Four rebels, army soldier killed in encounter in Shopian

One army soldier and four militants were killed in an encounter between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian early on Tuesday. The operation was launched by army and police at Nadimarg village based on inputs about the presence of militants. A police officer said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the forces, who retaliated. According to sources, one para commando and four militants were killed in the gunfight that is still on. Three soldiers were also injured in the shooting. There…

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Observe Shutdown across Kashmir on Nov 17 against Panchayat polls: JRL

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown across Kashmir on November 17 against the panchayat polls. The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik urged people to observe shutdown against “yet another election drama” being enacted by the “oppressive regime” of New Delhi. They urged the people to reject and boycott the Panchayat polls “in the same way they rejected the Urban Local Bodies polls by staying indoors.” In a statement issued here, the JRL also said that strike should also be…

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J&K and Punjab police on alert after four men hijack taxi in Pathankot

A high alert was sounded in Punjab’s Pathankot and J&K’s Kathua after four men commandeered a taxi at gunpoint near Madhopur. The four men hired the taxi, a silver coloured Innova with registration number JK02AW-0922, from Jammu railway station on Tuesday night. The railway station taxi union vice-president Rajvinder Singh said, “The taxi was booked in the name of Major Sarvjeet Singh and was Pathankot-bound. Our CCTV footage shows there were four people and one among them was wearing a monkey cap.” The four had conducted a recce before hiring…

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Keen on forming govt, will stake claim when numbers come our way: BJP Leader Ashok Koul

The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has the second highest number of lawmakers in an Assembly of 89, has said it is ready to form the government in J&K. The BJP has 26 MLAs while the Peoples Democratic Party has 28 MLAs in the Lower House. The party is looking for 19 other lawmakers to touch the magic figure of 45, according to a senior functionary of the party in J&K who has been involved in government-formation efforts. Ashok Koul, organising secretary of the state BJP, told Kashmir Post on Tuesday:…

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Kishtwar tense after killing of BJP leader Anil Parihar and brother Ajit

The Indian Army staged a flag march in communally-sensitive Kishtwar of Jammu and Kashmir and a curfew continued in the town following angry protests after a senior BJP leader and his brother were shot dead by suspected militants on Thursday, officials said on Friday. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s state secretary Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother Ajeet, 55, were returning home from their shop when they were fired upon from close range at a dark, narrow lane leading to their house, the officials said, adding this was the first such…

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Shutdown affects life across Kashmir Valley, Kulgam sealed off to foil JRL solidarity

Life in Srinagar and other places of the Valley was affected on Thursday by a separatist-called shutdown protesting against militant killing. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik called for the Valley-wide shutdown against the killings of two Kashmiri militants in the outskirts here. Sabzar Sofi, a PhD scholar who joined militancy in 2016, and his associate were killed in a gunfight in Nowgam on Wednesday. Shops, public transport and other businesses remained shut in the city and other district headquarters…

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Two rebels killed in Nowgam gunfight; School work, Internet suspended in Srinagar, Budgam

Two militants were killed and six forces’ personnel wounded in a fierce gun battle in Sothu Kothair area of Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar on Wednesday morning, police said. Reports said that the gunfight broke out around 2 AM in the area following a search operation. Two militants have been killed and six forces’ personnel wounded in the gunfight, said DIG central Kashmir VK Birdi told reporters. Quoting sources, news agency GNS identified the slain militants as Sabzar Sofi of Sangam, Anantnag and Asif Ahmad Gojri of Anantnag. However,…

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Lal Chowk sealed to foil JRL march against killing spree, Yasin Malik evading arrest, surfaced in Koker Bazar

Authorities on Tuesday sealed commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar city to prevent a march called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the killing spree. Last evening, the police had issued an advisory, asking commuters to use an alternate route as “the stretch of road from Amira Kadal to Regal Chowk will be blocked for traffic”. An eye witness said that barricades have been erected by the police at Amira Kadal and the Regal Chowk to prevent any movement towards the historic Lal Chowk. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation…

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Congress wins Anantnag, Leh, BJP makes its mark in Kashmir

Results of 17 seats from Bandipora in north Kashmir BJP: 3 Cong: 12 Independent: 2 Results of 13 seats from Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla BJP: 0 Congress: 6 Independent: 7 All the 13 wards of Kupwara municipality in north Kashmir won by Independents. In Handwara municipality, which is bastion of people’s conference, six Independents have won while as one ward has been gone to BJP. The six Independents are People’s Conference candidates BJP sweeps the Mattan municipality in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Five wards won by BJP and two…

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Gunfight in Fateh Kadal, Three Rebels, Policeman killed; Internet suspended, educational institutions closed

Gunfight broke out between militants and the government forces in Fateh Kadal area of Downtown Srinagar early Wednesday. Reports said a joint team of the state police and the CRPF cordoned off Fateh Kadal after “specific information” about presence of some militants. As soon as the forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired at them, triggering an encounter. Three militants and a policeman were killed in a gunfight which was underway since early Wednesday in Fateh Kadal locality of downtown Srinagar, police said. Three militants and a policeman…

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