Srinagar, Jun 13: Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Thursday that the ‘fidayeen’ (suicide squad) attack in Anantnag district on Wednesday was carried out at the behest of Pakistan.
Speaking to the media here, Malik said: “Whenever there is peace in the Valley, Pakistan tries to disrupt it by resorting to such attacks.”
The Governor said the peaceful conduct of the Lok Sabha elections had not gone down well with the handlers of militants in Pakistan.
Asked if it was a matter of concern that the attack was carried on the road that will be taken by pilgrims for the forthcoming Amarnath Yatra, he said: “Security forces would not allow militants to get near the ‘yatris’. The attack was not on the ‘yatris’ as the ‘yatra’ is yet to commence.”
On Wednesday evening, militants carried out a fidayeen attack in Anantnag district killing five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and injuring several others including a police officer.
Malik also expressed deep anguish over the loss of CRPF men.Governor has conveyed that his heart goes out to the departed soldiers and their families.
Condemning this cowardly attack, Governor has observed that whenever successful attempts are made by the Security Forces to either conduct peaceful elections or continuous elimination of terrorists, the masterminds of militants from across the border order them to carry out fidayeen attacks on Forces and yesterday’s attack in Anantnag district was also a fidayeen attack.
There was no security lapse; will fine tune security plan for Yatra: Adv Kumar
Srinagar, Jun 13: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar Thursday said that there was no security lapse in Anantnag fidayeen attack and that the security agencies will fine tune the security strategy for the upcoming Amarnath pilgrimage starting from July 1 from South Kashmir and Central Kashmir routes.
“No security lapse was there in Anantnag attack. An opportunity lies with the first blaze. The attack was repulsed within ten minutes and the attacker was gunned down at a public place where transport movement was also high,” Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony of five slain CRPF men at STC Humhama where all the senior officers of Police and CRPF had assembly to pray floral tributes to those killed that include two ASI rank officers and three others.
Replying to a query whether Al-Umar was behind the attack, the advisor Kumar said that they have claimed the responsibility and “we will ascertain the authenticity of their claims. We are at it.” He said while framing the security plan for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, all the angles will be kept in mind—the past and the recent attacks. “We will take sufficient precautions for the Yatra plan,” he said.
Advisor Kumar said that everybody has appreciated the successful anti militancy operations and the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the Valley, but some people are being sent from across who want to disturb the local temperature here. “But we are resonate and ready to foil all such designs,” he said.
DG CRPF briefs Home Secretary about post attack scenario: Sources
Srinagar, Jun 13: Director General of CRPF R R Bhatnagar on Thursday visited the office of Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba in New Delhi and apprised him the situation prevailing in Kashmir, especially Anantnag post Fidayeen attack.
Sources said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also sought a detailed report from the security top brass in Kashmir on the situation emerging post Anatnang attack.
“The Home Minister is likely to chair a crucial security meeting in the days ahead in New Delhi to discuss the fall out of the attack. He may also suggest few changes to be made in the security plan to be put in place for the Amarnath Yatra commencing from July 1,” sources privy, to Union Home Minister said.
They said that the security agencies will also look into the claims made by Al-Umar Mujahideen for the attack. “It is to be seen that whether Al-Umar has been resurrected from across or militant are using its name as a proxy,” said a defence expert. “Investigations are on.”
Militant, Army officer killed in Anantnag gunfight
Srinagar, Jun 17: An Army officer and a militant were killed and three other soldiers including a Major injured in a gunfight in south Kashmir Anantnag district on Monday, police said.
Police sources said the officer was shot at during the firing exchange between the holed-up militants and security forces in Bidoora village in Achabal area of the district.
The slain militant was believed to be a foreigner.
SSP Anantnag, Altaf Khan said that the operation was launched following specific inputs about the presence of some militants in the area.
He said that as the joint team intensified the searches, the militants, hiding in the area, opened fire which was retaliated, triggering off a gunfight.
Initially, sources said, the joint team of forces and militants exchanged gunfire for some time during which the house, in which the militants were hiding, was damaged. Later there was a lull for about an hour even as Army rushed more reinforcements and the joint team started searches to find out the militants.
Soon the militants rose from the debris and opened indiscriminate fire on the forces, resulting in the on-spot death of Major Keetan Sharma and injuries to three others including another Army Major Rahul Verma, sources said.
They added the joint team of forces retailed the fire, leading to the fresh gunfight in an open field. While one militant was killed and the search operation is underway to find if there is any more militant hiding in the area.
The identity and group affiliation of the slain militant is being ascertained, sources said.
Meanwhile, youth took to streets and pelted stones at the security forces. The police and paramilitary CRPF deployed in the area used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.
In wake of the operation, the authorities snapped internet service in the southern district.
IED blast in Pulwama, 6 soldiers, 2 civilians injured
Srinagar, Jun 17: Militants on Monday attempted to blow off an Army vehicle in a village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A police official said that an armoured vehicle of Army came under an IED attack in Hargam Arihal village of Pulwama. He added that after the blast militants also fired some gunshots towards the vehicle.
Local residents informed that they heard huge blast followed by gunshots.
Reports said that six soldiers and two civilians were injured in the blast. The soldiers were shifted to Army’s 92 base hospital at Badamibagh, Srinagar for treatment.
The area was soon cordoned off, officials said.
Earlier, reports said that militants exploded an IED under a Casper vehicle, extensively damaging it, as an army convoy passed through Arihal. However, the army clarified that the damaged vehicle was not a Casper, but an Ashok Leyland Stallion truck.
Three of them who were travelling in the cabin of the vehicle are stated to be serious, the news agency reported.
The blast was triggered by militants using a car laden with explosives, GNS reported attributing the same to “initial investigations by police.”
“A police officer that the explosives were fitted inside a car and investigators are probing the owner of the vehicle. Asked, which type of vehicle was used, the officer said that it is a matter of investigation,” the news agency reported.
“Samples have been collected and further probe is underway,” the officer was quoted saying.
In a statement, the Army called the attack a “failed attempt” by militants. The troops are safe, barring a few minor injuries, it said, adding, “The area has been cordoned and search operations are in progress”.
The blast comes days after Pakistan had reportedly shared information with India and America regarding the possibility of major militant attack in the south Kashmir district. (With inputs from GNS)
Emotional scenes at slain SHO’s wreath-laying ceremony
Srinagar, Jun 17: Emotional scenes were Monday witnessed at District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar as top cops and bureaucrats attended the wreath-laying ceremony of the slain police officer Arshad Khan, who had sustained critical injuries in a militant attack in Anantnag last week and later succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS, Delhi on Sunday.
J&K Police chief Dilbagh Singh, Advisors to Governor K Vijay Kumar and KK Sharma, Home Secretary Shaleen Kabra, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmed Khan, ADGP Muneer Khan, and SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal, among other civil and police officers were present on the occasion.
J&K Police shared two heart wrenching photos of Dr Mughal carrying the deceased’s son in his arms during the wreath-laying ceremony.
In the photos, a teary-eyed Haseeb is seen carrying slain Arshad Khan’s son while paying tributes to his colleague.
On the occasion, Advisor Kumar said that more than 1600 J&K Police personnel have lost their lives in the line of duty.
On June 12, around 4:50 pm, five paramilitary troopers and a militant were killed and four other security forces personnel including Arshad sustained injuries after militants attacked a joint party of CRPF and police at bus stand Anantnag.
Arshad was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital and then to Srinagar’ SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura. After being treated there for a few days, he was flown to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.
According to police, Arshad was inducted into police services in the year 2002 and was presently posted as SHO Anantnag. Khan is survived by father and mother, wife Neelofar, 5-year-old son Abuhan Khan, Danim 2, and a brother.