Srinagar, Nov 27: Three militants and a soldier were killed while two troopers were injured in two different encounters in South Kashmir’s Kulgam and Tral townships.
Two militants and a soldier died in Kulgam while a militant was killed in Rishipora area of Tral in Pulwama district.
Divulging information about Redwani Kulgam encounter, a police spokesperson said that based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Redwani, a cordon and search operation was launched in the midnight jointly by Police and government forces in the area.
“As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight. In the initial exchange of fire, one soldier Prakash Yadav of 1st Rashtriya Rifles sustained injuries. He was evacuated to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Besides, two troopers sub-inspector Amit Kumar and Constable Avnish of 163 Battalion CRPF sustained minor injuries in the encounter,” he said.
In the ensuing encounter, two militants were neutralized and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter.
“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter.”
The house in which militants were trapped belonged to one Muhammad Ayoub Dar. The house was blasted by Forces as a result it was completely damaged.
The police official identified the slain militants as Ajaz Ahmad Makroo son of Late Ghulam Rasool Makroo resident of Qaimoh and Waris Ahmad Malik son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Arwani.
The official said that as per police records both the killed militants were affiliated with militant outfit LeT and were wanted by the law for their complicity in a series of militancy related incidents.
Ajaz Ahmed Makroo was active from 2017. He was a close associate of militant commanders Naveed Jat and slain Azad Ahmed Malik alias Dada. “Several cases were registered against Ajaz and the prominent among them include FIR No. 60/2016, FIR No. 45/2017, FIR No. 100/2017, FIR No. 10/2018, FIR No. 13/2018 registered at Police Station Kulgam. Similarly, Waris was also figured in several militancy related cases.”
The militant killed in encounter in Hafoo Reshipora Tral was identified as Shakir Hassan Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar resident of Rathsuna Tral. “He was a part of Zakir Musa group of militants and was active since 2015.
“Two Residential houses, a cowshed and a bathroom were damaged during the encounter that was being jointly conducted by 42 RR of Indian Army, SOG of Jammu Kashmir Police and 180 CRPF,” eyewitnesses said.
“Police has separately registered a case in both encounters. Huge quantity of arms & ammunition including rifles were recovered from the encounter sites at Tral and Kulgam. All these materials have been taken in the case records for further investigation and probe their complicity in other terror cases.”
Mobile internet and rail services were suspended throughout south Kashmir in wake of the killing of militants. Several youths were injured after clashes erupted near the gunfight site in Redwani Bala and Rishpora Tral.
Reports said that youth started throwing stones at forces to disrupt the operation and help the militants escape from the area. However, government forces retaliated with pellets and teargas shells at the protesters to chase them away.
Thousands of mourners participated in the last rites of these slain militants.
Two militants killed in Bijbehara gunfight
Srinagar, Apr 25: Two militants were killed after a gunfight broke out between militants and security forces in Bagender Mohalla area of Bijbehara in Anantnag district on Thursday morning.
The duo was killed after a gunfight broke out between them and a joint team of the Indian Army’s 3 Rashtriya Rifles unit and a Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The exchange of fire began while security forces had been carrying out cordon and search operations after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in the area. An official said that the militants opened fire on the troopers when they were closing in on their hiding spot.
A search operation is underway as the forces believe there were three militants in hiding in Bagender Mohalla.
The police spokesman identified the slain as Safder Amin Bhat (25), son of Muhammad Amin of Zirpara Bijbehara and Burhan Ahmad Ganaie (25) of Malipora Hablish Kulgam. He said the duo was affiliated with Hizb-ul -Mujahideen militant outfit.
Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of the encounter, he said, adding that the police have registered a case.
“Citizens are requested not to venture inside encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any,” said the spokesman.
Thousands of people participated in funeral prayers of two slain militants in Bijbehara and SK Colony Lazibal areas of Anantnag.
Meanwhile, internet services were also suspended for “precautionary measures” and a complete shutdown is being observed in the district.
Ladakh Parliamentary Seat: Karbalai in fray to cut Muslim votes and benefit Congress?
Srinagar, Apr 25: Ahead of the elections for it, the Ladakh Parliamentary Seat is in the spotlight these days as Asgar Ali Karbalai, who is contesting as an Independent candidate, may play spoilsport for Sajjad Hussain who has support of the NC, PDP and powerful religious groups of Kargil.
Four candidates are in the fray for Ladakh parliamentary constituency that will go to polls on May 6.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, while Rigzin Spalbar is Congress’ candidate. Both the candidates are from Leh district. Sajjad Hussain, and Asgar Ali Karbalai are contesting as independents. Both are from Kargil district.
Asgar has claimed that he has left the Congress, however a source within the party said his contesting of elections is to “cut the Muslim vote in Ladakh to benefit the Congress candidate.”
“He has no support of any religious group unlike Sajjad. If he will be able to cut the Muslim vote, Congress will be the hugely benefitted,” the source said.
It said that PDP and NC decided not to field candidates as they would have divided the Muslim votes and would have benefitted the BJP.
The PDP and NC have decided to support journalist turned politician Sajjad in the parliamentary elections. He is the candidate of Anjuman Jamiatul Ulama Islamia School Kargil (AJUISK), the largest religious organisation of the region and also backed by Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust.
“Both National Conference and PDP have unanimously decided to support Sajjad, who has been fielded by Kargil’s powerful religious organization, Islamia School,” National Conference General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, said.
Asked why the National Conference did not field its own candidate, Sagar replied, “We have several top leaders in Ladakh. But when powerful religious organizations decided to field the candidate, we decided to support him. All religious groups are on platform on his candidature. We hope that he would win the elections.”
Senior PDP leader Nizam-ud-Din Bhat too confirmed that NC and PDP have unanimously decided to support Independent candidate, Sajjad.
“We decided not to field our own candidate because this candidate has backing of two religious groups, and he represents the sentiments of people,” Bhat said.
In Kashmir, the PDP and NC have been fighting against each other as both parties have fielded their candidates against one another on all three parliamentary seats. The NC and Congress are jointly fighting the Srinagar, Jammu and Udhampur parliament seats while there is a “friendly” contest between their candidates for Baramulla and Anantnag seats.
In 2014 Thupstan Chhewang of Bharatiya Janata Party won with a margin of 36 votes. Chhewang secured 31,111 votes while Independent Ghulam Raza secured 31,075 votes. Chhewang last year resigned, citing ‘discrimination’ against Ladakh, as the reason.
Spread over Leh and Kargil districts and having four assembly segments including Kargil, Zanaskar, Nobra and Leh, Ladakh is geographically one of the largest and population-wise one of the smallest constituencies in the country. There are about 1.72 lakh eligible voters for the Ladakh seat.
NIA summon to Shabir Shah’s daughter shameful: Mehbooba
Srinagar, Apr 25: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday termed National Investigation Agency (NIA) summon to Shabir Shah’s daughter as “shameful”.
Addressing a rally at Kulgam district in south Kashmir, the PDP president while condemning the issuance of ED summon to Sama Shabir, the daughter of Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmed Shah said, “She has been summoned in connection with case of money laundering in 2007 when she was just five years old. The harassment has increased over the years.”
She said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was summoned by the NIA and Yaseen Mailk faced detention and constant harassment. “This shows the sheer desperation of centre,” she claimed.
She maintained, “The abrogation of Article 35-A and 370 will render the basis of accession null and void. Thus, we should strive towards safeguarding the special status.”
Mehbooba took jibes at the BJP president, Amit Shah over his statement that there is Modi wave in India.
“Had this been true, the Balakote airstrikes wouldn’t happen then? Incidents like mob lynching and oppression on the marginalized sections wouldn’t be so commonplace,” she said.
She said while taking potshots at the NC vice-president Omar Abdullah, “Omar is living in this delusion that the people in her home town Bijebhera in Anantnag district have rejected her and voted for NC. I want to make this thing clear that it’s my hometown and people are supportive of me and are still unknown to Omar.”
Ruling out that government employees participated in her Pulwama election rally, she said, “This is completely false. No government employees participated in that rally. I have nothing to do with these employees as I am not a part of the government.”
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