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Guv to admin, forces on Highway ban: Ensure common people are not harassed

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Srinagar, Apr 6: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday directed the administration to ensure that no Kashmiri is harassed in the wake of the order banning civilian movement on the highway for two days in a week.

The Governor said this while he was being briefed on the security situation in Kashmir, post Pulwama attack, at a high level meeting at Raj Bhavan, here on Saturday.
“Governor observed that the common people should not be put to inconvenience on account of curbs imposed during the movement of security convoys and suitable framework be put in place so that there is no unnecessary restrictions on the travel of civilians especially in emergencies,” said a Raj Bhavan spokesperson.
He underlined the importance of sustained efforts to bring peace and harmony in the society for the overall benefit of people.
After reviewing the prevailing security situation and arising challenges, Governor, as per the spokesperson, stressed the crucial importance of maintaining a sustained close watch on the ground situation.
He emphasised on the need to maintain and improve synergy between the security forces and the civil administration and uncompromising adherence to procedures which ensure against collateral damages while delivering effective counter-militancy responses.
Governor especially stressed the need of a heightened vigil along the IB and LoC, providing adequate security to all protected persons and all important establishments and installations.
The meeting was attended by K Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home; Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps and Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
The Governor during the day also visited the famed Tulip Garden here and praised the scenic beauty of Kashmir
“Kashmir is world’s most beautiful place and the people living here are very warm-hearted and hospitable,” he said urging people around the world to visit the valley.
“There is no threat to the tourists in Valley as the people living here show their utmost love and hospitality towards the tourists,” he said.
The Governor remarked that people from various parts of world, who have visited Kashmir in the past, are witness to the welcoming nature of the people and have felt no threat of any nature.
He was accompanied by all his four Advisors: K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, KK Sharma and K Skandan and Chief Secretary, BVR ‎Subhramanyam. Besides various high level officials from Administration were present on the occasion.
Governor also went around the garden and inspected the facilities being made available for the tourists. He directed the concerned authorities for preparing a comprehensive proposal for improving the garden with modern equipment and technology.
Governor stressed on capacity building of the officers and officials so that they can improve their skills and access information about global best practices in order to enhance their capabilities for providing better facilities to the Tourists.
Governor was informed that the garden which is spread over 30 hectares of land and is situated in the mesmerizing foothills of the Zabarwan hills on the banks of the Dal Lake is Asia’s largest tulip garden where over 12 lakh tulips of 51 varieties have been grown, all in full bloom these days. The garden was thrown open for the public on Sunday.

 
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Jaish almost wiped out, no one willing to head it: Army

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Army on Wednesday claimed the government forces have “severely targeted” the militants for the last few months and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was “almost wiped out with no one willing to take over it”.

Addressing a press conference here, GOC 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon, who was accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, said that 69 militants have been killed and 12 of them arrested so far this year.

“Post Pulwama incident, 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis while 13 were A+ category,” Dhillon said.

 

The GOC 15 Corps claimed that they have targeted JeM leadership.

“The situation now is so that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley,” he said.

“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM. The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he said, while appealing the local militants to surrender.

“Recruitment of local militants has gone down. In addition, those who surrender, we will take care of their security,” he said.

Dhillon also advised civilians not to rush to the encounter sites.

Asked about the bi-weekly restrictions on civilian traffic on the Highway, he replied, “This is just a temporary measure. There are now relaxations on the civilian traffic.”

On the occasion, the DGP said 272 militants were killed in the state during 2018 and a “large number was apprehended.”

He too claimed that the local recruitment in militant outfits had declined.

“2018 was generally a successful year. There has been less ‘law and order’ problem. We brought many youth (who had joined militancy) back to their homes,” the DGP claimed.

“Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state because of a well-planned security grid. Voter turnover at 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats, no one can be forced to vote,” he said.

Asked there were reports that 11 youth had gone missing in south Kashmir during the last one month, the IGP Kashmir said, “Few had gone missing but returned. They had gone missing for other reasons, not to join militancy.”

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Held Pak militant paraded before media

‘Chota Dujana was active in Srinagar for over a year’

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday presented a Pakistani militant Mohammad Waqar, alias Chota Dujana before the media, who, they claimed, was arrested from Pattan area in Baramulla on Monday.

During a press conference here, the militant was briefly allowed to respond to media.

“My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Miana Mohalla Punjab in Pakistan. I underwent a four-month militant training there,” he said.

 

 “I was told that Kashmiris are harassed, women are assaulted and Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers in Masjids. But I did not find any such thing here,” he replied when asked why had he picked up arms.

The militant was soon moved away.

SSP Baramulla, Abdul Wahid, said Waqar was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had arrived in Kashmir in July 2017.

“He was operating in Srinagar for over a year now,” the officer said.

He added that the militant was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri when they were intercepted by the police near Mirgund, Pattan.

“They were chased and arrested near Chainabal Pattan,” he said.

The SSP said that as per their preliminary investigations, the militant was given shelter in old city as well as uptown areas of Srinagar.

“His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla,” Wahid said.

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Malik sent to judicial custody till May 24

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New Delhi, Apr 24: A Delhi court Wednesday sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, arrested in connection with the alleged funding case, to judicial custody till May 24.

The Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns.

The family of Yasin Malik, said on Saturday, that the JKLF chief had fallen ill and was shifted to a Delhi hospital after he went on a hunger strike to protest against his “illegal” detention.

 

Earlier this month, Malik was brought to Delhi from Jammu and was later arrested by NIA in connection with an alleged case related to the funding of militant and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. He was produced in a special court which remanded him in NIA’s custody till April 22.

Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after NIA secured his production remand.  The JKLF chief was taken into preventive custody in February by the J&K police and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

Malik organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.

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