Five Rebels, Civilian killed in Kulgam gunfight, Scores injured during clashes

Five militants belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb ul Mujahideen and a civilian were killed in a gunfight and clashes in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. Army’s Srinagar based defense spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia in a statement said that the operation ended with the killing of five militants at Chowgam. He said that bodies of the slain along with weapons and other warlike stores were recovered. A police spokesman identified the slain militants as Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif resident of Adijan Kulgam, Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood resident of…

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Eight dead several passengers missing as mini bus skidded in Kishtwar

At least eight passengers died and several others went missing in a road accident in Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Reports said that a minibus (registration number JK17 0662) skidded off the road and rolled down into Chenab river at Thakrie in Kishtwar district around 9:55 am. An official said that eight bodies have been recovered so far during the search operation launched by the Jammu and Kashmir Police along with the locals. He said twenty-five people were on board when the mishap took place.

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J&K govt likely to defer municipal elections

The Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to defer the municipal elections scheduled in October to January 2019, sources said. This comes after two major political parties — the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — announced they were boycotting the polls. A decision announcing deferment of the municipal polls is likely to be taken at the State Administrative Council (SAC) meeting chaired by Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday. The panchayat polls were scheduled for November-December. “The schedule already announced for the panchayat polls will remain…

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PDP won’t contest Municipal and Panchayat elections in J&K: Mehbooba Mufti

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will boycott the municipal and panchayat elections in October, party chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday, citing an “atmosphere of fear” due to the “assault on the special constitutional position” of Jammu and Kashmir. The announcement came after a meeting of top PDP leaders at Mufti’s residence in Srinagar earlier. The former chief minister said that the linking of the local body elections with an Article 35A case in Supreme Court “has created serious apprehensions in the minds of people who genuinely see it as…

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Youth killed after forces open fire on protesters in Gusoo village Pulwama

A youth was killed after the government forces fired live ammunition into protesters in Gusoo village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. Reports said that youth hurled stones on the forces’ vehicles during a cordon-and-search-operation in the village. The forces, they said, responded by firing tear gas, pellets and live ammunition. A youth, identified as Fayaz Ahmad Wani, son of Muhammad Ahsan Wani of Chewa-Kalan, sustained a firearm injury during the clashes. Reports said that the injured has been shifted to district hospital Pulwama where from he was referred…

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Don’t harass our families, Riyaz Naikoo warns Kashmir Policemen

Hizbul Mujahideen operations commander Riyaz Ahmad Naikoo on Friday issued a new audio serving a strong warning to the Kashmir policemen to stop harassment of militant families and common masses. “Kashmir police remains always at the forefront. They raid our houses, beat our families and slap PSA on innocent youth for rewards and promotions. You must stop these acts or else we will not spare you,” Naikoo is heard saying in the audio message released on social media. “If you involve our families, you too will be made to pay…

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Hearing over Article 35A adjourned till January 2019

The Supreme Court of India has adjourned the hearing of a series of petitions regarding Article 35(A) again. The case is now listed for early January 2019, reports reaching from Delhi said. The apex court’s three-judge bench presided over by the chief justice of India Justice Deepak Mishra heard the arguments of the petitioners and the counsels for the defendants, the J&K government and the Attorney General, Government of India and finally deferred the hearing of the case till January 2019. Now the Supreme Court will take up the case…

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Shutdown, Protests held across Kashmir, Rajouri, Poonch ahead of hearing on Article 35A

Protests were held on Thursday in Tangdhar and Tral township of north and south Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Pulwama respectively to support Article 35-A which has been challenged in the Supreme Court. Reports said that scores of residents of Tral township, including members of Sikh community, staged a protest in the main town against attempts to scrap Article 35-A, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir. People from all walks of life, including trade unions, took part in the protest. The protesters, carrying placards and banners,…

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Four policemen shot dead in Kashmir after security forces kill top militant

Militants shot dead four policemen in Shopian district of south Kashmir hours after security forces killed a Altaf Ahmad Dar, a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahedeen, and his associate in bordering Anantnag. The policemen were escorting a deputy superintendent of police when militants fired them from an orchard near a fruit market in Bongam. The militants took away the rifles of three dead policemen. A search-and-cordon operation was launched in the area and senior army and police officials are on the spot. This is one of the deadliest attack…

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Gunfight breaks out in Anantnag, Internet & Train Services suspended

Gunfight broke out between the militants and the government forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Wednesday. Reports said a joint team of army’s 1 RR, Special Operations Group (SOG) and paramilitary CRPF personnel laid a seige to Binpora Muniward area of Khanabal around 5am. The sounds of a massive blast was heard soon after the forces cordoned off the area, reported GNS news agency. The blast was followed by an intense exchange of fire. A senior police officer said the operation was launched following inputs about the presence…

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