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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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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