For India, designation of Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terror outfit is going to be a big diplomatic victory as it will also put Pakistan under pressure to rein in Hizb and its leadership in that country.
The homes of two lawyers, two drivers and a government official were among those that were searched. One of the advocates, Mohammad Shafi Reshi, who is affiliated to Hurriyat’s S A S Geelani faction, is the uncle of PDP legislator Yasir Reshi.
In Jammu, Mehbooba Mufti’s alliance partner and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh said the BJP will take a call on issues like Article 370 and Article 35 A when it forms a government on its own in J&K.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia confirmed that the operation was going on. Officials said a tight cordon had been established. Meanwhile, unidentified persons lobbed a grenade at forces at Dalgate. It exploded on the road, injuring a civilian identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad.
Sources said that the raids were conducted in connection with investigations into a 2014 case under Foreign Exchange Management Act involving crores. The group conducts pilgrimage services besides handicraft exports business.
Sources said that some militants managed to escape. The militants who were killed have been identified as Zahid Ahmad Bhat of Nowdal, Mohammad Ishaq Bhat of Batagund and Mohammad Ashraf Dar of Pulwama.
Thokar, who is from south Kashmir’s Pulwama, had deserted his TA battalion at Gantmulla in Baramulla district with his weapon on June 6 after a two-year service. The Army had issued a high alert after Thokar’s desertion while police had questioned his family over his whereabouts.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia confirmed that the death of five infiltrators in Machil sector. ‘’Five weapons were also recovered from the possession of the infiltrators. The operation is still under way.’’
The police and Army launched a cordon-and-search operation at Amargarh after some militants were spotted in the area and claimed to have killed three militants after searches continued through the night.
Officials said the Army and the police had information about the presence of three militants in the area and a cordon-and-search operation was launched at 2 am. As the cordon was being laid, the militants fired on the patrol and fled under the cover of darkness.
Using her party’s 18th raising day rally to send across a rare and stern message to the Centre, Mehbooba Mufti warned that her government would not allow any move to close cross-LoC trade and the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road link.
Officials said three or four militants forcibly entered the house of a senior police officer at Khudwani and ransacked his belongings. The officer was not home at the time. The militants then set ablaze house of former counterinsurgent Bilal Ahmad Bhat at Bachroo, 4 km from Khudwani.
Shafi’s mother, Zahida, said they were happy that justice had been delivered when the soldiers were sentenced. “Now again it is a conspiracy to release the Armymen who killed my son.’’ She said they will not sit silent.
The NIA said Farooq Ahmad Dar was arrested in New Delhi. The others held in Srinagar will be brought to New Delhi Tuesday where they will be produced before the Special Judge, NIA, at the Patiala House Courts.
The NIA (National Investigation Agency) registered a case on May 30 against the separatists who, according to it were acting in connivance with active militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtarane Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and other organisations.
When the Armymen told the police officials they were returning from the Amarnath Yatra, police argued that as per the new Yatra timings, which are being strictly enforced after the recent attacks on Yatris, the Armymen were on the road past the cut-off hour.
Locals alleged that Tanveer was killed in “cold blood” by the jawans of 53 Rashtriya Rifles who mistook the bang of a juice pouch to be a blast and started firing in the direction of civilians. Eyewitness said there was no stone pelting at the time the soldiers opened fire.
The Court also directed jail superintendent Srinagar Central Jail to ensure proper medical facilities to one of the accused, Musavir who had bullet injuries and also directed the jail authorities to get him examined by a specialist doctor.
Sajjad, in his early 20s and whose family lives in Downtown area of Srinagar, had cases registered against him and was continuously harassed by the police after he participated in stone-pelting incidents, locals claimed.
Jammu and Kashmir: The ceasefire violation took place a day after Army Chief General Bipin Rawat chaired a high-level meeting with senior commanders at the 15 Corps headquarters, in the backdrop of the attack on Amarnath yatris on Monday night.