"We have neutralised both the militants. It is a huge building with 400 rooms on 15 acres of land. So with help from the Army, we carried out room to room searches," IG CRPF, Ravideep Sahi, said.
A Special Investigation Team has been formed to investigate the lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandit, who was killed outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, and submit its report on a fast-track basis, officials said.
Militants opened fire on a CRPF vehicle at around 6 pm, injuring three troopers, who were shifted to the Army hospital near Srinagar, Kashmir. They took shelter in a neighbourhood near the Delhi Public School after the attack. One officer was killed and two others were injured.
Most of the policeman deaths this year were reported from Anantnag and Kulgam districts.
A pall of gloom descended on Nowpora where Deputy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandit lived with his family. Neighbours remembered the humble police officer whose nikaah ceremony was solemnised many years ago by Maulvi Farooq, the then Mirwaiz of Kashmir who was later assassinated, and succeeded by son Maulvi Umar Farooq.
As outrage mounted and the incident drew all-round condemnation, police began a hunt for the assailants. Director General of Police S P Vaid said two persons had been arrested and a third identified.
In the initial gunfight an Army Major also received injuries. At night, the forces used IEDs to blow up the house and the militants were killed. The operation concluded before dawn.
A resident of Tengpuna village in Pulwama, Wani had 10 FIRs registered against him at various police stations and had twice been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA). He was first arrested during the 2010 unrest, while he was allegedly leading protests against security forces in Pulwama.
A resident of Tengpuna village in Pulwama, Wani had 10 FIRs registered against him at various police stations and had twice been booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA)
The militants were identified as Gulzar Ahmad Lone alias Ibrahim, Hizbul district commander from Gund Brath village, and Basit Ahmad Mir alias Tahir of Andergam Pattan village. “The militants were asked to surrender but they refused,’’ said a police officer.
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"Think about the day people will be carrying you to your grave and your families crying...think about the moment,’’ the officer wrote.
The bodies of the three militants were handed over to their respective families on Saturday morning and a big funeral was held for Mattoo in which people from different parts of south Kashmir participated.
The attack took place 17 km from the spot in Arwani where an encounter between militants and security forces was in progress and barely 5 km from the Army’s Khandru camp, one of the most fortified installations in south Kashmir.
At Ashtangoo, the news of the deaths kept villagers awake on Thursday. In Bandipore district, Ashtangoo is a settlement of around 15,000 people.
At Arwani village of Anantnag district, a joint team of Special Operation Group of the J&K Police, Army and CRPF launched a search operation, acting on specific information about the presence of militants.
Inspector General, CRPF, Ravideep Sahi said that they already had inputs that there will be a a spurt of attacks on CRPF installations during the month of Ramzan.
Officials said that 10 CRPF personnel were wounded in an attack in Tral. This was the second grenade attack on CRPF in the town since Monday
"The government was exposed as it had done nothing to convince opposition parties how it would safeguard Article 370 while implementing GST," National Conference leader Nasir Aslam Wani said
Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mushtaq Ahmed Wani said, “GST is against Section 5 of the J&K Constitution which is guaranteed by Article 370. Our main reason of opposing GST is that is against financial autonomy of the state.’’
According to the Army, 22 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 armed intruders killed in different sectors near the Line of Control since January
Officials said that the three were killed in a firefight that was triggered after a group of militants fired at soldiers near the LoC fencing
This is the third infiltration attempt that has been foiled by the Army in North Kashmir over the past fortnight.
Danish Ahmad is the second militant to lay down his weapons in the past few days
As the forces were cordoning the village, people took out a demonstration and tried to obstruct the Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir police’s operation against militants
Of the six soldiers injured, two died at the Army Base Hospital in Srinagar. Following the attack, the Army and the Special Operations Group of J&K Police launched search operations in the area. The National Highway was closed to traffic for more than half an hour.
Suhail, 26, is currently pursuing a PhD at Jamia Millia Islamia.
Among the other 13 from the state is Fakhurudin, 30, a dentist from Bemina locality in Srinagar.
The Army decided to send back the boys after questioning as they found the duo to be innocent.
On Monday, 14 passengers were scheduled to travel to PoK on bus but had to return from the Kaman Post.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik said, “To kill every Kashmiri shows the criminal mindset of Indian rulers and their forces.’’
Defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia told The Sunday Express that soldiers intercepted a group of armed intruders 500 to 600 metres inside the LoC on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
No official communication has been issued on the curbs being lifted but these sites could be accessed across the Valley on Friday evening.
Ghulam Qadir, elder brother of Farooq, questioned the award to the officer who is under probe: “Is this justice? It is a mockery in the name of an inquiry. This is cruel, not justice.’’
“It was a long journey for justice. Case after case was slapped against my brother. All the cases were fabricated,’’ Javeed Ahmad, Wani’s younger brother, told The Indian Express.
Defence sources said the army spotted a group of infiltrators near the LoC. However, after an initial firefight, the militants managed to escape leaving some weapons behind.