Exchange of fire in Tral forests, Policeman wounded, Army soldier succumbs; militants escape

A gunfight broke out between militants and government forces at Laam forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday morning. Official sources said that a joint team of army’s 42 RR, SOG and CRPF have cordoned the forest of Goitango in Laam in Tral. As such the joint team intensified the combing operation, the militants hiding opened the fire triggering off a gunfight, they said. Following the brief exchange of gunfight, the militants believed to be three in number reportedly fled from the spot. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of…

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#KathuaRapeMurder: Student protests erupt at Boniyar, Rafiabad, Delina, Sopore, scores injured during violent clashes

12 students were injured during clashes between students and the government forces on Thursday morning. Kashmir Post has learnt that several students from local coaching centres were injured after government forces resorted to tear smoke shelling and pellet firing here to disperse the protesting students. A medico in SDH Shopian told Kashmir Post that twelve injured students were brought to the hospital, who had pellet injuries out of which two were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment. A civilian sustained injuries during the clashes that erupted between students and government…

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Scores injured as protest turned violent in south Kashmir seeking justice for Kathua Rape & Murder victim

At least fifteen persons, including several students, were injured after protests seeking justice for Kathua minor turned violent in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Wednesday. Clashes triggered a shutdown in the town. The students carrying banners assembled at Khanabal-Pahalgam road and took out a protest march seeking justice for Kathua minor. Soon clashes between forces and students erupted leading to the closure of shops and other business establishments in the town. Police used tear gas and baton charged the protesting students, leading to injuries to fifteen people, mostly students.…

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Post stone pelting protests mobile internet service suspended in Jammu

Internet service was suspended in Jammu region on Tuesday to prevent spreading of rumours and hate messages, said an official. The official, who wished anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media, said that the decision was taken by the government and telecom operators were asked to suspend the service forthwith. A source in the police said that the decision was taken in view of law and order situation in Saroor area of Jammu. He said that reports of stone-pelting were received from the area, which falls…

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Lal Singh begins march to demand CBI probe into Kathua Rape-Murder case

Former minister and BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh who was forced to resign last week for rallying in support of the accused in horrific rape-and-murder of Kathua girl on Tuesday began a march to demand CBI probe into the case. “The fight is for justice only and its will be done with identifying real culprits,” Singh said while addressing hundreds of supporters at Satwari Chowk in Jammu as he began his Kathua march. “She was our own daughter. We are fighting to punish her culprits but it is unfortunate that…

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Idrees Mir, missing armyman joins Hizbul Mujahideen: JK Police

An Army man who had gone missing from south Kashmir earlier this month has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen terror group, police officials said on Monday. Idrees Mir, who was posted in the Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) unit, joined the group yesterday, a police official said. The official said Mir had gone missing from Shopian. He joined the group along with two locals who had also been missing. The Army maintains that he is “missing” and has no confirmation about his joining the terror outfit. According to the…

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Post Shutdown call, Restrictions imposed in Srinagar

Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Thursday due to a valley-wide protest shutdown called by separatists against the killing of four civilians in a gunfight on Wednesday. The shutdown has been called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The police said restrictions were imposed in Srinagar’s old city and also in the uptown areas falling under the jurisdiction of Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations. Cancelling a cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday in…

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Four Civilians, Armyman killed, 60 Civilains, 2 Troopers wounded during Kulgam Gunfight

The civilian death toll mounted to four after another youth injured in clashes near gunfight site in Khudwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The slain was identified as Aijaz Ahmad Palla, 30 from Bijbehara. Reports said Palla was injured in clashes near the site of gunfight in Wani mohalla area of Khudwani. Earlier, three civilians – identified as Sharjeel Ahmad Sheikh (28), Bilal Ahmad Tantray (16) of Hawoora Mishpora and Faisal Illahi (14) of Melhoora Shopian – were killed in clashes with the forces. A soldier has also been…

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KEA seeks FIR against lawyers for blocking challan in Asifa rape-murder case

A traders’ body in Kashmir has warned of protests if an FIR wasn’t lodged against the lawyers and “other similar forces” which prevented the Crime Branch from filing charge-sheet against the seven accused in the horrific rape and murder of the eight-year-old Asifa Bano in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kathua yesterday. Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chief Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan “has given an ultimatum to the government to book the erring lawyers and other similar forces or face counter protests in Kashmir region.” “Support for rapists doesn’t make…

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Gunfight breaks out in Pulwama, One local militant killed

A gunfight broke out between militants and government forces at Kangan area of Pulwama in South Kashmir on Friday afternoon. One local militant killed during initial gunfight, search operation still going in the area….Clashes also started between protesters & forces SSP Pulwama Mohammad Aslam Choudary told GNS that a cordon-and-search operation was launched by a joint team of army’s 55 RR, police and CRPF at Kangan orchards following inputs about the presence of some militants. As the joint party approached the suspected spot, the militants hiding in the area opened fire…

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