opposite Mendhar, four across Rajouri and two opposite Nowshera.
Two groups of militants were stationed across the IB in Samba.
In Kashmir valley, there had been specific reports of two groups
each waiting across Keran and Kupwara but the number could grow
due to fast melting of snow in the summer. All these groups belonged
to LeT, HM and JeM outfits.
According to the MAC figures, only 18 militants
have infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir during first about five
months of this year as against 35 in 2015 and 65 during 2014.
"The infiltration was well under control,'' sources said. The
MAC compiles the figures of infiltration based on the inputs of
multiple agencies like Intelligence wings of various SFs, Police
etc. The MAC operates under the MHA.
Army foiled a major infiltration attempt in Nowgam
sector of Handwara along the LoC in Kupwara District and killed
three militants in the operation. A senior Police officer said
that three militants were killed in encounter at Nowgam sector
of Handwara in Kupwara District. He said that Army's 35 RR personnels
intercepted a group of five to six infiltrators this morning near
TMG sector. Sources said that the militant group had infiltrated
last night and crossed the fence but they were intercepted after
army noticed the suspicious movement in the forest area. The group
of militants after being challenged opened fire triggering an
SFs launched a cordon-and-search operation in
Harwan area of Srinagar. A Police official said that SOG and Army's
5 RR launched a search operation after receiving an input about
the presence of militants in Dhara belt of Harwan. "Security forces
conducted extensive searches in the area for about over one hour
but there was no contact with militants," he said, adding that
the operation was later called off.
Militants hurled a grenade on Army's 50 RR at
Kakpora in Pulwama District. An Army cook was injured in the grenade
attack. Army immediately launched a massive operation against
the militants responsible for the grenade attack. However, no
one was arrested.
A shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley against
the proposal of State Government to establish separate colonies
for migrant Pandits and retired Sainiks. Most of the shops, commercial
establishments, educational institutes and petrol pumps remained
closed in the summer capital here while public transport largely
remained off the roads. However, private vehicles plied normally.
The call for shutdown was given jointly by both the factions of
APHC and JKLF. The Police and paramilitary CRPF personnel were
deployed in sensitive parts of Srinagar city, an official said.
However, no untoward incident occurred during the shutdown. The
Police had additionally detained JKLF chairman Yasin Malik on
May 25, and house arrested other separatist leaders including
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani. The separatists
have also called for protests on May 27, against the proposals
of Pandit and Sainik colonies. The shutdown was also observed
in all other parts of the Valley including south and north Kashmir
Districts but the situation remained peaceful and there was no
major incident of law and order violation.
Virtually ruling out withdrawal of AFSPA from
J&K in near future, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that
the Act is needed so long as the Army is involved in counter insurgency
operations, though any decision in this regard will be taken by
the MHA. "My department's role comes into picture when Army is
asked to proceed and act in the civilian area. We require this
Act when Army is asked to operate. For counter terror operations
Army needs special power," he said, in an interview on the occasion
of second anniversary of the Narendra Modi Government in the Centre.
"If special powers will not be given, the Army will not go to
civilian areas to do operations. Home Ministry is assessing how
much areas are to be taken under operation," Parrikar said. "If
army is required this act has to be there otherwise army cannot
operate. Jawan cannot be made to face standard law" he said emphatically.
An encounter broke out between militants and SFs
in Tangmarg area in Baramulla District. SFs launched a search
operation in Kanchipora village of Tangmarg, following information
about presence of two militants in the area, a Police official
said. Exchange of fire between the two sides started at 6.30 a.m.
but so far no casualties were reported from either side, he said.
Two HM militants were killed in Tangmarg area
in Baramulla District. Police said that on specific information
about the presence of militants in Khonchipora village in Tangmarg,
Baramulla Police, 2- RR and 176-battalion of CRPF cordoned off
the area and launched the search operation. "The hiding militants
were asked to surrender which they refused and instead fired upon
the joint search party, ensuing an encounter", Police said. During
the encounter two HM militants identified as Mehraj Ahmad Bhat
resident of Andargam Pattan and Aadil Ahmad resident of Brath
village in Sopore District were killed. The arrested duos were
wanted in many subversive activities. Two AK series rifles and
other arms and ammunition were recovered at the encounter site.
The death toll rises to five, with the killing
of a militant and Army personnel, in the ongoing encounter at
TMG in Nowgam sector of Handwara along the LoC in Kupwara District.
Earlier, SATP had reported about the killing of three militants
in the encounter, when Army foiled a major infiltration attempt
in Nowgam sector on May 26.
SFs recovered cache of arms and ammunition including
Chinese grenades and anti-tank rifle grenades from a natural hideout
in Khangar forest in Rajouri District. As per Defence spokespersons,
based on specific information, RR Battalion at Samote along with
troops of Territorial Army and J&K Police from Kandi Police station
recovered the cache of arms and ammunition from a natural hideout
in Khangar forest area of Rajouri. He said that the cache included
one AK- 56 rifle, two pistols, one UBGL grenade, one 7.62 mm barrel,
six magazines of AK-47, three rounds of RPG, two Anti tank rifle
grenades, two UBGL grenades, two Chinese hand grenades, 120 rounds
of AK-47, eight rounds of Pika, 30 rounds of pistol, 166 rounds
of 303 rifle, one pouch and one solar plate.
Tariq Pandit, a close aide of Burhan Wani of
HM, was arrested by Army in a well coordinated swift operation
on Newa- Pinglana road in Pulwama District. An Army spokesman
said: "Based on specific intelligence input regarding the move
of a HM militant on the Newa - Pinglana road near Karimabad, Pulwama
a joint mobile vehicle check post was established by Army and
JKP today morning." The spokesman said that the movement of militant
was kept under constant surveillance. He was apprehended by the
team of Rashtriya Rifle battalion, along with one 9 mm pistol,
two Chinese grenades and other war like stores. The militant was
involved in many terror related incidents in Pulwama area.
An Army trooper was seriously injured when he
accidentally stepped on a "drifted landmine" along the LoC in
the forward area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District. The soldier
sustained injuries in his right leg and his condition is stated
to be stable. The landmines that are used to check infiltration
along the LoC often drift from their position due to rains and
other environment factors, sources said.
A day after Army arrested HM 'commander', Burhan
Wani's aide; SFs busted three hideouts of the militant group from
South Kashmir. Wani's aide, Tariq Pandit, was arrested on May
28 from Karimabad village after a tip off. Sources said that he
has made disclosures about the movement of the group, their hideouts
and modus operandi. Awantipora Police and 42 RR of Army raided
a house in Dadsar area of Tral in Pulwama District on the directions
of arrested militant Tariq Pandit. They recovered arms and ammunition
from wardrobe of the house during searches. The recovered items
include one pistol, one pistol magazine, 37 pistol rounds, 81
AK rounds and two grenades. However, no one was arrested by the
SFs during the raid.
In an operation by the Awantipora Police and 42
RR in village Noorpora area of Tral in Pulwama District, SFs busted
a militant hideout in Government Higher Secondary School Noorpora,
Tral. The recovered items include 10 blankets, two rucksacks,
two stabilizers, one inverter, one pouch, two 24 volt batteries,
one petromax and two combo dresses. The troops also raided Yarwan
forests of Pulwama District and busted a militant hideout. They
recovered nine mini blankets, one black sling, six caps, one T-Shirt,
one Army dress and two shoes. Army assisted by para-commandos
and Police conducted massive searches in forest area of Gulshanpora,
Tral in Pulwama District against the HM militants. They were looking
for more hideouts of the HM, however, the operation was later
Army and Police recovered a large quantity of
arms, ammunition and explosives by destroying a militant hideout
at Sunarthau forests in Doda District. Official sources said a
joint team of Army and Police carried out searches in Sunarthau
forests for past several days after getting specific information
about suspicious unidentified movement and a dump of weaponry
lying deep inside the forests. Recoveries were made this morning
which included one AK-56 rifle, two 9mm pistols, one country made
pistol, seven AK magazines, two 9mm pistol magazines, one Pika
magazine, four grenades of UBGL, five hand grenades of Pakistan
origin, 1696 rounds of 7.62 mm AK-47, 1340 rounds of 7.62mm CTN,
40 belted rounds of Pika, two binoculars, one telescopic night
sight, one camera, 10 recording cassettes and sustenance stores.
"The recovery of a huge cache has given a major success to the
security forces and a massive blow to the terrorists in the area,
thereby preventing the arms and ammunition from falling into the
hands of inimical elements, aiming at revival of militancy in
Doda district," sources said.
SFs busted a recruitment module of HM and arrested
three of its members in Sopore District. SP, Sopore, Harmeet Singh,
said the Police reliably learnt that three youths including Liyaqat
Ahmad Lone, Mohamad Shafi Bhat, both residents of Harwan and Tariq
Ahmad Najar, resident of Badrahar in Handwara are working for
HM. He said the Police also learnt that they are recruiting the
youth of the area into HM and subsequently they were arrested.
"After interrogation we found out that they were basically recruiters.
Further interrogation and investigation is going on," the SP said.
Police sources said that the trio had recently inducted a youth
namely Umar Khaliq of Tujjar Sopore into HM and were working to
expand group's base across Baramulla District.
SFs arrested Noor Mohammad Dar, a close aide of
HM 'commander' Burhan Wani from Tral area in Pulwama District.
On specific information, Police and Army arrested Mohammad of
Gulshanpora in Tral area last night. This is the second Burhan
aide who was arrested as Tariq Pandit was arrested from Pulwama,
State Government said a total of 1581 posts of
teachers are lying vacant in Jammu Zone of the Jammu and Kashmir.
In a written reply to MLC Sham Lal Bhagat in Upper House, the
Minister In charge Education said Samba District has 232 vacant
posts, Kathua 406, Rajouri 290, Poonch 86, Udhampur 268, Reasi
72 and Kishtwar 4. However, no post is lying vacant in Ramban,
Jammu and Doda Districts. The Government stated that 244 posts
of teachers with respect of Jammu Division have been identified
under direct quota and are being referred to Service Selection
Board for fast track recruitment. "The promotion quota posts will
be filled through DPC shortly." the Minister added.
Army said that it is fully prepared to foil infiltration
attempts from across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. GOC of Srinagar-based
15 Corps Lieutenant General Satish Dua speaking at the sidelines
of a function in border town of Uri that the troops guarding the
LoC are fully geared to scuttle any infiltration attempt. "The
number is meaningless. How many are ready do not bother us. Those
who try to infiltrate, I want to assure you that our Army, Rashtriya
Rifles, are fully geared up. We are ready to foil any infiltration
attempt," he said. About the local youth joining militancy in
large numbers, the GOC said the facts are against this notion
as much less number of youth joined militant ranks compared to
last year. "Last year, a large number of youth got recruited in
militancy. But this year we are witnessing a decline in the trend.
This year the number is very less compared to the last year and
among those who joined the militant ranks, six have returned or
surrendered," he said.
Three BSF personnel were killed and seven others
critically injured when militants ambushed their convoy near Bijbehara
on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in Anantnag District. Militants
targeted a bus of the BSF convoy comprising 23 vehicles in Bijbehara
town. The convoy was coming from Jammu to Srinagar and was ferrying
personnels who were returning to join their duties after their
leave. Militants fired indiscriminately at the BSF bus from Ganai
Mohalla in Bijbehara injuring 10 BSF personnel. Three of them
later succumbed to their injuries. They have been identified as
Head Constable Girish Kumar Shukla, Constable Mahinder Ram and
Havaldar Dinesh. All the dead and injured belong to 64 battalion
of BSF. The HM militant outfit claimed the responsibility of the
attacks on BSF Convoy. HM operational spokesperson Burhanuddin
told a local news agency that several BSF men were killed in the
attack carried out by a special squad of the outfit. The outfit
has warned more attacks on SFs.
SFs busted a militant hideout in Zadoora area
of Pulwama District, taking the number of hideouts busted after
the arrest of HM 'commander' Burhan Wani's aide to 4. Sources
said that on the tip off provided by arrested HM militant Tariq
Pandit, 55 RR and SOG busted a hideout in Zadoora area of the
district. The troops recovered 58 rounds of AK-47 ammunition,
2 AK-47 magazines and one Chinese grenade.
Militants killed two Policemen, including an officer,
in poll-bound Anantnag town in Anantnag District. Militants opened
fire on a Police party at General Bus Stand in Anantnag town,
resulting in injuries to the two Policemen. Police said the injured
Policemen were rushed to a hospital where both of them succumbed
to their injuries. The deceased have been identified as ASI Bashir
Ahmad and Constable Reyaz Ahmad. The attack comes ahead of the
June 22 polling for by-election to Anantnag Assembly seat where
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is one of the nine candidates in
Police have circulated posters of two LeT militants
in Anantnag District, who carried out attack in the town on June
4, in which two cops including an officer was killed and started
a massive hunt against them. Police have identified these militants
Junaid Ahmad Mattoo (19), resident of Khudwani in Kulgam District
and another militant as Ali, a foreigner. Mattoo has joined LeT
in September, 2015. He is seen standing near the car, another
one, Ali, is seen carrying a bag and walking upto the vehicle,
Police added. Mattoo and Ali after arriving at the spot take out
rifles from the bag. Ali is seeing firing at Police and then the
two run away. They killed ASI Bashir Ahmad and Constable Reyaz
Ahmad at Anantnag Bus Stand.
Seven SF personnel including four Policemen and
three CRPF personnel were injured after a shell went off inside
a Police vehicle in Main Town of Pulwama District. The injured
Policemen have been identified as Ubaid Ahmad, Irshad Ahmad, Danish
Farooq and Aqib Aman while as CRPF troopers have been identified
as Rupesh Orum, Jagdeesh Paul and Ikash Chand.
Police arrested two persons including brother
of a militant in connection with an attack that left two Policemen
including an officer dead at Khudwani area of Kulgam District.
The arrested youth have been identified as Waseem Ahmad Lone and
Parvez Ahmad Mattoo. Parvez Ahmad Mattoo is the brother of LeT
militant, Junaid Ahmad.
Official sources said that nine SF personnel including
six Policemen have been killed in the last 10 days in Jammu and
Kashmir. While three Policemen were killed late May in two different
places in Srinagar, militants attacked a BSF convoy in Anantnag
on June 3 killing three BSF personnel. Three Policemen including
an ASI were killed on June 4 in Anantnag. Around 24 militants
have been liquidated since January, even as the Army stated that
200-odd terrorists are active in the state. Kashmir has witnessed
at least 37 terror incidents since January this year, sources
A high level delegation of the UMHA reviewed in-depth
the existing ‘Border Security Management’ along the IB and take
measures to plug all infiltration routes to avert Pathankot-II
by thwarting intrusions by the militants well in time. The eight
member high level delegation of NSCS has been deputed by UHM Rajnath
Singh for detailed study of the ‘Border Security Management’ in
Jammu and Punjab, identify areas, which required up-gradation
of fencing like border riverines, management in un-fenced areas
or where fencing is washed away during Monsoon, which is only
few days away, and submit report to the MHA for taking steps to
completely plug the gaps and stop infiltration.
The MHA delegation headed by Madhukar Gupta, former
Union Home Secretary and comprising top defense and fencing experts,
visited the IB in RS Pura, Kathua and Samba sectors and Rajouri,
where the BSF has been deployed in some areas along LoC. They
examined the existing ‘Border Mechanism’ and steps to give to
Army and Police recovered a consignment of arms
and ammunition from a natural hideout at Sadda Nal forests in
Rajouri District. Recoveries made from the forests included two
pistols, three radio sets, two anti-personnel mines, 20 rounds
of AK-47 ammunition, three rounds of pistol ammunition, two hand
grenades, one AK-47 magazine and other war like stores.
Islamic State (IS) operatives want Kashmir under
its caliphate rather than Pakistan or jihadi groups like
the LeT, underlining the outfit's dismissive view of Pakistan
and groups it controls as compromised outfits that do not conform
to its extreme interpretation of religious law. Web chats of IS
operatives from different countries, including India, that are
part of a chargesheet filed by the NIA against Indian Oil assistant
manager Mohammad Sirajuddinshow the group's belief in Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi's caliphate as the final arbiter of Kashmir's fate.
In one of the chats, Jundhulla Minaa, a UAE-based
IS operative who Sirajuddin grew close to, claimed: "Kashmir
is Kashmir IS... Kashmir will be Islamic State... Inshallah!!"
Sirajuddin felt that IS, if it chooses to launch a 'Quest for
caliphate' in Kashmir, will have two battle fronts — the "Indian
Kuffar (apostate) Army" and the "Pakistani Jehadi groups
like Lashkar-e-Taiba, JeM and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen etc" as
these outfits will never accept a merger with IS as "their
foundation is based on nationalism and patriotism".
Six Policemen were injured in a militant attack
in south Kashmir's Kulgam District. "Six policemen were injured
when militants fired at a police party at Bonigam Qazigund (Kulgam).
The police party was on a routine patrolling of the area when
the militants attacked them," a senior police officer said.
Two persons including a woman and militant were
killed when a militant opened firing on the CRPF, Policemen and
civilians inside SRTC bus during a checking by the CRPF in the
Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Kud area of Udhampur District.
Two other civilians including were injured in the incident. The
slain militant has been identified as Tahir Ahmad Sultan and the
woman, who succumbed to her injuries, has been identified as Mamata
Thapa. One AK-47 rifle, one pistol and 80 rounds were recovered
from the spot.
One Army soldier and one militant were killed
in an encounter with a group of terrorists intercepted by the
Army near the LoC in Kupwara District when they were trying to
infiltrate from PoK. Five soldiers were injured in the operation.
Later, one succumbed to his injuries.
Army foiled a major infiltration bid along the
LoC in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara District by killing four heavily
armed militants while one Army personal also lost his life. The
deceased Army personal has been identified as Prem Bahadur Reshmi.
Large quantity of arms and ammunition and war like stores were
recovered from the killed militants. The arms and ammunition recovered
include four AK 47 rifles, 15 AK magazines, 400 AK ammunition
rounds, one UBGL, 7 UBGL rounds, four hand grenades, four R/S
Icon, three GPS devices, two matrix sheets, four maps, one compass,
one binocular, two mobiles, one wire cutter, one monocular night
sight, four rucksacks and three casio wrist watches.
Two militants were killed in an encounter with
security forces in Sopore town of Baramulla District. Police identified
the killed militants as Altaf Ahmad Mir and Imtiyaz Ahmad of HM.
One AK-47 and one pistol were recovered from the dead militants.
A militant of LeT was killed in a gun battle in
Pulwama District. A joint operation was launched by Police, Army
and CRPF at Pampore, in Pulwama District after the SFs received
tip off about presence of three foreign militants of LeT hiding
near the Khyber Milk plant in the area. As the SFs cordoned off
the area, the militants opened fire on them leading to a gun battle
in which one militant was killed. He has been identified as Khubaib
alias Abu Qasim, a Pakistani national. One AK 47 rifle
and two magazines were recovered from him. His two associates
managed to slip out of cordon under the cover of fire and dense
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a written
reply to a question by opposition National Conference (NC) leader
A M Sagar in the Legislative Assembly in Srinagar said that over
190 people, including 47 SF personnel and 108 militants, were
killed in militancy-related violence and ceasefire violations
by Pakistan in the 12-month period from January 15, 2015. Mehbooba,
who also holds the Home portfolio, said a total of 146 militancy-related
incidents took place between January 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016,
leaving 169 people - 108 militants, 39 security personnel and
22 civilians - dead. A total of 181 incidents of border firing
were reported during the same period in the state which left 22
persons including eight security personnel dead and 75 others,
including 13 security men injured, she said. About 800 persons
were also arrested, while four magisterial inquiries have been
ordered into the incidents of militancy during the same period,
she further said.
Police arrested a ‘commander’ of LeT, identified
as Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah, from Sogam town of Kupwara
District while he was purchasing eatables from a market. One grenade
and INR 38,000 cash were recovered from his possession. The militant
commander had infiltrated into Kashmir in November-December 2015
and was mostly operating form Handwara and Lolab forests.
CM Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds Home portfolio,
in reply to a question by Rajesh Gupta in the Legislative Assembly
said that 145 militants, including 54 foreigners, are active in
Jammu and Kashmir while 4,587 Kashmiri youths have crossed over
to PoK. The reply said that reportedly 145 militants are active
in the State, out of which 91 are locals and 54 foreigners. The
reply said that 489 youth along with their wives and children
have returned from PoK and Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir via Nepal
with effect from 2003 till May 22, 2016.
Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi invited
Jammu and Kashmir separatists for the annual Iftaar party on June
25. Most of the top and middle-rung separatists from both factions
of Hurriyat Conference as well as the JKLF have been invited to
the event. "Yes, we have received an invitation from Pakistan
high commission for an Iftaar party on June 25," Ayaz Akbar,
spokesperson APHC-G said.
Union Minister of State with Independent charge
of Industries and Commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman said that India
will not tolerate further incursion on borders. Denying that India
has softened its stand on recent Pakistan attack on Pathankot
Airbase, the Union Minister said “we have made it clear to Pakistan
in strongest terms that we will retaliate if there will be any
incursion on borders and we will not tolerate any incursion in
future. If there is any incursion from across the border we will
retaliate with full might.’’ While responding to a question on
proposed Iftaar Party being hosted by Pakistan High Commission
for the separatists, she said that India will not accept any third
party mediation in improving Indo-Pak bilateral ties.
Six militants were killed in two separate gun
battles in Kupwara District. Acting on a tip off about the presence
of militants in Lolab, the Army and Police cordoned off Dobwan
forest area in Khurhama. Militants hiding inside the forests opened
fire on the search party and tried to break the cordon. However,
the SF personnel engaged them in a gunfight and three militants
were killed. Bodies of all the three militants have been recovered
along with as many AK-47-rifles and other war like stores. In
another operation, three militants were killed in a gunfight that
raged at Waterkhani in Drugmulla area.
CM Mehbooba Mufti batted for revival of the India-Pakistan
reconciliation process to bring about peace in Jammu & Kashmir.
She said "I wonder if hostilities can become news between
the two neighbours, why can't such cultural bonhomie. I hope our
good intentions are reciprocated by our neighbour. Transforming
that rivalry into a mature, productive relationship will be difficult
but the consequences of continued animosity will be much worse.
It may sound simplistic but building relationships is the key
to peace and economic prosperity in the subcontinent in the foreseeable
future. This can be possible if they are innovative in their thinking
and break out of the stranglehold of one-sided, emotionally charged
narrative of history."
One militant was killed in an encounter in Waderbala
village of Handwara area in Kupwara District. The operation in
Waderbala in Handwara area was started three days ago after SFs
received specific information about the presence of militants
in the area. A joint operation was launched by Police and Army
personnel against the hiding militants. The militants were trapped
and they fired on troops leading to a fierce gun battle in which
the militant was killed.
Police prevented a major tragedy as they detected
an IED planted on Airport road in Hyderpora area in Srinagar.
Police said that an IED weighing 5 kilograms, planted in a rice
cooker, was detected near a flyover at Hyderpora in Srinagar in
the wee hours in the morning and later was defused by a bomb squad.
Army stated that around 220 militants including
100 locals are active in Kashmir valley. They said that they have
strong intelligence network and militants who succeed in infiltrating
are killed in forests itself. Commander 8-Sector of RR, Brigadier
Rajeev Puri, while briefing about the Army’s successful operations
in Kupwara District said: “About 200 to 220 militants are active
in Kashmir valley. Among them, about 100 are local militants and
rests are foreigners.” Brigadier Puri said the number of militants
in South and North Kashmir varied as they do not have boundaries.
“It is not worth whether they (militants) are more in North or
South Kashmir. They don’t have boundaries and thus keep shifting,”
Giving credit to human intelligence for successful
anti-militancy operations, the sector commander of the Army said
“our human intelligence is very strong”. “If they succeed in level
one, we get them at level two and eliminate them,” he said. Brigadier
Puri said that militants use new technologies and Army counters
it. He played down the use of new app “Calculator” by militants
to keep in touch with their handlers in POK without being detected
by Army’s technical surveillance. “Earlier, they were using radio
sets and we used to intercept it. They come out with a new thing
and we counter it. Such a thing keeps happening between the security
forces and the terrorists,” he said. Giving details of the two
successful operations in which six militants were killed in Kupwara
District on June 23, the Army officer said all the six were affiliated
with Pakistan-based LeT outfit.
Eight paramilitary CRPF troopers were killed and
20 others injured when militants attacked their convoy at Frestbal
near Pampore in Srinagar on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. CRPF
spokesman, Bhavesh Kumar Choudhary said here that two militants
were killed in the exchange of fire at Pampore while eight CRPF
personnel were also killed and around 20 CRPF personnel injured
in the attack. The spokesman said that injured have been shifted
to Army’s Base hospital in Srinagar and some of them are critical.
The attack took place when militants ambushed CRPF convoy of 161
Battalion at Frestbal, Nambalbal area of Pampore on the National
Highway. The militants fired indiscriminately at the CRPF bus
and also deflated its tyres. The ROP of the CRPF engaged the militants
in a brief encounter and killed two of them. Three CRPF personnel
were killed on the spot and five others succumbed to their injuries
in the hospital.
Sources said the militants were fidayeen
and had recently infiltrated into Kashmir. Two of their associates
are believed to have fled towards Srinagar in an Alto car. Police,
CRPF and Army have established nakas (check post) to track them.
LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement claimed responsibility
for the attack. He said two fidayeen attacked the CRPF
convoy at Frestbal and killed 13 CRPF men and injured more than
Army killed two militants in an encounter near
LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla District. The soldiers of 17 JAK
RIF intercepted a group of militants in Lachipora forest area
of Uri in the afternoon. As they were challenged by the troops,
the militants opened fire on them leading to a gun battle. Two
militants were killed in the encounter.
Troops of 63 RR and Police recovered one Pika
gun and 185 rounds of AK from Falni forests in Kalakote tehsil
in Rajouri District. Recoveries were made during joint search
operation conducted by Army and Police in Falni forests. Sources
said the consignment had been dumped inside a natural cave hideout.
A day after its eight personnel were killed in
a militant attack in Pampore, CRPF shifted about half-a-dozen
of its heavy-armoured MPVs, which were earlier used for anti-Naxal operations,
to Kashmir valley to effectively secure its troops deployed there.
The paramilitary had cut down the use of these vehicles for anti-Naxal
operations drastically to a “bare minimum” after they were
targeted in IED blasts in the LWE-hit areas. The CRPF feels that
these MPVs will now come in handy in view of its increased role
in Jammu and Kashmir to open and secure roads for movement of
paramilitary, defence and VIP convoys and a rise in the number
of militant ambushes. “We have shifted some of our MPVs from LWE-hit
areas to the Kashmir valley to effectively secure our men during
convoy movements and road opening tasks. The MPVs are ready for
deployment for operations in Kashmir. If need arises, we could
bring in more,” CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad said.
The UHM Rajnath Singh deputed a high level three-member
team of the MHA to Jammu and Kashmir to visit the State for two
days from June 28 for comprehensive review of security scenario
including steps required to strengthen the Security Grid to thwart
Pampore like attack and take on spot review of security arrangements
for annual Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, beginning July 2. The team
comprised Susheel Kumar, Secretary (Border Management), Mahesh
Kumar Singla, Special Secretary (Internal Security) and Gyanesh
Kumar, Joint Secretary (Kashmir). Official sources said that the
team would visit Jammu and Kashmir for two-days from Tuesday for
in-depth study of security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the
wake of Pampore attack in which eight CRPF personnel were killed
and reports that a number of militants might have infiltrated
into Kashmir during past few days from the LoC and could create
more trouble in the days to come.
A local 'commander' of HM was killed in an encounter
with SFs in Kupwara District. "A top local HM commander, identified
as Sameer Wani, was killed in the encounter in Nagri village"
an Army official said. "Security forces had surrounded a residential
house in the village following information about a group of militants
hiding there." "The gunfight is still going on and all escape
points of the holed up militants have been sealed," he added.
One militant was killed in Varnow Lolab in Kupwara
District. Police and Army's 18th RR launched an operation in the
area after specific input about presence of a militant in the
area. The militant was challenged and he opened fire on troops
leading to a gun battle in which he was killed. The slain militant
is yet to be identified.
Protests broke out at Shiva, Dooru and its adjoining
areas soon after the news about the killing of the HM militant
Sameer Wani on June 28, spread in the area. A Police vehicle was
stopped by mob and set it on fire at Shiva area of Sopore. Clashes
also broke out at Nagri, Kawardi and its adjacent areas in Kupwara
District. Police fired teargas shells and several gunshots in
air to chase the protesters. In the intermittent clashes at least
five protesters and 10 Policemen were injured in Nagri, Natnussa,
Kawardi and in parts of Sopore.
A massive operation has been launched in Sarsari-Patni
area of Jatty post near LoC in Nowgam sector in Kupwara District,
after Army noticed movement of an infiltrated militant group.
Sources said that 35 RR, 18 JAT and 1/4 GR, cordoned off the Sarsari
area of Jatty post near LoC following specific information about
the presence of 3-4 infiltrators.
In an operation conducted by 36 RR and Jammu and
Kashmir Police in general area of Hanti in Macchil area of Kupwara
District, a militant hideout was busted. One AK 47 rifle, one
pistol, one pistol magazine, 11 pistol rounds, four hand grenades,
two radio sets, six pencil cells, one binocular, one solar charging
plate, 500 grams of White Crystalline Powder, Rs 4530 Pak currency
and INR 100,000 Indian currency were recovered. Army's 41 RR and
Police have intercepted a group of infiltrating militants tonight
at Sarkoli Kalaroos in Kupwara. The infiltrating militants were
challenged and they opened fire on troops leading to a gun battle.
Suspected militants snatched the service rifle
of a Policeman, posted as a PSO of a BJP worker, from Chadoora
area in Budgam District. Constable Bashir Ahmad, who is posted
as personal security guard to Ghulam Mohammad Chopan, reported
to Police that four gunmen barged into the house at Panzan in
Chadoora and took away his service rifle, a Police official said.
He said Police have taken cognisance of the incident and sent
out an alert to track down the suspects.
The UHM offered more para-military forces, if
asked for, by the J&K Government to counter spurt in terror attack
by the militants and also decided to send more bullet-proof vehicles
for the para-military to ensure that they carry out movement in
vulnerable areas in these vehicles to avoid casualties in Pampore
like attacks. Decision to this effect were taken at a high level
meeting chaired by UHM Rajnath Singh for an hour in New Delhi
after which a three-member team was deputed to Pampore in Kashmir
for on spot assessment of the attack and review of security situation.
NSA Ajit Doval and IB chief Dineshwar Sharma briefed the meeting
on security situation in J&K particularly the Valley in the wake
of Pampore attack and reports suggesting infiltration of militants
from the LoC.
Thirty seven persons have been arrested in the
State for spreading militant activities using money obtained through
hawala and FICN. CM Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to
question by BJP member Sat Paul Sharma in the State Assembly in
Srinagar: "A total of 17 cases were registered during the last
three years and the current year upto May 12 in connection with
the hawala transactions." The highest eight cases were registered
in 2013, followed by five in 2014, three in 2015 and one so far.
"A total of 37 persons - 17 in 2013, nine in 2014, eight in 2015
and three in 2016 - were arrested during investigations of the
cases," she said adding over Rs 36.70 lakhs, 900 USD and 33 Gold
coins were also recovered. The CM in her reply said 116 persons
were arrested and recovery of counterfeit currency with a face
value of over Rs 51.15 lakhs along with USD 6980 was affected
since 2013. About the particulars of identified separatist leaders
found receiving hawala money, the CM said "no such report has
been received in the recent past". However, she said foreign funds
are being routed through various channels including Hawala and
FICN "to spread terrorist activities in the State".
Thirty seven persons have been arrested in the
State for spreading militant activities using money obtained through
hawala and FICN. CM Mehbooba Mufti said in a written reply to
question by BJP member Sat Paul Sharma in the State Assembly in
Srinagar: "A total of 17 cases were registered during the last
three years and the current year upto May 12 in connection with
the hawala transactions." The highest eight cases were registered
in 2013, followed by five in 2014, three in 2015 and one so far.
"A total of 37 persons - 17 in 2013, nine in 2014, eight in 2015
and three in 2016 - were arrested during investigations of the
cases," she said adding over Rs 36.70 lakhs, 900 USD and 33 Gold
coins were also recovered. The CM in her reply said 116 persons
were arrested and recovery of counterfeit currency with a face
value of over Rs 51.15 lakhs along with USD 6980 was affected
since 2013. About the particulars of identified separatist leaders
found receiving hawala money, the CM said "no such report has
been received in the recent past". However, she said foreign funds
are being routed through various channels including Hawala and
FICN "to spread terrorist activities in the State".
The militant group HM warned of attacks in New
Delhi if 'innocent civilians were targeted' in Jammu and Kashmir.
"[Security] Forces harass and target civilians and such tactics
will have serious ramifications. If they continue to target innocent
civilians, then militants will spread their net in New Delhi and
will strike there," said HM chief Syed Salahuddin in a statement
issued to news services in Srinagar. Salahuddin, who according
to the statement chaired a meeting at an undisclosed location
in POK, praised the militants for intensifying their attacks on
the SFs in Kashmir.
Two militants of LeT were killed and two Policemen
were injured in an encounter that broke out at Newa area in Pulwama
District. On a tip off about the presence of a group of militants
in Malwari village of Newa, a joint operation was launched by
Army's 55 RR, 183 CRPF and SOG Pulwama. Militants hiding inside
the village opened fire on SFs as they were conducting searches
of the village. They tried to break the cordon and flee but were
killed by the SFs. Two Policemen sustained minor splinter injuries
during the encounter. An AK 47 rifle, 4 magazines, 56 rounds,
one pistol, 1 pistol magazine, 2 pistol rounds and other war like
stores were recovered from the encounter site. The two militants
were identified as Manzoor Ahmad resident of Gandi Bagh Kakapora
and another was identified as Abu Ayaan, a Pakistani national.
The militants were hiding in the house of one
Ghulam Rasool Shergujri, whose wife Jigri is a PDP Panch. As the
encounter was underway, hundreds of protesters tried to march
towards the encounter site but they were intercepted by SFs leading
to clashes. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to chase the
protesters in parts of Pulwama District including in Main Town
Pulwama amid a shutdown. Soon after the news about the killings
spread a shutdown was observed in Main Town of Pulwama and adjoining
areas besides there was already a shutdown at Newa and Kakapora.
Protesters clashed with SFs at Muran Chowk, Rajpora Chowk and
Newa throughout the day during which 20 protesters were injured.
The Army foiled an infiltration bid along the
LoC in Karnah area in Kupwara District. However, no casualties
were reported. "Army personnel noticed movement of heavily armed
militants trying to infiltrate into Indian Territory near the
Eagle Post in Safar forest area of Karnah," a Police official
said. There was exchange of fire between the troops and militants
for nearly an hour but no casualties have been reported so far,
he added. "Searches are on in the area," he said.
Militants attacked a Police party in Budgam District,
injuring three persons, including an ASI of Police. The unidentified
militants opened fire on the Police party in main market in Charar-e-Sharief
area of Budgam at around 3.15pm, a Police officer said. Two locals
and ASI Abdul Rashid were injured in the attack, he said. No militant
outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the incident, he
Militants attacked a SF camp at Litter area in
Pulwama District, in which three CRPF personnel were injured.
Sources said two motorcycle-borne militants first lobbed a grenade
inside joint camp of CRPF's 182 Battalion and SOG at Litter and
then opened indiscriminate fire. The fire was retaliated by SFs.
The militants after exchanging fire briefly with SFs fled from
the spot after which massive searches were launched by army, SOG
and Police at Litter, Chakoora, Liloora and adjoining areas to
arrest the militants.
Army is on high alert along the LoC after intelligence
inputs that large numbers of highly trained militants with sizable
number of fidayeen are ready for infiltration on the launch pads
along the LoC in PoK. They are making desperate attempts to sneak
in before the end of the summer and some of them have already
managed to infiltrate. According to MAC, 36 militants have already
sneaked in this year till ending May while last year 35 had infiltrated
throughout the year. A report submitted by the Army says that
more than 40 training camps are operating in Pakistan, mostly
in PoK, with 19 of them most active and are imparting map reading,
GPS use, weight, weapon and tactical training to the militants
who are concentrating along the LoC for launching.
The report says that these camps are at Skardu
opposite Gurez, Kel opposite Macchil, Karko opposite Keran, Dullu
Muzaffarabad opposite Kupwara, Titwal opposite Tanghdar, Chakoti
opposite Uri, Kotli opposite Poonch, Dehri opposite Mendhar, Barhal
Mirpur opposite Naushera and Chaprai Sialkote opposite R S Pura.
The report further says that in these locations 10-12 militants
are prepared to infiltrate and 3-5 militants in each group are
in active team fidayeen who have project to infiltrate through
these areas and target military or armed forces installations.
The report also further says that these militants are highly trained,
high tech, trained to cross electrified border fence and are equipped
with GPS and Maps."They are taking new routes for infiltration
and are also reactivating many old routes", the report reveals.
SFs killed a militant of LeT in Wuderbala in Handwara
forest area in the frontier District of Kupwara. On a tip off,
army's 21 RR and SOG of Handwara Police cordoned off Poth Mohalla
in Wuderbala area of Handwara in the frontier District after reports
that two militants are hiding in the village. These two militants
had come to the village to get supplies for the militants hiding
in the forests. As the SFs cordoned off the area militants opened
fire on them leading to a gun battle in which one militant was
killed and his associate managed to flee. One Army personnel was
injured in the gun battle.
SFs arrested seven OGWs of HM from Sopore Township
in Baramulla District. Police said that the arrests were made
in separate raids over the last few days by 22 RR and Police.
The arrests were made after the killing of top HM 'commander'
and arresting two OGWs, hailing from the town, last week. Police
said Mohammad Syed Malik, Sajad Ahmad Chopan, Ikhlaq Ahmad Sheikh
and Showkat Ahmad Lone, all residents of Bomai were arrested near
Dangerpora crossing in the town. Three sets of police uniforms,
four pairs of police shoes, nine sets of chains, 500 grams of
RDX, four rocket-propelled grenades, a wireless set, an UBGL,
three IED circuits, a pressure mine, nine wireless antennae and
a bayonet were recovered from them. Police revealed that a private
car was seized during the operation. Three more OGWs, Irshad Ahmad
Lone of Tujjar Sharief, Abdul Majeed Bhat of Wahipora-Handwara
and Zahoor Ahmad Bhat of Bomai were arrested from Sopore town.
A Police uniform, two rifle grenades, six detonators and a wireless
set were recovered from them.
Army and Police recovered large quantity of arms,
ammunition and explosives from Ratta Chhamb Nar village in Surankote
tehsil in Poonch District. Recoveries included three AK-47 rifles
with nine magazines, 270 rounds of 7.62 mm and six Chinese grenades.
However, no arrests were made from the spot.
The displaced persons from PoK held protest demonstration,
demanding early disbursement of relief amount announced by the
Prime Minister about seven months back. While demanding justice
for the displaced persons from PoJK and other categories of refugees,
the activists of PoK DPs' Front 1947, 1965, 1971 organised protest
programme at Exhibition Ground near Press Club in Jammu District.
Twenty-one SF personnel were injured in post-Eid
clashes in the Kashmir Valley, as senior separatists were disallowed
from congregational prayers. Violence broke out immediately after
Eid prayers at Idgah in Srinagar, Sopore in Baramulla District
and in Anantnag. Locals accused the SFs of bursting tear-gas shells
without provocation. Miscreants indulged in stone-throwing at
Main Chowk and Batapora Sopore, Hyderpora, Idgah and Ashaji Pora
Anantnag. Police said 21 SF personnel, including two Police officers,
Police have come across a major HM module engaged
in recruitment of youth into the militancy and having roots in
South Kashmir, mainly Awantipora area of Pulwama District, with
the arrest of two militants while a "key man" of Sabjian, Poonch,
who was reportedly luring youth for their exfiltration to PoK
for arms training, has gone underground. The militants were using
Mughal Road for reaching Poonch from Kashmir on the pretext of
visiting a religious place in Rajouri carrying identity cards
with them so that they were not doubted. So far, nearly a dozen
youth of Awantipora and surroundings had been lured into the militancy,
four of whom have been arrested by Poonch Police with the help
of their South Kashmir counterparts while others were reported
to have been detained in South Kashmir. Official sources said
that the new modus operandi of the militants to recruit fresh
youths into the militancy and send them to PoK for arms training
via LoC in Poonch sector first surface when one militant was killed
and two fresh recruits were arrested in Chaprian area of Sabjian
on the LoC in Poonch sector some time back. It was during interrogation
of these two youth that entire racket involved in luring youths
of Kashmir into militancy and then trying to send them to PoK
for arms training had surfaced. The two fresh recruits knew at
least dozen youths of South Kashmir, some of whom hailed from
Awantipora, had also fallen into the trap of militancy after being
lured by some commanders of HM outfit.
Army launched an operation against militants after
they said that their patrol party was fired upon in Mawar area
of Langate in Kupwara District. Army immediately cordoned off
the area hearing few firing shots and conducted search operation
but didn't find any militant presence. However, Police is ascertaining
the facts about the firing on the patrol party.
Top 'commander' of HM, Burhan Wani, was killed
along with his two associates in a shootout in Kokernag area in
Anantnag District. Sources said the SOG of J&K Police, Srinagar
and Army cordoned off village Kowpora Kokernag in Anantnag District
after they received information about presence of few militants
hiding in the village. The troops fired some warning shots outside
the house of one Farooq Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad Wani
where the militants were hiding. The militants also fired at troops
from inside the house leading to a gun battle in which three militants
were killed. The killed militants have been identified as Burhan
Wani of Tral, Masoom Shah of Srigufwara and Sartaj Sheikh of Taki
Mohalla Kokernag. Wani, featured in videos circulated on Facebook
and WhatsApp along with his group frequently. He was the most
wanted militant in Kashmir as he was posting videos and pictures
on social networking sites including Facebook frequently to lure
youth to militancy.
There have been reports of protests from Tral
and several other areas of Pulwama District. Protests also broke
out in Srinagar where stone throwing youth clashed with Police
at several places in old city. As the separatists have called
for strike on July 9, and there have been clashes in parts of
Srinagar soon after the news about killing of Burhan spread, Deputy
Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Lone said that there would be restrictions
in parts of Srinagar on July 9. He said that the restrictions
will remain in force in areas falling under six Police Stations
in Srinagar of Mahraj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Zadibal
and Nowhatta. Curfew like restrictions has also been imposed in
Pulwama and Anantnag Districts to prevent any trouble.
Asking people to attend the funeral procession
of Burhan, chairman APHC-G, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, called for
complete shutdown on July 9. The shutdown was also called by Mirwaiz
Omar Farooq of APHC-M and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.
As precautionary measures authorities have put several separatist
leaders including Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik under house arrest.
At least 12 persons were killed and over 160 persons
including 96 security men were injured as crowds in the aftermath
of killing of HM commander, Burhan Wani, torched buildings and
blocked roads and clashed with Police and SFs at several places
in Jammu and Kashmir despite curfew like restrictions. The authorities
announced that the curfew like restrictions will be imposed across
Kashmir valley on July 10 to prevent further clashes and loss
to life and property. The curfew like restrictions was imposed
in parts of Srinagar including six Police Stations of Mahraj Gunj,
Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Zadibal and Nowhatta. Curfew like
restrictions have also been imposed in Pulwama and Anantnag districts
of South Kashmir to prevent any trouble, security sources said.
Large number of people attended the funeral prayers
of Burhan Wani at Tral in Pulwama District. The protesters turned
violent in Tral and torched Tehsil and Sub District Magistrate's
office. Wani's body was buried in the afternoon in Tral. The funeral
prayers of Wani in absentia were also held at many places across
Kashmir. As the NH, was blocked due to protests at many places
in South Kashmir, the authorities closed it for traffic for the
safety of the commuters. The authorities also suspended train
services between Banihal and Baramulla to prevent damage to the
train and Railway property.
Giving details of the violence in Kashmir that
led to death and destruction across Kashmir, ADG of J&K Police,
CID, S M Sahai said that SFs had a very difficult day in the wake
of July 8 incident in which three militants were killed. "The
funerals became an issue today (July 9) and in the background
of the funerals, there were several attempts at various locations
particularly on security forces establishments, police stations,
other Government buildings, houses of politicians, army camps
which were attacked at many isolated locations also which led
to a very critical situation in which there have been eight casualties
today (July 9)," said Sahai. The Police officer said that out
of eight persons, one person died due to drowning while seven
others died in "retaliatory" action by Police and SFs. However,
three more succumbed to injuries later in the evening on July
9 and one in the morning of July 10.
According to Sahai, a mob attacked Police Station
Damhal Hanjipora and it was burnt down. "The weapons that were
snatched from the police station were used to fire upon at the
police personnel of the police station. We did try to show restraint.
They took 20 of our policemen hostage, three of them got bullet
injuries while three of them are still missing," he said. Sahai
said 96 SFs personnel and around 30 civilians were injured in
the clashes during the day so far. However, sources said that
65 protesters were injured in the clashes.
The Valley observed complete shutdown on July
9 with shops and business establishments, Government offices and
banks closed and traffic was off the roads. The roads looked deserted
as people preferred to stay indoors.
The death toll in the clashes between protesters
and SFs in Kashmir mounted to 23, as normal life remained paralyzed
for the third day, in the Valley due to curfew-like restrictions
and separatists-sponsored strike in the wake of the killing of
HM 'commander' Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. Mobile telephony
has been suspended in the four Districts of south Kashmir since
July 8 evening as violent protests erupted following killing of
Wani in an encounter with SFs. With these, the death toll in the
clashes between protesters and SFs has gone up to 23, including
a Policeman. More than 250 persons have been injured in the violence
and the situation continues to be tense across the Valley. Earlier,
SATP reported at least 12 persons were killed and over 160 persons
including 96 SF personnel were injured as crowds in the aftermath
of killing of HM commander, Burhan Wani, set ablaze buildings
and blocked roads and clashed with Police and SFs at several places
in Jammu and Kashmir despite curfew like restrictions on July
An Army jawan was killed in an encounter near
LoC in Keran sector in Kupwara District. Army’s 1/3 GR and 100
battalion of BSF, who are manning the fence at 3 BEHAK forest
area near Jumgund in Keran sector, intercepted heavily armed group
of militants last night and after being challenged, the group
of militants believed to be infiltrators opened fire resulting
in an encounter in which an Army jawan identified as Naik Arun
Kumar Rai sustained serious bullet injuries and later succumbed
Army killed two militants of the Al- Badar Mujahideen
in an encounter at Nowgam sector in Kupwara District. GOC 90 Div
Lt General J S Nain told that Army deployed along LoC in Nowgam
Sector of Handwara foiled an attempt by Al-Badar Mujahideen to
infiltrate during the night intervening July 8 and 9. The GOC
said that as the militant group was challenged, they opened fire
on troops leading to a brief shoot out in which two militants
were killed while they were retreating. Large quantity of arms
and ammunition was recovered during the searches. The GOC said
that documents were recovered from their bags which revealed their
identity as Mubashir of Leepa valley and Younis of Peshawar, both
belonging to Al- Badar outfit.
Army has launched massive operation in Gulmarg
sector in Baramulla District after inputs that 6-7 militants of
LeT have infiltrated into the area few days back. Army has laid
ambushes at several places for last few days but so far they have
not been able to trace out the group.
The BSF foiled infiltration attempt by four armed
militants along the IB in Hiranagar sector in Kathua District.
Official sources said the alert BSF jawans observed movement of
four militants, equipped with weapons, sitting on Pakistan side
opposite Hiranagar sector in Kathua District. “The BSF waited
for the militants to come inside the Indian Territory to eliminate
them. However, the militants finding the BSF jawans on high alert,
retreated to Pakistan after waiting for about an hour,” they said.
The infiltration attempt by the militants was, thus, foiled by
the alert BSF jawans, sources said, adding that a similar intrusion
bid was thwarted by the BSF in Ramgarh sector in the wee hours
of July 9. In Ramgarh, the BSF had to fire two rounds to force
the militants to flee back.
US said that Kashmir is an internal matter of
India. “We have seen reports of the clashes between protesters
and Indian forces in Kashmir, and are concerned by the violence.
We encourage all sides to make efforts towards finding a peaceful
resolution. This is an internal matter for the Government of India,”
a State Department spokesman said.
Death toll rises to 33 as three more persons succumbed
to their injuries in Jammu and Kashmir. A youth was killed and
14 others were injured as SFs fired at protesters in Kupwara District
while two injured protesters succumbed to their injuries, taking
death toll in the violence in the aftermath of killing of HM ‘commander’
Burhan Wani to 33.
PM Narendra Modi extended full support to PDP-BJP
coalition Government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in
tackling ongoing unrest in the Kashmir valley in the wake of the
killing of HM divisional ‘commander’ Burhan.
Death toll rises to 36 as three more persons killed
in Jammu and Kashmir. A protester was killed in Anantnag District
in SFs firing and another succumbed to injuries while third one’s
body was fished out from river taking the number of killed in
recent violence to 36 and the number of injured has gone up to
1500. A youth identified as Hial Ahmad Shah was killed in Harnag
in Anantnag town after SFs fired at him. One Javaid Ahmad Lone,
son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone, resident of Mishpora in Khudwani
Kulgam, succumbed to his injuries. Another youth, Zahoor Ahmad
Mantoo, son of Sanaullah Mantoo, resident of Kakapora Pulwama,
had drowned in river while SFs were chasing protesters.
CM Mehbooba Mufti sought people’s support in pulling
the State out of the vortex of violence and bloodshed, saying
her heart is overwhelmed with great sadness and sorrow as a result
of the killings in the Valley. “The 27-year-long violence has
left deep wounds in almost each home here and we have to jointly
safeguard our State and our people from further bloodshed and
destruction. While my Government’s immediate priority would be
to reach out to the affected families with a healing touch, in
the long run a concerted effort shall have to be launched to make
peace and stability a reality in J-K, with youth being the focus
of the Government’s welfare initiatives,” she said.
One more youth succumbed to injures in South Kashmir
taking the death toll in the violence after the killing of HM
‘commander’ Burhan Wani, to 37 and in total 3140 persons including
1500 SF personnel were reported to be injured. Irfan Maqsood Dar
son of Maqsood Dar resident of Tuli Nowpora of Bugund in Kulgam
District who had sustained serious injuries three days ago succumbed
to his injuries, taking the death toll of protesters to 37.
Government announced imposition of curfew across
Kashmir on July 15, and mobile networks have been shut down to
prevent flare up of violence. In view of first Friday after weeklong
violence, the Government announced imposition of curfew across
Kashmir valley. The mobile networks across Kashmir have been shut
down to prevent flare up of violence. According to District Magistrates
of Srinagar, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Baramulla, curfew will be
imposed throughout the districts of Srinagar, Anantnag, Ganderbal
and Baramulla tomorrow. “No public or vehicular movement, except
medical emergencies would be allowed”, the statement said. According
to District Magistrates of Kulgam, Budgam and Shopian, curfew
will be imposed throughout the districts of Kulgam, Budgam and
Shopian, tomorrow. “No public or vehicular movement, except medical
emergencies would be allowed”, the statement said.
A Police spokesman said here that overall situation
throughout the Valley remained under control though some incidents
of stone pelting were reported. “Some stray and intermittent incidents
of stone pelting were reported from Qoimoh, Kulgam, Khudwani,
Trehgam, Lalpora, Battergam, Kupwara, Hyhama, Hatmulla, Warpora,
Sopore, Arampora, Cement bridge, Baramulla, Palhalan, Suzaith,
Parimpora, Narbal, Chinkral Mohalla and Habakadal”, the spokesman
said. The spokesman said that a mob set on fire a residential
house in Bamdoora in Kokernag in Anantnag District. The house
belonged to Farooq Ahmad Kawa and in this house Burhan Wani and
his associates were killed by SFs in the operation. A mob of 4000
in Bamdoora also targeted high density orchard of Khurram Shafi
Mir. They uprooted 4000 trees and set afire a tractor, two huts,
a bathroom and two bikes. The managers of the orchard, however,
saved their lives.
Curfew and shutdown across the Kashmir continued.
The curfew was strictly enforced in Old City, Maisuma, Batamaloo
and parts of South and North Kashmir. Huge contingents of forces
have been deployed all across Valley and particularly in curfew-bound
areas. Despite stringent security arrangements, clashes erupted
between youths and security forces at multiple places in Valley.
The clashes took place at Palhallan, Tappar Pattan, Bandipora
Town, Regipora Kupwara, Trehgam, Lalpora, Kralpora, Tikipora and
other areas. Two persons Omar Zargar and Imtiyaz Ahmad were injured
at Batargam Kupwara and at Narbal.
Two persons succumbed to their injuries and 23
others, including nine SF personnel, were injured during violence
in Kashmir, which saw mobs defying curfew in many parts to indulge
in stone-pelting. One of the injured, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie, succumbed
to injuries in Drugmulla in Kupwara District, a Police official
said, adding another person Sayyar Ahmad died in Yaripora at Kulgam
District. With these deaths, the toll in the current unrest has
gone up to 39.
Authorities had imposed curfew in all the 10 Districts
of Kashmir fearing trouble as it was the first Friday after the
killing of HM militant ‘commander’ Burhan Wani. Mobs defied curfew
at many places, including Kupwara, Baramulla, Sopore, Ganderbal,
Rafiabad, Bandipora, Kulgam and Pulwama. In Drugmulla in Kupwara
District, a mob targeted SFs who opened fire in response, resulting
in injuries to three civilians. A patrol party of SFs was attacked
by a mob with stones at Delina in Baramulla District, injuring
three SF personnel, the official said. In retaliation, SFs opened
fire in which three civilians were injured. A youth was critically
injured in firing by SFs on stone-pelting mobs at Manigam in Ganderbal
District. A mob indulged in stone-pelting in Sopore and in the
retaliatory action, four persons sustained pellet injuries. Two
others were injured in clashes in nearby Pattan town. Two other
persons were injured in a similar incident in Shopian District
Government announced to continue curfew like restrictions
across Kashmir valley for July 16, after separatists called for
strike and fresh protests. The curfew was announced soon after
the separatists called for three day strike and protests in Kashmir
over the killings of protesters. A joint statement issued by
APHC leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF
chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, said that they have extended protests
and complete shutdown for next 72 hours starting from July 16
morning till July 18 evening.
At least six Policemen were injured, as a Police
Station in Kulgam District, was attacked with a grenade and firing
by suspected militants, who had mixed with a mob of stone-pelters.
“Someone from the mob hurled a grenade towards the police personnel
during stone pelting on police station Yaripora. The grenade attack
was followed by firing also,” a Police official said. However,
as the injured were evacuated from the Police Station premises,
all the six injured Policemen were found alive.
Three Pakistani militants affiliated to LeT, who
were trying to infiltrate into the Indian Territory from LoC in
Sabjian sector of Poonch District were killed by the Army. Bodies
of all three militants have been recovered from the LoC. However,
their identity hasn’t been established so far but it seems that
all of them were Pakistanis affiliated with LeT. Army recovered
three AK-47 rifles, 11 magazines, three pouches, two grenades,
two rucksacks, medicines, dry fruit and food from them. The medicines
had Pakistan marking, which clearly indicated that they had come
from Pakistan with intentions to create trouble in Jammu.
Death toll rises to 40 as one more person killed
in clashes between SF personnel and protesters who attacked a
Police post in Kupwara District. A mob attacked a Police post
at Hatmulla in Kupwara District following which the SF personnel
retaliated. One person was killed and two injured in the incident.
The deceased has been identified as Shoukat Ahmad Malik.
Militants killed a civilian at Kawari village
in Kupwara District. Reports said the militants fired at Bilal
Ahmad Denthu son of Abdul Rashid at Kawari from close range, leaving
him in a pool of blood, later while shifting to hospital he was
declared as brought dead.
Three persons were injured when a mob tried to
storm an Army camp in Bandipora District. Protesters attacked
the Army camp at Ajas in the District, forcing the SFs to open
fire, in which the three persons were injured in the incident,
Police said. Curfew remained in force for the third consecutive
day while normal life remained paralysed in the wake of deadly
clashes that have rocked the Valley following the killing of HM
‘commander’ Burhan Wani on July 8, ago leaving 40 dead and over
3,160 injured. After restricting mobile telephone services, authorities
have now snapped the landline connections to curb the violent
protests. “All 10 districts of Kashmir valley continue to remain
under curfew today as a precautionary measure for maintaining
law and order,” a Police official said.
Two persons were killed and four others injured
when Army fired at protesters in Qazigund area in Kulgam District.
A group of protesters had blocked the road at Churat Qazigund
in the District and pelted stones at few Army vehicles to which
the Army personnel fired at the protesters killing two of them
identified as Shoukat Ahmad Itoo and Sadia Begum wife of Ghulam
Hassan Mir, and injuring four others. A Police spokesman said,
“Today in the evening an Army mobile domination patrol party while
moving towards Devsar tried to clear a road blockade erected by
miscreants at Churat, Qazigund. The security force party while
removing the obstructions came under heavy stone pelting by the
miscreants from two sides. The Army party warned the mob to maintain
distance but it did not relent. Some miscreants tried to snatch
weapons from them and tried to set ablaze the vehicles. Despite
repeated warnings the mob did not disperse and Army fired in self
defence in an effort to move out from the spot. Six persons were
injured, two of whom later succumbed to their injuries.”
In Bandipora District, a youth club established
by Army Chinar Corps was set on fire by protesters. The club that
was having a gymnasium, computer center and a tutor lab was partially
damaged. Also, the BSF post known as Water Point at Nuso in the
District was vacated after repeated attacks by protesters during
last nine days of violent protests.
Curfew and shutdown in Kashmir valley entered
10th day, after the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Muzzafar
Wani on July 8. Forty one persons, including a Policeman have
been killed in the protests that followed after the killing Burhan,
and 3400 others have been injured.
The separatists have meanwhile extended the strike
across Kashmir against the killing in the protests till July 22.
A joint statement issued in Srinagar, by the Chairmen of both
the factions of APHC - Geelani-led APHC-G and Mirwaiz-led APHC-M,
and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik, said, “As such in continuation
with the protest program on July 19th and 20th there will be a
complete shutdown and July 20th will be observed as black day.
On 21st July, shutdown will continue till 2 pm. Again there will
be a complete shutdown on Friday, the 21st of July and post Friday
prayers peaceful protest will be held in all mosques across the
A woman, who was injured in Army firing on protesters
in Churat village in Chowgam area of Qazigund in Anantnag District
on July 18, succumbed to her injuries taking the death toll in
the recent violence in Kashmir to 42. The woman is identified
as Neelofar Jan, wife of Fayaz Shah, resident of Churat village
of Qazigund. Neelofar along with six others were injured in Churat
village in Chowgam area of Qazigund in the District last evening.
Reports said that Army had gone to the village to arrest a stone-pelter
and people, mostly women, resisted the arrest and took on Army,
who, in return, fired at them resulting in the injuries to six
persons, out of whom three succumbed to their injuries later.
One person, who was injured last week in Kupwara
District, succumbed to injuries in a Srinagar hospital, taking
the death toll in recent violence, following the killing of HM
‘commander’ Burhan Muzzafar Wani on July 8, to 43, while curfew
and shut down continued for 12th day. Ghulam Mohammad (55), resident
of Khumriyal in the frontier District of Kupwara was allegedly
beaten up by SFs on July 15 at Khumriyal, Kupwara after SFs firing
on protesters in the area.
At least three youth were injured after SFs fired
on protesters at Batnoor, Lassipora area of Pulwama District.
The protesters had blocked the road and they attacked SFs vehicles
with stones. A Police spokesman said, “The situation remained
under control throughout the Kashmir valley, though incidents
of some stray stone pelting were reported. These incidents were
reported from Nowpora in Sopore, Koundbal, Alesting in Ganderbal,
Sangam in Anantnag, Kaloosa in Bandipora and Reck Chowk, Karan
Nagar in Srinagar”.
The separatists extended the strike call till
July 25. In a joint statement issued by the Chairmen of both the
factions of APHC - Geelani-led APHC-G and Mirwaiz-led APHC-M and
JKLF chairman Yasin Malik said: “There would be relaxation in
shutdown on Thursday (July 21) from 2 pm till evening. Complete
shutdown would be observed on Friday (July 22), Saturday (July
23), Sunday (July 24) and on Monday (July 25) people from different
parts of the Valley would march towards Anantnag.”
Strict curfew was imposed in Kashmir to prevent
any flare up in the violence. Separatist leaders had asked people
to resume their routine activities after 2 pm but the Police and
SFs imposed strict curfew across Kashmir to foil any protests.
A Police spokesman in a statement said that there will no relaxation
in curfew and restrictions across Kashmir valley. “The curfew
and restrictions will remain strictly in place throughout the
day till further orders”, the statement said.
A teenager was killed as he was hit by a teargas
shell fired by SFs in Awantipora area in Pulwama District while
another succumbed to his injuries at SMHS Hospital, taking the
death toll in violence after the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan
Wani to 45. A youth, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat (18), son of Bashir Ahmad
Bhat resident of Chursoo Awantipora was critically injured after
he was hit by a teargas shell fired SFs during protests at Chursoo
in Awantipora area in the District. The injured was rushed SMHS
Hospital in Srinagar but he was declared as brought dead. Massive
protests broke out in Chursoo after the news of youth’s death
spread. Earlier in the day, another youth injured 10 days ago
succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura. He was identified as
Ishtiaq Ahmad Mir of Kokernag. In South Kashmir, 15 persons were
injured at Awantipora and Kakapora during clashes as Police used
teargas shells, pellets and pepper gas to foil violent protests.
Protests also broke out at Tahab, Prechu, Imam Sahib and other
places during which police fired tear smoke shells to disperse
A soldier was killed and another injured in an
encounter between a group of infiltrators and Army at Gogledar
in Furkian sector along LoC in Kupwara District. Sources said
that Army spotted 3-4 infiltrators near the LoC fence in Furkian
sector of Kupwara and challenged them leading to a fierce encounter.
Two Army men of 1/3GR were injured in the gun battle and the encounter
continued for around an hour. The injured have been identified
as Hawaldar Anok Thapa and Hawaldar Kamal Pardana and both were
shifted to 92 Base Hospital at BB Cantonment in Srinagar this
morning. Later, Hawaldar Anok Thapa succumbed to his injuries.
Army launched a massive search operation at Kanjalawan
forests in Gurez sector in Bandipora District, following reports
of presence of a group of militants. Sources said that Army received
information about presence of a group of militants in the forest
area and launched a massive operation. The group is believed to
have infiltrated 2-3 days back and is hiding in the forest area.
Two persons, including a Policeman succumbed to
injuries at SKIMS hospital in Srinagar, taking the death toll
in the violence in the aftermath of killing of HM ‘commander’
Burhan Wani to 47, while over 5500 persons including SF personnel
were injured. Sameer Ahamd Wani (25), son of Bashir Ahmad Wani
of Khonmoh Srinagar, who was hit by a bullet in abdomen near Pampore
on July 10, succumbed to his injuries in SKIMS hospital. A Police
constable, Mudasir Ahmad belt no. 619/ KGM, who was injured critically
in a blast at Yaripora area in Kulgam District on July 15, succumbed
to injuries at SKIMS hospital.
The curfew, shutdown and protests amid mobile
phone and internet blockade continued across the Valley on 10th
day, and situation remained mostly peaceful with few incidents
of stone pelting. The curfew was lifted from parts of Kashmir,
mostly north Kashmir while Police, CRPF and Army were heavily
deployed in these areas to prevent any violence. A Police spokesman
said that the situation throughout the Kashmir valley remained
peaceful and under control. “There were no reports of any untoward
incident from anywhere in the Valley although some stray stone
pelting incidents were reported from isolated places”, the spokesman
said. He also said: “There was no curfew in most of the towns/areas
of Kashmir valley although curfew remained imposed in eight Police
Stations of Srinagar and towns of Awantipora, Kulgam and Anantnag.”
Chairmen of both the factions of APHC - Geelani-led
APHC-G and Mirwaiz-led APHC-M and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin
Malik in a joint Statement, extended the strike call till July
29. The statement said that on Monday, July 25, there would be
march to Anantnag, on Tuesday, July 26, complete shutdown would
be observed till 2 pm after which there will be a relaxation so
that people are able to purchase essential commodities and in
the evening between 8 pm and 9 pm complete blackout will be observed.
“On Wednesday, July 27, they have called for Kulgam march. On
Thursday July 28, a complete shutdown and peaceful protests and
in the evening between 8 pm and 9 pm complete blackout will be
observed .On Friday July 29, people have been asked to observe
shut down and march towards Jamia Masjid Srinagar”, the statement
An unnamed Police spokesman said that there was
no curfew in most of the towns/areas of Kashmir valley. "The situation
throughout the Kashmir valley remained peaceful and under control
today. There was no curfew in most of the towns/areas of Kashmir
valley although curfew remained imposed in 12 police station areas
of Srinagar and towns of Awantipora, Kulgam, Baramulla, Pattan
and Anantnag. Karwan-i-Aman bus service resumed today and 73 passengers
left Srinagar in morning and reached Kaman Post, Uri safely. There
were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the
Valley although some stray stone pelting incidents were reported
from some places," he stated. The normal life in Kashmir remained
disrupted for 16th consecutive day due to curfew and restrictions
by Government and shutdown by the separatists. So far 47 people
including two policemen were killed and over 5500 were injured
in clashes since July 8.
Police foiled 'Anantnag march' of separatists'
by arresting Chairmen of both the factions of APHC - Geelani-led
APHC-G and Mirwaiz-led APHC-M. The separatists had called for
the march against the killing of more than 16 'protestors' in
Anantnag in violence in the aftermath of killing of HM 'commander'
Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016. Police in the afternoon detained
APHC-G Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani outside his residence at
Hyderpora when he tried to take out a protest march to Anantnag.
Police also detained APHC-M Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq when
he tried to defy restrictions and march towards Anantnag from
his residence in Nageen.
The mobile internet services in entire Jammu region
were restored after 16 days after divisional administration took
a review of the situation. IGP, Jammu Zone, Danesh Rana stated
that mobile internet services across Jammu region were restored
at 8 pm after he along with Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan
Kotwal reviewed the situation. "The mobile internet has been restored
on trial basis. However, if the services were misused by the `miscreants'
to spread rumours, it can be shut again," Rana said. Mobile telephone
internet services had been suspended on July 9 following killing
of Burhan Wani. During the period of suspension of mobile phone
services, the broadband and wi-fi services remained functional.
Four militants were killed and another was arrested
by SFs during an encounter in Nowgam sector near the LoC in Kupwara
District. SFs recovered three AK-47 rifles, two pistols and other
war like stores from the killed militants after the encounter
in Handwara area of the District. A Defence spokesman said: "Army
today killed four terrorists and apprehended one, all foreigners
from Nowgam sector of North Kashmir. Three AK-47 rifles and two
pistols were recovered from them besides warlike stores. The operation
has been terminated." A senior Army officer said that over 200
militants are waiting on the launch pads for infiltration into
Kashmir before the onset of winter. He said that Army has intensified
its patrols and vigil along the LoC to foil any infiltration attempts.
A 61-year-old man from Srinagar died after he
failed to control his two-wheeler during clashes at Eidgah in
old city area of Srinagar. Mushtaq Ahmed of Rajouri Kadal who
was on his two-wheeler when SFs resorted to shelling at protestors
at Eidgah lost control of the vehicle and fell down. He was critically
injured and succumbed to injuries.
As curfew was lifted from Srinagar after 17 days,
scores of protesters were injured as Police resorted to massive
teargas shelling in the city including near city centre Lal Chowk.
Soon after the curfew was lifted, hundreds of youths took to streets
in entire old city area and clashed with Police and CRPF at several
places. Police and CRPF fired tear smoke shells to disperse the
protesters and ding dong battles continued throughout the day.
At least 10 protesters were injured in the Police action. The
clashes also erupted at Saida Kadal, Rainawari, Nowpora, Nawa
Kadal and Darish Kadal areas of Srinagar city. In view of massive
protests, Police sources said that a strict curfew would be clamped
in most parts of the Srinagar on July 27, also, as a precautionary
Curfew continued in Anantnag District but clashes
erupted at several places in the District. At Malaknag area of
Anantnag, protesters took to streets; leading to clashes with
SFs. Six persons were injured in the clashes. At Charsoo in Awantipora
area of Pulwama District, a large procession was taken out by
people but SFs foiled it. The protesters in Sumbal in Bandipora
attacked local Police Station while at Warpora, Sopore, people
pelted stones on Police post. A CRPF camp at SDH Sopore was also
stoned by youth.
The Government decided to restore the postpaid
mobile services from tonight after immense pressure and observations
made by Jammu and Kashmir High Court regarding hardships faced
by the people due to snatching of mobile services, a senior official
of major private telecom operator said. He said they are working
on restoring the postpaid services after getting Government nod.
Another operation launched by Army is on at Kanjalawan
forests in Gurez sector of Bandipora District against a group
of militants who have recently infiltrated into Kashmir. Army
received information about presence of a group of militants in
the forest area and launched a massive operation three days ago.
The group is believed to have infiltrated last week and is hiding
in the forest area.
An accomplice of a BSF deserter constable was
arrested and the missing arms and ammunition recovered from him
from Nakoder area of Jallandhar in Punjab. "Today at about 2 pm,
Mukesh of Khulra Kingla, Jallandhar, the accomplice of BSF deserter
constable Rajeev Ranjan was apprehended and one LMG, 10 magazines
and 250 rounds were recovered," BSF spokesman said, adding that
the arrest was made from Nakoder area of Jallandhar in Punjab.
The weapon along with ammunition were taken away by the constable,
hailing from Ojhaul of Darbhanga District in Bihar, after stabbing
his colleague constable Raghubir Singh over a petty issue in Beli
Azmat Post of Kanachak sector on July 24. SFs have arrested Mukesh
and Mithun from a residential area of Nakoder Jallandhar while
they were waiting for another accomplice, the spokesperson said,
adding Mithun was later let off. He said Ranjan was also in the
neighbouring area but managed to escape after sensing Police presence.
Government re-imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar
after massive protests broke out in the city on July 26, following
lifting of curfew that remained in force since the killing of
HM 'commander', Burhan Wani on July 8. Police detained chairmen
of both the factions of APHC after they tried to carry out a protest
march to Kulgam District. Police detained Geelani-led APHC-G chairman
Syed Ali Shah Geelani outside his residence at Hyderpora when
he tried to carry out protest march to Kulgam in South Kashmir
and shifted to Humhama Police Station. Mirwaiz-led APHC-M, Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq was also detained and taken into custody as he tried
to carry out a protest march to Kulgam.
Protests were reported from several parts of Srinagar
and South Kashmir where protesters clashed with Police. Police
fired teargas shells to disperse them. The Valley observed shutdown
for 19th day, with people mostly staying indoors. Schools and
colleges, despite summer vacation having ended, remained closed
as no students and hardly any teachers turned up. Thin attendance
in the Government offices was negligible in Srinagar city and
other parts of Kashmir valley. A Police spokesman said here that
the situation throughout the Kashmir valley remained peaceful
and under control.
The NIA took over the custody of Pakistani militant
of LeT, who was arrested by Police two days ago. A team of NIA
visited Handwara where Police handed over Pakistani militant Bahadur
Ali (22) alias Saifullah of Lahore Pakistan to them. The militant
was arrested from Yahama village in Mawar area of Qalamabad, Handwara
in Kupwara District on July 25. The militant was part of 4 member
group that was hiding in the forests of Handwara since last month.
It had infiltrated into Kashmir in June this year. Sources said
that the group was being tracked for over a week before Saifullah
was arrested. The militant told interrogators that he was trained
along with other LeT militants in a training camp in PoK. He also
revealed that before infiltrating, he along with others received
fresh training in handling of weapons, map reading and operating
GPS device. The militant revealed that they were told by their
handlers to hide in the forests in North Kashmir and were waiting
for further directions. He further revealed that large number
of LeT militants are receiving training in PoK and are waiting
for infiltration on launching pads.
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said there
has been a spurt in infiltration attempts from Pakistan and the
SFs have responded to it, resulting in killing of 79 terrorists
till June 30, this year. "Since a large number of terrorists neutralisation
has taken place, the terrorist organisations based in Pakistan
are now increasing their efforts to promote radicalisation through
vested interest groups and social media and increase the attack
on the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir forcing them to retaliate
and give it a shape of civil resistance," the Minister said replying
to a written question in Rajya Sabha. Ahir said security situation
is monitored and reviewed regularly at all levels and security
agencies work in close coordination to thwart the nefarious designs
of Pakistan sponsored terrorists. The Minister said there were
125 terrorist incidents in the first six months of 2016 in comparison
to 76 in the corresponding period of last year. Altogether 390
incidents of stone pelting took place till June 2016 in comparison
to 224 in the corresponding period of 2015. There were 40 fresh
recruitment of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir during the said
period in comparison to 34 in June last year.
NIA questioned Bahadur Ali alias Saifullah, a
Pakistani militant LeT, about involvement of his group in spreading
violence in Jammu and Kashmir. A fourth-class dropout Ali, who
hails from Jahama village of Raiwind in Lahore, was arrested from
Yahama village in Mawar area of Qalamabad, Handwara, in North
Kashmir on July 25. The Army had recovered three AK-47 rifles,
two pistols and Indian INR 23,000 from his possession. Minister
of State for Home Kiren Rijiju called Ali a "very good catch"
and said his arrest will lead to many successes. He said the arrested
militant would be "big handle for us".
Authorities imposed curfew and restrictions in
the Kashmir Valley to prevent separatist called protests in Srinagar.
"Curfew and restrictions have been imposed in many parts of the
Valley including Srinagar city," a senior Police official said.
People were advised to cooperate with the administration to prevent
anti-social elements from causing trouble. Life across the Valley
remained paralysed for the 21st day as the separatists extended
their protest shutdown till July 31. Separatists have, however,
said people should engage in activities like shopping for few
hours after 7 p.m. during this period.
Unidentified armed assailants killed a civilian,
identified as of Fayaz Ahmad Rather, after barging into his house
located in Saidpora area of Rafiabad in Baramulla District. Fayaz
was said to be the member of TeH, Kashmir.
Over 130 persons, including 50 Police and SF personnel,
were injured in clashes that broke out across Kashmir amid strict
curfew in Srinagar city and other major towns of the Valley as
Police and SFs foiled separatist march to Srinagar's Jamia Masjid.
Separatists had asked people to march towards Jamia Masjid in
old city's Nowhatta area, but authorities imposed strict curfew
in Srinagar city and major towns of Kashmir valley. Police detained
separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq
as they tried to take out protest marches towards Jamia Masjid
from their residences in Hyderpora and Nageen respectively.
Amid curfew and restrictions, protests and clashes
broke out at several places in Srinagar after Friday prayers.
A large procession of youth, men and women marched towards UNMOGIP
office at Sonwar from Dalgate. As soon as the protesters reached
near the gate of UNMOGIP, the Police resorted to baton charge
and teargas shelling. The protesters pelted stones at Police and
CRPF and clashes continued for over an hour. The clashes between
Police, SFs and protesters also erupted at Batamaloo, Chanapora,
Nowpora, Bemina and HMT while peaceful protests were also held
at scores of places across Srinagar.
Around 33 Police and CRPF personnel and 50 protesters
were injured in clashes that broke out at dozens of places in
Kupwara District. In Kupwara, three persons were injured when
Army opened fire on protesters at Gushi village. The injured have
been identified as Irshad Bhat, Faisal Sofi and Shahid Nazir Parray.
Four other persons also sustained injuries during clashes in Gushi
village during protests. The clashes continued for over an hour
and Police managed to disperse them.
The clashes broke out at Sheeri, Sopore, Sangrama,
Old Town and Palhallan in Baramulla District. Police fired tear
smoke shells to disperse the protesters and at least half a dozen
protesters were injured in the clashes. At Mazbugh, Sopore, at
least nine persons were injured as SFs thrashed them. Two Police
officers were among the nine Policemen injured at Hajin in Bandipora
District during clashes while 20 protesters were also injured,
some of them received pellets.
Protesters set ablaze a forest hut and office
of Animal Husbandry Department in Shopian District. At Imam Sahib
Shopian, four persons were injured as Police fired from pump action
gun during the protests. At Keegam Shopian, large number of protesters
marched towards Haal CRPF camp in Pulwama District and targeted
the camp with stones.
In Kakapora area of Pulwama, protesters attempted
to set ablaze Railway Station but the attempt was foiled by the
CRPF. One person was injured in firing at Kakapora and he was
identified as Jan Mohammad Bhat. Around 40 persons were injured
in clashes at Tahab in Pulwama with four of them having pellet
injuries as clashes continued in the area throughout the day.
In Tral Pulwama, stone pelting protests and clashes were also
reported. Reports of protests also reached from Kokernag, Verinag
and at several places in Anantnag District.
A Police spokesman said, "The situation throughout
Kashmir remained under control although there were about 70 incidents
of stone pelting across the valley. The miscreants attacked a
number of Police and security establishments and camps," adding,
"Militants lobbed a grenade on the police and CRPF personnel deployed
for law and order duty at Shopian. Grenade was later defused by
the BD squad. At Rohama, Rafiabad, a Government building was set
on fire. The deployments exercised maximum restraint inspite of
such serious provocations".
Two soldiers and two militants were killed as
Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Nowgam sector
in Kupwara District. Army troops noticed suspicious movement along
the LoC in Nowgam sector during the intervening night and challenged
the intruders, who opened fire, an Army official said. The soldier
returned fire leading to the gun battle in which two militants
were killed, the official said. He said two soldiers were also
killed while another was injured in the operation. "Two AK rifles,
one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher and other war-like stores were
recovered from the scene of the gun battle," the official said.
At least 80 people including 30 Police and paramilitary
CRPF personnel were injured as violent clashes continued in Kashmir
with shutdown entering 22nd day and curfew continuing in parts
of Kashmir. A strict curfew was imposed in Old City, Maisuma and
Batamaloo areas of Srinagar city here to prevent violence and
shutdown paralyzed life in Kashmir. Curfew continued in parts
of South Kashmir and at other places there were restrictions on
the assembly of people. A mob pelted stones at the cavalcade of
Education Minister Naeem Akhtar at Shilvat in Sumbal area of Bandipora
District but he escaped unhurt. At least 65 people including 20
Police and 7 CRPF personnel were injured in North Kashmir during
clashes that broke out at over a dozen places. Reports said that
clashes broke out at several places in North Kashmir including
Kralpora, Lalpora and Trehgam areas of Kupwara; Papchan, Ajas,
Nadihal, SK Payeen, SK Bala areas of Bandipora; Khanpora, Sheeri,
Palhalan, Putkhah, Sangrama, Amargarh, Chankhan Sopore and Omar
market in Sopore areas of Baramulla District. They said that the
protesters pelted stones at Police and CRPF deployed at these
places and SFs fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.
Protesters attacked SOG of Police camp at Imam
Sahib and tried to ransack it in Shopian area. The Police fired
on protesters injuring three persons including a woman. In Shopian,
protesters pelted stones at the house of MLA Shopian. However,
he was not present there. Reports said that protests erupted in
Tral, parts of Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag, in which around 10
persons sustained injuries. Police and CRPF fired tear smoke shells
to disperse the protesters.
Separatist leader Yaseen Malik, who was arrested
early this month, was produced before the court. He has been sent
to Central Jail Srinagar.
Two Army personnel were killed in a mine blast on the LoC in
Kargil sector of Ladakh District. The Army personnel have been
identified as Subedar Basappa Patil and Sepoy Hasansab, who were
part of the patrolling party along the LoC with Pakistan. Defence
spokesperson MoD Colonel SD Goswami said the Army soldiers were
martyred while patrolling along the LoC in Kargil sector when
they were caught in a mine blast. They suffered grievous injuries,
and later succumbed to their injuries.
Curfew continued in the areas falling under six Police Stations
in downtown and Batamaloo area of Srinagar and in towns of Anantnag,
Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam. Restrictions were placed in Baramulla
town, Bandipora, Handwara areas and in Imam Sahib Area of Shopian
District to prevent any protests. The shutdown called by the separatists
also continued, with both curfew and shutdown paralyzing life
in the Valley for 23rd consecutive day.
A rally was organized by the youth in Kareemabad village in Pulwama
District, which was attended by thousands of people. Thousands
of youth gathered in a ground, adjacent to the graveyard where
militants are buried in Kareemabad. The youth had come from different
villages of the district including Rajpora, Pinglana, Kakapora,
Gudoora, Pahoo, Lelhar, Panzgam, Lajoora, Puchal and several other
villages to attend the rally. Protests broke out at several places
across Kashmir and Police and Security Forces resorted to teargas
shelling to disperse them.
In an attack on separatists during over three-week long turmoil
in Kashmir, CM Mehbooba Mufti said the people whose children were
studying abroad were instigating other children to violence and
charged that "many forces have joined hands to vitiate atmosphere
in the Valley". Her statement on the separatists assumed significance
as various other political parties including the BJP, the coalition
partner of the PDP, had been more vocal in targeting the separatists
for pushing the youth into violence while their own children were
enjoying "lavish lives" abroad or working in the Government services.
"People whose children are studying abroad were instigating other
children to violence," she said as she made fervent appeal for
restoration of peace in Kashmir with call to the people to rein-in
their children and don't allow them to join protests. Nearly 50
people have been killed and over 5000 others injured in the violence
during past three weeks, which broke out after the killing of
HM terrorist Burhan Wani in Kokernag on July 8. Without naming
any political party, separatists or militants, Mehbooba said:
"many forces have come together to vitiate the atmosphere" in
the Valley, which, otherwise, was peaceful. "This has become their
business," the CM said but didn't name any organization.
One militant was killed as the Army foiled an
infiltration along the LoC in Nowgam sector in Kupwara District.
A Defence spokesman said the militant was killed in Nowgam sector
as soldiers foiled another infiltration bid into the Valley. The
searches of the area led to the recovery of one AK-47 rifle, AK
magazines, GPS device, grenades, maps, binocular, rain coat, Pakistani
made medicine and a radio set. Sources said that the militant
killed was part of group whose two members were killed by Army
two days ago.
Jatinder Kumar, Sentry of a Border Security post
of 38 Battalion BSF in the forward area in Tangdhar sector near
LoC in Kupwara District was injured when militants fired at the
post. The BSF sources said that the alert troops foiled a BAT
attack on their post and one of their troopers was injured. They
said that the BSF fired at the BAT team and they were forced to
retreat towards PoK.
Authorities imposed curfew in two Southern Districts
and restrictions in parts of Anantnag and Srinagar as shutdown
and curfew paralysed life for 24th consecutive
day. Curfew remained in place in two Districts including Kulgam,
Pulwama and Imam Sahib, Shopian while restrictions were imposed
in Anantnag town and in parts of Srinagar to thwart any protests
against the civilian killings in Kashmir. A large contingent of
Police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in curfew and restriction
bound areas to thwart protests. Police and CRPF blocked the roads
by erecting concertina and barbed wires. Reports reaching here
from Srinagar, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian, Baramulla,
Kupwara and Bandipora Districts suggested that clashes took place
between SFs and protesters at several places in which at least
40 people including a CRPF personnel were injured. Police and
SFs fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters during
which 15 protesters and 25 SF personnel including Commanding Officer
of CRPF were injured.
MRDD, Panchayati Raj and Law and Justice, Abdul
Haq Khan, had to face angry protests in Tanghdar area in Kupwara
District. Reports said that the locals protested and pelted stones
at the cavalcade of Minister. The SFs swung into action to disperse
A petrol bomb was hurled at the house of J&K
education minister Naeem Akhtar in Parraypora area in Srinagar
City. No one was injured in the attack that was carried out by
unidentified assailants. "A petrol bomb was hurled at the
residence of the Education Minister at Parraypora late last night,
causing damage to the main gate of the house," a Police official
A petrol bomb was also hurled at the office of
Road and Buildings department at SDA colony in Bemina area in
Srinagar City. However, no one was injured in the incident.
||Troops of 60 RR of Army and
Police busted a hideout of the militants and recovered arms, ammunition
and explosives in Kalaban forests of Chasana area in Reasi District.
Reports said a joint team of RR and Police conducted a search operation
in Kalaban forests and made the recoveries from a natural cave hideout
of the militants. Recoveries made from the hideout included one
AK-47 rifle, two magazines, three UBGL grenades, 20 rounds of Pika
ammunition, 62 rounds of AK-47 and other ammunition, which had been
dumped in the natural cave hideout by the militants earlier. However,
no arrests were made from the spot.
Massive protests broke out in old city areas of
Srinagar, after the killing of a youth, Riyaz Ahmad Shah, an ATM
guard, in shot gun (pellet) firing by SFs in Karan Nagar area
of the city. The killing triggered massive protests as large
number of people came out in the streets in old city’s Safa Kadal,
Darish Kadal, Qamarwari, Bemina and Chhattabal areas. In the protest
over 150 persons including 40 Policemen were injured across Kashmir,
mostly in Kulgam District. The death toll and injuries in fresh
protests since the killing of HM ‘commander’, Burhan Wani, has
now gone up to 52 while over 6500 people including 3000 SF personnel
have been injured while shutdown, curfew and protests paralysed
life for 26th day on August 3.
Thousands of people attended the funeral of Farooq
Ahmad Kuchey, who was killed in Lethpora area of Pulwama District
on August 2, on NH by the security guard of ADC Ramban Babu Ram.
Thousands of people attended a massive protest rally at Arwani
in Bijbehara. The gathering was addressed by a local militant
of LeT Lateef Kachroo. Protests and clashes were reported from
Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipora, Sopore, Budgam and Anantnag.
The APHC-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and
APHC-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq held sit-in outside their
respective residences. Reports of such sit-ins by people were
also received from several parts of the Valley. A Police spokesman
said that 15 incidents of stone pelting were reported across the
Valley. “These incidents were reported from Srinagar, Kulgam,
Sopore, Shopian, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Budgam and Awantipora”,
he said. The spokesman said that 40 Police and SF personnel and
12 people were injured in these clashes.
There were protests in Rajouri District while
Bhaderwah town of Doda District observed partial shutdown over
Kashmir unrest. ”A group of youths representing a political organization
this morning assembled outside Idgah and staged protest over prevailing
Kashmir situation,” reports said. The protestors raised slogans
and later dispersed. No violence was reported. In addition,
members of a particular community observed shutdown to express
solidarity with protesters in Kashmir. ”There was no violence
or any untoward incident was reported from across the Bhaderwah
town during the shutdown,” said a Police officer. He added that
the bandh was completely peaceful while the protestors
expressed resentment over civilian killings by the SFs in the
Army and Police recovered a consignment of ammunition
and explosive material from Shree forests in Chatroo area in Kishtwar
District and destroyed a hideout of the militants. Acting on specific
information about a dump of ammunition and explosive material
in the forests, a joint team of 11 RR and Chatroo Police conducted
a search operation in Shree forests. The seizure made from the
hideout included 943 live rounds of 7.62 mm and 7.1 mm, two UBGL
throwers, one RPG shell, 11 other shells, 18 AGs grenades, five
IED charge sticks, two IED switch control devices, two empty magazines
of AK-47, five IED batteries, 10 IED switches and one empty ammunition
Around 100 persons including Police and Para-military
Force personnel were injured as clashes broke out at several places
across Jammu and Kashmir amid curfew in parts of Valley and shutdown
continued for 27th day, since the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan
Wani on July 8. At least 17 persons were injured during clashes
between protesters and SFs in Chotipora, Handwara in Kupwara District.
Clashes broke out in the locality after men and women took to
streets to protest against the killings in Kashmir. SFs tried
to disperse the protesters who pelted stones on them leading to
clashes. Over a dozen protesters were injured as Police and Paramilitary
forces fired tear smoke shells and pellets at protesters in Sarendoo
area of Kulgam District. Hundreds of people assembled in Yaripora,
Frisal and other adjoining areas and staged massive protests.
SFs resorted to teargas shelling and pellet firing against the
protesters, injuring over a dozen. At D K Marg in Kulgam, SFs
resorted to teargas shelling and pellet firing against the protesters,
resulting in injuries to around 10 of them.
Reports of protests were also received from Qoimoh
area of Kulgam as well. At Srigufara in Anantnag, at least 20
persons, five of them with pellets, were injured when SFs used
force against the protesters who took to streets in the area.
Over a two dozen protesters were injured in clashes in Shopian
District and 10 among the injured were shifted to PHC Pinjora
for treatment. The protest erupted in Bongam and Bonbazar areas
of the District after SFs intercepted a protest rally heading
towards the Shopian town. They fired tear-smoke shells and pellets
to disperse the protesters. Over two dozen protesters were injured
and they have been hospitalized. Reports from Baramulla District
said that several persons were injured as Police and CRPF used
force against protesters. A youth suffered pellet injuries at
Bomai Sopore and at Warpora. Few youth were injured during clashes
Hundreds of people in several areas of the old
city Srinagar took to streets and held protest. The clashes erupted
as soon after deployments were withdrawn in the evening. Several
people are reported to be injured. In the evening clashes erupted
between stone throwing protesters and Police at posh Rajbagh area.
Dozens of youth appeared near the Zero bridge Rajbagh and pelted
stones on Police. However, they swung into action and dispersed
the youth. Curfew remained in force in Anantnag, Shopian and Pampore
towns of South Kashmir, Khanpora town in North Kashmir’s Baramulla
District and in six Police Station areas of Srinagar.
APHC-G Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and APHC-M
Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest. The
separatists have issued fresh strike and protest programme this
evening for one week beginning from August 6 to August 12.
Three protesters were killed and over 350 including
over 100 Police and Para-military personnel were injured in fresh
violence that broke out across Kashmir, as SFs foiled separatist’s
march to Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar amid curfew. The authorities
imposed strict curfew in most parts of Kashmir to foil a separatist’s
march to Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar and detained APHC-G chairmen,
Syed Ali Shah Geelani and APHC-M Mirwaiz Umar Farooq outside their
residences in Hyderpora and Nageen respectively.
One person was killed and over a dozen were injured
as SFs opened fire on protesters who attacked Police and SFs at
Nagam in Chadoora area of Budgam District. Protesters in large
numbers gathered at Nagam and were marching towards Chadoora.
They were intercepted by Police and CRPF but the protesters pelted
stones at them leading to clashes. Police and CRPF personnel fired
tear smoke and pellets to disperse the protesters in which over
a dozen protesters were injured and one Maqbool Wagay of Loolipora
Charar-e-Shareef was killed. The protesters later defied curfew
and reached Chadoora where they attacked Police Station with stones.
Protests also broke out in Khan Sahib area of
Budgam District, in which one protester was killed and scores
were injured after SFs opened fire. Large number of protesters
from Taki Farooq, Kaitch, Kremshore, Rawalpora and Beerwa assembled
at Khan Sahib and attacked Tehsil Office, also
at SDPO office and set ablaze a scooter there, and later gathered
outside the house of MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and pelted stones
at it. SFs fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the
protesters in which dozens of protesters were injured in the SF
action and one among them Zahoor Ahmad of Takiya Farooq was brought
dead to SMHS hospital. One Danish Rasool Mir son of Ghulam Rasool
Mir of Kreeri Wagoora in Sopore area of Baramulla District was
killed in SFs firing at Batpora Sopore. Reports said that a large
mob attacked a CRPF camp with stones and clashes continued during
which SFs fired pellets killing Mir and dozens were also injured.
Over 350 including SF personnel were injured in
clashes across Kashmir, and the death toll in the violence has
gone up to 55 including two Policemen while over 6500 were injured
in the violence after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8.
At least half a dozen persons including an ASI
and three Policemen were injured during violent protests in Rajouri,
forcing Police to lob tear gas shells and lathi-charge while partial bandh and
protests after Friday prayers were also held at Surankote, Kishtwar,
Bhaderwah and Banihal towns against civilians’ killings in Kashmir.
IGP Jammu Zone, Danesh Rana said, the administration was closely
watching the situation and has taken adequate measures to maintain
peace and law & order in entire Jammu region. He also said,
the persons involved in shouting of objectionable slogans have
been identified and would be arrested soon. “The law will take
its own course against those fomenting trouble,’’ he added. The
IGP said mobile internet services, which were suspended early
on August 5, in entire Jammu region, were restored in Jammu, Samba,
Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi Districts tonight but they remained
suspended in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch Districts.
“A decision on restoration of internet in five districts will
be taken tomorrow,’’ Rana said.
||Police with the help of the
SFs have launched a massive operation across Jammu and Kashmir against
stone pelters and their instigators and arrested over 1000 of them.
IGP, Kashmir, SJM Gillani, said here that over 1000 persons have been arrested for unrest in Kashmir.
“More than 1000 accused persons have been arrested and bound down
in different police stations of the Valley”, he said. Gillani said
that over 1000 cases have been registered in over 1000 cases of
violence during past one month. “In all 1018 incidents of violence
were reported during this period. 1030 FIRs stands registered in
different police stations of the Valley”, he said. The IGP also
said that 80 Government installations including Police Stations
were either set on fire or damaged by protesters during last one
month. “29 installations including police stations, police posts
and other Government establishments were set ablaze and 51 damaged
by the protestors”, he said. Gillani said that over 3300 Police
and CRPF personnel were injured and two Policemen were killed in
violence since July. “Since July 2016, 3329 personnel from JKP and
CAPF have been injured while maintaining law and order in the Valley.
Out of these injured personnel, many have suffered grievous injuries
including multiple fractures. Besides two personnel from JKP were
killed in the violent protests in the Valley”, he said.
At least 10 persons were injured when clashes
broke out between SFs and protesters in Langate area of Kupwara
District. Two of the injured are critical with one having bullet
and another pellet injury. Two persons were also injured when
mob attacked Police post in Waterhail area of Budgam District.
The mob pelted stones at the post and Police in retaliation fired
tear smoke shells to disperse them. The stone throwing protests
were also reported from Khanpora, Baramulla, Nowgam and Warpora
Sopore area of the District. However, Police and SFs fired tear
smoke shells to disperse them. IGP, Kashmir, SJM Gillani Kashmir
said that baring two incidents of stone pelting where miscreants
attacked SF deployments at Warpora and Nowpora in Sopore, the
situation in the Valley remained peaceful. The Valley observed
shutdown, protests and curfew for 30th day. The train services
between Banihal and Baramulla remained disrupted for 29th day,
and major roads remained shut including the NH.
Curfew, restrictions and shutdown continued on
the 30th consecutive day, in the Valley paralyzing the normal
life. The curfew and restrictions continued in Kulgam, Anantnag,
Pulwama, parts of Srinagar and parts of other Districts to thwart
any protests again. Huge contingent of SFs were deployed on roads
and streets and they had erected concertina wires to prevent any
Militants fired two rifle grenades towards the
house of a Policeman at Kralpora in Kupwara District. However,
no major damage was done. Two days ago protesters pelted stones
at the house of the Policeman.
Militants hurled a grenade at MR Gunj Police Station
in Srinagar. Some vehicles parked inside the premise were
damaged in the blast.
Protesters hurled a petrol bomb at Noorbagh Police
Post in down town area of Srinagar city, without causing any damage.
Three BSF personnel, including an officer, and
a militant were killed and two Army personnel were injured as
troops foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Macchil sector
in Kupwara District. The Army has recovered arms and ammunition
and war like stores during searches of the area. Sources said
that militants attacked a BSF post Roshni in Macchil Sector along
the LoC, triggering an encounter in which three BSF and two Army
personnel were injured during the attack. The injured have been
identified as Sub Inspector Mohinder Yadav, Head Constable C P
Singh and Constable Babu Shaan of the BSF and Army personnel Jitinder
Singh and Paramjeet Singh. Later, the three BSF personnel succumbed
to injuries and Army launched a massive operation against the
militants and killed one of them in the encounter.
A senior Army officer said that around 300 militants
are waiting on the launching pads in PoK ready to infiltrate into
Kashmir before onset of winter. “These militants are making desperate
attempts to infiltrate as security forces have killed large number
of their members in Kashmir valley this year”, he said. This year
SFs killed 92 militants so far which is highest in recent years.
But the infiltration has also gone up and according to MAC figures,
this year till June, 56 militants, mostly belonging to LeT, have
infiltrated into Kashmir while last year the number was 35 for
the whole year.
A man who was injured last week in SFs firing
succumbed in Srinagar, while 30 persons including one dozen SF
personnel were injured in clashes between SFs and protesters as
shutdown and curfew entered second month following killing of
HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani on July 8. Amir Bashir Lone (17), was
seriously hurt on August 5, when SFs used teargas and fired pellets
to disperse protesters in Sedow area of Shopian District. He had
sustained pellet injuries in his head and he succumbed to his
injuries at SKIMS hospital in Soura area of Srinagar. The death
toll since July 8 has now climbed to 56 in the violence during
which over 7000 people were also injured.
The curfew, shutdown and protests continued across
Kashmir valley, for 31st day. The curfew in old city, Maisuma
and Batamaloo areas remained in place to thwart possible protests
while rest of the city observed shutdown. Protests took place
in HMT and Lawaypora in the outskirts of Srinagar city. Several
protesters were injured as SFs fired tear shells to disperse them.
Clashes broke out in Dalgate area of Srinagar after SFs fired
tear smoke shells to disperse protesters. The protesters pelted
stones at the Police and CRPF. Eight persons including women were
injured when Police and CRPF personnel beat up protesters at Simthan
village of Bijbehara area of South Kashmir after protests. Police
fired pellet guns resulting in the injuries to eight persons.
NH was re-opened for traffic for the first time
since July 9 during the day. Army convoy that was plying the highway
during midnight started from North Kashmir as Army took positions
at vantage points to prevent any disruptions on the highway. Police
and CRPF were deployed in full strength at places wherever they
apprehended protests on the Highway. The trucks that were in Srinagar,
Pantha Chowk and Lethpora areas were also moved towards Jammu.
At some places protesters tried to block the National Highway
but they were chased away by Police and CRPF. The SFs imposed
night curfew on the movement on National Highway to prevent night
protests and blockades.
Curfew, restrictions in parts of Kashmir and shutdown
continued for 32nd day, paralyzing life as over 100 persons including
SF personnel were injured in clashes that broke out at several
places. DG (in-charge) of Jammu and Kashmir Police, S K Mishra
told reporters in Srinagar that more SFs will be deployed across
Kashmir if the situation deteriorates. “We will enhance the deployment
so that no untoward incident takes place. Things are improving
and we will deploy more forces if situation deteriorates”, he
said. The DGP said that Police will provide security to the shopkeepers
and appealed them to open their shops. “This is the bad thing.
People should open shops during day time and we are ready to provide
protection to everybody. I appeal people to open shops and we
will definitely provide security”, he said. “We are trying to
maintain law and order and people should lead a normal life”,
Curfew remained strictly enforced in parts of
Srinagar and Anantnag Districts and there were restrictions in
other parts of Kashmir. Police and CRPF were deployed in the curfew
bound areas and main roads were blocked with concertina wires
and mobile bunkers were also stationed at vantage points to prevent
any protests. Elsewhere, SFs were heavily deployed in sensitive
areas across Kashmir to prevent clashes. In Srinagar, protests
were reported from Dalgate, Batamaloo and several parts of the
old city during which Police and CRPF fired tear smoke shells
to disperse them.
There have been 30 CFVs by Pakistan on the LoC
till July 31 with one casualty from the Army side, Defence Minister
Manohar Parrikar told Rajya Sabha. The figure shows
a decline in the cases of CFVs over the last two years. In 2014
and 2015 there were 153 and 152 such violations respectively on
the LoC managed by the Army, Parrikar said. The ceasefire violations
on the IB under the control of BSF in 2014 and 2015 were 430 and
253 respectively. In a written response to a question in Rajya
Sabha, he said until July 31, there have been 30 CFVs on the
LoC whereas there were two ceasefire violations till June 30 on
the IB under the control of the BSF. Responding to another question,
Parrikar said the situation on the India-Pakistan border is under
control, but the Government is fully seized with the security
needs of the country and regularly reviews the threat perception
to secure borders and protect national interests.
The BSF said that the attack on August 8 on the
forward post in Macchil sector in Kupwara District was BAT action
and they were supported by Pakistan army. The Special DG of BSF,
Arun Kumar, told reporters in Srinagar that the attack on Roshni
Post at Macchil in which three BSF personnel including an officer
was killed on August 8 and several others were injured was a BAT
action and they were supported by Pakistani army. “Apparently
it seems it is BAT action. Pakistani army has given fire support
to infiltrate some of the militants… Prima facie they wanted to
do the operation at post itself and weather was not good and they
thought they will cause casualties or damage on the post”, said
Arun Kumar. Kumar said that infiltrators are backed by the Pakistan
army and they are desperate to infiltrate from the IB and LoC.
Militants opened fire on a group porters working
with Army in Keran Sector of Kupwara District, killing one of
them and injuring the other. Army spokesman said that as the group
of locals employed as porters was moving in the forward area of
Keran Sector, militants hiding in forests opened indiscriminate
fire killing Shaukat Chauhan (25), of Kachama village while another
was seriously injured.
Curfew, shutdown and protests continued across
Kashmir for 33rd day, during which over one dozen persons were
injured in clashes that broke out at many places across the Valley.
Curfew in Old City, Maisuma and Batamaloo areas in Srinagar and
Anantnag Districts continued while in parts of the Valley restrictions
were imposed in several towns to thwart protests while rest of
the city observed shutdown for 33rd day. Reports of protests and
clashes were reported from several parts of Valley. A large contingent
of Police and Paramilitary CRPF personnel were deployed on roads
and streets and they had erected concertina wires at entry and
exit points in several localities to prevent any protests. Around
10 persons were injured clashes broke out at Lassipora area of
Sogam in Lolab area of Kupwara District. Local residents said
that Police fired teargas and pellets to foil the protest, resulting
in injuries to the protesters. One youth Shabir Ahmad Lone was
shifted to Srinagar as he was hit by a teargas canister in his
abdomen. The clashes were also reported from Lalpora in Lolab.
A large number of protesters gathered at Sangrama in Baramulla
District on National Highway and pelted stones on the SFs who
were deployed on security duty. Police and CRPF deployed fired
tear smoke shells and dispersed them. Police said “about 300 miscreants
assembled near Sangrama in the jurisdiction of police station
Tarzoo, Sopore and started pelting stones on the police party”.
“Later, they were chased away by using mild force,” the Police
spokesman added. Reports meanwhile from north Kashmir said that
the SFs including Army are strictly enforcing night curfew at
Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore.
A protest rally was held at Qoimoh area of Kulgam
District, which was addressed by APHC-G chairmen, Syed Ali Shah
Geelani on telephone. Another rally was held at Padgampora in
The NIA claimed that the turmoil in Kashmir was
being orchestrated by Pakistan-based LeT and that it was gathering
further evidence of the terror group’s role in fuelling the unrest,
triggered by the encounter killing of a militant leader. Armed
with a confessional video of a captured LeT militant, IG of NIA
Sanjeev Singh said that since the summer this year, the banned
outfit, with the “help of Pakistani forces deployed on the border”,
pushed heavily armed terrorists into India with the direction
to mix with the local people, create disturbance, and attack Police
and SFs. The video shows Bahadur Ali (21), a resident of Raiwind
in Lahore, spilling beans about LeT’s role in the disturbances.
He is also shown speaking about the LeT’s sophisticated communication
network and assistance rendered to it by the Pakistani army. Ali,
who was arrested from Yahama village in Handwara in Kupwara District
on July 25, was in one of the groups allegedly instructed to take
advantage of the current situation and throw grenades at the SFs
by mixing with the protesters. During communications with Ali,
Alpha-3 (a communication centre in PoK) told that the LeT cadres
had been successful in fuelling large-scale agitation in Kashmir
after Eid subsequent to the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani
on July 8. “Further investigation is continuing on the disclosure
of Bahadur Ali regarding his role in the present unrest in Kashmir,”
Ali said he was recruited into JUD, an organisation
headed by Hafiz Saeed, aged 14, by a close aide of the 26/11 mastermind,
and given the task of collecting funds for Jihad in
his village. Moulana Abdur Rahim, who belonged to the LeT, also
headed by Saeed, radicalised him by showing films of alleged atrocities
on Muslims in different parts of the world including India and
exhorting youth to undertake Jihad to establish
Islamic rule there. He also served in the office of a LeT-affiliated
NGO Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) at Lahore. Before being
sent to India, Ali underwent three training courses — ‘Daura-e-Tulba’
(basic training for 15 days) at Manshera in the year 2013, ‘Daura-e-Aam’
(21 days of basic arms training) at Aksa camp near Muzaffarabad
in 2014 followed by month-long ‘Daura-e-Khas’ at Tabook camp near
Muzaffarabad in the summer of 2016, during which he was trained
in use of sophisticated arms and field craft. He said there are
30 to 50 trainees at any given time in each course from different
parts of Pakistan including Pushto speaking men who are sent to
Afghanistan to fight the allied forces, the NIA said. “The In-charge
of the control centre at Muzaffarabad whom Bahadur Ali had also
met before infiltrating into India was a man named Waleed,” Singh
Militants shot at and injured four civilians in
Pattan area in Baramulla District. A Police Spokesman said that
in the outskirts of Gundaripora Pattan militants fired upon some
persons. Four persons received fire arm injuries. Two of the injured
has been identified as Abdul Rehman Wani (30) and Aftab Ahmad
Bhat, both residents of Gundaripora. Two more persons have received
minor injuries in the shootout.
With upsurge in militancy in the Kashmir valley,
the Government admitted that as many as 30 youths have joined
various terror groups up to July this year (2016). This
was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir
in Rajya Sabha while replying to a question asking
whether a “new age militancy” was on the rise in Kashmir in which
educated young men from the Valley were taking up arms for the
first time since 1990. The question was asked by Samajwadi Party’s
Amar Singh who also wanted to know whether a large number of educated
young men from the Valley have gone to Pakistan for arms training.
In his reply, Minister Ahir said as per reports, the number of
youths who joined militant ranks during 2015 and upto July 2016
stood at 83 and 30 respectively. However, no reports about “exfiltration”
of educated youths for obtaining arms training across the border
have been received for the past few years, he added. In reply
to another question by Singh, Minister Ahir said after the gunning
down of HM militant Burhan Wani, 1,018 protests erupted across
the Valley in which 45 civilians and two SF personnel lost their
lives till August 7. The number of SF personnel injured in the
protests was 4,515 and that of civilians 3,356.
Strongly rebuffing Pakistan on Kashmir, India
said it has no “locus standi” in the matter and its attempt to
internationalise the issue will not “whitewash” cross-border terrorism
supported by it. It also asserted that the recent
arrest of LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali is yet another proof of Pakistan’s
continued involvement in cross-border terrorism and infiltration
into India, despite several assurances that it will not allow
its territory to be used for terrorism against any other country.
“Pakistan has no locus standi in addressing any aspect of the
situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which is an internal matter of
India, except to put an end to all cross-border terrorism, infiltration
and support and instigation to terrorism and violence against
India. “We are in touch with important interlocutors bilaterally
as well as multilaterally to put across the correct picture. Let
me also say it does not matter how many letters are written, it
will still not whitewash cross-border terrorism,” External Affairs
Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Replying to a written question in Rajya
Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar said
India has also emphasised to its international interlocutors that
Indian Security Forces exercised extraordinary restraint, as evident
in injury to over 3780 security personnel in mob attacks during
the continuing violent protests in Jammu and Kashmir.
A civilian and a Policeman were killed when militants
fired at a Police outside a shop in Chamsar village in Kulgam
District. Police sources said that two militants who came on a
motor cycle fired at a Policeman Manzoor Ahmad who was standing
outside a shop in Chamsar village in Kulgam. Manzoor was working
in District Police Special Branch, Kulgam. A civilian identified
as Farooq Ahmad was also killed in the militant attack. Two civilians
who were also at the shop were injured.
Militants also fired at Aqib Manzoor Dar (21),
of Dohbi Ghat Bijbehara at Tilwani village in Anantnag District.
He was shot in the leg and was severely injured.
Around 400 persons were injured across Kashmir
in fresh violence after Friday prayers, amid strict curfew and
shutdown even as authorities snapped mobile networks to prevent
the flare up. Authorities imposed strict curfew in Srinagar and
other major towns of Kashmir and blocked mobile services except
State owned BSNL post paid services to prevent violence after
Friday prayers. The mobile communications were blocked while mobile
internet services are already shutdown for last one month. The
CRPF and SSB personnel were deployed across Srinagar including
in Old City, Maisuma, Batamaloo, Dalgate, Lal Chowk and Natipora
areas to foil protests. Despite curfew and clampdown, the protesters
defied curfew and restrictions at over 50 places across Kashmir
and clashed with Police and CRPF leading to injuries to around
400 persons including Police and CRPF personnel.
In Srinagar, people took to streets at Kaka Sarai,
Rainawari, Baghe-e-Mehtab areas held protests. The protesters
were intercepted by forces leading to violent clashes. Police
used teargas, pepper gas and resorted to aerial firing to disperse
the protesters. The clashes also erupted in parts of Old City
soon after security deployment was withdrawn. Around 2 dozen persons
were injured in these clashes. Massive clashes erupted at Khag,
Beerwah, Narbal, Peth Kanihama and Ompora areas in Budgam District
after Friday prayers during which Police used teargas and pellet
guns to disperse the protesters. At least 100 protesters were
reported to be injured in the clashes but all were stable. Worst
clashes were reported from Beerwa town in Budgam where protesters
converged in the township from nearby villages leading to ding
dong battles between protesters that continued till evening. Eighty
protesters have suffered injuries with majority of them pellet
injuries. Thirteen injured were referred to Srinagar for treatment.
However, condition of the majority of them is stable.
One protester who was injured last week succumbed
to injuries taking the death toll in last 36 days of violence
to 57. A protester, Suhail Ahmad Wani, who was injured in Lethpora
area of Pulwama District when SDM Ramban’s security guard opened
fired on protesters last week, succumbed at SKIMS hospital, Srinagar.
A Police officer was among over 50 persons injured in clashes
that broke out at several places across Kashmir.
18 persons including nine yatris of Shri Budha
Amarnath Ji pilgrimage were injured, six of them seriously, when
a suspected militant lobbed grenade at Bagh Deodi near Akhara
Mandir in the heart of Poonch town in Poonch District. Police
said, the grenade was directly targeted at Budha Amarnath Ji pilgrims
at Bagh Deodi near Akhara temple in Poonch town, where 1246 pilgrims
had reached from Jammu and other places and had just few minutes
before entered the premises for night halt before leaving for
Budha Amarnath Ji shrine tomorrow morning.
Pakistan army violated ceasefire in Shahpur sector
on the LoC in Poonch District by resorting to shelling mortars
and using heavy fire arms, targeting forward posts of the troops
and civilian locations. Official sources said Pakistan army resorted
to heavy firing and mortar shelling directly targeting civilian
houses, taking the sleeping people unawares on the LoC. Troops
from this side retaliated effectively. A woman identified as Qasim
Jan wife of Mir Hussain, a resident of Qasba, Poonch was hit by
a mortar shell fired by Pakistan, in her house, and was seriously
injured. Many other civilians had narrow escape in the firing,
sources said. Pakistan army used heavy mortar, small arm and automatic
weapon fire in Poonch sector for an hour triggering panic among
the civilians. “Our troops responded appropriately and no casualties
or damage to our troops was reported. A woman was, however, injured,’’
Over 60 persons were injured during protest rallies
and clashes between SFs and protesters were reported from several
parts of the Kashmir Valley. Police for second consecutive day
sealed Lal Chowk and imposed strict curfew in its surroundings
to prevent separatist march while Srinagar city and major towns
were also put under strict curfew to prevent violence. Police
and Paramilitary Forces sealed Lal Chowk and closed all roads
leading to the city centre with concertina wires and erected iron
barricades to foil separatist march. The separatists had called
for Lal Chowk march on August 13 and 14. Huge contingent of SFs
were deployed on the roads and streets in and around Lal Chowk
and all exit and entry routes were sealed.
Five militants were killed as the Army foiled
a major infiltration bid along the LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla
District. Alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along
the LoC in Uri Sector in north Kashmir and challenged the intruders,
an Army official said. He said the intruders opened fire at the
Army positions which was retaliated by the soldiers. “Two militants
were killed in the initial exchange of firing while three others
were killed late in the day,” the official said. Arms, ammunition
and war-like stores were recovered from the encounter site.
CRPF Commandant Pramod Kumar was killed and 11
other CRPF personnel were injured during an encounter between
terrorists and SF personnel in Srinagar. The Commandant killed
two terrorists before he was shot at in the neck. The incident
occurred when unspecified number of terrorists fired at the SFs
in Nowhatta area triggering an encounter. The encounter between
SF personnel and terrorists took place despite the prevailing
high security alert in the state for Independence Day.
One youth was killed and another critically injured
as protesters and SFs faced off in continuing clashes in Srinagar,
taking the death toll to 58. One youth injured in clashes between
protesters and SFs at Batamaloo in the city was brought to the
SMHS hospital with grievous injuries, a Police official said.
However, the doctors declared him “brought dead”, he said adding
that efforts were on to ascertain his identity. In another incident
in Bijbehara town of Anantnag District, one youth was critically
injured after being hit by a tear smoke shell in the head, the
Life remained paralysed for the 38th consecutive
day, due to curfew, restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike,
following the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in an encounter
with SFs on July 8. Internet and mobile services across the Valley
remained suspended as part of the security drill ahead of the
Independence Day celebrations. While all mobile phone services
used to be shut during the Independence Day celebrations over
the past 10 years, BSNL mobiles were working on August 15.
SFs shot dead a 10th class student Yasir Ahmad
at Batamaloo areas of Srinagar during protests while another protester,
Ishaq Ahmad of Tangmarg in Baramulla District succumbed to his
pellet injuries. The curfew and shutdown entered 39th day
while clashes and protests continued in parts of Valley. Thousands
of CRPF, Police and SSB personnel were deployed across Srinagar
including in Old City, Maisuma, Batamaloo, Dalgate and Lal Chowk
areas to thwart protests.
The separatists called for march to United Nations
Military Observers Office India Pakistan at Sonwar in Srinagar
and appealed for 72-hour long sit-in.
Five Policemen were injured in a grenade attack
by militants on a Police post in Pulwama District. Militants hurled
hand grenade at Kakapora Police post at around 8.50 PM, a senior
Police officer said. He said the grenade exploded inside the compound,
causing minor injuries to five personnel.
Five protesters were killed in SFs firing on protesters
at two different places in Kashmir valley taking the death toll
in last 39 days of violence to 66 while strict curfew was imposed
in parts of Kashmir to prevent violence. Four protesters were
alone killed at Aripanthan village of Beerwah in Budgam District
after SFs opened fire on stone-throwing protesters. The SFs firing
left two protesters dead on-spot while two more later succumbed
to their injuries in the hospital in Srinagar. Fifteen protesters
were also injured.
A protester was killed, when SFs opened fire at
Larkipora village of Anantnag District on protesters. The youth
identified as Aamir Yusuf Ganaie, of Nayad Pora Larkipora was
killed and 14 protesters were also injured in SFs firing and some
of them were identified as Daulat Meer, Tariq Rather, Bhai Chopan,
Waheed Bhat and Nazir Chopan. SP Mubashir Bukhari said, a group
of 2000 protesters assembled outside the Army camp at Larkipora
in Anantnag and tried to storm it.
Militants ambushed an army convoy killing two
army personnel and a Policeman and injured three SF personnel
at Khwajabagh in Baramulla District. SSP, Itmtiaz Hussain, said
that two-three militants of JeM ambushed an army convoy when the
convoy was on its way to border town of Uri and militants ambushed
it from a lane in Baramulla town.
Police foiled separatist march to UNMOGIP office
in Srinagar by imposing strict curfew and detained APHC leaders
who were trying to lead protest marches. Authorities imposed strict
curfew and shut down all roads leading to UN office in Srinagar
to foil the UN march called by separatists’ leaders. The
chairman of APHC-G, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the chairman of
APHC-M, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were detained by Police outside
their residences in Hyderpora and Nageen respectively when they
attempted to march towards the UN Military Observers Group in
Indian and Pakistan office at Sonwar in Srinagar.
The NIA has launched a probe to track the funding
of militants in J&K by their sympathisers abroad who have
started using bank accounts of ordinary citizens to route money
to finance their activities in the restive State. Running the
risk of getting caught by the Indian security and intelligence
agencies, the militant organisations and their sympathisers have
begun jettisoning the hawala channels for transferring
money and are wooing Kashmiris who travel to gulf countries for
work. After thoroughly brainwashing them, the individual is persuaded
to receive money in his bank account which is then used for financing
terror activities, official sources said. One per cent of the
money received is left in the bank account of the individual by
their ‘handlers’ based abroad as commission, they said. The money
so deposited in the bank accounts is withdrawn within days. Sources
in the anti-terror probe agency said discreet inquiries showed
that some people who received such dubious money in their accounts
had no connection whatsoever with the depositors and the amounts
were withdrawn within 48 hours of being transferred.
A lecturer was killed and 18 others were injured
in clashes between SFs and protesters who were opposing a search
operation in Khrew area of Pulwama District. Reports said
that Army was irked by the continuous protests in the area for
last 40 days and they swooped on Sharashali village to end the
cycle of protests. In the raid Shabir Ahmad Mangoo, was killed
after he was picked up allegedly by army along with several other
persons from the village. The army raided several houses in the
village and beat them up. According to a statement issued by the
Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, during the intervening night
of August 17 and 18 after stone pelting, a clash took place between
Army and some locals of village Sharashali, Khrew resulting in
death of one person Shabir Ahmed Mangoo son of Wali Mohammed and
injuries to four others. Sixty seven persons including two Policemen
were killed in the protests during last 41 days and over 7000
people including SF personnel have been injured.
A violent mob pelted stones at the house of MLA
Mohammad Yusuf and set ablaze Police guard room and a motorcycle
in Shopian District. Police said that a violent mob assembled
and attacked the house of MLA Yusuf. The mob set ablaze the belongings
including a motorcycle of the guard personnel posted for protection
of the house. The guard personnel exercised maximum restraint,
it said. Police said that stone pelting incidents were reported
from Papchan area of Bandipora, Batergam of Kupwara and Ilyaspora
of Shopian where the youth assembled on roads and pelted stones
on the deployments. A protester, Mohammad Ashraf, was injured
when he was hit with a bullet in his leg after SFs fired at protesters
in Batargam area in Kupwara District. Several other protesters
were injured in the firing. Reports of protests were also received
from Harmain Shopian, Sheerhamdan Mattan, Rajpora Pulwama and
Magam Budgam. At Magam, they said, Police restored to teargas
shelling and a few protesters received minor injuries.
Army said that infiltration attempts from across
the border have increased during the unrest in J&K but they
have been foiled by alert troops. GOC of 15 Corps, Lieutenant
General SK Dua told reporters on the sidelines of a passing out
parade of Army recruits at JAK LI Centre in Srinagar that Pakistan
feels that SFs are busy with tackling unrest in Kashmir and want
to infiltrate more militants. “These days there have been efforts
from across the border by Pakistan that our attention will be
for inwards and this is the time for infiltration. Their effort
was to make more infiltration. Day before on the occasion of Independence
day 5 militants were killed and before that 3 in Nowgam and 4
in Macchil”, he said. The GOC said that some of the infiltrated
militants were tackled just on the LoC and they managed to flee
back towards Pakistan.
Militants attacked a BSF post in Karnah area of
Kupwara District injuring three SF personnel and triggering a
fierce gun battle. The camp, in Nachin village, targeted by the
militants houses an ammunition depot of the Army. Three BSF personnel
of 38th battalion were injured in the initial exchange of fire.
As the gunfight was on, reinforcements were rushed to neutralise
India and Pakistan troops exchanged gunfire along
the LoC at Machil sector in Kupwara District. According to sources,
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by firing at Indian posts
this morning at 8 a.m. “The Indian side also retaliated and exchange
of fire continued for nearly 45 minutes,” sources said. However,
there was no loss of life in the firing
Curfew, shutdown and protests continued across
Kashmir for the 43rd day. The SF launched massive man hunt and
nocturnal raids across Kashmir against stone pelters and those
who foment trouble in Valley. Curfew remained strictly in force
in Srinagar including city centre Lal Chowk and other major towns
of the Valley.
UHM Rajnath Singh lashed out at Pakistan for the
ongoing unrest in Kashmir, saying it was continuously trying to
derail peace in the Valley. “Today, I don’t feel hesitant in saying
that Pakistan is continuously trying to create unrest in Kashmir.
It wants to destroy it and derail peace in the Valley,” he said.
“Recently, I went to Pakistan and you all know our neighbouring
country’s misdeeds. I don’t want to repeat what happened over
there but would like to say that I did not let India’s pride go
down there. I said one country’s terrorist cannot be the hero
of another,” he said. “I want to tell the people of Kashmir that
we not only love the land of Kashmir but also its people. I would
like to appeal to the Kashmiris that we do not want to see stones,
bricks and firearms in their hands but pen, computers and jobs.
We want to see you employed,” Singh said. He added that a violent
protest cannot be a solution to a particular issue. There should
be peace at first then issues can be resolved through talks.
Army shot dead three militants along the LoC near
Sadna Top in Tanghdar sector at Nachin village in Kupwara District.
The three militants had targeted a border post of BSF on August
19, in which three BSF personnel were injured. An Army spokesman
said that the troops killed three militants and recovered three
AK-47 rifles and warlike stores from their possession in Tanghdar
sector in Kupwara. Sources said that a group of six militants
managed to infiltrate into Tanghdar sector in the frontier District
of Kupwara on August 19. They targeted an ammunition and supplies
depot of the Army at Nachin injuring 3 BSF personnel who have
a post there.
A 25-year old protester identified as Irfan Ahmad
was killed after he was hit by a teargas shell on the chest during
clashes between SFs and protesters at Malarata area in Fateh Kadal
in Srinagar city, taking the death toll in the 44 days of violence
in Kashmir to 68. A group of protesters defied curfew in the area
and carried out a protest march. Protesters pelted stones at SFs
and they fired teargas shells to disperse them. Irfan of Malarata
locality was hit by a teargas shell on his chest and he was removed
to hospital where he died. The death of Irfan led to further protests
in several parts of Srinagar city.
Curfew was imposed in Srinagar city and other
major towns of Kashmir and shutdown affected life in other parts
where over 150 people were injured as clashes broke out at several
places despite curfew. Around 75 people were injured at Behrampora
village of Sopore in Baramulla District after people clashed with
Police. Clashes broke out after protesters attacked Police and
SOG vehicles who tried to clear Rafiabad-Sopore road that was
blocked at Behrampora by protesters. Around 75 injured have been
admitted to Dangiwachha hospital and nine injured have been shifted
to District Hospital Baramulla. Nine persons, including two women
were injured as clashes broke out at Hiagam on the National highway
in Baramulla District. Police fired teargas and used pellets to
disperse the protesters in which nine were injured.
Curfew, shutdown and protests continued in Kashmir
valley for 45th day, since the killing of HM ‘commander’
Burhan Muzzafar Wani. The curfew remained imposed in parts of
Kashmir while it was relaxed in parts of Srinagar amid heavy deployment
of SFs in these areas to prevent any violence. All the entry and
exit points leading to Old City where Irfan Ahmad Malik, a protester
was killed last evening during clashes were sealed off by SFs
with concertina wires, barricades and mobile bunkers. The killing
sparked off massive protests in Old City as thousands took to
streets this morning.
Large number of people assembled at his residence
and carried out a protest march. The curfew was also imposed in
Maisuma and Batamaloo areas of civil lines but the restrictions
were eased in Lal Chowk in the day hours till 5 pm. Besides curfew
and protests, the shutdown continued across Kashmir Valley. The
curfew continued in Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag townships while
in other areas SFs were heavily deployed to maintain the law and
SFs busted a militant hideout and recovered war-like
stores in the frontier District of Kupwara. A joint operation
was launched by the Army and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police in
the forest area in the District and recovered war-like stores
from the hideout which included one mortar, 25 mortar bombs, 10
UBGL grenades, two AK magazines, 60 AK ammunition rounds, one
wireless set, detonators and eatables, besides some clothing items.
Contending that the unrest in Kashmir was “pre-planned”,
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, said, a “handful of people” were deliberately
keeping the Valley on the boil while 95 per cent people were peace-loving
and should not be punished for the fault of 5 per cent. CM Mehbooba
expressed pain that children are being used as a shield by “vested
interests” while attacking camps and posts of SFs to incite them,
as a result of which innocent kids become a casualty. She also
sent out a message to those raising “pro-azadi” slogans, asking
them to see the condition of Muslims in Islamic countries like
Pakistan, Syria, Turkey and Afghanistan even though these nations
have “freedom”. She said once gun makes inroads in a society,
then the meaning of ‘azadi’ is lost. “I have been saying that
gun will not solve anything. Stones also will not solve anything,”
she said at a public meeting in Jammu, while underlining that
anybody having any grievance should come forward to discuss it
Four Districts of south Kashmir — Pulwama, Shopian,
Kulgam and Anantnag — have descended into anarchy with hundreds
and thousands holding ‘azadi’ rallies almost daily in absence
of an effective Police Force. Out of 36 Police Stations in these
Districts, only three —one each in Pulwama, Rajpora and Awantipora
— are functioning with any semblance of efficacy. Barring these,
all Police have evacuated Police Stations since frenzied mobs
began their attacks, setting a number of these ablaze. Sources
said the Police department has “for the time being” shut down
dozens of Police Stations. Most have turned into empty shells
now guarded by the Army and CRPF. CRPF personnel are no longer
visible in south Kashmir. In places like Aishmuqam in Anantnag,
sources said they had been instructed to remain mute spectators
while crowds rule the streets. Scores of youth have joined the
militants in Tral, where organised training camps are being run
by top LeT and JeM ‘commanders’ to turn out jihadis, a
senior Police officer said.
Over a dozen persons were injured as protests
and clashes continued in parts of Kashmir valley amid curfew,
restrictions and shut down. Curfew continued in Srinagar’s Old
City, Maisuma and Batamaloo areas while it was relaxed in Lal
Chowk and other civilian areas but deployments of SFs including
BSF continue to remain in place. During relaxation in curfew,
some private vehicles were seen plying along Residency Road and
MA Road in Lal Chowk. However, authorities imposed curfew strictly
in Civil Lines areas including at Lal Chowk in the evening. The
situation in Srinagar City remained peaceful but clashes erupted
in Old City areas in the evening. However, SFs chased away the
protesters by firing tear smoke shells. The curfew also continued
in Pulwama, Anantnag and few other townships of South Kashmir.
At least 11 persons were injured when SFs opened firing on protesters
at Nowgam village in Shopian District. The clashes in the area
erupted after SFs were clearing Vihil and Nowgam roads in the
District. The injured received bullet and pellet injuries and
three of them were shifted to Srinagar for treatment. Clashes
also erupted in Malangam village of Bandipora. SFs fired tear
smoke shells on protesters. The clashes also erupted at Qoil and
Aaloosa villages of the District. A woman identified as Hassena
was injured after she was hit by a teargas shell in her abdomen
in Watpora village of Bandipora during clashes.
The protesters attacked the official residence
of Congress MLA Usman Majeed at Bandipora District, with stones
but he was not present there. The security men, however, closed
the gate and didn’t retaliate.
The J&K Police have registered 537 cases against
rioters and "anti-national" elements over the past 45
days and arrested 381 miscreants, an official spokesman said.
"The J&K Police have remained at the forefront while
dealing with the law and order situation all over the state,"
the spokesman said, adding that all Police Stations and Police
posts in the State are fully functional and working round-the-clock
with the aid of other security agencies in bringing the situation
back to normal.
Going by a conservative estimate, trade and industry
in J&K have suffered a huge blow with estimates of losses
hovering over INR 60 billion in 45 days of strife. Mohd Yasin
Khan, president of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation,
said, the sector is bleeding by approximately INR 1.35 billion
every day. In the 46 days of curfew it would be upwards of INR
60 billion, Yasin Khan, said. "We're facing the worst economic
crisis ever, but then this is happening again and again. We need
a permanent solution to it and it has to be political. Losing
our dear ones is a far greater tragedy for us. That has to stop,"
he added. Further, Jammu's economy has suffered a huge loss due
to the unrest, roughly about `1,000-1,500 crore, according to
the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of APHC-M issued
a call for help from Pope Francis in the Vatican, the Dalai Lama,
the Imam of Kaba, the Shankaracharyas and ambassadors of various
countries in New Delhi, as well as the UN, the EU and Organisation
of Islamic Cooperation regarding "the urgent and grave situation"
in J&K. In a letter, Mirwaiz wrote, "The Hurriyat believes
that a war is being waged against us by the 'democratic' Indian
state, in total violation of all democratic norms. The security
machinery of India has embarked upon the strategy of ruthlessly
crushing us and our resistance."
Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh stressed
for high degree of vigil along the LoC to foil infiltration attempts
by militants into Kashmir and operational focus to tackle the
militancy in the Valley. Commending the alertness of all troops
deployed along the LoC in foiling the nefarious designs of inimical
forces, General Dalbir stressed upon the need to continue high
degree of vigil and operational focus. General Dalbir directed
the troops to ensure the measures to prevent militants who jeopardize
the lives of innocent civilians, from moving with impunity in
Kashmir valley. It is worth mentioning here that the militants
are moving freely in several parts of Kashmir taking the advantage
of the unrest and are even making public appearances.
A protester was killed and 60 others were injured
across Kashmir during clashes between protesters and SFs, taking
the death toll in violence to 69. An 18-year-old Amir Gul Mir,
son of Ghulam Muhammad Mir of Ratnipora Pulwama was killed after
he suffered multiple pellet injuries during a protest at Pinglina
village in Pulwama District. Around two dozen protesters were
also injured as Police fired dozens of tear smoke shells and pellets
as well to foil violent protests. Amir was shifted to SMHS hospital
in Srinagar for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries,
taking death toll in the unrest to 69 including two Policemen.
Curfew was re-imposed in Pulwama following massive protests at
several places. According to District Magistrate, Pulwama, Muneer-ul-Islam
restrictions have been imposed in all parts of the District from
August 25 from 4 am till further orders. “No person except ill
persons or otherwise allowed by the Magistrates shall be allowed
to move”, an order issued by the District Magistrate said. In
Srinagar, situation took an ugly turn after SFs thrashed three
motorcycle-borne youth in downtown area of Srinagar. People in
large numbers came out and protested against the SFs. SFs fired
tear smoke to disperse the protesters. Thirteen protesters were
One CRPF Commandant and ASP Pulwama was among
17 Police and CRPF personnel and eight civilians injured as militants
attacked a Police party in Pulwama District. Reports said that
militants threw two grenades on a Police party near Degree College
Pulwama when they were on law and order duty to quell stone throwing
protests in the town. They also fired at the Police and CRPF injuring
17 Police and CRPF personnel. The injured include ASP Pulwama,
Azhar Baba, DSP Pulwama, Muhammad Shafiq and SHO Pulwama, Adil
Ahmad. A Police spokesman in Srinagar said that during stone pelting
near Degree College Pulwama, militants hiding in the mob fired
and hurled two grenades on the deployment resulting in injuries
to 17 Police and CRPF personnel and some civilians.
A soldier was injured in an encounter with the
infiltrating militants in Tanghdar sector on LoC in Kupwara District.
A defence spokesman said that Army foiled an infiltration attempt
by militants in Tanghdar sector. He said that the militants were
challenged and they fired at the Army leading to a gun battle
in which one Army jawan was injured and the militants fled back.
Sources said that gun battle broke out at Lower Sultan Post at
Tanghdar in which one soldier of 6th Gharwal Army
sustained injuries and he was removed to hospital. Army has launched
a massive search operation in the area to ensure that no militant
is hiding there. Sources said that it was a group of 5-6 militants
that attempted infiltration into Tanghdar sector.
Shutdown, curfew and protests continued in Jammu
and Kashmir for 48th day, but there was no major incident of violence.
Srinagar’s Old City, Maisuma and Batamaloo areas continued to
be under curfew. Thousands of SFs personnel were deployed across
Srinagar city to foil any protests. All roads leading to the old
city were blocked by the concertina wires. Clashes, however, broke
out in areas after deployment of SFs was withdrawn from interior
areas of the city. A Tata Sumo vehicle was set ablaze by protesters
at Nowshehra area of city in Srinagar. The Sumo was carrying some
equipments of cellular company and it was intercepted by protesters
at Nowshehra, who torched it. Residents in Prichoo village of
Pulwama District alleged that the SFs barged into their houses
and beat up the inmates.
UHM Rajnath Singh said an alternative to this
crowd control device for SFs will be given in the coming few days.
Pellet guns, which have caused large-scale injuries during the
48-day unrest in Kashmir, are likely to be replaced soon. "In
the coming few days, we will give an alternative to the pellet
guns. These guns were earlier considered non-lethal but some incidents
have taken place ... we formed an expert committee a month back
which was expected to give report in two months but it will be
coming very soon," he said.
The NIA, which is examining around 22 bank accounts
in south Kashmir that received unaccounted money and saw withdrawals
coinciding with the current unrest in the valley, will probe possible
links of the account holders with HM or its cadres, Kashmiri separatists
and terror financiers based in Pakistan. NIA sources indicated
that in the event of the preliminary enquiry unearthing a direct
link between the payments/disbursals and the ongoing protests,
related offences may be added to the existing NIA case relating
to JKART, a Pakistan-based frontal outfit of HM charged with funding
terror activities in India. NIA had registered JKART case in 2011
and after a thorough probe found that the trust, floated in 1999
at a meeting chaired by HM chief Syed Salahuddin in Rawalpindi
with the connivance of Pakistani Government and ISI, was systematically
raising funds in Pakistan and sending it to India through the
hawala and banking channels. As per the NIA chargesheet, around
INR 800 million was routed through JKART to India over eight years,
mainly through banking channels. Sources said the preliminary
enquiry begun by NIA last week into 22 bank accounts of individuals
and firms based in south Kashmir has found suspicious money transfers.
CM Mehbooba Mufti said, that trouble makers will
be strongly dealt with and won’t be allowed to make life hell
for the majority in Jammu and Kashmir who want peaceful resolution
of the issues. Addressing a joint press conference with UHM Rajnath
Singh at her residence in Srinagar, Mehbooba said: “I hope focus
should be those people who want reconciliation within the ambit
of Insaniyat, like Vajpayee (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari
Vajpayee) had said. And people who create trouble will be dealt
as per law. They will not be allowed to make life hell for majority
here,” she said. CM Mehbooba said no solution can be found
from stone pelting and attacking security camps. She said 95 per
cent people of Jammu and Kashmir want a peaceful solution through
dialogue and just five per cent are derailing the whole process.
“95 per cent people of the State don’t want violence, they want
peace. We have to reach out to them,” she said. Mehbooba said
focus of the Central Government and political parties should be
those 95 per cent Kashmiris who do not want to create trouble,
who do not want to attack establishment for vested interests.
“Let us differentiate between those people who want peaceful resolution
through dialogue, reconciliation and those who train poor children
to pelt stones on roads and camps”, said CM Mehbooba. She said
Kashmiri youth are being used by some elements as shields to attack
Army camps as “they want our children to suffer”. Mehbooba while
elaborating on her comments that only 5 per cent people of Kashmir
are agitating, said that she meant to say that while 95 per cent
of the people want resolution to the problem peacefully, 5 per
cent have “hijacked” the issue by indulging in violence. “I am
for resolution of Kashmir issue. There should be dialogue. But
by resorting to stone-pelting and attacking the camps, no issue
will be resolved. We are not sidelining the issue. We want resolution,”
she said. Mehbooba said: “95 per cent of those killed, mostly
youth, have died in retaliatory action while they were attacking
the security establishments.”
A protester identified as Shakeel Ahmad Ganai
was killed was killed when SFs fired at a violent mob after Friday
prayers in Nikas Aarbal area in Rajpora in Pulwama District. Reports
said that Ganai sustained bullet injury and was shifted to Pulwama
District Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, taking the
death toll in ongoing violence to 69 including two Policemen.
As soon as the news about the death of the protester spread in
the area, hundreds of people took to streets in Rajpora village.
The protesters resorted to heavy stone-pelting on SFs who responded
by firing teargas shells and pellets. The fresh clashes resulted
in injuries to eight persons.
In Srinagar to foil Eidgah march, authorities
sealed all the roads leading to Eidgah area and continued with
strict curfew across Srinagar and more-strictly in Old City by
deploying thousands of Police and CRPF personnel. Curfew continued
in Batamaloo and Maisuma areas of Civil Lines. Due to stringent
curfew, the Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid could
not be offered. Despite rains and curfew, hundreds of people took
to streets at Dalgate area of Srinagar and tried to march towards
Eidgah. The protests were also reported from several parts of
the city. However, Police and CRPF deployed at these places foiled
them. Police detained APHC-G chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani
and chairman of APHC-M, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who tried to
march towards Eidgah by defying house arrests. Mirwaiz who was
lodged in Nageen was shifted to Chesmashahi later in the evening.
This is for the first time Mirwaiz has been arrested.
Curfew was also imposed in other townships of
Valley but protests and clashes broke out at dozens of places
as people defied the curfew. In Baramulla town, clashes broke
out after Friday prayers. Police fired teargas and used stun grenades
to disperse the protesters. Five persons were injured as clashes
broke out at Bandipora town of North Kashmir. The clashes between
SFs and protesters also broke out at Watpora Qazipora and Aloosa
in Bandipora District. Several protesters were injured in these
clashes. Many peaceful protest rallies were also held at several
places in the District after Friday prayers. The violent protests
also broke out at Pattan and Palhallan areas of Baramulla District
after Friday prayers during which Police used teargas and pellets.
In a bid to break the cycle of violence in Jammu
and Kashmir, central agencies have identified 400 local leaders
fuelling protests and shared their names with the State Police
for an immediate crackdown, including detention under the Public
Safety Act. Intelligence officials said the list included overground
workers of HM and other terrorist outfits, besides local-level
functionaries of TeH, the APHC-G of Syed Ali Shah Geelani,
and JeI. "These are primarily local leaders who have been
mobilising children as young as 10-12, besides teenagers, to come
on the streets and indulge in stone-pelting. Many are overground
workers from villages in south Kashmir who shelter terrorists
and help with logistics," an officer of the central security
establishment said. Action against these core protesters is deemed
necessary as similar tactics had helped control street protests
and stone pelting in 2010 after a case of fake encounter deaths
for which seven Army personnel were convicted.
Terrorists killed a Policeman in Pulwama District.
"Selection grade constable Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was leaving
his home in Koil village for duties when terrorists opened fired
on him from a close range. The constable died on the spot,"
a Police official said.
Curfew was relaxed in parts of Srinagar and other
Districts in the Valley while shutdown that was observed for 51st
consecutive day paralyzed life. Curfew was lifted from Anantnag
town and parts of Srinagar while it remained in force in some
parts of Srinagar and Pulwama District despite rains. However,
SFs were deployed in sensitive areas of the Valley to prevent
any protests. Police said that following improvement in the situation,
there will be no restrictions in Kashmir valley except Pulwama
town and the areas falling under the jurisdictions of Police Station
MR Gunj and Nowhatta Police Station in Srinagar city. Protests
and clashes broke out in South Kashmir areas following the arrest
of four stone pelters in Anantnag District during the night raids.
At least four persons were arrested by Police in Anantnag District
on charges of stone pelting during the night raids. At Jamia Masjid
Ajas Bandipora, thousands of people participated in a protest
rally. However, it was peaceful. In Noorbagh area of Srinagar,
protests broke out amid incessant rains. Protesters blocked the
main road in the area and didn’t allow anyone to move on the road.
However, Police later chased away protesters. Police said that
following improvement in situation, curfew was lifted from Anantnag
and major areas of Srinagar. Police said that three stray incidents
of stone pelting were reported from Sangam, Ashajipora in Anantnag
and Nadigam in Shopian where some trouble-mongers attempted to
disturb the situation by pelting stones on Police and SF deployments.
“Barring these three incidents of stone pelting, overall situation
remained peaceful and under control across the Valley till filing
of this report,” Police said.
Army and Police trapped a militant group belonging
to LeT in the forest area in Baramulla District. A senior Police
officer said that Army’s 52nd RR, 19thMahar
and SOG of J&K Police cordoned off village Banday Bala in
Sultanpora area of Chandoosa in Baramulla District after tip off
about presence of five militants hiding in a house. As the SFs
cordoned off the village Banday Bala, militants hiding in the
house fired on the Army party that was laying siege around the
house. One Army jawan was injured in the firing. Army also retaliated
leading to a brief gun battle but the militants managed to flee
from the house towards nearby woods. Sources said that this group
of five militants belonging to LeT infiltrated into Kashmir through
Boniyar area of Uri sector of Baramulla District in the last week
In PoK, UJC chief Syed Salahuddin claimed that
armed men in anti-government rallies were “not their men”. “Indian
agents also participate in rallies and foment trouble to give
a chance to the forces to open fire,” said Salahuddin. He asked
Pakistan to snap diplomatic ties with India and “persuade the
Organisation of Islamic Conference to do the same.”
The LeT has hailed Pakistan for sending a parliamentarian
on a diplomatic mission over Kashmir.
Separatist shutdown continued in Kashmir despite
relaxation of curfew in the Valley. A senior Police official said
"Except for Pulwama town and two police station areas of
Nowhatta and M R Gunj in Srinagar, there would be no curfew anywhere
in the Valley. In order to maintain law and order, restrictions
under section 144 CrPc will, however, continue."
For the first time in 52 days, curfew was lifted
from the entire Kashmir valley, barring three Police stations,
setting the stage for the visit of an all-party delegation to
the state on September 4. However, curfew was re-imposed in some
parts at night after fresh tension. UHM Rajnath Singh will lead
the delegation in a bid to explore dialogue as part of a political
process to bring peace to the valley. The team will meet a cross-section
of individuals and outfits in Srinagar on September 4 and 5. The
visit could be extended by a day if it goes to Jammu as well.
Authorities re-imposed curfew like restrictions
in Old City of Srinagar after clashes broke out on August 29 when
curfew was lifted from parts of it. Curfew was lifted from Pulwama
town for the first time since July 9. The curfew-like restrictions
were re-imposed in all three Police Stations of Old City, where
curfew was lifted. Hundreds of Police and CRPF personnel were
deployed across old city to prevent protests. Zonal Police Headquarters
Kashmir, in a statement issued said that curfew has been lifted
from whole of the Kashmir valley except in areas falling under
the jurisdiction of Police Station MR Gunj and Nowhatta in Srinagar.
Scores of youth on August 30 took to streets in Batamaloo area
of Srinagar and held protests. The protesters pelted stones on
Police and CRPF personnel, triggering clashes. Police fired teargas
and chased them away. The intermittent clashes continued throughout
the day in the areas. Protests and clashes also broke out at Magarmal
Bagh area of Civil Lines between Police and protesters. Clashes
also erupted at Zampa Kadal and Chhattabal areas of Srinagar.
SFs fired teargas in these areas against the protesters who were
The curfew in parts of Valley and shutdown paralysed
life in Kashmir for 53rd day. The train services between Banihal
and Baramulla continued to remain disrupted for 53rd day. The
prepaid mobile services and mobile internet services also continued
to remain blocked as precautionary measures to prevent violence.
Recent recruit and local HM ‘commander’ Riyaz
Malik asked deceased CRPF commandant Pramod Kumar’s daughter and
wife to visit Kashmir to “understand the pain” of the people as
he warned of more attacks against the SFs. “When Mr. Kumar’s daughter
said she ‘loved her father the most’, it brought tears to my eyes.
We do not want to see any child getting orphaned but India has
forced us to take up guns by its forced occupation,” Malik said.
“I want to tell her mother to come to Kashmir and see how many
children have become orphans and mothers have become widows at
the hands of the Indian forces,” Malik said in an 11-minute video
released to a local news portal in Srinagar. With guns blazing
in the backdrop, the HM ‘commander’ threatened of more attacks.
“India thought [former Hizbul commander Burhan] Wani’s martyrdom
perhaps will allow it to live in peace. We will not let India
live in peace until it leaves Kashmir. We will send the forces
packed in trunks [coffins] like that of CRPF’s Mr. Kumar’s,” he
added. He also warned against using the label of terrorists. “We
are mujahideen who are fighting for the right to self-determination.
We are the torchbearers of humanity,” the HM ‘commander’ said.
However, he warned local residents of joining as SPOs. “Local
police should sit back home like employees of other departments.
Death will be the fate of those policemen who continue performing
duties,” Malik warned.
CM Mehbooba Mufti, addressing gathering after
inauguration of new block of IGGDA at Jammu and Government Degree
College at Nowshera in Rajouri District, Mehbooba said Pakistan
has backstabbed India on three occasions including Kargil, Pathankot
and now Kashmir unrest and if the country was sincerely interest
in peace it should come forward and extend hand of friendship
to India. “Vajpayee [Atal Bihari Vajpayee] went to Lahore and
Kargil happened. Narendra Modi went to Pakistan and Pathankot
happened. Now Pakistan is fuelling unrest in the Valley,” she
said, adding India has extended hand of friendship to Pakistan
sincerely but it was not reciprocated by the neighbouring country.
Taking on the separatists and other “influential
people” fuelling unrest in Kashmir, Mehbooba charged them with
“driving innocent children and youth” to the path of violence
by making them stone pelters and forcing them to target SFs and
camps and Police Stations but, at the same time, sending their
own kin to different parts of India for studies. “What we will
do with the Medical and Engineering Colleges, if they don’t produce
doctors and engineers if the vested interests continue to drive
children and youth to the path of stone pelting”?, she asked saying
the Colleges are meant for studies to produce professionals and
it should be duty of all right thinking people to send their wards
to the educational institutions and not the “institutes of stone
pelters”. “Students shouldn’t be on the roads. Their place is
in the educational institutions. If the students continue to be
on the roads, there will be no doctors and engineers,” she said.
The infiltration of militants into Kashmir valley
has gone up by over 100 per cent this year despite Army being
on high alert along 400 kilometres long LoC in North Kashmir.
According to MAC figures, 72 militants, mostly belonging to LeT,
have infiltrated into Kashmir this year till July while last year
the number was 35 for the whole year. However, a senior Police
officer said that it is a conservative estimate and as per the
ground reports the number could be double than that of the official
figure. He said some of the groups, who have recently infiltrated
into Kashmir, are yet to come under SFs radar. The security agencies
gave two reasons for the increased infiltration this year. One,
Pakistan wants to step up militancy in Kashmir and second, this
year the SFs achieved major success against militants by killing
102 of them so far which is highest in recent years. Sources said
that there are more than 40 training camps operating in PoK with
19 of them most active and are imparting map reading, GPS use,
weight, weapon and tactical training to the militants who are
sent to launching pads along the LoC for infiltration. These training
camps are at Skardu, Kel, Karko, Dullu, Titwal, Chakoti, Kotli,
Dehri, Barhal Mirpur and Chaprai. Army said that over 200 highly
trained militants are waiting on these launch pads for infiltration
and Army is on heightened alert along the LoC to foil their attempts.
The Army patrols along and beyond the LoC fence have been intensified
to foil infiltration attempts by militants who are conducting
recce daily. Army has also intensified search operation in the
forests of North Kashmir so as to tackle the infiltrated militants
there only and prevent them from coming out to the populated areas.
One protester was killed and five others were
injured in Ladoora area of Sopore in Baramulla District. Condition
of two injured is said to be critical and they have been admitted
in SKIMS hospital in Srinagar. Massive protests broke out at Ladoora
after Army allegedly thrashed some traders at Fruit Mandi Sopore
in North Kashmir. Reports said that the Army personnel went inside
Sopore Fruit Mandi and asked the traders to resume their trade
and it led to a verbal brawl between the two sides and the locals
later protested against the Army. The protests were followed by
violent clashes against the alleged thrashing of traders by army
at Ladoora, a village in Rafiabad area of Sopore where from majority
of the traders hail. A contingent of Army and BSF went to Ladoora
to quell the protests. During the clashes, the SF personnel opened
fire on protesters, resulting in injuries to six persons. One
of them identified as Danish Manzoor of Nadihal, Baramulla succumbed
to his injuries while two others identified as Idrees Altaf Malik
and Ishaaq Bashir Lone are critical and were shifted to SKIMS
in Soura. As the news about the death of Danish spread, hundreds
of people took to streets at Old Town Baramulla, Sopore and Bandipora
and staged massive protests. The protesters clashed with the SFs
at several places including Kaloosa in Bandipora. Police and para-military
SFs fired teargas and pellets to disperse the protesters.
Protesters in Chawalgam village of Kulgam District
attacked the residence of PDP, MP, Nazir Ahmad Laway, and set
ablaze guard room and house and decamped with four rifles of security
guards. The house of MP Nazir Laway, who is the Member of Rajya
Sabha, was attacked by a group of violent protesters when
clashes were going on at Chawalgam in Kulgam. The protesters set
ablaze a guard room and house of the MP and decamped with four
rifles of Policemen who were guarding Laway’s residence. The Police
guards escaped from the guard room before protesters set it ablaze.
A soldier was killed due to bullet shot from long
distance at a forward location in Mankote area of Mendhar in Poonch
District. Reports said the incident took place at around 3.30
pm when Sepoy Mohan Lal of 37 RR was guarding a post in Dabraj
area of Balnoi in Mankote sub sector near the LoC. Suddenly, a
bullet from across the LoC hit the soldier at his neck. He was
rushed to nearby Medical aid unit where he was declared as dead.
A senior official said that soldier is believed to have been killed
by sniper shot from that side of the LoC from distance.
SFs arrested two militants of HM from Pattan area
in Baramulla District. Police and Army in a joint operation arrested
the two militants and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition
from them, which included two AK- 47 rifles, two grenade launchers
and other war like stores including Army and Police uniforms.
The arrested militants have been identified as Parvez Ahmed Mir
(34) son of Ali Mohammad and Showkat Ahmed Ganaie (26) son of
Mohammad Ramzan, both residents of Andargam Pattan.
One protester drowned in river Jhelum as SFs were
chasing a group of them in the outskirts of Srinagar, with widespread
clashes reported during protests across Kashmir amid shutdown.
The protester identified as, Danish Ahmad Haroon, resident of
Palpora in Noorbagh area of Srinagar drowned in river Jhelum at
Palpora after SFs fired tear smoke at a mob and chased away them.
Reports said that protests broke out at Palpora in the outskirts
of Srinagar and SFs fired tear smoke at mob during which Danish
fell into river Jhelum and drowned. The incident triggered massive
protests in the area and its adjoining localities for hours together.
Massive protests broke out in parts of old city areas of Srinagar.
Thousands of youth staged massive protests at Nowhatta area of
downtown and took out a march towards Lal Chowk which was, however,
intercepted by Police and CRPF at Khwaja Bazar, triggering clashes.
Police and CRPF fired dozens of teargas shells and used pellets,
resulting in injuries to several protesters. The protests also
erupted at Nawa Kadal, Bhori Kadal, Safa Kadal and Rajouri Kadal
areas of downtown. At Nawa Kadal, an auto-rickshaw was set ablaze
by a group of youth for defying shutdown.
Stone throwing protesters clashed with SFs at
Chhatabal, Zampa Kadal and Batamaloo areas of Srinagar. Police
and CRPF fired tear smoke and pellets at protesters during the
clashes in these areas which continued for several hours. Several
protesters were injured in these clashes. Protests also broke
out at Kupwara in which at least eight persons were injured. Massive
protests broke out at Drugmulla in Kupwara after SFs allegedly
ransacked houses. Reports said that the Police used force against
the protesters and in the clashes eight protesters were injured.
The clashes and protests also erupted at Notnusa and Lalpora areas.
Curfew and shutdown paralysed life in Kashmir,
in which over 300 protesters and Policemen were injured in clashes
that broke out across Valley. Authorities imposed curfew in parts
of Srinagar and other towns of South and North Kashmir including
Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Baramulla. Thousands of
SF personnel were deployed in Srinagar areas including in downtown.
They erected barricades and blocked roads with concertina wires.
Authorities for the 8th consecutive week disallowed Friday prayers
at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar.
Shutdown and curfew paralysed life in Kashmir and all commercial
activities remained disrupted for 56th day. Schools, colleges
remained shut, Government offices and banks had skeletal staff.
The public transport was off the roads with some private vehicles
plying in civil lines area. The train services between Banihal
and Baramulla remained disrupted for 56th day while mobile internet
and pre-paid mobile services continued to be shut down across
Kashmir to prevent further violence.
Pakistani troops violated border ceasefire by
resorting to small arms and mortar firing along the LoC in Jogma
area of Akhnoor sector in Jammu District. “Pakistani soldiers
initiated indiscriminate firing at around 11.45 am targeting forward
posts of the Indian Army along the LoC in Jogma and surrounding
areas of Akhnoor sector,” official sources said. Pakistani troops
also fired few mortars towards Indian side during ceasefire violation,
they said. The Army responded appropriately in a controlled and
measured manner, sources said, adding the “intermittent firing
continued for quite some time. There has been no loss of life
or injury to anyone on the Indian side of the border, the sources
One protester, Basit Zargar (24), resident of
Vessu Qazigund, was killed in pellet firing at Vessu in Qazigund
area of Kulgam District, taking the death toll in the clashes
since July 8 to 73. Protests broke out at Vessu in Qazigund area
of Kulgam. Police and CRPF fired tear smoke and pellets to disperse
the mob during which several protesters were injured. Basit, who
was critically injured, was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag
where he was declared brought dead. The killing triggered further
protests in the area.
A mob torched the house of one Gulzar Ahmad Sheikh
son of Ghulam Nabi at Batpora Wapora in Qazigund area of Kulgam
District. He is block president of PDP and had reportedly facilitated
the visit of CM Mehbooba Mufti to Kund Warpora to meet the family
of person who was killed in recent protests in SFs firing.
The authorities imposed curfew in five Police
Station areas of Srinagar’s Old City including in MR Gunj, Rainawari,
Safa Kadal, Khanyar and Nowhatta. Curfew was also imposed at Budgam
and Sopore. Police and CRPF were patrolling the streets of Old
City where all roads were blocked by concertina wires and iron
barricades. Curfew-like situation was also imposed in Batamaloo
and Maisuma areas while rest of the Valley observed a complete
Jammu and Kashmir's most-wanted terrorist and
the man who keeps the Valley on the boil, HM ‘chief’ Syed Salahuddin
(69) vowed, to block any peaceful political resolution to the
Kashmir conflict. He threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide
bombers, who would turn the Valley into "a graveyard for
Indian forces", and to take his struggle outside Kashmir.
Dismissing talks as futile, Salahuddin, insisted that there was
no solution to Kashmir except militancy. "The Kashmiri leadership,
people and mujahideen should know there is no formal, peaceful
way." There wasn't any option but to "launch a target-oriented
armed struggle", he told TOI in an exclusive
interview at his office in Baila Noor Shah area of Muzaffarabad.
His remarks came a day ahead of the visit of a delegation of major
political parties led by UHM Rajnath Singh to Jammu and Kashmir
as part of the effort to de-escalate tensions. Salahuddin, who
heads the UJC, a Pakistan-backed alliance of anti-Indian Kashmiri
militant groups, said the movement in Kashmir had entered a critical
phase after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani's killing. For nearly
two months, since the killing of Burhan Wani, curfew has not been
lifted in the region. The entire region has been turned into a
concentration camp," he said. "These sacrifices will
not go in vain. The more they resort to use of force, the more
they strengthen the movement of separatists and freedom fighters."
A day ahead of the all-party delegation visit
to Jammu & Kashmir, CM Mehbooba Mufti, invited separatists
for talks to resolve the Kashmir conflict. Reaching out formally
to the separatists through a letter, Mehbooba asked JKLF, the
three APHC factions, National Front and JeI to engage with the
30 member all-party delegation, who she said represented both
the Government and the people of India. Mehbooba, however, underlined
that she was inviting them for talks as the president of PDP.
"My party has always believed that the Hurriyat Conference
is a stakeholder in the peace... and prosperity of the state,"
she wrote, hoping that the separatists would accept her offer
and "indicate a time and place" of their "convenience
for an exchange of ideas with the delegation."
Militants snatched weapon from a security guard
posted at the residence of a CPI-M leader in Kulgam District.
Police said that militants snatched an INSAS rifle from security
guard posted at the residence of CPI-M Ali Mohammad Koka at Bugam
in the District. Sources said that security guard was performing
duty on the entrance of the CPI-M leader’s house when militants
attacked him. The other guards were inside giving them no chance
Protesters set ablaze Mini-Secretariat in Shopian
District. Protesters in Shopian town of South Kashmir set ablaze
Mini Secretariat forcing authorities to impose curfew to prevent
flare up in protests. The first block of the Mini-Secretariat
housing the office of Deputy Commissioner was destroyed and fire
tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames. Earlier, violent
protests broke out in Pinjoora area of the District after Security
Forces (SFs) foiled a protest rally. Thousands of people attended
the rally and Police raided the venue of the rally. This led to
clashes and SFs fired tear smoke and pellets to disperse the protesters
in which 70 were injured. The mob went violent and marched
towards the Mini-Secretariat and set ablaze it. More SF personnel
were rushed and curfew was imposed in the township to prevent
further flare up.
Life remained paralysed for 58th consecutive day,
across Kashmir due to curfew, restrictions and shutdown. The curfew
and restrictions were imposed today to thwart protests on the
occasion of visit of the All Party Delegation to Srinagar. Clashes
erupted between protesters and SFs in Gadood Bagh area of Habba
Kadal during which SFs used tear gas to disperse the mob. The
protests erupted after locals alleged that SFs ransacked the residential
houses in the area. Two protesters were also arrested from the
area. Protests also broke out at Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar.
Clashes and protests were reported from several areas of Srinagar
and SFs fired teargas to disperse the protesters. At least six
persons including a 6 year old boy and two women were injured
after SFs fired tear smoke shells to foil the congregation in
Dana Mazar area of Safa Kadal. Two photo-journalists were injured
after SFs fired pellets on a procession in old city area of Srinagar.
The photo-journalists who sustained injuries were identified as
Zuhaib Maqbool Hamzah and Muzamil Rashid.
The death toll in the clashes between SFs and
protestors climbed to 74 with a youth succumbing to injuries.
Musaib Nagoo, who was injured during clashes between protestors
and SFs in Sopore town of Baramulla District on September 4, succumbed
to injuries at a hospital in Srinagar. With this death, the toll
in the ongoing unrest has reached to 74 while more than 10,000
others have been injured. Although authorities lifted curfew from
the seven Police Station areas of the city after two days, normal
activities remained suspended due to a separatist sponsored strike.
Over 100 protesters were injured during clashes
broke out at many places across Valley. Curfew, restrictions and
shutdown disrupted normal life in Kashmir for 59th day. Police
and para-military SFs were patrolling the curfew bound areas and
roads were blocked with concertina wires and iron barricades.
The train services between Banihal and Baramulla remained disrupted
while mobile internet and pre-paid mobile services continue to
remain suspended. A protest rally was organized at Aarath in Budgam
District in which thousands of people participated but it passed
off peacefully. Around two dozen persons were injured as SFs fired
tear smoke and pellets to disperse a rally at Kelum area of Bijbehara
in Anantnag District. At Zangalpora village of Kulgam District,
thousands of people participated in the protest rally. SFs fired
tear smoke and pellets to disperse the protesters.
Pakistani troops violated border ceasefire for
the second time in less than a week by resorting to small arms
firing and mortar shelling on forward posts along the LoC in Poonch
sector of Poonch District. "The Pakistan army troops resorted
to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing on Indian army posts along
LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir since midnight,"
the defence spokesperson said. The spokesperson said the Pakistan
army also shelled posts with heavy mortars and opened fire with
small arms and automatic weapons in the Poonch sector.
The Kashmir valley witnessed unabated violence
for the 60th day, leaving two more protesters dead succumbing
to their injuries. One youth, Naseer Ahmad Dar (20), died of multiple
injuries inflicted by pellets fired by SFs. “The police came under
heavy stone pelting when they went to the area to arrest those
who disturb peace. One youth died,” IGP Kashmir, S.J.M. Jeelani
said. “Pellets are being used only when the need arises,” he added.
Dar’s funeral prayers turned into a massive pro-freedom rally
as hundreds arrived to witness the burial. Over 100 people, including
a woman, were injured in the clashes. Asif Majeed Nagoo (17),
a resident of Kupwara District, succumbed to his injuries at a
Srinagar hospital. He had sustained critical injuries to the head
during a protest in Sopore on September 4. Clashes were also reported
in Bandipora, Sopore, Kulgam, Srinagar and Kupwara. Fresh clashes
come just a day after an all-party delegation, headed by UHM Rajnath
Three soldiers were injured when militants attacked
an army convoy in Handwara area in Kupwara District. The army
convoy was attacked by militants at Kralgund along Kupwara-Baramulla
highway in Handwara area when it was on its way to Srinagar. Three
soldiers, two identified as Havaldar Jagtap Singh and Sepoy Shafiq
Malik, have been injured. The condition of one of the three soldiers
is stated to be critical. Militant outfit HM meanwhile claimed
responsibility for the attack. However, sources said that it is
a group army had already inputs that a group of five militants
present in the area were planning attack on convoy in the area.
They said that these militants are believed to be belonging to
unknown Afghan brigade that is linked to JeM and is headed by
Militants tried to storm Police Station Pulwama
District, but the security guards foiled the attack. Reports said
that four heavily armed militants tried to force their way into
Police Station to carry out Fidayeen attack but
security guards fired back. The firing continued for 15 minutes
and militants fled under the cover of darkness after failing to
enter the Police Station. Massive searches have been launched
by Police, army and CRPF against the militant group.
Militants attacked the residents of a NC leader,
Abdul Rashid Khaday at Begam Pora Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam District,
and snatched six rifles from the security guards. Reports said
that militants overpowered the security guards and took away the
rifles. They include two AK rifles, 2 INSAS rifles, one SLR and
Army’s 46 RR and SOG Baramulla, conducted searches
in Hyder Mohalla Khawaja Bagh area of Baramulla District after
they received inputs about presence of militants in the area.
Army’s 52 RR and SOG Baramulla in the meantime continued its operations
against a group of five LeT militants in Sultanpora Kandi area
of Baramulla District. The group had slipped out of security cordon
Terror outfit JeM released a video issuing threat
against mainstream politicians and Kashmiri ‘informers’ working
for the SFs in the valley. In a seven-minute video, a masked man,
standing against a wall banner inscribed with Quranic verses in
Arabic and an AK-47 hanging by his side, described HM ‘commander’
Burhan Wani - whose killing by the SFs two months ago triggered
massive violence in the valley - as 'shaheed-e-millat' (martyr
of the community). The masked man threatened that the militants
would take the violent "movement" to its logical conclusion.
"This is the last warning for pro-India politicians and youth
who work for the Police and Army. Don't think we don't know your
names. We have your addresses as well," the militant threatened
while reading out the names and addresses of the targeted people.
He asked the identified people to seek forgiveness from Allah
and join the militants' cause. SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain
Mir told that the video was uploaded on a Facebook page and eventually
shared through Whatsapp groups. He said the Jammu and Kashmir
Police had specific intelligence about the presence of Pakistani
terrorists, including the one who had issued threats in the video.
Mir identified the masked man as a Pakistani JeM terrorist.
Two more protesters were killed in fresh clashes
with SFs in Kashmir valley as the death toll in the over two-month-long
unrest mounted to 78. Police said the youth, Sayar Ahmad Sheikh
(24) was killed after a teargas shell hit him on his head when
clashes broke out in Tukroo area of Shopian District. The clashes
were triggered after forces quelled an "azadi rally".
Another youth, Yawar Ahmad Dar, was killed in Anantnag District
after he received pellets in his chest during clashes. Reports
said that clashes intensified in Anantnag after Dar's death. A
school was gutted in the area, but the cause of the fire is not
yet known. Sporadic clashes were reported from elsewhere in the
Army foiled three infiltration attempts by militants
along the LoC in North Kashmir killing four militants and recovered
huge cache of arms and ammunition. Army noticed the movement of
four militants near Atma Post One and Two, in Nowgam sector in
Kupwara District. The troops immediately launched an operation
in the area and challenged these infiltrators. They fired at the
troops leading to a fierce gun battle during which four militants
were killed. Huge quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered
from the killed militants which include four AK-47 rifles, one
UBGL, 3 radio sets I-com, four antennas, 2 GPS devices, 2 Samsung
mobiles, 4 wire cutters, two compasses, 21 AK magazines, 8 hand
grenades, 7 UBGL grenades, 554 AK ammunition, 4 rucksacks, 4 pouches,
Pakistani made medicines and dry fruit.
Army foiled second infiltration attempt in Gurez
sector of Bandipora District by a group of 4-5 militants. The
troops along the LoC at Losar Nallah in Bagtoor area of Gurez
sector noticed movement of a group of militants trying to infiltrate.
The troops fired at them and they fled back to Pakistan.
Third infiltration attempt was foiled by Army
in Tanghdar sector of the LoC in Kupwara District. A group of
4-5 militants under the cover of darkness tried to infiltrate
into the area. The troops of 26 Rajput noticed their movement
in Suffer Post area and challenged them. However, they fled back
to Pakistan. The massive search operation in Bagtoor and Tanghdar
is going on to ensure that no militant has managed to sneak in.
Army, CRPF and Police foiled major fidayeen attack
in the heart of Poonch town in Poonch District, killing three
militants after day-long operation at Alla Pir Mohalla in the
District. One Police personnel was killed and five others including
four Army and Police jawans and a civilian were
injured in the operation. The major fidayeen attack
by the militants in the border town of Poonch at the buildings,
which were only some distance away from the Brigade Headquarters
and other vital installations like SSP, Police Station and DC
offices. Sixteen QRTs of the Army from different parts of Poonch
District along with Police personnel executed the operation while
the assault was carried out by the Army Commandos, who were flown
from Northern Command Headquarters in Udhampur after location
of the militants was spotted using drone for the first time in
terror attack in Jammu region. IGP Jammu region Danesh Rana told
the Excelsior that three militants have been killed
in the day long operation but cordon hasn’t been lifted so far
and search and sanitization operations were still being carried
out by Army and Police personnel. Rana said once bodies of militants
were thoroughly examined, Police would come to know whether they
were part of freshly infiltrated group or had already sneaked-in.
Sources said body of the militant, who was killed in ‘Mir Manzil’
has been recovered while two bodies of militants were lying inside
under-construction Mini-Secretariat building, which have been
spotted through drone as well. However, these bodies haven’t been
recovered so far as security forces were suspecting movement of
one or two more militants inside (the building).
Militants hurled a grenade at a Police post in
Anantnag District, killing a civilian and injuring 10 persons
including three Policemen. Police said the militants hurled a
grenade at the Police post in Sherbagh area, at a time when people
were busy doing last-minute shopping for Eid on September 13.
The grenade exploded on a road injuring 10 persons, including
Bilal Ahmed, who later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital,
Police said. Out of the 10 injured, three Policemen were critical
and had been rushed to the Army hospital in Srinagar.
SFs recovered the body of a militant inside an
under construction mini secretariat building in Poonch District.
A senior Police official said while carrying out room to room
searches in the building in Poonch town, SFs found the body, taking
the toll of killed militants since September 11, to four. Two
SF personnel were also injured in the ensuing encounter. On September
11, the holed-up guerrillas started a gunfight with the SFs which
resulted in the killing of three militants and one Policeman.
Five others -- a Police official, a civilian and three soldiers
-- were also injured in the attack.
The Army busted a terrorist hideout and seized
arms and ammunition in Reasi District. Based on intelligence inputs,
personnel of RR, Territorial Army and J&K Police in a joint
operation seized a cache of arms and ammunition in Durimarari
area in Chasana of the District, an Army officer said.
Two persons were killed and over 100 injured as
protesters defied curfew at over 90 places across Jammu and Kashmir
on Eidul Adha, leading to massive clashes despite SFs taking assistance
of drones and helicopters at many places. Authorities imposed
curfew in entire Kashmir valley on Eid to prevent assembly of
people in prayer grounds and major Masjids across the Valley in
view of separatists call for march to the United Nations Military
Observers office in Srinagar. Despite tough measures, people defied
curfew at over 90 places across Kashmir forcing SFs to fire tear
smoke, pellets, chilly grenades to foil these protests. A protester
was killed as clashes broke out between SFs and protesters in
Bandipora District. One Mustafa Mir (22), son of Hameed Mir of
Dachigam village of Bandipora was hit by a tear smoke shell as
SFs fired tear smoke and pellets to disperse the protesters. Mir
was declared brought dead at the hospital. Clashes broke out in
Bandipora after SFs prevented people from marching towards Eidgah
where they were planning to offer prayers. Several protesters
were injured in pellet and tear smoke firing. A protester, Shabir
Ahmad son of Mohammad Yousuf, resident of Nagbal village of Imam
Sahib area was killed in clashes between SFs and protesters in
Shopian District of South Kashmir.
Six people were injured in the clashes that broke
out in Shopian and they were rushed to PHC Harmain. Around 20
protesters were injured at Memandar village in Shopian. Reports
said that clashes broke out at Memandar after protesters pelted
stones at SFs who fired tear smoke and pellets to disperse them.
At least 20 protesters were injured in clashes between SFs and
protesters in Dooru area of Anantnag in Anantnag District. Clashes
erupted after SFs tried to foil a protest march in Dooru area.
Over a dozen protesters were injured in Bijbehara area of Anantnag
District after SFs barred people from offering Eid prayers at
Eidgah. At least eight protesters were injured in clashes with
SFs in Kulgam District. Reports said that clashes erupted after
people defied curfew in Kulgam town. SFs fired tear smoke and
pellets to disperse the protesters in which 8 persons suffered
pellet injuries. At least 12 persons, including a woman, were
injured after SFs allegedly barged into homes in Zallura village
of Sopore in North Kashmir and beat up the inmates. Reports said
that the injured included an 80-year-old woman Saja Begum.
A Police spokesman said that in view of the UNO
march call of some groups, curfew and restrictions were imposed
in major parts of the Valley to avoid loss of life and property.
“Forty four incidents of stone pelting were reported from across
the Valley till filing of this report. Despite serious provocations
by the stone pelting mobs, the police and security force personnel
exhibited maximum restraint”, the spokesman said.
A Policeman injured in a militant attack on SFs
in Srinagar on August 15, died at AIIMS in New Delhi. Constable
Rouf Ahmed had sustained injuries in the attack in Nowhatta area
in Srinagar. He succumbed to injuries at the hospital. A CRPF
officer and two militants were killed while nine SF personnel
were injured when militants attacked them at Nowhatta in downtown
Srinagar. A Police spokesman said that a Policeman, who was injured
in an encounter with militants on 15th of August 2016, succumbed
to his injuries.
Army started massive search operations along the
LoC in Dawar area of Gurez in Bandipora District, against infiltrated
militants and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition. Army’s
36 RR conducted massive searches in the Dawar area against a group
of infiltrators which they believed have recently infiltrated
into the area and they recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition.
The arms and ammunition recovered include one AK-47 rifle, one
magazine, Pakistan made medicines, six rucksacks and ration that
was being used by these militants in the area. The search against
the group is on and Army believed that these militants are hiding
in the area.
Army’s 26th Rajput Rifles have
started a massive operation in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara District
against infiltrated militants and during the searches they recovered
one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, two grenades, one hair band with
HM written on it and a skullcap. Army sources said that around
500 militants are waiting on the launch pads along the LoC in
PoK ready to infiltrate ahead of winter. They said that these
militants are making frequent attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir.
Army has foiled several attempts of these militants this summer
and some of them were killed on the LoC and other fled back to
Pakistan. However, some of them managed to sneak in. Sources said
that Army didn’t want to take any chance and have intensified
its patrols along the LoC. It may be mentioned here that army
has recently moved one Brigade to LoC in Keran and Macchil sectors
of Kupwara District to strengthen the counter-infiltration grid.
Despite this, according to official figures, 72 militants have
managed to infiltrate into Kashmir this year so far while sources
said that the number of infiltrated militants could be much higher
than the official figure.
As turbulence continues unabated in the Valley,
the army has quietly moved an entire brigade into South Kashmir
as part of operation 'Calm Down' to clear it of militants and
India reacted sharply to remarks by the UNHCHR
on the situation in J&K, saying terrorism is the "grossest
violation" of human rights and should be so acknowledged
by any impartial and objective observer. India also asserted that
the unrest in the Valley has been "aggravated by sustained
cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan". Maintaining
that the UNHCHR has received conflicting narratives on the cause
for the confrontations in the Valley, External Affairs Ministry
said there is no comparison between the situation in the Indian
state of J&K and PoK.
A protester was killed in Sopore area in Baramulla
District, while curfew and curfew like restrictions in parts of
Kashmir and shutdown paralysed life in Kashmir for 68th day. A
protester was allegedly killed in SFs beating in a village in
Sopore area in the District, taking the death toll in the ongoing
violence to 81. The body of Manzoor Lone (24), son of Ghulam Rasool,
resident of Hardshiva was found in a stone quarry. Lone was missing
since September 13 after a group of youth threw stones at Army
who later chased them. Residents alleged that Lone was caught
by Army and thrashed and later he died and his body was recovered.
However, Army denied any involvement in the death of the protester.
The news of his death led to protests in the area. However, Police
and paramilitary CRPF personnel fired teargas to disperse the
Curfew and curfew like restrictions in parts of
Srinagar and other major towns and shutdown paralysed life in
Kashmir during which protests were reported at few places. A Police
spokesman said that apart from a few stray incidents of stone
pelting the situation remained normal and under control throughout
the Valley. He said curfew was imposed in the towns of Baramulla
and Handwara, while as, restrictions were imposed in some parts
of the Valley.
BSF captured a Kashmiri youth, who had reached
Octroi Post along the IB in RS Pura sector in Jammu District.
He has been identified as Umar Ashraf (28), son of Mohammad Ashraf,
a resident of Pattan, Baramulla District.
A youth, who was injured last week in SFs firing
on protesters in Kulgam District, succumbed at SKIMS in Soura,
taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest to 82. Rasik Ahmed
Bhat (23), son of Muhammad Yousuf Bhat of Nowpora, Kulgam was
hit by bullet in his head during clashes with SFs on September
5. The protests broke out at Nowpora in Kulgam soon after the
body of Bhat reached there. Large number of people took to streets
and held a protest demonstration.
Curfew and curfew like restrictions in parts of
Srinagar and other major towns and shutdown paralysed life in
Kashmir during which protests were reported at few places. The
shops and commercial establishments, petrol pumps, school and
colleges remained closed and traffic was off the roads and train
services between Banihal and Baramulla also remained suspended
for 69th day. However, there was some movement of private cars
in Civil Lines area of Srinagar city. The BSNL broadband, internet
and mobile phone services across Kashmir valley remained shut.
Post-paid mobile phones of BSNL are working, but outgoing call
facility on pre-paid phones continued to remain suspended. The
broadband services have been snapped for the second time since
July 9, a day after the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani.
A Police spokesman in Srinagar, said that curfew
was lifted from all parts of the Valley, even as restrictions
continued in some parts of the Valley. “Restrictions under Section
144/CrPC remained imposed in some parts of the Valley”, said a
spokesman. “Apart from a few stray incidents of stone pelting,
the situation remained normal and under control throughout the
Valley till filing of this report,” he said. “Last evening some
miscreants set ablaze, Zaiqa Cafeteria, of Tourism department
at Awantipora. The building suffered damages in this incident.
Fire was brought under control by fire tenders”, the spokesman
said. He said miscreants set ablaze Government Middle School at
Kanjikullah, Yaripora during the intervening night of September
13 and 14. “The school building suffered damages in the incident,”
The separatists issued fresh protest and strike
calendar till September 22.
A protester was killed in Srinagar and another
who was injured in Pulwama early this month succumbed to injuries
in SMHS hospital. Dead body of a youth, Momin Altaf Gania son
of Altaf Ahmad Gania of New Theed, was recovered from Theed area
of Srinagar. Reports said that Gania was missing since evening
after Police fired tear smoke and pellets to disperse protesters
in the area. Residents after searches found the body of Gania
from an orchard. Protests broke out in the area soon after the
body was recovered. A protester from Pulwama, Basit Mukhtar, who
suffered pellet injuries on September 5, during protests, succumbed
to injuries in Srinagar, taking the death toll in unrest since
the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani to 84.
Police arrested 62 people including noted human
rights activist and spokesman of the JKCCS, Khurram Perwaiz, on
charges of fomenting trouble in Kashmir. A Police spokesman said
that 62 miscreants who have been involved in the offences of damaging
civilian vehicles, vandalizing of shops and also placing obstructions
on roads and lanes have been arrested during last 24 hours across
Kashmir. Police arrested Khurram from his house in Srinagar. He
was taken to Ram Munshi Bagh Police Station. On September 14,
he was prevented from traveling to the ongoing UNHRC Session in
Geneva by the Immigration authorities at Indira Gandhi International
Airport in Delhi.
Authorities imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar
and other major towns of Kashmir on the occasion of Friday to
prevent protests. A Police spokesman said that in view of the
violence and stone pelting incidents on the previous Fridays,
curfew was imposed in parts of Srinagar and in the towns of Anantnag,
Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla and Handwara.
Ten protesters were injured in clashes with SFs
after Friday prayers in Dooru village of Anantnag District. The
injured were shifted to District Hospital Anantnag and three of
them had received pellet injuries. Clashes erupted in Baramulla
District also, after prayers as SFs fired teargas on protesters.
A protest rally was taken out in old town Baramulla when SFs from
across the Jhelum River fired teargas to foil it. Following the
teargas, clashes erupted at Azad Gunj and Cement Bridge in the
Three persons who were allegedly involved in arson
in Rajouri town in Rajouri District on September 14 were arrested
by Police raiding teams from different locations. They were identified
as Mohd Mushtaq, Mohd Sahil and Mohd Shafiq-all residents of Bela
Colony in Rajouri. Further, Police was looking for some more youth
who were involved in arson and causing damage to several establishments
during violent protests on September 14.
An 11-year-old boy was killed allegedly in clashes
with SFs at Theed Harwan on the outskirts of Srinagar. His pellet-ridden
body was found triggering massive protests in the area. Villagers
alleged that the boy, Nasir Shafiq Qazi, had gone missing after
protesters were chased by SFs. His body was found near the Dachigam
national park. The death, which took the toll of the ongoing violence
to 81, led to massive outrage, with thousands of villagers participating
in the funeral procession. Several protesters hurled stones on
SF and tried to prevent the burial, demanding the culprits be
booked and arrested.
A Police and an ITBP officer were injured in Kashmir
as protesters pelted stones on SFs at various places. The curfew,
curfew like restrictions and separatist sponsored shut down paralyzed
life in Kashmir, and the killing of a youth in clashes in Theed
Harwan in the outskirts of Srinagar led to massive protests in
the area. Police said that in its continuous drive against miscreants
and instigators, 58 individuals found involved in the offences
of damaging civilian vehicles, shops/houses and placing obstructions
on roads/lanes have been arrested during last 24 hours.
18 Army personnel were killed when fidayeen
(suicide squad) militants attacked an Army infantry battalion
in Uri area in Baramulla District. At least four militants were
also killed in the encounter. Police sources said the fidayeen
militants stormed the Army camp in North Kashmir's Uri town near
the LoC around 4 a.m. Some of the equipment carried by the terrorists
who attacked Uri Army camp on September 18, morning had Pakistani
markings on them, said Ranbir Singh, the DGMO. Giving details
of the attack that left 17 soldiers martyred; the DGMO also said
that initial reports of probe into the attack suggest that all
of them were foreign terrorists and belonged to terror outfit
UHM Rajnath Singh postponed his scheduled visit
to Russia and the United States in the wake of the attack in Uri
and the unrest in J&K and called an emergency meeting to review
the situation arising out of the terror strike. Singh also spoke
to the J&K Governor and CM Mehbooba Mufti on the situation
arising out of the terror strike in Uri.
Some of the equipment carried by the terrorists
who attacked Uri Army camp had Pakistani markings on them, said
the DGMO, Ranbir Singh. Giving details of the attack that left
17 soldiers martyred; the DGMO also said that initial reports
of probe into the attack suggest that all of them were foreign
terrorists and belonged to terror outfit JeM. The terrorists who
carried out the attack were heavily armed, the Army said. The
Army has recovered four AK 47 rifles and four UBGL, from the killed
terrorists. Assuring a befitting reply to the perpetrators of
the terror attack, the DGMO said, "I assure you that the
Army is prepared for any evil design by the adversary and will
give a befitting response".
Sepoy K Vikas Janardhan, who was injured after
the attack at an infantry battalion in Uri in Baramulla District
of J&K on September 18 succumbed to his injuries. Earlier, SATP
had reported that 17 personnel were killed in a fidayeen attack
on an Army infantry battalion in Uri area in Baramulla District
on September 18. At least four militants were also killed
in the encounter.
One terrorist was killed in an attack on a Police
post in the Langate area of Handwara in Kupwara District. This
took place a day after the terrorist attack on an Army camp in
Uri that killed 18 soldiers.
Unidentified assailants opened fire at a Police
party in the Kellar area of Shopian District. However, there was
no loss of life or damage.
SF personnel busted a militant hideout in Tral
forests of Pulwama District and recovered three rifles and ammunition.
The ammunition was, however, rusted as it was dumped by militants’
Police arrested 45 persons on charges of creating
trouble in Kashmir. These people were arrested for disturbing
the situation in the Valley by placing obstructions on roads/lanes,
damaging civilian vehicles and shops. A Police spokesman said
that barring stray stone pelting incidents in Sopore and Shopian,
overall situation remained under control today across the valley.
“Increased vehicular traffic and movement of people was observed
on roads between various districts and towns of the valley including
Srinagar city”, the spokesman added.
Curfew, restrictions and shutdown continued on
the 73rd consecutive day in Jammu and Kashmir
while the clashes and protests were reported from several parts
of the Valley.
The Post paid mobile services that were snapped
last week on September 12, were restored. A Police spokesman said
that with the improvement in the situation post paid mobile services
were restored tonight. Curfew remained in force in five Police
Station areas of Srinagar’s Old City including MR Gunj, Nowhatta,
Safa Kadal, Rainawari and in Khanyar. Huge contingents of SFs
were deployed in all these areas who had erected barricades to
restrict civilian movement. In other areas of Srinagar, a complete
shutdown was observed with all kinds of business and educational
activities shut but private transport was plying in Civil Lines
areas. Minor clashes were reported from several areas of Srinagar
including Habba Kadal, Batamaloo, Khanyar. However, SFs fired
tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The Army said, it reserves the right to respond
to any cross-border terror attack “at the time and place of our
own choosing”, a day after the Uri strike that was blamed on a
Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM. The Army also said it has the
desired capability to respond to any blatant acts of aggression
and violence as deemed appropriate by us. “The Indian Army has
displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist
situation both along the Line of Control and in hinterland. However,
we have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts
of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,” DGMO,
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said in a statement to the media
at the South Block. “We reserve the right to respond to any act
of the adversary at the time and place of our own choosing,” he
The JeM had carried out multiple terror strikes
in Jammu and Kashmir but none were as audacious as the Uri attack
in Baramulla District on September 18. After the Uri strike, JeM
has joined the league of top terror groups like LeT and Al Qaeda,
especially as the attack followed the one on the Pathankot airbase
on January 2, 2016. In contrast, the LeT, considered the biggest
active terror group in the subcontinent, has failed to demonstrate
its striking capability post Mumbai 26/11 as it has come under
various international sanctions. Its groups of militants who infiltrated
into India recently were either killed or arrested. JeM has been
constantly upping its ante inside the valley after 2012 under
the banner of 'Afzal Guru Squad.' Set up in 2000 by Maulana Masood
Azhar — released by the NDA Government, after the hijacking of
Indian Airlines flight to Kandahar 1999 — JeM was once isolated
within Pakistan but appears to have got a new lease of life including
support from the ISI. The group was also responsible for an attack
on an Army camp in Tangdar area Kupwara District in November last
The NRSC will help the NIA to map the attack site
using satellite images at Uri in Baramulla District, once NIA
takes over the probe into the terrorist attack, to weave the big
picture on one of the worst terror attacks on the Army that killed
18 soldiers. The satellite image will help investigators to connect
the dots instead of hand-drawn sketches. The Centre has informally
conveyed its decision to the NIA on handing over the Uri probe,
but NIA is still waiting for the official notification from the
MHA. A team of six NIA officials from New Delhi are camping in
Srinagar and are expected to visit the spot once the MHA issues
the order. NIA sources said that irrespective of what the Army
feels about JeM being the perpetrator of the attacks, NIA will
conduct an independent investigation to confirm the information.
Army foiled two infiltration attempts in along
the LoC in J&K killing at least eight infiltrators while one
Army jawan was killed. Army sources said that troops in the forward
areas at Gorital sector of Lachipora village in Uri in Baramulla
District, found suspicious movement of a 10-12 militants trying
to sneak into Indian Territory. He said that in the exchange of
fire, eight infiltrators were shot dead by Army’s 10 Dogra Regiment.
Sources said that since the bodies are lying
in the ravine near the Pakistani forward posts it is difficult
to retrieve the bodies as the troops can come under fire if they
go nearer. He said that Army does not want to take a chance
to retrieve the bodies. He, however, said that they are clearly
visible from Indian forward posts.
In an encounter that raged at Neeriyan forest
area in Nowgam sector of Handwara in Kupwara District between
infiltrated militants and Army’s 20 Dogra regiment, one Army jawan
Havaldar Madan Lal was killed in the gun battle. An
Army spokesman said that Army foiled an infiltration bid in Nowgam
sector along the LoC in North Kashmir in which one soldier was
killed and operation against the infiltrated group is going
Army and Police raided Sangarwani forest area
in Pulwama District after inputs that five-eight militants of
JeM outfit are inside the forest area. As the SFs cordoned off
the area, militants fled leaving behind some food stuff.
A PSO of the Minister for Science and Technology,
Sajjad Lone, had close shave when he was thrashed by a group of
protesters in Old city in Srinagar, and his motor cycle was set
ablaze. Shabir Ahmad, the PSO of Sajjad Lone who was on way to
old city this evening was stopped by a group of protesters at
Nawab Bazar Bridge. The protesters were frisking people and checking
their identity cards and when they found a Police card in his
possession, he was thrashed but he managed to escape. His, motor
cycle was, however, set on fire. He was rescued by the Police.
This is the second time since last evening that motor cycle of
Policeman has been set on fire. On September 20, a Police was
thrashed in Batamaloo area of Srinagar and his motor cycle was
also set on fire.
With a view to tackle two and half month long
unrest in the Kashmir valley, the UMHA has sanctioned engagement
of additional 10,000 SPOs in Police Department of J&K. An
official ordered issued by the MHA said the additional number
of 10,000 SPOs will be over and above the existing strength of
the SPOs, who will be utilized for security related requirements.
The MHA would reimburse expenditure (incurred on salaries) of
10,000 additional SPOs to the State Government as per the existing
Two Pakistani nationals were arrested during search
operations by the Army and the BSF in the Uri sector in Baramulla
District. They were questioned even as the Army continued to exchange
fire with infiltrators at Nowgam in Handwara, Kupwara District.
The four terrorists who attacked the Army base
in Uri sector in Baramulla District on September 18, killing 18
soldiers, belonged to LeT, and managed to sneak in by cutting
the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation
at two places, investigations have shown. In an indication that
the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the army base
close to the LoC, the assailants locked the cooking room and store
from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting
them afire, sources privy to the probe said. The investigators
are not ruling out "insider help" to the terrorists
in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the
intruders once inside the army base, the sources said, adding
the attackers first cut the perimeter fencing at two places. After
locking the cooking room and store, two of the terrorists started
moving towards the officers’ quarters within the base but they
were gunned down before they could inflict any further damage,
they said. The two GPS sets recovered from the slain militants
were damaged during the attack and have been handed over to the
NIA, which is probing the case.
A militant was killed in an encounter with SFs
in Bandipora District. They said troops on specific information
about the presence of militants launched a search operation at
Aragam village in Bandipora. However, when the SFs were moving
towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there
opened fire with automatic weapons. SFs also retaliated and in
the fire-fight a militant was killed.
An AK-47 rifle, five AK Magazines, 3 Chinese grenades,
one GPS and one mobile phone was recovered from the killed militant
following the cordon and search operation carried out after the
encounter. Sources said that Army’s 3 RR and SOG Bandipora on
a specific information about presence of a group of militants
in the area cordoned it off during which militants opened fire
on troops leading to a gun battle in which one militant was killed.
They said four militants managed to escape. The group is believed
to have infiltrated from Macchil sector this summer and then shifted
to Lolab before arriving in Bandipora last week.
A Pakistani national was arrested at IB in Akhnoor
sector in Jammu District by the BSF.
Police arrested 57 persons on charges of stone
pelting and creating trouble in Jammu and Kashmir while curfew
in parts of Srinagar, restrictions and shutdown paralysed life
in Valley. Curfew remained in force in parts of Srinagar with
Police and CRPF patrolling the streets, which had blocked the
main roads with concertina wire and stationed mobile bunkers at
various places in these areas to prevent violence. However, in
rest of the Valley, there was no curfew but restrictions at many
places. The shops, business establishments, schools and colleges
remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some private
vehicles were plying in Civil Lines area of Srinagar. The train
services between Banihal and Baramulla remained suspended since
July 9. The mobile internet and pre-paid mobile services remained
suspended. According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police
Headquarters Kashmir, the overall situation remained under control
across the Valley. “There was no curfew in the Valley except in
Anantnag town and the areas falling under three police stations
of Srinagar city,” the statement said. It said 57 individuals
found involved in creating disruption in traffic movement, opening
of shops as also damaging public, private property were arrested.
Stone-throwing clashes were reported at Habba
Kadal and Fateh Kadal areas of Old Srinagar during which SFs used
teargas and pepper gas against the protesters. In the evening,
stone-pelting clashes erupted at Nowhatta, Rajouri Kadal, Zaldagar,
Gojwara and few other areas of Old City. Clashes erupted after
SFs contingents were withdrawn from the old city areas. Police
fired teargas and pepper grenades against the protesters. Clashes
erupted at Gugloosa and Trehgam villages of Kupwara district,
Balsoo village of Kulgam district and in Shopian town. At Pulwama
villages, the protesters enforcing shutdown resorted to stone-pelting
on private vehicles. The violent stone-throwing clashes also erupted
at Khanpora in Baramulla District after Police arrested one Fayaz
Kumar from the area. Police responded by firing teargas towards
the rock-throwing protesters. The clashes continued for several
hours but no one was reported to have sustained injuries. Clashes
erupted between youth and SFs in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s
Anantnag District while scores of vehicles were damaged by the
youth in the area. The youth took to streets and ransacked windowpanes
of vehicles and started pelting stones on SFs at Goriwan area.
SFs fired tear gas to disperse the youth.
The SFs in J&K resorted to firing after noticing
suspicious activity along the LoC. The BSF
personnel opened fire after spotting movement in the Keran sector in
the frontier District of Kupwara. Search operations are underway
in the area.
A protester was killed after SFs opened fire at
the protesters in Sopore area in Baramulla District. The youth
identified as Waseem Ahmad Lone (22), son of Nazir Ahmad Lone,
resident of Nadihal in Sopore sustained bullet injuries and later
succumbed to his injuries. Lone’s killing sparked fresh protests
in the area. The protesters targeted SFs who in return fired tear
smoke to disperse them. Clashes erupted between protesters and
SFs in Saloosa Kreeri area of Baramulla District. People of the
area had decided to offer congregational prayers jointly Saloosa.
However, SFs fired teargas during which several people were injured.
Twenty protesters were injured in clashes between
protesters and SFs in Kokernag area in Anantnag District.
At least 12 protesters were injured during the
clashes between protesters and SFs in Gulshan Abad Charar-e-Shareef
town in Budgam District. Three protesters sustained pellet injuries
in the eyes. At least three protesters were injured during the
clashes between protesters and SFs in Bagh-e-Noordin area of Charar-e-Shareef
in teargas shelling.
Curfew remained in force in parts of Srinagar
with Police and CRPF patrolling the streets and had blocked the
main roads with concertina wire and had stationed mobile bunkers
at various places in these areas to prevent violence. In Bandipora,
SFs fired teargas and pellets to foil a proposed protest rally
in the area in which scores of people were injured. SFs fired
teargas and pellets to disperse protesters who were preparing
to take out the rally from Jamia Masjid Bandipora to Gulshan Chowk.
In Ajas Bandipora, a protest rally was held at Eidgah after Friday
prayers. Clashes erupted between protesters and SFs during which
SFs fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The BSF opened fire at the LoC in Keran sector
of Kupwara District, after it observed suspicious movement. The
BSF deployed at the forward posts along the LoC at Upper Bore
in Keran sector opened fire after it saw suspicious movement on
the LoC. Massive searches were launched by Army and BSF near the
LoC in the area. However, nothing was found. Yesterday Army foiled
two infiltration attempts in North Kashmir’s Nowgam sector.
The BSF arrested a Pakistani militant from Pargwal
sector of Akhnoor tehsil , when he was trying
to negotiate border fencing to cross over into the Indian Territory.
During preliminary questioning, he has revealed his identity as
Abdul Qayoom (32) son of Bhag Ali, resident of Pul Bajuan village
in Sialkot of Pakistan. He was in possession of one dual SIM Nokia
mobile handset. An official handout issued by DIG of BSF Dharmendra
Pareek said the militant has revealed that in 2004, he underwent
“Daura e- Aam” militant training with LeT outfit at Mansera training
camp in Muzaffarabad in PoK. Thereafter, he actively worked for
LeT and remained associated with distribution of Jihadi Literature
and magazine like Gajwa and Jarar etc as well as collection of
fund for the outfit.
Over 250 persons including the separatist leaders
and known stone pelters have been booked under PSA since July
9, after the violence broke out in Jammu and Kashmir claiming
over 84 lives and injuring over 13000. Official figures revealed
that 250 persons were booked under PSA including Human Rights
activist, Khurram Pervaiz, and many separatist leaders and hardcore
stone pelters. These people were booked under PSA to put an end
to 77 days of violence in Kashmir. The official figures suggested
that over 3200 stone pelters and trouble makers have been arrested
by Police since July. Out of these around 2500 have been released
on bail while over 500 are in Police and judicial custody and
250 have been booked under PSA. The officials said that there
have been over 2000 stone pelting incidents during 77 days of
violence in Kashmir during which 54 installations of Police and
Government have been damaged and around 40 installations of Police
and Government have been set ablaze by violent mob. The officials
said that situation has shown considerable improvement with the
arrest of stone pelters and their handlers across Kashmir. As
per the official figures the violence levels have gone down by
90 percent. The official data revealed that during initial days
of unrest, at least 150 incidents of stone pelting were being
reported daily and now these incidents have come down between
8 to 20 incidents daily. The Fridays have been worst as initially
despite curfew and curfew like restrictions in most parts of Kashmir,
at least 100 stone pelting incidents were reported. These incidents
have now come down to over 30 now. As the Para-Military Forces
were less in number initially and Government was short of Forces
but over 20, 000 Para-Military Force personnel have been brought
for law and order duty to control the violence. Army has also
rushed one Brigade to worst hit South Kashmir for area dominance
and tackling militancy which has increased during the unrest.
Indian Army and BSF arrested two men from PoK
who had been acting as guides for infiltrating terror groups into
India from the LoC in Uri sector in Baramulla District. The two
men, Ahasan Khursheed and Faisal Hussain Awaan are working for
JeM, said the Army in a statement. The agencies were in the process
of ascertaining if the four fidayeen involved in the September
18, terror attack at Uri were also provided a safe passage across
LoC by the two arrested men. "The duo was recruited two years
ago by Jaish-e-Mohammad and were guiding terrorists to infiltrate
across the line of control" the statement added. While Khursheed
belongs to Khaliana Kalan village, Awan is from Pottha Jahangir
village. Both villages are in PoK.
Sialkot-based Abdul Qayum who has claimed to be
the former security personnel of LeT ‘chief’ Hafiz Saeed, was
arrested from the Pargwal region of Akhnoor sector in Jammu by
the BSF. A mobile phone and two sim cards were recovered from
Precautionary measures, restrictions were imposed
in three Police station areas of the Srinagar city, Handwara and
Chadoora area of Budgam District. According to a statement issued
by Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, Police, during past 24 hours,
arrested 39 miscreants wanted in the offences of creating disruption
in traffic movement by stone pelting and by placing obstructions
on roads and lanes, harassing shopkeepers and also found involved
in damaging public/private property.
Curfew was lifted from all parts of Kashmir, but
restrictions on assembly of people remained in force in most areas
as a precautionary measure. "The entire Kashmir Valley is
curfew-free today but restrictions are in place in many parts
as a precautionary measure," a Police official said. He said
the curfew was lifted following improvement in the situation on
September 24. There were no reports of any untoward incident from
anywhere in the Valley on September 25. Shops and other business
establishments remained closed due to separatist call for shut
down for the 79th straight day while public transport remained
off the roads. However, markets are expected to open at 2 PM as
the separatist groups have announced a 16-hour relaxation in the
shutdown till 6 AM on September 26.
Curfew like restrictions were imposed in three
Police Station areas – MR Gunj, Nowhatta and Khanyar – in Srinagar’s
Old City with hundreds of Police and Paramilitary personnel deployed
across these areas. The other areas of the Old City were also
under restrictions but movement of civilians was being allowed
there. In the evening, stone-throwing clashes erupted at many
areas of Old City including Habba Kadal during which SFs fired
teargas and pepper gas to disperse the protesters. In Civil Lines
and uptown area of Srinagar, there was some movement of private
transport and pedestrians but all the shops, commercial establishments,
educational institutes and banks were closed. The SFs were deployed
at sensitive areas in strength. Clashes and protests were reported
from Qaimoh, Achabal and Shangus area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag
District. Police had imposed restrictions in Handwara and Chadoora
areas of North and Central Kashmir. At Nadihal in Baramulla District,
thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Waseem Ahmad
Lone, who was killed in SFs firing on September 23.
Three paramilitary CPRF personnel were injured
in a grenade blast at Wanpoh in Kulgam District. Police said militants
hurled a grenade at around 2 pm on a CRPF party of 90th battalion
who were performing law and order duties. The grenade exploded
injuring the CRPF personnel. A manhunt was launched to arrest
the attackers. Police in a statement said: “This afternoon unknown
militants hurled a grenade on CRPF party of 99-Bn deployed for
ROP duty near Government Higher Secondary School Wanpoh, Mir Bazaar
in district Kulgam. Three CRPF personnel sustained injuries in
the incident. HM, while claiming responsibility for the attack,
said that such attacks will continue in future.
Army launched a major search operation along the
LoC in Gurez sector of Bandipora District, after they found suspicious
movement. Army cordoned off village Jalandhra in Bagtoor area
of Gurez near the LoC after they found militants movement there.
As they launched searches, they were fired upon. The searches
have been intensified; however, no contact was established with
the militants. Army has intensified searches along LoC and forest
areas after reports that large number of militants are trying
to infiltrate into Kashmir and some of them have managed to sneak
in the forests near the LoC.
Four persons including APHC leaders and separatists
have already been arrested by Police for provoking the youth to
take to protests in support of Kashmir unrest. Curfew was imposed
in Kishtwar following protests by the people after Police arrested
A girl was killed and her sister badly injured
in a stone pelting incident in the outskirts of Srinagar. A Police
spokesman said that stone pelting led to death of a girl when
she along with her sister was hit by a vehicle near Parimpora,
Srinagar. The vehicle was reversing and hit the girls as it came
under stone pelting. “The girls were identified as Fozia and Nadia
daughters of Mohammad Sidiq Lone resident of Gulbagh. They were
hit by a cream colour Scorpio near Rogan Gali Parimpora. The driver
while reversing his vehicle hit the girls as his vehicle was stoned
by the miscreants early morning”, said the Police spokesman. Police
said one person Furqan Hamid Son of Abdul Hamid resident of Zoonimar
was injured when miscreants pelted stones on him near Allie Masjid
Eidgah, Safa Kadal. “He received injury in his head. The injured
person has been shifted to SKIMS Soura for treatment, where his
condition is stable”, the spokesman said.
Three Police Station areas of Srinagar’s Old City
– MR Gunj, Nowhatta and Khanyar -were placed under restrictions
with hundreds of Police and paramilitary personnel deployed on
streets. However, in other areas of Srinagar SFs were deployed
in sensitive areas but there was civilian movement without any
disruption in these areas. In the evening, stone-throwing clashes
erupted at many Old City localities including Nowhatta and Noorbagh
during which SFs fired teargas and pepper gas at the protesters.
In Civil Lines and uptown areas of the Srinagar, movement of private
transport and pedestrians was seen since early morning but shops,
commercial establishments, educational institutes and most of
the banks were closed. The SFs were deployed at sensitive areas
in strength. Clashes and protests erupted at Samboora area of
Pulwama District in which three people sustained injuries and
also at Bijbehara in Anantnag District and Drugmulla in Kupwara
District of Central Kashmir. The Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir
statement said that the situation remained by and large normal
and peaceful on September 27 although a couple of stray stone
pelting incidents were reported. The statement, an incident of
arson was reported from Kulgam. “Miscreants in their attempt to
disturb the situation set on fire a Panchayat Ghar at village
Kujar in District Kulgam,” it said.
Police arrested 51 people across Kashmir on charges
of creating trouble in Valley. Police statement said that in its
continuous efforts to curb the activities of trouble mongers Police
arrested 51 ‘miscreants’ during past 24 hours who were involved
in different offences of causing disturbance in the situation
in the Valley. The statement said that during the day good movement
of traffic was observed in the Valley including the city Srinagar.
“A large number of street vendors selling different articles of
daily use were on the streets of Srinagar city,” it said.
Authorities’ relaxed curfew in Kishtwar town for
six hours as normalcy prevailed in all parts even as Police made
fifth arrest from Tund Hidyal. He has been identified as Syed
Asif alias Yasir son of Bashir Ahmad resident
of Astan Bala, presently putting up at Tund Hidyal. Official sources
said the District administration initially relaxed curfew in Kishtwar
for four hours from 12 noon to 4 pm. However, due to complete
normalcy prevailing in the town, authorities extended the relaxation
period by another two hours up to 6 pm. “No untoward incident
was reported from any part of Kishtwar town during curfew relaxation,”
Army and Police recovered a large quantity of
arms and ammunition from a hideout of the militants during a joint
search operation in Linga Manjmi area falling under the jurisdiction
of Dessa Police Station in Doda District. Reports revealed that
Police on a tip off launched a search operation in the Linga Manjmi
area in wee hours of this morning. A column 10 RR also joined
the operation. The suspected area was cordoned off and during
searches troops located a natural hideout of the militants. Recoveries
made from the hideout included one AK-47 rifle, eight 12 bore
rifles, one UBGL, one grenade, one Chinese grenade, 2263 ammunition
of AK-47, two diaries, one purse, one notebook, two AK magazines,
two radio seats and two Chinese pistols. “It appeared that the
consignment of arms and ammunition was hidden by militants who
had been operating in the area in the past and had since been
killed or migrated to the other parts of the State. No active
militant is operating in Doda district for the last five years.
However, the consignment could have been used to revive subversive
activities in the areas,” official sources said.
The NIA took into custody the two men from PoK
arrested by Army in connection with its probe into the attack
at an Army camp in Uri in Baramulla District even as it established
the identity of one of the four slain attackers as belonging to
PoK. The NIA took over the custody of the two men identified as
Ahasan Khursheed alias DC, a resident of Khaliana
Kalan and Faisal Hussain Awan, a resident of Pottha Jahangir—both
in PoK, and would produce them before a designated court soon,
official sources said. The two were arrested by the BSF and the
Army in a joint operation at ‘Angoor Post’ at Gavalata village
in Uri when they were trying to infiltrate into India. The duo
initially claimed that they had inadvertently crossed into India
but after sustained interrogation they not only informed the security
agencies about the two guides who had helped the terrorists to
infiltrate but also helped them in identifying one of the militant
involved in the attack, the sources said. One of the killed terrorist
was identified by NIA as Hafiz Ahmed of Darbang in Muzaffarabad Tehsil of
PoK. The two had been recruited initially by Pakistan-based terror
outfit JeM for guiding its militants to infiltrate across the
LoC and later they helped other militant groups as well, the sources
Pakistan Army violated ceasefire along the LoC
in Sabjian sector of Poonch District, resorting to heavy arms
firing followed by mortar shelling for about an hour. The Indian
side retaliated and gave affecting response, silencing the Pakistani
guns. Official sources said Pakistan Army started heavy firing
in Sabjian sector targeting forward posts of the Indian Army and
border villages for about an hour. However, again, the Pakistani
troops started mortar shelling in the same sector, which continued
for one more hour. There were no reports of any casualties or
damage on the Indian side in Pakistan shelling or firing, sources
Militants snatched rifle from security guard of
a former MLC, while another attempt to snatch it from a former
Minister was foiled in South Kashmir. Police said militants snatched
a rifle from the guard of a former legislator in Shopian District
of South Kashmir. MLC Abdul Rehman Tukroo said that his PSO was
inside the washroom when somebody took away his rifle in Tukroo
village. Police said that they have identified the man who snatched
the rifle as Waseem Ahmad Khanday of Keller. A hunt has been launched
to trace him out.
Police guards of former Minister Syed Bashir Ahmad
at Sheikhhar Rajpora in Pulwama District foiled an attempt by
militants to snatch rifles from them. Police said that the militants
tried to snatch rifles form the security guards of the former
Minister but the guards resisted by firing at them. Militants
fled after they were fired at. However, there was no loss of life.
A SPO was injured in an encounter near the LoC
in Mendhar area of Poonch District. “The encounter is going on
in Mankote forest belt (near LoC) in Mendhar area of Poonch district,”
a senior officer said. One SPO suffered minor injuries, he said,
adding intermittent firing is going on. Army and other SFs have
cordoned off the area, he said.
Police arrested 73 people for creating trouble
in the Valley. “During the past 24 hours, police arrested 73 such
individuals who were involved in causing disturbances by harassing
shopkeepers, creating disruptions in traffic movement by placing
obstructions on roads and lanes, besides involved in damaging
public/private property in different parts of the Valley,” according
to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir.
Shutdown continued on 83rd straight day in Kashmir
while minor clashes were reported in a few areas of Srinagar.
Clashes were reported from Noor Bagh area of Srinagar on September
29, during which SFs fired teargas to disperse the protesters.
Clashes continued till late evening. SFs allegedly thrashed scores
of people who were travelling through the Noor Bagh to Cement
Kadal road. Clashes were reported from Habba Kadal area of Srinagar.
Clashes broke out between protesters and SFs in Habba Kadal area
of Srinagar during which SFs used teargas to disperse them. Clashes
were reported in Kani Kadal, Chota Bazar area of Srinagar during
which scores of tear gas shells were fired by the SFs to disperse
One more soldier, who was injured in the Uri attack,
succumbed to his injuries, taking the toll to 19. The soldier
was undergoing treatment at Army's Research and Referral Hospital.
He succumbed to his injuries, Defence sources said. Earlier, SATP
reported, 18 Army personnel were killed when fidayeen militants
attacked an Army infantry battalion in Uri area in Baramulla District
of Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016. At least four militants
were also killed in the encounter.
Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops
opened firing from small arms along the LoC in Pallanwalla sector
of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu District. This is
the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September and the
third in the past 36 hours. “There were small arms firing (from
Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwalla, Chapriyal
and Samnam areas in Akhnoor tehsil,” official sources said. There
was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing. Yesterday,
Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoi area of Mendhar
sector of Poonch District without any casualty. On September 28,
the Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire by opening firing
on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Sabjian area Poonch sector.
Militants attacked a SFs' picket in Kulgam District.
"Militants opened fire on a joint picket of Police and CRPF
at Behibagh in Yaripora area of Kulgam District at around 5.00pm,"
a Police official said. He said no one was hurt in the attack
carried out by militants, who fled from the scene after firing.
SFs cordoned off the area and launched search operations to track
down the assailants, he said.
Authorities sealed city centre Lal Chowk to foil
protest march by separatists even as curfew, restrictions and
shutdown paralysed life in Kashmir for 84th day. Authorities sealed
Lal Chowk and imposed curfew and restrictions in Srinagar to foil
the protest march called by the separatist leaders of the APHC
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq and Mohammad
Yasin Malik. Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas were sealed last
night and Police and Para- Military Forces were patrolling the
areas to foil separatist march. The old city areas were also sealed
with concertina wires and mobile bunkers were put at vantage points
to prevent movement of people and traffic.
Police arrested 49 persons on charges of creating
trouble in Valley. According to a statement issued by the Zonal
Police Headquarters Kashmir, situation across the Valley remained
under control although stray incidents of stone pelting were reported.
“As a precautionary measure curfew was imposed in few police stations
of Srinagar today while all other areas of the Valley remained
curfew free,” the statement said. According to the statement,
after Friday prayers stray stone pelting incidents were reported
from Sopore, Bandipora and Srinagar. “Miscreants in their attempt
to disturb the situation assembled on roads and pelted stones
on police and security force deployments,” it said adding they
were chased away by SFs using some force. “Barring these incidents
situation remained under control,” the statement said adding that
the Police in its continuous and sustained drive against miscreants
arrested 49 such individuals involved in different offences of
disturbing the situation in different parts of the Valley.
A protester, identified as Muzzafar Ahmad son
of Mohammad Ramzan resident of Check-e-Kawoosa in Narbal area
in Budgam District, who was injured during protests last month
succumbed to injuries at SKIMS Soura hospital in Srinagar, taking
the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley to 88.
He suffered multiple pellet injuries during the protests in the
area on September 14. Thousands of people attended the funeral
prayers at his village in the District. The protests were held
in the area after his funeral and Police fired tear smoke to foil
Police spokesman of the Zonal Police Headquarters
Kashmir, said that to curb the activities of trouble mongers Police
arrested 51 such individuals involved in various offences of creating
disturbances in different part of the Valley. The arrested includes,
Ummat-e-Islami senior leader, Moulana Sarjan Barkati. He was wanted
for his fiery speeches and inciting people for protests. He was
arrested at Wanpoh in Anantnag District while he was on way to
Arwani. He was booked under PSA. Barkati was instrumental in organizing
protest rallies in South Kashmir. Police conducted raids on Barkati’s
house in Shopian several times.
The curfew like restrictions continued in three
Police Station areas of Srinagar’s Old City – MR Gunj, Nowhatta
and Khanyar. The other areas of the Old City were also under restrictions.
However, civilian movement without any disruption was allowed
in these areas. According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police
Headquarters Kashmir, the situation across the Valley remained
by and large peaceful today. “There was no curfew in any part
of the Valley,” it said. The statement said that during the day
no untoward incident was reported from any part of the Valley.
“There was greater movement of people and vehicular traffic observed
in Srinagar city as also in other parts of the Valley,” it said.
In the evening, stone-throwing clashes erupted at many Old City
areas during which Security Forces fired teargas and pepper gas
to foil these protests.
Over 12,000 people from all forward villages falling
between Pallanwalla and Khour sectors along the LoC in Akhnoor tehsil of
Jammu District, migrated to safer locations following heavy mortar
shelling and firing by the Pakistan Army. The border dwellers
from over dozen forward villages including Pallanwalla started
migration after Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling
and firing at Channi Dewano, Darkoot, Palatan, and surrounding
villages of the District. Official reports said Pakistan Army
initially resorted to firing with automatic weapons and later
fired 82 mm mortar shells targeting forward posts of the Army
and civilian areas. On the intervening night of September 29 and
30 also, Pakistan had violated ceasefire in Pallanwalla sector
in the District. The forward villages from where the migration
took place included Pallanwalla, Hamirpur, Gigriyal, Kudwal, Gararh,
Sainth, Panjtoot, Palatan, Bardoh and Pakhar apart from their
surroundings. However, according to reports, no casualties, (fatal
or non-fatal), was reported from the Indian side during heavy
shelling and firing. Also, there was no major damage to houses
or cattle shed of the people. In several other border villages,
the people continued to take shelter in safer areas including
houses of their relatives or the Government accommodation identified
for them by the civil administration.
At least two militants and a soldier were killed,
and one soldier was injured, when militants launched a Fidayeen attack
and lobbed grenades on two military camps in Baramulla District.
The heavily-armed militants attacked the two camps, belonging
to the RR and the BSF, leading to a fierce gun-battle with SFs.
The martyred soldier has been identified as Constable Nitin and
the injured soldier is Constable Pulwinder. Both are from the
40th battalion of the BSF, officials said. Firing is still underway
from adjacent houses located near the camp, which is located on
the banks of river Jhelum. However, the official Twitter handle
of the Udhampur-based Northern Command said: "Baramulla Incident
situation contained and under control". A spokesperson for
the Srinagar-based XV corps Colonel Rajesh Kalia said terrorists
targeted the Army camp at Jabanzpora in Baramulla and the firing
is still on. The attack comes even as intelligence inputs over
the last four days have alerted about possible terrorist attacks
on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian
Army carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in Pakistan on
Militants killed a former Sarpanch affiliated
to opposition NC in Pulwama District. "Gunmen shot dead Fayaz
Ahmad Bhat at his home at Kandizal in Kakapora area of Pulwama
district this afternoon," a Police official said. He
said Bhat was a former Sarpanch and affiliated
to opposition National Conference. Bhat was elected in the last
election and his tenure had ended.
Clashes and protests were reported from several
areas of the Valley in which 30 protesters were injured by pellets.
Clashes were reported in Khudwani, Qaimoh, Radwani where a protester
was hit by bullet in leg. Resident alleged that SFs beat the civilians
of the area during which clashes erupted and SFs fired in air
to disperse the protesters. At least 30 persons were injured during
the clashes. Around 10 protesters were arrested in the area. According
to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir,
situation remained by and large peaceful today. “A couple of stray
stone pelting incidents were reported,” it said. The statement
said that during the day greater movement of people and vehicular
traffic was observed in Srinagar, besides Sunday market also opened
in the city which was thronged by shoppers. “Vehicles were also
seen plying in the main towns and also on the inter-district roads,”
it said. The statement said that Police in its drive against the
miscreants arrested 60 such individuals involved in various offences
of creating disturbances in different part of the Valley.
Curfew like restrictions was imposed in Narbal
area in Budgam District in wake of the protest march call given
by separatists. Restrictions were imposed in several areas of
Valley to thwart protest marches called by separatists. The shops,
markets, other businesses were shut while public transport remained
off the roads.
In Kulgam District of South Kashmir, Government
Girls Higher Secondary School computer lab was set on fire in
which 16 computers, furniture and mating were damaged. Some people
entered the premises of the school last night and watchman fled
away due to fear and they set the laboratory on fire.
Pakistan fired on forward LoC posts and villages
during another ceasefire violation in Pallanwalla sector in Jammu
District. “Pakistani Army at 7.15 pm today fired heavily at forward
Indian posts thus, violating the ceasefire,” reports said. They
said first the small arms were fired in Dhar Channi, Samwan and
Chapriyal areas but later, the enemy resorted to firing with automatic
weapons. “Own troops retaliated effectively with similar calibre
weapons,” reports said, adding that no injury or casualty was
reported on own side. “The firing started at around 0730 hrs and
was going on intermittently when the reports last came in. The
border dwellers of Pallanwalla have already shifted to safer places.
Army and Police arrested two persons along LoC
and IB in Poonch and RS Pura sectors respectively, and handed
them over to Police. Reports said joint teams of Army and Police
arrested a 41 year old man Mohammad Rashid Khan son of Mohammad
Yaqub Khan, a resident of Tedabund, Haveli in Bagh District of
PoK soon after he crossed over into the Indian side of LoC in
Sabjian sector of Poonch District.
After the migration of people from border villages
of Samba District and Pallanwalla and Khour sectors in Jammu District
during last two days following the tension on IB and LoC after
the surgical strikes by India in PoK on September 29, fresh migration
has started from border belts of Pargwal and Kanachak areas of
Jammu District and forward areas of Hiranagar Sector in Kathua
District. According to sources, over 8000 people have migrated
from Pargwal and Kanachak sectors and taken refuge in various
school buildings and community halls in Muthi, Domana, Jhiri and
Ghou Manhasan as the UHM has issued the directives to Chief Ministers
of border States to evacuate people from to evacuate people from
IB and LoC to 10 kilometers distance for their safety and security
as their should be no civilian casualty during the border shelling
from across. Besides, 2800 people have migrated from various villages
of Hiranagar sector in Kathua District.
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times,
by targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in
Poonch District with 120 mm mortar bombs and opening fire with
automatic weapons, drawing retaliation from Indian troops. Five
civilians have been injured in the firing and shelling in Poonch
District, a Police official said. Pakistan shelled posts along
the LoC in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors of
Militants snatched five service rifles from guards
of a minority picket in Kulgam District. Five SLRs, 10 magazines
and 250 rounds of ammunition were taken from the guard room of
a minority picket in Samboo DH Pora village in the District.
Intelligence agencies cautioned the government
that around 200 trained terrorists are waiting in the wings to
cross the border, while some are already hiding on the Indian
side. The Centre has reportedly alerted all border States and
asked the Security Forces to be on a high alert. According to
the IB, these terrorist intend to target Indian security installations,
including camps and posts of the armed forces, police stations
and pickets. Terror masterminds sitting safe in Pakistan are reportedly
planning to take revenge for the September 29 surgical strikes.
According to the IB, terrorists who have already entered the Indian
territory are hiding in Jammu and Kashmir. They are awaiting a
“signal from their masters in Pakistan” to launch terror attacks
in India. Terror masterminds are also reportedly planning to use
the notorious drug cartel to infiltrate more terrorists into India,
Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling
on the LoC in Rajouri District of Jammu region. Police said Pakistan
used 120mm and 82mm mortar shells to target Indian positions in
Kalsian (Nowshera) sector of the LoC.
India and Pakistani troops traded fire along LoC
in Keran sector in the frontier District of Kupwara. Sources said
that Pakistani troops fired at Indian posts in Boripatra area
along LoC in North Kashmir. Army deployed on forward posts fired
back at Pakistani posts. However, no loss was reported.
Unidentified militants fired at a Police Station
in Kulgam District. Militants fired at Police Station Yaripora
in Kulgam at 7.45pm, a Police official said. He said the firing
was retaliated by the Police personnel and there are no reports
of loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.
The Kashmir Valley remained shut for the 88th
consecutive day, and life remained paralyzed as authorities made
heavy deployments of SFs in Srinagar and other areas. Officials
said sufficient deployments of the CRPF and State Police were
made here as well as all District headquarters to maintain peace.
Separatists had called for protests by women across
the valley. Women were asked to assemble and occupy city squares,
market places and traffic inter-sections to register peaceful
protests. Separatists had been issuing weekly protest calendars
calling for shutdowns, rallies and marches since July 9, a day
after top militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with
the SFs. Schools, colleges and universities remain closed in the
valley for the last 88 days. Main markets, public transport and
other businesses were also largely shut during this period. Train
services between the valley and Bannihal town in the Jammu region
were also suspended for the 88th day.
Police arrested 57 persons including DeM chairperson,
Asiya Andrabi, who was most wanted for inciting violence and was
evading arrest since July while clashes and protests were reported
during shutdown at many places in Kashmir. Asiya and her associate
Fehmeeda Sofi were arrested at Kralkhud in Habba Kadal area of
Srinagar and shifted to Kothi Bagh Police Station and they were
later shifted to Women’s Police Station Rambagh. Earlier, clashes
erupted at Saloora in Central Kashmir District of Ganderbal after
Police tried to arrest Asiya who was leading a protest rally there.
Police fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters. However, as
the Asiya left Ganderbal Police was tracking her and arrested
her. She was wanted for fomenting trouble in Kashmir by organizing
protests. She was evading arrest even as Police conducted several
raids since July 9, for her. As per Police statement, 57 persons
were arrested during past 24 hours for creating disturbances in
Kashmir. In its drive to curb the activities of the miscreants,
Police during the past 24 hours arrested 57 such individuals involved
in various offences of creating disturbances in different part
of the Valley.
The number of SF personnel injured in the stone-pelting
and hand grenade hurling incidents during the recent unrest in
Kashmir is 10 times more than the figure of civilians injured,
CRPF, DG, K Durga Prasad said. CRPF, DG, Prasad, who laid the
foundation of a barrack and residential quarter for the Rapid
Action Force personnel at Sundernagar on the outskirt of Jamshedpur
in Jharkhand, said, besides the injured security men of BSF, RR
and JKP, 3,000 CRPF jawans were injured in the incidents. Prasad,
said out of the 3,000 injured CRPF jawans, 125 were seriously
wounded and many of them were still undergoing treatment in hospitals.
A combined figure of injured security men was 10 times more than
the number civilians injured in the stone pelting, grenade hurling
and mob firing during the unrest in the Valley, he added.
Militants attacked the residence of a ruling PDP,
MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat by lobbing a grenade at it in Shopian
town in Shopian District. However, there was no damage due to
Shut down paralysed life in Kashmir for 89th day,
while Police continued its crackdown against the protesters and
arrested 76 of them.
Highly placed sources said that communication
centre of JeM and arms and ammunition depot of HM were destroyed
at Kail in PoK in the surgical strikes conducted by Special Forces
on September 29, where large number of militants including LeT
“operational commander”, Shahid alias Arif Rahmani,
were killed. Sources said that JeM and HM launching pads at Kail
and Chilana were made of tin sheds besides two small concrete
buildings and they were destroyed in the strike. The HM ‘commander’
of the Kail camp across Baramulla, Gazi Sarfraz and his associates
were seriously injured in the attack. Sources said that at Kail
20-30 militants of HM and JeM, who were waiting for launching
through Tangdhar sector, were eliminated. Sources also said that
at Chilana launch pad across Leepa Valley of Kupwara, eight militants
were killed in the strike. JeM ‘commander’ Shahbaz Adil is missing
since then. At Dudniyal, LeT launch pad was destroyed and nine
militants were killed. The camp ‘commander’ Shahid alias Arif
Rahman was seriously injured while Athumkam camp ‘commander’ of
LeT Dilawar Khan’s radio set is not sending any message which
means he is either dead or seriously injured.
The reports adds that Pakistan has brought in
100 more trained terrorists at launching pads along the LoC opposite
Jammu and Kashmir with each launch pad of 10 terrorists being
protected by at least 50 Pakistan Army personnel of Infantry division
to save them from any fresh surgical strikes by the Indian Army
inside PoK. NSA, who was one of the major brain behind September
29 successful surgical strikes inside PoK, is understood to have
briefed CCS about new strategy adopted by Pakistan Government
and Army in the aftermath (of surgical strikes) in which over
50 Pakistani militants and nine Pakistan army personnel were reportedly
killed and many others left injured. According to sources, this
was for the first time when Pakistan has come out openly in support
of the militants stationed at the launch pads for infiltration
into Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, Pakistan army used to train and
guide the militants and then leave them at the launch pads for
infiltration. But after the surgical strikes, Pakistan Army has
openly stationed its around 50 jawans at every launch pad to save
the militants from Indian surgical strikes, sources pointed out
and said that Army and BSF have been maintaining very high alert
along LoC in Kupwara and Baramulla in Kashmir and twin border
Districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region to thwart infiltration
foiled three infiltration bids assisted by Pakistani forces along
the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, said the Army official. The
official said while two infiltration bids were foiled in Naugam
sector in Baramulla District, one in Rampur sector in Baramulla
District. "The infiltration attempts were assisted by Pakistani
posts," the official added.
Three militants were reportedly killed after they
attacked an Army camp in Langate in Kupwara District. The militants
opened fire on an Army camp to which soldiers retaliated instantly.
After firing at two posts of the 30 Rashtriya Rifles camp, the
terrorists ran away. Heavy firing continued for around half an
hour, during which three of the terrorists were reportedly cornered
and shot dead. "The troops were alert and the attack was
foiled," said the Army officer. Villages near the camp are
being searched, said the report. A huge cache of arms and ammunition
also recovered from the slain militants.
Four militants were killed while trying to infiltrate
from PoK as alert Army troops foiled three bids by militants to
enter into India. The Army, which has shored up its defenses along
the LoC, foiled three infiltration bids - two in Naugam sector
and one in Rampur sector in Baramulla District - of North Kashmir
during the intervening night of October 5 and 6. In one of the
encounters in the higher reaches of Naugam, the troops cornered
a group of infiltrating militants and have killed four so far,
a senior Army official said. The official said a combing operation
was continuing amid apprehension about presence of more terrorists
in the area. Technical surveillance was being maintained, besides
using illuminators to prevent the militants, who could be present,
from escaping under the cover of darkness. The Army repulsed two
infiltration bids in Rampur and Naugam, raining bullets on the
militants and forcing them to return to PoK. The militants, who
had managed to cross the fence, had to beat a retreat after army
patrols challenged and opened heavy fire on them. Pakistani army
provided cover fire on both the occasions but the militants had
to retreat, the official said.
A Policeman was killed while another constable
and a civilian were injured when militants fired at a security
post guarding minority community in Shopian District. "Militants
fired at the police guard posted at minority picket Jamnagri in
Herpora area of Shopian at around 8:30 pm," a Police official
said. He said the Policemen retaliated, forcing the militants
to flee. In the gunbattle, a Constable Nazeer Ahmad was killed
and Constable Zahoor Ahmad was injured, the official said. A civilian
was also injured in the incident.
Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over
25 times along the LoC in J&K since the September 29 surgical
strikes by Indian Army in PoK to destroy terror launch pads. "There
have been over 25 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along
the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strikes,"
a senior Army officer said. The major ceasefire violations took
place on 3, 4 and 5 October along the LoC in Jammu region. On
October 5, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire thrice and resorted
to heavy firing and mortar shelling to target several Indian posts
and civilian areas in three sectors in Poonch and Rajouri Districts
of J&K, provoking retaliation by the Indian Army. Three soldiers
had suffered minor injuries, while nine Pakistani army men were
injured in the retaliatory action by India. On October 4, Pakistani
troops targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shelling and firing
with five ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas
along the LoC in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri Districts.
They shelled mortar bombs and opened small and automatic weapons
in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri District
and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala
sector of Jammu District and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch District.
One jawan had sustained injuries in the action. On October 3,
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire four times and restored to
heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi
and KG sectors in Poonch District, where five civilians were injured
and several shops set ablaze after a shell triggered fire in oil
containers in a SF camp. On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing
and shelling from 19:15 hours along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala
belt of Jammu District. On October 1, Indian posts and civilian
areas were shelled with mortar bombs, RPGs and HMGs amid small
arms firing along LoC in Jammu sector. On September 30, Pakistani
troops had opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Pallanwala,
Chaprial and Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu District.
Curfew remained in force in seven Police Station
areas of Srinagar, following death of a minor boy, who was injured
during clashes between protesters and SFs in Safakadal area of
Srinagar city. Twelve-year-old Junaid Akhoon succumbed to injuries
at SKIMS Soura hospital in Srinagar, taking the death toll
in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir to 89. Akhoon was hit by pellets
in the head and chest at Saidapora in Safakadal Police Station
area on October 7, during clashes between protesters and SFs,
a Police official said. The official said curfew remained in force
in seven Police Station areas of the city as a precautionary measure
for maintaining law and order. He said the Police Station areas
where curfew has been imposed are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari,
Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma and Batamaloo. “Restrictions
on assembly of people are in force in rest of the Kashmir Valley
while security forces have been deployed in strength to maintain
law and order,” the official said.
The Pakistan Army injured a soldier when it targeted
military and civilian positions at the LoC in Poonch District
of J&K. Police sources said the soldier was injured in unprovoked
shelling and firing by the Pakistani side in Mendhar sector of
Jammu region. He has been shifted to an Army base hospital for
treatment. "Pakistan used 120 mm and 82 mortar shells to
target Army and civilian positions. Their mortar shells have fallen
close to civilian areas. "Pakistan shelling and firing started
at 5am and stopped at 6.30am after the Indian Army effectively
retaliated using same calibre weapons," a Police official
said. Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire since the Indian
Army on September 29 carried out surgical strikes to destroy terror
launch pads across the LoC in PoK.
Suspected militants decamped with two rifles from
Police guarding a minority picket in Pulwama District. Militants
snatched two SLR rifles from Policemen guarding the minority picket
in Tumlahaal village in Lassipora area of Pulwama. A police official
said that Police has taken cognisance of the incident and enforcement
was rushed to the spot.
Police arrested 65 persons from different parts
of J&K for fomenting trouble even as curfew like restrictions
were imposed in parts of Srinagar with shutdown in rest of the
Valley paralyzing life for 93rd consecutive day. In its sustained
drive against the miscreants across the Kashmir valley, 65 persons
who were found involved in different offences of creating public
disorder and disruption of normal activities have been arrested
by Police during past 24 hours.
Shops, business establishments remained closed
while public transport was off the roads. However, traffic with
private cars was plying in Civil Lines area of Srinagar. The train
services between Banihal and Baramulla and pre-paid mobile services
and mobile internet remained suspended since July. Curfew like
restrictions remained in place in parts of Srinagar to maintain
law and order in these areas. The areas, where there was curfew
like restrictions include areas falling Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj,
Rainawari, Safa Kadal and Khanyar Police Stations. SFs were heavily
deployed in these areas to foil any protests. They erected barricades
and closed main roads with concertina wire to prevent movement
of people and vehicles. Clashes were reported from Saidapora area
of Eidgah in Srinagar where a boy was killed by pellet firing
on October 8. Hundreds of people, mostly youth, took to streets
since the morning leading to ding-dong battles in the locality.
SFs fired tear gas to disperse the protesters who pelted stones
In Narbal area in Budgam District, SFs used force
against women who were protesting against the arrest of a youth
on charges of stone pelting. These women staged protest against
the arrest of Arif Ahmad Rather who was arrested. The women were
cane-charged and SFs and tear, gas was also fired at them. A Police
spokesman said that the situation across Kashmir remained by and
large peaceful although a couple of stone pelting incidents were
reported. “There was a huge rush of vendors in the markets as
well as lanes. People were seen doing normal shopping from the
vendors as well as shops in some markets. The increased volume
of the vehicles was seen in the towns as well as on the roads
connecting different towns and villages of the Kashmir valley”,
the statement said.
In a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir, a group
of militants attacked a Government building near Pampore town
of Pulwama District. Two to three militants were reported trapped
inside the JKEDI complex in the District. One jawan has been injured
in the encounter between SFs and militants. "The militants
were trapped inside a building in the JKEDI complex near Pampore
town," a senior Police officer said. "Security forces
have surrounded the building and all escape routes of the militants
were sealed," he said. The officer said that intermittent
gunshots were heard inside the complex as the SFs were moving
in cautiously to flush out the militants.
At least nine persons, including two CRPF personnel,
were injured in a grenade attack on a CRPF patrol party in Shopian
District. Militants hurled a grenade at the CRPF personnel in
Shopian town resulting in injuries to seven civilians and two
SF personnel. A Police spokesman said that some unknown militants
hurled a grenade on Police and SFs deployed at Bona Bazar area
Sixty six persons were arrested on charges of
stone pelting and creating trouble in Jammu and Kashmir while
shutdown and restrictions paralysed life in Valley for 95th consecutive
day. Police said that action against the trouble mongers and miscreants
initiated by Police is on, and in last 24 hours 66 persons involved
in crimes of creating hurdles in movement of people, stone pelting
and creating trouble for the common people have been arrested
across Kashmir. Restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar
and Police and Para-Military SFs were deployed in strength to
prevent violence. Shops, business establishments were closed and
public transport was off the roads. However, some private vehicles
were plying. A Police spokesman said that following improvement
in situation curfew was lifted from six Police Stations of South
and East Srinagar. However, restrictions continued in some Police
Station areas of the Old City. There was no curfew anywhere across
the Valley. “The situation remained by and large peaceful although
stray incidents of stone pelting were reported”, Police said.
Over a dozen of Shiites were injured after SFs tried to foil the
Muharram procession in Baba Demb area of Old City. Shiites took
out procession from Shamaswari Imam Baada Kadal and were on way
to Shalteng area of Habba Kadal. SFs fired teargas to disperse
the mourners, resulting in injuries to several of them.
The Government believes at least 250 terrorists
belonging to three Pakistan-based terror groups are active in
the Kashmir valley and they could target SFs to 'avenge' the surgical
strikes carried out by the Army across the LoC. Quoting intelligence
inputs, top Government sources said that most of the 250 terrorists
belonging to LeT, JeM and HM had infiltrated before the surgical
strikes and were hiding. They said the terrorists have been given
clear instructions by their handlers across the border to target
SFs to "avenge" the surgical strikes. The central Government
has asked SFs operating in J&K to maintain maximum alertness
and take all precautions to foil any attempt by the militants
to target them. Sources said even though vigil along the LoC as
well as the IB was intensified, there were gaps in many places
due to the difficult topography. Army, BSF, CRPF and J&K Police
have also stepped up search for the terrorists. It is believed
that some 100 terrorists are waiting across the border to infiltrate.
SFs have killed more than 40 terrorists in the last one month
while they were trying to infiltrate or attack the bases of Army
and other SFs. Since the attack on the Army's Uri camp which killed
19 soldiers, terrorists have made several attempts in Baramulla,
Pampore and Handwara. According to sources, LeT suffered maximum
damage in the cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by the Army
with radio intercepts indicating that around 20 of its militants
Two LeT militants holed up in the EDI hostel building
in Pampore District were killed by the SFs. "The operation
at Pampore is still going on. The concrete structure is posing
a difficulty to the army personnel in bringing it down,"
the officials said. SFs have cordoned off the building of EDI
since October 10, after three militants barged inside the complex
with the aim of engaging the law enforcing agencies. The operation
has been now going on for 52 hours as most parts of the concrete
building have been damaged after many of its walls were blown
up. In the initial exchange of firing, one army soldier was injured,
the officials said.
Army foiled an infiltration bid by militants from
across the LoC in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara District. "An
infiltration bid was foiled by Army in Tangdhar sector,"
an Army official said. He said an operation has been launched
and further details are awaited.
Police arrested 37 persons on charges of stone
pelting and creating trouble in different parts of Kashmir Valley.
“Keeping continued pressure on the trouble mongers and miscreants,
37 persons involved in crimes of disruption of peace and movement
of people have been arrested by police across Kashmir”, Police
Authorities imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar
to prevent any violence on the occasion of 10th Muharram. Police
and CRPF closed all the entry and exit roads of Old City with
concertina wire to prevent movement of people and traffic. The
train services between Banihal and Baramulla and mobile internet
and pre-paid mobile services continued to remain suspended since
July. A Police spokesman said here that in view of the sensitivity
of certain areas, curfew was imposed in some Police Station areas
of the Old City. “However, there was no curfew elsewhere across
the Valley. The situation remained largely peaceful although a
couple of stone pelting incidents were reported”, he said.
Protests erupted in Aloosa village of Bandipora
District in North Kashmir after SFs allegedly smashed windowpanes
and beat up people in the village. Hundreds of men and women later
came out to protest against SFs. Huge contingents of SFs were
deployed in and around the village to foil a protest march. Authorities
foiled a protest march called by the separatist in central Kashmir’s
Ganderbal District. SFs were deployed in strength in the area
to foil the proposed protest march. All the entry points to Safapora
market were closed and as soon as a group of youth came out in
protest, Police swung into action and chased them away. The youth
also pelted stones at Police.
One person was arrested by SFs when he was roaming
under suspicious circumstances near Indo-Pak border in Pargwal
sector of Akhnoor tehsil in Jammu District. As
per the reports, the people caught hold of a person in Pargwal
sector along the border, where he was moving under mysterious
circumstances and handed over him to Army.
52 persons were arrested on charges of stone pelting
and creating trouble in the Kashmir Valley. A statement issued
by Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir said that in the drive launched
by the Police to arrest the miscreants and the persons involved
in disruption of normal activities, 52 more such persons were
arrested, during the past 24 hours. “There was no report of any
untoward incident from anywhere till filing of this report. There
was no curfew anywhere in the Valley. However, adequate deployment
was made in sensitive areas. Today (October 13) also some Muharram
processions were taken out in Budgam and Srinagar”, the statement
Restrictions in parts of Srinagar and shutdown
across Kashmir paralysed life in Valley for 97th consecutive day.
Restrictions were imposed in the areas falling under five Police
Stations of MR Gunj, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Safa Kadal.
Police and CRPF deployed in full strength in these areas and they
had closed the roads with barbed wire to restrict the movement
of traffic and civilians. Police and CRPF also deployed in strength
in Habba Kadal and Maisuma areas of Srinagar. According to the
statement issued by Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir said the
situation across Kashmir remained peaceful. “There was no curfew
anywhere in the Valley and there was no report of any untoward
incident from anywhere,” the statement said adding adequate deployment
was made in sensitive areas. The statement said the roads witnessed
constant increase in traffic in Srinagar city as well as in the
towns across the Valley. “Shops were open and a large number of
vendors were on the streets,” it said.
Clashes erupted when Police and CRPF personnel
raided house of APHC leader Mohammad Yousuf Falahi in Chitragam
village in Shopian District. Hundreds of people came out of their
homes to protest against the raid and Police fired teargas and
pellets to disperse off the protestors. Falahi has been holding
and addressing protest rallies ever since July and is on the run
because of the Police raids. Protests and stone pelting was also
reported from Mulu village in Shopian where few protesters were
injured in SFs action. Clashes erupted in Tahab village of Pulwama
in south Kashmir after SFs arrested three people on charges of
stone pelting. SFs fired teargas to foil the protests.
A para-military SSB personnel was killed and eight
others including a Policeman were injured, in a militant ambush
in Srinagar. A senior Police officer said that a group of militants
fired at the SSB party in Zakura area in the outskirts of Srinagar
city killing the SSB personnel and injuring eight others including
a Policeman. Militants attacked the SSB vehicles and fled away
from the spot leaving eight SSB personnel and their driver from
IRP 13-battalion, Zulfikar Ahmad, injured. One of the SSB personnel,
Gansham, succumbed to his injuries while Zulfikar is stated to
10 civilians were injured as clashes erupted between
SFs and protesters in Kakapora area of Pulwama District. Protesters
pelted stones on SFs deployed in the area which was responded
by teargas shelling. According to a statement issued by the Zonal
Police Headquarters Kashmir, barring stray incidents of stone
pelting, situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful.
“Adequate deployment was made in the sensitive areas across the
Valley as a precautionary measure,” it said.
Clashes broke out in Barzulla area of Srinagar
and at Sabzi Mandi. SFs fired tear smoke to disperse the stone
pelting protesters. Clashes were reported from Bandipora town
in North Kashmir when a protest march was carried out from Gulshan
Chowk area of Bandipora after Friday prayers. SFs fired tear smoke
to disperse the protesters. In Hajin area in Bandipora District
clashes erupted when people of the area hurled stones at Army
Goodwill School during which SFs fired teargas to disperse protestors.
However, no civilian was injured. Clashes erupted in Baramulla
after SFs fired teargas on a protest rally taken out from old
Eidgah after joint Friday congregational prayers.
63 persons were arrested on charges of stone pelting
and fomenting trouble in the Kashmir valley. The statement by
the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir said that in its continuous
drive to curb the activities of the trouble-mongers Police arrested
63 such individuals during past 24 hours involved in disrupting
the public order in different parts of the Valley. However, curfew
like restrictions was imposed in several areas of Kashmir including
Srinagar city to thwart any protests and shutdown, which paralysed
life in the Valley for 98th consecutive day.
Government has decided to restore the pre-paid
mobile services in Kashmir. A Police spokesman said here that
the pre-paid mobile services in Kashmir will be restored from
tonight with the improvement in the situation. The pre-paid mobile
services were suspended in July this year due to security reasons
after widespread protests following the killing of HM ‘commander’,
Burhan Wani on July 8. However, the mobile internet that was also
suspended due to security reasons remained shut.
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing
from small arms on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri District.
"There was unprovoked firing from small arms on forward areas
in Naushera sector of Rajouri district along the LoC by Pakistani
troops", PRO, Ministry of Defence, Jammu said. Indian troops
guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured
in the ceasefire violation.
At least 12 people were injured after clashes
erupted at Werpora village of Nagbal in Shopian District. Reports
from the area said that SFs allegedly thrashed the inmates after
barging into their houses in Werpora. However, a Police spokesman
said: “The Shopian police administration has clarified that on
a tip off, police and security forces cordoned off Urpora -Nagbal
area and conducted the search operations. “At the time of withdrawal,
miscreants in large numbers from Hushnpora Daschnu and Humama
etc assembled and pelted stones on the joint party. Thirty eight
police CRPF / SF men were injured and four of their vehicles were
damaged. Police and security force men exercised maximum restraint.
The miscreants were chased away by using mild force,” he said.
The spokesman added that some private vehicles were damaged in
stone pelting. Clashes also erupted at Pulwama town in the evening
hours during which Police and CRPF resorted to teargas shelling
at the protesters.
Police arrested 48 stone pelters and trouble makers
in its continuous drive against such individuals involved in disrupting
the public order in different parts of the Valley.
Curfew was lifted from parts of Srinagar after
improvement in situation in Kashmir even as shutdown paralysed
life for 99th consecutive day. A Police spokesman said that situation
across the Kashmir valley remained largely peaceful. “Following
improvement in the situation curfew was completely lifted from
the remaining Srinagar parts today,” it said adding that during
the day no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the
Valley. However, hundreds of SF personnel were deployed in five
Police Station areas of Srinagar’s Old City – MR Gunj, Nowhatta,
Safa Kada, Rainawari and Khanyar –as a precautionary measure.
The areas like Habba Kadal and Maisuma were also under thick security
blanket to prevent any violence in these sensitive areas.
People throng into market at Lal Chowk in Srinagar,
during relaxation period in strike call given by separatists.
Pakistan Army violated ceasefire along the LoC
twice, killing an Army soldier in Tarkundi area of Balakote sector
in Poonch District. “The Pakistan Army’s act of firing was very
provocative as they targeted our forward posts in Tarkundi, leading
to killing of the jawan,” official sources said, adding very effective
reply was given to Pakistan for this unprovoked act. The fresh
firing by the Pakistani troops came after a lull of more than
a week along LoC in twin border Districts of Poonch and Rajouri
after heavy mortar shelling and firing, which had led to migration
of people from several forward areas. Sources said that Pakistan
Army fired at forward area of Tarkundi in Balakote sector of Poonch
District late this evening killing an Army jawan Sudees Kumar
(24) on spot. Kumar was hit by the shots fired from across the
LoC directly, leading to his on spot death. He was manning a post
in forward area of Tarkundi when the bullets hit him. Troops from
this side retaliated. However, reports of casualties or damage
on other side of the LoC were not known.
Terrorists snatched weapons from TV tower guards
in Anantnag District. The Police said the terrorists attacked
the guards posted at a low power transmitter station of public
service broadcaster Doordarshan in Dalvash village late on Sunday
night. They took away five service rifles.
The Sunday market, opened for the first time since
the killing of HM militant Burhan Wani even as shutdown paralysed
life in Valley for 100th day. The flea market from Tourist Reception
Centre to Regal Chowk witnessed heavy rush of people. The people
were seen busy in shopping along one kilometer stretch of flea
market. The market opened despite shutdown call by separatists
for the first time. The Sunday market opened for shops for last
week at many places in Srinagar and other areas started opening
up gradually. Some shops at several other places in the City were
also open and there was movement of private vehicles in Civil
Lines area of Srinagar giving a semblance of normalcy for the
first time in last 100 days. A Police spokesman said that Sunday
market in Srinagar witnessed a huge rush of shoppers as people
from different parts of the city and elsewhere thronged it to
purchase different articles. The spokesman said that the situation
across the Valley remained normal and no untoward incident was
reported from anywhere. “During the day, normal life was observed
across the Valley as normal flow of vehicular traffic including
the public transport was seen on the city roads as also in the
main towns and inter-district roads of the Valley,” he said. The
spokesman said that in its sustained action to curb the activities
of miscreants, Police arrested 62 such individuals involved in
disrupting the public order in different parts of the Valley during
past 24 hours.
The infiltration of militants into Kashmir valley
has gone up this year despite Army being on high alert along the
LoC and militants are making desperate attempts to sneak in even
after surgical strikes conducted by Special Forces of Army in
PoK last month. According to MAC figures, 83 militants, mostly
belonging to LeT, have infiltrated into Kashmir this year till
August while last year the number was 35 for the whole year. However,
a senior security force officer said that it is a conservative
estimate and the figure could be higher than official figure as
since July 8, after the killing of HM ‘commander’, Burhan Wani,
the security agencies are not getting accurate picture about recently
infiltrated militants. The officer said that some of the recently
infiltrated groups are yet to come under SFs radar. Some of these
militants are still in North Kashmir’s forest areas near the LoC
while others have managed to reach the hinterland unnoticed.
Violating the ceasefire, Pakistani troops fired
from small arms and shelled mortar bombs on forward posts along
the LoC in Laam area of Nowshera sector in Rajouri District, drawing
retaliation from Indian troops in Rajouri District. "There
was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Naushera
sector of Rajouri district", a defence spokesman said. Pakistani
troops fired 82mm mortar bombs, used small and automatic weapons
in the firing on forward Indian posts in Laam Battalion area in
Naushera, the spokesman said. Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated,
he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation.
Few rounds were also fired in Naushera sector on Monday night.
Two Sumo vehicles were set ablaze by a group of
unidentified masked men in Parimpora area of Srinagar. At Barthana
near Parimpora, two Sumo taxis were set ablaze by masked youth
for defying shutdown call of separatists. The vehicles were completely
gutted even as fire tenders arrived at spot to douse the flames.
Police also rushed to the spot and started manhunt. These two
vehicles were coming from Kupwara and belonged to Jehangir Ahmad
Dar of Cherkote Lolab and Muhammad Yusuf Khataba of Kalaroos.
Police launched a crackdown in Parimpora and Qamarwari areas to
nab the accused and curfew-like restrictions were also imposed
to prevent violence.
Police arrested 60 persons on charges of creating
trouble even as shutdown paralysed life in Kashmir for 101st day.
According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters
Kashmir, in its continuous drive against the trouble-mongers,
Police arrested 60 individuals involved in disrupting public order
in different parts of the Valley.
Hundreds of SF personnel were deployed in five
Police Station areas of Srinagar’s Old City – MR Gunj, Nowhatta,
Safa Kada, Rainawari and Khanyar. However, there was civilian
movement without any disruption in all these areas. The areas
like Habba Kadal and Maisuma were also under thick security blanket
to prevent any violence in these two sensitive areas.
At least 44 persons were arrested in an operation
in Baramulla District for their involvement in terror-related
activities. It was a multi-agency crackdown in the old town
of Baramulla. After 700-odd houses were searched, security agencies
seized petrol bombs, Chinese and Pakistani flags, letter pads
of LeT and JeM, illegal mobile phones and other seditious material,
defence spokesperson Manish Kumar said. The crackdown was part
of a joint operation by the Army, the BSF, the CRPF and Police
in 10 localities, including Qazi Hamam, Ganai Hamam, Taweed Gunj
and Jamia, considered safe havens for terrorists. A large number
of suspected hideouts were also busted during the search operation,
the officer added. The Police said that the search operation was
launched to nab militants. "We had information about the
presence of militants in the area. It was an anti-militancy operation
aimed at nabbing some Jaish-e-Mohammed militants who had taken
refuge in the area," said SSP, Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain
Mir. The LeT has reportedly issued a warning to the Baramulla
SHO for facilitating the operation.
Police arrested 122 persons from across Kashmir
continuing its action against the persons involved in disrupting
the public order in different parts of the Valley.
Even as strike paralyzed the life in Kashmir for
102nd day, according to a statement issued by
the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, no untoward incident was
reported from any part of the Valley. “Shops and other business
establishments were open while transport also plied on all routes
in the Valley,” it said.
One dozen protesters sustained injuries during
clashes erupted in Pulwama villages to foil a protest march to
Newa. Police fired teargas and pepper grenades to break up a pro-freedom
march at Newa. In the ensuing clashes, at least 7 protesters sustained
injuries. Clashes broke out at Arihal village of Pulwama in which
10 protesters were injured as Police fired teargas and pellets
against stone-throwers. The protests were also reported from Kareemabad
and Chewaykalan village of the District. Protesters pelted stones
on some shops near Hospital Road Pulwama for defying shutdown.
The clashes were also reported from Soibugh area of Budgam District.
Two vehicles were set ablaze and a bank was attacked,
for defying the shutdown in Kashmir while Police arrested 104
persons on charges of stone pelting and fomenting trouble in Kashmir.
Hundreds of SF personnel were deployed in five Police Station
areas of Srinagar’s Old City – MR Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kada, Rainawari
and Khanyar – and Habba Kadal and Maisuma. However, the movement
of the civilians and traffic was allowed in these areas. A Scorpio
vehicle was damaged in a mysterious fire at Saderbal in Srinagar.
Police said the vehicle was reportedly parked opposite Javaid
Automobiles at Saderbal when it caught fire. Police has registered
a case and cause of fire is being ascertained. In another incident,
some masked youths barged into Budshah Nagar branch of Jammu Kashmir
Bank at Natipora area and damaged some articles inside for defying
shutdown. Police said ‘miscreants’ damaged CCTV screen, LED, glass
panes and other valuable items in the bank. Police said that in
its drive to curb the activities of the ‘trouble mongers’ involved
in various crimes of disrupting the public order in different
parts of the Valley, Police has arrested 104 such individuals
during past 24 hours.
Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar shelling
and firing at Tarkundi and Manjakote in Bhimber Gali sector along
the LoC in twin border Districts of Rajouri and Poonch targeting
even the civilian areas. Pakistan Army used 82mm mortars and automatic
weapons in shelling and firing that started at Tarkundi area of
Balakote sector of Poonch District and Manjakote sector of Rajouri
simultaneously, drawing very effective and adequate response from
the Indian side. Heavy exchange of shelling and firing lasted
about three and half hours. It stopped around 8 pm and since then
no fresh shelling or firing was reported from any part of the
LoC in Rajouri and Poonch Districts. Some of the mortar shells
fell close to civilian population at Naika Panjgrain, Rajdhani
and Khori Narh in Manjakote area of Rajouri District. Sources
said Pakistan Army directly fired 82mm mortars targeting Army
posts and civilian population. However, no casualties had been
reported so far on the Indian side though there was panic among
the people living in forward villages.
Seven Pakistani Rangers and one militant were
killed as Indian troops retaliated CFA violation by Pakistan along
the IB at Hiranagar in Kathua District of Jammu. After the Rangers
injured BSF jawan Gurnam Singh in sniper fire, BSF launched an
aggressive retaliation marked by intermittent small arms and ‘area
weapons’ fire. "We had to respond when they tried to prevent
our efforts to rescue our injured jawan," BSF ADG, Arun Kumar
said. The killing of the Rangers was part of a larger drive to
prevent infiltration, which has seen the Army and paramilitary
troopers foil determined efforts by the Pakistan Army to help
terrorists cross over to India. BSF's ADG Kumar said that Gurnam
and other BSF jawans were targeted because they had responded
effectively to foil an attempt, captured by thermal imagers, to
push terrorists into India on the intervening night of October
19 and 20 in the same area of Hiranagar. At least four terrorists
were spotted as they moved along the IB. The BSF team, which comprised
Gurnam, responded with full force, forcing terrorists to retreat
and killing one of them. According to a BSF officer, thermal imagery
showed the men on the Pakistani side carrying one person back.
This, he said, was the terrorist killed in retaliatory fire by
Pakistan rangers again violated ceasefire along
the IB in the RS Pura sector of Jammu District by resorting to
small arms fire. "Small arms bursts are being fired by Pakistan
Rangers in Abdullian village in the Suchetgarh sector in RS Pura,"
Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said. The latest ceasefire
violations came hours after the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers
and one terrorist in the retaliatory fire in the Kathua sector
on the IB. The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive
offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release,
adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory
firing. With this, the number of ceasefire violations along the
IB and the LoC in the state after surgical strikes by the Indian
Army in PoK has risen to 31. Pakistani troops had heavily shelled
areas in Bhimber Gali sector along the LoC in Rajouri District
the day before.
SFs in North Kashmir arrested two militants of
JeM module, identified as Safeer Ahmad Bhat and Farhaan Fayaz
Liloo from Baramulla District. Police said that one AK rifle,
one pistol and other arms and ammunition was recovered from their
possession. Police said that arrested militants were part of JeM
module operating in Baramulla town and adjacent areas for last
few months and had established base in the town taking advantage
of unrest. They said that the module is headed by one Pakistani
militant by code name Khalid. Police said that the module, along
with the arrested duo were involved in an attack on Army convoy
on August 16 in Khwajabagh area of Baramulla in which two Army
personnel and one Police man were killed. Sources also added that
the module was also involved in an attack on an Army camp in Baramulla
town early this month in which one BSF man was killed and another
A Pakistani spy, identified as Bodh Raj was arrested
by SFs from Ramgarh sector in Samba District for passing on vital
information regarding deployment and movement of SFs to Pakistan.
Two Pakistani SIM cards and a map showing deployment of SFs was
recovered from his possession. "Based on information received
from Military Intelligence on involvement of one Bodh Raj of village
Changiia of Jammu district for his espionage activities and passing
on vital information regarding deployment and movement of security
forces and Army to Pakistan, a special search operation was launched
in Ramgarh sector of Samba," SSP, Samba, Joginder Singh said.
During the search operation, Raj was found roaming in suspicious
circumstances in Jerda village close to the IB and tried to escape
on observing the movement of the Police party, the SSP said.
One BSF constable, Gurnam Singh, who was seriously
injured in sniper shot by Pakistan at Bobiya area in Hiranagar
sector of Kathua District on October 21, succumbed to his injuries.
According to official sources, Gurnam Singh, who had sustained
bullet injury in his head, died in the GMC in Jammu late night
on October 22.
One BSF personnel was killed and two others injured
in unprovoked firing from Pakistan in the border District of Jammu
and Kashmir. Head Constable Sushil Kumar (47) was injured when
he was hit by a burst of fire from Pakistan's side in RS Pura
sector of Jammu District. He succumbed to injuries. This is the
second instance in 48 hours, when a BSF Jawan was killed in ceasefire
violation along the IB in Jammu District. On October 21, BSF Constable
Gurnam Singh was hit by a sniper, in retaliation to which, BSF
claimed to have killed one terrorist and seven Pakistan Rangers
personnel. Gurnam Singh had succumbed to injuries on October 22.
Security agencies have listed over 1200 OGWs across
Kashmir who are helping militants in logistics besides carrying
out reconnaissance for them. Sources said that security agencies
have listed 1242 OGWs across Kashmir and are keeping a close watch
on their activities. These OGWs, as per reports, are helping militants
in logistics and are carrying out reconnaissance for militant
attacks. However, unofficially the number of OGWs in Kashmir has
been put at 1850. Out of these OGWs, 350 are in North, 350 in
South and 200 in Central Kashmir. However, unofficially the figure
of OGWS in North, South and Central Kashmir is at 550, 1100 and
200 respectively. A top security official said that as per the
official records there are 235 militants active in Kashmir. However,
he put the unofficial figures of militants across Kashmir at 360.
The official said that in Kupwara, 80 militants are active while
unofficially, he put the figure at 100. In Sopore, there are 18
militants of JeM, LeT and HM active while unofficially the figure
is 35. In Bandipora, there are 9 JeM and LeT militants but unofficially
the figure is 15 while in Baramulla, the number of active militants
is 12 and unofficially the figure is 25. The official said that
in South Kashmir, there are 81 militants of HM, JeM and LeT active
while unofficially the number is 130. And in Central Kashmir,
the official put the figures at 35 while unofficial figure of
number of militants in Central Kashmir is 54. The official said
in Srinagar, that was few months back militancy free, has 18 active
militants with 5 of them locals and rest are foreigners. Sources
said that out 235 militants operating in Kashmir, 153 are Pakistanis
and rest are locals. Out of these Pakistani militants, as per
MAC figures, 83 have infiltrated into Kashmir from PoK this year
till August while rest are Kashmiris and around 50 of them have
joined militancy this year only.
The BSF sent out a clear cut message to Pakistani
Rangers that they will have to face October 21 like aggression
from India if they indulged in any misadventures on the IB. It
declared that the BSF was prepared to meet any kind of challenges
on the borders. Speaking to media persons after wreath laying
ceremony of BSF constable Gurnam Singh of RS Pura, who succumbed
to his injuries last night after being hit by sniper shot fired
by the Rangers in the morning of October 21, at BSF Paloura Headquarters,
Additional DG BSF, Western Command, Arun Kumar said: “Pakistan
must understand that it will have to face Friday like situation
again when BSF had gunned down seven Rangers and one terrorist
after sniper shot attack on Gurnam Singh”. Saying that the BSF
has taken the revenge of the killing of Gurnam Singh by gunning
down seven Pakistani Rangers and a terrorist immediately after
injuries caused to Gurnam, Kumar warned that the Rangers will
have to face similar situation again if they indulge in any kind
of misadventure on the borders. “They (the Rangers) will have
to face the music,” Kumar, who had specially reached here last
evening from Chandigarh, said, adding that BSF was not going to
show any leniency with the Rangers. We will retaliate very aggressively.
The Pakistani Rangers targeted several forward
areas from Suchetgarh to Pargwal sectors killing a BSF jawan,
Sushil Kumar, and a six year old child and injuring eight others
including two BSF personnel and six civilians while 182 others
were seriously injured along the IB in Jammu District. The mortar
shells, which started raining from Pakistan side in RS Pura sector,
extended to Arnia, Suchetgarh, Gajansoo-Marh, Kanachak and Pargwal.
Heavy shelling and firing from Pakistan side, which was replied
very promptly and effectively by the BSF, took into its grip many
forward villages, like parts of Gajansoo-Marh, Fatehpur Salaria,
Kothi etc in RS Pura.
SFs killed one LeT ‘commander’ in Lolab area in
Kupwara District. Army and Police launched an operation in Kawari
village in Varnow area of Lolab after they received information
about presence of a militant commander of LeT in the area. SSP,
Kupwara, Shamsher Hussain, said that based on a specific information
a joint cordon and search operation was launched by SOG Lolab
and 18 RR of Army in Kawari village of Lolab. Hussain said that
during search of the area, the militant came out of the house
and was engaged in a brief gun battle outside. The SSP said that
LeT ‘commander’ has been identified as Abu Saad alias Shahid.
He was affiliated with LeT and was active in Lolab for last three
years. He said Saad was receiving infiltrated groups and later
launching them to the hinterland. “He was also involved in instigating
and pushing the youth of the area for stone pelting and anti-India
protests”, he said. The SSP said that one AK rifle, three magazines,
89 AK rounds, one wireless set and one 1 Ikon was recovered from
the encounter site.
Militants attacked house of Minister for Public
Works and Parliamentary affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri at Veeri village
in Anantnag District. Militants fired at the security guards posted
at the house of the Minister. The security guards repulsed the
attack by firing at the militants. The militants fled under the
cover of darkness. Senior Police and Army officers reached the
spot and massive manhunt has been launched to trace out the militants
behind the attack. Sources said that the reason behind the attack
seems to be weapon snatching from security guards.
Police said that SFs arrested four persons who
were planning to snatch weapons from Police and SFs in Awantipora
area in Pulwama District. Police said that they had a specific
input that a group of youths were being motivated by HM ‘commander’,
Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Mosa to snatch weapons
from minority pickets or Police in the area and to join the militant
ranks. Police said that they along with 42-RR of Army arrested
Shakir Ahmad Khan, who during questioning disclosed the plan of
weapon snatching. Police said that they later arrested three more
persons – Mohammad Asif Khan, Adil Ahmad Najar and Saqib Nazir
Bhat – and during questioning they confessed that they hatched
a conspiracy to snatch weapons from minority pickets or Police
to join militant ranks.
Ceasefire violations by Pakistan, which targeted
Indian posts and border villages along the LoC in Jammu and Rajouri
Districts of Jammu region of J&K, resulted in injuries to
seven civilians sustaining injuries. "Seven civilians, including
two teenage girls, sustained injuries in cross-border firing in
RS Pura and Kanhachak sectors of Jammu," an official said,
adding that Pakistani forces fired small arms and 80-mm and 120-mm
mortars in civilian areas. According to the BSF spokesperson,
"Pakistan Rangers, at around 1130 hours, opened fire with
small arms followed by mortars in Suchetgarh sub-sector of R S
Pura in Jammu District. Pakistan targeted forward Indian BoPs
at Abdullian and Chanduchak villages," he said, adding, "The
BSF retaliated effectively. No injury or damage has been reported
so far in today's exchange of fire. Intermittent firing is still
on." Meanwhile, the brief lull along the LoC was broken by
heavy firing by Pakistani on forward posts in Nowshera sector
of Rajouri District.
Chairman of the APHC-M, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said
the separatist leadership in Kashmir is not against any dialogue
or engagement process and asked the GoI to accept Kashmir as a
political dispute. Mirwaiz while addressing a press conference,
shortly after meeting a five-member civil society delegation led
by former Union External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha at his
Nigeen residence in Srinagar, said “our biggest issue is that
the Government of India wants to change the perspective or dilute
it by terming it as a law and order problem or security issue
or by talking about incentives”. The moderate separatist leader
said that till Kashmir is accepted as a dispute and a process
initiated between all the parties towards a final resolution,
the uncertainty in Jammu and Kashmir, in some shape, will continue
and its impact will remain on the whole subcontinent. Mirwaiz,
who was released on October 24, from Cheshmashahi sub-jail after
being detained there since August 27, said he talked to Syed Ali
Shah Geelani – who heads APHC-G – over phone. He said that the
separatist leadership including Geelani and Yasin Malik are not
Six persons were injured when Pakistani troops
shelled over 15 BoPs and 29 hamlets with mortar bombs and fired
heavily from automatic weapons in RS Pura and Arnia Sectors along
the IB in Jammu District. The BSF troops guarding the border line
retaliated to the Pakistani firing. "There was heavy firing
and mortar shelling on BoPs and villages along IB in RS Pura and
Arnia sectors of Jammu district overnight and continued till this
morning", a Police officer said. Pakistani troops pounded
over 20 civilian hamlets along IB in Arnia and RS Pura in Jammu
District overnight, he said. Over 15 Bops were also targeted.
In the shelling, six civilians were injured in Khopra Basti belt
in RS Pura, he said. "Heavy mortar shells were fired towards
Arnia last night", Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep
SFs arrested four persons who were trying to activate
Pakistan based militant outfit, Tehreek-i-Jehad-i-Islami (TJI),
in North Kashmir and were tasked to fuel unrest. SP of Sopore,
Harmeet Singh, said that they arrested four persons who had recently
returned from Pakistan after receiving arms training in PoK. “They
were given money by the TJI and were asked to fuel and sustain
the present unrest in Sopore area and make recruitments”, he said.
Sources said that Sopore Police, 52 and 22 RR arrested two persons,
Gowhar Ahmed Bhat resident of Mir Sahib Baramulla and Hilal Ahmed
Gojri resident of Syed Karim Baramulla. Police said that they
are active members of militant organization TJI based in Pakistan.
Incriminating documents were recovered from their possession.
A soldier was killed and another injured as Army
foiled an infiltration bid along LoC in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara
District. A group of militants waiting to infiltrate near the
LoC fired upon an Army patrol at Gunda Post in Tanghdar sector.
One soldier, Sepoy Sandeep Singh, was killed and another injured
in the attack. Army foiled the intrusion attempt of militants
and massive operation has been launched in the area. A defence
spokesman said here that troops intercepted a group of infiltrators
along the LoC in Tanghdar sector. “A soldier was killed and another
injured in the gun battle. The operation is going on”, he said.
This evening, sources said, Pakistani troops targeted forward
posts in Tanghdar sector and the fire was returned by the Army.
The BSF said it had killed a Pakistani paramilitary
jawan and wounded another after a BSF jawan was killed and six
civilians were injured in shelling and firing from across the
IB in R S Pura and Arnia sectors since October 26.
Militants lobbed a grenade at the Police post
guarding the minority Pandits in Kralgund area of Kupwara District.
The grenade didn’t explode and SFs launched man hunt for the militants
who lobbed the grenade.
Two associates of ‘commander’ Khalid of the JeM
were arrested by SFs in Baramulla District. The duo has been identified
as Shahid Tantray and Fayaz Ahmad. They were arrested during operations
launched by 46 RR of Army and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police,
Baramulla in Faqir Wani and Boribagh areas of old town. One AK-47
rifle, one UBGL grenade, one UBGL, four AK magazines, 200 rounds
of AK ammunition, one hand grenade, one pistol, its magazine and
ammunition were recovered from them. The JeM is responsible for
carrying out two attacks in Baramulla town in which two Army jawans
and cop were killed on August 16 and one BSF jawan was killed
early this month. The JeM module is operating in Baramulla town
and adjacent areas for last few months and had established base
in the old town taking advantage of unrest. The module is headed
by Pakistani militant commander Khalid.
The BSF has gunned down 15 Pakistan Rangers personnel
and destroyed their two dozen Observation Towers and BoPs besides
causing huge destruction to their set ups in the PoK during the
week. ADG of BSF, Arun Kumar said the BSF has killed 15 Pakistani
Rangers since the tensions flared up along the IB. He said several
Observation Towers and BoPs of the Rangers have been razed to
ground or damaged extensively in retaliatory firing by the BSF.
Asserting that the way Pakistan shelling and firing was on, it
was clear indication that the Pakistan Army has taken over the
posts from the Rangers. “Firing and kind of ammunition used by
Pakistan indicated that it was not their Rangers but army, which
was firing upon Indian posts and forward locations,” he said.
Kumar said the BSF has lost its third soldier after the sniping
incident at Bobiya Post in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District
in which Gurnam Singh was martyred followed by head constable
Sushil Kumar and now Jatinder Singh, both of whom were killed
at Abdullian in RS Pura. Three other BSF jawans have been injured,
Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire along
LoC in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri District. "At 1230 and
1315 hours today, BSF troops in Arnia and R S Pura sectors killed
one Pakistani Ranger and seriously injured another in the retaliatory
firing," a senior BSF officer said.
Two civilians, including a woman and a teen-age
boy, were killed in Pakistan shelling at the LoC in Balakote and
Khour sectors of Poonch and Jammu Districts respectively. A total
of three civilians have been killed in ongoing Pakistan shelling.
A minor Bihari boy was killed in the shelling earlier in Kanachak
sector while nearly more than 30 civilians have been injured.
Major Ajit Singh of the Army and BSF constable
A Venkatesh were injured in Pakistan shelling at Balakote and
Mankote respectively in Poonch District.
After heavy overnight shelling in Hiranagar, Samba,
Arnia and RS Pura sectors, the IB generally remained calm barring
intermittent firing but heavy mortar shelling was reported in
Khour, Pallanwalla, Sunderbani and Nowshera sectors of Jammu and
Rajouri and Mankote, Balakote and Mendhar sectors of Poonch District.
A soldier and one militant were killed in an encounter
along the LoC in Macchil sector of Kupwara District. An unnamed
Defence spokesman said, “In an encounter close to the Line of Control in Macchil sector
today evening, one soldier has been martyred and one terrorist
killed. In a despicable act, the terrorists mutilated the body
of the Indian Army soldier before fleeing into PoK, supported
by covering fire from Pak army posts. This barbarism is a true
reflection which pervades official and non-official organisations
across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response.”
The Pakistani troops targeted 14 forward posts in the sector and
The BSF foiled two major infiltration attempts
by the militants on the IB under the cover of shelling. ADG of
BSF, Arun Kumar said the SFs have thwarted two major infiltration
attempts on the IB during the past two days and, thus, averted
the major terror attacks. He added that the infiltration attempts
were taking place under the cover of darkness with the active
connivance of Pakistani troops.
Militants shot dead a woman at Naina in the Batpora
area of Pulwama District.
Police arrested five persons including a Police
constable from Bemina area of Srinagar along with arms and contraband
during a raid. Eight grenades and one AK 47 rifle were recovered
from them besides five kilogram of Brown Sugar. Sources said that
these persons are involved in smuggling of weapons and narcotics
from across the LoC. They said that these persons are smuggling
weapons from the LoC and are handing them over to militants and
besides this they are also drug smugglers.
Police said that acting on specific information
regarding the presence of militants at Hamdanpora in the Rampora
area of Kulgam District, SFs arrested a militant and a person
who provided him logistic support. “During search operation,
one HM militant Manzoor Ahmad Khan alias Mana
Khan alias Waseem alias Jafar
son of Ghulam Nabi Khan resident of Dhobi Mohalla Batamaloo, Srinagar
was arrested. He is involved in number of subversive activities
and has got recycled into militant ranks a couple of months ago”,
Police said. One pistol, grenade and other ammunition was recovered
from his possession. One Mohammad Yaqoob Dar son of Abdul Gani
Dar resident of Hamdan Pora, Rampora who provided logistic support
to militant was also apprehended from the spot by police.
Official sources said that Army has devised a
new strategy to counter shelling from Pakistan side to save civilian
population and own losses. The Army was now targeting and decimating
Pakistani posts, which were raining mortars on civilian population.
“Our troops are now going for the kill. They are decimating the
posts of the Army across LoC in Nowshera, Sunderbani, Mendhar,
Balakote, Mankote and Tarkundi in twin border districts of Rajouri
and Poonch, which were worst hit by mortar shelling, to avoid
civilian casualties. After decimating the Pakistani posts, the
Army was not allowing Pakistani troops to re-construct the posts
by engaging them. In number of areas, the Pakistan army jawans
have been either killed or injured when their posts were decimated
while others have run far behind for cover,” sources said, adding
this strategy of the troops has saved many civilian lives as they
were targeting civilian population with heavy mortars and automatic
weapons. This way, sources confirmed, a number of Pakistani Posts
have been completely destroyed and Pakistani troops have abandoned
those areas as there was no other cover for them. The shelling
in some of the villages has stopped after decimation of these
posts, they said.
Car of PDP leader, a bank and school were set
ablaze in separate incidents as ‘protests’ continued in the state
for 112th day. ‘Protestors’ set ablaze the car
of Umar Kumar, a PDP youth leader in Chinkral Mohalla Habba Kadal
area of Old City, Srinagar. ‘Protestors’ also set ablaze Jammu
and Kashmir Bank Branch at Mattan Chowk in Anantnag District.
A private school, Iqra Public School, was also set ablaze at Batgund
in Dooru area of Anantnag District. The school was damaged in
Authorities foiled protest march of separatists
by imposing curfew in Old City, Srinagar.
A Police spokesman while detailing the situation
of October 28 said, “Situation remained under control throughout
Kashmir today till filling of this report. In view of Jamia Masjid
Chalo call given by some separatist organizations restrictions
were imposed as a precautionary measure in some parts of Srinagar.”
He said after Friday prayers some stone pelting
incidents were reported from Srinagar, Pulwama, Kulgam and Sopore.
“At these places miscreants after Friday prayers assembled and
pelted stones on Police and security force deployments. They were
chased away. In Pulwama, miscreants lobbed a petrol bomb on police
and security force deployment in Pirchoo area. However, no one
was injured in this incident. Police has taken cognizance of the
incident,” he added.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated that the
separatists were not allowing schools in the Valley to function
because they wanted a new generation of uneducated youths who
can pelt stones and can be used as “cannon fodder”. She said the
separatists were exploiting children from the poor families by
instigating them to attack Army camps, Police Stations and CRPF
camps and were using them as shields, while their own children
were safe. “If the youths get education they won’t pelt stones
for them. The (separatist) leadership wants a generation of uneducated
youths who can pelt stones for them,” Mehbooba said. “Today I
see that big leaders feel if schools open, poor children will
get education and then they will not have time for stone pelting
or might not be ready for that,” she said. Stressing that leaders
who give preference to the future and education of the children
are needed and not the ones who use them as cannon fodder, she
said, “for three months our schools are closed, we tried and even
Delhi sent big delegations”.
A BSF trooper was killed in ceasefire violation
by Pakistani troops in the Macchil sector of Kupwara District
along the LoC.
A BSF jawan was killed in ceasefire violation
by Pakistani troops in Machil sector along LoC in Kupwara District.
Constable Koli Nitin Subhash (28), hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra,
was martyred this morning in firing by Pakistani security forces,
a BSF official said. The fresh casualty came hours after terrorists,
aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, last night crossed
the LoC in the sector. They killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated
his body prompting the Indian army to warn that “the incident
will be responded to appropriately“. Four army and three BSF personnel
have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan
in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Rangers also violate ceasefire
in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along IB.
Army said that they destroyed four Pakistani posts
inside PoK and inflicted heavy casualties on their troops along
the LoC in Keran sector after day long mortar shelling in the
area. The ADGPI of Army tweeted: “Four Pak posts destroyed in
massive fire assault in Keran sector. Heavy casualties inflicted.”
Sources said that the number of casualties inflicted on Pakistani
troops could be around 20. They said that the four posts were
completely destroyed and it was response to the killing of a soldier
and mutilation of his body in Macchil sector on October 28.
Curfew was lifted from Srinagar leading to movement
of people and transport in the city while restrictions on public
assembly continued in Kashmir. Curfew was lifted from six Police
Station areas of the city where the curbs were imposed on October
28. The curfew was imposed on October 28 to maintain law and order
in the wake of the separatists’ call for a march to Jamia Masjid
in Nowhatta area of the city, but was lifted in the morning of
October 29 following improvement in the situation. However, restrictions
on the assembly of public under Section 144 CrPc were in place
throughout the Valley. The lifting of the curbs led to improvement
in the movement of people and transport in the city. However,
normal life continued to remain affected in the Valley for the
113th day due to the separatist-sponsored strike.
An unnamed Police spokesman said that with considerable
increase in vehicles and pedestrian rush the situation across
the Valley remained normal and under control. “During the day,
no untoward incident was reported from any part of the Valley
till filing of this report”, he said. “The vehicles were seen
plying on the roads of the city as well as on the roads connecting
different towns and villages. The shops were open and huge number
of vendors were seen doing their normal business”, the spokesman
said. He further said that adequate deployment of police and security
forces was made at vulnerable points in Srinagar city, in main
towns as also on the roads, lanes and by-lanes connecting different
The BSF foiled three infiltration attempts by
heavily-armed terrorists, aided by cover fire by Pakistani troops,
in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District. “There were three attempts
of infiltration by groups of terrorists which have been successfully
foiled by the alert BSF troops in the face of danger to their
lives,” BSF Deputy Inspector General Dharmendra Pareek
said. Giving details, he said in the wee hours of October 29,
a group of three heavily-armed terrorists attempted to sneak in
from Hiranagar sector while Pakistan Rangers provided covering
fire to them. However, BSF troops forced them to retreat by effective
fire, he said. “On October 30 around midnight, again a heavily-armed
group of three terrorists was detected by alert troops across
the IB in another area of Hiranagar sector and they reached the
vicinity of International Border, taking advantage of dead ground.
They were kept under close watch. On effective fire of BSF, they
took shelter in dead ground having thick wild growth,” Pareek
added. He said the BSF troops spotted a group of terrorists in
the evening of October 30 close to the IB. He said that on being
exposed, the terrorists targeted BSF troops on duty by resorting
to heavy firing but were forced to retreat by effective fire.
“Once they were targeted heavily by BSF with accurate fire, the
Pakistan Rangers came to their rescue and provided covering fire
support to the militants for their safe withdrawal towards Pakistani
villages,” Pareek said. “The terrorists were seen moving half-bending,
crawling and running to save their lives towards Pakistan village
of Abhiyal Dogra,” the DIG said.
Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing unprovoked
at forward Indian posts on the LoC in Poonch District. “Pakistan
early this morning fired unprovoked at forward posts in Balakote
sector of Mendhar in Poonch,” official sources said. ”Pakistan
fired 80 mm, 120 mm mortars. Own troops gave a befitting reply
to the fire with similar calibre of weapons,” they added. Intermittent
firing was still in progress, while no injury or causality has
been reported, so far.
Pakistan Army violating the ceasefire targeted
forward Indian Army posts and civilian areas along the LoC, killing
a woman and a trooper. Three other women and two Army troopers
were injured and large numbers of houses were damaged during the
day. The areas targeted were Balakote, Mendhar and Mankote sectors
in Poonch District and Manjakote in Rajouri District. A woman,
identified as Rashid Bi was killed and her 24 year old daughter
was injured when a mortar shell fell inside their house at village
Golhad in Mendhar sector of Poonch District. Army trooper Rifleman
Biman Tamang was killed while manning forward post in Manjakote
sector of Rajouri District. Tamang has become sixth soldier to
be killed during past 10 days shelling by Pakistan in Jammu and
Kashmir. Earlier, three BSF jawans were martyred on the IB in
Jammu while an Army and a BSF jawan were killed in Keran sector
of Kupwara District in the Kashmir valley.
In retaliation, Indian troops destroyed at least
two Pakistani posts, which were targeting forward troops and civilian
areas on the Indian side. However, number of casualties on Pakistan
side in the posts that were blasted in the afternoon was not known
immediately due to continued shelling and firing, trapping many
civilians inside their houses. 20 Pakistan Army personnel and
15 Rangers have so far been killed while number of Pakistan casualties
could go up after October 31 retaliation along LoC by the Indian
troops in twin border Districts of Poonch and Rajouri.
At IB, intermittent shelling and firing in Hiranagar
(Kathua District) and RS Pura (Jammu District) Sectors continued
but there were no casualties or damage.
At least 25 persons were injured in clashes in
Pulwama area of Pulwama District. In Rohmoo area of Pulwama,
clashes erupted between ‘protesters’ and SFs. Amid clashes, protesters
attacked an Army camp. At least 25 persons, including several
women, were injured in the clashes as Police fired pellets and
An unnamed Police spokesman said, “The situation
across the Valley remained largely peaceful and under control.
Vehicles in huge numbers were seen plying on the roads of the
city as well as on the roads connecting different towns and villages
of the Valley. People in large numbers were busy in their shopping
from the shops and vendors in the markets of Valley. In Sopore
some miscreants hurled a petrol bomb near Sub District Hospital
Sopore. Police has taken cognizance of the incident and started
manhunt for the miscreant involved in it. Police continued with
adequate deployment at vulnerable points in Srinagar city, as
also in main towns and the roads, lanes and by-lanes connecting
Normal life remained paralysed in Kashmir for
116th day due to shutdown called by separatists.
State Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar said
separatists were out to destroy their own people. In a statement,
Akhtar said that those saying that Government decision to hold
exams has forced students to torch the educational institutes
should go for a self-introspection. He was responding to allegations
leveled by JKLF that the students are burning schools in the Kashmir
After 27 schools were torched for last few weeks
in Kashmir, the State High Court directed the Government to take
necessary steps for saving the school buildings from being burnt.
The Court said: “We hope that the mysterious persons will stop
burning the school buildings and also hope that the citizens will
also help in protecting the school buildings.” “From various
quarters, it is learnt that during last about three months, 26
schools in Kashmir were set on fire. Within last 24 hours, 3 schools
were targeted and set on fire by the miscreants”, the order issued
by Chief Justice read.
The BSF has unleashed massive firepower to retaliate
against Pakistan Rangers' relentless attempts to push heavily
armed terrorists into Indian Territory since October 19 through
continuous ceasefire violations. India's massive retaliation has
claimed the lives of at least 15 Pakistani soldiers as well as
some civilians on the other side.
The BSF, responding to Pakistan's firing and mortar
shelling of the past 11 days, has fired 3,000 long range mortar
shells (81mm area weapons), which can hit targets within the range
of 5 to 6 km. It has also fired 2,000 short range mortar shells
(51mm mortar shells), which can hit targets at 900 meters, and
more than 35,000 bullets using small arms, including MMG, LMG,
rifles, etc. Officials said long-range mortar shells are used
to destroy enemy positions and small range weapons are for targeting
terrorists and Pakistan Rangers firing from posts close to the
Most of the cross-border firing has been taking
place in the Jammu sector at night, when Pakistan Rangers provide
the cover of fire to help terrorists infiltrate into the Indian
side. The BSF has lost three jawans since October 19. Officials
said more than 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been recorded
at the International Border in less than two weeks. The BSF, sources
said, has been supplied with additional inventory of ammunitions
in view of the prevailing border situation and because of the
An encounter took place between the SFs and LeT
militants at village Ajar in Bandipora District. Sources said
that the SFs launched a search operation in the village against
a group of LeT militants, including their Bandipora ‘commander’
Abu Ukasha, and his associate Abu Maviya. However, as the Army
fired a ‘probe shot’ towards a house in which they had taken shelter,
militants responded with UBGL and automatic rifle fire and escaped
into nearby forest area. The group had infiltrated from Macchil
sector of Kupwara District in August 2016 and then shifted to
Lolab (Kupwara District) before arriving in Bandipora. It is based
in Bandipora for last two months. One of the members of
this group was recently killed in Argam (Bandipora District) while
another was injured.
At least eight civilians including two children
and four women killed as Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire
in J&K. Another 22 persons, including three Army porters,
were injured in firing from across the border. The fatalities
occurred as the Pakistani Forces targeted innocent civilian population
in Ramgarh sector of Samba District along the IB and parts of
Poonch and Rajouri Districts along LoC.
Six civilians, including two children and two
women, were killed in Ramgarh sector alone and many others were
injured. A woman and her daughter-in-law died in mortar shelling
by Pakistan at Naika Panjgrain in Manjakote sector of Rajouri
In retaliatory fire, the BSF killed two Pakistan
Army men opposite Nowshera and decimated 14 posts of the Rangers
across Ramgarh and Arnia sectors on the IB. “The BSF action against
the Pakistan army, which had taken over majority of posts from
the Rangers, was necessitated to stop”, sources said.
DGP, J&K, K Rajendra Kumar, has asked the
BSF jawans to give befitting reply to continuous ceasefire violations
by Pakistan. He also met with some locals and had inputs regarding
the movement on border and sought their cooperation to check intrusion.
K Rajendra Kumar expressing concern over increasing infiltration
bids and lurking possibility of ultras sneaking in.
J&K Police said that overall situation across
the state remained peaceful. An unnamed Police spokesman said,
“The overall situation across the Valley remained peaceful and
under control today. During the day, no untoward incident
was reported from any part of the Valley till filing of this report.
In the day greater vehicular traffic was observed on the city
roads as also in the main towns of the Valley. A huge number of
vendors were seen on the roads, lanes and by lanes doing their
normal business in the city as well in the main towns of the Valley.
“The deployment of police and security forces continued on the
vulnerable points across the city as well as on the roads lanes
and by lanes in main towns across Kashmir.”
Another unnamed Police officer said that miscreants
set ablaze office cum residence of Deputy CEO Shopian. It may
be mentioned here that 28 schools were torched during last few
months in Kashmir by miscreants.
The UMHA has asked the State Government to check
burning down of schools and make efforts for reopening the schools
which have been closed for more than 110 days due to unrest in
the Valley. In a communication, the UMHA conveyed to the State
Government to ensure protection of schools, especially those which
are vulnerable to attacks, and make all attempts for reopening
all educational institutions across the Valley. The Home Ministry
is said to have persuaded the State Government to direct the State
Board of School Education to notify over 500 schools to conduct
Two women were killed and many others injured
in Pakistan shelling from across the LoC in Mendhar and Balakote
sectors in Poonch District. Army also decimated six Pakistani
posts opposite Mendhar and Balakote sectors in the District to
stop shelling from across the LoC, as these posts were directly
targeting the civilian population in the towns. While BSF said
it has inflicted heavy casualties on Pakistan Rangers during yesterday’s
assault across Ramgarh and Arnia sectors in Samba and Jammu Districts
respectively in which 14 posts of the enemy troops were destroyed.
Official sources said Pakistan might have suffered casualties
in destruction of their posts, which were razed to ground in massive
counter offensive launched by the troops to save lives of civilians.
A woman and her daughter-in-law were killed on the LoC at Naika
Panjgrain in Tarkundi-Manjakote while half a dozen civilians were
The Army's MI in J&K has spotted at least
four terror launch pads of JeM across the IB. The launch pads
are less than five kilometres from BOPs in the Samba region, where
heavy shelling by Pakistan's troops killed six people on November
1. Sources said that, according to an MI report, the launch pads
had been spotted at Masroor Bada Bhai, Sukhmal, Chapral and Looni.
One of them is located just opposite the BSF BOP at Paharpur in
Hiranagar sector in Kathua District. According to the report,
heavily armed men dressed in camouflage had been seen getting
dropped at Pakistan's Nur-ul-Islam BOP via Masroor Bada Bhai.
The BSF foiled an infiltration bid by two terrorists
along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District. “Later, the
infiltrators were seen retreating by taking advantage of dead
ground and thick foliage,” sources said. It was sixth infiltration
bid by armed terrorists along the IB in the last fortnight. Since
the forced infiltration was foiled on the intervening night of
October 20 and 21, five infiltration bids have been foiled and
a total of 14 infiltration bids have been foiled in 2016. Out
of them, three bids were made on the 24 hours close to night of
A Pakistani national allegedly moving suspiciously
along the IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District was arrested.
Further details are awaited, sources said. He has disclosed his
identity as Abdul Yousaf, 41, son of Mohammad Akram, a resident
of Goregam, Pakistan.
The overall situation remained largely under control
across the valley in J&K. An unnamed Police spokesman said,
“The overall situation across the Valley remained largely under
control and peaceful. No untoward incident was reported from any
party of the Valley till filing of this report. The day
witnessed normal movement of people and vehicular traffic on the
city roads as well as in other main towns of the Valley. Vendors
in large number were seen on the streets of the city as also in
the main towns of the Valley with a huge number of shoppers busy
in shopping at these places. The workers of Peace Movement Party
protested at press enclave Srinagar and were demanding the opening
of the school in the Valley. As a precautionary measure necessary
deployment was made on some vulnerable points of the city as well
as in other main towns to thwart away any untoward incident hampering
normal life and disrupting the smooth flow of traffic.”
Protestors set ablaze two schools – Government
High School Dugpora Anchar in Soura area of Srinagar and Government
Primary School Goripora in Safa Kadal area of Srinagar. This is
the 30th school that was set ablaze during the
unrest by protestors. They also attempted to set ablaze SP College
Srinagar by hurling a petrol bomb.
The Central Government has taken serious cognizance
of closure of all educational institutions in the Kashmir valley
for past about four months now and burning of about 30 school
buildings by the protestors, which has badly affected the education
of students as their examinations were round-the-corner. The Government
of India has offered to provide cover by the para-military forces,
wherever required, for re-opening of the educational institutions
apart from all other necessary help, is asked for by the State
Government. The Centre Government, according to sources, wants
all educational institutions to be made functional in the Kashmir
valley within the next 10 days and, for the purpose, it was ready
to extend any kind of Central assistance the State Government
required, which include security cover.
Both IB and LoC remained calm after 20 Posts of
Pakistan Rangers and Army were decimated on November 1 and November
2. “There has been no firing in any part of the LoC in twin borders
districts of Rajouri and Poonch since 3.30 pm yesterday when in
a massive retaliatory action, Army had reduced six Pakistani posts
to ashes across Mendhar and Balakote, which were targeting civilian
areas in which two women were killed and over half a dozen civilians
were injured,” official sources said. Similarly, they added, there
has been no report of any shelling or firing along the IB since
4 pm on Tuesday when the BSF had carried out major counter offensive
against the Pakistan army and Rangers across Ramgarh and Arnia
sectors destroying their 14 posts. A number of Pakistan army personnel
and Rangers have been killed in retaliatory action by Army and
BSF, which was undertaken to save civilian lives as eight civilians,
including two children and two women, were killed in Ramgarh and
Manjakote (Rajouri) respectively on November 1.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that after
facing defeat in face to face battles, Pakistan is engaging in
a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir and will be given a befitting
reply. Parrikar said, “Pakistan has always been trying to occupy
Jammu and Kashmir and we consider this land (Jammu and Kashmir)
and its people as our integral part. After facing defeat in face
to face battles, Pakistan is now engaging in a proxy war on this
paradise on earth. They also targeted others parts of the country
as well. Our soldiers are fighting this battle with professionalism…
On this occasion, let us renew the pledge to give fitting reply
to the proxy war and end the terrorism here.”
A Police officer was injured in an IED explosion
in Tral area in Pulwama District. Police said that SFs cordoned
off Dadsara village tonight after gun shots were heard from inside
the village. In the meantime, a Rakshak vehicle carrying Police
was blasted off due to an IED explosion outside Dadsara village
in which a SI, Nazir Ahmad was injured.
A LeT militant from Kashmir surrendered in Sopore
District, after his father was brought to the site to persuade
him to lay down his arms. Umar Khalid Mir had been holed up in
a house cordoned off by Army, CRPF and Police personnel at Tujarsharief
in Sopore, since Thursday evening, a Police spokesperson said.
According to DIG (north Kashmir), Uttam Chand, Umar had joined
LeT on May 16, 2016 and crossed over to PoK for training. He infiltrated
into India recently, along with a group of foreign militants.
Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 99
times along the LoC in J&K, targeting Indian posts and civilian
areas, after the surgical strike by the army on PoK-based terrorist
launching pads. "Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire
along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 99 times after the surgical strike
by Indian Army troops on terror launch pads in PoK," an unnamed
senior Army officer on November 4. The officer said there have
been 83 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC
in Jammu region falling under 16 Corps area. As many as 16 ceasefire
violations have been recorded along the LoC in Kashmir region
falling under 15 corps area, he said. The worst-ever Pakistani
shelling targeting civil population took place on November 1,
when eight persons, including two children and four women, were
killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five
sectors of J&K, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply
by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers.
The State Government had closed over 400 schools along the IB
and the LoC in Jammu region in wake of the ongoing heavy cross-border
firing. A total of 18 people, including 12 civilians, were killed
and more than 83 suffered injuries in Pakistani shelling and firing
along IB and LoC in Jammu.
Army killed a HM militant, identified as Waseem
Ahmad Khanday in a gun battle while four others escaped taking
the cover of dense bushes in Shopian forest area in Shopian District.
An Army trooper was also injured in the encounter. An AK-47 rifle,
he had snatched from the security guard of former legislator in
September 2016, and some ammunition was also recovered from his
Describing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir
as "extremely fragile", state DGP, K Rajendra said around
300 terrorists are active in the state and that continuing infiltration
along the LoC is a cause of worry. The DGP said even though the
intensity and spread of the protest has come down, it continued
to be "extremely fragile". "While the intensity
and spread of situation has come down, the situation is extremely
fragile. At present, 250-300 militants are active. Given the present
situation, we need to have a road map for next two-three months,"
he said. "The continuing infiltration along the border is
a cause of worry which can change the whole game," the DGP
said. "While a semblance of normalcy has been restored, there
is no scope for complacency. Police will continue its drive against
miscreants," he added. The DGP said at least 70 buildings
have been set ablaze by miscreants during the ongoing unrest in
the valley. "53 of these 70 buildings have been damaged totally,"
he further said.
Army has launched an operation ‘School Chalo’,
under which it identifies areas and provides students with free
coaching and make them participate in extra-curricular activities.
“We know we have to deal situation on the internal front and we
are doing that with desired results. But simultaneously during
my interaction with locals, I felt they were worried about the
studies of their children, but at the same time anxious about
their security. That is where I asked my boys to work out a plan
for providing education to students,” says Major General Ashok
Narula, GOC of ‘Victor Force’.
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked shelling
at Indian positions along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch
District. At least four places came under indiscriminate shelling
and firing which has been started by Pakistan Army to target civil
and defence facilities in the area, a Police official said. "Indian
army has effectively retaliated using same calibre weapons, shelling
and firing exchanges is still on," he said.
Pakistani forces resumed heavy mortar shelling
and attempted to push militants into Indian Territory at two places
in Krishna Ghati (KG) sector of Poonch District killing two Army
jawans and injuring five others, including four security personnel
and a civilian woman. The two infiltration attempts by the militants,
which were aided and abetted by the Pakistani troops in KG sector,
were thwarted successfully by the troops. All militants, who were
trying to sneak-in into the Indian side under covering fire by
Pakistani troops, retreated to PoK. India troops launched major
counter offensive in which seven Pakistani posts were decimated
and five Pakistani troopers were killed opposite KG sector.
Sources said, “Pakistani troops have carried out
over 100 ceasefire violations along LoC is in Jammu and Kashmir
after surgical strike by the Indian Army on terror launch pads
in PoK.” They said that there have been 84 ceasefire violations
by Pakistani troops along LoC in Jammu region falling under 16
Corps area. As many as 16 ceasefire violations have been recorded
along LoC in Kashmir region falling under 15 Corps area, he said.
Huge quantity of supplies of militants was recovered
from their hideout in Shopian District. Army’s 44 RR and Shopian
Police busted a militant hideout in Dubjan forests in Shopian
and recovered huge quantity of winter supplies that included seven
gas cylinders, 20 blankets, 30 jackets, 50 kg potatoes, 50 kg
onion, 15 kg dry fruit, 200 kg rice, 200 kg Atta, 10 liters juice,
5 pair shoes, 20 pieces Vicks Vaporub, 6 canes of 15 liters refined
oil, 20 mattresses and other administrative items.
The three separatist leaders who have been calling
for protests and shutdowns in Kashmir since the killing of HM
‘commander’ Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, have called for a meeting
on November 8 during which they may decide respite from daily
strikes. The three leaders - Chairman of APHC-G, Syed Ali Shah
Geelani, chairman of APHC-M, Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq, and chief
of JKLF, Mohammad Yasin Malik, - held a meeting at the residence
of Geelani for the first time in four months and discussed the
situation in Kashmir. These leaders have been issuing strike and
protest programmes for last four months but they met for the ‘first
time’. The leaders rejected any economic package and stressed
for political resolution of Jammu and Kashmir issue.
A militant of HM was killed and three others,
including ‘commander’ of the outfit, managed to flee out of the
security cordon in Shopian District. Sources said that Shopian
Police and 62 RR of army cordoned off Wangam village of the District
after they received specific information about presence of four
militants in a house during the night. As the SFs laid siege around
the house, four militants including HM ‘commander’ Waseem Shah
came out of the house opening a volley of fire on SFs. Two soldiers
were injured in the gun battle. The three militants including
the ‘commander’ fled from the cordon taking cover of the darkness
and heavy firing while one of them was shot dead outside the house
by the SFs. The dead militant has been identified as Saddam Hussain
Mir resident of village Chitterpora in Shopian District. Sources
said that he had joined the militancy a month ago. One AK-47,
5 magazines, 119 rounds and a hand grenade were recovered from
SOG Pulwama and 55 RR of Army launched a joint
operation in Karimabad village of Pulwama District, after they
received inputs about presence of a group of militants in the
village. However, during the cordon the SFs came under heavy stone
pelting from the residence. The operation was on till late night.
Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling along
the LoC causing extensive damage in Balakote, Mendhar and Mankote
sectors in Poonch District. The Indian side responded to the shelling
very effectively, damaging some Pakistani posts.
Army and Police busted a major hideout of the
militants at Baiyaru Paddar forests in Dharamkot area of Bhaderwah tehsil in
Doda District, and recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition
and explosive material. Recoveries made from the hideout included
one AK-47 rifles, one 9mm Chinese pistol, one UBGL, 22 UBGL grenades,
one 12 bore gun with four rounds, 11 AK-47 magazines, 1220 AK
rounds, one AK silencer, three magazines and 15 rounds of 9mm
Chinese pistol, four RPG rounds, 100 rounds of 10mm, 150 Pika
rounds, eight Chinese grenades, 10 hand grenades, 11 detonators,
two IED fuses and other sustenance stores. “The recovery of huge
quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives is in continuation
of sustained efforts of security forces towards dismantling terrorist
infrastructure and support bases,” sources said.
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by targeting
forward posts of Army in Macchil sector of LoC in Kupwara District.
The troops retaliated and intermittent mortar and machine gun
firing was going on at the time of reporting.
Two Army jawans were killed and five others were
injured when a mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops hit their
vehicle at Janghar in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District, where
heavy exchange of shelling and firing took place between Indo-Pak
troops, while several houses and power transformers, household
items and crops were also extensively damaged.
Indian troops launched massive counter offensive
against Pakistan and inflicted significant destroying their three
posts namely Battal, Pimple and Bump across Salhutri between Balakote
and Mendhar sectors of Poonch District. Four Pakistan army personnel
were eliminated in the counter action that was necessitated to
prevent civilian casualties as all these three posts were targeting
civilian areas along the LoC in Mendhar and Balakote sectors for
past few days.
The meeting called by separatist leaders at the
residence of chairman of APHC-G, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on November
stressed for relief from the daily strikes. However, there was
no immediate response from the leaders.
SFs killed two militants of LeT, including its
‘commander’ at Drusu village in the Sopore area of Baramulla District.
The slain militants were identified as Abu Maaz and Abu Raafi.
Abu Maaz was a LeT ‘commander’. Two AK-47 rifles and ammunition
were recovered from their possession.
The SFs detected and defused a powerful IED planted
by militants near Wadhpora on Srinagar-Kupwara road in Handwara
area of Kupwara District.
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik issued fresh call for week
long protests and strikes. The fresh protests were issued after
a meeting of stakeholders held on November 8 in which traders,
transporters and businessmen had sought relief from continued
strikes. In the meantime, shutdown was observed across Kashmir
for 124th day during which situation largely remained
peaceful. An unnamed police spokesman said: “Situation across
the Valley remained normal till filing of this report. During
the day people were seen busy in their daily activities of life
with vehicular traffic plying normally on roads. Shops and other
business establish were open.”
Government informed the State High Court that
no education institute in Kashmir is occupied by the SFs. The
information has been given to the Court during hearing of a public
interest litigation filed by Advocate Shah Faisal seeking direction
on security agencies as well as State to get all security forces
vacated from all the educational institutions of the Valley.
An Army soldier was killed in Pakistani sniping
in the Macchil sector of Kupwara District. The soldier was targeted
by Pakistani sniper from a Pakistani post. Indian Army retaliated
heavily by targeting Pakistani posts in Macchil and Keran sectors
inflicting heavy losses on them. Sources said that heavy firing
is going on between Pakistani and Indian troops in Macchil and
Keran sectors. Both the sides are firing mortars at each other’s
posts. The two sectors are active for last few weeks after the
beheading of an soldier in Macchil sector.
Army foiled an infiltration bid by militants in
Rampur sector of Uri in Baramulla District along the LoC, killing
three militants while a senior Army officer was injured in the
gun battle. Sources further said that rest of the members of the
group are believed to have fled back to Pakistan. However, Army
has continued search operation in the area.
The Army recovered the dead bodies and arms and
ammunition and other things. The recoveries included one AK-47
rifle, three magazines, 62 rounds of ammunition, 7 UBGL grenades,
one hand grenade, two I-Com radio sets, 3 antenna, one sophisticated
communication equipment, 3 GPS devices, one binocular, two
trip flares, six rucksacks, one pouch, 4 small bags, Rs 10, 000
cash, six jackets, six woollen caps, six shawls, 15 pairs of gloves,
13 pair of socks, three big lighters, six bottles 750 ml white
liquid, nine small bottle of brown colour liquid, 2 T-shirts,
5 thermocot uppers, two under wear and two hand warmers, 22 packets
of ration, 5 packets of tissue paper, 24 packets of dry fruit,
7 packets of dry roti, 12 rechargeable cells, one charger, two
kitchen knife kits, one folding knife, one tourniquet, medicine,
four walking sticks, two wire cutters, five boxes of fuel tablets,
three face creams, one USB cable and two diaries.
By the recovery of incendiary ammunition from
the dead militants, Army believed that these militants were tasked
to carry out Uri type attack in which they set ablaze the Army
at Uri Brigade headquarter on September 18, 2016, in which 19
troopers were killed.
Two residential houses were damaged in Keran sector
in Kupwara District, as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged
fire along the LoC. Sources said that India and Pakistani troops
exchanged fire along the LoC in Keran sector during which shells
landed on two residential houses in which they were damaged. Indian
and Pakistani troops are exchanging fire along the LoC in Keran
and Macchil sectors for last few weeks.
SFs cordoned off Adipora area in Sopore in Baramulla
District after they received inputs about presence of militants
in the area. The 22 RR and SOG Sopore cordoned off Adipora area
of Sopore and conducted searches. The area is under cordon as
SFs believed that the militants are hiding in the area.
Authorities imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar
to foil a protest march called by the separatists to Jamia Masjid
in Nowhatta area of Srinagar, while normal life remained affected
on 126th consecutive day due to a separatist-sponsored strike.
Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been kept under house
arrest while Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to
the Srinagar central jail on November 10. Syed Ali Shah Geelani
continues to remain under house arrest. Mirwaiz, who tried to
lead a march to Jamia Masjid from his residence, was detained
outside his Nigeen residence. A large number of Police and CRPF
personnel deployed outside his residence prevented him to march
and detained him. He was lodged at Police Station Nigeen and later
shifted home and put under house arrest. Police said that miscreants
hurled two petrol bombs on Para-Military CRPF at Nawa Kadal area
of Srinagar. The CRPF fired tear smoke in retaliation. However,
no one was injured.
Curfew has been imposed in six Police Station
areas of Srinagar to maintain law and order and prevent the violence.
Police and CRPF sealed main roads in Old City with concertina
wire and erected steel barricades to prevent movement of traffic
and civilians. Congregational Friday prayers have not been allowed
inside the mosque for last 17 Fridays due to curfew and curfew
like restrictions in the area. In the meantime, a Police spokesman
said that except for a few minor stone pelting incidents in Pulwama
and Shopian Districts, overall situation across the Valley remained
peaceful and under control. “As a precautionary measure restrictions
were imposed in some areas of Srinagar city. During the day normal
life was observed generally in most parts of valley. Vehicles
both public and private were seen plying on city roads as well
as in main towns and on the inter-district roads. The shops/vendors
in parts of Srinagar city and other towns were also seen doing
their business”, the spokesman said.
An Army jawan was killed in ceasefire violation
on the LoC in Keran sector in Kupwara District. Pakistani troops
violated ceasefire by indulging in firing and shelling in Keran
sector this morning, a Police official said. He said that in the
incident, Army jawan Harshid Badarya lost his life.
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed inside PoK
across the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri District. Pakistan’s
ISPR confirmed the killing of seven Pakistani soldiers in Bhimber
sector opposite Nowshera. However, there was no official statement
from the Indian Army on the elimination of seven Pakistan army
troopers. In another statement, Pakistan Foreign Office
has said that death from Indian shelling has risen to 25, which
included civilians, in the past some days.
An Indian trooper and a civilian were injured
in fresh round of shelling by Pakistan in Sunderbani, Nowshera,
Rajouri District; Akhnoor, Jammu District; and Poonch, Poonch
A militant was killed as Army foiled an infiltration
bid along the LoC in Nowgam sector of Kupwara District. One AK-47
rifle was recovered from the dead militant. Sources said that
the Army has launched massive searches in the area as they had
inputs that 2-3 more militants are in a nallah near
At least 95 per cent of Class XII students appeared
for their state board exams, defying separatists' diktats against
reopening of schools and colleges that have been forcibly shut
for the past four months in the Valley. Class 10 exams will begin
on November 15 and both board exams will be conducted concurrently
until December 3 in more than 1,000 centres across the Valley.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that there
have been no incidents of stone pelting in the Valley ever since
the announcement of the demonetisation decision on November 8.
Parrikar also said, "Earlier, there were rates: Rs 500 for
stone pelting (on security forces in Kashmir) and Rs 1,000 for
doing something else. PM has brought terror funding to zero".
UMHA sources as saying that there has been a decline in separatist-instigated
violence in the Valley after the surprise demonetisation move.
Clashes erupted in many areas of Old City of Srinagar
after a youth hit by CRPF vehicle nearly a week ago at Parimpora
succumbed to his injuries. The clashes continued intermittently
throughout the day in which several protesters sustained injuries.
Meanwhile, shutdown was observed for 129th consecutive
day across Kashmir valley during which situation largely remained
peaceful barring some incidents in which miscreants torched two
schools, an Agriculture building and two vehicles.
Pakistan again violated the ceasefire targeting
forward villages and posts on the LoC twice with unprovoked small-arms
fire and mortar shelling in Pallanwala sector of Jammu District
and Sunderbani sector of Rajouri District. "Pakistan resorted
to heavy unprovoked firing this morning at around 0715 hours and
fired small arms and mortars in Pallanwala and Jogwan post,"
police sources said. "Pakistan is targeting forward villages,
which has created panic among villagers. No injury has been reported
in the exchange of fire." sources added. Meanwhile, the defence
spokesperson in Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta, said, "Unprovoked
CFV by the Pakistan Army in Sunderbani sector from 0710 hrs using
mortars and automatics..."
Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag called upon
the troops to remain on high alert along the LoC and aggressive
in their approach.
The SFs cordoned off Warpora village in Sopore
area of Baramulla District after some gun shots were heard from
the village. But the militants had fled from the village.
A policeman was killed in an encounter with militants
in the forest area of Sopore in Baramulla District. Sources
said that the SFs cordoned off Marbal village of Zaloora in Sopore
in the night of November 15 after they received information about
presence of four LeT militants. They said early in the morning
of November 16 at around 4:30 am militants fired at the SFs who
had cordoned off the village, killing a policeman. Police said
that the area is under cordon and “we hope to get them soon”.
A group of militants escaped from cordon in Naid
Khai area of Bandipora District. Source said that the SFs cordoned
off Tengpora in Naid Khai area of Bandipora District in the evening
after they received information about presence of four militants
in the village. However, militants fired at the troops and three
of them managed to flee. However, the SFs cordon around the village
is on against one militant who is still hiding in the village.
Sources said one among the four militants was injured and he is
still in the village.
One person who was hit by a teargas shell early
this month in Srinagar succumbed to his injuries. Ghulam Muhammad
Khan (75), former president of Secretariat Employees Union had
gone out for a stroll outside his house when a teargas shell hit
him on head in Ellahi Bagh near Government Housing Colony on 90-feet
road Soura on November 2.
The train services after remaining suspended since
July 9 this year, were partly restored in Srinagar. Train services
were resumed in Kashmir after repair work was completed on Srinagar-Budgam
stretch. The repair work on the other railways tracks is in progress
and within ten days, the train service will be resumed between
Police arrested two miscreants in Budgam District,
for torching and ransacking a school building. A Police spokesman
said on October 27, Government School Habbar Lassipora was set
ablaze by some unidentified miscreants. The school suffered damages
in this incident, he said.
Miscreants set afire Panchayat Ghar in
Arigam village in Pulwama District. The fire tenders and Police
immediately reached the spot but the building was damaged in the
Shutdown for 132nd consecutive day paralysed life
in Kashmir during which situation largely remained peaceful and
a huge number of vehicles and pedestrian hit the roads.
Pakistan army resorted to heavy firing and mortar
shelling targeting forward villages and Indian Army posts in Pallanwalla,
Balakote and Manjakote along the LoC in Jammu and Rajouri Districts.
Official sources said Pakistan started heavy firing with automatic
weapons followed by mortar shelling in forward villages of Chakala,
Battal, Keri and Palatan in Pallanwalla sector in Akhnoor tehsil
of Jammu district at 7.15 pm. “Army from this side immediately
gave befitting response to Pakistan, leading to heavy exchanges,”
sources said, adding that exchange of firing and shelling continued
till late tonight. Pakistan Army directly targeted the civilian
population in Chakala, Battal, Keri and Palatan villages of Pallanwalla
sector, apart from forward posts of the Army. However, there were
no reports of any casualties on the Indian side in Pakistan shelling
and firing, they added. Late in the evening, Pakistan also resorted
to heavy shelling at Tarkundi in Balakote sector of Poonch District
and Kanga Gali and Panjgrain in Manjakote sector of Rajouri District
targeting forward Army posts and civilian areas. Indian side was
giving very effective response, sources said.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup
said Pakistan had violated the ceasefire agreement of 2003 with
India 12 times between November 5 and 12, 2016. He said militants
tried to cross over from the Pakistan side of the LoC 18 times
in the past week. India has held that there has been an increase
in ceasefire violations after it carried out its surgical strikes
on “terror launchpads”. Officials reported breaches on October
3, 4 and 5 along the border in the region. Swarup told that Delhi
has yet to receive an official confirmation from Islamabad about
Pakistan’s participation in the Heart of Asia conference. The
event will be held in Amritsar on December 3. Advisor to Pakistani
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz on
November 15 said he would visit India for the conference, and
hinted that his visit could be used to “defuse the tension” between
the neighbours, which have escalated since the militant attack
in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri on September 18, 2016.
The BSF has undertaken major drive to plug gaps
especially around riverines all along 187 kilometers IB from Lakhanpur
to Akhnoor spread over three border districts of Kathua, Samba
and Jammu in J&K to block infiltration attempts by the militants
during the months of winter when fog grips the plains and reduces
visibility to zero. With normalcy prevailing all along the IB
in Jammu sector since November 1 after about month long heavy
mortar shelling and firing, the BSF has been utilizing the peace
time to strengthen its positions on the borders especially by
plugging the infiltration routes to ensure that all intrusion
attempts by the militants are thwarted successfully. “We are plugging
the gaps especially around riverines, which haven’t been completely
fenced. We have introduced three-tier security system along the
riverines, running close to the International Boundary, by raising
first-tier security along their banks and remaining two tiers
behind. Though the militants, if they try to infiltrate, will
be trapped at the first place, even if they succeed in crossing
first naka, we will get them at the remaining two,” Inspector
General of BSF, Jammu Frontiers, DK Upadhyaya said.
Militants ransacked houses of PDP workers at Shopian
(Shopian District). They barged into houses of PDP workers at
Gania Mohalla, Maminder; in Shopian and ransacked their houses.
They also fired in air to cause scare in the village. However,
the PDP workers were not at home at the time of the incident.
Militants assaulted Aijaz Ahmad, Principal of
the Army Goodwill School Balpora at Maminder in Shopian District.
The post-paid mobile services were restored in
Kashmir valley, following improvement in security situation. The
mobile internet services were snapped on July 8, 2016, following
the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in a gunfight at Bumdoora
village in the Kokernag area of Anantnag District. The decision
to restore the prepaid mobile internet services was taken recently
and it was implemented tonight. On October 14, prepaid mobile
phone services were restored across Kashmir after remaining suspended
for 98 days. However, mobile Internet services continued to remain
Along the LoC, including twin border districts
of Rajouri and Poonch, Army has adopted robust counter infiltration
strategy which has an appropriate mix of technology and human
resources to check infiltration effectively, Defence Minister
Manohar Parrikar told Lok Sabha. Innovative troop
deployment, proactive use of surveillance, monitoring devices
and the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System have enhanced the ability
to detect and intercept terrorists attempting to infiltrate /
A local LeT militant was killed in an encounter
in Kakapora area in Pulwama District, while his accomplice fled.
Sources said that acting on a specific input, Police and Army’s
50 RR had laid an ambush in Begumbagh village of Kakapora in the
District on a link road. Two militants came on a motor cycle and
on seeing the Army and Police, they tried to flee during which
the militant was killed. Sources said that one militant Majid
was driving the bike and another one Rayees Ahmad Dar was his
pillion rider. When Majid noticed the SFs, he made a quick U-turn
and Rayees fell of the motor cycle and was killed in a brief gun
battle. One AK-47 rifle and magazines were recovered from him.
Majid also left the bike a short distance from the encounter site
and fled away on foot. SFs immediately cordoned off the area but
the militant had managed to flee from the area. The operation
was later called off. Rayees had joined the militancy a month
ago. The killing of the militant triggered massive protests and
clashes in Kakapora and several areas of Pulwama District as youth
came out on the streets and pelted stones on SFs and vehicles
plying on roads. The stone pelting was reported from Gadoora,
Newa, Pahoo, Kakapora, Pinglina and Hassanwani areas of the District.
The protesters at these places targeted scores of vehicles that
were plying through these areas. DIG of Police, South Kashmir,
Nitesh Kumar, said, Rayees was a local newly-recruited militant.
He urged the local militants to lay down arms before SFs and said
that they will be rehabilitated. Kumar said that he has directed
all District SPs and SSPs of South Kashmir to open a special cell
for the surrender and rehabilitation of local militants in their
Districts. He appealed all the local militants especially those
who joined recently to surrender before the Police. The DIG said
that the militants who surrender would be rehabilitated so that
they earn their livelihood. He said that they have tied up with
some NGOs who will provide vocational training to the surrendered
militants. He said that there are 84 local militants in South
Two jawans of Army and BSF and a woman were injured
as Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling using 120mm and
82mm mortars and firing with automatic weapons targeting over
two dozen Army posts and civilian locations spread over three
sectors of Nowshera, Sunderbani and Pallanwalla along the LoC
in Jammu District. Official reports said Pakistan army started
unprovoked heavy shelling in forward areas of Nowshera sector
targeting Indian Army posts and civilian areas at Kalsian, Numb,
Kharali, Ghania and Sher Makri at around 10.30 am. Pakistan army
violated ceasefire using automatic weapons but soon switched over
to shelling using heavy calibre 120mm and 82mm mortars prompting
very effective response from the Indian side. About half an hour
later, Pakistan troops opened two more fronts on the LoC in Sunderbani
and Pallanwalla sectors bordering Rajouri and Jammu Districts.
At both these sectors too, Pakistan army violated ceasefire using
similar kind of mortars and automatic weapons. People from forward
villages of Keri, Nathu Tibba, Chapryal and Battal in Pallanwalla
sector, which were directly targeted by Pakistan army to cause
civilian casualties, left their houses as soon as 120mm mortars
started falling close to their houses and took shelter in safer
locations at Khour in Ranbir Singh Pura (R.S. Pura) tehsil of
the District. Reports said that about 1500 people from Pallanwalla
sector have taken shelter in the camps at Khour while others have
left for the houses of their relatives and friends.
Two Pakistani live 82mm shells were neutralised
from the agriculture field in Ramgarh Sector of Samba District.
The local villagers who saw the live shells in the fields of Mohan
Lal of Babral informed the local Police, who with the help of
BSF and Army disposed the shells safely.
Four Army jawans were injured as Pakistan army
resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing with automatic weapons
along the LoC in Balakote and Tarkundi sectors of Poonch and Manjakote
sector in Rajouri District.
A BSF head constable who was injured in heavy
cross-border firing from the Pakistani side succumbed to his injuries
in Rajouri sector of Jammu & Kashmir. Rai Singh (40) was injured
in Sunday night's shelling from the Pakistani side along the LoC
in the Rajouri sector in which three other BSF personnel were
also injured. The condition of another BSF personnel was critical.
Police said four unidentified masked militants
looted over INR 1.2 million from J&K Bank in Budgam District.
A Police official said four masked gunman entered into the J&K
Bank, branch Malpora, Chrar-i-Sharief in Budgam and robbed an
amount of INR 1,245,240 from the Bank.
Two militants were killed in an encounter with
SFs in Bandipora District. A Police official said, acting on specific
intelligence input about presence of militants in Hajin village
of Bandipora, SFs launched a search operation in the area. The
official said as the SFs were conducting the search operation,
militants fired upon them leading to an encounter in which two
militants have been killed. Two weapons have been recovered from
the encounter site. The official said the identity and group affiliation
of the militants was being ascertained.
Alert BSF troops killed a Pakistani intruder on
IB in R S Pura sector in Jammu District. “A suspicious person
from Pakistan this morning crossed International Boundary and
taking advantage of cover and fog in area reached near fence in
R S Pura Sector Jammu,” BSF spokesman said. He said that the intruder
was challenged by alert BSF troops. “Once he did not pay heed
to challenge, alert troops fired and killed him,” he added and
said that search was being carried out.
Three Indian soldiers were killed in the Macchil
sector of Kupwara District along the LoC. One of the killed soldiers
was beheaded. The three soldiers from 57 RR were in the lead of
a counter-infiltration patrol when it was ambushed by terrorists
ahead of the LoC fencing in forested mountainous Macchil sector.
"The Pakistan army simultaneously opened fire at our patrol.
Once the situation stabilised, the three bodies were found in
the search operation... one was badly mutilated," said an
The Indian Army, meanwhile, promised "heavy
retribution" for the beheading of the soldier. "Retribution
will be heavy for this cowardly act of mutilating a soldier's
body," said the Army, which had destroyed four Pakistan army
posts with massive fire assaults after an Indian soldier was beheaded
in a similar BAT operation in the same sector on October 28. A
BAT typically consists of terrorists working in close conjunction
with Pakistan army regulars for tactical operations against Indian
troops and posts along the 778 kilometers LoC.
The BSF after foiling an infiltration attempt
at Suchetgarh in R S Pura sector stated that CCTV footage available
with it showed that two militants who had fled back to Pakistan
took shelter in a post of the Rangers after terror guide was killed.
IG of BSF, Jammu Frontiers, DK Upadhyaya said, “… However, the
militants fled back and took shelter in a post manned by the Rangers
after the terror guide was gunned down by the BSF.” Upadhyaya
said this was seventh infiltration attempt that has been foiled
by the BSF on the IB since September 29 surgical strikes by the
Indian Army. A total of 15 infiltration attempts have been foiled
so far in 2016 along the IB, he added. The BSF Jammu Chief said
BSF has recovered Pakistani currency notes, Pakistan made eatables,
fencing cutters, knife, Urdu newspapers, visiting cards of Sialkot
and a booklet written in Chinese language along with a China leaflet
from the possession of slain militants. “All this material was
enough to establish the involvement of Pakistan behind the infiltration
attempt and we will lodge very strong protest with the Rangers
on their open support to the militants,” the IG BSF said.
The Centre asked the J&K Government to ensure
security of banks, ATMs and cash carrying vans in the wake of
the day-light robbery of a bank in Budgam District on November
21. In a communication, the UMHA asked the J&K Government
to provide security to banks – both in urban and rural areas –
which have seen rush in the wake of demonetisation of INR 1,000
and INR 500 notes. Adequate security should be provided to cash
carrying vans and ATMs, the UMHA conveyed, official sources said.
Security officials suspect that some of the sleeper cells had
helped the terrorists to loot the bank in Budgam District.
Funding to terrorists and stone-pelters in J&K
have been badly hit by the demonetisation of INR 1,000 and INR
500 notes, Lok Sabha was informed. Union Minister of State for
Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, “Terror funding was also badly
hit due to demonetisation while there is complete halt in paying
money to the stone pelters in Kashmir.” "Inputs indicate
the existence of nexus/collusion of disrupting elements sponsored
by neighbouring country and separatists in Kashmir," he said.
Rijiju said some of the key separatist leaders have been noted
to be in touch with militant leaders based in Pakistan and PoK.
"They have also been believed to be receiving instructions
and financial support from Pakistan establishment for such adverse
activities," he said. He added, "There has been big
impact on FICN".
15 Pakistanis, including six of their Army personnel,
were killed and scores of others were injured as Indian troops
retaliated on Pakistan Army along the LoC at different places
in PoK following killing of three Army soldiers at Macchil sector
in Kupwara District on November 22. 11 persons, including six
Army personnel, four BSF troopers and a civilian porter working
with Army were injured in Pakistan shelling and firing in Nowshera,
Manjakote, Balakote, Mendhar and Gurez sectors during the day.
A number of houses were also damaged.
The Government informed Parliament that around
200 terrorists were active in J&K out of which 105 had infiltrated
into India from Pakistan this year (2016). In a written reply
in Rajya Sabha Union Minister of State for Home
Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 105 terrorists had infiltrated
into India till September 2016. "As per available inputs,
nearly 200 terrorists are active in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,"
he said. Ahir said the government, in tandem with the state government,
had adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration,
which included strengthening of border management and multi-tiered
deployment along the IB/LoC and near the ever changing infiltration
routes and construction and maintenance of border fencing.
Vikas Swarup, official spokesperson of MEA, slammed
Pakistan for ceasefire violations and supporting terror. Slamming
Pakistan for ceasefire violations, Vikas Swarup said, "MEA
called in Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner yesterday and issued
a demarche, the 4th one this month on continued ceasefire violations
from other side of LoC." MEA summoned Pakistan's Deputy High
Commissioner and stated that despite calls for restraint Pakistan
violated ceasefire 27 times from 12-21 November. "Internationalising
Kashmir issue has borne no fruit. Pakistan would be advised to
1st end state support to terror," said MEA on committee formed
by Pakistan. Swarup added, "These violent acts constitute
a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement of 2003; govt also
protested the deliberate targeting by Pakistan army of 18 villages
along LoC during 16-21 November." Vikas Swarup further said,
"Talks and terror can't go together. Environment has to be
terror free for talks to take place...Not ruling out or ruling
in anything, but not in position to confirm."
Militants fired two grenades at a Police mobile
bunker outside Police Station Kral Gund in Handwara area of Kupwara
District. They also fired several AK-47 rounds at the Police bunker
without causing any damage. The militants managed to escape under
the cover of darkness.
Army said that it foiled two infiltration bids
by militants since November 23-night along the LoC. An unnamed
Army officer said, “Two infiltration attempts by terrorists were
foiled during the last 18 hours in Gulmarg [Baramulla District]
and Nowgam [Anantnag District] sectors in the Kashmir Valley."
Referring to Nowgam sector incident he said, “The troops challenged
the intruders and fired at them leading to a fierce gun battle.
But they fled back towards the PoK under the cover of darkness”.
Referring to Gulmarg sector incident it was said that the infiltrators
were challenged by the alert troops leading to a gun battle. They
said that the intruders took cover of darkness and boulders to
Two Policemen of J&K Armed Police, an Army
soldier and two militants, including a ‘commander’ of the LeT
were killed in two separate related incidents. LeT militants opened
fire on three personnel of 18th Armed Police Battalion
of J&K Police near Bus Stand in Kulgam of Kulgam District
killing two of them and critically injuring another. Another Policeman
who was holding a teargas thrower fired a tear gas at the militants
who left the car behind and fled through nearby orchards.
An Army soldier and two foreign militants, identified
as Abu Suraqa and Abdullah, were killed in a gun battle in Naidkhai
area of Bandipora District. An unnamed Police official said after
receiving a tip off, SFs cordoned off Manzpora village of Naidkhai
and launched a search operation. As the searches were underway,
militants who were hiding in the village opened fire, on troops
killing a soldier. The gun battle continued for an hour during
which two foreign militants were shot dead. Two AK 47 rifles,
one pistol, one bag containing a matrix sheet, two AK magazines,
30 AK rounds, two grenades and one GPS were recovered by SFs.
The two slain militants had infiltrated into Kashmir along with
three others in June 2016 through Macchil sector of Kupwara District.
Two of their associates were killed early this week in Hajin area
of Bandipora (Bandipora District).
Army said a militant after being persuaded laid
down arms and surrendered before the SFs in Tujjar area of Sopore
in Baramulla District. The Army said a pistol was recovered from
the militant. He is the second militant of LeT in North Kashmir
who surrendered before the SFs since November 4.
Normal life remained affected due to the strike
called by separatists across J&K. The movement of people and
transport is less compared to the other days due to apprehensions
of law and order problems after Friday congregational prayers,
a Police official said. He said most of the shops, fuel stations
and business establishments in Srinagar - the summer capital of
J&K - were shut due to the strike, while public transport
was comparatively less. The separatists, who are spearheading
the agitation since killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in an
encounter with Security Forces (SFs) on July 8, have been issuing
weekly protest programmes. They have extended the strike till
December 1, announcing two full days of relaxation on the weekend
like the past week.
Police said three militants, including two foreigners,
with the assistance of five-member LeT module robbed Jammu and
Kashmir Bank branch of Malpora in Budgam District on November
21. SP, Pulwama, Rayees Bhat, stated that based upon specific
leads about the bank robbery and the trail left by assailants,
Police meticulously dealt with the clues using technology as well
as human sources. “During the process, the team zeroed in on one
Muhammad Iqbal Wani, a resident of Chewa Kalan in Pulwama District.
His arrest and disclosures further led to Farooq Ahmad Bhat and
Tanveer Alam Wani, both residents of Chew Kalan,” the SP said.
The SP said that during questioning it was found that the trio
ran a “highly committed and confidential” OGWs network of LeT.
“They revealed that conspiracy of robbing the Malpora Branch was
hatched and master minded by one Arif Dar alias Abu
Haibatullah – resident of Lelhar village of Kakapora in Pulwama,
who is an active local militant of LeT, along with two foreign
militants, identified by their codes, Abu Ali and Abu Ismail,”
the SP said. Bhat further said that the OGWs provided all the
support for facilitating the robbery, including transportation,
logistics and had conducted recce of the bank multiple times.
“The group also used the services of Tanveer Bhat and Raqeeb Rather,
also residents of Chewa Kalan, for driving the assailants to and
fro upto Malpora,” he said. The SP said the militant trio on November
21 left Chew Kalan village along with LeT OGWs in two vehicles
and on reaching Malpora, they barged into the Bank branch and
robbed it of nearly INR 1.3 million by keeping the employees at
gun point. “It was their (militants) plan basically,” he said.
“After the incident, the group drove back to Chew Kalan, where
these militants de-boarded en route and decamped along with the
cash. With the arrest of these five suspects, a very important
OGW module of LeT outfit stands busted. The hunt is on for the
militants who are in hiding,” the SP Pulwama informed.
After 19 weeks, Friday congregational
prayers were offered at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar while shutdown
continued across Kashmir amid clashes during which a police officer
was injured and two auto rickshaws were torched. No Friday prayers
were allowed since July 9 after the killing of HM ‘commander’
Burhan Wani’ on July 8.
A trooper of the BSF was injured when militants
opened fire on a SFs’ convoy in Handwara area of Kupwara District.
“One jawan has sustained bullet injuries in the attack by militants
on a convoy at Handwara this morning,” an unnamed BSF official
The burning down of schools in the Kashmir valley
was a matter of concern but the high participation of local students
in the recent board exams reflected their resolve to strive for
a better future through studies, PM Narendra Modi said. Complimenting
their parents, teachers and village heads for over 95 per cent
participation in these examinations, he said that at a recent
meeting he had with village panchayat heads from
the Valley, he had discussed the spate of incidents of schools
being burnt down on which the village heads had expressed the
same concern as all other Indians. “I had then urged them to go
back their areas and focus on the future of the students there.
Today, I am happy to say that they kept the word they had given
me and created awareness among the people about it,” PM Modi said
in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address. Very recently, the board examinations
took place and 95 per cent of the students appeared in it. “Such
a massive participation in the Board exams indicates that these
students of Jammu and Kashmir are focussing on a bright future
through studies and proceed on the path of development,” he said.
Seven Army soldiers, including two Majors, and
three militants were killed in a suicide attack on a camp of 166
Artillery Unit of the Army at Nagrota, just about three kilometers
from 16 Corps Headquarters at Nagrota, in Jammu District. Defence
spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said, “The terrorists forced
their entry into the Officers Mess complex by throwing grenades
and firing from automatic weapons at the Sentries on guard duty.
In the initial encounter, one Army officer and three soldiers
were martyred,” he said, adding the terrorists entered into two
buildings, which were occupied by Army officers, their families
and other soldiers, which led to a hostage like situation. “Yes,
there was a hostage like situation inside the Army camp,” the
Defence spokesperson admitted. He said 12 Army soldiers, two women
and two children were present inside the camp but the Army troopers
acted very swiftly and quickly contained the hostage like situation
by successfully evacuating all the troopers, women and children
to safer locations. However, Lt Col Mehta said, in the attempt
to rescue hostages, one more Army officer and two troopers were
killed. “Bodies of three terrorists have been recovered and operations
are in progress to sanitize the complete areas,” he added.
Three militants were killed and seven SF personnel
were injured in an encounter at Chamblayal in the Ramgarh sector
of Samba District. The BSF intercepted three militants hardly
when they had trekked about 100 to 200 meters inside the Indian
territory at about 11.30 pm on November 28. Additional Director
General, BSF, Chandigarh, Arun Kumar said it detected suspicious
movement of three persons late in the night (November 28) and
a QRT of the force swung into action, laying cordon in the area.
“On realizing that they have been trapped, the militants started
firing automatic weapons and lobbing grenades on the BSF troops.
Unable to move further, the militants got holed up in a nearby
tube well hut. Taking advantage of the cover, they kept firing
intermittently till the day break (November 29). The area was
kept under intense surveillance by the troops deployed awaiting
day break,” the BSF said. At daybreak, the BSF personnel “made
their move and with precise and stable fire, neutralized the three
militants quickly,” it said, adding one constable Shyamal Ahirwar
sustained injury. Throughout the morning hours (November 29),
Pakistan kept firing intermittently to provide cover to the militants,
it said. In the ensuing events, BSF’s Jammu Deputy Inspector General
B S Kasana and six other SF personnel sustained injuries, it said.
Three AK-47 rifles, 18 magazines, 25 live grenades, three IED
waist belts, five chain IEDs (used to blow up railway tracks),
GPS, a wireless set and Pakistan made eatables were recovered
from the slain terrorists, which established that the militants
had been sent from across the border. Sources said Pakistani Rangers
fired about 15 mortar shells on the BSF and Jammu Police officials,
who had reached the spot after killing of the three Pakistani
Army declared that operation inside 166 Artillery
Unit at Nagrota in Jammu District was over and that all three
terrorists, who had attacked the camp, have been eliminated. Documents
recovered by the Army from the possession of three slain militants
revealed that they were part of ‘Afzal Guru Brigade’ of JeM outfit.
Though their identity hasn’t been established so far, they were
believed to be Pakistanis and were in possession of huge quantity
of arms, ammunition and explosive material.
The BSF said that three militants, who were neutralized
at the IB at Chamliyal in Ramgarh sector of Samba District on
November 29, had crossed into the border through 80 meters long
underground tunnel. The militants had planned to carry out sensational
attacks on trains along Jammu-Pathankot National Highway using
liquid explosive trinitroglycerin, filled in plastic bottles.
BSF has seized five such bottle bombs from three slain militants.
Intelligence sources said that Pakistani Rangers have procured
Chinese technology through which a small tunnel, like the one
detected at Ramgarh, could be dug within couple of hours and used
to push the militants. “The Chinese technology had been used to
dig the tunnel at Chamliyal through which three militants had
infiltrated,” sources said, adding that bodies of the militants
also showed that they had crawled through mud. BSF and Army had
earlier also detected three tunnels on IB and LoC, the first one
being a very long one, which was detected in July 2012 at Chalyari,
Samba, the second one in August 2014 at Pallanwalla and third
at RS Pura in March 2016.
Referring to the tension along the Indo-Pak border,
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that
24 suspected militants, who were trying to infiltrate into J&K,
were killed, while 78 attempts of infiltrations were foiled till
October-end this year (2016). Till October this year, there were
201 incidents of infiltration from across the border into J&K
and 30 cases of infiltration into Punjab. He said five BSF personnel
had been killed and nine others injured due to cross-border firing
between September and October 2016.
The BSF said it has foiled 23 attacks, including
two BAT actions by Pakistan, along the LoC in J&K in 2016.
“BSF has foiled and faced 23 attacks of militants and Pakistan
regulars on its posts and personnel along LoC in Kashmir during
this year... They (BSF jawans) have foiled many infiltration bids
on the LoC and also foiled two BAT (Border Action Team of Pakistan)
attempts and in one of the actions, three of our guys have been
killed, but they foiled the action and killed one militant and
recovered weapons,” Vikas Chandra, IG, BSF Kashmir Frontier, stated.
“Ceasefire violations have been taking place and we have responded
appropriately to them. There were 32 ceasefire violations in 2016
along the LoC on this side. We have lost some men and some others
have been injured as well, but that is part of the life, part
of duty,” he added. Responding to a question on whether the ceasefire
violations were just that or a cover for infiltration, the BSF
officer said, “We can say it is combined. They are infiltration
bids as well and we have foiled many such incidents.” Asked whether
the attack on the LoC by Pakistan and mutilation of bodies of
soldiers was a BAT action, Chandra said, “Generally BAT actions
take place. It would have happened, that is why there has been
such action.” He said 14 battalions of BSF were deployed in Kashmir
Valley. “Over 14,000 personnel are deployed in the Valley both
on the LoC and in the hinterland. We are working with army, guarding
the LoC. In the last one year, nine BSF officers have sacrificed
their lives and 18 others have been injured while guarding the
LoC and also while working in the hinterland,” he said.
Illegal funds are being sent through hawala and
other channels to inimical forces in Kashmir valley to incite
protests, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju
said. Replying to a written question in the Rajya Sabha,
Rijiju said the practice of sending illegal money through hawala and
other channels to inimical elements in the Valley to incite protests
have been going on. Another Union Minister of State for Home Affairs
Hansraj Ahir said separatists and militants were receiving funds
from foreign countries through hawala and inward
India will have a patrol-free and multi-layered
smart fence along its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh by
the later part of 2017, stated the BSF. 20 big global firms
are undertaking a technical evaluation for the same, DG of BSF,
KK Sharma, said. He said the force, after getting sanctions from
the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, is working to implement a
CIBMS where the security of these two sensitive and difficult
terrain borders will shift from the regular troops patrolling
system to a quick reaction team pattern where guards strike once
they notice a blip of infiltration on their surveillance radars.
"We are taking some concerted efforts to modernise our border
fence. Twenty big companies are currently undertaking a technical
evaluation for the CIBMS. It is expected that it would be on ground
by the second half of next year. In this regard few pilot projects
are already on ... two in Jammu and one each in Punjab and Gujarat
where we have marshy areas. One project will be done in Assam's
Dhubri," DG Sharma added.
An INR 2,000-crore development package for displaced
people of PoK living in the country was approved by the Central
Government. The Union Cabinet approved the Home Ministry’s proposal
to provide enhanced financial aid to 36,384 families, who are
mostly living in Jammu region after their displacement from PoK
post Independence. Each of these families will get around INR
550,000 as aid, a senior official said. The amount is “one time
settlement” for the displaced families and will be released to
the Jammu and Kashmir Government to be disbursed to eligible families
through Direct Benefit Transfer.
Army shot dead a ‘militant’ at Aagnoo village
in the Dooru area of Anantnag District and recovered a rifle from
him. Sajjad Malik alias Bita Malik of Batagund
in the Verinag area of Anantnag who was killed by Army was a former Sarpanch of
Congress party who was picked up by the Police one and a half
months back and was detained in Police Station Dooru. He had also
been bailed by the court but was reportedly in the Police Station
in some other offence. Sources said that he was arrested in 3-4
cases and was in the Police Station Dooru for over a month. He
was a former militant and had left the militancy long back and
was now full time ‘political worker with Congress’.
Two main complexes at the Army unit in Nagrota
in Jammu District which witnessed a fierce gunbattle and hostage-like
situation on November 29, was cleared by the Army as combing operation
continued for the second day at the camp targeted by terrorists
though the operation against the militants had been declared as
closed after the killing of all three militants, who were believed
to be Pakistanis affiliated with ‘Afzal Guru Brigade’ of JeM outfit.
“Combing and sanitization operations resumed today [December 1]
to clear the entire area of the Army Unit from unexploded bombs
and other material left out by the slain militants. It will take
some more time. No one has been allowed inside so far”, sources
said. They said two main building complexes where the gun-battle
and hostage-like situation took place have been cleared and they
are totally free from blinds (unexploded shells).
The BSF said 70 meters long tunnel used by three
militants to enter into Indian Territory at forward area of Chamliyal
in Ramgarh sector of Samba District had originated from Pakistan
and it was not possible for the militants to construct the tunnel
without support of the Pakistani Rangers. BSF, IG, Jammu Frontiers,
DK Upadhyaya asked, “How it can be constructed without their (the
A HM ‘commander’, Zakir Rashid Bhat Musa, who
reportedly is the successor of slain HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani,
has threatened to attack J&K Police and their families if
they don't stop harassing the families of militants in the state.
In the one-and-a-half minute video, Bhat warns, "Next time,
think a thousand times before (attacking our families). And if
you still do it, you will find the bodies of policemen in every
lane and bylane of Kashmir."
India will never accept continuing cross-border
terrorism as the new normal in Indo-Pak bilateral relationship,
said the Government. Reiterating the significance of the need
to address the issue of terrorism, MEA said that the terror attack
on an Army camp at Nagrota in Jammu District was the latest example
of Pakistan's use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup on being asked if there would be
bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia (HoA) Conference
in Amritsar (Punjab, India) on December 3 and 4, said, "We
have not received any request from Pakistan for a bilateral meeting.
India has always been open to talks, but obviously it cannot be
that talks take place in an atmosphere of continued terrorism.
India will never accept continued terrorism as the new normal
in the bilateral relationship." Asked about the increasing
number of terror attacks after India's surgical strikes on September
29, Swarup said, "It was our assessment at that point of
time that there was an imminent threat based on hard intelligence
about the location of armed terrorists who were ready to infiltrate
from across the LoC and carry out terrorist activities on our
side. This imminent threat was successfully neutralised through
the surgical strikes. We should not look only at what happened
but also at what did not happen, what was prevented through successful
neutralisation of terrorists."
A Fisheries department employee was killed in
cross-fire between the SFs and militants at Chansar in Kulgam
District. The militants, however, manage to escape. One Asadullah
Kumar was posted at Chansar as Fisheries guard where he was killed.
Army on a tip off cordoned of Chansar village and an encounter
took place between the militants and SFs. While Kumar was killed
in the cross fire, the militants manage to escape from the cordon.
Police issued a statement regarding the killing
of an arrested Congress worker, Sajjad Ahmad Malik in Dooru area
of Anantnag District. “On 1.12.2016 at about 1720 hrs an accused
person namely Sajad Malik alias Bita Malik decamped with an AK
rifle along with one magazine from Police Station Dooru. After
firing some shots near the market, and taking advantage of the
darkness he managed to escape towards Zamalgam. On way near
Cherikari he fired towards an Army patrol. The fire was retaliated.
In the exchange of fire Shabir Malik got killed. The deceased
was a released militant and a history sheeter, who was already
arrested in militancy cases in various Police Stations”, Police
The SFs raided a house at Batipora village in
the Dadsara area of Tral in Pulwama District where HM ‘commander’
Zakir Rashid used to record videos to issue threats to Policemen
and mainstream politicians and launched massive manhunt against
the owner of the house. The SFs conducted an operation at the
Batipora village. “During the operation, house belonging to Mudasir
Ahmed Gunoo, son-in-law of late Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Mir was searched
where forces found material and articles used by militants,” the
spokesman said. During preliminary investigation, said the police,
it was also established that Zakir alias Mosa
used to record videos in one of the rooms of the house raided
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing
on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri District, leaving a
BSF trooper injured. “At 10 AM, a BSF constable deployed at a
forward location at LoC in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri district
sustained an injury due to single round fire (sniper fire) from
Pakistan Forward Defence location”, sources said. The fresh ceasefire
violation by Pakistani troops has taken place after a lull of
over one week along the LoC. 11 persons, including six Army personnel,
four BSF trooper and a civilian porter working with Army were
injured in Pakistan shelling and firing in Nowshera, Manjakote,
Balakote, Mendhar and Gurez sectors on November 23. A total of
26 people, including 14 security personnel and 12 civilians, have
been killed and more than 83 suffered injuries in Pakistani shelling
and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu after surgical strikes.
Police informed the State High Court that 34 incidents
of arson at schools across Kashmir were reported since July 8,
2016. At least 33 persons were arrested for their involvement
in such cases. The IGP, Kashmir, in his report informed the court,
“Out of them 28 are adult and five are Juvenile. Out of 33 accused
arrested in such cases, dossiers against 14 accursed persons have
been submitted to concerned District Magistrates for issuance
of detention warrants under PSA. Nine warrants have been received
out of which six detention warrants have been executed till date.”
The Court was also informed about number of fire
incidents at schools in different Districts and related arrests
- Srinagar (four incidents, four arrests), Ganderbal (one incident,
one arrest), Baramulla (four incidents, six arrests), Kupwara
(two incidents, none arrested), Handwara (two incidents, none
arrested), Bandipora (four incidents, none arrested), Anantnag
(seven incidents, six arrests), Kulgam (seven incidents, 10 arrests),
Shopian (two incidents, three arrests). “Due to the effective
mechanism put in place, 14 incidents of the school burning have
been timely addressed and property has been saved. As a result
of effective mechanism there has been no report of school building
arson since 7.11.2016”, read the compliance report of IGP.
A court Baramulla District warned an absconding
APHC-G leader of ‘coercive action’ if he didn’t appear before
it on December 28. Judicial Magistrate, Arvind Sharma, concluded
that the warrants against Abdul Gani Bhat alias Gani
Guroo, resident of Baba Raza locality of Sopore, Baramulla District,
accused under section 25 of Police Act were issued and the said
warrants returned unexecuted. The court directed the accused Hurriyat
leader, who has been actively organizing anti-India protests,
to remain present before the court of law on December 28 or face
‘coercive action’ if he continues to skip the court.
Army arrested an infiltrator from PoK in an injured
condition on the LoC at Rangarh Nullah near Chakan-Da-Bagh in
Poonch District. Official sources said troops spotted the infiltrator
moving towards the Indian Territory and challenged him to surrender.
However, he tried to run away and was fired upon. Later, he was
arrested from near the LoC in an injured condition. The intruder
has disclosed his identity as Mohammad Nadeem (40) of Abbaspur
in Rawlakote in PoK. Sources said further details including motive
behind the infiltration would emerge during his questioning by
SFs foiled Lal Chowk march of separatists in Srinagar
by imposing restrictions in the city centre and detaining
leaders. The roads leading towards Lal Chowk were sealed off by
Police and CRPF by erecting barricades and laying concertina wires.
No vehicle or pedestrian were allowed to cross these barricades
that were set up from multiple sides including Court Road, Residency
Road, Amira Kadal Bridge, Palladium Cinema and Abi Guzar. However,
there were no restrictions in any other part of the city. Apprehending
protests, large number of Police and CRPF men were deployed in
Old City areas, Maisuma and Habba Kadal. Due to tight security
arrangements, there was less movement of pedestrians and vehicles
in these areas. In view of the call for Lal Chowk march, APHC-M
chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and APHC-G chairman Syed Ali Shah
Geelani were put under house arrest at their Nigeen and Hyderpora
residences respectively. The JKLF chief, Yasin Malik, however,
evaded arrest. Malik along with dozens of JKLF activists took
out a protest march from the Dastgeer Sahab shrine and attempted
to march towards Lal Chowk but Police deployed there stopped them
and whisked away Malik and few of his supporters in a Police vehicle.
The other demonstrators were chased away by Police. Police said
minor incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Rekka Chowk
Batamaloo and Noorbagh. “The stone-pelters were dispersed by using
mild force,” said a Police official. He said elsewhere the situation
was peaceful and no attempt to march towards Lal Chowk was made
A local militant was arrested by SFs from Shopian
District. A SF official said that they arrested Bilal Ahmed Sheikh
of Aglar in Zainapora in the District. The official said that
Police, 62-RR of Army and 14 battalion of the CRPF launched an
operation after specific information and arrested him. The official
said that the militant gave slip to SFs in Wurapur Village a few
days ago. He said that the operation was launched when the SFs
received information that militants were planning to carry out
a grenade attack in Imam Sahib area when the operation was launched.
During the search operation, troops noticed suspicious movement
of a person in the orchards. The suspect immediately tried lobbying
a grenade on the SFs with an aim to cause grievous injuries. “Troops
pounced on the militant and overpowered him thereby ensuring that
the grenade does not explode. During his search, two more grenades
were recovered from his possession”, said the official.
In a major initiative to detect and plug all cross-border
tunnels, which might have been dug by Pakistan to facilitate infiltration
by the militants along the IB, the BSF has launched a massive
operation along entire 198 kilometers long IB in Jammu sector
spread over three Districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua to unearth
them and thwart infiltration attempts. “The massive operation
is being carried out using all available resources including manual,
scientific and other measures through which such tunnels can be
detected along the International Border from Lakhanpur to Akhnoor.
The operation will take some days but it would help in detection
of the tunnels,” IG of BSF, Jammu Frontiers, DK Upadhyaya said.
The operation was necessitated after three militants infiltrated
through the tunnel on November 29 at Chamliyal in Ramgarh sector
of Samba District but were immediately eliminated by the alert
BSF personnel. It may be mentioned here that Security Forces have
so far detected four tunnels on the IB and LoC in Jammu sector.
The longest of them was detected at Chilyari in Samba-Hiranagar
sector in 2012 while another tunnel was detected on LoC in Pallanwalla
sector in August 2014. The third tunnel was detected in RS Pura
sector in April 2016.
The number of alleged militants killed in J&K
till November 2016 has exceeded the combined total of the past
three years, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj
Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha. He said the
number of such terrorists killed till November 27, 2016, was 140.
The corresponding figure was 38, 52 and 46 in 2013, 2014 and 2015
respectively. 71 SFs were killed compared to 39 in 2016 - an increase
of over 82 per cent. There has also been a 100 per cent increase
in injuries suffered by the SFs - 208 in 2016 as compared to 103
in 2015. However, there has been a marginal decline in the
number of civilians killed, from 17 in 2015 to 14 in 2016. The
number of attacks has also shot up, rising from 208 in 2015 to
305 till November 2016. Incidentally, terror-related incidents
in J&K were 170 in 2013 and 222 in 2014.
Pakistan had violated ceasefire 437 times along
the LoC and the International Border in the state till November
2016. 25 people were killed and 179 injured in these violations.
Of the total ceasefire violations, 216 incidents were reported
along the LoC and 221 incidents along the International Border
till November 2016. The ceasefire violations in 2016 resulted
in killing of 12 civilians and injuries to 80 others, apart from
leaving 111 houses/structures damaged as on November 7, 2016.
While eight Army personnel were killed and 74 injured till November
26 (as against six killed and 17 injured in 2015), the Border
Security Force suffered five fatal and 25 non-fatal casualties
till November 30, 2016. There were 405 incidents of ceasefire
violations in 2015 (253 on the international border and 152 on
the LoC) in which 26 people were killed and 97 others were injured,
he said. He said 27,449 people living along the border in the
state had to be shifted to safer places because of the ceasefire
violations following the surgical strikes in September. Ahir said
majority of the people have since returned to their homes from
relief camps and at present, about 220 families comprising around
700 persons are in three relief camps.
SFs launched an operation at Hassanpora Khudwani
village in Kulgam District after they received information about
presence of 3-4 militants of LeT, including ‘divisional commander’
Abu Dujana and Abdul Majeed Gania, in the area. The cordon was
laid around the village. However, the SFs fired several tear smoke
shells inside a house where they had information about presence
of militants. The militants responded by firing few shots. The
firing stopped thereafter. The firing again started and it was
going on at the time of reporting. The residents of the area,
meanwhile, pelted stones at the SFs during the cordon and more
troops were rushed to the area for law and order duty.
A man was killed and a soldier injured in a gun
battle at Hassanpora in the Arwani area of Anantnag District between
militants and SFs. An unnamed Police spokesman said: “As has been
reported earlier an encounter is going on at Hassanpora Tabela,
Arwani in jurisdiction of police station Bijbehara, Anantnag between
militants and joint operation team of police and SFs. At
some distance from the encounter site, a stray bullet hit a person
identified as Arif Ahmad Shah S/o Mohammad Khalil Shah R/o Gund
Baba, Sangam. The said person later succumbed to his injuries.
Police has appealed to the people not to assemble or come close
to the encounter sites as there is every chance that stray bullets
may hit them and they may get injured”. As reported earlier the
SFs had launched an operation in Hassanpora Khudwani village of
Anantnag District (earlier it was reported that the area lies
in Kulgam District) on December 7 after they received information
about presence of 3-4 militants of LeT, including ‘divisional
commander’, Abu Dujana. The gun battle was still going on.
Though sources said that SFs have seen two bodies of militants
lying in the rubble of the house where the encounter was taking
place, the body of these two militants has not been recovered
so far. A UJC statement, however, claimed that three militants
– Abdul Majeed Zargar, Mohammad Waseem and Raheel Amin - were
killed in the encounter.
Militants robbed Arihal branch of Jammu and Kashmir
Bank in Pulwama District of over INR 1.3 million. At around 1
pm three masked gunmen appeared at Arihal Branch of J&K Bank
and looted INR 1.33 million in cash at gun point. Earlier, an
attempt to loot a bank at Poshkar in Budgam District was made
Three militants were killed in a gun battle that
ended in the Arwani area of Anantnag District. However,
the identity of militants could not be established as the bodies
were burnt beyond recognition. An unnamed Defence spokesman said
that the SFs killed three militants and recovered three weapons.
An unnamed Police spokesman while giving details said that Police
received specific information about the presence of militants
in the house of one Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie son of Ghulam Qadir Ganie
at Hassanpora in the Arwani area of Anantnag on December 7. “As
per the information, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie works as an OGW of terrorists
of LeT outfit and not only harboured terrorists in his house,
but also provides all sort of logistical support to them”,
the spokesman said. “Based on this input, an operation was launched
by joint team of Anantnag, Awantipora police along with Army and
CRPF. The said house was cordoned off and when the security forces
party entered into the house for searching, terrorist fired on
them. The fire was retaliated and the ensuing gun battle lasted
for almost two days. The operation concluded today [December 9]
when a joint team of Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPFs QAT stormed
the house and cleared it. The cover fire to the storming team
was given by Army troops” the spokesman said. He said that during
the search operation, two bodies of the militants and three AK-rifles
along with other incriminating material has been recovered from
the debris of the house. As reported earlier, one civilian was
killed in the cross-fire on December 8.
An unnamed Police official said that the three
LeT terrorists killed in the encounter at Anantnag were planning
to create fresh unrest in the Valley on the lines of disturbances
that followed after HM militant Burhan Wani was gunned down in
a similar encounter on July 8. "They wanted the protests
by locals’ supporters to get out of hand and lead to a law &
order face-off between the forces and local sympathizers. This,
they believed, would have triggered a fresh spell of unrest in
the Valley. However, with locals failing to come in aggressive
support and confining themselves to pelting stones at the forces,
it seems their plans went awry, and they finally fell to the bullets
after a protracted gunfight," said the officer.
The NIA has said there is no proof the two accused
arrested in the Uri terror attack case are minors. "We cannot
go simply by media reports. As per the statement given by the
two alleged guides after their arrest, they are adults. So, if
a counter-claim is to be made, the person concerned or family
member may approach us directly or the court. We will verify the
counter-claim if required. Alternatively, the court may be requested
by the aggrieved party for medical tests to establish the age
of the accused," a NIA official told. The two youths, hailing
from Muzaffarabad in PoK, Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsaan Khursheed,
whose age is entered as 20 years and 19 years in the NIA records
were arrested by the agency on September 26 and charged with having
facilitated infiltration of the four terrorists who attacked the
Army's Uri camp on September 18.
The Deputy Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General
N P S Hira, said on the sidelines of the IMA POP at Dehradun that
demonetisation had made an impact on terrorist activities. “The
supply of fake currency in circulation has been affected and this
will no doubt have an impact on terror activities on the ground,”
said the officer who has had extensive experience of counter-insurgency
operations in J&K as well as the North East. He added that
“cash reserves of terrorists have been hit, which is definitely
a positive impact of demonetisation.”
To a query about the surgical strikes and their
aftermath, he said that terror attacks have increased following
the strikes but “the Army is fully prepared to give a befitting
reply to such misadventures.” “Terrorists have started targeting
Army establishments but whenever they have indulged in such misadventures,
we have given them a befitting reply. I must reiterate that the
Indian Army is fully prepared to deal with the enemy,” said the
officer who has commanded an infantry division near the LoC in
Jammu and Kashmir.
The IED attack in the night of November 4, 2016,
targeting a Police bullet-proof ‘Rakshak’ jeep under the Dadasara
Police Station area in Awantipora of Pulwama District was first
of its kind command-wire IED blast, used by Naxals,
that was reported in the State. Three Police officials were injured
in the blast that was triggered by joining the wires drawn from
the IED and when the jeep, plying on the normal ‘pucca’ road,
went over it, the blast severely damaged the entire front and
engine portion of the four-wheeler. The CRPF, mainstay for anti-LWE
operations in the country, has reportedly rushed a team of its
counter-IED experts to train and sensitize its troops, those of
the BSF, J&K Police and others against such blasts triggered
by the ‘command-wire’ technique. “This is for the first time…There
have been IED attacks against security forces and their convoys
in the past but using the command-wire technique was unheard and
unseen here. This technique till now has been used by Naxals to
target security forces in the LWE affected areas,” CRPF DG, K
Durga Prasad said.
The BSF foiled an infiltration attempt by a group
of four to five militants in Ramgarh sector of Samba District
and arrested one former Pakistan army personnel while other militants
retreated to Pakistan. Official sources said that the BSF noticed
movement of four to five militants inside Pakistan territory close
to the IB in Ramgarh and subsequently fired para illuminating
bombs to light up the area. Finding the BSF jawans alert, the
militants, who were trying to infiltrate into the Indian territory
under the cover of dense fog and thick Sarkanda growth, retreated
to Pakistan. The BSF later arrested the intruder as he kept on
moving towards the Indian territory even after firing of warning
shots towards him. The arrestee was identified as Mohammad Baksh
son of Feroz Din R/o village Gandiyal in Parsroor area of Sialkot
District of Punjab Province in Pakistan. From his possession,
BSF recovered two currency notes in 500 denomination, two identity
cards, one small knife and a paper with “CMA Lahore Cantt” written
on it with pen.
According to MAC figures, 116 militants, mostly
belonging to the LeT, have infiltrated into Kashmir in 2016 till
November while the number was 35 for the whole of 2015. Also,
sources said militant training camps are active in PoK with 19
of them most active including those at Skardu, Kel, Karko, Dullu,
Titwal, Chakoti, Kotli, Dehri, Barhal Mirpur and Chaprai. In these
training camps, the militants are receiving rigorous training
besides map reading, GPS use, weight, weapon and tactical training.
They said that over 200 militants are still waiting at launch
pads for infiltration before the heavy snowfall closes the mountain
passes. According to official figures, 147 militants have been
killed in 2016 so far while the figure for the whole of 2015 was
97. The killed include 40 of this year’s infiltrated militants.
As per the official figure, this year 71 SF personnel were killed
along the LoC, IB and hinterland, in Pakistani troops firing and
during gun battles with militants. The figures suggested that
76 locals joined militancy in 2016 and 16 of them were killed
and surrendered leaving 60 still active. Majority of them joined
after July 8 following the killing of HM ‘commander’ Burhan Wani.
A LeT ‘divisional commander’, identified as Abu
Bakar, was killed in a gun battle in the Sopore area of Baramulla
District. Sources said that SFs got information about presence
of Abu Bakar, hiding in Bomai village of Sopore. The area was
cordoned off by the SFs during which the militant opened fire
on troops leading to a gun battle in which SFs killed him. One
AK-47 rifle, four magazines, few rounds and two hand grenades
were recovered from his possession.
A local HM militant was killed in an encounter
with the SFs in an apple orchard at Bewoora Mirhama village of
Anantnag District. SFs received information that a group of militants
will pass through an apple orchard and they laid ambush. A militant
was killed on spot when he along with two associates walked into
ambush while two others managed to escape. The deceased militant
was identified Basit Ahmed Dar alias Sameer son
of Ghulam Rasool Dar, a resident of Mirhama Bijbehara.
Militants looted INR 984,000 from Ratnipora branch
of J&K Bank in Pulwama District. SP, Pulwama, Rayees Bhat,
said, “From the Ratnipora bank branch, Rs 9.84 lakh [INR 984,000]
have been looted and out of which 16,000 is old currency while
rest is new currency. Today we got the CCTV footage from the bank
and it has been established that LeT is behind the bank robberies.
The militants involved in today’s robbery are Arif Dar of Lelhar
and Abu Ali. They are wanted in the bank robbery and two others
who were outside acted as scouts and were guarding their colleagues”.
Significantly, this is the fourth bank robbery in the State since
July 9, 2016, and third since November 8, 2016. On December 8,
2016, militants had targeted a branch of the same Bank at Arihal
in the same district and looted INR 133,800. On November 21, militants
had robbed a bank in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam District.
An INSAS rifle that was snatched from Police,
after a Police party came under stone pelting attack in Budgam
District, was recovered. Police said that in Budgam, a scuffle
took place between two groups over some issue at Makhama. A Police
party from Police Station Magam reached the spot soon after the
culmination of Friday prayers. “However, some miscreants started
pelting stones on the police party. During this incident some
unknown persons snatched an INSAS rifle and fled away”, Police
said. Police later recovered the rifle after they launched a hunt.
The person has been arrested, sources said.
Motorcycle-riding militants fired on an Army bus
in Pampore town of Pulwama District killing three soldiers. Most
of the soldiers were returning from leave or moving to their new
deployment, and were unarmed. The attack occurred around 2pm at
a crowded place in Pampore, limiting the soldiers’ ability to
retaliate with full force an Army spokesman said. Two others,
including the driver of the Army bus, were injured.
SFs have launched a massive manhunt, against militants
of LeT responsible for attack on an Army convoy at Kadalbal in
Pampore area in Pulwama District of South Kashmir on National
Highway on December 17, in which three Army personnel were killed
and two others injured. Army assisted by J&K Police and CRPF
launched massive operations in South Kashmir against the LeT militants
responsible for the attack.
The BSF has recovered a NVD near Border Out Post
Chamliyal of Ramgarh Sector in Samba District during the search
operation. According to official sources, the NVD was found in
the same area where three Pakistani terrorists were neutralized
by BSF who had managed to sneak about 100 to 200 meters inside
the Indian territory on November 29 this year and where the Pakistani
Rangers had dug a tunnel from across the border also. Sources
said the device belonged to slain terrorists and it was being
used by them during night to locate the way and also the movement
of the security forces after sneaking inside the Indian Territory.
However, after the killing of all the three terrorists the device
was lying in the fields in the area and during the search operations
the BSF jawans located it today and seized it.
The NIA simultaneously conducted raids at TFCs
at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch District and Uri in Baramulla District,
from where cross-LoC trade takes place in four days of every week
(Tuesday to Friday) after developing specific inputs that some
of the traders were misusing barter facility to pump money to
fuel militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources told that
the NIA teams conducted raids at Chakan-Da-Bagh and Uri simultaneously
after registering a FIR under Regular Case 17 of 2016 in New Delhi
following very credible and specific inputs that some of the traders
were getting extra goods from PoK and part of the money generated
from them was being pumped into the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This was being done in-league with the terror networks of LeT,
JeM and HM, who have their cadre in both parts of the divided
States i.e. Jammu and Kashmir and PoK,” sources said. They added
that the NIA has seized entire record of 303 firms, dealing in
cross-LoC trade on Poonch-Rawlakote route, which would be used
to identify the traders, who had misused cross-LoC trade facility
and generated funds for the anti-national activities.
An Army jawan suffered serious injuries in a land
mine explosion near the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch District.
Official sources said that Sepoy Mohinder Singh of 21 Punjab was
deployed at a forward post. During patrol at Fagwari Galli, he
over stepped a mine, resulting into massive blast. His right foot
was blown up and legs sustained severe inquiries.
Security is on high alert along the NH in J&K
after attack on Army convoy last week in Pampore area of Pulwama
District in which three Army personnel were killed and two injured.
SFs established check points at Gallender, Kadalbal and Sempora
on NH in Pulwama District and were frisking the vehicles at these
places on the highway since early morning. They had also established
checkpoints at Kakapora, Dangerpora and at Khadermoh junction
on Pulwama-Kakapora road to conduct surprise checks and frisking
of suspicious vehicles. However, no one was arrested during the
checking and frisking of the vehicles. SFs have also stepped up
their hunt to track down the militants of LeT who attacked the
Army convoy on December 17 in Pampore area of Pulwama District
killing three Army men and injuring two others.
Militants hurled a grenade at a Police vehicle
in Parimpora area of Srinagar on the NH. An official said that
the grenade was hurled at the vehicle in Shalteng area of Parimpora.
The vehicle suffered minor damage in the explosion. However, no
one was injured. Police immediately cordoned off the area and
launched searches but no one was arrested.
Three militants of LeT fled from cordon in Hajan
area of Bandipora District, after locals pelted stones at SFs.
The militants who were hiding in the village were identified as
Musaib, Maviya and Khitab, all Pakistanis, who infiltrated into
Kashmir this year and are operating in this area for past few
months. SFs were tracking them for last few months in the area.
On a tip of about presence of three militants of LeT hiding in
a house in Parray Mohalla Hajin, the SFs’ cordoned it off. However,
locals pelted stones on them and facilitated fleeing of the three
militants. Militants also fired several rounds at the SFs before
fleeing. The SFs fired tear smoke to disperse the protesters.
They later called of the operation to prevent collateral damage.
Police fired several rounds in air after they
found suspicious movement of militants in the Shuhama area of
Ganderbal District. Reports said that Police received information
about presence of militants in Shuhama area. As a police party
reached the spot, they asked two persons to stop, who fled and
Police fired to stop them. However, they managed to escape. Police
later conducted searches in the area. However, no one was arrested.
SFs have been receiving reports of militant movement in the area
for last one month. The security patrolling in the area has been
Normal life remained paralysed in Kashmir, due
to a strike called by separatists while Police detained JKLF chairman
and several of his supporters. The protest call was given by the
separatist leadership including APHC-G chairman, Syed Ali Shah
Geelani, APHC-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief, Mohammad
Yasin Malik in their joint statements. People took out a protest
rally after the Friday prayers ended at Khankah Faiz Panah in
Tral area in Pulwama District. The protesters raised slogans against
Government. Police detained scores of JKLF activists along with
its chairman, Malik, after they tried to march towards Lal Chowk.
As soon as the Friday congregational prayers ended at Sarai Bala
Masjid, Malik along with scores of his activists carried out a
protest march. As soon the JKLF activists tried to march towards
Lal Chowk, Police detained him along with his activists.
A fresh batch of 200 special commandos drawn from
J&K Police has been trained to take on fidayeen following
a spurt in terror attacks against SFs and official installations
in the Kashmir Valley. The 200 commandos, who received vigorous
training under experts of various agencies and former Police officers
at CTC Lethpora in Pulwama District, were formally pressed in
to service in a passing out parade attended by the CM Mehbooba
Mufti last week on December 14. "The commandos are part of
Anti-Fidayeen Squad of J&K Police. They used to
conduct anti-terror operations under the brand name Special Operations
Group," SSP, Mehmood Chaudhary, principal of CTC Lethpora,
said. The special commandos have been trained by the Army and
ITBP. In the last three years, over 2,000 commandos had been trained.
They are trained to clear buildings occupied by fidayeen,
floor by floor, climb steep mountains and swim through rivers.
They are also equipped to use scientific aid during criminal investigations
and collection of intelligence from the field as well.
Suspected militants killed a 42-year-old man in
Sopore area in Baramulla District. Nazir Ahmad Mir (42), son of
Abdul Ahad Mir, was shot at by suspected militants near his residence
at Behrampora in Dangiwachha area of the district, a Police official
said. Mir was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought
dead, the official said.
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti ordered review of the
cases filed against the youths who were not involved in "serious
crimes" during the over five-month-long unrest in the Valley.
An official spokesman said Mehbooba gave directions in this regard
at a meeting called to review the pace of development works in
south Kashmir. "Though not many youths are in custody now,
a lenient view may be taken of youths who were either not involved
in any serious offence, or were too young," the spokesman
said quoting Mehbooba. The Valley had witnessed violent protest
after killing of HM terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter with
SFs on July 8, 2016.
Suspected militants fired upon a Congress party
worker injuring him critically at Ashtengoo village of Bandipora
District. Militants fired upon Bashir Ahmad Sheikh this evening
at Ashtengoo in Bandipora. He was critically injured and was rushed
to hospital for treatment. He is a Congress worker and was formerly
Army opened fire in air after noticing suspicious
moment at Jabalipora in Bijbehara in Anantnag District. The firing
created panic in the area and people around fled towards safer
places. In the meanwhile, Police fired in air at Lassipora area
of Pulwama District this evening after two persons, who were travelling
in an auto rickshaw, fled after being asked to stop.
fired at the house of Peer Mohammad Shafi, brother in law of former
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at Acchabal in Anantnag District.
The guards deployed at his residence fired back and militants
fled under the cover of darkness. SFs immediately rushed to the
spot and searches were launched.
Police arrested a ‘wanted’ leader of hardline
faction of APHC, Abdul Gani Bhat, from Sopore Town of North Kashmir’s
Baramulla District. An official said Police arrested Bhat alias Gani
Guroo of Baba Raza locality of Sopore from local court in Sopore.
The official said that the Hurriyat leader, also said to be close
aide of separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has been lodged in Sopore
Police Station. The arrested Hurriyat leader was wanted as he
was involved in organizing anti-India protests since July 8 and
was evading Police raids since last four months. Several warrants
were issued by a court in Baramulla against Guroo as several cases
are lodged against him.
An encounter broke out between SFs and terrorists
at Shahgund Hajin in Bandipora District in J&K. Acting on
specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in
Shahgund village of Hajin area of the District, SFs cordoned off
the area and launched a search operation, a Police official said.
He said as the SFs were conducting the search operation, the hiding
militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter. The operation
is underway and details are awaited.
Two Army men were injured in a gun battle with
LeT militants in Shahgund area of Hajin in Bandipora District.
Sources said that on a specific input about the presence of militants
in the area, Army and SOG of JKP launched a joint operation in
Shahgund Hajin area early today. At least three militants of LeT,
who were hiding in the village, opened fire at the troops who
were laying cordon around Gulshanpora Mohalla of Shahgund in Hajin,
injuring two Army men. The militants who were hiding in the village
fled under the cover of heavy fire and darkness. The militants
were identified as Musaib and Maviya and Khitab, all Pakistanis,
infiltrated into Kashmir this year and are operating in this area
for past few months.
A group of militants fled after SFs cordoned off
Bandzoo village in Pulwama District. SFs received specific information
about presence of a group of militants in the orchard area of
the village last evening. Sources said that local militants of
LeT and HM had a meeting in the orchards to chalk out the strategy
and SFs after receiving information cordoned it off but the militants
managed to flee. SFs later conducted searches of these orchards
but militants had fled. They, however, recovered two pouches,
one magazine, 60 rounds of ammunition and some food items.
An Army jawan got injured after Pakistan targetted
the forward Indian posts on the LoC in Poonch District. “Pakistan
troops this morning shelled around 5 to 6 Indian posts at Khari
Karmara in Gulpur Sector of Poonch,” official sources said. They
said that our troops retaliated effectively; adding that exchange
of fire lasted till 1400 hours. “An Army jawan sustained injury
in cross border firing and he has been hospitalised,” they added.
Injured Army jawan has been identified as Naik P S Patil Suryakant.
Separatist leader Masrat Alam was re-arrested
from Kathua District, where he was released from the District
Jail on the Court orders. Reports said as soon as Alam was released
from District Jail, Kathua, he was again taken into custody by
Baramulla Police and Counter Intelligence sleuths and taken to
the Kashmir valley. He was likely to be booked again under the
Public Safety Act, reports added. The Court had a day before ordered
release of Masrat Alam.
Pakistan army pounded forward areas along LoC
in Poonch sector of Poonch District, violating ceasefire and killing
a civilian. Official sources told the Excelsior that
troops all along the LoC have been put on very high alert following
two ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in as many days in Poonch
sector. “Army was maintaining strict vigil to thwart any infiltration
attempt by the militants on the LoC in view of Intelligence reports
that some militants have been spotted at launch pads in PoK, waiting
for an opportunity to sneak-in,’’ sources said, adding that Pakistani
troops might have been resorting to mortar shelling and firing
to facilitate the intrusion bids. However, sources said, Army
was on the high alert along the LoC in twin border Districts of
Poonch and Rajouri and would thwart any attempt of infiltration
into this side.
Two persons were injured in clashes during cordon
and search operations in Samboora village in Pulwama District
while normal life was paralysed due to shut down called by separatists.
Stone throwing clashes erupted in Samboora area of Pampore in
Pulwama District after SFs launched a cordon and search operation
in the village after reports about presence of militants. Two
protesters received bullet injuries during the clashes. Later,
the cordon and search operation was called off due to protests.
A shutdown amid clashes and protests was observed
in Kashmir during which JKLF leader Yasin Malik was detained in
Pulwama. The JKLF chief appeared at local Jamia Masjid during
morning prayers in Pulwama. Malik was scheduled to lead a protest
march after Friday prayers. Soon after the Friday prayers, Malik
along with hundreds of people took out a protest march from Pulwama
Jamia Masjid. A large contingent of Police arrived on the spot
and detained Malik. The arrest of Malik triggered protests in
Pulwama and youth pelted stones on Police, ensuing clashes. Clashes
erupted at Murran Chowk and in adjoining localities of the Pulwama.
Police fired teargas to disperse the protesters. The clashes in
the area continued for several hours.
Saying that security situation in J&K is at
an ‘important crossroads’’, the Defence Ministry, said that Army
along with CAPFs and JKP were making relentless efforts to bring
back normalcy in the Kashmir valley. In a detailed handout issued
on the situation prevailing in J&K, LoC with Pakistan and
LAC with China, the Ministry of Defence said relentless operations
by Army, both along the LoC and the hinterland with the cooperation
of other SFs, has thwarted the designs (by Pakistan, militants
and other anti-national elements) to give a fillip to proxy war
being waged against India in J&K. “The Army in concert with
other security forces has successfully thwarted the nexus of militants
and their Over Ground Workers to create trouble in J&K. Army
along with para-military forces and JKP were putting relentless
efforts to bring back normalcy in the Kashmir valley,’’ the Defence
Ministry said. However, it said that post-November 23 talks between
DGMOs of India and Pakistan, the incidents of ceasefire violations
have seen drastic reduction on the LoC. The ceasefire violations
were at the maximum post-September 29 surgical strikes by the
Indian Army inside PoK in which 50 militants and Pakistan army
personnel were killed. “The Army operations were focused on ensuring
that the terrorists didn’t succeed in their designs to cause destruction
and endanger the lives of citizens,’’ an official handout of the
Defence Ministry released by the Northern Command on the eve of
New Year said.
Normal life was hit as a shutdown on the call
of separatists was observed in Kashmir valley in J&K. Majority
of shops, business establishments and fuel stations were closed
in the valley. Authorities had deployed contingents of SFs in
downtown areas and also in sensitive areas of civil line to maintain
law and order. Although no major incident of violence was reported
from any part of the Valley but stone-pelting clashes between
youth and SFs erupted at HMT on Srinagar city outskirts and in
Muslim Peer locality of Sopore in Baramulla District, a police
One Policeman was killed when militants opened
fire on a Police party in Handwara area in Kupwara District. Police
said that a selection grade constable, Abdul Kareem, was critically
injured after militants opened fire on a naka party in Chogal
area of Handwara. He was shifted to a nearby hospital where he
succumbed to his injuries. Massive searches were launched in the
area but the militants managed to flee.