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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Machil-II? 3 persons missing in Kupwara since Nov 17

Families accuse TA trooper for their disappearance  Court asks police to arrest accused army man in 24 hours Amid apprehensions of repeat of Machil-like fake encounter, families of two of the three persons of border district of Kupwara, who have gone missing since November 17, have accused Territory Army (TA) trooper of being involved in their disappearance and approached a local court here to seek his arrest. The court has directed police to arrest the accused TA trooper within 24 hours. Three persons identified as Gulam Jeelani Khatana 42, of…

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A month on, hunt for militants in Kupwara forests continues

In the frontier area of Kupwara district, close to the Line of Control (LoC), army men are engaged in one of the longest anti-militancy operations to trace 2-3 “battle hardened” militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba. Though the Army has scaled down the size of the operation, the siege around the dense forests — around 15 km from the LoC covering five villages — continues. In the one-month battle, one militant was gunned down and another died of cold. But, the Army also lost an officer of Special Forces, Col Santosh Mahadik, who…

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Tragedy for Tangdhar family: 2 sons killed in nine months

For the Sheikh family of Tangdhar in frontier Kupwara district, the death of Tanweer Ahmed Sheikh, 26, is the second tragedy in the past nine months. Tanweer was killed on Wednesday when three heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad militants tried to storm an Army base close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar. His younger brother Saddam (20) was killed after being buried in a snow avalanche in March this year. Tanweer worked with a Military Engineering Service contractor in the same camp which was attacked by the three militants. On…

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Militants attack army camp in Tangdhar

Militants on Wednesday attacked an Army camp in Tangdhar sector near the Line of Control (LoC) using small arms and under barrel grenade launchers. No casualties have been reported so far. “There was a stand off fire from Kalsuri Ridge (in Tangdhar sector) towards an army camp this morning,” an army official said. He said there was a brief lull before the militants opened fire again, triggering off a gunbattle, which was going on till last reports came in. The official said the militants seem to be heavily armed as…

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Staff at Kupwara exam centre suspended for abetting copying

Following complaints of copying at the exam centre at Government Higher Secondary School, Tikipora, the authorities today placed under suspension the examination staff, including the principal. The policemen deployed at the examination centre were placed under suspension, officials said. Kupwara residents, especially parents of Class XII students, hailed the authorities for taking action. Locals said action taken against the erring officials and policemen would serve as a deterrent to exam staff intending to resort to copying. “It is a good move to take action against the erring staff and policemen,”…

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Army Colonel killed in Kupwara encounter

An Army colonel was killed on Tuesday in an encounter with militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Kashmir, officials said. Colonel Santosh Mahadik, the commanding officer of 41 Rashtriya Rifles, sustained serious injuries when a search party he was leading came under fire from militants in the dense forests of Haji Naka, the officials said. They said a police constable was also injured in the firing and both were evacuated to a hospital. Colonel Mahadik succumbed to his injuries. The party of Army and police…

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Search operation continues in north Kashmir

A massive search operation was going on in the frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara, where a militant killed and a security force personnel was injured in an encounter last evening. Official sources said with the first light this morning, search operation was resumed in the village Hajinaga in Kupwara. However, so far no contact was established with the militants. The encounter ensued after troops of 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a joint search operation in village Hajinaga yesterday. However, when…

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Kupwara residents line up for verification

Saves them from intimidation during visit outside state A large number of Kupwara residents intending to visit Punjab and other states, mostly in connection with shawl business, are facing inconvenience due to verification of their antecedents by the local police. People waiting in long queues for getting their verification reports from police stations concerned has become the norm for past over a week. Local residents said there was no formal directive from the authorities to get verification, but they were obtaining it to avoid intimidation by the police and others…

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21st century on, Kupwara village yet to see electricity

Commanding a scenic landscape, Safawali village in Hayhama area of Kupwara district has least to boast of in terms of basic amenities provided by government to its residents who live about 26 kilometres away from here. The inhabitants of the village had seen a ray of hope when Beacon constructed a good road to the village five years ago. Soon a Middle school was established which further swelled the expectations of the residents and they started dreaming of other facilities in the village. However, nothing of that sort happened. Electricity…

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