Massacre: Forces killed 7 Civilians, injured 100’s near gunfight site in Pulwama

Seven civilians were killed and three dozen others injured in trigger-happy force personnel’s firing on protestors near encounter site at Sirnoo village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants including an army deserter and an army man were killed in the gunfight.A police official said a joint forces comprising 55 Rashtriya Rifles, 182 and 183 Bn of CRPF and Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police laid siege around Sirnoo village at around 4 am. He said as the search parties approached a spot in village orchards between Sirnoo…

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14 Year old among 3 rebels killed during 18 Hour gunfight in Mujgund

Two teenage local militants were among three killed and an Army man was injured in an 18-hour long fierce gunfight at Munjgund area on the outskirts of Srinagar city on Sunday.Police said the gunfight which started at around 5:15 pm on Saturday ended at 11 am, after 18-hours, on Sunday.“Three militants were killed, while arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of gunfight,” Police said.Police said a search operation was launched Saturday evening following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants at Ghat Mohalla of Mujgund area on Bandipora Road.“The…

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Permanent Residency Rules in J&K being changed by Governor: Political Parties

Political parties in the Kashmir Valley are up in arms over what they say are Governor Satyapal Malik’s efforts to change the process of granting Permanent Resident Certificate or PRC in the state – a very sensitive issue in Kashmir Valley. Sources said that there are efforts to simplify the rules to grant Permanent Residency and the Governor has written to administrative officials seeking their input. The Permanent Residency Status is linked to the Constitution’s Article 35A — which grants the state its special status and has been challenged in…

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November bloodiest month in Kashmir, 37 rebels including 9 top commanders killed

With 37 militants killed in encounters across Kashmir, November has been the bloodiest month of this year for the insurgents. Among the militants killed this month, nine were top commanders, including Lashkar-e-Taiba’s face Naveed Jatt, who was shot dead on Wednesday in Budgam district. As per official figures, 227 militants have been killed in different parts of Kashmir so far this year. While they belonged to different organizations, the Lashkar and Hizbul Mujahideen suffered major losses this month as both groups lost some of their top commanders, especially in south…

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J&K’s political thriller ends in anti-climax with Governor dissolving Assembly

At the end of a day of dramatic developments, Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday night dissolved the state assembly in a contentious decision that may well be challenged in the courts. The dissolution, announced in a statement by Raj Bhawan, came after Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its arch-rival National Conference (NC) teamed up with the Congress for a shot at government formation with the support of 56 legislators in the 87-member assembly. The People’s Conference led by Sajjad Lone, later staked a rival…

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#PowerCrisis – Dark days ahead as PDD frames power curtailment schedule

Metered areas to witness daily 4 hrs power cuts, Non-metered areas to 8 hr Adding to woes of people who are already facing unscheduled long power cuts, the Power Development Department (PDD) has framed power curtailment schedule and decided to resort to daily power cuts of eight hours in metered areas and four hours in non metered areas. Sources told Kashmir Post that even though the curtailment of electricity would vary from one grid station to another, however, on an average there would be seven to eight hours power cuts in non-metered…

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Blood Continues To Flow Across Valley Streets: Six rebels killed in Kashmir

At least six militants were killed in two separate gunfights in Kashmir’s Anantnag and Baramulla districts on Thursday, triggering massive protests and clashes in which several people sustained injuries. Arwani Gun-Battle Four militants were killed in a gunfight in Arwani village of Bijbehara area in southern Anantnag district on Thursday evening. The slain militants were identified as Sahir Makroo of Arwani, Owais Ahmad Lone from Hawora-Mishpora area of Kulgam district, Muzamil Magray of Watoo Aharbal and Amir Tantray of Damal Hanjipora Kulgam. A source said that following “credible input” about…

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Sabzar Sofi, Scholar turned rebel and associate killed in Nowgam gunfight

A research scholar-turned-militant Sabzar Ahmad Sofi and his associate Asif Shergojri—both belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen—were killed in a gunfight in Nowgam area of Srinagar on Wednesday morning, days after a PhD scholar Manan Wani, who had also picked up arms, died in a gun-battle in northern Kupwara district. At least six police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel were also injured in encounter but were said to be “stable.” According to police, the slain researcher Dr Sabzar Ahmad Sofi—a resident of Nainan area in southern Anantnag district—had joined militancy soon…

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Bloodbath in Kashmir: 7 Civilians, 3 Rebels Killed, 100’s injured in Kulgam Gunfight

The civilian death toll has reached seven in Kulgam district after another civilian who was injured in a blast at a gunfight site, succumbed to his injuries Sunday late evening. Javid Ahmad Lone, 35, of Hawoora in Kulgam succumbed to injuries late last evening and his body was kept in the mortuary till he was identified by his family. South Kashmir’s Kulgam district witnessed a bloodbath on Sunday leaving seven civilians killed after government forces left the gunfight site killing three militants. The three militants were killed on Sunday morning…

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