Civilian killed in Army firing in Kupwara, probe ordered

Family alleges cold-blooded murder A civilian was killed when the Army allegedly fired at him during an ambush laid down last night to trap militants in a remote village of Kupwara district, the police said. However, the Army said the victim identified as Asif Iqbal Bhat, 22, a resident of Thandipora village, was killed in the cross-firing between soldiers and militants, a claim refuted by locals. Following fierce clashes in the village that left at least eight policemen, including Kupwara Superintendent of Police injured, the police registered a case and…

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Proposed tunnel for Karnah Valley may put end to highway travails

The thought of the approaching winter season sends shivers down the spine of frail-looking Ali Ghor Khan of Chiterkote village. The 65-year-old has braved worst winters in the past, but the last snowfall changed his life and outlook forever. People often ask him about the status of the Chowkibal-Teetwal highway, the only link to the landlocked area. Earlier this year when his wife died in Pathankot, he witnessed the horrors of this road. The memory is still fresh in his mind. Her body was carried on shoulders by his soldier…

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Men skipping mosque prayers to protect women in Kupwara

Three recent incidents of braid-chopping in Kupwara have triggered such panic among people that men in some villages have begun skipping evening and late evening prayers in mosques to protect their womenfolk at home. A teenaged girl’s (name withheld) braid was chopped by two veiled miscreants in the remote Budkoote village of the district around 3 pm today, triggering panic among locals. The accused barged into the house and gagged the girl’s mouth before chopping off her braid, said a relative of the victim, whose pictures went viral on social…

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Police enter Handwara college beat Teachers, Students to pulps

Government forces on Wednesday used teargas to disperse students of the Government Degree College, Handwara, who were protesting against the killing of their fellow student Shahid Bashir Mir by the forces a few days ago. The protesters accused the forces of entering the college premises and beating up several teachers and students after trying to subdue the protest by firing teargas canisters. Several girl students who fainted after inhaling tear gas were taken to the sub-district hospital Handwara for treatment, the protesters said. One of the teachers sustained minor injury,…

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Encounter underway in Kupwara, 2 to 3 terrorists trapped

An encounter broke out between the security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday. The firing is currently underway and the entire area has been cordoned off. About two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped, reported news agency ANI. On August 16, top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Ayub Lelhari was gunned in an encounter with security forces in Kakpora’s Banderpora in Pulwama district.

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Jammu Kashmir Bank adopted Kunan Poshpora village

In a significant move, Jammu and Kashmir Bank Friday decided to adopt two villages including Kunan Posh in border district of Kupwara. While speaking at a function after inauguration of J&K Bank’s Currency Chest Complex in Kupwara, J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed listed bank’s plan for the Kupwara district for next three years. He announced bank’s plan to adopt far flung villages to transform the lives through sustained economic development by exploring the respective local economies through skill development programmes and other relevant interventions. “We want to bring…

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Unabated sand mining poses threat to trout production in Kupwara

Despite a ban on sand mining, contractors in Kupwara district are using heavy machinery like earth cutters to extract huge quantities of sand and boulders from major streams in the district which is badly affecting the production of trout in these streams. Known for producing large quantities of fish, Nullah Warnow has become a major casualty of the sand-mining mafia. Local residents said truckloads of sand and boulders were being extracted from Nullah Warnow near Khumriyal and Gher Hatti. “The unabated extraction of sand and boulders is not only affecting…

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‘Political Interference’ renders Kupwara headless, Er Rashid protests, locks main gate of DC Office

While J&K Government boasts of taking governance to the doorsteps of common man, Kupwara district in north Kashmir is without administrative head for almost a month, which has taken a toll on day-to-day affairs of governance in one of the sensitive districts in Kashmir. The “deep political interference” in the administrative matters in the district is seen as a reason for reluctance of officials to their posting in the district. The position of District Development Commissioner Kupwara is lying vacant for past 25 days after government removed former Deputy Commissioner…

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Fear in Kupwara as forces damage property worth crores

Fear is writ large on the faces of residents of Panzgam area of Kralpora in Kupwara district. After two days when army men allegedly wreaked havoc in the village, residents have not come to terms and are in a state of shock. Haffeza Begum (name changed) while narrating the incident said, “There was firing and tear gas shelling outside. Army men broke the gate of our home and entered inside. They broke household goods and everything. We hid ourselves in the upper storey.” Residents alleged that computer shop of one…

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Protests in Lolab; locals demand exile of ‘Informer’

Hundreds of angry protesters Wednesday demanded deportation of a local (informer) allegedly involved in the killing of a foreign militant at Warnow village in Lolab region of Kupwara district. The protesters including women carried green flags amid ‘pro-freedom and anti-establishment’ slogans marched towards house of the accused. However, to avoid any eventuality police reached the spot and are tried to control the situation. The situation remained tense as the protesters were adamant to burn down the house of the accused informer. Reports said after Zuhr prayers hundreds of protesters from…

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