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Suspicious movement in Valley, forces open fire at 2 places

Wed, 28 Dec 2016-12:20am , Srinagar , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces on Tuesday opened fire at two places in south Kashmir after noticing suspicious movement of people, police said.Security force personnel fired several rounds in the air at Jablipora in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district after noticing some suspicious movement of people in an orchard, a police official said. However, no casualty was reported in the incident, he said.In another incident, security forces fired a few rounds after a three-wheeler ignored a signal to stop during checking at a mobile checkpoint in Lassipora of Pulwama district, the official said. He said while the three-wheeler sped away, security forces have cordoned off the area and launched search operations.

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.

Jammu and Kashmir: Army Jawan, two terrorists killed in encounter in Bandipora

Fri, 25 Nov 2016-10:00am , Bandipora (JK) , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists and an Army jawan have been killed on Friday in the ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir.The area has been cordoned off as a combing operation has been launched to neutralise any untoward elements still in the vicinity.This comes after two terrorists were killed in Bandipora on Tuesday in an encounter in Hajin village of Bandipora and another terrorist was killed by security forces in Kakapora area of Pulwama district on Saturday.Earlier, at least three Indian soldiers were killed in an encounter in the Machhal sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.The Northern Command of the Indian Army tweeted saying that the body of one soldier was mutilated.More details awaited.

Encounter in J&K’s Shopian: One terrorist killed, one army jawan injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One terrorist was killed and one army jawan injured in an encounter on Saturday between security forces and terrorists in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. Three terrorists are reportedly holed up in the Dobjan forest area.Operations are still underway with the state police and 44 Rashtriya Rifles personnel involved.More details are awaited.

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.

Representational image. PTI

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.

Coast Guard apprehends Pakistani boat off Gujarat coast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Coast Guard ship Samudra Pavak apprehended a Pakistan boat this morning off the Gujarat Coast. The boat, along with its nine crew members, was escorted to Porbandar for a joint investigation.The ICG has been maintaining heightened vigil in the area with deployment of Ships and Aircrafts.Security has been tight across the nation, especially in the border areas and ports as security forces are on the lookout to thwart any infiltration attempts.

No curfew in Kashmir for second day; normal life continues to remain affected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmir continued to remain curfew-free for the second consecutive day on Monday after the curbs on the movement of people were lifted from the entire Valley on Sunday following improvement in the situation. However, restrictions on the assembly of people were in force in most areas.There is no curfew anywhere in Kashmir today as well, but restrictions on the assembly of people were in place in many parts of the Valley as a precautionary measure, a police official said here.He said the decision to not clamp curfew was taken in view of the improving situation.However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir, where the markets came to life in the afternoon yesterday in the wake of relaxation, from 2 PM, announced by separatists.Shops, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed today due to the separatist call for shut down, while public transport remained off the roads for the 80th straight day.Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also remained closed across the Valley.The separatist groups are spearheading the ongoing unrest in Kashmir against the civilian killings in security forces action during violent clashes that broke out in the Valley a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8.They have been announcing weekly protest programmes with periodic relaxation on some days. However, there is no relaxation today.As many as 82 persons, including two cops, have been killed and thousands of others injured in the ongoing unrest.

45 days and counting: Kashmir tense as another teenager dies after teargas shelling

Srinagar remained under curfew on Monday after a teenager was killed by a teargas shell here on Sunday, even as normal life in Kashmir was paralysed for the 45th day due to restrictions and strike in the wake of violence following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Curfew continues to be in force in entire Srinagar district as well as in Anantnag town. Curfew has also been clamped in Khansahib town of Budgam district of central Kashmir as a precautionary measure, a police official said.

He said curfew was lifted from Pampore town on Monday in view of the improving situation. However, the official said, restrictions on the assembly of four or more people under Section 144 Crpc have been imposed in the town and elsewhere in the Valley where there is no curfew.

This is to maintain law and order, he said. A youth, Irfan Wani, was killed in downtown area of the city yesterday after he was hit by a tear gar shell. The official said restrictions around Lal Chowk city centre in the summer capital here, which were imposed on August 14, were also eased out on Monday.

Security jawans stand guard as tension prevails in Srinagar on Sunday. PTI

Security jawans stand guard as tension prevails in Srinagar on Sunday. PTI

People with curfew passes are being allowed to move around Lal Chowk, he said. The separatist camp, which is spearheading the agitation in the Valley over the civilian killings during the protests against Wani’s killing, has asked people to march towards Tehsil headquarters Monday.

As many as 65 persons, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the clashes that began on July 9.

Meanwhile, normal life remained paralysed for the 45th consecutive day due to curfew, restrictions and separatist sponsored strike following Wani’s killing in an encounter with security forces.

Shops, private offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport continued to be off roads.The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected.

Mobile Internet also continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred. The separatist camp, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, has extended the agitation till 25 August.

Meanwhile, a joint delegation of opposition parties led by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the ground situation with an appeal to adopt a political approach in dealing with the unrest in the Valley.

Besides Omar, the delegation — comprising a seven-member team of state Congress led by its PCC chief G A Mir, CPM MLA M Y Tarigami, eight-member team of main opposition National Conference including its provincial chiefs Nasir Wani and Davinder Rana — has been camping in the national capital and meeting political leaders from the government and opposition.

The delegation apprised the Prime Minister that the tried and tested formulations of dealing with the political issue in Kashmir administratively rather than politically has further exasperated the situation and “created an unprecedented sense of disaffection and disenchantment”, especially among the youth.

Flagging the issue of continued protests in which many youths have fallen victim to the ongoing protest including a young teenager named Irfan who was killed last night when a teargas shell burst on his chest in downtown, the memorandum requested the Prime Minister to announce “an immediate ban on pellet guns that have caused grievous injuries in the current unrest and maimed and blinded many young boys and girls”.

“We also request you to advise relevant quarters against the policy of mass harassment, raids and arrests as this has worsened an already volatile situation in the state and goes against the values and principles of our democratic fabric and ethos,” the memorandum said.

Meanwhile, ANI tweeted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as saying: “It’s a really good thing if there is solution found by opposition meeting President and PM for restoring peace.”

With inputs from PTI

Pellet fury continues, seven year old boy latest victim of Kashmir unrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pellet terror continued on the 43rd day of unrest with a seven-year-old boy becoming the latest casualty in old Srinagar city on Saturday. Junaid Ahmad, a seven-year-old boy was injured when security forces fired pellets in Qalamdanpora area of Nawabazar in Srinagar’s old city. He was immediately rushed to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital where doctors describe his condition as critical.An elderly couple was injured when security forces fired pellet rounds at them when they resisted the arrest of their son in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Abdul Qayom, 80 and his wife were injured in the firing and have been shifted to hospital. Sources said forces had raided their house at Kamla village to arrest their son Shabir Ahmad Falahi, a Jamat-e-Islami leader who is wanted in provoking protests.Falahi however was not present in the house and forces tried to arrest his brother Noor Mohommad. Qayoom and his wife resisted and forces opened pellet fire injuring the couple.Police said five incidents of stone pelting were reported from Anantnag, Baramulla and Sopore on Saturday.”These incidents were reported from Dooru in Anantnag, Sheeri in Baramulla and Seelo, Hib Dangerpora and Pothkhah in Sopore. The miscreants assembled on roads and pelted stones on police and security forces,” a police spokesman said.Police said restrictions under section 144 CrPC remained in force in the Valley today. “However, curfew was imposed in Srinagar, Anantnag and Pampore towns only,” he addedAdditional Director General of CRPF SN Shrivastava met Governor NN Vohra and briefed him about their role and responsibility in the maintenance of internal security in the state.”The Governor expressed concern and stressed the crucial importance of Security Forces exercising restraint in dealing with arising situation,” said an official spokesman.

Top JeM commander among two ultras killed in Srinagar

Srinagar: A top commander of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad was among two militants killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Maharaja Bazaar area of the city on Monday night, police said.

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Representational image. Reuters

Security forces launched an operation in Maharaja Bazaar following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

He said a gunfight broke out between security forces and militants.

“So far, one militant has been killed,” he said adding the operation was still in progress.

One of the dead militants was identified as Saifullah, a top Jaish commander in the Kashmir Valley, while the identity of the other is yet to be ascertained.

Militant killed in encounter with security forces in J&K’s Kupwara

Srinagar: A militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kupwara in north Kashmir early on Friday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The militant, who was holed up in a mosque since last night, was killed as he tried to escape, an Army official said.

Security forces had launched an operation in Kanthpora village of Lolab following information about the presence of militants in the area.

“After a brief exchange of firing, at least one militant took shelter in a local mosque,” the official said.

The operation was yesterday hampered by local residents who pelted stones at security forces.

Several policemen, including an officer, were hurt in the stone pelting, a police official said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants killed by security forces in Kupwara, encounter still underway

Two unidentified militants were killed on Thursday morning in an encounter with security forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the army said.Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Putshai area of Lolab in the district, security forces cordoned off the area and began a search operation today, an army official said.He said as the search operation was going on, militants who were hiding there fired upon the forces resulting in a gun battle.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two militants have been killed in the operation so far, the official said.He said the identity of the slain militants could not be immediately ascertained.The operation is still ongoing.

Youth protesting over Handwara firing killed in J&K’s Kupwara after being hit by teargas shell

A youth was on Wednesday killed after being hit by a teargas shell fired by security forces during protests in Kashmir’s Kupwara district against the killing of three persons in nearby Handwara town yesterday. Jehangir Ahmad Wani was hit by a tear smoke shell in the head during protests at Drugmulla, 95 kms from here, a police official said. He said the youth was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Two other persons were also injured in clashes with security forces.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The residents of Drugmulla were protesting against the killing of three persons — two youths and a woman — in firing by army to disperse a stone-pelting mob which was protesting against alleged molestation of a girl by some of its personnel.

Watch: 2 youths killed in alleged army firing in Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir

Two youths were killed on Tuesday in firing by security forces during a protest in Kashmir Valley’s Handwara town which erupted after alleged molestation of a girl student by army personnel.Protests erupted in Handwara town of Kupwara district, 85 kilometres from here, following allegations that a girl student, on her way home, was molested by soldiers posted in an army picket in the town, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They said the protestors pelted stones at the army picket after which the soldiers opened fire.The two youths killed in the firing were identified as Iqbal Ahmad and Nayeem Bhat, the sources said.The matter will be investigated and anybody found guilty will be dealt as per the law, an army official said while expressing regret at the loss of lives.Handwara,J&K: 2 civilians killed in firing by security forces after protests over alleged molestation by Army jawanshttps://t.co/TQog0H681z
April 12, 2016The situation is tense after two civilians were killed in the firing. Additional reinforcement called in. More details are awaited.With agency inputs.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in encounter in Shopian; gunbattle on

Two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists were killed in a gun battle with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday morning.”Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in the wee hours today,” a senior Army official said.”The operation is still underway,” the official said. Killed terrorists have been identified as Naseer Ah pandit and Wasim Ah Malla, reported ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weapons have been recovered from the terrorist.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two militants killed in encounter at Kupwara

Two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday.”Two terrorists have been gunned down so far by the army in an ongoing operation at Petha Wadar of Handwara area in the district,” an army official said.Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in the area, security forces last night launched a search operation there, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The hiding militants fired upon the security forces triggering an encounter in which the two militants were killed, the official said.He said the identity of the slain militants has not been ascertained yet.The operation is in progress and further details are awaited, the official said.

Two militants killed gunbattle with security forces in J&K’s Kupwara

Srinagar: Two separatist militants were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

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Representational image. PTI

A senior police officer here said, “Security forces surrounded a house in Beigh Mohalla area on Friday morning.”

“When the forces closed on the house where militants were hiding, they came under heavy gunfire from the militants.

“Firing exchanges are still going on in the area,” the official added.

IANS

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.

‘Laser walls’ along riverine stretches of India-Pakistan Border to check infiltration

In a bid to prevent terrorist infiltration across the Indo-Pak border, laser walls have been installed by the Border Security Force (BSF), a release by the Ministry of Home Affairs said. “The laser technology developed by BSF has been designed to cover all the shortcomings experienced in the use of laser walls at various places in the past. The present technology has been found working satisfactorily to cover the unfenced riverine stretches,” Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply to a question by NCP leader Majeed Memon and senior lawyer S. Thangavelu in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The areas where these laser walls would be installed would depend on the threat perception and other factors along the border between the two countries.The move was part of a multi-pronged approach to check cross border infiltration, which included strengthening border management and multi-tiered deployment along the International Border, monitoring infiltration routes, construction of border fencing including plugging the gaps through technological solutions, weapons and equipment for Security Forces, improved intelligence and operational coordination.