Man shot dead in Pulwama, Militants offer gun salute

Clashes in Anantnag for second day A 45-year-old man was found dead with multiple bullet wounds on his body on Friday in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. SP Pulwama, Muhammad Aslam, said body was found lying on the banks of RomshiNallah, on outskirts of Newa village in Pulwama district. The slain was identified as Muhammad Yousuf Lone son of Sanaullah Lone of Gadoora village of Pulwama. Sources, close to the family, told Kashmir Post that Lone left his house late Thursday evening after receiving a phone call and did not return…

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Epicentre of new militancy : Pulwama

In south Kashmir’s Pulwama, a semi-urban district that borders Srinagar’s south-west edge, a new generation of militants backed by sympathetic locals is quickly eroding the long-held influence of the ruling party and engaging security forces in a gruelling fight. The district has emerged as the epicentre of Kashmir’s new war which is spearheaded by groups of young militants, who have overshadowed the traditional separatists and are backed by the never-ending crowds of stone-throwing protesters. The new generation of militants has flourished in this district mainly because of the unprecedented support…

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Gunmen loot 2 banks in 2 hours in Pulwama

Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday looted cash from two banks within a span of two hours in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district which has been witnessing attacks on financial institutions for the past three consecutive days, police said. A police official said three masked gunmen entered Wahibug branch of Ellaquai Dehati Bank at about 1:30 pm and looted Rs five lakh on gunpoint. “After collecting the cash, they (gunmen) managed to escape from the spot,” he said. Soon after the incident, police and army reached the spot and questioned the employees and…

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Protest in Pulwama schools against arrest of students; 5 more detained

The clashes led to closure of all shops and traffic was off the roads. Police detained six more students from the town for their alleged involvement in protests. Amid shutdown, clashes erupted today in Pulwama town between students and security forces. Reports said that students of government boys higher secondary school Pulwama today staged protests inside the school demanding release of some students who were detained yesterday. The students later marched towards main town. As they reached near police station, they were stopped by police. In retaliation, the students pelted…

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Cordon & Search Operation called off after Stone-pelting in Pulwama

Government Forces on Monday night called off their operation against ‘hiding militants’ when people in large number hit to roads and resorted to stone-pelting in Newa area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Sources told news agency CNS that after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in Lonepora Newa area, 55 Rashtriya Rifles, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 183 Battalion CRPF cordoned off the area at around 10 pm on Monday. Police sources said there were inputs about the presence of some top Lashkar-e-Toiba militants in the area.…

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Scores hit by pellets in eyes in Tral

We’re not part of protests but still cops fired pellets towards us: Injured youth There is no end to use of pellets in Kashmir and at least nine people sustained pellet injuries in eyes during forces firing at an encounter site at Hayena in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday. “Although we were far from the encounter site, the security men indiscriminately fired pellets and teargas smoke shells towards the people staging protests. The pellets hit my left eye. I am unable to see anything from the…

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Pro-freedom rally at Muran, scores injured during clashes

Clashes in Pulwama, 7 injured 15 arrested during nocturnal raids Massive clashes erupted between security forces and youth today during a pro-freedom rally at Muran village of Pulwama district, leaving at least seven persons injured while at least 15 persons were arrested by police during nocturnal raids earlier. Following the call of Hurriyat for ‘MuranChalo’, hundreds of people from different areas of Pulwama today assembled in Muran village and held anti-India and pro-freedom protests, witnesses said. The protesters also took out a protest march in the village in which youth…

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Ongoing unrest has roots in militant hotbed Tral

On the Jammu-Srinagar national highway that snakes through the Valley, a curve near Awantipora town in south Kashmir leads to picturesque and mountainous Tral sub-district, home to many militants of the region’s new-age insurgency. It is in Tral, 35 km south-east of Srinagar, that Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s body arrived home in the dead of a stormy night last month, setting the stage for the largest funeral in the region in decades and the most overt expression of pro-militant sentiment. Burhan’s killing on July 8 triggered an unprecedented pro-militant…

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Detention of 8 Year Kid; HC directs SSP to hand over custody to mother

Taking a strong note of the detention of an eight-year-old boy by the police in Pulwama, the J&K High Court today directed the Senior Superintendent of the district to immediately hand over his custody to his mother. Stating that “nothing is an offence which is done by a child above seven years of age and under 12 under the Ranbir Penal Code,” the court also asked the Principal District and Sessions Judge and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Pulwama, to get the child examined by a doctor and submit the report within…

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Pro-freedom rally held in Pulwama despite raids; Geelani lashes out at Touseef Mir duty officer Khanabal

Thousands of people held a pro-freedom rally in a village in Pulwama district in south Kashmir despite a forces raid to foil it. Reports said that forces thrashed the participants and ransacked the venue of a rally in Babgam-Chandgam village hours ahead of its scheduled beginning. People resisted the forces’ action and kept on marching towards the village where the rally was attended by thousands. Meanwhile, Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani Saturday strongly reacted and condemned the atrocities at Khanabal this morning. “According to reports reaching here at Hurriyat Headquarters…

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