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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Two suspected informers shot in legs

Two persons were wounded in a militant attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday night. The police said the militant suspected that the duo was working as informers. The police said Shabir Ahmad Pandit, 30, and Manzoor Ahmad Pandit, 45, residents of Karimabad, Pulwama, were shot in their legs at their native village around 10 pm on Friday. “The two were brought out from their houses and shot at in the open in their legs. The two were later shifted to a Srinagar hospital where their condition is stable,”…

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Militants kill cop, snatch weapon from another in Pulwama

A policeman was killed on Wednesday when militants attacked a National Conference (NC) leader’s security guard and snatched his service rifle in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. “The militants attacked the security guard of NC district president Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir in Manghama village today (Wednesday) afternoon and decamped with his service rifle,” a senior police officer told IANS here. The deceased policeman Riyaz Ahmed Ganai was in civies and standing alongside the NC leader’s security guard at his (Ganai’s) cousin’s marriage when the guerrillas struck. The NC leader had gone to…

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During search for militants in Pulwama, locals resort to stone pelting

Clashes erupted between local residents and forces at Lelhara Kakapora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district when the latter cordoned off a residential area and an orchard between Mohanvig and Lelhara villages at about 5:30 pm Tuesday. At least three civilians, including two females, were injured in the clashes. Reports said that following inputs about presence of militants, forces cordoned off the area this evening. “As the news about the cordon spread in the area, youth from different villages assembled near the spot and pelted stones on forces from all sides,”…

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Forces attacked with stones during search operation in Pulwama

In yet another such incident, protesters on Monday targeted government forces who had gone to a village to carry out a search operation following information that some militants were hiding there. Forces fired tear gas shells to disperse the mobs, police said, adding nobody was injured in it. Forces of 50 Rastriya Rifles and policemen conducted a search operation in Lelhaar village of Pulwama district, following information about presence of militants in the area, police said. The search operation yielded nothing and the forces called off the operation, police said.…

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South Kashmir shuts to mourn death of Hizb militant

Several areas in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday to mourn the death of a Hizb militant, who was killed in an encounter with security forces at Gudoora village in Pulwama district on Tuesday evening. Bilal Ahmad Bhat a resident of Karimabad Pulwama was killed in a gun-battle that had raged between militants and government forces at Gudoora village in Pulwama on Tuesday afternoon. According to witnesses, Karimabad, Gudoora, main town of Pulwama is completely shut. The shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is…

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‘Newton’ among 3 militants killed in Tral gunfight

Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants—including Ishaq Ahmad Parry alias ‘Newton’—died in an overnight gunfight with forces in Dadsara village in south Kashmir’s Tral area, triggering protests and a spontaneous shutdown. Two other slain militants were identified Asif Ahmad Mir of Dadsara and Ashiq Hussain Bhat of nearby Charsoo village in Awantipora area. The gunfight, which had started last night, ended this morning with the death of three militants, a police official said. He said massive protests and clashes rocked the gunfight site since last night when the encounter started and several…

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As soldiers fought terrorists, mosques nearby hailed mujahid

A large swathe around the Pampore encounter site resounded with praise for ‘mujahid’ (holy warriors) from loudspeakers as Indian security forces fought terrorists holed up in a building for three days. Mosques in localities like Frestabal, Drangbal, Kadlabal and Sempora played recordings throughout Monday eulogising the terrorists. Slogans like ‘ Jaago, jaago subah hui’ besides pro-Pakistan ( Jivey, jivey Pakistan!) and pro-Azadi (‘ Hum kya chahatey: azadi’) blared from the mosques’ loudspeakers. Hundreds of youth assembled across the rivulet at the site of the encounter in the Entrepreneurship Development Institute…

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Protests, clashes rock Pampore

Massive protests kept Pampore town and its adjacent localities on the boil on Monday while the encounter at Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) in Sempora area was underway. At least half a dozen people were reportedly injured during the day-long clashes. Although the youth in adjoining areas had started protesting since late Saturday evening when the gunfight started, clashes spread and intensified on Monday as people in large numbers engaged police and paramilitary CRPF personnel in pitched battles. Some of the protesters repeatedly tried to march towards EDI complex where the…

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Kakapora remains shut against killings for the 4th day

This south Kashmir town observed a complete shutdown for the fourth running day Thursday to mourn the killing of two students, who died in forces firing earlier this week. Scores of force personnel were deployed around Kakapora town to thwart any protests. All the shops and other business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the roads. In the evening when the deployment was being withdrawn, youth took to the streets and pelted stones on forces. In retaliation, the forces lobbed teargas shells to disperse them. The clashes continued till…

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