‘Catch them alive and understand their grievances’: Security forces new mantra in Kashmir

In a departure from conventional approach, security forces battling militancy in Jammu and Kashmir have shifted focus on “catching them alive” and motivating them to return to their families. “Our effort is to catch them alive and understand their grievances. After all, a 15 or 16-year-old boy can’t be brainwashed to the extent that he would like to be killed in a gunfight. There has to be a counter-narrative,” a senior official engaged in counter-insurgency operations was quoted as saying by PTI. As per officials, the strategy of police and…

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Hizbul Mujahideen releases photo of service weapons looted from J&K Police in Srinagar

Pakistan-backed terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has released photos of the three service weapons looted from the Jammu and Kashmir policemen from Srinagar on Thursday evening. According to reports, the terror outfit has released the photos on its Facebook account named ”Hamzah Hizbi”. Two J&K policemen were detained for questioning after they reported to the authority that a group of armed terrorists had attacked their guard post and took away their rifles. The incident took place a guard post of a hotel in the Srinagar city on Thursday evening. The policemen…

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Heavy security across Valley on PM Modi’s arrives

Hurriyat chief Mirwaiz urges him to listen to Kashmiris’ mann ki baat: ‘Resolve Kashmir dispute’ A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to J&K, the state was enveloped in a security blanket as area domination operations were intensified. The visit has kindled hope in the region where levels of violence have increased at a pace never seen in the past decade and the cessation of counter-insurgency operations is being seen as a major peace-making initiative. The announcement of ceasefire in J&K by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is…

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Awami Ittehad Party will great PM Modi with black flags during Kashmir visit: Er. Rasheed

The Independent legislator from Langate constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, said today that activists of his outfit would show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the valley on May 19. “Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) will receive Modi with black flags so as to make the world community realise that India is not serious and sincere in resolving the Kashmir issue and also as a protest against police atrocities in the valley,” Rasheed told reporters. He said his party would salute the prime…

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Centre declares Ramadan ceasefire, LeT rejects, Hurriyat tight-lipped, Mainstream welcomes

The forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramadan but they reserve the right to retaliate if attacked, the Home Ministry said today. The announcement came two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Officials said the move is not a concession to the extremists but an effort to create an environment free of terror and violence during the holy month and there will be no lowering of guard. Today’s decision has been taken to…

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From years to months, career span of militants shrinking in Kashmir

The career span of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has shrunk considerably over the last few years due to a raft of factors including better coordination among security forces, a first-rate intelligence network, and poorly trained terrorists, according to army officers monitoring the situation in the state. From three to four years a few years ago, the career span of terror recruits, many of them recruited by handlers as cannon fodder, has come down to a few months now, these people added on condition of anonymity. There has been a…

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Policeman killed in weapon snatching bid in Budgam

A policeman was killed after cops foiled a weapon snatching bid of militants on the guard post in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday. A police spokesman said militants today attempted to force their entry inside a Guard post at Wardwan, Budgam. “Militants appeared outside the Guard Post and held-up policeman Shamim Ahmad, who was unarmed and going to offer Friday prayers at a local mosque.Shamim was asked by militants to lead toward the Guard Post. However, he raised an alarm and the alert cops inside the Guard Post successfully…

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Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh flyover phase-I to be inaugurated today

After missing number of deadlines, Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh phase-I flyover will be thrown open for traffic on Friday. The phase-I which includes the area from Amar Singh College to Barzulla will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Talking to Kashmir Post, Director Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Kashmir, Showkat Ahmad Wani said, “We have decided to throw open the phase-I from Amar Singh College to Barzulla. The traffic from Zero Bridge towards Airport will be allowed to move through this phase.” He said all the arrangements have been made…

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Hardened local terrorists a concern for security forces

Kashmiris joining the Hizbul Mujahideen are now displaying a higher level of commitment and risk-taking on par with foreign terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba or Jaish-e Mohammad operating in Jammu & Kashmir, a trend that has seen locals stage terrorist strikes and choose death over surrender when cornered by security forces. “Local terrorists recruited by Hizbul Mujahideen had carried out a terrorist strike at a CRPF camp in Pulwama on December 31, 2017. Until then, suicide attacks were known to be the preserve of ‘well-trained and committed’ foreign terrorists pushed into J&K…

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Since Jan 1, 36 Civilians, 1 Tourist, 24 Soldiers, 74 Militants Killed across Kashmir Valley

A 22 year old tourist from Tamil Nadu was killed and his mother and another relative injured when the car in which they were travelling came under a volley of stones hurled by protestors on the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. The tragic incident has added to the toll of lives lost in the Valley averaging to a violent death a day since January 1 this year. Civilians and soldiers have taken the brunt with at least 60 being killed in the ongoing confrontation between the state and the people with about 74…

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