According to officials, work to build community bunkers started recently in Kupwara and Baramulla districts. With cross-border shelling along the Line of Control increasing off late, there has been a demand for bunkers in border villages.
Connectivity between Kashmir and Ladakh round the year is considered to be important for defence forces as Ladakh shares borders with Pakistan and China. At present, road connectivity between the two regions remains suspended during the winter.
On Sunday afternoon, the Srinagar administration announced restrictions on public movement in 88 areas. And on Sunday evening, the administration issued orders to allow tourists into Jammu and Kashmir in a phased manner, starting Tuesday.
Madhav was in Kashmir to meet the family of senior BJP leader Sheikh Waseem Bari, who along with his father Sheikh Bashir and younger brother Sheikh Umar Sultan was killed in a militant attack at Bandipora last week.
“On 9 July, The Kashmir Walla’s editor received a formal summon from Safakadal police station saying that 'your presence is necessary for the purpose of enquiry into the offence committed under section 147, 307, 109, 501, 505 IPC',” the website said in a statement on Friday.
Speaking to reporters in Bandipore, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said they had identified the two militants involved in the attack. “One of them is Abid (a local militant) and another is a foreigner,” he said.
According to officials, the encounter broke out while security forces were on a cordon and search operation in the Gasoo area of Pulwama. Army officers said the operation had been launched based on inputs by the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police.
The militant killed was identified as “Zahid Ahmad Dass, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dass, resident of Waghama Bijbehara”, police stated. He was affiliated with Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK), a banned terror outfit.
The J&K Police, which released the boy’s photos saying they had rescued him at the site of the encounter, said his grandfather, 65-year-old Bashir Ahmad Khan, was killed when militants opened fire on security forces on the outskirts of Sopore.
The Food Department, however, has said the order was issued to prevent a shortfall of “essential commodities” and maintained “some people are spreading false information regarding a communication with respect to the LPG stock in Kashmir valley.”
As soon they will come down, our sources will inform us and we will neutralise them by launching operations,” Kumar told the media on Saturday on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony for the CRPF constable killed in a militant attack in South Kashmir’s Bijbehara on Friday.