Showing posts with label Jammu and Kashmir. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jammu and Kashmir. Show all posts

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SSB trooper killed, six security men injured in Kashmir attack

SSB trooper killed, six security men injured in Kashmir attack


Srinagar, Oct 14: A Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) trooper was killed and six other security personnel injured when guerrillas attacked their convoy on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday evening, police said.

An SSB trooper was killed and six other security men including five SSB troopers and a state police driver injured when militants attacked the convoy in Zakura area, 12 km from city centre Lal Chowk, around 7 p.m., police said.

"A 3-vehicle convoy of the SSB was returning after the day's law and order duties on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway when militants attacked it outside the industrial estate in Zakura area where the SSB troops are camped.

"One SSB jawan sustained critical injuries in the attack and later succumbed. Six other security men including five SSB jawans and a driver of the state police have been injured in the attack," said police, adding all the injured security men have been shifted to hospital. 

Police said that additional security forces have been rushed to the spot, while the area has been cordoned off for searches, but firing has, however, stopped.

The militants were believed to have fled the spot.

The attack, the second on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in less than a week, took place outside the highly sensitive Zakura industrial area that houses many offices and factories of small and medium businesses in Kashmir.

Militancy-related violence and terror attacks on security forces have surged in Jammu and Kashmir after the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Wani's death has sparked an unprecedented wave of protests in the Kashmir Valley, leaving over 90 people dead and thousands injured in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Earlier this week, two militants were killed after a three-day-long gun fight with security forces in Pampore area on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Life returns to normal in Jammu border villages

Life returns to normal in Jammu border villages


Jammu, Oct 13: Life returned to normal on Thursday along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region almost a week after cross border firing ceased between India and Pakistan here.

Over 15,000 villagers from Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts returned home. 

They had migrated to safer places following Pakistan Rangers' repeated violation of the bilateral ceasefire agreement in the wake of the surgical strikes by India across the LoC.

While women and children continued to remain sheltered in makeshift accommodation provided by the authorities, men returned to their fields and homes for a short period during the day.

"One of the worst fears was that the ripe crops would go to waste if they weren't harvested," said Baldev, 45, a resident of R.S.Pura sector here. 

"If shells had continued to fall on our homes and fields as they did after September 30 for more than a week, we would not have dared to harvest our crops," he said.

It is not just the rice and other grains but even the vast fields of vegetables along the border that required picking.

Even the loitering herd have started hurrying home in the evenings lured by oilseed cakes and fodder that are stacked for the cows and buffaloes.

Village markets in Khour tehsil have again started opening for shoppers as tractor loads of vegetables have arrived from the cities.

Peace was never this fragile in Jammu and Kashmir, said the villagers here.

"When we hear artillery fire from either India or Pakistan, we realise that it's time to pack and run," said Satpal, 57, a resident of Hira nagar locality in Kathua district. 

"It has been the same story ever since I was born," Satpal said. 

Despite the uncertainty that looms on their lives and livelihood, living in the face of danger has made the border residents brave. 

"Nothing ever happens that Wahe Guru (God) cannot change for the better. When life and death are in his hands, why worry?" said Harjeet Singh, 80, from R.S.Pura.
Peoples Conference Party worker shot dead in Kashmir

Peoples Conference Party worker shot dead in Kashmir


Srinagar, Oct 12: A worker of the Jammu and Kashmir's ruling coalition partner, Peoples Conference, was shot by separatist guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday and succumbed to his injuries in hospital, police said.

"Gulam Nabi Khoja was shot at outside his residence at Kralgund in Handwara tehsil today (Wednesday) evening. He was shifted to hospital in a serious condition where he succumbed," a police official said here.

The party is headed by Sajad Lone who is a minister in the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party government. Lone represents the Handwara constituency in the state assembly.
Three-day Kashmir gun battle ends, two militants killed

Three-day Kashmir gun battle ends, two militants killed


Srinagar, Oct 12: A three-day-long gun battle between terrorists and security forces ended on Wednesday with the army killing two militants holed up in a multi-storey government building on the outskirts of Srinagar, authorities said.

The gunfight, one of the longest in the recent history of Kashmir's separatist war, left three security personnel injured on Monday when militants sneaked into the empty hostel building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in saffron town of Pampore, some 12 km from here.

The resulting 60-hour standoff, which saw a heavy exchange of fire between militants and security forces, left the seven-floor hostel complex completely destroyed. The building with a capacity for 200 inmates was opened with state of the art facilities less than two years ago, JKEDI officials said.

Briefing the media, army and police officers said two suicide attackers, who had entered the complex on the banks of Jhelum River, were killed. One of them was killed on Tuesday evening and the second on Wednesday.

General Officer Commanding Ashok Narula said the operation was conducted to avoid collateral damage.

"We had to proceed very cautiously since the building where the militants were holed up had 60 rooms. Two terrorists have been eliminated without any casualty to the security forces and two weapons recovered," Narula said.

For three days, the security forces kept on aiming rockets, grenades and automatic gunfire at the building that had an exterior glass facade.

While parts of the building caught fire, the militants kept on changing positions inside the building and using their ammunition sparingly.

The entire JKEDI complex was illuminated with floodlights during the two nights of operation to ensure the guerrillas did not escape.

The seven-storey Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) hostel that was constructed with the help of central government funds for entrepreneurship development in the job-starved state is located on the banks of the river Jhelum.

The hostel building was vacant when the two militants sneaked into it on Monday from the river side. The institute had shifted much of its operations to Jammu in the wake of the current unrest in the Kashmir Valley. 

JKEDI officials told IANS that a couple of cooks were sleeping inside the building but they came out as soon as it became evident that the militants had occupied its top floor.

A caretaker, who stays in the complex 24 hours, said he saw smoke coming out of the top floor and called the fire brigade and police on Monday morning.

"We don't know exactly what happened and how the militants sneaked in and occupied the building. But fortunately there were no employees and no inmates," he said. 

The main building of the institute was attacked in February when three Lashkar-e-Taiba militants killed six persons - a civilian, three soldiers, and two paramilitary troopers. The militants were gunned down in the February battle that also raged for nearly three days.

The institute, situated on the strategic arterial road connecting Jammu and Srinagar, had three buildings - a guest house, a hostel complex and the main office building - on 3.5 acres of land. The main office building was gutted in the February shootout.

The road on which the institute is located is the lifeline not only for local supplies but is the only all-weather link used by the army to reach the Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters that is the nerve centre of the fight against militancy in the state.

The area around the building houses a government-owned joinery factory and a highly secured complex of medium and shortwave radio transmitters of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar.

Ironically, the government-funded autonomously-run institute had refused an earlier request for a police or paramilitary security cover fearing that it may deter young Kashmiri men and women from visiting the institute. The complex was guarded by unarmed private security guards.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir

Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir


Srinagar, Oct 12: The army on Wednesday foiled an attempt by separatist guerrillas to infiltrate the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.

Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told IANS that the incident took place at Tangdhar sector.

"A group of heavily armed terrorists was challenged by the troops, forcing them to withdraw back into Pakistan," the officer said.

He said a search operation had been launched to ensure that no terrorist managed to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir.