Two devotees hurt in stone-pelting incident as thousands of Kashmiri Pandits throng Kheer Bhawani Temple

Mehbooba, who visited the shrine, used this occasion to reach out to the pandits. Two women devotees were injured in a stray stone-pelting incident even as thousands of Kashmiri Pandits thronged the shrine of Mata Kheer Bhawani to participate in the annual mela at Tulmula village in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Police said unidentified miscreants were pelting stones on a new police post when a bus carrying pilgrims to Mata Kheer Bhawani shrine was passing by at Wanpoh village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Friday evening. “A stone…

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Militants disarm policemen, decamp with four riffles in Kulgam

Police have launched a massive manhunt to nab the militants behind the incident. Militants disarmed heavily armed policemen and decamped with four weapons when they stormed into a police picket guarding the minority Hindu inhabited Adijan village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday night. Police said the incident occurred when a group of heavily armed militants overpowered the cops in the bunker and fled with four weapons including two INSAS and two SLR riffles along with six magazines full of bullets. “Four policemen were deployed in the picket. They…

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Kid from Kulgam wins gold in Olympiad

A student of Class IIIfrom remote Aharbal village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, won a gold medal in the 9th International Mathematics Olympiad. Viqar Majeed Magray, a Class IIIstudent of Kids Career Public School, secured second rank in India and 104th international rank in the Olympiad exams. These were held by the Science Olympiad Foundation in October- November 2015, the results of which were out recently. The Science Olympiad Foundation promotes science, mathematics, computer education and English language skills among school children across the country. During the academic year 2014-15,…

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Four youth injured in clashes

Four youth suffered pellet injuries as intermittent clashes between stone pelting protesters and law enforcing agencies continued for the third day in Qoimoh area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district where a Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed on Sunday. The youth were injured when security forces fired pellet guns and burst tear gas shells to disperse stone-pelting protesters during a clash at village Khudwani, 57 km from here, a police officer said. He said while Rouf, Sayeed Ashiq and Tufail Dar suffered injuries in their eyes, Ayan Ahmad received injuries in…

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Kulgam areas shut for 2nd day to mourn killing of Hizb militant

Complete shutdown was observed in Kaimoh and adjoining areas of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday to pay homage to Hizb ul Mujahideen militant Dawood Ahmad Sheikh. Violent clashes also broke out in the area resulting in injuries to several people. Sheikh died in a brief gunfight with government forces in Buchroo village of Kulgam on Sunday night. Shops remained closed for the second consecutive day in Kaimoh, Khudwani, Redwani, Frisal, Yaripora and adjoining areas while traffic was also off the roads. Witnesses said that police and paramilitary forces wearing…

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Six separate funeral prayers held for slain Hizb militant in Qaimoh

• Thousands including masked militants participate in his Nimaz-e-Jinaza • 7 civilians, many cops injured in day-long clashes At least six separate funeral prayers were held Monday for the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Dawood Sheikh killed in a gunfight with troops yesterday after overwhelming number of people thronged the Qaimoh village of Kulgam to pay their last respects to the slain militant. 21 year old Hizb commander Sheikh Dawood was killed in Buchroo village of Kulgam district during a brief gunfight with forces yesterday. He was a resident of Qaimoh village…

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Two Army men arrested for extortion in Kulgam

Four persons, including two Army men, have been arrested in Kulgam district of south Kashmir for allegedly extorting money on gun point while posing as Hizbul Mujahideen militants. The Army men have been found involved in more than one case of extortion, the police said. The police were investigating an extortion complaint by a doctor from Khrewan village of the district when the role of the two Army men came under scrutiny. The accused soldiers have been identified as Muhammad Yousuf Teli and Muhammad Rafiq Khanday of Jammu and Kashmir…

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Student arrested for attacking policeman

A policeman was today stabbed in his head with a machete by a student with the intention of snatching his rifle at the Wanpoh railway station in Kulgam district. The policeman was hospitalised and is stated to be stable. He has been identified as constable Tinku Khushwaha of the 3rd Battalion of the Railway Protection Special Force. The attacker, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Kulgam, was overpowered and arrested by the injured policeman’s colleagues. Police said Tariq, 22, a BA-II student, carried out the attack about 2 pm. “Bhat,…

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CRPF went on a ‘rampage’ in Kulgam, allege locals

‘Damaged vehicles and residential houses’ DC orders probe Scores of people Friday staged a protest outside District Development Commissioner’s office in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district accusing Indian troopers of CRPF from 18 Battalion of damaging more than 50 private vehicles and residential houses in the dead of the night. The protesters who parked the damaged vehicles outside DC office alleged that scores of CRPF personnel from nearby 18 Battalion camp went on rampage on Thursday night and damaged the vehicles parked on roads as well as inside the residential houses.…

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Three south Kashmir districts lay claim over Abu Qasim’s body

People from three districts of south Kashmir are laying claim over the body of Abu Qasim who died in a gunfight with government forces last night. Thousands of people who participated in the funeral prayers of Qasim at Bugam village in Kulgam district have so far failed to evolve at a consensus over the custody of Lashkar militant’s body, said a witness. He said delegations of people from Kakapora in Pulwama, Khudwani in Kulgam and other areas want the body to be buried in their villages. The basis of the…

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