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J&K HC orders release of hardline Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam Bhat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered release of senior hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam Bhat who has been in preventive custody under the Public Safety Act since April 2015. Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, while allowing Bhat’s plea challenging the latest of the detention orders under Public Safety Act, held his detention illegal on several grounds. “By issuance of writ of certiorari, order of detention bearing No. 85/DMB/PSA/2016 dated 1.9.2016, passed by the (deputy commissioner Baramulla) is quashed with a further direction to the (government) to release Alam forthwith from preventive custody,” the court said in its order.Bhat has been booked under PSA several times since April 2015 and the latest order in the series was issued by District Magistrate Baramulla. According to the order, Bhat was accused of making the ongoing agitation “successful” while in custody of the state authorities. The order was passed on the basis of Bhat’s meeting on August 11 this year with four persons who visited him at District Jail, Baramulla. The persons had requested authorities to allow them meet one Assadullah Parray, who is allegedly affiliated with Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani. The authorities claimed that instead of meeting Parray, they met Bhat, who allegedly advised them to activate the workers for a more visible and prominent role in the turmoil. A case was registered against Bhat at police station Baramulla on August 30, two days before the detention order under PSA against Alam was passed by the deputy commissioner.”Even otherwise, record would show statements of four police personnel, who were posted at Sub Jail Baramulla, have been recorded.Their statements would show that Assadullah Parray was lodged in Barrack No.7, whereas (Bhat) was lodged in Barrac No.8.”The allegation in the FIR and statements of all these police personnel would, prima facie, show that all the police authorities, posted at Sub Jail Baramulla, have failed to discharge their duties in accordance with law because it was within the competence and authority of these police personnel to ensure that the visitors would meet Parray, for meeting with whom they had sought permission and not (Alam),” the court observed.The court also rendered the detention order illegal for the reason that the bail application of Bhat had been rejected by a court and he continued to languish in state custody. The detaining authority, in this situation, could not assume that there is every likelihood of (Bhat) being released on bail. The Court said, “democratic society not only swears but lives by democratic values and principles. Even in the face of extreme provocations, the laws of the land are to be implemented. Laws possess unique quality, in as much as, they, even at times, protect those who break them. Thus, they prove to be better than many human beings”. Bhat was released after four-and-half years of detention soon after the PDP-BJP government took charge in March last year. However, he was re-arrested on April 17, 2015 and detained under the PSA for alleged anti-national activities during a rally to welcome Geelani home from Delhi.

Jammu and Kashmir: Masarat Alam’s detention held illegal, HC orders release of hardline Hurriyat leader

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered release of senior hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Masrat Alam Bhat, who has been in preventive custody under the Public Safety Act since April 2015.

Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, while allowing Masarat’s plea challenging the latest of the detention orders under Public Safety Act, held his detention illegal on several grounds.

“By issuance of writ of certiorari, order of detention bearing No. 85/DMB/PSA/2016 dated 1.9.2016, passed by the (deputy commissioner Baramulla) is quashed with a further direction to the (government) to release Alam forthwith from preventive custody,” the court said in its order on Wednesday.

Bhat has been booked under PSA several times since April 2015 and the latest order in the series was issued by District Magistrate Baramulla. According to the order, Masarat was accused of making the ongoing agitation “successful” while in custody of the state authorities.

Masarat Alam in a file photo. AFP

Masarat Alam in a file photo. AFP

The order was passed on the basis of Masarat’s meeting on 11 August this year with four persons who visited him at District Jail, Baramulla. The persons had requested authorities to allow them meet one Assadullah Parray, who is allegedly affiliated with Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani.

The authorities claimed that instead of meeting Parray, they met Masarat, who allegedly advised them to activate the workers for a more visible and prominent role in the turmoil. A case was registered against Masarat at police station Baramulla on 30 August, two days before the detention order under PSA against Alam was passed by the deputy commissioner.

“Even otherwise, record would show statements of four police personnel, who were posted at Sub Jail Baramulla, have been recorded.Their statements would show that Assadullah Parray was lodged in Barrack No.7, whereas (Masarst) was lodged in Barrac No.8.

“The allegation in the FIR and statements of all these police personnel would, prima facie, show that all the police authorities, posted at Sub Jail Baramulla, have failed to discharge their duties in accordance with law because it was within the competence and authority of these police personnel to ensure that the visitors would meet Parray, for meeting with whom they had sought permission and not (Alam),” the court observed.

The court also rendered the detention order illegal for the reason that the bail application of Masarat had been rejected by a court and he continued to languish in state custody.

The detaining authority, in this situation, could not assume that there is every likelihood of (Masarat) being released on bail.

The Court said, “democratic society not only swears but lives by democratic values and principles. Even in the face of extreme provocations, the laws of the land are to be implemented. Laws possess unique quality, in as much as, they, even at times, protect those who break them. Thus, they prove to be better than many human beings”.

Masarat was released after four-and-half years of detention soon after the PDP-BJP government took charge in March last year.

However, he was re-arrested on 17 April, 2015 and detained under the PSA for alleged anti-national activities during a rally to welcome Geelani home from Delhi.

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 17:07 IST

J&K: One dead by terrorists in Baramulla

Sun, 25 Dec 2016-10:41pm , Srinagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Suspected militants shot dead a person in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday night, police said. Nazir Ahmad Mir was shot at by suspected militants near his residence at Bahrampora in Dangiwacha area of the district, a police official said.Mir was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, the official said. A case has been registered and a hunt is on to nab the assailants, police said.

California almonds new mode of terror funding in LoC trade: NIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After clothes and ‘dupattas’, California almonds have emerged as the new product in cross- LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir that are being used a mode of terror funding, according to the NIA.The NIA has registered a case in this connection and carried out searches on traders at trade facilitation centres at Salamabad in Kashmir region’s North Kashmir’s Baramulla district and Chakan-da-bagh in Poonch district of Jammu region.According to the cross-LoC trade agreement between India and Pakistan, products grown in both sides of Jammu and Kashmir will be exchanged under barter system. The products included ‘Badam giri’ that is grown in parts of Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK).During the searches, documents related to exchange of California almonds were seized by NIA and were being scrutinised, the NIA said.The traders from PoK were sending and receiving California almonds and it is alleged that the money was used for funding of terror groups in the state.The NIA said in a statement that a reliable information was received that a large scale transfer of funds from Pakistan to India has been taking place, through the import of California almonds (badam giri) via the cross-LoC trade mechanism through the trade facilitation centres located at Salamabad and Chakkan-da-Bagh.”This is in gross violation of the State policy of prohibition on trade in ‘third-party origin goods’ through this mechanism and information indicated that these funds are being used for fomenting terrorism and separatism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the NIA said.A case has been registered by NIA against unknown persons under the relevant sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Earlier clothes and ‘dupatta’ (stole) were being used to finance terror in the state.

Built at a cost of Rs 3,720 crore, India’s longest road tunnel ready to be commissioned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has joined the league of extraordinary nations by constructing the longest road tunnel in the country on the strategic Srinagar-Jammu national highway.Built at the cost of Rs 3720 crores, the nine kilometer long Nashri road tunnel is expected to be commissioned early next year. An engineering marvel, it will mark the country’s debut in adopting the integrated tunnel control system (ITCS).The state-of-the-art ITCS system, which is hallmark of selective few countries in the world, will ensure automatic control of tunnel lighting, ventilation, communication, fire control, vehicle monitoring et al. The tunnel will cut down the distance by around 30 kilometers and will save the motorists travel time by two hours.”There was no road tunnel with nine kilometer distance in the country till now. Nashri tunnel will be the longest road tunnel in the country. Civil works inside the tunnel is complete. Only some works on the north side is pending which will be completed in next eight to 10 days. Mechanical and electric works are currently on”, MT Attarde, project director of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), told DNA.The tunnel and approach roads provide 11km alternative route for 41km of the existing national highway. In addition to the main tunnel, it will have a parallel escape tunnel for the evacuation of commuters in case of any eventuality.The two tubes of the tunnel will be internally connected through 29 cross-passages (each after a gap of 300 meters) and the escape tunnel will be used exclusively by pedestrians.”Everything is automatic. There are two ducts in the tunnel –one for fresh air and another for exhausting the polluted air. There are CCTVs, fight fighting equipment and communication systems installed all along the route. If anything goes wrong the people sitting in the control room will come to know instantly”, said AttardeThe Srinagar-Jammu national highway passes through steep mountains and hundreds of people have lost their lives in accidents and weather vagaries over the years. The authorities have taken several measures to make the journey safer and the tunnel is part of a four lane project on the national highway undertaken to give respite to the commuters.The NHAI is also constructing another major road tunnel – 8.45 km long Banihal Qazigund stretch – on Srinagar Jammu national highway, which will again cut down the distance between two towns by 16 kms.The Kashmir Valley is also being connected by a 292 km train link from Udhampur in Jammu to Baramulla in Kashmir. The Rs 11,000-crore rail link is divided into three sections — Udhampur-Katra, Katra-Qazigund and Qazigund-Baramulla.The first and third stretch of the rail link has been made operational. But the train to valley will become reality only when middle 148 km long section will be completed. This stretch will have the world’s tallest railway bridge – 359 metres tall – on Chenab river in district Reasi.

Wanted Lashkar coomander gunned down

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dreaded Lashkar-e-Tioba suffered a major blow on Wednesday when security forces gunned down one of the most wanted militant Pakistani commander and its north Kashmir chief in the apple rich town of Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.Elsewhere an engineering student-turned-militant was killed by the security forces in Bewoora village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.Abu Bakar, a 27 year old Pakistani divisional commander who was operating in north Kashmir since 2009, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Bomai village of Sopore.Police said the commander , who had broken security forces cordon several times, was the main coordinator for the infiltration from across the LoC into Kashmir.”It is a great success for the security forces. Abu Baker was distributing and transporting the militants to south and other parts of Kashmir after their infiltration from across the LoC”, Harmeet Singh, senior superintendent of police, Sopore, told DNA.Singh said he was involved in attacks of security forces convoys and firing since 2009. “He had also fled from many encounters in the past”, he said.Operating in Lolaab, Kupwara and Sopore, Abu Baker had established Lashkar network across north Kashmir and he was one of the most wanted commanders for the security forces.In another incident, a local militant was killed in a brief encounter with security forces at Bewoora Marhama village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.Basit Ahmed Dar alias Sameer, 24 year old B.Tech student had become militant just two month before. Son of a bank manager, he was had a student of Islamic University of Science and Technology Awantipora before he went missing and joined militancy post Burhan Wani’s killing.”Our highly qualified youth who prefer to join the freedom struggle instead of their luxurious and comfortable life, is a slap on those who weigh these unparalleled sacrifices in terms of roads, buildings, bridges and other developmental assets”, said Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani

J-K: Security forces kill terrorist in Anantnag; search operations underway in Sopore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter between the security forces and terrorists is underway on Wednesday in Bomai area of Sopore in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, reports the Financial Express. The army and the police have cordoned off the area and have launched search operations where terrorists are believed to be hiding.Meanwhile in a separate incident, a terrorist has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Bijbehara, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. In a heavy gunfire on December 8, three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arwani area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag.With ANI inputs.

Kashmir unrest: Omar Abdullah lets Pakistan off, says ‘historic blunders’ by India to blame

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said the unrest in Kashmir cannot be blamed on Pakistan, but was a result of “mistakes” made by the Indian government of not engaging with the people of the state. “Do not be under this false impression that the fire you see in Kashmir has been ignited by Pakistan. It is a result of our mistakes,” Omar said, addressing a function of his National Conference in Baramulla.

Omar Abdullah. PTIOmar Abdullah. PTI

Omar Abdullah. PTI

“To blame Pakistan alone for the political situation or the current unrest in the Valley is a distortion of the truth. The people of J&K have espoused a political sentiment, even when there was no external interference and this political sentiment forms the basis of the state’s special status that has since been eroded by extra-constitutional machinations,” Omar said.

He said the political issue in Kashmir is a result of “historic blunders and broken promises by successive dispensations” in New Delhi. “The situation today stands compounded because of the present central government’s refusal to even acknowledge that
a problem exists in Kashmir,” Omar said.

The National Conference’s working president alleged the ruling PDP’s charade of seeking confidence building measures and political initiatives could not conceal the party’s brazen abandonment of its own ideology and vision document in a bargain to attain power.

There is a stark difference between the Mehbooba Mufti of the opposition and the Mehbooba Mufti of the ruling PDP-BJP
government. It has now become evident that the Mehbooba of opposition was just an elaborate facade to pave way for Mehbooba Mufti’s ascent to the Chief Minister’s chair.

“Her theatrical performances as an opposition leader might have served her well but when people compare her present avatar to her previous posturing she stands exposed. Every single promise made by the PDP to seek votes in the previous elections has been broken with utter contempt shown towards the people of the state,” he added.

Omar alleged that the PDP-BJP alliance has “wreaked havoc” with the state. “The government has ceased to exist on the ground and its mere presence is exhibited solely through indiscriminate arrests and imposition of Public Safety Acts against the youth. The loss of nearly a hundred innocent young lives in the current unrest and the unimaginable and indiscriminate repression of our youth has been the most noticeable hallmark of the PDP-BJP alliance and Mehbooba Mufti s refusal to acknowledge her failure has only compounded the misery of the people,” he said.

First Published On : Dec 3, 2016 20:36 IST

LeT is ‘Pakistan’s best NGO’, Burhan Wani a ‘martyr’: Pervez Musharraf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few days before he was killed, Kashmiri terrorist Burhan Wani had reportedly spoken to LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, seeking his blessings and offered to put up a united front against India, according to an audio conversation accessed by CNN-News 18. Hafiz reportedly told Wani: “You people are living in very difficult conditions. But you don’t have to worry. Whatever you need just tell us we are ready for every help. Will be ready for anything. You just have to tell us.”Reacting to the audio conversation, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf claimed that LeT was the ‘best NGO in Pakistan’ and Wani was a martyr. He told News 18: “There is nothing to be surprised that the two are in touch with each other. Hafiz Saeed is an educated man, an engineer. LeT is the best NGO of Pakistan as they did a lot of work during floods.” Musharraf claimed that India had ‘forced’ Burhan Wani to take up arms, and claimed Hafiz Saeed wasn’t a terrorist. He added that if he was President, he would’ve fought Saeed’s case at the United Nations.The former Pak president also claimed that PM Modi was a ‘warmonger’. He told the channel: “PM Modi is a warmonger. The PM can visit Lahore and kiss PM Nawaz as many times as he wants.” As many as 86 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes. J&K police organise counselling session in North KashmirThe Jammu and Kashmir Police organised a counselling session in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district for the youth involved in violent activities, including stone-pelting on security forces, with an aim to find means to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future.A counselling session was organised today in Dak Bungalow Baramulla for the youth from the town and adjoining areas who have been involved in violent activities for the past some months, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir said. “The session was aimed to build an understanding to find ways and means to prevent recurrence of violent incidents in the future which does no good to anybody but creates chaos and anarchy only,” he said.Mir said many parents and other prominent people of the area also joined the session. The officer said the youth were given a patient hearing and their point of view was heard. “Most of the boys were of the opinion that getting involved in stone pelting was a bad decision on their part and it inflicts irreplaceable damage to the social fabric and increases sufferings of the people,” he said. Mir urged the youth to concentrate on their careers and work hard to make up the loss they suffered in their education for the past over four months. “The youth were advised not to fall prey to propaganda of the people with vested interests who exploit them for their personal gains. Instead, they should channelise their energy in constructive and positive pursuits to contribute in larger social good,” he said. Prominent citizens of the town, who spoke on the occasion, appreciated the initiative by the police and were of the opinion that “exploitation” of youth needs to be stopped, Mir claimed. The SSP said they also suggested to organise such sessions in the future so that “stone pelting is brought to a permanent halt” to save the lives and careers of youth and mitigate the sufferings of the common people.With inputs from PTI

Kashmir unrest: With growing insurgency, militant sympathy, security agencies stare at tough times

The killing of two suspected militants in an encounter with the police and Army in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday marks the beginning of counter-insurgency operations that had taken a backseat in the valley in the aftermath of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing.

According to police, the two suspects, believed to be residents of Pakistan and affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, were trapped following “specific inputs” about the presence of militants near Hajin village of Bandipora.

“A cordon was laid around the area in the wee hours of Tuesday by personnel of Army’s 13 Rashtriya Rifles and J&K Police’s SOG. When the militants were asked to surrender, they opened fire at our men. In retaliation, both the militants were killed,” a senior police officer told Firstpost.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

According to the officer, a cache of arms and ammunition, along with two Rs 2,000 notes and Rs 1,00 notes were recovered from the suspected militants, who were buried at an undisclosed location after massive pro-freedom and anti-India protests broke out in the area.

The killing is the first such intelligence-based operation after a prolonged pause during which counter-insurgency missions were put on a hold as the authorities diverted the forces to deal with an unprecedented “law and order” situation in the Valley.

North Kashmir’s five police districts — Bandipora, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara and Handwara — have recorded a sharp jump in number of active militants, most of the foreigners, operating in these place as infiltration increased along the de facto Kashmir border.

“As of now, there are around 100-150 militants, mostly foreigners, who are active in these districts. The numbers have almost doubled since the last year due to increase in infiltration along the LoC and International Border,” an officer with the J&K Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, told Firstpost.

The officer, who wished to remain anonymous as he is not authorised to speak with media, said there are 250-300 militants active in the Valley at present with at least 45-50 local youths, mostly from south Kashmir areas, joining militancy following Burhan Wani’s killing.

With insurgency at its peak after years of relative calm, and public sympathy for militants growing in the Valley following the Burhan episode, the security agencies are staring at tough times where the war on insurgency will open fronts on two sides.

In the two months following the 8 July encounter of Wani, many villages and towns across the valley remained inaccessible to the state administration as well as the security agencies due to the massive scale of the civilian unrest.

To curb the pro-freedom and anti-India protests during the ongoing uprising, at least 94 civilians were killed in retaliatory action by government forces while hundreds lost vision due to use of pellets.

“While we will have to deal with insurgency, we will also have to work out a strategy to reach out to the people. To bring some semblance of normalcy, we have a three-pronged strategy: first, we will go after militants with same strategy that was in place earlier,” the officer said.

He said the security agencies are also going to make more arrests of separatist leaders and their sympathisers, and stone-pelters in coming days to ensure that the peace prevails on the streets of the Valley.

“Finally, we will have to reach out to people through different welfare programs and adopting a more humane approach of policing. Our image has suffered badly in the last five months and we will have to work hard and do some course correction,” the officer said.

The killing of two militants in Bandipora may be a step in that direction. But, with the borders recording a dangerously high level of violence since the surgical strikes were carried out, and relations between India and Pakistan at an all time low, the winter freeze in Kashmir may be too much to bear.

First Published On : Nov 23, 2016 11:11 IST

Kashmir unrest: Train services partially resume in Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After remaining suspended for over four months due to ongoing unrest in the Valley, the rail service connecting north and south parts of Kashmir resumed partially on Thursday, officials said. The full operations are expected to start within the next 10 days, they said.The rail service resumed from Budgam to Srinagar Railway stations after completion of necessary restoration work on damaged infrastructure and tracks, the officials said. They said the service was resumed along the 11.5 km axis after a trial run on Wednesday. “Two trains were scheduled to run on the route today, one in the morning and another in the evening,” they said, adding the passenger turnout was very low but is expected to pick up in the coming days.The Railway authorities are working on a plan to resume normal operations along the 120-km track between Banihal in south and Baramulla in north Kashmir within next 10 days, the officials said, adding restoration work on the damaged infrastructure and tracks are in full swing and expected to be completed shortly.
ALSO READ Kashmir unrest: Curfew lifted across the valleyNorthern railways suspended the service as a precautionary measure on July 9 following widespread protests over the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir a day earlier. The unrest has left 86 persons dead and thousands others injured.The railways suffered heavy losses due to the damages and disruption in its services. “The signal boxes, junction boxes, wiring and other infrastructure have been badly damaged during the unrest,” the officials said.

Kashmir unrest: Local policeman killed in gunfight in Baramulla district

Srinagar: A local policeman was killed on Wednesday in a gunfight between the security forces and militants in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, police said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“Following specific information, about a group of militants hiding in the forest area of Zaloora near Sopore town, security forces launched an operation,” a senior police officer told IANS.

“As the security forces, including troops of 20 Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG), closed in on the hiding militants, the insurgents opened indiscriminate fire killing a police constable,” he said.

The victim was identified as Muhammad Shafi.

The officer said the operation against the militants was still on.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 11:25 IST

People snub separatists, join convention of pro-India PDP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thousands of people participated in Mehbooba Mufti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP’s) Central Kashmir workers convention in the heart of Srinagar on Sunday marking the beginning of political activities of any pro-India party after four months of unrest.The convention was organised almost a month after Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a conglomerate of three separatist leaders overseeing the unrest, called upon people to protest outside the homes of local MLAs for three days from October 21.Defying threats, workers snubbed separatists when they turned up in thousands to join Pro-India party convention outside PDP headquarters near General Post Office in Polo view Srinagar on Sunday. What added another dimension to whole event was that the JRL had called for hartal during the day though it had asked people to resume routine after 4pm.The show was an attempt to make a symbolic statement in the wake of separatists threats and name calling of the pro-India leaders in Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti skipped the convention and it was other senior leaders who pulled off the show.Burhan Wani, unrest and hartal dominated the proceedings during the convention with PDP leaders lashing out at separatists for what they call economic subjugation and degradation of ethics.”The party will not be cowed down by any nefarious designs aimed at our economic subjugation, degradation of ethics and values. Resistance against the system is attempts to annihilate the institutions of governance. Socio-economic uplift and empowerment of the people forms the very basis for any forward movement towards any political resolution,” said Muzaffar Hussain Baig, senior PDP leader and Lok Sabha MP from Baramulla constituency.Lamenting over the huge losses suffered by the younger generation and teenagers as a result of protests, Baig implored all the stake holders for an honest appraisal to fix the responsibility for the present uncertainty.”Losses to economic sector, trade and tourism are virtually irretrievable and someone will have to account for it. Misery and agony has been forced upon people due to the political short-sightedness of the detractors of this society,” he said.

Kashmir: Militant killed as army foils infiltration bid in Baramulla district

Kashmir: Militant killed as army foils infiltration bid in Baramulla district

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Srinagar: A militant was on Thursday killed as army foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.

A group of militants tried to infiltrate in Rampur sector in Baramulla, but their attempt was thwarted by the alert troops, an army official said. During the exchange of fire, one militant was killed, he added.

The operation was in progress, the official said, adding that further details were awaited.

Parrikar asks army to help in reopening schools in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the day when miscreants made an abortive bid to torch the historic Sri Pratap (SP) College, defence minister Manohar Parrikar asked the army to chip in to help in restoring education even as the J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) announced to conduct the exams on time albeit with 50 per cent relaxation in the syllabus.This comes at a time when police arrested five more stone throwers-cum-arsonists for torching the government school in north Kashmir township of Pattan in Baramulla district.Unknown miscreants on Thursday made an unsuccessful bid to torch 111 year old SP College when they entered the Botany block from the rear side and lit the fire. However the watchman immediately swung into action and extinguished the flames before it could engulf the whole building. Except the window, there was no damage to the college complex.”Some people are hurting Kashmiryat and burning the schools to destroy the future of the children of the Kashmir valley. Schools are the most important place. Wealth can end but the knowledge will always stay in your mind. I have told the army officers to help, and I feel there should be some pressure from the villages as well (to save the schools). If it happens this state will prosper,” said Parrikar.On the other side, JKBOSE, while overruling the pressure from separatists and some student groups, finally decided to go ahead with the exams for class X and XII scheduled to be held from November 15 and November 14 respectively.”The main aim to conduct examinations in current month is to save the academic year of the students. In view of prevailing circumstances in the valley, JKBOSE had formulated an assessment scheme in question papers in which papers have been set in way as to provide relaxation in the syllabus,” said Zahoor Ahmad Chatt, Chairman, JKBOSE.For the last few months the students have been taking to the streets demanding deferring of the exams.

Jammu and Kashmir: Police arrests 5, one case of school burning solved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the arrest of five alleged stone-pelters, police on Thursday claimed to have solved a case of burning down of a government school in Kashmir which has witnessed a series of incidents in which the educational institutes were set ablaze over the last few months.Five youth allegedly involved in setting ablaze a government middle school at Tapper village of Pattan, about 30 kms from here, on Srinagar-Baramulla national highway were arrested while search is on for their two other associates, a police spokesman said. He said the school building was set ablaze in the wee hours of October 27.”During the investigation it surfaced that the conspiracy regarding the incident was hatched at the medical shop of one Ajaz Ahmad Parra, the spokesman said. “Ajaz Parra along with Omar Parra alias ‘Omar Kasaie’, Shabir Pandit alias ‘Bulbul’ and Bashir Ahmad Hajam were involved in the conspiracy aimed at creating an atmosphere of fear and to ensure that schools continue to remain closed,” the spokesman said. He said they had arranged petrol, stored it in plastic bottles and gave the same to Naveed Ahmad alias ‘Naba Tension’, Adil Ahmad Parra and Usman alias ‘Babloo’ – all residents of Tapper, “executed their plan and set the school building on fire” at around 1.30 am.”These individuals, who are known stone pelters and are wanted in many stone-pelting cases, had kept some of the petrol bottles in an apple orchard for creating the panic in future by burning the vehicles and other government buildings,” the spokesman said. Except Naveed and Usman, all the accused were arrested and at their instance some petrol bottles were recoverd from an apple orchard near Tapper, the spokesman said, adding efforts are on to nab the absconding persons.Kashmir has witnessed a series of incidents in which schools were mysteriously burnt down over the last few months. Jammu and High Court took suo motu cognizance of this trend and asked the state government to take steps to prevent such incidents and “unmask” to culprits.In a separate incident, the spokesman said police intercepted a Jammu-bound vehicle at Kaichechkoot near Awantipora, 32 kms from here, and arrested three “notorious” stone pelters.The search of the vehicle, which was carrying apples outside the valley, led to the recovery of 3.54 quintals of ‘Fuki’, a narcotics substance, which was concealed in 40 fruit boxes, the spokesman said.

SP among 100 injured in Kashmir clashes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least 100 people, including a Superintendent of Police (SP) and 35 other security personnel, were injured on Wednesday in clashes between stone-pelting mobs and law enforcing agencies in different parts of Kashmir valley, officials said.The intense clashes took place in Soura area in the outskirts of Srinagar after police tried to arrest some youth allegedly involved in disturbing law and order, leaving 80 people including SP Hazratbal and 35 other securitymen injured, they said. Among the civilians injured, three received pellet injures while another was hit by a tear-smoke shell during the clashes which continued throughout the day, the officials said.The clashes broke out when police, assisted by paramilitary forces, launched a cordon and search operation to nab some youth in Anchar locality of Soura, they said. Commenting on the incident, a police spokesman said “miscreants in large numbers pelted stones heavily upon the deployments at Anchar-Soura resulting in grievous injuries to SP Hazratbal and 35 other police and security forces personnel. “While dealing with the law and order in the area, three civilians who were part of the mob also sustained injuries.They were shifted to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The condition of all of them is stated to be stable,” the spokesman said. He said a Deputy Superintendent of Police was injured during another clash which took place between stone-pelting protesters and security forces at Tarzoo village of Sopore township in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. However, officials said 15 people were hurt in the clashes during which police fired dozens of teargas shells and used batons to restore law and order.In Shopian district of south Kashmir, the spokesman said miscreants pelted stones on police and security forces deployed at Dachoo, Rabben, Nagbal and Sugan during the day.Police chased the protesters, using mild force, he said. However, officials said at least five persons sustained minor injuries in the clashes.

Baramulla jail clashes leave 4 cops, 2 inmates injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inmates in the high-security Baramulla District Jail on Tuesday went on a rampage attacking the prison officials, setting the gates on fire, destroying surveillance cameras and pelting stones at the police inside the facility. Four policemen were injured, and two jail inmates sustained minor injuries in the incident.Assistant Superintendent of the Baramulla District Jail said that some inmates had created serious problems inside the jail premises due to administrative issues, and had attacked the jail staff.“He said that jail property including surveillance cameras were damaged. A police party was deputed to the jail premises which was also attacked by the inmates, with stones, bricks and lathis. Some of the jail inmates also damaged the wall of the district jail by removing the bricks to pelt the police party,” said a police spokesman.Police said the inmates also set the main gate of the Jail on fire, which was extinguished with the help of fire services. “A case under different penal sections of Indian Penal Code has been registered in this regard at Baramulla police station, and matter is being investigated,” he said. Meanwhile, police said the overall situation across the valley remained peaceful and under control on Tuesday.“During the day, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the Valley. Heavy vehicular traffic was seen on the roads in cities and towns of the Valley. Business went about as usual as vendors were seen on the roads, lanes and bylanes, police said.SITUATION IN VALLEY REMAINS PEACEFULMeanwhile, police said the overall situation in the Valley remained peaceful and under control on Tuesday.Heavy vehicular traffic was observed on the roads in the cities and towns of the Valley. A large number of vendors were seen on the roads, lanes and bylanes, a police spokesman said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Primary school building set ablaze in Baramulla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A primary school building and two vehicles were set ablaze by some persons in Kashmir in separate incidents of arson over the past 24 hours, police said on Friday.This was the 19th school building set on fire by unknown persons since the current unrest began in Kashmir following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.A police official said Government Primary School at Taaper in Pattan area of Baramulla district was set on fire by unknown persons late on Wednesday night, a police official said.He said the three-room building was gutted in the fire.In another incident, miscreants set on fire an autorickshaw at Rainawari in the city for violating the strike call given by the separatists, who are spearheading the agitation.The autorickshaw was destroyed in the fire, the official said.Unconfirmed reports said a truck was set ablaze at Parimpora in the outskirts of the city this morning.However, police denied any such incident having taken place.

Situation in Kashmir returning to normalcy after four-month-long strike

Srinagar: Summer capital Srinagar witnessed significant improvement in public transport on Thursday even as normal life elsewhere in the Valley remained affected due to the strike called by separatists.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Many people have started defying the separatist-sponsored strike over the past week, as they are slowly picking up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly four-month-long strike, officials said.

While there is increased movement of private traffic in the summer capital, the city has also witnessed a significant improvement in the public transport, except buses, they said.

The officials said the inter-district transport has also improved as many cabs were plying on the routes connecting Srinagar with other districts like Anantnag and Baramulla.

They said as the traffic in the city has significantly increased, additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Many shops were also open in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city, while many street vendors set up stalls at many places around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

However, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley due to separatist-sponsored strike.

While there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, the officials said restrictions on assembly of four or more people were in place throughout the Valley for maintaining law and order.

They said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure.

Security forces have also been deployed at many market places to instil a sense of security among the public to carry out their day-to-day activities, the officials said.

Shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut and are not expected to open this evening as separatists have not given any relaxation.

The separatists, who are spearheading the agitation have been issuing weekly protest calendars since Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July. They have extended the strike till 3 November.

The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, apart from business and tourism, has also affected education as schools, colleges and other educational institutions continue to remain shut in the Valley.

As many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.

Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.

Pakistani spy arrested in Ramgarh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid escalating tension on the border, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police arrested a milkman-turned-spy of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) from the Ramgarh sector on Saturday. Besides, the security forces busted a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) module and arrested two militants involved in the attack on an army convoy in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.Police sources said milkman Bodh Raj (42) was arrested on the basis of specific intelligence inputs regarding his espionage activities along the International Border (IB). Police recovered two Pakistani SIM cards, two mobile phones, a memory card and maps showing movement and deployment of the security forces.Sources said Bodh Raj, a resident of Arnia, was under surveillance for the last four months. “Once we were confident that he was involved in espionage, we arrested him. He developed some health complications and was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with typhoid,” said a police officer.”He was passing on vital information to Pakistan regarding troop deployment and movement,” said another officer. Police are also interrogating him for his possible role in facilitating infiltration from across the border.Meanwhile, security forces busted a JeM module and arrested two top ultras — Safeer Ahmad Bhat and Farhaan Fayaz Liloo — in a joint operation by the police, army and CRPF at Baramulla.”This Jaish module is headed by a Pakistani terrorist, operating by the code name of Khalid. This module, along with the arrested duo, was involved in a terrorist attack on army and police convoy on August 16, in which two army men and one policeman were killed,” said Imtiyaz Hussain, SSP Baramulla.

Baramulla: Security forces arrest two JeM militants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces on Saturday arrested two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants, who were allegedly involved in an attack that left two army personnel and a cop dead, from Baramulla district of Kashmir.”Two persons who were part of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad module in Baramulla have been arrested,” a senior police official said. He said the arrested persons have been identified as Safeer Ahmad Bhat and Farhaan Fayaz.”These individuals were part of JeM terror module — operating in Baramulla and adjoining areas — headed by a Pakistani terrorist Khalid. This module was involved in the attack on security forces on August 16 in which two armymen and a cop were killed at Khwajabagh in Baramulla,” the official said.He said one AK rifle, one pistol and some ammunition were recovered from the arrested militants.

J-K: 2 JeM terrorists arrested in Baramulla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists from Hafiz Saeed’s Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit were arrested on Saturday in Baramulla. One AK-47 and one pistol and ammunition were seized seized from them.Tension at the border was particularly high since yesterday at border over ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration bid at border supported by gun-fire across the border.Pakistan Rangers suddenly opened fire to give cover to an infiltration attempt near the Bobiyan village of Hira Nagar sector in Kathua, but had to flee back because of heavy retaliatory fire from BSF troopers positioned near the infiltration prone border.Pakistani army also violated the ceasefire on the LoC in Rajouri sector even as Indian army foiled a major infiltration bid in Poonch sector. Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.

Jammu and Kashmir: Army, police launch major search operation in Baramulla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A major search operation has been launched by the security forces and police in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir at suspected hideouts of militants.This is the second such search operation in less than a week.Security forces on Wednesday recovered Chinese flags along with incriminating material during raids at suspected hideouts of militants in Baramulla and arrested 44 people for their alleged involvement in “terror-related activities”.”Over 700 houses were searched in a span of 12 hours on October 17 in an extensive search operation in old town in Baramulla, during which 44 persons involved with terror related activities have been apprehended,” an army spokesman said.Over a dozen of employees have also been dismissed by the Jammu and Kashmir government for alleged anti-national activities.With over 90 people killed so far in the clashes, the death toll continues to mounts and the number of injured also continuing to soar. As per reports, over 7,000 people have been detained along with the arrest of a human rights activist Khurram Parvez.The unrest began soon after the killing of poster boy Burhan Wani, a commander of militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on July 8.

Kashmir by and large peaceful, daily activities pick up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The situation in unrest-hit Kashmir, which continued to be curfew-free for third day on Tuesday, was by and large peaceful as security forces foiled separatists’ plans to hold protests in the city and elsewhere.Many shops and business establishments including petrol pumps were open in Sanat Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh and Bishembar Nagar, though outlets remained closed in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas, a police official said. “The situation across Kashmir Valley is by and large peaceful. There are no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere,” a police official said. A large number of roadside vendors set up their stalls on the TRC crossing-Batamaloo axis passing through Lal Chowk while a good number of private vehicles were plying. The movement of traffic was thin compared to yesterday apparently due to burning of two commercial taxis by unidentified youths in Parimpora area on Srinagar-Baramulla national highway yesterday. Kashmir continued to be curfew-free for third day but security forces were deployed in strength at various spots prone to protests and street violence, officials said. “Security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to maintain law and order as also to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day to day activities without fear,” they said.However, reports of minor clashes were reported from Rahmoo in Pulwama district of south Kashmir and Naugam in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district after some people tried to stage demonstrations in response to the separatists’ call. The separatists had asked people to “assemble and occupy” roads including in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city. Authorities foiled the separatists’ plan by deploying security forces in strength in and around Lal Chowk and other vulnerable areas. The shutdown has affected schools, colleges and other educational institutions which continued to remain shut in the Valley, which is struggling to return to normalcy following the violence which erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. The unrest which has left 84 people dead and several thousand injured has dealt a severe blow to the economy and the development works with major projects now in limbo. Over 300 persons have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for the violent protests.

Chinese flags in Baramulla should stir India’s ‘intelligence’ ostriches

As spring turned to summer this year, I spent an afternoon interacting with the residents of a village near Safapora in north-central Kashmir. Some of them spoke of the possibility of Chinese involvement in what might happen in the Kashmir Valley. They said their part of the valley had historical trade and other connections with China, through the valley of the Sindh-nallah, which leads from the main Kashmir Valley to the Zoji-La pass and then Ladakh.

That they brought up China interested me tremendously, but it was the sort of talk India’s intelligence establishment routinely ignore. One hopes the various intelligence honchos in Srinagar and New Delhi are doing a little introspection now that Chinese flags were waved at the old Idgah (next to an army camp) in
Baramulla after Friday’s prayers on 14 October.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Baramulla, the valley’s third biggest city, has been in ferment over the past few days, although traffic and a general sense of relaxation has led many to describe Srinagar as ‘normal’. Residents describe horrifying blasts of tear gas shells in Baramulla over the past couple of days.

Those Chinese flags appeared in a stronghold of the ‘hardline’ section of the Jamaat-e-Islami that is loyal to ranking separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. It is ironical that a dyed-in-the-wool religious outfit should ally with a Communist State — but that only makes the flags more significant. The irony was that it was on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in India for the Brics Summit.

Kashmiri discourse

That village interaction a few months ago was not the first time I had heard Kashmiris speak of Chinese involvement, and of its claims, since the 1990s. Former Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat had observed several years ago: “Don’t forget the China factor.”

But intelligence walas have remained determinedly deaf to such talk. An insightful Kashmiri says he told a top intelligence officer in the Kashmir police that he would not be surprised if Chinese flags turned up along with Pakistani and Islamic State flags in Downtown Srinagar. He says that intelligence officer was incredulous. Not impressed.

The intelligence honchos have been doing a great job of mimicking ostriches regarding China. They are too busy buying over and selling out ‘leaders’ and organisations, and patting each other on the back, to bother with such things as a mass uprising or dangerous big powers getting involved with such an uprising.
They ought to be looking for chullu bhar paani (a handful of water in which to drown) at this point. It is not as if China’s anti-India moves regarding Jammu and Kashmir are new. They have just been studiously ignored.

Series of Chinese moves

For eight years now, starting a few weeks after the Beijing Olympics ended, China began to send troops into areas of Ladakh that are meant to be controlled by India. That has happened often over these eight years.

Soon after the trend of incursions began, China announced that the status of Jammu and Kashmir has not been finally decided and that China has a stake in the area.

One wonders what more than that statement India’s highly-paid, high-payout intelligence walas were waiting for to allow themselves to believe that China wants a much bigger presence in the state? After all, the statement was not limited to areas through which China’s ‘Karakoram highway’ passes. It was about the entire state.

Around that time, China refused to issue visas to residents of the state on Indian passports, but rather on stapled pieces of paper. It did so even with Lt Gen BS Jaswal, who was then Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army’s Northern Command. One wonders how much more of a pointer the intelligence walas were waiting for, to believe that China wants India’s position in the state reduced?

In fact, one wonders what India’s intelligence officers, ‘experts’ and strategists are up to? I had suggested the day after Burhan Wani was killed on 8 July that Kashmir-based intelligence honchos should either be prosecuted for treason or sacked for incompetence. Perhaps those who occupy power in New Delhi also deserve the same. The country will pay a terrible price for employing such ostriches.

3-day Pampore encounter ends, 2 terrorists killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 57-hour-long gun battle between two terrorists and the army ended on Wednesday after the security forces gunned down the second militant holed up in a government building on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.The army had killed one of the two terrorists on Tuesday evening after unleashing a barrage of grenades, rockets and explosives to flush them out of the seven-storey J&K Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) hostel building.The operation started on Monday morning when the terrorists cruised through Jhelum and occupied the hostel building to engage the security forces in a gunfight. Eyewitnesses said that the group entered through the rear side and broke open the window panes to gain access to the hostel building.The terrorists had resorted to indiscriminate firing on day one, besides setting some of the rooms on fire. An army jawan was injured in the encounter, police said.The army operation was meticulously planned to avoid collateral damage and special para-commandos were brought in to take on the highly-entrenched terrorists. The forces pounded the building to create a percussion effect, by breaking all glasses and expose the terrorists before pinning them down.”These terrorists most likely belong to Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT),” said Major General Ashok Narula, general officer commanding (GOC) Victor Force of the Indian Army adding, “It was a tricky operation as the building was huge and we did not want any collateral damage.”The GOC said the army started the operation on Monday morning and on Tuesday kept working on it before clearing up the whole premises on Wednesday morning.”It is very sad that militants for the second time have occupied the EDI, which is a pride of Kashmir and centre of excellence where youth get employment. We have taken time because the building has ground floor plus six others floors and one attic. All 60 rooms are bath-attached, the one reason it took time to clear the building,” he said.Police said the bodies of the terrorists have been recovered from the encounter site and their identity is being ascertained. Two AK rifles, nine magazines, grenades and other ammunition have been recovered from the site.”They chose this building to draw the media attention. After the encounter in Baramulla we had information that there might be people who try to sneak in to the city and carry out such attacks on the highways,” said SJM Gillani, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone.

Goa BJP cancels Parrikar’s felicitation after Baramulla attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the militant strike on camps of the Army and the BSF in north Kashmir’s Baramulla last night, the Goa unit of BJP today said it has cancelled a felicitation ceremony of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar which was scheduled for Tuesday. “The felicitation, which was planned to be held tomorrow (October 4), stands cancelled due to the terrorist attack on army base at Baramulla,” BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI today.He added that the ceremony has not be postponed but cancelled altogether. Stating that it was Parrikar’s request to cancel the function, Tendulkar added that the BJP local unit too had decided last night not to go ahead with the event following the attack.At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed, while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla late last night.BJP had decided to host public reception for Parrikar at Azad Maidan here tomorrow for the “successful surgical strikes” across the Line of Control (LoC). On Saturday, the party had announced that they would bring Parrikar in a procession from Dabolim airport to Panaji.BJP’s decision had evoked strong reaction from different quarters, including party’s ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) stating that such an event should not be held when our soldiers are braving militants on the border. MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar had told reporters in Vasco that even Parrikar would not accept such a felicitation. Newly-formed Goa Forward Party, which was the first one to oppose the felicitation, had cautioned BJP against politicising the efforts of brave soldiers.Congress had also expressed its discontent with the planned programme.

Pakistan trying to create war-like situation in sub-continent: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after countless ceasefire violations were reported in the Poonch area and the BSF and army camps being attacked in Baramulla, the Congress Party on Tuesday accused Pakistan of creating a war-like situation in the Indian sub-continent.”Pakistan is trying to create a war-like situation. It is not good for both the countries and for the international community. They should control their terrorists and if they think that they can in win, by sending militants into our borders then I would say that they are dreaming,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI.”If they think that they can intimidate us or our soldiers by sending terrorists then they are definitely wrong,” he added.Extending his gratitude to the slain BSF soldier who lost his life in Baramulla, Kharge said, “Soldiers play important role in ensuring security not only in the borders but here as well. I am extremely thankful to them.”The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Leh and Ladakh to take stock of the situation. He said that he would make all efforts to try and resolve the issues of the region.

Baramulla attack: Militants had plans to carry out Uri-type terror attack, says BSF

Srinagar: The BSF on Monday said the militants, who attacked a joint camp of the force and the army on Sunday in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, had plans to carry out Uri-type terror strike on the installation and complimented the personnel for foiling their plans.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

“Certainly, they had such plans. There is a fence in front of the bunker in the camp. The equipment, like wire-cutter, GPS and compass, have been recovered there, (so), they (militants) wanted to cut through the fence and certainly had similar plans like the other (Uri) camp,” Additional Director General of BSF Arun Kumar told reporters here when asked if the militants wanted to carry out a similar strike like the one in Uri on September 18 that left 19 army men dead.

He was speaking to reporters after offering floral tributes to a BSF jawan who lost his life in the attack in Baramulla on Sunday night.

The BSF officer said the forces did an excellent job by preventing the militants from entering the security installation.

“Our jawans sacrificed their supreme life to prevent the militants from entering the camp. They have done an excellent job,” Kumar said.

Giving details of the attack, he said the BSF personnel suspected movement of militants at around 10:30 pm and the jawans challenged them.

“The militants opened fire, which was retaliated by the BSF personnel. Then, it seems, they attacked the bunker with UBGL grenades. Our constable said there were two militants but they fled in the night,” he said.

Kumar said though there were no specific reports about the movement of militants, “there is a possibility of the presence of militants at some places, but our forces are alert”.

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Nitish Kumar hails Centre’s decision for surgical strike in PoK, says whole nation united against terror

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday hailed the Centre’s decision to go for surgical strikes at launch pads in PoK in the wake of Uri terror attack and said the entire country is united to fight terrorism from across the border.”The decision of surgical strike taken by the Centre is successful,” Kumar told reporters emerging from a function on wild life week here. In reply to a question on terrorists making a bid to attack an army camp in Baramulla, the national president of JD(U) said “such activities keep happening on borders” and “there was no need to panic”.Everybody knows that the Union Government is making full-proof arrangements to deal with such elements, he said. “Our Army and Paramilitary personnel who are deployed at the borders have the strength to deal with such situation,” Kumar said.”It is wrong to think that all terror activities will end, it is not possible. We should always remain alert to deal with such elements,” he said. After Uri terror attack on September 18, Kumar had refused to trade charges on any political party and had asserted support to the Central Government to deal with terrorism.

India, Pakistan NSAs stress on the need to establish contact to reduce tensions after Baramulla attack

New Delhi: India and Pakistan troops exchanged fresh border fire on Monday, hours after top security advisors of the two countries spoke with each other in a bid to reduce escalating tension.

It was for the first time that the two NSAs spoke to each other after the 18 September deadly terror attack at a military base in Jammu and Kashmir.

India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Youtube screengrab

India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Youtube screengrab

Defence sources said that Pakistani troops, without provocation, had fired at Indian posts using small arms and mortar shells in Poonch area near the Line of Control (LoC) – the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.

The Pakistan Army made similar allegations against the Indian military. Both sides, however, maintained that no damage was caused in the exchange of fire that continued for several hours, sending villagers near the border into a tizzy.

Firing was also reported at the Chakri outpost of the Border Security Force (BSF) along the International Boundary as frontier guards repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in a counter-offensive.

A search operation was launched in the border belt of Gurdaspur district of north Punjab following an unsuccessful infiltration bid.

The latest in a series of border skirmishes came a day after militants attacked the local headquarters of a counter-insurgency military unit on the banks of the Jhelum river in a north Kashmir village on Sunday night, killing a paramilitary trooper.

The heavily armed militants managed to escape even as a massive search was launched to track them in the border district of Baramulla.

Inspector General (Kashmir) of the BSF Vikash Chandra said two militants were involved in the attack. He said a GPS set, a compass and a wire cutter besides some ammunition were recovered from the shootout site.

“My boys from the spot confirmed that there were at least two terrorists who were firing at them,” he said.

The attack was similar to last month’s strike when militants sneaked into the Uri army base – also in Baramulla – and killed 19 soldiers. India blamed Pakistan militant groups for the Uri attack.

The Indian Army last week conducted “surgical strikes” at militant camps on the Pakistani side of the LoC in retaliation to the Uri assault, destroying seven terror launch pads and killing an unknown number of militants in Pakistan-held Kashmir.

Since then the militaries of the two countries have been shelling each other in violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement on daily basis, creating fears of a sub-continental war between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

But for the first time since the war hysteria, the two countries sent a feeler of reducing tension when the NSAs from the two countries had a telephonic conversation on Monday morning.

Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, said Pakistan’s NSA Nasser Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval talked to defuse the tension that has gripped the border and the LoC.

“Both the officials stressed the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control,” Aziz said, according to The News International.

However, there was no official word from the Indian side about the telephonic talk between the two NSAs.

In Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the leaders of all Pakistani political parties to discuss the ongoing rift with India.

Sharif told the all-party meeting that Pakistan “will leave no stone unturned to highlight” the Kashmir issue at all international forums. “We stand united on matters of national importance, particularly Kashmir.”

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who briefed the leaders, was quoted by state-run Radio Pakistan saying that the government was willing to discuss all issues with India.

“Pakistan wants peace and Kashmir and other bilateral issues should be discussed with India.”

Baramulla attack: India needs to be patient, ensure minimum damage while dealing with Pakistan

#LetsdestroyPakistan, exhorted our keyboard warriors after the terror attack on an Army camp in Baramulla on Sunday night.

If hashtags were indeed weapons of mass destruction, India would have sorted out many of its problems by now, including that of a pesky neighbour that simply doesn’t learn the lessons we want it to learn.

Unfortunately, Twitter wars are merely symbols of exasperation and frustration, a meaningless noise created by those who think digital fury is a perfect substitute for battlefield bravery, fantasies of those who believe keypads are like voodoo dolls and punching them would knock the hell out of the bad guy.

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#LetsdestroyPakistan. Ok, agreed? But, pray tell us how? By pressing * followed by the # key? Or, by trolling Nawaz Sharif with nasty messages coordinated through the social media cell of some party?

How does one destroy Pakistan?

In a fascinating book titled Blitzed, German author Norman Ohler argues that the Third Reich won some of its wars through systemic doping.

Hitler was addicted to a cocktail of drugs, especially cocaine and crystal meth designed by his personal physician Theodor Morrel. Housewives, drivers, labourers, secretaries and bureaucrats were fed confectionery laced with methylamphetamine. And soldiers would not move without their quota of a drug called Pervitin — crystal meth.

The idea behind this programmed addiction was simple. It was meant to help Germany keep pace with Hitler’s energy and the country stay awake, literally, give up its inhibitions and fears, and turn lambs into ferocious lions.

So, when the German army planned its blitz across the Ardennes mountain into Paris in 1940, Pervitin was mass produced (35 million) and supplied to soldiers. It kept them awake for three days, helping Germany maintain a high-intensity assault on France in a haze of drugs.

No Pervitin, No Paris, Ohler argues.

Is India supposed to mass produce similar drugs that switch off our inhibitions, black out the nuclear reality and turn everybody into bots primed for battle? For, short of that, India has tried everything to deal with Pakistan, drill sense into the heads of its jihadists and their benefactors.

We have tried peace through biryani-birthday-bus-cricket-Agra-Lahore diplomacy. We have traversed the full distance between strategic restraint and strategic strikes. We have tried isolation and cooperation, extending favours and withdrawing them. We have tried dozens of border skirmishes, two half-wars and two full-blown wars. Yet, not much has changed.

All that is left for us now is a mass programme to dope our sanity, or nuclear bombs. Ready for them? Look up pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before making up your mind.

Let’s face it, howsoever bitter the truth. Pakistan and its 190 million people can’t be destroyed without India incurring huge collateral damage and turning half of our cities into graveyards. Yes, it can be tamed, made to see sense, isolated, diplomatically brought down to its knees. But, all this requires patience, even a thousand-year war of attrition, not a quick-fix solution that guarantees mutual destruction.

On Lieutenant General HS Panag’s Twitter timeline, you would repeatedly come across a phrase that he uses to define the India-Pak dynamics. “It is a game of chess,” he cautions again and again.

Now, there are two ways of playing the game of chess. The puerile and the impatient, make reckless moves, attack each other’s pieces — you kill my rook, I kill your bishop, till there are none — and lead to a mutually-destructive stalemate. The wise and the patient believe in patiently making their moves, contemplating the counter-offensive and achieving a victory with minimum carnage.

To achieve its objective on the chessboard at the Radcliffe line, India needs phenomenal patience, zen-like sang-froid to deal with victories and setbacks and Arjuna-like focus on the ultimate objective: Moulding Pakistan’s behaviour to suit our interests with minimum costs.

The hysteria of hashtag warriors and TRP tyrants, unfortunately, is a dangerous distraction. It puts needless pressure on the state to mould its policies to suit the mood of the screaming masses, deliver on demand, making it vulnerable to follies.

In fact, as Pakistani columnist Cyril Almeida points out in the Dawn, India and Pakistan have been able to avoid unrestrained wars and madness because people in the two countries have often been the voice of caution and sanity, keeping a check on the designs of the state. But, this equation, he argues, may be changing because of ‘weaponisation of people.’

“You can even see how an Indian leadership may be willing to deploy public opinion as a weapon: Look, don’t do the stuff you’re doing because our options are narrowing, India could be signalling to Pakistan by helping stoke the media flames at home,” Almeida writes.

So, it won’t be a bad idea to be careful what you wish for. The ugly chant of #LetsdestroyPakistan could lead to unintended consequences without in any way achieving the desired objective.

Indian Army giving befitting reply to terrorists: Rajnath Singh

Indian Army giving befitting reply to terrorists: Rajnath Singh

Updated: Oct 3, 2016 18:37 IST

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Leh: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the Indian Army is giving a “befitting reply” to the terrorists as well as to continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC).

“Our soldiers and army are giving a befitting reply,” Singh said in reaction to Sunday night’s attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Baramulla town of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as continuous ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

Militants attacked a camp of the counter-insurgency 46 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Janbazpora area of Baramulla on Sunday night. One BSF trooper was killed and another injured in exchange of fire during the attack.

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File photo of Rajnath Singh. AFP

Rajnath Singh made the remarks after reaching Leh on his two-day visit to Ladakh as part of the central government’s efforts to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The visit comes as tension escalated along the Line of Control and the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at seven terror launch pads on September 29 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Singh also said that he will meet the delegation from Leh and Ladakh people and listen to their problems. “I will try to resolve their problems,” Singh added.

Earlier, 19 soldiers were martyred in the 18 September terror attack at an army camp in Uri town of north Kashmir.

BJP cancels Manohar Parrikar’s felicitation in Goa following Baramulla attack

Panaji: In the wake of the militant strike on camps of the Army and the BSF in north Kashmir’s Baramulla last night, the Goa unit of BJP on Monday said it has cancelled a felicitation ceremony of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar which was scheduled on Tuesday.

File photo of Manohar Parrikar. PTI

File photo of Manohar Parrikar. PTI

“The felicitation, which was planned to be held on Tuesday (4 October), stands cancelled due to the terrorist attack on army base at Baramulla,” BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI on Monday.

He added that the ceremony has not be postponed but cancelled altogether.

Stating that it was Parrikar’s request to cancel the function, Tendulkar added that the BJP local unit too had decided last night not to go ahead with the event following the attack.

At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed, while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla late last night.

BJP had decided to host public reception for Parrikar at Azad Maidan on Tuesday for the “successful surgical strikes” across the Line of Control (LoC). On Saturday, the party had announced that they would bring Parrikar in a procession from Dabolim airport to Panaji.

BJP’s decision had evoked strong reaction from different quarters, including party’s ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) stating that such an event should not be held when our soldiers are braving militants on the border.

MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar had told reporters in Vasco that even Parrikar would not accept such a felicitation.

Newly-formed Goa Forward Party, which was the first one to oppose the felicitation, had cautioned BJP against politicising the efforts of brave soldiers.

Congress had also expressed its discontent with the planned programme.

Baramulla attack: Ajit Doval briefs PM Modi; SSP says terrorists used civilians as shield to escape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that the terrorists responsible for the attack on army and the Border Security Force (BSF) camps in Baramulla fled the spot using the dark and heavy civilian population as a shield, the police on Monday claimed that the security forces could not retaliate in a heavy manner fearing civilian casualties.Briefing the media, District Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiaz Hussain said that an investigation is underway to ascertain which outfit the terrorists belonged to.”There were around three-four terrorists. They attacked a BSF sentry post and then both the army and the BSF responded in kind, which is why the terrorists were not able to enter the army camp next. But one BSF jawan was killed and another injured during the operation,” he said.However, he admitted a heavy response could not be given as the area surrounding the camps were heavily populated by civilians, and they could not risk any casualties.”There is a lot of civilian population around the camps, which is why the security forces were not able to respond in a heavy manner. Otherwise there would have been a lot of civilian casualties. Taking advantage of the dark and using civilians as shield, the terrorists ran off,” Hussain said.IG BSF, Punjab Frontier Anil Paliwal has said today that an alert has been sounded on the border in the wake of the Baramulla attack and the following ceasefire violation in Poonch, assuring that the situation is under control.Meanwhile, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the current situation at the Line of Control (LoC).Doval also reportedly briefed the Prime Minister about the preparedness of the security forces and the army troops.Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has assured that Indian security forces are capable of dealing with the situation, while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that he had faith in the army to give a befitting reply.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the next course of action with the three service chiefs.Also, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Shahpur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir today.Heavy mortar shelling and firing was reported from the Pakistani side in Poonch.The fresh attack comes just after terrorists attacked in defence camps in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in which a BSF personnel was killed.The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir

India’s surgical strikes: Why war can’t be wished away by invoking Faiz

My grandfather – my mother’s father – was a young man when war made him a refugee. Tathya, as his children used to call him, had managed, out of his meagre income, to build a house in Baramulla in north Kashmir. He was very proud of it. Then in October 1947, tribesmen, aided by Pakistani army regulars, attacked Kashmir. After the Mahura power station, east of Uri, fell to them, mother’s family and tens of thousands of others had to flee.

They could never live in that house again; when mother’s family returned, they found that the house had been reduced to ashes. The family left for Srinagar city, becoming refugees in their own land.

Forty-three years later, another war, this time covert, turned us refugees once again. As Islamist extremists, aided again by Pakistan, began to kill the minority Pandits in Kashmir Valley, we became refugees in our own country.

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Why do I tell this story? I tell this because I think I know war – not only as a victim but also as an eyewitness. As a journalist, I have seen the crisis several times along the International Border with Pakistan when war clouds have loomed large. In Pallanwala in Jammu, right after the Kargil war, I once travelled in an army Gypsy through an empty village amidst shelling so heavy that it was making a very frightened goat to almost climb a tree.

In Baghdad, I have seen many among Iraq’s middle class reduced to beggars in a matter of few weeks during the war of 2003. In 2010, I saw a Tamil cinema owner in Sri Lanka running his last film show while waiting for the Sinhalese army to destroy his life while he offered us warm Coca Cola. I have lost some friends in the army to war, including my roommate in college, Amit Kaul, who died on the third day of his first posting from a direct hit of a shell from Pakistan, a few months before Kargil war.

I also have read Captain Vijayant Thapar’s letter to his father, foretelling his death, and his very brave father sharing those details with hundreds of reporters like myself and keeping in a photo album a picture of the dead Pakistani soldier whose bullet killed his young son. And now, in the age of smartphones, we see visuals from places as far as Aleppo and the horrors of war hit us perhaps as never before.

It is okay to oppose war, to curse jingoistic television anchors and their guests. It is also okay to question the truth behind the recent surgical strike or the efficacy of it, if it has happened at all. It is also okay to show the chaos along the border, with families fleeing with whatever they can pack of their lives in a matter of few hours. It is also okay to post messages of peace on Facebook and write about how you know a wife of an army officer who is wary of war. But it is also necessary in these times to not lose a sense of proportion by indulging in what the raffish British journalist Henry Fairlie once called “Jingoism in reverse”. This means that while wars cannot be fought from TV studios, it is also a fact that they cannot be wished away by rendering Faiz.

Some of the ‘reverse jingoists’ mean well, but we cannot reduce the complexities of fighting terror from Pakistan to such simple binaries. The war we face on the border, like an actor would like us to believe, is not a simple case of two kids on a school yard with one saying something mean to him and the other pushing him as a consequence. We have faced terrorism for very long in this country, and we have shown strategic restraint much longer than we should have. No country can afford to be such shock-absorbent lest its own people lose respect of its sovereignty.

While gaining diplomatic victories and isolating Pakistan in international forums like the United Nations must be continued, India must also learn to fight its own battles – real battles, if necessary. The United States, despite 9/11 and the subsequent knowledge of Pakistan turning into a terrorist haven, cannot act beyond issuing vague statements, which mean nothing. The small victory in Saarc is akin to victory in a game of paintball. China’s stance on Masood Azhar, leader of terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, does not leave any scope for doubt about whose side our other neighbour is on.

That Pakistan is not willing to back off is quite evident from the latest attack on an army camp in Baramulla. That is why this is not the time to think about Fawad Khan either way – we should not waste time in debating whether he should stay or be asked to leave. This is a time for India to see what options it has to fight Pakistan. If that means escalating tension on the border, so be it.

Any responsible citizen will like to see that the soldiers responsible for fighting the war are kept away from it as much as possible. But once the government decides that the services of army and other forces are required, that is it. That is what an army is for. If we cannot use it even as a final solution, then there is no reason why a nation should keep an army. This may mean that more mothers will lose their sons. Or that more people may become refugees. That is some of the things a war does. But it does other things, too. Like Dorrigo Evans tells a journalist in Richard Flanagan’s devastating, The Narrow Road to the Deep North: “It is not that you know nothing about war, young man. It is that you learnt one thing. And war is many things.”

It is for a nation with a powerful army to decide what those many things could be.

Live: Pakistan PM chairs meet with ‘one-point agenda’ against India after Baramulla attack

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At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of the Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.

The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces.

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Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.

The martyred jawan has been indentified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions have been given to the forces.

Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF KK Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan.

Firing was also reported at a BSF post along the international border with Pakistan in Gurdaspur district of north Punjab early on Monday.

The Border Security Force troopers, according to sources, repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in the counter offensive at Chakri border out post (BoP).

The sources said that the firing started around 2 am after the alert troopers, using Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI), noticed movement of 8-10 people near the international border.

The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.

“They fired at the BSF post. Our troopers immediately retaliated the firing. The intruders retreated back to Pakistan. A search operation has been launched in the area today (Monday) morning,” a BSF official said.

The Baramulla attack was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week.

The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on 29 September.

The strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had also attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot town of Punjab on 2 January this year, leaving seven security personnel dead.

The Pathankot attack was preceded by a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.

With inputs from Agencies

J & K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Shahpur along LoC in Poonch, heavy shelling underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Monday violated ceasefire in Shahpur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir.Heavy mortar shelling and firing was reported from the Pakistani side in Poonch.The fresh attack comes after terrorists attacked the Indian Army and BSF camps in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in which a BSF personnel was killed.The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Baramulla attack Live: Rajnath reviews security situation as search operation continues

Oct 3, 2016

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At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of the Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.

The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces.

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Representational image. PTI

Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.

The martyred jawan has been indentified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions have been given to the forces.

Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF KK Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan.

Firing was also reported at a BSF post along the international border with Pakistan in Gurdaspur district of north Punjab early on Monday.

The Border Security Force troopers, according to sources, repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in the counter offensive at Chakri border out post (BoP).

The sources said that the firing started around 2 am after the alert troopers, using Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI), noticed movement of 8-10 people near the international border.

The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.

“They fired at the BSF post. Our troopers immediately retaliated the firing. The intruders retreated back to Pakistan. A search operation has been launched in the area today (Monday) morning,” a BSF official said.

The Baramulla attack was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week.

The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on 29 September.

The strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had also attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot town of Punjab on 2 January this year, leaving seven security personnel dead.

The Pathankot attack was preceded by a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.

With inputs from Agencies

dna Morning Must Reads: Jawan martyred in Baramulla attack, Trump’s new hotel vandalised and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. J&K: 2 militants neutralised in attack on Rashtriya Rifles camp in Baramulla; 1 jawan martyredThree days after the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), militants launched a major attack on an Army camp at Baramulla town on late Sunday evening. Late night reports said two terrorists and a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan were killed. One jawan was wounded. Read more2. Gujarat ATS nabs 2002 Kolkata terror attack accused from BiharThe Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested a 44-year-old man, suspected to be one of the conspirators of the 2002 terror attack on American Centre in Kolkata. Read details 3. PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi can only meet its toilet target by 2048: AnalysisIs Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega Swachchagraha campaign, that aims at building a toilet for every home till by 2019, lagging far behind its target? A survey carried out by Down to Earth Hindi magazine claims even Modi’s own Varanasi constituency will not be able to achieve the target till 2048 if the work on the scheme continues in the current speed. Read details4. Reservation based on caste should be scrapped, says Raj Thackeray; praises Maratha marchesMNS chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday said reservation based on the caste should be scrapped. He alleged that former Prime Minister V P Singh was the “culprit” who brought in the reservation system and “poisoned” the country. Meanwhile, he praised the Maratha community for taking out “disciplined” protest marches across the state. Read more 5. Donald Trump’s new DC hotel vandalised with spray-painted graffitiDonald Trump’s new luxury hotel in downtown Washington has been vandalised. District of Columbia police say someone spray-painted the phrases “black lives matter” and “no justice no peace” on the front of the building on Saturday afternoon. Read more

Baramulla attack kills one jawan: How the militant assault on BSF, army camps unfolded

On Sunday evening, I was sitting in my parents’ home in Baramulla town, when few hundred metres south of our house, a volley of gunshots broke the evening calm. This was followed by at least a dozen blasts for the next two hours, and firing continued till midnight.

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Majority of residents with whom I spoke to on the phone thought it was Kashmir police shelling the old town of Baramulla and trying to arrest stone-pelters. But as the firing intensified, it was clear that militants had either attacked the 19 Infantry division of Baramulla or the 46 RR Headquarters; both face each other across the river Jhelum.

Baramulla is a garrison town. It is also the headquarters of 46 RR, which was attacked by militants on Sunday evening at around 10:20 pm, and is located on Baramulla-Kupwara national highway and few hundred metres from old town, but is guarded from four sides by soldiers round the cloak.

“The sound of the gunfire was so heavy that I thought the militants had attacked DC office in our neighbourhood. We could not muster the courage to peep through the window,” Sajad Haider, a resident of Dewan-Bagh, which faces the RR camp from across the river Jehlum, told Firstpost on Monday morning.

We will only know how the militants managed to come even close to the camp after investigations are over. But what we know is that one BSF jawan was killed while another injured in this ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) style attack on a BSF and adjoining army camps in Baramulla.

In the 27 years of the insurgency in Kashmir, despite being so close to the once hub of militancy in early nineties, the militants have never been able to strike this camp, which also houses a cricket stadium in a locality called Stadium colony.

“It was surprising, even during the worst years of militancy and being so close to old town, never was this camp attacked. As far as I remember correctly, this is the frist,” Yakoob Ahmad, a resident of Azad Gunj, told Firstpost outside his home early on Monday morning.

When an armed insurgency started ebbing in the Valley, locals had requested the army to open the stadium for cricket tournaments. The stadium lies inside the fenced wall of the camp. Not only did the army allow the people to play cricket inside the stadium, but it also organises many cricket tournaments for local boys throughout the year. Few years back, the army had also started providing free coaching to students in winters in a building adjacent to the camp and the cricket ground.

Locals said the army had recently used boats to ferry its soldiers from the new town of Baramulla occasionally to avoid clashing with stone-pelting crowds on three bridges, which connect the old with the new town of the Baramulla.

Throughout the night, the army illuminated the entire area, perhaps to give less chance to militants to enter the camp and also to see that they don’t run away and manoeuvre around.

At the time of the filing of this report, the army could be seen carrying out combing operations around the camp and on the banks of river Jhelum, which crisscrosses through Baramulla town before entering Pakistan.

Sources, however, maintain the number of the militants was not known but they maintain that militants were not able to breach the RR camp.

Unconfirmed reports had earlier said that two militants have been killed, while two managed to flee from the site. It is quite possible the militants might have used the large swaths of land filled with vegetation, which is cultivated by local people, to flee from the spot.

Helicopters hovered over the area throughout the night illuminating the entire area after the firing stopped no was able to move towards the Azad Gunj area.

Kashmir: One BSF jawan killed in terror attack on army camps in Baramulla

Srinagar: One BSF jawan was killed while another injured when terrorists on Sunday night carried out a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on a BSF and adjoining army camps in Baramulla, barely four days after the Indian Special Forces smashed seven terror launch pads during a surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC).

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Representational image. Reuters

The terrorists, who gained entry into the 46 RR camp through an adjoining BSF camp, fired indiscriminately and lobbed grenades as well. During the firing, two BSF jawans were injured who were rushed to the nearby hospital, officials said, adding one of the personnel succumbed to injuries at the operation table.

The spokesman for Srinagar-based XV corps Col Rajesh Kalia said terrorists fired at an army camp at Jabanzpora in Baramulla and the firing was still on.

The skies in Baramulla, 54 kms from Srinagar, saw illuminators being fired by the army to locate the terrorists who had sneaked into the 46 battalion of Rashtriya Rifles.

Sources said there was some firing from adjacent houses located near the camp, which is located on the banks of river Jhelum.

However, the official Twitter handle of Udhampur-based Northern Command said “Baramulla Incident situation contained and under control”.

The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on 29 September.

Sunday’s strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 kms from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.

The name of martyred BSF jawan is Constable Nitin while the injured is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.

Senior BSF officials have reached the spot.

BSF DG KK Sharma briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the incident.

Kashmir attack: Militants target Baramulla Indian base

Militants attack an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir with gunfire and grenades, killing one border guard and wounding another.

Kashmir: Night raids by security forces send Valley’s youth into hiding

Srinagar: By day, the Kashmir Valley is in the grip of an uneasy calm. But at night, raids by security forces looking for youths supporting the militant cause are causing widespread fear.

Even as the valley remains shut for the 86th day, a semblance of normality has returned, barring some parts of south Kashmir, the epicentre of a seemingly unending unrest.

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Representational image. PTI

More people and vehicles are seen during the day and no major incident of violence has been reported from south Kashmir for over a week.

The outward calm, however, seems to melt away after sunset.

Residents here and in south Kashmir say that night-time raids by security forces have forced scores of youths to go into hiding.

The night raids are being conducted jointly by the police and paramilitary forces, almost daily, in the south, central and north Kashmir areas.

“Night-time raids do not take place in Kashmir alone. They take place across the country when police has to catch any criminal,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Nitish Kumar told IANS over telephone, adding: “We raid in the morning, afternoon, evening and similarly during night.”

The forces are looking for youths involved in stone-throwing and other street protests since anti-India protests gripped the valley after the July 8 killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.

Police have reportedly arrested thousands from different parts of Kashmir, but no official figures were available.

Residents in south Kashmir’s Achabal area said police personnel in civilian dress come to the town at night and enter houses. A resident said they are very rough with anyone who opposes them.

Kumar denied charges of police brutality. “The Jammu and Kashmir Police is a professional force. Such allegations are baseless.”

Reports of the night-time raids have also come from Kupwara, Sopore, Budgam, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar.

A resident of Kulgam town told IANS that security forces raided his house looking for his son.

“My son was not at home. They roughed me up and tried to arrest me but the strong resistance put up by neighbours forced the police to retreat. I received four stitches on my foot,” he said, asking not to be named.

The fear of arrest has forced many youths of the town to spend nights away from their homes.

Another resident said when security forces come for raids announcements are made over loudspeakers asking people to defend themselves.

Mohammad Abbas, President of the Anantnag Bar Association, said most of those caught have been charged with arson, rioting, instigating riots, conspiracy and attempt to murder. A few have been accused of anti-national activities.

Night-time raids, he said, “are unlawful and unfortunate”.

Most arrests have taken place in south Kashmir (Anantnag, Pulwama, Awantipora, Kulgam and Shopian) followed by north Kashmir (Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Sopore, Handwara) and central Kashmir (Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal).

Official sources said that over 3,500 youths had been arrested in south Kashmir, about 1,500 in north Kashmir and around 1,000 in central Kashmir in recent weeks.

Uri base commander ‘shifted out’ as investigation begins to probe security lapses

Heads have begun rolling in Uri post the deadly terror attack on 18 September that claimed the lives of 19 soldiers and left several others injured. According to reports, the Brigade Commander of the Uri-based army brigade has been “side stepped” for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry.

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

19 soldiers were killed in 18 September attack on Uri Army base. PTI

“The Brigade Commander has been “side stepped” for fair, comprehensive and objective inquiry,’ an Army source told IANS on Saturday. Army sources also informed the news agency that this was a part of the protocol of inquiry.

Brigadier K Somashanker has been shifted out of the sensitive brigade, PTI said. Quoting sources from the Army, it added: “An officer from the 28 Mountain Division of the Army is scheduled to take over as the Uri Brigade commander”.

Though, according to PTI, Army sources in New Delhi insisted late Saturday night that no such orders have been issued by the army headquarters, a The Times of India report mentioned that “Colonel Yashpal Ahlawat, who has been approved for the next rank and was posted in the Kilo Force of the Rashtriya Rifles, which looks after counter-insurgency operations in Kupwara, Baramulla and Srinagar areas, was sent to Uri on Saturday to take charge of the Uri brigade.”

“The CoIonel is probing the series of lapses and poor perimeter security, despite prior intelligence alerts, which allowed the four fidayeen terrorists to storm the camp, next to the brigade headquarters in Uri, early on September 18,” it added.

India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads inflicting “significant casualties”across the LoC on the 28 and 29 September, seen as a reprisal for the Uri attack. The Uri Army base was attacked by heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists on September 18. India has maintained that the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the attack.

An eerie calm descends on Uri which is at the heart of the Indo-Pak escalation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a breezy evening, Sulaiman Shah, 90, is frantically looking at Haji Pir pass from his small compound here. A man who has seen three wars has never been so anxious than today. For Shah, who has witnessed death and destruction very closely, mere a mention of war sends shivers down his spine.”War is not a good thing to happen. It brings death and destruction. I have seen three wars closely and I know what it means. So my advice is to avoid war and try to give peace a chance”, said Shah.From 1947 to 1972 to 2003, the nonagenarian vividly remembers the wars and the destruction it caused to the people living near the line of control (LoC). “In 1947 people were at least able to stroll on the streets. But 1965 was a different ball game. There was massive shelling from across the LoC,” he recalled.Ask him about the situation before the 2003 ceasefire, Shah bites his lips while pointing at the Haji Pir pass. “The shells used to come from this side (points to Haji Pir pass). So many people have died in this village. Houses and other property have been damaged. We were living in constant fear,” he said.Enter 2016 escalation, Shah fears the worst given that the two countries are nuclear armed with state of art weaponry that could sound death knell for the people in case the war breaks out.”If there is shelling again we have nowhere to go. We pray that the situation does not take a turn for worse. Let there be peace,” he said.Welcome to Uri, a border area which is at the heart of the recent escalation between India and Pakistan. Nineteen soldiers were killed and 20 others injured when four Jaish-e-Mohommad fidayeens stormed into 12 brigade headquarters and unleashed mayhem on September 18.The attack sparked an outrage across the nation prompting the Indian army to launch the surgical strikes on the militant launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Two Pakistani soldiers and several militants have been killed in the strikes which was first of its kind in the recent past.An eerie calm has descended on the garrison town of Uri with people whispering about the fallout of the escalation. Fear is palpable among the local population which is on the edge since the escalation started between the two countries.”There is fear among the population. This village is in the direct range of shelling (from Pakistan given its proximity to Haji Pir pass). We have no safety mechanism. The underground bunkers, which were constructed for to shelter people during shelling, were damaged in the 2005 earthquake”, said Aftab Ahmad, a local resident here.Situated at the altitude of 2637 meters, the strategic Haji Pir pass, which connects Poonch with Uri along the LoC, was returned to Pakistan by India under Tashkent agreement.What has added to the fear factor is the congestion in the village given the population explosion in the last two decades. “The families and population have grown manifold since 2003. One family has mutated into four. If shelling happens again this village will be the worst hit”, said Aftab.Jammu and Kashmir government however is playing down the fear factor saying there is no need to panic given that the situation is under control.”There is no need to panic. Situation is under control. Our contingency plan is already in place. But so far everything is normal”, said Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, district development commissioner, Baramulla.

Indo-Pak trade normal in Jammu and Kashmir despite surgical strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross border trade between India and Pakistan remained unaffected in Jammu and Kashmir despite the surgical strikes by the army across the Line of Control (LoC), with 26 trucks crossing over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and 13 from there reaching the Indian side.As the state administration went into a huddle with army officials discussing possible evacuation of the locals from villages on the border amid heightened tensions between the two countries, trucks carrying goods from India crossed Salamabad checkpost in Uri on way to PoK.Similarly, PoK authorities said 13 trucks with goods including embroidery items crossed over into Salamabad from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.After necessary documentation was completed, the cross over of trucks started at 2 PM and was completed by 4 PM, officials said.They said Indian trucks carried chilli seeds, embroidery material, cumin seeds and black cardamom, while the trucks from PoK came with almonds, dried dates and mangoes.Uri, located 102 km north of Srinagar, is one of the last Teshils in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. It was in news recently after four militants of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a suicide attack on army camp killing 18 soldiers on September 18.Tension between India and Pakistan has been increasing since then. In the wee hours of Thursday, India said its troops had carried out surgical strikes inside PoK and destroyed terrorists launch pads located in that part of Kashmir.

Defying militant threat, 25k aspirants turn up to serve as Special Police Officers in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defying militant threat and the separatists’ call, thousands of youth across Kashmir have turned up to fill 10,000 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs) despite the ongoing unrest which has claimed 82 lives.”We have received over 25,000 applications from the aspiring candidates willing to serve as SPOs from across the 10 districts of the Valley,” a senior official supervising the recruitment process told PTI here.On September 22, the Centre had approved the recruitment of an additional 10,000 SPOs with immediate effect to strengthen the Jammu and Kashmir police particularly in view of the unrest in the ValleyThere are already 25,000 SPOs in the state, engaged on a monthly honorarium of Rs 6,000.The official said the highest number of applications at 8,600 were received from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district followed by Budgam (4,000), Baramulla (3,853), Anantnag (2,400), Ganderbal (1,600), Kulgam (1,258), and Bandipora and Srinagar (1,000 each).While 800 applications from aspiring candidates were received from Pulwama district, 500 youths applied for the job in Shopian district, he said.The official said the fitness test of the aspiring candidates has already been conducted in various districts which saw encouraging turnout of the youth ignoring the call of separatist leaders and the militant threats.Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit, in the last week of August, had issued a threat, warning the youth against joining police as SPOs.”Whosoever gets appointed as SPO should also be ready to face the consequences,” Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naik had said in a video circulated through social networking sites on August 30.Terming the recruitment of SPOs as a “ploy” of the government, Naik had said, “India wants to weaken our freedom struggle and wants us to fight with each other.”Separatists, on the other hand, had asked the youth to ignore the “enticement aimed at breaking their ranks”, alleging that the government by absorbing the youth as SPOs was trying to revive “Ikhwan Militia” of 1990s to crush the “freedom struggle”.”The fresh recruitment drive is nothing but to revive the notorious Ikhwan culture in the state which in mid 90s wiped out almost a whole hatchery of freedom loving people throughout the Valley,” hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had said in a statement on August 7.Kashmir Valley is on the boil since July 9 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces a day earlier. The widespread clashes left 82 people including two cops dead, and thousands injured.

LeT man spills beans on Pakistan terror factory; gives details of his training at Lashkar camp in PoK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan-backed terror syndicate was exposed again after Border Security Force (BSF) arrested a top Lashkar-e-Tioba commander when he was trying to infiltrate into the Indian side of International Border ((IB) at Pragwal sector of Akhnoor area in Jammu division.Abdul Qayum, 32, of Pul Bajuan village in Sialkot, Pakistan, was arrested on Friday when he was trying to negotiate Border Fence to infiltrate into Indian Territory. Initially Qayum went round in circles to mislead the interrogators claiming that he was a ghost-buster who could ‘control the spirits’.However, after sustained interrogation, Qayum gave up and disclosed the whole terror game being played in Pakistan. “On questioning, he revealed that in 2004, he underwent training in Daura e- Aam camp of LeT at Mansera, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Thereafter, he actively worked for LeT and remained associated with distribution of Jihadi literature and magazine such as Gazwa and Jarar as well as collection of funds for LeT,” said Dharmendra Pareek, deputy inspector general of BSF, Jammu frontier.Qayum has collected Rs 50 lakh in Pakistani currency and handed it over to LeT Amir (chief) Mujahid Bhatt for Sialkote area. “He further revealed that ultimately he realised that Jamat –u- Dawa and Falah-e- Insaniyat, the so-called charitable organisations of LeT are actually accumulating money for jihadi activities,” Pareek said.Qayum further confessed that he realised it late that no kin of any terrorist leader such as Hafiz Mohommad Saeed and Syed Salahudin have participated in jihad.”Poor children of Pakistan are being brain washed to carry out militant activities on the false pretext of atrocities on Kashmiri Muslims by India,” Qayum told interrogators.Qayum is the seventh Pakistani ultra to have been apprehended alive since the Udhampur terror attack in August last year. In fact, Qayum is the second Pakistani militant to have been arrested in last two months in Jammu and Kashmir.On July 26, Indian army arrested 22-year-old Bahadur Ali alias Saifullah of Lahore on the line of control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district. He was part of a five-member infiltrating group which was intercepted by the Indian army on the Line of Control. Four of his associates were gunned down while Ali was captured alive.On June 21, Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah of Bhawalpur in Pakistan was arrested by the police during a routine patrol in Sogam market in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party got suspicious about him.On May 14, Jammu and Kashmir Police caught a top Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber alive from Baramulla.Earlier in February, the police arrested 17-year-old Pakistani JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local militants from Baramulla.LeT militant Mohammed Naveed alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured alive when he, along with his associate Noman, attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.On August 27, 2015, Sajad Ahmad aka Javid Ahmad alias Abu Ubadullah, a 22-year-old LeT operative of Muzaffargarh in south-west Pakistan, was captured alive after all his four associates were gunned down during a fierce gunfight at two different locations in Bijhama to Panzala forests of Baramulla district.

J&K: Clashes between mob and security forces leads to death of youth, 30 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A youth was killed and over 30 were injured on Friday in clashes between stone-pelting mobs and security forces in Kashmir where curfew was imposed in some parts of Srinagar district and restrictions were in place elsewhere in the valley in view of separatist call for protests. A 22-year-old youth Wasim Ahmad Lone died when security forces opened fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob in Nadihal area on Sopore-Kupwara road in Baramulla district, police said.The incident occurred when a mob targeted a convoy of security forces by pelting stones as it was on its way from Sopore to Kupwara, a police official said. To disperse the mob, the security forces opened fire in which Lone was injured in the chest. He was rushed to district hospital Baramulla but the doctors declared him ‘brought dead’, the official said.The local residents, however, claimed that Lone was not part of the protestors and was harvesting paddy in his field when the army opened fire. The police official said the law enforcing agencies were trying to restore order in the area. Following the death, fresh protests broke out in Nadihal and adjoining areas, the police official said.With this death, the toll in the ongoing unrest, which began after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8, has risen to 83. Clashes between security forces and stone-pelting mobs were also reported from several other areas of the valley in which at least 30 people were injured. These places included Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district and Old Barzulla area of Srinagar, the official said.Authorities had imposed curfew in parts of Srinagar in view of the apprehensions of law and order problems after Friday congregational prayers, even as normal life remained affected in the Valley for the 77th straight day. Curfew was imposed in five police station areas of downtown Srinagar and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in the uptown city, the official said. He said the curbs on the movement of people were imposed as there were apprehensions of law and order problems in view of the Friday congregational prayers.Restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc remained in force in rest of the Valley. The separatists, who are spearheading the current agitation in the Valley, have extended the protest programme till September 29 but have announced periods of relaxation in the strike on some days, unlike the previous week’s protest programme where there was no relaxation.They had called for marches to various tehsil headquarters across the Valley on Friday. Due to the restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike, shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley, while public transport was off the roads.Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also continued to remain shut. Mobile internet services also remained suspended, while the outgoing calls on prepaid numbers continued to remain barred across the Valley.

NIA to seek help of IB, RAW and Army in Uri attack probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the terror attack in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, will be seeking the help of the Army, Intelligence Bureau and RAW to get identities of the terrorists verified.The agencies will be asked to provide the NIA with intercepts of the last two to four months in the region.As per sources, Kashif Jaan, who had escorted the Pathankot terrorists till the border, could also have been the handler of the slain terrorists in Uri.The NIA sources say that the Uri attack may have been masterminded by Kashif Jaan, Rauf Asgar and Masood Azha.The NIA on Tuesday filed an FIR in the Uri terror strike case and a six-member team will soon visit the site of the attack to collect the evidence in the matter.According to sources, NIA will collect the blood samples and finger prints of the four killed terrorists in Uri.The army is set to handover all items recovered from the killed terrorists including weapons, navigation maps to the NIA for further investigation.The NIA will also send the GPS and icon satellite set to the United States for forensic investigation to find out what route the terrorists chose and when and how they entered Indian territory.In one of the worst attack in recent times, at least 18 soldiers lost their lives and over 20 others got injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district.Director General of Military operation Lt. Ranbir Singh has said that the four terrorists, who attacked the military base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, belonged to Pakistan’s banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Uri attack: Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi to review security situation in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will review the security situation in Kashmir on Tuesday in the backdrop of the deadly terror attack on the army base in Uri on Sunday and the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Mehrishi arrived here early this morning, two days after four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants stormed an army base in Uri sector of Baramulla district, killing 18 soldiers before they were eliminated, officials said here. The Union Home Secretary will hold a security review meeting which will be attended by top officials from various security forces, police and intelligence agencies, the officials said.They said the Uri attack and ongoing unrest in Kashmir, which began a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, will be the focus of discussions. Mehrishi was scheduled to arrive here yesterday but postponed the visit by one day.

Uri Attack: Naib Subedar Karnail Singh fails to keep up his last promise to his family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Little did Naib Subedar Karnail Singh knew that he will not be able to keep up his promise to visit his family on a ‘short leave’ in a few days while making his a last phone call to them.As the Army brought home the body of the brave-heart, who was killed in Sunday’s Uri terror attack, wrapped in tricolor, his family members said death prevented him from keeping his promise when he made the last call to them on Saturday.A pall of gloom descended on Shibu Chak in Bishnah tehsil of Jammu district which lost one of its sons, 48-year-old Singh, who among the 17 army men who lost their lives while fighting the terrorists who attacked the Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri sector of Baramulla district yesterday.
ALSO READ Three Maha bravehearts among 18 soldiers martyred in UriAfter a ‘guard of honour’ and ‘gun salute’, Singh’s mortal remains was consigned to flames with full state honours at his native village, where over 6000 people had gathered.Youngsters were present at the function chanted ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Ramesh Chaudhary Amar Rahey’ while family members lit the funeral pyre of the martyr. “My father had called me from Uri on Saturday last to tell that he will meet us when he would come to home on a short leave in few days as his unit was shifted to Pathankot,” Singh’s son Arun said.
ALSO READ Uri attack: PM Modi calls for Pak to be isolated diplomatically, Army says India will respond at appropriate time”But he has failed to keep his promise,” he added.The soldier left behind his mother Ratna Devi, Geeta Devi and his three son Anmol, Arun and Shivam. While Anmol is studying in First year of Degree course, Arun is a student of class 11th and Shivam is class I.
ALSO READ Uri Attack: Why was my son sent to the front instead of seniors, asks father of martyred jawanPeople of Shibu Chak village felt proud of their son over his bravery making them proud as well as with his martyrdom by foiling terror attack and killing a terrorist in retaliatory firing.”He has made the village a proud with his martyrdom. We heard he was on who fired back first and killed a terrorist”, Madan Lal a villger said.

`Karawan-e-Aman’ plies despite war cry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In spite of war cry, the cross LoC peace bus, `Karawan-e-Aman’, rolled on the Srinagar Muzaffarabad highway, through the garrison town of Uri where Jasih-e-Mohommad fidayeens unleashed mayhem on Sunday after storming into 12 brigade headquarters killing 18 soldiers and injuring others.Firdous Iqbal, Regional Passport Officer (RPO) Kashmir, told dna that 18 passengers crossed sides in the Karawan-e-Aman bus on Monday. “Ten passengers came from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Eight passengers including three freshers and five returnees left for Muzafarabad in the bus from this side,” he said.”Karawan-e-Aman bus left for Muzaffarabad early Monday morning and crossed the garrison town for Kaman Post, the last point of India on the Line of Control of Uri sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district”, said an official.Started in April 2005, the Karawan-e-Aman bus has one the biggest confidence-building measures that enabled reuniting the divided families living on both sides of the Line of Control.There are two cross-LoC routes on which the peace bus rolls in Jammu and Kashmir every week. Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was opened in April 2005 which was followed by opening of Poonch-Rawlakote road in Jammu region a year later. Three years later the cross LoC trade started in October 2008 when Jammu and Kashmir was up in arms over Amarnath land row.Owned by State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), the bus was escorted by police and civilian officers who were apprehensive of the movement given the terror attack on the brigade headquarters on Sunday.Cross LoC trade from Srinagar Muzaffarabad road has been suspended since the unrest began in the valley. However authorities are trying hard to resume the cross LoC trade which was once termed as mother of all the confidence building measures between India and Pakistan

Uri attack: Army, Navy, Air Force must formulate ‘military’ response to Pak, says Yashwant Sinha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that time has come when India responds in equal measure to Pakistan following the deadly terror strike in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, in which 17 army soldiers lost their lives, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former union minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday called for a military response, adding that the nation’s three forces must formulate an action plan and present it to the Centre.Speaking to ANI, Sinha stated that responding to Pakistan must be left with the military, adding that the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force should sit together to work out a response and then inform the government.”Then it is up to the government to not only approve the plan of the army, but also take adequate diplomatic measures to inform the public opinion globally about why India has been forced to do what Indian Army must be doing,” he said.Stating that the ‘military response’ should be New Delhi’s current policy with Islamabad, Sinha added that India must let go of the strategy to engage with Pakistan and establish a level of friendship.Maintaining his stern stand, the senior BJP stated that Pakistan has always ditched India and been at war, which is why they should never be trusted with to take action.”I was never in favour of a Pakistani team coming to Pathankot because I knew nothing is going to come out of it. Nothing has come out of the Mumbai attack in 2008. In eight years the people who are responsible for that dastardly attack on Mumbai have not been brought to book in Pakistan,” Sinha said.Emphasising that Pakistan will never take action against terrorists, whom they themselves are giving shelter and sponsoring, he stated that the terrorist elements are aiding Pakistan’s policy of enmity with India.Refering to the Pakistan Army, Sinha stated that they have never been interested in friendship and are daring India saying, ‘to do what you will, but we will continue with our acts of cross border terrorism.’However, Pakistan has flatly refused New Delhi’s claims of Islamabad’s involvement in Uri terror attack, stating that said that pointing fingers on them has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack.”Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack,” the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying.”In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan,” he asserted.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has lashed out at Pakistan branding it as a ‘terrorist state’, adding that he was disappointed by Islamabad’s continued support to terrorism and terrorist groups. Calling Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and stating that it should be identified and isolated as such, the Home Minister added that there are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped.”I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups,” he said in a series of tweets.In one of the worst attack in recent times, at least 17 soldiers lost their lives and 30 others injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district. All four terrorists have been killed in what has emerged as worse than the attack on the Pathankot air base earlier in January this year, in which seven army men were killed.Director General of Military operation Lt. Ranbir Singh yesterday said that the four terrorists, who attacked the military base in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, belonged to Pakistan’s banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Uri terror attack: PM Modi’s SAARC appearance remains doubtful

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With India-Pakistan ties facing continued turbulence after the deadly terror strike in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, in which 17 Indian soldiers were killed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in the SAARC summit in Islamabad this November remains doubtful.According to sources, no decision has been taken as yet on the Prime Minister’s participation at the SAARC summit meet in Islamabad. Following the terror strike on the Army base in Uri, India lashed out at Pakistan holding it responsible for the attack.Branding Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and stating that it should be identified and isolated as such, Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday said there are definite and conclusive indications that the perpetrators of Uri attack were highly trained, heavily armed and specially equipped. “I am deeply disappointed with Pakistan’s continued and direct support to terrorism and terrorist groups,” he said in a series of tweets.Meanwhile, condemning the terror attack as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the nation that those behind the ‘despicable’ attack will not go unpunished. “We salute all those martyred in Uri. Their service to the nation will always be remembered. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets.Hinting at the Jaish-e-Mohammad?s role behind the Uri attack, India’s Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also asserted that the evil designs would get a befitting reply. However, Pakistan has flatly refused New Delhi’s claims of Islamabad’s involvement in Uri terror attack, stating that said that pointing fingers on them has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack. “Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack,” the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying. “In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan,” he asserted.At least 17 soldiers lost their lives and 19 others injured post the terror strike on an army camp close to the headquarters of the 12th Brigade at Uri in Baramulla district. All four terrorists have been killed in what has emerged as worse than the attack on the Pathankot air base earlier in January this year, in which seven army men were killed.

Curfew clamped in Pulwama, Baramulla districts, normal life disrupted for 73rd day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Curfew was clamped on Monday in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of Kashmir, while it remained in force in some other areas of the Valley including in parts of Srinagar, in view of the separatists call for a protest march to the three districts. Normal life also remained disrupted in the Valley for the 73rd straight day.A police official said that curfew has been imposed in Pulwama and Baramulla districts today, while it remains in force in Shopian and five police station areas of downtown (interior city) along with Batamaloo in uptown Srinagar. He said the curbs have been imposed to maintain law and order in view of the separatists call for a march to the three districts of Baramulla, Pulwama and Srinagar.The official said restrictions on the assembly of people continued to remain in force in the rest of the Valley.The separatists, in the weekly protest programme, have called for a march to the three districts Baramulla (in north Kashmir), Srinagar (in central Kashmir) and Pulwama (in south Kashmir) today. They have asked the people of north Kashmir districts of Bandipora and Kupwara to march towards Baramulla, people of south Kashmir districts of Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag to march to Pulwama and people of Central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam to march towards Srinagar. Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain paralysed in Kashmir for the 73rd consecutive day due to restrictions and separatist sponsored strike. The separatists, who are spearheading the current agitation in the Valley, have extended the protest programme till September 22. Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut, while public transport was off the roads.Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also continued to remain shut. Mobile telephones, except the postpaid connections of BSNL, and the mobile Internet services continued to remain snapped across the Valley.As many as 81 people, including two cops, have been killed in the unrest that broke out a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir on July 8.

Curfew clamped in Pulwama, Baramulla districts of Kashmir as separatists call for protests

Srinagar: On Monday, curfew was clamped in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of Kashmir, while it remained in force in some other areas of the Valley including in parts of Srinagar, in view of the separatists call for a protest march to the three districts.

Normal life also remained disrupted in the Valley for the 73rd straight day.

A police official said that curfew has been imposed in Pulwama and Baramulla districts on Monday, while it remains in force in Shopian and five police station areas of downtown (interior city) along with Batamaloo in uptown Srinagar.

He said the curbs have been imposed to maintain law and order in view of the separatists call for a march to the three districts of Baramulla, Pulwama and Srinagar.

The official said restrictions on the assembly of people continued to remain in force in the rest of the Valley.

Representational image. APRepresentational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The separatists, in the weekly protest programme, have called for a march to the three districts Baramulla (in north Kashmir), Srinagar (in central Kashmir) and Pulwama (in south Kashmir) on Monday.

They have asked the people of north Kashmir districts of Bandipora and Kupwara to march towards Baramulla, people of south Kashmir districts of Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag to march to Pulwama and people of Central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam to march towards Srinagar.

Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain paralysed in Kashmir for the 73rd consecutive day due to restrictions and separatist sponsored strike.

The separatists, who are spearheading the current agitation in the Valley, have extended the protest programme
till 22 September.

Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut, while public transport was off the roads. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also continued to remain shut.

Mobile telephony, except the postpaid connections of BSNL, and the mobile Internet services continued to remain snapped across the Valley.

As many as 81 people, including two cops, have been killed in the unrest that broke out a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir on 8 July.

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