Kishtwar, April 10 : Police has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and has arrested ten suspected persons in connection with the killing of RSS leader and his PSO in Kishtwar district where curfew continued for the second consecutive day Wednesday amid internet gag.
Official sources said that army also carried a flag march even as additional deployment has been made in the various areas of the mountainous district.
A police officer told GNS that five-member SIT has been constituted and it would be headed by DSP Headquarter Kishtwar Aijaz Ahmad Sheikh to probe the incident.
“10 suspected persons have been arrested and they include some employees of the hospital where the attack took place,” he said.
RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma was killed inside the premises of District Hospital Kishtwar where he was working as a medical assistant at hospital’s out-patient (OPD) department. His PSO Rajinder Kumar was also killed while his service rifle was decamped by the gunmen.
“A case under an FIR 67/2019 under section 302, 307, 192 RPC, 7/25 IA Act, 13/16/20/23 ULA Act has been registered in connection with the murder,” Station House Officer (SHO), Kishtwar Haji Mohammad Bashir told GNS.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, M.K. Sinha told GNS that several suspected persons have been arrested but declined to comment further about the arrestees, underlining that the investigation was underway.
Meanwhile, the army carried out a fresh flag march in several parts of the district amid curfew for the second day. The Internet also remained suspended for the second consecutive day in Kishtwar and Bhaderwah.
3 killed, 11 injured as landslide hits mini-bus in JK’s Doda
Jammu, April 24: At least three persons were killed and 11 injured when a mini-bus came under a huge boulder after a landslide hit a stretch of road in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday, officials said.
The mini-bus was on its way to Gandoh from Thathri, when a big rock hit it at Piyakul belt in the afternoon, they said.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Gandoh Bhallesa, Nawaz Khanday confirmed the casualties.
Thathri Sub-Divisional Magistrate Mohd Anwar Banday said preliminary reports suggest that the mini-bus, which was crossing the muddy patch, apparently came under debris and rocks due to the landslide.
Locals and police immediately reached the spot and after rescuing the passengers, shifted the injured ones to Primary Health Centre (PHC) Kahara.
The identification of those dead or injured in the incident is not known yet.
No one ready to take over JeM leadership in Kashmir: Army
Calling it a healthy sign, the Army on Wednesday said that there has been a decline in the recruitment of local Kashmiri people in militant outfits after the recent crackdown by the forces.
Addressing a joint press conference of the state police and the Army, Director General of Police in Jammu & Kashmir Dilbag Singh said, “Recruitment of local youth continues to be low, it is a healthy sign. 272 militants were eliminated in the state during 2018 and a large number were apprehended.”
Elaborating further on the numbers, KJS Dhillon, GOC 15 Corps, said, “Total 69 militants have been killed and 12 have been apprehended this year. Post Pulwama 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis.”
Dhillon added that the operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up.
Talking about how the forces have suppressed the Jaish-e-Mohammed, the outfit behind the Pulwama attack, Dhillon said, “We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley. Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM, specially after Pulwama attack.
Baramulla youth goes missing, family seeks help
Baramulla, April 24 : Family members of 18-year-old missing youth here have urged their son to return home and appealed government to help them in tracing him. A youth identified as Adnan Ali Chanan, son of Mohammed Ali Chanan of Arampora Baramulla district is missing since April 14.
His father Mohammad Ali Channa told KNO that soon after he left home, they tried to call him several times but “his phone was switched off. “We called our relatives and his friends but could not find him,” he said, appealing his son to return home.
After failing to trace him, the family has filed a missing report in Police station Baramulla. Meanwhile, police officials told KNO that family have lodged a missing report and further investigation have been taken up to trace out the missing youth.(KNO)