Operation All-Out, Starts in Kashmir, Army prepares kill list of 258 militants

Top security establishment of India has prepared a blueprint to deliver “a lethal blow to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir with a long term plan for a lasting peace in the trouble-torn Valley”, India Today TV reported. According to the report as many as 258 militants from a clutch of outfits have been shortlisted for “Operation All-Out” that has been launched strategically in parts of the region, the report said. Prime locations of militant activities were mapped well before the exercise got a go-ahead, the report revealed. “Intelligence agencies carried…

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Three LeT militants gunned down, Army officer injured in Pulwama gunfight

Protester killed in clashes following the encounter in south Kashmir Security forces achieved a major success when they killed three local Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in an overnight gunfight in south Kashmir’s volatile Pulwama district. An Army officer was also injured in the gunfight. The killing of three militants sparked tension in Pulwama and adjoining areas and during the clashes that followed a protester was killed and nearly two dozen others were injured in the daylong clashes. The gunfight erupted late Wednesday at Kakpora, nearly 25 km from Srinagar, when joint teams…

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Incessant rain lashes Kashmir Valley

The Kashmir valley is witnessing incessant rain for the past 24 hours, providing much relief to the people from the sweltering heat as the region is also observing Ramadan. The region, including summer capital Srinagar, witnessed light showers on Tuesday evening but by Wednesday morning moderate to heavy rain lashed different places. However, the rain had no dampening effect on Eid shoppers as the malls and markets in the capital witnessed a steady rush of the people today. On Monday, Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 27.4°C. It plummeted to…

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Army to deploy 2 more battalions in south Kashmir

Two additional battalions — a total of 2,000 men — of the Army will be sent as reinforcement to four troubled districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said today. With the presence of additional forces in Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama, some Army camps would be revived again, they said. The officials said the two additional battalions, which have already started moving to Kashmir, would be posted to some of the more vulnerable areas of the four districts. Major General BS Raju, General Officer Commanding of the Army’s Victor Force,…

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Cloud burst triggers flash floods havoc in Anantnag villages

Flash Floods triggered by cloudbursts wreaked havoc in several villages of Kokernag and Verinag areas of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday, officials said. A senior official said a cloudburst hit Kokernag on Wednesday night, triggering flash floods in Brengi Nallah that damaged several houses, roads, standing crops, orchards and water pipelines in Vail, Gohan, Ahlan Gadole, Fromu, Luher Sanzi, and Magraypora areas. Machines have been put into service to remove boulders, muck and stones accumulated by the flash floods, sub-divisional magistrate Kokernag, Muhammad Rauf Rehman told Kashmir Post. He…

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Markets across Valley abuzz with shoppers, ahead of Eid

As the countdown to Eid has begun, markets across the Valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, wore a festive look today as people came out in large numbers to shop. Residents thronged the markets in the Valley to buy groceries, clothes and eatables. Eid-ul-Fitr which marks the end of Ramazan is scheduled to be celebrated in the Valley on Monday (June 26), depending on the appearance of the moon. The business hub Lal Chowk, Goni Khan and Maharaja Bazaar in the city witnessed a heavy rush of shoppers, leading to…

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Farooq Abdullah insists on dialogue to tackle Kashmir Crisis

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah today said the Centre was “repeating its mistake” of looking at the Kashmir issue through the “security prism”. He reiterated his demand for a dialogue with all stakeholders, including Pakistan, to address the crisis in the Valley. “Today Kashmiris are annoyed with New Delhi as never before. Despite repeatedly highlighting the political problem of Kashmir and the attached wishes and aspirations, New Delhi is repeating the mistake of viewing the crisis in Kashmir through the prism of security,” Abdullah, a former Chief Minister, said in…

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‘Remilitarization’ in Shopian: Army sets up new camp, 2 more Coming up

Army has set up a new camp in south Kashmir’s Shopian district while two more such camps would be set up in its “volatile” areas in coming days. Sources told Kashmir Post that soldiers of Army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles have set up a camp in a building of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department in Nagisharen village, nearly 10 kms from Behibagh army camp. “The village is located eight kilometers from the Kulgam district boundary. The 62 RR is sharing operational duties with Kulgam as well as Shopian district,” they said.…

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One lakh Plastic Bullets, Chilli-filled PAVA Shells for Kashmir Valley from Center

The Centre has supplied security forces in Jammu and Kashmir with over one lakh plastic bullet to control violent crowds in the valley. The Centre has also supplied security forces with PAVA (made of pelargonic acid vanillyl amide, an organic compound found in natural chilli pepper) shells that are more pungent, to increase their effectiveness. The new shells consists of oleoresin, which is more natural and pungent in comparison to the chemical-based PAVA shells. The larger supply of plastic bullets, considered less lethal than the much-maligned pellet guns, has been…

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Govt Shuts Ganderbal College after pro-Pakistan Protests

Intense clashes erupted between students of Government Degree College Ganderbal and police on Monday after pro-Pakistan protests by the students, leaving several injured. Eyewitnesses and reports said that students Monday morning assembled in the college premises and burst firecrackers to celebrate Pakistan cricket team’s win against India in ICC Champion Trophy Final. Raising slogans, the students tried to come out of the college premises to march into the streets, however police immediately reached the spot and used force on the students, triggering clashes between the two sides. Reports said that…

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