Violent protests after Hizb militant killed in Kupwara

Security forces on Tuesday shot dead a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir, triggering violent protests in Sopore to which he belonged. Police said Sameer Wani was killed after security forces surrounded a house in Nagri village in Kupwara district, some 100 km from here, following information that some militants were hiding there. A police officer told IANS that security forces came under heavy fire from the hideout, leading to fighting that left Wani, the Hizb divisional commander for north Kashmir, dead. As soon as reports of Wani’s…

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Kashmiri Pandit family returns home, rejects township plan

A Pandit family on Tuesday visited their ancestral house at Lolab in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district and condemned “agencies for conspiracies to create communal disharmony” in the state. Jaggar Nath Raina (80) putting up at Jagti Migrant Camp in Nagrota area of Jammu region since the breakout of turmoil in 90’s has finally taken a stride forward to return his homeland after a gap of almost twenty-six years. The family has been one among the many who aspire to “revisit and revive their bond with the Muslim brethren in Kashmir”. Raina…

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Slain civilians laid to rest amid outpouring of grief

The three civilians killed in Army firing in Handwara were laid to rest amid tears and sobs. The funeral prayers of Nayeem Qadir Bhat were offered at Higher Secondary School Grounds in Handwara town before being buried at the local martyr’s graveyard on Wednesday afternoon. Personnel of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength at both the places. Despite curfew-like restrictions, a large number of people attended the funeral. A group of wailing women could be heard eulogizing Nayeem’s cricketing skills while cursing the government and Army. Iqbal Ahmad…

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Avalanche hit in north Kashmir, killing two BRO labours

Two people were killed on Sunday when an avalanche hit a place near Sadhna Pass in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a police officer said. “Two civilians, who were working as Beacon (Border Roads Organisation) labourers, came under an avalanche during snow clearance operation at Khooni Nallah near Sadhna Pass,” the officer who did not want to be named because he was not authorised talk to the press said. The official said they two were rescued but they died at a hospital. The divisional administration issued a medium danger avalanche warning…

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Chilai Kalaan inflicts grief on last day

A teenage student was killed and two others injured when they were swept by an avalanche in Machhil area of Kupwara district Saturday morning. Today was the last day of ChilaiKalaan, the harshest 40-day period of winter that begins December 21 and ends January 30. The avalanche hit ChuntiwariBalla area of Machil resulting in the on-spot death of 15-year-old Mehrajudin Khan (15) son of Bashir Ahmad of KatwaraMachil. Two other injured boys were immediately taken to Machhil hospital where from they were referred to Sub-district hospital Kupwara for specialized treatment.…

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Protests, shutdown in Lolab against militant killings

Complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in Diver, Dardpora, Lalpora and Sogam areas of Lolab against the killing of three Lashker-e Toiba militants in an encounter with army on Saturday at Dardpora village. Reports said that all shops and other business establishments were closed to traffic in the area. Meanwhile scores of villagers from Lalpora, Diver and Dardepora marched raising pro-freedom slogans and reached the local graveyard at Dardpora where three militants were buried last evening and offered funeral prayers in absentia. One militant was killed on Friday evening and…

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Avalanche hits Machhil in north Kashmir, killing a student

A teenage boy died and two others were injured after an avalanche struck the forest area of Machhil in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday morning. A police officer told Srinagar based news agency GNS that the avalanche hit the Chuntiwari Balla area of Machhil in the frontier district, resulting in on-spot death of a 15-year-old boy. After the news spread in the area, all the locals and police rushed to the spot and retrieved the body, the official said. The injured boys were immediately taken to Machhil hospital where…

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Jan 27, 1994: When 27 civilians including 3 cops were gunned down by Indian Army

It was on 27 January 1994 when the troopers of 31 Medium Regiment allegedly gunned down 27 civilians including three policemen in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district for observing shutdown on the eve of India’s Republic Day. Justice continues to elude the families of victims even after the expiry of 22 long years. The First Information Report vide number 19/1994 under section 302, 307 lodged in Police Station Kupwara reads that, ““in a criminal assault, the soldiers of 31 Medium Regiment who were on road opening party duty led by field…

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Accused army man has admitted meeting missing Kupwara trio: Police

Judicial remand of arrested trooper extended till Dec 19 The remand of Territorial Army (TA) man, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in disappearance of three residents of Kupwara, has been extended till December 19 while police said the accused trooper has admitted his meeting with the trio, who went missing since November 17. The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kupwara Iqbal Massodi today extended police remand of the accused trooper, Manzoor Ahmad Khawaja till December 19 (Saturday). During the hearing, counsel of the complainants Advocate Bilal Malik informed…

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Accused Indian Army soldier handed over to police

‘Abductor’ remanded to police custody ‘We are dying of starvation: Family members Indian Army soldier accused of abducting two civilians from Dardpora Kralpora of frontier district Kupwara was remanded to police custody till December 11. Earlier police approached Hari Thregam Army camp on Tuesday evening and detained the accused Territorial man Manzoor Khawaja who is posted there. Deputy Inspector General of Police for North Kashmir Gareeb Das confirmed to CNS that Manzoor was picked up by police from Territorial Army camp on Tuesday evening. “The Army cooperated with the police…

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