In pursuance of leads available related to circulation of ‘fake news and malicious propaganda for provoking people’ by using social media, one individual namely Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, resident of Wandina Shopian has been arrested, police said in a statement.
Police said that investigation of the case was going on in accordance to the relevant provisions of law. “Further considering the activities of the said individual, under relevant provisions, he has been detained under PSA by the competent authorities,” SSP Shopian Tahir Saleem told Kashmir Post.
He appealed to the general public to avoid being part of any such group that spreads rumours and indulges in such activities.
Clashes erupted in the area after forces tried to break up protests against civilian killings in the Valley. Separately, rallies were held in Kaimoh-Khudwani area of Kulgam district. Bike and car rallies were taken out in Duchnipora villages of Bijbehara.
Huge congregation of people assembled at Jablipora village of Bijbehara to protest against the recent killings.
Thousands of people Tuesday assembled at Tungdana, area of Kulgam district to protest against the latest civilian killings at the hands of government forces.
Locals sources said that led by elders, the protesters are have started a March in the district. They said that elders are repeatedly making appeals of remaining peaceful during the March.
Meanwhile, alleging the SOG men of barging into the houses and not only thrashing people but also misbehaving with women in Kanelwan area of Bijbehara in Anantnag district people from dozens of villages have taken to streets.
They are using mosque loudspeakers to convey their message to other areas.
Hundreds of people are on the roads and every mosque loudspeaker is abuzz with announcements being made.
Fourteen days after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, a poster showing a group of Hizbul Mujahideen militants, announcing they “would continue to the challenge the enemy”, appeared in Shopian district.
The poster, which shows eleven militants holding AK-47 assault rifles and wearing army fatigues, sitting in what looks like an orchard, is similar to the one in which Burhan posed with 10 of his associates, the majority of whom were killed in gunfights.
Burhan’s picture, also shot in an orchard, went viral on social media networking sites last year.
“We will continue the war and keep challenging our enemy. We will snatch our rights and show the world,” the poster, signed on letterhead of Hizbul Mujahideen, said.
The government forces had declared Burhan’s killing as a setback to the militant outfit, but a senior counterinsurgency police official disagrees. He said militant outfit has got “emboldened” because of the massive public support they drew over Burhan’s killing.
“It will be a big challenge to contain post-Burhan situation. His death has created an atmosphere which will only help militants to expand their bases,” he said.
The 11 faces, whose identity is not known yet in the poster signal that the outfit would continue to follow Burhan’s model of shedding anonymity. The slain chief was responsible for bringing militancy online by using social media. He would upload photos and videos on social media, which the government agencies said led to recruitment of local youth into militancy.
As many as 100 recruits, mostly in south Kashmir, where Burhan operated, had joined militancy during his term to challenge the Indian rule in the region.
During his term, the waning militancy received popular support with people coming to the rescue of trapped militants during gunfights. So much so the government cut a sorry figure especially during the longest Pampore fidayeen attack on a government installation, forcing the authorities to impose section 144 crpc in the 2.5 km radius of the site of a gunfight.
Ninth class student Insha Malik has lost vision in her left eye that was pierced by pellets fired by forces, and doctors say there are “zero chances” of the teenager regaining vision in her right eye, also badly damaged by the pellets.
14-year old Insha, one of more than 100 pellet victims, is lying unconscious in the Surgical ICU of general specialty SMHS hospital here. Her face and neck resemble a wire-mesh with dozens of holes made by pellets therein.
“The pellets have ruptured her right eye and it has come out. The left eye is lacerated with zero chance of recovery,” said a doctor attending to her. Insha hails from Sedow village of south Kashmir’s Shopian.
The doctor added: “She does not even have perception of light in the eye that she is left with.”
According to her relatives, Insha was in the first floor of her house when forces fired pellets inside their house late on Tuesday evening. “She screamed and fell unconscious and within no time her face was swollen,” recalled one of her relatives, adding: “There were no protests going on in the area.”
Insha was rushed to the hospital late in the night where doctors took her straight to the ICU.
She is being continuously monitored since. “We haven’t admitted such a severe case in the hospital so far. The pellets have completely disfigured her face and resulted in multiple fractures and injuries in her face and skull,” said the doctor quoted above. “She is lucky that the pellets did not pierce her vessel on the neck or the airway.”
Apart from the loss of vision, pellets have resulted in fracture to her frontal bone (forehead) and nasal bone, apart from fracture to her maxillary bone.
“There are numerous pellets inside her skull and at the base of her brain. These fractures have caused pneumocephalus (a condition where air enters into the brain cavity),” said another doctor.
“We are ensuring that her condition remains stable. There is no treatment which can get her vision back in her eyes given the damage caused by the pellets. The pellets will remain inside her face and skull. Her fracture will heal up but the damage is done.”
Her mother sobs quietly by the side of her ICU bed as if not to wake her up. Her daughter wanted to become a doctor and was studying hard, she said.
“She used to say she will have no time to play next year when she would be in Class 10th,” a relative of her said.
Insha, her relatives said, was an inspiration for her two younger brothers. “She was a perfect sister, a perfect daughter,” her mother said, and broke down.
Sources at the hospital said there was ‘pressure from government’ to shift the injured teenager outside J&K for treatment but doctors have refused to do so.
While Principal GMC Srinagar refused to comment on this ‘pressure’, he said the hospital was doing what was best for the patient. “Even if there was an iota of hope that there was something out there that is not being done here, we would have shifted her,” he said while rushing into the ICU.
Doctors treating Insha said her condition was not stable and even the air-ambulance that was being offered for her could put her life at stake.
“Her life has been devastated. Nothing can make her see the world again,” they said.
Though the Government has described the pellets as “non-lethal”, Altaf Ahmed from Rajpora lost his life to pellets on July 10, 2016. His head had received a shower of pellets at Rajpora.
“Pellets had shattered his entire brain,” a doctor who had received him in SMHS Hospital casualty said.
Amid spontaneous shutdown and clashes, thousands of people, including women, today turned up for the funeral of slain Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) Kashmir chief, Abu Qasim in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Eyewitnesses told Srinagar-based news agency that soon after the news about the death of Abu Qasim spread, thousands of people from Kulgam and other districts of south Kashmir including Pulwama and Shopian rushed towards Bogam so that they could have a glimpse of the slain commander and can participate in it.
Within no time, the Bugam village – where Qasim’s funeral was supposed to take place – was jam-packed with people including kids and woman. The body of Qasim was taken in a procession initially to Bogam Chowk amid pro-freedom, pro-Islam and anti-India slogans.
The eyewitnesses said that the funeral of Qasim was offered twice: first at Bogam Chowk and then in the ground of Bogam Higher Secondary School. Reports said soon after the funeral, the people of three districts laid claim over the body of slain Commander and wanted him to bury at their home-districts.
However after deliberations, reports said, Abu Qasim was buried at martyrs’ graveyard Bogam. Thousands of emotionally charged funeral participants raised massive anti-India and pro-militant slogans, the witnesses said.
Prior and after the funeral, hundreds of youth at multiple places Kulgam clashed with government forces. The forces resorted to aerial firing at Khandaypora near encounter site and elsewhere lobbed scores of teargas shells. There was a complete shutdown in the district.
A youth identified as Faizan Khan of Qaimoh Kulgam was critically injured after he was hit by a teargas shell in his head during clashes. He was rushed to hospital in Kulgam where doctors referred him to SKIMS Soura in Srinagar.
The shutdown was also observed in Pulwama district against the killing of two militants this week and also against the death of Qasim. During the shutdown, the youths clashed with government forces at various places.
Meanwhile, police said it have arrested 67 youths for enforcing shutdown in Shopian district against the killing of Abu Qasim and seized five vehicles they were boarding.
A senior police official said that today after the news about the Qasim’s death spread, the 67 youths from Pulwama district who were boarding sumo vehicles, “started to disrupt normal life in Shopian district”.
“They tried to enforce their unlawful writ by way of pelting stones and raising ‘anti-national slogans’ and they also tried to close the market forcefully.” The police acted swiftly and during the course of action, around 67 boys were arrested and case and investigation has been taken up,” the official said.
He said the five vehicles bearing registration numbers JK03D -9516, JK03B -6660, JK03C – 2159, JKI3A – 6353 and JK13C -5270 were also seized.
In South Kashmir’s Shopian, which is on edge at the moment, three boys were slapped with controversial public safety act (PSA) in one last fortnight. Among the trio, interestingly, one is Sarpanch.
Notably, some unidentified men lobbed a grenade on Hizb’s district commander, Waseem Ahmed Malla’s house Thursday morning, which didn’t explode and was later diffused by a police team.
Malla’s brother Saboor Ahmed Malla along with Mohammad Yusuf Padder of Hep Shermaal and Rayees Ahmed Dar (a Sarpanch) of Barbugh were slapped with PSA. The trio were arrested two weeks ago and are accused of giving shelter to the militants. But today, said the sources well-versed with development, the arrested trio were slapped with PSA.
Hizb commander Waseem Malla joined Hizb four years ago and since then his family is bearing the brunt, family sources said, “they aren’t even allowed to use a cell phone.” Recently, twelve of Malla’s relatives were picked up by the police, four of them are still in police custody, while others were released after a few days, the sources revealed.
Other than the trio, Sheeraz Ahmed of Khurampora and Danish Farooq of Phanu have been detained on similar charges—sheltering the militants—and are in police custody presently.
The local MLC Showkat Hussain Ganai alleges that at least 13 new PSA cases are in making in Shopian. “I know their file is ready,” Ganai told , “but some of them are still absconding and that is what is delaying it.”
Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Police Shopian, Altaf Khan refused to divulge the details about the development, saying: “Better inquire it from DC Shopian who signs these cases!”
“Yes,” confirmed DC Shopian, GM Dar, “I have signed three PSA cases in last fortnight.”
Hizb claims responsibility
Two Indian Army personnel were injured, one of them critically after militants fired upon a search party near Trenz area of Imam sahab Shopian in South Kashmir on Wednesday.
Police sources said that after receiving inputs about the presence of a group of militants in Trenz area, a joint party of 44 RR Army, Special Operation Group and CRPF cordoned a part of village, however, soon before the cordon, militants targeted search party resulted in the injuries of two Army personnel.
An army official from 15 Corps told CNS that one of the soldiers received a bullet in his neck and he was immediately shifted to 92 Base Badami bagh Army hospital. Reports said that during the brief exchange of fire, two army personnel were injured. “The search operation is going on and all efforts are on to nab the militants,” the official said.
Claiming the responsibility of the attack, militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen said that at least 4 Indian Army personnel were killed in the attack.
“The attack was carried out by our militants when Indian army tried to cordon an area in the Shopian. Mujhadeen managed to escape from the spot successfully. At least four Indian Army soldiers were killed and more than six were injured,” Burhanuddin, the operational spokesperson of Hizb told CNS over phone.
He said that attacks on Indian army and security installations will continue till freedom struggle is not taken to its logical conclusion.
The spokesperson added that during a high level meeting of Hizb Command Council, the Supreme Commander of the outfit, Syed Salahuddin, Deputy Supreme Commander Muhammad Saifullah Khalid paid rich tributes to the two LeT militants killed in Lajoora and a civilian killed in Padgampora Pulwama on Wednesday. “The sacrifices of militants and civilians will not go waste,” he said. (CNS)