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.
Trouble between local traders and those from J&K began in June last year, when India lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.
According to the study, the air quality recorded for Srinagar city in the Kashmir valley, which is relatively surrounded by pollution-free environment, was found to start declining from the month of October.
So far the association has not given the Kashmiris any written notice, only telling them verbally about the deadline. However, Rajat Aggarwal, the association president, said there were no two ways about it, hinting at “communal disharmony”.
Evacuation has been on in the area along the Line of Control since Thursday, and by Saturday evening, around a thousand villagers had moved to Uri town as the administration moved in to calm nervous villagers.
Sources said the DGP’s letter followed complaints from senior police officers that Rath’s style of functioning was tarnishing the image of state police.
As the PDP-BJP marked the third anniversary of its coalition on February 24, the cracks in the alliance have spilled out from the power corridors of Srinagar and Delhi onto the streets.