Srinagar, May 16 : Three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad, soldier and a civilian were killed and three persons including two armymen were injured in an encounter with militants in Dalipora area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Thursday.
A police officer said that in the initial phase of encounter three soldiers and two brothers Mohd Younis Dar and Rayees Ahmad Dar sons of Jalal Ud Din Dar sustained injuries.
While Rayees died on the spot, his brother Younis was immediately taken to nearby hospital where from he was referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment, the officer said.
The officer said that the soldiers were airlifted to army’s 92 base hospital Badamibagh Srinagar where one of them namely Sandeep Kumar succumbed to injuries.
He identified the injured soldiers as Sepoy Arunesh GSW and Sepoy Ravindar GSW.
During the course of gunfight all the three militants were killed and their bodies along with as many weapons and other arms and ammunition were recovered from the site, he said.
The officer identified the slain militants as Naseer Pandith of Karmibad Pulwama, Umar Mir of Bethipora Shopian and Khalid Bhai from Pakistan. The slain trio were affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit.
The officer said that Khalid was active since last eight years in Kashmir and termed his killing as a major success.
Khalid, the top commander of the JeM outfit was wanted in the 2017 fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp in Lethpora that left five paramilitary personnel dead.
He said that Khalid was mastermind of the attack.
The officer said that the encounter started after militants beleived to be three in number, fired upon a joint team of police and army while a cordon-and-search operation was going on in the Dalipora village.
The cordon was launched after credible inputs about the presence of the militants.
The authorities have also imposed curfew in the town following clashes.
Meanwhile, the internet services have also been suspended in the southern district.
Pak man who crossed LoC in Tangdhar to undergo medical check up
Tangdhar, May 19 : Jammu and Kashmir Police has registered a case and taken into custody a Pakistani resident, who was apprehended along Line of Control on Friday evening by the Army. The medical examination of the person is being conducted to find out whether he is mentally unsound.
A police official told KNO that they have registered an FIR against the said person for attempt to cross the border line, while as he said that it is investigating whether he has crossed intentionally or unintentionally and that will be disclosed once thorough investigation into matter is conducted.
The official said that they have presented the person identified as Shabir Ahmed before court in Tangdhar where from they have availed remand for more investigation. “He is likely to be taken to Kupwara for more investigation. His medical check-up was also carried out to check the physical condition,” the official said.
Reliable sources said that it was believed that Shabir was mentally unsound but official confirmation in this regard was still awaited. Talking to KNO, SSP Kupwara Shri Ram Ambarkar said that, an FIR has been lodged and investigation is on into matter. “Once he’s brought to Kupwara more questioning will be done according police will act,” he said.. Replying to a questing about the mental health of Shabir, the SSP said that it will be decided by a medical team (doctors) not by police. Earlier on Friday evening Army’s 17 Bihar regiment posted along the Line of control in Tangdhar sector in north Kashmirs Kupwara district claimed to have apprehended a person who had crossed into this side who after questioning was handed over to police for further investigation.
Hurriyat ready to support if Indo-Pak start fresh talks on Kashmir : Mirwaiz
Srinagar, May 19 : Hurriyat(M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said they were ready to support the dialogue provided India and Pakistan initiate the process of talks afresh on Kashmir.
He said they were not against development of talks but India should accept Kashmir as a disputed territory “We aren’t against the people of India, we are against the policies of India which are being implemented here,” he told KNO while addressing a seminar at Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh here .
Mirwaiz said that it was unfortunate that New Delhi has choked all means of peaceful protests, seminars and even pro freedom leaders aren’t allowed to meet people. “How can ideas come up when all space stands choked,” he said.
He said there is no military solution to the Kashmir dispute as even late Atal Bihari Vajpayee too realised that dialogue was the only solution to resolve Kashmir. “That’s why he advocated solution within the ambit of humanity,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that the GoI must roll back all the decisions especially ban on organisations, CBMs, and should also release all leaders without any pre-condition.
DC orders enquiry after pregnant woman denied ambulance for ‘shortage of fuel’
Rajouri, May 19 : Deputy Commissioner Rajouri has ordered an enquiry after a pregnant woman was denied ambulance “due to fuel shortage” in the mountainous district of Jammu division. The deputy commissioner has also ordered the withholding of salary of concerned Medical Officer pending enquiry.
Reports reaching GNS said that the woman Rubeena Akhtar of Gabbar village in Budhal was admitted at PHC Budhal yesterday. Following complications, the doctors at the PHC referred her to Kandi hospital. However, according to the family, they were shocked on being informed that there is no fuel in the ambulance as such the facility cannot be provided.
While the poor family arranged a private vehicle and took the woman to Kandi, the incident has once again exposed poor health care facilities in the district.
Sources in the health department said that around 29 lakh rupees are available in the account of BMO NHM Kandi for meeting expenditures for day to day affairs.
When contacted Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri Mohd Aijaz Asad told GNS that he has ordered an enquiry into the incident.
“Immediately, I have ordered the withholding of salary of the BMO,” he said, adding “necessary action based on enquiry report would be taken”.
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