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Jammu and Kashmir: Top LeT commander Abu Bakr killed in encounter by security forces

Srinagar: A militant was killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district while another ultra was trapped in a cordon in Sopore area of north Kashmir, police said here.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Militants opened fire on a patrol party of army at Beewra in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning, a police official said. He said the army personnel retaliated, triggering a gunbattle.

ANI reported that top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Bakr has been killed in Sopore district in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces.

One militant, identified as Basit Ahmad Dar, was killed in the encounter. Dar had recently joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.

In another counter-insurgency operation, a militant –believed to be a foreigner — was trapped in a house in Bomai area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

He said further details of the incident were awaited.

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 15:17 IST

Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir: Militant killed in encounter with security forces

Srinagar: A militant was killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district while another ultra was trapped in a cordon in Sopore area of north Kashmir, police said here.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Militants opened fire on a patrol party of army at Beewra in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning, a police official said.

He said the army personnel retaliated, triggering a gunbattle.

One militant, identified as Basit Ahmad Dar, was killed in the encounter.

Dar had recently joined Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit.

In another counter-insurgency operation, a militant –believed to be a foreigner — was trapped in a house in Bomai area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

He said further details of the incident were awaited.

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 12:35 IST

J&K: Encounter between militants and security forces in Anantnag enters 2nd day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter between militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district entered the second day on Friday as a search operation to trace the ultras continued in the area. “The operation at Arwani in Bijbehara is on. Security forces are conducting searches,” a police official said. He said the area has been cordoned off, but there was no firing in the morning. The operation started on Thursday morning in which one militant is believed to have been killed. However, a confirmation on militant casualty can only be made after the operation is over and the body is retrieved, the official said. An army jawan was injured in the firing last night, the official said.On Thursday, a 24-year-old youth was killed allegedly after being hit by a “stray bullet” near the site of encounter. Arif Shah, a resident of Sangam area of Anantnag district, was hit by the “stray bullet” when security forces were dealing with a group which was indulging in stone-pelting near the encounter site, the official said. However, locals alleged that Shah was killed in security forces action against protesters.

J-K: Three LeT terrorists killed in Arwani in Anantnag encounter

Thu, 8 Dec 2016-02:26pm , Anantnag , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arwani area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on Thursday.The combing operation is currently underway.The Railway authorities earlier in the day suspended train services from Budgam-Banihal due to the encounter.Fresh exchange of fire started between terrorists and security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district in the early morning hours.

Nagrota terror attack: When the bravery of two Army wives thwarted terrorists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bravery of the wives of two army officers who were staying in the family quarters helped in averting a major hostage crisis during the encounter that took place in Nagrota area of Jammu today.Soon after the heavily armed terrorists disguised in police uniform entered an army unit located within three kms from the headquarters of the 16 Corps, they wanted to enter the family quarters where they could take the families of the soldiers and officers hostage.However, due to the bravery of these two women, who were staying in the family quarters along with their newborns, the plans of the terrorists could not materialise.”The wives of the two army officers, who were on night duty when the encounter broke out, displayed exemplary courage as they blocked the entry of their quarters with all the household items, making it difficult for the terrorists to break into the houses,” an army officer privy to the encounter told PTI.Had the women not shown this alertness, the terrorists would have been able to take them hostage and would have succeeded in causing huge damage to the army and the families, he said.”The terrorists entered two buildings which were occupied by officers, families and men. This led to a hostage-like situation. The situation was very quickly contained and thereafter, in a deliberate operation all were successfully rescued, which included 12 soldiers, two women and two babies,” Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.The two babies rescued are 18 months and two months old, the officer said.However, in the rescue attempt one more officer and two jawans sacrificed their lives, the spokesman said.He said the bodies of three terrorists have been recovered and operations were in progress to sanitise the complete area.”The terrorists forced their entry into the Officers Mess complex by throwing grenades and firing at the sentries. In the initial counter action, one officer and three soldiers of the Army were martyred,” he said.The Army has not called off the operation but suspended it as they want to be fully sure that the area has been completely sanitised.”The operation is going on, we have suspended it for the night, but the area has been placed under tight cordon, the Army does not want to take any risk and we will resume the operations with the first light of the morning,” the spokesman said.

J-K: BSF foils infiltration bid along IB, 3 terrorists shot dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF today foiled an infiltration bid along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing three terrorists.A jawan suffered minor injuries in the exchange of fire. A senior BSF officer said a group of militants entered into the this side along the International Border in Ramgarh sector of Samba district and the movement was picked up by BSF troops.A firefight broke out after BSF troops challenged them, he said, adding that in the initial phase of encounter a jawan suffered minor injuries. BSF troops put them under strict cordon near a water point in dense bushes in Chamliyal and in the fierce encounter, three terrorists were killed, he said. “There was no loss of life to the BSF in the gunbattle”, he said adding the infiltration was foiled.The encounter has ended but combing operation is going on when the reports last came in, he

Kashmir unrest: Militant killed in encounter in Pulwama district

Kashmir unrest: Militant killed in encounter in Pulwama district

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Srinagar: An unidentified militant was today killed in an encounter with security forces in a village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, police said.

Security forces this evening launched an anti-militancy operation after receiving a tip-off about their presence at Begumbagh village in Kakapora area, 25 km from here, a police official said.

Hiding militants opened fire on noticing the security forces who retaliated, triggering a gunbattle, he said.

One militant was killed in the gunbattle, the official said, adding the identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is being ascertained.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 19:26 IST

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SIMI encounter: MP govt puts cash reward for cops on hold as questions arise on veracity

Bhopal: After ordering a judicial probe into the Bhopal jailbreak and alleged encounter of eight SIMI activists, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has put on hold the cash rewards it had announced for the policemen who took part in the operation, throwing up questions about its veracity.

“After the announcement of judicial probe into the incident, the government cannot give cash rewards to anyone till the completion of the inquiry,” a highly-placed official told PTI.

“The cash rewards were announced prior to the announcement of the judicial probe and therefore, it is logical that it can not be given till the inquiry gets over,” the official said. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh each for policemen involved in the shootout, a day after the alleged encounter took place on 31 October.

Police personnel standing next to the bodies of the slain activists. PTIPolice personnel standing next to the bodies of the slain activists. PTI

Police personnel standing next to the bodies of the slain activists. PTI

However, the rights activists had demanded that the cash reward be withheld till the probe unearthed the details of the encounter.

“The government should at least wait till the completion of several inquiries it has instituted to probe the encounter to justify the reward,” Abdul Jabbar, a social activist, had said.

“It (the reward) cannot be justified till the probe is complete and all questions raised on the issue are properly addressed,” he said.

Transparency International’s Ajay Dube also questioned the “rationale” of announcing the reward when the state is under the scanner over the veracity of the encounter. “The government should have waited for the outcome of the judicial inquiry it has instituted into the encounter. Announcing (rewards for policemen) before it amounts to giving them a clean chit and to influence those involved in it (the probe),” he said.

Eight activists of the banned outfit, SIMI, were killed in the encounter on the city outskirts hours after they killed a head constable and pulled off an audacious escape from the high-security central jail.

A PIL was filed two days back in the Madhya Pradesh High Court by a journalist and social worker seeking a judicial probe into the alleged encounter.

The undertrial activists of the outlawed outfit escaped from the central jail here on the intervening night of 30 and 31 October. They were subsequently killed in an encounter on the outskirts of the city early on 31 October.

After the encounter, conflicting versions from police and state Home Minister have surfaced, leading to allegations that it might be fake.

TV channels have also shown footage purportedly from the encounter site, in which a policeman is seen pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife in a plastic cover and places it back.

Later, an audio tape also emerged purportedly containing conversation related to the encounter, which states that the policemen on job were getting instructions from control room to “bump them off” and “khel khatam ho gaya” (game is over now).

Raising questions about the encounter, Congress and other opposition parties had pressed for a judicial probe into the entire episode. The judicial probe will be conducted by retired High
Court Judge Justice S K Pandey.

SIMI encounter: MP govt puts on hold cash reward for cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to put on hold the cash rewards it had earlier announced for the police personnel who had participated in the alleged encounter killing of eight SIMI activists. A highly-placed official on Saturday said, “After the announcement of judicial probe into the incident, the government cannot give cash rewards to anyone till the completion of the inquiry.””The cash rewards were announced prior to the announcement of the judicial probe and therefore, it is logical that it can’t be given till the inquiry gets over,” the official added.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh each for those policemen involved in the shootout. He had made the announcement on the occasion of the state’s Foundation Day on November 1, a day after the alleged encounter of the SIMI men.However, rights activists had demanded withholding the cash reward. “The government should at least wait till completion of several enquiries it has instituted to probe the encounter to justify the reward,” Abdul Jabbar, a social activist associated with Bhopal gas leak tragedy victims, had said.”Government is known for its credibility and if that is compromised then there is no point of having it (reward),” he said.Jabbar said on the one hand the government has instituted several enquiries to probe the encounter and on the other it is rewarding those involved in it. “It (the reward) can’t be justified till the probe is complete and all questions raised on the issue are properly addressed,” he said.Transparency International’s Ajay Dube had also questioned the “rationale” behind announcing the reward at a time when the state is under the scanner over the veracity of the encounter.”The government should have waited for the outcome of the judicial enquiry it has instituted into the encounter. Announcing (rewards for policemen) before it (conclusion of inquiry) amounts to giving them a clean chit and to influence those involved in it (the probe),” he said.Eight activists of the banned outfit were killed in an alleged encounter on the outskirts of the city hours after they killed a head constable and pulled off an audacious escape from the high-security central jail in the wee hours of October 31.The state government has ordered a judicial probe into the sensational jail-break and the alleged encounter. The probe will be conducted by retired High Court Judge Justice S K Pandey.

Bhopal jailbreak: NIA will not take up SIMI ‘encounter’ probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will not probe the encounter killing of the suspected Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives, who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail earlier this week.According to sources, NIA can investigate the case only if the MP Police find evidence that the SIMI operatives were being helped by a terror group from outside or were supplied arms or other assistance during or before the encounter.Despite demands for a probe into the encounter, the state government refused to order an NIA probe into it as it believes the encounter to be genuine. The state government has, however, expressed intentions to hand over the jailbreak probe to the NIA. The Madhya Pradesh Government has ordered a judicial probe into the encounter of eight SIMI operatives, which escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail. The Madhya Pradesh High Court had issued a notice to the state government on Wednesday seeking a detailed report on the encounter.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier announced a NIA probe into the incident. However, Home Minister Bhupendra Singh had said that there is no need of any probe into the encounter.Eight SIMI operatives had escaped on Sunday night from Bhopal central jail after killing security guard Ramashankar Yadav. They were gunned down later. Social activists and political parties have raised several questions regarding the incident.

Human rights only for terrorists, jawans’ lives don’t matter, asks Union Minister Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science and Technology, tweeted. “For Afzal, Yakub, Ishrat, Burhan, Batla (House encounter) they’ll cry foul and chatter. Human Rights are for terrorists only, lives of soldiers don’t matter,” <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid controversy over “encounter” killing of eight alleged SIMI terrorists by Madhya Pradesh Police, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday took a dig at opposition parties and a section of intelligentsia saying “human rights are only for terrorists” while the lives of soldiers don’t matter.”For Afzal, Yakub, Ishrat, Burhan, Batla (House encounter) they’ll cry foul and chatter. Human Rights are for terrorists only, lives of soldiers don’t matter,” Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science and Technology, tweeted.He was apparently referring to a certain section of media and intelligentsia.Following the “encounter” killing of alleged SIMI terrorists yesterday, several political parties demanded a probe into the matter.Vardhan also posted a collage comprising media reports on the executions of Parliament attacks convict Afzal Guru, 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memom, and killings of Ishrat Jahan and Burhan Wani.

Odisha: Death toll of Maoists killed in Malkangiri encounter rises 27

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll rose to 27 on Tuesday after the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police recovered three more dead bodies of Maoists.The Maoists, including their top leaders, were gunned down in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on the border with Andhra Pradesh, giving a major blow to the ultras.A senior commando of the elite anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh was also killed, while another commando was injured in the encounter that took place in the cut-off area of remote Chitrakonda on Andhra-Odisha border, Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said. “The bodies of 24 Maoists, including that of some women, were recovered from the site after the joint operation conducted by the Odisha police and Greyhounds, while a few of the rebels are suspected to have fled,” the SP said yesterday. He said two senior Greyhounds commandos, who were injured in the gun-battle in the wee hours, had been airlifted to Visakhapatnam for treatment and one of them, identified as Abubacker, succumbed to injuries in a hospital there. The other commando is undergoing treatment. Some high-ranking Maoist leaders, including Uday and Chalapati who carried heavy rewards on their heads, were suspected to be among those killed in the encounter that took place in a mountainous forest area between Bejing and Muchiputam under Panasput grampanchyat, the police said. Stating that the operation was launched on the basis of intelligence inputs, Odisha GDP K B Singh said 10 rifles, four AK-47 rifles, three SLRs, kit bags and huge ammunition have been recovered from the site and search operation was continuing. There was information about the presence of cadres of Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee in the area and Odisha police teams also got it verified that Naxal camps were operating there, the DGP said. “Since the area is located in the cut-off area on Andhra-Odisha border, the operation was launched from the other side and Greyhounds took the lead,” Singh said. Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to airlift the bodies of the slain Maoists to Malkangiri, the SP said adding that combing operation was also intensified in the forest in Andhra-Odisha border areas to locate bodies, if any, and the fleeing Maoists. Noting that the encounter site was located in a highly remote area which is accessible by road only through Andhra Pradesh, he said the bodies are to be airlifted by helicopter to Malkangiri.Malkangiri served as a major transit belt of the Naxals. In September 2013, as many as 13 Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire with the police in the Padia area of Malkangiri districtThe operation is seen as a revenge of the attack on June 29, 2008 when Maoists had ambushed a boat carrying Greyhound jawans in the reservoir at Alampaka. Altogether 38 persons, including 35 Greyhound jawans from Andhra Pradesh, had been killed in the attack. Andhra Pradesh DGP (in charge) Nanduri Sambasiva Rao, who flew down to Visakhapatnam in afternoon, said Maoists continued to fire at the police parties. “They are still firing. We are asking them to stop not sure if the firing has stopped,” he told reporters at Visakhapatnam airport. Gajarla Ravi, who took part in the peace talks with AP government in 2004 along with top Maoist leader Ramakrishna, had been functioning as the Maoist Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) zone secretary.Some reports suggested that Ramakrishna, who hails from Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, gave a slip to police from the encounter site this morning even as unconfirmed reports suggested that his son Munna, who joined the Maoists recently, was among those killed. The top Maoist had leaders assembled in their “den” in the Malkangiri forests for a plenum when the alleged encounter took place around 6.45 AM. Gajarla Ravi had been active in the Naxal movement for more than two decades. One of his brothers, Gajarla Saraiah alias Azad, was also killed in an encounter with police in Warangal district (now in Telangana) a few years ago while another brother Ashok had recently surrendered to the police due to ill health. Another top Maoist leader Ramachandra Reddy alias Chalapati hailing from Chittoor district of AP, who had been under-ground for over four decades now, was also said to be among the ultras killed today. This was the third major “encounter” between the Maoists and security forces in the AOB region in which the former suffered heavy casualties. Meanwhile, civil society leaders have demanded an inquiry by a sitting judge of High Court into the encounter. “It was not an exchange of fire as being claimed by police. The Maoists, who were closeted in a meeting, were gunned down,” AP Civil Liberties Committee leader Srirama Murthy alleged. With inputs from agencies.

Six KPLT militants killed and one army man injured in encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On specific information, the joint police and army team launched an operation at Banipathar area under Bokajan police station and at around 1.00 am the militants exchanged fire with the security forces inside a forest, superintendent of Police Debojit Deuri said. Six KPLT were neutralised in the encounter, while an army man was injured, the SP said.Two top leaders of the underground outfit were suspected to have been killed in the encounter, the SP said, adding, the identification process was on. The injured army man was taken to hospital, he said.One SLR rifle, one Insas rifle, three pistols and two grenades were recovered from the slain ultras, he said. KPLT, formed in 2010-11 by a breakaway faction of the Karbi National Liberation Front after the KLNF declared ceasefire, is active in the remote areas of Bokajan.

Jammu and Kashmir: Encounter breaks out in Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Bandipora district of north Kashmir this morning, army said.Acting on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Aragam village of Bandipora, security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation, an army official said.He said as the forces were conducting the search operation, the hiding militants fired upon them, triggering an encounter.Firing was going on at the encounter site when last reports came in, the official said, adding more details about the operation were awaited.

Batla house: BJP stages protest, accuses Congress of propagating false sentiments

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday staged a protest in front of the Delhi Congress office in the national capital, against the grand old party’s statement over the Batla House encounter case.The BJP leaders denounced the Congress raising flags and placards and accused them of propagating false facts in connection with the Batla House case.”The Congress and specially Sonia Gandhi have always been double faced. When the Batla Encounter took place the Congress leader said that the encounter which took place was fake,” BJP leader Satish Upadhyay told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Today the main accused of the Batla house encounter is being seen featuring in an ISIS video, where he says that he has come from Batla house and will destroy India. So this demonstration is against those who have brewed and nurtured terrorism in the nation,” he added.Another BJP leader said that the Congress, by dubbing the encounter as fake, not only projected the facts wrongly but also insulted martyrs like Mohan Chand Sharma.
ALSO READ Former UPA Home Minister Shivraj Patil rejects Congress Digvijay’s ‘fake Batla House encounter’ claims”What ever happened during the Batla house encounter was projected wrongly. The Congress Party should feel ashamed for propagating such false sentiments. The Congress insulted our martyr and hailed the terrorist by saying that the encounter was fake,” said a BJP worker.Last week, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh stoked a controversy after he dubbed the 2008 Batla House encounter as ‘fake’ and asked the government in Centre to order a judicial probe into the 2008 encounter in which two suspected terrorists and a police officer were killed.
ALSO READ Shivraj Patil rejects Digvijaya Singh’s claim, says Batla House encounter was ‘genuine'”Batla House encounter was fake. I dare the BJP to go for a judicial probe. I still stand by my remarks on the encounter. I don’t know who is Bada Sajid or Chhota Sajid,” Singh had said.The encounter, which had taken place during the UPA tenure, recently came into light amid a claim by an alleged ISIS operative that he had fled Batla House right before the police raided it.

Kashmir: Two security personnel injured in gunbattle in Baramulla

Two soldiers were on Friday injured in an encounter between militants and security forces in Tangmarg area of Kashmir’s Baramulla district.The gunbattle broke out after security forces launched a search operation in Kanchipora village of Tangmarg, 35 kms from here, following information about presence of two militants in the area, a police official said.Two security personnel were injured in the encounter which began at 6.30 am, he said, adding the gunbattle was on when reports last came in.

Jammu and Kashmir: Jawan killed in encounter with militants in Kupwara

A jawan was killed in an encounter with militants in a forest area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir, police said.The jawan identified as Om Veer Singh was injured in the encounter and was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead, a police official said.Security forces had launched an anti-militancy operation in Watsar forests in Handwara area of the district last night following information about the presence of militants there, the official said.

Ishrat Jahan case: Did Chidambaram sign affidavit referring to her as an LeT member?

In an exclusive, Times Now has claimed that the an affidavit describing Ishrat Jahan as a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative was signed by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram.

The recent revelations made by former home secretary G K Pillai, former undersecretary in the home ministry RVS Mani, and former joint director Rajendra Kumar on the deposition by LeT operative David Headley suggested that an affidavit was filed on the basis of inputs from Maharashtra and Gujarat Police besides the Intelligence Bureau where it was said that the 19-year-old girl from Mumbai outskirts  but it was ignored in the second affidavit.

A second affidavit was filed which officials claimed to have been drafted by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram, said there was no conclusive evidence to prove that Ishrat was a terrorist.

P Chidambaram. AFPP Chidambaram. AFP

P Chidambaram. AFP

Pillai had recently claimed that as Home Minister, Chidambaram had recalled the file a month after the original affidavit, which described Ishrat and her slain aides as LeT operatives, was filed in the court.

Subsequently, Chidambaram had said that Pillai is equally responsible for the change in the affidavit.

Pillai may now also be examined by a one-man inquiry panel probing the issue of missing files related to the case.

The panel will examine all officers – serving or retired – who have dealt with the Ishrat Jahan related files,” an official privy to the deliberations in the Home Ministry said.

Pillai had filed two contradictory affidavits in the Gujarat High Court in 2009 on the Ishrat Jahan case.

The inquiry, by Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry B K Prasad, was ordered by the Home Ministry after it was found that some papers related to the Ishrat Jahan case went missing.

Earlier in March, in a sharp attack on P Chidambaram, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said the second affidavit filed in the Gujarat High Court was “fraudulent”.

Saying the encounter in which Jahan and her other alleged LeT operatives were killed in Gujarat was “honest”, he asked if the Congress believed it was fake why did it then allow those officers involved in the actual shootout to get bail on the 90th day by not filing chargesheets and make them a witness.

With inputs from PTI

Major of 21 Para Special Forces killed in encounter with militants in Manipur

New Delhi: Major Amit Deswal of 21 Para Special Forces was on Wednesday killed in an encounter with ZUF militants in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.

Major Amit Deswal was killed in an encounter in Manipur. Image courtesy: @ANI_news/Twitter

Major Amit Deswal was killed in an encounter in Manipur. Image courtesy: @ANI_news/Twitter

Army officials said one militant was also killed in the encounter which occurred during a combing operation undertaken by Rashtriya Rifles and Special Forces personnel.

While the militant was killed in an earlier encounter, the Major, hailing from Jhajjar district in Haryana, lost his life during an exchange later in the same area.

He succumbed after being evacuated from the encounter site.

The combing operations are continuing, army officials said.

Jammu and Kashmir: 1 terrorist dead in Pulwama encounter, search operations on

Security forces were on Tuesday night locked in a gunbattle with some militants holed up in a house in a village about 30 kms from here and were simultaneously battling violent mobs which tried to march towards the encounter site, leaving at least eight people injured.One terrorist killed in ongoing encounter between security forces and terrorists in Pulwama (J&K), search operations underway. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In late afternoon, security forces cordoned off Gadoora village in Pulwama district after getting specific information about presence of some militants in a house, officials said. The hiding militants opened fire on security personnel, triggering an encounter, the officials said, adding the exchange of fire was going on when last reports were received.Meanwhile, groups of youth staged protests and tried to march towards Gadoora village where the encounter was underway, the officials said. Their march as thwarted, leading to clashes in which eight people were injured. While six sustained pellet injuries, two others were injured after getting hit by tear smoke shells, the officials said. The clashes were still continuing when last reports were received.The officials said reinforcements have been rushed to maintain a tight cordon around the village to prevent the militants from fleeing the scene. Additional deployments were also made to deal with any law and order situation, they said.Meanwhile, security forces were hunting for some militants who had fired at a patrol party this morning in Sheikhpura village in Kupwara district. A brief exchange of firing took place between security forces and militants in the village, 100 kms from here, a police officer said.He said while no casualties were reported in the brief firing, security forces were carrying out search operations in the area to track down the militants.

Uttarakhand crisis: CM Rawat fears losing more MLAs, flies Congress, PDF MLAs to undisclosed location

Congress and PDF MLAs in Uttarakhand were flown in choppers to an undisclosed location in Nainital on Sunday in an apparent bid by the ruling Congress to keep its flock together in the face of turmoil which Chief Minister Harish Rawat described as a virtual “encounter” by BJP. A combined group of Congress and PDF legislators led by the Chief Minister’s Industrial Advisor Ranjit Rawat boarded three private choppers from the city’s Sahastradhara helipad giving rise to speculation that it was an attempt by Rawat to prevent the possibility of any more MLAs crossing over to the other side. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though putting up a brave face, the fear of losing more MLAs before it takes the floor test in the state Assembly on March 28 still grips Congress and shifting its MLAs to the hills of Kumaon may be a step to ward off any such danger, observers here said. However, Pradesh Congress leaders said not much should be read into the development, terming it as an excursion trip ahead of Holi. “It should not be linked with politics. It is a weekend and Holi is a just a couple of days away. There are many resorts in Ramnagar and Corbett Tiger Reserve area. The MLAs may have gone there just to unwind,” state Congress Chief Spokesman Mathuradutt Joshi said “There is no threat to government and no need to resort to such measures. Our flock is intact and will remain so,” he said.Meanwhile, Rawat said what the BJP was trying to do in Uttarakhand was virtually like an “encounter”. “It is a kind of encounter. First they broke the leg of a horse and now they are trying to break the legs of Uttarakhand through horse trading,” Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of a programme in the city. Later in a statement here, Rawat said, “What is happening in the state is part of a larger conspiracy by the BJP at the Centre to topple non-Congress regimes everywhere in the country. First it was Arunachal Pradesh and now it is Uttarakhand.”However, ruling out any threat to his government, Rawat said he will prove his majority on March 28 when he has been asked by the Governor to go for a floor test.Sources said Congress and PDF MLAs loyal to Rawat have been put up at different places in Nainital district, including Ramnagar, Kausani and Marchula.The move comes in the wake of repeated claims by legislators of the rebel Congress group, camping in Gurgaon, that a couple of more MLAs from Rawat camp were likely to join hands with them.Meanwhile, in a statement here former Congress veteran Satpal Maharaj, who is now with the BJP, hit back at Rawat for his charge against BJP leadership that it was trying to topple a democratically elected government saying it was exactly what Rawat did with N D Tiwari’s government in the state.”Rawat seems to have forgotten what he used to do with Tiwari ji when he was the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Was it not murder of democracy to destabilise Tiwari ji’s govt? Is it democratic to deprive BJP MLA from Mussoorie Ganesh Joshi of his right to vote in the state Assembly?”

Encounter in Kulgam: Suspected militants fire at security forces in Kashmir

Srinagar: Security forces on Sunday launched a massive search operation in a village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district after suspected militants fired a few rounds at them, police said.

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Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Buchroo village of Kulgam district, 75 kms from Srinagar, after some suspected militants fired a few rounds at the security forces who were advancing towards the village, a police official said.

The official said there were no reports of any casualties in the firing and search operation was going on when reports last came in.

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Chhattisgarh: Two CRPF personnel killed in Sukma encounter

Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and 14 others injured in an ongoing encounter between security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma District on Thursday.The encounter had started at around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and is still underway.According to reports, security forces personnel, including those from CRPF, CoBRA and state police, are combing the area.Further details are awaited.

At least six Maoists killed in gunbattle on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

Hyderabad:  At least six Maoists were killed in a gun-battle with police near the border of Telangana‘s Khammam district and neighbouring Chhattisgarh state on Tuesday morning, said police.

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Representational image. AFP

The exchange of fire took place between a team of Greyhounds — Telangana‘s anti-Naxal force — and the rebels in a forest area bordering Chhattisgarh, said a senior Intelligence official from Telangana Police.

“At least six Maoists were killed in the encounter with police on Khammam-Chattisgarh border in wee hours today,” he said.

Six bodies have been recovered and the identification process is on, he said.

Eight weapons have been recovered from the site, he said.

Combing operation is on in the forest area, he added.

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Pampore encounter: One more jawan injured; 5 dead

One more army officer has been injured in the ongoing encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore District.
ALSO READ A Jat and a JNU degree holder, this 23-year-old soldier gave up his life in the Pampore encounterAt least five people have been killed and 10 others injured in the gun-battle that started on Saturday evening at the Entrepreneurs Development Institute at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.Out of the five deceased, four were defence personnel who have lost their lives while fighting the militants and the fifth one was a civilian who was killed in the encounter.

J&K: Army officer martyred as counter operation resume to kill terrorists in Pampore

Security forces on Sunday morning resumed the counter operation in Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir to flush out at least three terrorists believed to be holed up in the area.Captain Pawan Kumar sustained injuries in the firing by militants’ as security forces tried to make their way into the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building, an army official said.He said the injured officer succumbed to injuries later on.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two CRPF jawans and a civilian were killed and nine other jawans injured when militants opened fire on a CRPF convoy on Saturday afternoon.Militants on Saturday attacked a CRPF convoy at Pampore on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway killing two jawans and a civilian and injuring 9 others before they sneaked into a nearby government building, triggering a stand off.A possible hostage situation was avoided when CRPF and local police managed to evacuate civilians who were holed up inside Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building located at Pampore, in the outskirts of the Srinagar city.One of those evacuated claimed that they were asked by militants to leave because they did not mean any harm to civilians.Personnel of the Army, whose elite 15 Corps headquarters is located barely 10 kms from the encounter site, were rushed to the encounter site to assist the local police and the CRPF. The number of militants, according to the eyewitness accounts, ranges from three to five.

Jammu & Kashmir police issues advisory on encounters

Civilians residing within the radius of two kms of an encounter site should stay inside their homes and make sure their children are indoors too, an advisory issued on Thursday by Jammu and Kashmir police said.The advisory that is to be followed by civilians in case an encounter breaks out in their area also said that if children are outside their homes, they must be called back immediately by parents.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”(They) need not venture out as any stray bullet can hit and cause damage. The residents are also requested not to come out of their houses or peep out of the window panes,” a police spokesman said. He said Section 144 CrPC, which prohibits assembly of five or more persons, comes into force immediately at the encounter site and surrounding areas.”The elders, chowkidars and village headmen are requested to advise people to stay away from encounter site. Assembly of five or more people be discouraged as it is prohibited under the provisions of this Section of CrPC,” he added.The spokesman also asked people not to rush towards the encounter site immediately after the gunfight has stopped.”After encounter, people are requested not to rush towards encounter site as there are chances of unexploded grenades or explosives lying there. It should be ensured that the encounter site and area around is properly sanitised by the police or any other security agency, before people come near it,” he said.The advisory comes two days after Governor N N Vohra directed the police and other security agencies to exercise maximum restraint and take steps for avoiding collateral damage during encounters. His directions came after two university students were killed allegedly in firing by security forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Sunday.

Kupwara gunbattle: Four militants, two jawans killed

Srinagar: Four unidentified militants were killed by security forces which lost two of their personnel in an overnight gunbattle in Kupwara district of Kashmir, Army said on Saturday.

Kupwara gunbattle. IBN Live

Kupwara gunbattle. IBN Live

“Four militants have been killed in the encounter at Chowkibal in Kupwara district this morning,” an army official said.

He said two soldiers were also killed in the operation which was launched last evening at Marseri village in Chowkibal area following specific information about a group of militants hiding in a house.

Two security personnel including an officer sustained injuries in the initial exchange of firing between the two sides yesterday, the official said, adding they were evacuated to a hospital. Further details were awaited and search operations were still in progress, he said.

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Mumbai: Four members of ‘Chaddi Baniyan’ gang arrested

Four suspected members of the notorious ‘Chaddi Baniyan’ gang were arrested in the wee hours on Monday in an encounter with police after they robbed an elderly couple in suburban Borivali.Three police personnel were injured in the encounter.According to police, the four robbed an elderly couple after assaulting them in Borivali.A police officer on night patrolling duty noticed some suspicious movement on a road at around 3.30 AM, following which nearby police stations were alerted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police team then started a search operation during which the accused, who were hiding in nearby bushes, fired at the cops. In retaliation, the policemen also fired at them and succeeded in nabbing four gang members after a long search operation, a police official said.A senior inspector and two other police officials were also injured in the exchange of fire, he said.The four accused, who also sustained injuries in the incident, were admitted to a hospital in Kandivali.The search operation was still on in Borivali, police said, adding that three more robbers were suspected to be hiding in the area.Over 100 policemen from different police stations and crime branch have been deployed in the search operation, the official said, but refused to divulge any further details of the incident.

Jammu and Kashmir: Three militants killed after day-long gunbattle in Bandipora

Srinagar: Three unidentified militants were killed in a day-long gunbattle between ultras and security forces in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, army officials said.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Three rifles and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) have been recovered from them, they said.

No army official has been killed or injured in the operation.

The encounter started this morning after security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Khushi Mohalla in the district, about 35 kms from here, following information about presence of militants there, police said.

One militant was killed in the gunbattle by the afternoon, police said.

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