Kathua rape case: Around 90 km away, up a dirt track in Udhampur, the victim’s biological father is busy attending to what’s left of his family. His wife is away, collecting firewood. Her eyes well up as she returns to where the horses were grazing.
The youth was buried on Wednesday morning in Kangan town after authorities assured the family that everyone responsible for his killing would be brought to justice.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the death of the civilians who were killed in the operations. “She also sympathised with those injured during these operations,” an official spokesman said.
The Army Chief’s visit to Northern Command comes a few days ahead of the culmination of rabbi harvesting season in the state.
Eight children were killed due to pellet shotguns, seven were killed due to injuries by tear smoke shelling and one child reportedly died due to asphyxiation caused by Pelargonic Acid Vanillylamide (PAVA) shell, which are chilly-based munitions.
Mehbooba Mufti added that the diversity of Jammu & Kashmir is unmatched and while “we are placed like a crown on the map of India, the crown has lost its shine in the last few years”.
The four Christian families in Sehyal that refused to convert, and are now being guarded by a police post and 17 personnel, have alleged social boycott — with their shops being targeted and their children reportedly unable to give exams or to report to work, for fear of being attacked.
Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and his family, comprising his wife, two sons Akbar Ali Bhat (24) and Asghar Ali Bhat (23), and a daughter (20), have shifted to a newly built kitchen that stood a little distance away from the main house, and was the only structure that survived.
The encounter broke out after an unsuccessful bid by the militants to snatch the weapon of personal security guard of BJP leader Anwar Khan, at Balhama.
BJP state president Sat Sharma said the incident stands testimony to the fact that the separatists and the militants along with their supporters are worried of the developments in the Kashmir region.
Soon after the militants tried to snatch the weapon of a BJP leader’s PSO, police, Army and CRPF personnel launched an operation. This was followed by a gunfight between the security forces and militants.
The three militants — Fazili, his classmate and friend Syed Owais Shafi, and a ‘foreigner’ — reportedly came out of the house where they were hiding and opened fire as they tried to break the cordon. They were killed in retaliatory fire.
This is a developing story. More details are awaited.
The Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire agreement around 1030 hours today in Nowshera, Kalal and Sunderbani sectors along the Line of Control in Rajouri district, a defence spokesman said.
The central government’s assertion came after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the killing of a policeman, Farooq Ahmad Yatoo, in Jammu-Kashmir on Sunday.