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40 killed in terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of J&K

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and an equal number suffered injuries when terrorists attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying security forces with a car bomb at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

 
40 CRPF men killed in blast in J&K
At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and an equal number suffered injuries when terrorists attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying security forces with a car bomb at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
 
According to initial reports, it appeared to be a suicide attack in which a Mahindra Scorpio sports utility vehicle (SUV) with about 350 kg of explosives rammed into the convoy of about 78 vehicles transporting about 2500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.
 
About 13 of the injured CRPF men were said to be in a critical condition and were rushed to the Army hospital in Srinagar, official sources said.
 
Officials said the exact number of those killed and injured as well as other details of the incident would take some time to ascertain. However, a senior official told a news agency that at least 40 CRPF men had died.
 
Reports reaching here said terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the attack. 
 
Official sources said terrorists triggered the explosion around 3.30 pm when the convoy, which had left Jammu in the early hours of today, was passing through the Goripora area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, about 30 km short of Srinagar.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the buses, which bore the brunt of the explosion, was completely destroyed in the massive explosion.
 
According to preliminary information, the explosives-laden car was driven by a local youth. But officials said they were trying to verify this and other details, including the manner in which the attack was carried out. Senior officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF had reached the scene and were carrying out investigations into all these aspects.
 
"Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama," he added.
 
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Rajnath Singh said the "dastardly attack" was extremely painful and disturbing.
 
"I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, the Director General of CRPF and the Home Secretary about the attack. They have apprised him of the situation.
 
The Home Minister has cancelled a scheduled visit to Bihar tomorrow. The Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation, official sources said.
 
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is understood to have briefed the Prime Minister about the incident.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who cut short an official visit to Bhutan, will fly to Srinagar tomorrow, the sources said.
 
A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team with forensic experts is being sent to Srinagar to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in evaluation of the scene of the crime.
 
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is likely to meet here tomorrow morning to discuss the situation.
 
"I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in J&K in which many of our brave CRPF men have been martyred and a large number wounded, some critically. My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
 
Today's terror strike is said to be the one of the worst on security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and much worse than the September 18, 2016 incident in which 18 soldiers were killed when a group of four heavily armed terrorists attacked an army administrative base at Uri in Baramulla district near the Line of Control.
 
Ten days later, the Indian Army responded with "surgical strikes" at launch pads across the LoC to prevent Pakistani terrorists positioned there from crossing over into the country and striking at targets in Jammu & Kashmir and other places. While details were not given out, the Army said it had inflicted "significant number of casualties" on the terrorists and those who were trying to support them.
 
For the CRPF, it was the biggest loss of men after the April 6, 2010 attack in which 75 personnel were killed in an ambush on their vehicle by left-wing extremists in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
 
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Hundreds attend slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari's funeral

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

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Shujaat Bukhari
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, local journalists and other members from all sections of society attended the funeral.
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present in Kheeri.
 
Three motorcycle-borne militants killed Bukhari and two of his security guards as he was getting into his car in Srinagar's Press Enclave area at around 7.15 p.m. on Wednesday to reach home in time for Iftar.
 
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Senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.

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Shujaat Bukhari
Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
 
State police chief S.P.Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was getting  into his car when he was attacked by militants.
 
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.
 
The killing drew wide condemnation from politicians across India and media organisations.
 
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said: "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family." 
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, recited the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, and said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed it an "act of cowardice".
 
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his Twitter handle.
 
The Congress said it was anguished, with party President Rahul Gandhi terming Bukhari "a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace".
 
"He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed," Gandhi said in a tweet.
 
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: "Anguished beyond words. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir. Demand the Centre to take swift action to nab the killers. They can silence us but not our thoughts." 
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed shock.
 
"Saddened and shocked at the brutal killing of respected editor and senior journalist @bukharishujaat. With a few hours to go for Eid this is terrible," Banerjee tweeted.
 
Several journalist bodies condemned the killing and demanded swift action against the forces responsible for his killing. 
 
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Condemning what it called a "dastardly attack", the Editors Guild of India said that Bukhari was "a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir". 
 
"The guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state," it said in a statement. 
 
It added that an attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy, and called upon the state and Central government to enhance security for all journalists in the state. 
 
"Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country," it added. 
 
The Press Club of India also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of Ramadan and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace".
 
"Press Club of India deeply mourns the loss of Shujaat Bukhari's life and extends its condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of crisis," it said in a statement.
 
It added that the "terror attack" showed that lives of journalists were not safe.
 
"Press Club of India has time and again underlined the threat to the lives of journalists working under difficult and challenging circumstances and demanded protection for them," it said.
 
The Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Club of India also expressed "deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder" of Bukhari. 
 
They said that Bukhari was a respected journalist known for his wide range of analytical writings on Kashmir and that he continued to write actively despite the death threats issued to him. 
 
"His murder can only be viewed as yet another attempt to muzzle the media and the freedom of the press in the valley," a joint statement said. 
 
Bukhari started his career as a young reporter with Kashmir Times and moved to The Hindu in the 1990s. Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.
 
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Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.

Shujaat Bukhari
Shujaat Bukhari
Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
 
State police chief S. P. Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.
 
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the killing.
 
"Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family," she said in a tweet.
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist. Reciting the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, he said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.
 
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his Twitter handle.
 
The murder also sent shock waves in the media fraternity.
 
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16 trapped in landslide in J&K as authorities issue flood alert in state

At least 16 persons were believed trapped after a landslide buried several houses in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir on Monday even as the authorities issued a flood alert after incessant rains in the state since Saturday.

 
Water level in Jhelum rises in Kashmir, rescue efforts underway
At least 16 persons were believed trapped after a landslide buried several houses in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir today even as the authorities issued a flood alert after incessant rains in the state since Saturday.
 
The police and the army, along with the people of the area, have launched a major effort to rescue those feared trapped under the tons of mud in Laiden village of Chadoora area, official sources said.
 
The continuous rains of the past few days have raised fears of a repeat of the devastating floods that hit the state in September last year -- the worst in six decades.
 
But officials said the rain gods had relented a bit today and they were hopeful of an improvement in the situation.
 
However, the Jhelum was flowing close to the danger level in many areas and the authorities have alerted those living on its banks to be vigilant and be prepared to move to safer areas if necessary.
 
Schools have been closed for the next two days as a precautionary measure, they said.
 
In New Delhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs said it was in touch with the state government and closely monitoring the situation of increasing water levels in the Jhelum. No breach of embankment has been reported, it said.
 
'However, as a precautionary measure, to assist the state government authorities, two teams of NDRF have been deputed and another four teams kept stand-by. 
 
"The state government has been asked to indicate the assistance required by them," an official press release added.
 
Officials said they had learnt from last year's disaster and are taking several precautionary steps to prevent a repeat of that kind of tragedy. Boats, sandbags and other facilities are being made available in all the vulnerable areas.
 
In particular, a close watch is being kept on the embankments of the river, which had suffered breaches at many places last year and which were not plugged fully yet.
 
"There is no reason for panic, but we have asked the people to be alert," the officials said.
 
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed went around some parts of Srinagar to take stock of the situation.
 
Meanwhile, with the meteorological department forecasting more rains over the next few days, the civil administration has reached out to the Arm for rescue and relief efforts in Srinagar and Pulwama districts.
 
The Army is keeping a close watch on the situation and 20 columns with rescue boats and other equipment have been kept on alert.
 
An official spokesperson said the Army was assisting the civil administration in flood control measures in Baramulla since yesterday and a relief operation is under progress in South Kashmir to rescue people trapped in collapsed houses. 
 
Army engineers are also undertaking strengthening of identified weak spots on the bunds of Jhelum river near Sonwar in Srinagar. 
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh discussed the situation in the state with Mr Sayeed and assured him of full Central assistance to tackle any eventuality.
 
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A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) was held here today under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Ajit Seth to take stock of the situation and to review the arrangements made or required to be made to deal with it.
 
The meeting was attended by the Secretaries and other senior officers of the relevant departments of the Government of India. The Chief Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir and other officers of the State Government participated through video conferencing. 
 
The Chief Secretary gave an account of the ground situation indicating that the Jhelum is flowing above the danger mark at certain places and as a result, flood alert has been issued by the State Government.
 
He said the State Government was geared up to deal with the situation and all steps had been taken to safeguard life and property from the flood waters. They have adequate sand bags and river bank reinforcement material. As a precautionary measure adequate quantities of rice, potable water and medical supplies are being stocked at various locations. There is no shortage of various types of fuel as there is a minimum stock level of all varieties of fuel for 10 days. 
 
The National Highway 1-A between Jammu and Srinagar, which is blocked due to landslides, is likely to be cleared for vehicular traffic later today.
 
Mr Seth reviewed the preparatory arrangements made to handle the flood situation and issued necessary directions to all departments of the Government of India to provide all possible assistance to tide over the crisis. 
 
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Centre not consulted, informed: Modi tells Lok Sabha on Masarat Alam's release

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the Centre was not consulted or informed by the Jammu & Kashmir government on its decision to release separatist Masarat Alam and made it clear that he shared the anger of the house on the issue.

 
Modi says Centre not consulted on Masarat Alam release
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told the Lok Sabha that the Centre was not consulted or informed by the Jammu & Kashmir government on its decision to release separatist Masarat Alam and made it clear that he shared the anger of the house on the issue.
 
"There is outrage in the house and outside and I would like to add my voice to that," he said after the Congress and other Opposition parties raised the issue, demanding a statement from the Prime Minister clarifying the Government's position on Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's decision.
 
Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a partner of Mr Sayeed's People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the J&K government.
 
"This country, on the issue of separatism, terrorism, does not think in partisan terms and will not do even now," he said, noting that the house had expressed its outrage in one voice today.
 
"I wish to assure the house, the people of the country that whatever steps, decisions have been taken in Jammu & Kashmir, were not taken in consultation with Government of India  and they were done without informing the Government of India," he said.
 
He urged members not to politicise the issue, though he acknowledged that they had the right to criticise the BJP as a partner in the J&K government.
 
"But let us not speak in different voices on issues related to national security, let us not give that message to the world or to Jammu and Kashmir or to the rest of the country.
 
"That is why I would like to assure the house and the entire country that this government will not accept any such steps. We do not approve of any compromise with the unity and integrity of the country," he said.
 
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"Decisions can be taken only within the limits of the Constitution, now and in the future also," he said.
 
Mr Modi said it was wrong to suggest that he was staying silent on the issue because he had spoken about such issues only a few days ago in the house.
 
"We are those people, who for these principles, had sacrificed the life of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Therefore, kindly do not give us lessons in patriotism," he told the Opposition.
 
Mr Modi said the Centre had sought some clarifications from the state government on the decision and would provide more information to the house as and when they are received.
 
"This is not the anger of any one party, but of the entire country...not of those benches or these benches, it is of the entire house," he said.
 
"And in one voice, we want to convey to separatist forces, their supporters and those who misuse the law, our outrage. This house is committed to the unity and integrity of the country and the government will take all the steps needed in this regard," he added.
 
The Congress was not fully satisfied with Mr Modi's statement, suggesting that, if he felt so strongly about it, the BJP should withdraw its support to the PDP.
 
Earlier, Mr Rajnath Singh said the Home Ministry had sought a report from the J&K government on the release of Alam and some clarifications.
 
He said that, after receiving the clarifications, the Centre would take appropriate steps in the matter.
 
Alam, 44, had been arrested by the previous Omar Abdullah-led government in J&K in 2010 for his alleged role in fanning trouble during street protests, in which more than a hundred people had died. He was released on Saturday from the Baramullah jail, within days after Mr Sayeed assumed office.
 
The PDP has justified the release, saying it was part of its efforts for reconciliation and that the government could not engage with separatists and bring them into the mainstream when they were in prison.
 
Mr Sayeed had caused the BJP some embarrassment within hours of being sworn in on March 1 when, addressing mediapersons, he thanked "people from across the border", which was taken as a reference to Pakistan and militants -- for allowing the smooth conduct of the recent Assembly elections in the state.
 
The Congress and other parties had raised a similar ruckus on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, too.
 
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Widespread rainfall likely over J&K, Himachal, Uttarakhand from April 22: IMD

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Scattered to fairly widespread rains or thundershowers, with isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds, are very likely to occur over Jammu and Kashmir, and isolated to scattered over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, from April 22 onwards under the influence of a fresh western disturbance (WD), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
 
A bulletin from IMD said on Thursday that, due to trough and wind discontinuity over south peninsular India, isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds very likely to occur over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Tamilnadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala during many days of the week.
 
Isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorms and gusty winds were also very likely to occur over West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand and Odisha during most days of the week. Thundersquall (wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph) accompanied by lightning at isolated places was very likely to occur over Odisha and over Gangetic West Bengal today.
 
Scattered to fairly widespread rain/thundershower along with gusty wind were very likely to occur over northeastern states (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura) on most of the days during the week, it said.
 
Thundersquall (wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph) accompanied with lightning at isolated places were very likely to occur over Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on April 20-21, the bulletin said.
 
Cumulatively, above normal rainfall was likely over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south interior Karnataka. It will be near normal elsewhere except northeastern states, where it is likely to be below normal during the week up to April 24.
 
Rainfall activity was likely to decrease drastically over south Peninsular India during the following week, and hence below normal rainfall activity was likely to occur over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala and south interior Karnataka. The rainfall activity was likely to increase over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura; and be near normal over the rest of the country during the week from April 25-May 1, the bulletin said.
 
Day maximum temperatures are very likely to rise by 4-6°C over most parts of Northwest and central India and by 2-4°C over Gujarat and interior Maharashtra during the first half of the week ending April 24.
 
Overall, in the week as a whole, day maximum temperatures are likely to be below normal to normal over most parts of the country outside Jammu & Kashmir, east coast and some parts of west coast of India, where these are likely to be above normal during  the week. However, heat wave conditions may prevail over isolated pockets of Rajasthan and Gujarat state towards the second half of the week.
 
During the week from April 25-May 1, day maximum temperatures are likely to be near normal or below normal over most parts of the country except Odisha, Chhattisgarh, north Andhra Pradesh, west coast and Tamil Nadu, where these are likely to be above normal.
 
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Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition reaches Karakoram Pass

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The 11-member ‘Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition’, which was flagged off from Karu (Leh) on April 7, traversed the challenging terrain of Eastern Ladakh across the Chang La pass and has reached the mighty Karakoram Pass situated at an altitude of 18,176 feet in the Karakoram Ranges on Tuesday.
 
The joint Motorcycle Expedition comprises six Indian Army personnel from the Army Service Corps, four from Royal Enfield and one from Himalayan Motorsports Association.
 
It is being undertaken in the year when the Fire & Fury Corps is celebrating 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, which marks the victory of the Indian Armed Forces over Pakistan in 1999.       
 
"This unprecedented feat over hazardous and unforgiving terrain, with temperatures as low as -40C coupled with freezing winds, is a remarkable tribute to the immortal courage and bravery of the Indian Army," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
In a rare gesture of encouragement for the expedition members, Lt Gen Y K Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps reached the Karakoram Pass to meet and motivate the riders.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Joshi lauded the efforts of the team, especially the two Women Officers from the Army Service Corps and the woman member of the Royal Enfield team who proved equal in strength, skill and spirit to the other members.
 
"The Ladakh region was witness to the unparalleled valour, indomitable courage and immortal tales of sacrifice during the Kargil War in 1999. The Himalayan Heights Expedition undertaken by the Army Service Corps, Royal Enfield and Himalayan Motorsports Association demands similar attributes and is a salute to ‘Remember, Rejoice & Renew’ the spirit of fortitude, bravery and adventure of the Indian Army," the release added.
 
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CRPF trooper injured in J&K grenade attack

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A Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) trooper was injured in a militant grenade attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Tral town on Wednesday evening, police said.
 
Police said militants hurled a grenade at a CRPF camp in Nowdal area of Tral in Pulwama district.
 
"A CRPF head constable sustained a minor injury in this explosion. The area has been cordoned off for searches," police said.
 
The attack came a day before polling to the Srinagar and Udhampur Lok Sabha constituencies in the state in the second phase of the 2019 elections. 
 
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Heavy firing on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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Heavy firing exchanges took place between Indian and Pakistani troopers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Monday, a defence official said.
 
"At 8.15 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms in the Nowshera sector. Our troops retaliated effectively," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told the media.
 
Reports said that intermittent firing were still continuing in the area.
 
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Major falls into gorge in Kashmir, dies

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An Army Major who fell into a gorge near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, police said.
 
Major Vikash Singh of Rashtriya Rifles was injured on Saturday after his fall in Machil area.
 
"The Major was shifted to the Army's Base Hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment. He succumbed to his injuries," a police officer said.
 
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Two militants killed in Shopian gunfight

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Two militants were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district, police said.
 
"Following a brief shootout in the orchard area of Gahand village, the two militants were killed. Their exact identities and affiliations are being ascertained," an officer said.
 
The gunfight broke out when militants fired on the security forces when they were conducting a cordon and search operation.
 
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Gunfight in J&K between militants, security forces

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A gunfight broke out between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, police said.
 
Following specific information about militant presence, the security forces started a cordon and search operation in Gahand village and as they tightened the cordon, the hiding militants fired triggering the encounter.
 
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10 policemen injured in J&K road accident

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Ten Jammu and Kashmir policemen were injured on Friday in a road accident in Baramulla district, police said.
 
A police vehicle headed to Srinagar from Dangiwacha in Baramulla skidded off the road at Tragpora after the driver lost control over it. All injured were shifted to hospital.
 
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India, Pakistan trade heavy fire across LoC

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The Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Friday, the Defence Ministry said.
 
"At about 8.30 a.m., Pakistan initiated unprovoked shelling using mortars and firing small arms along the LoC in Sawjian sector," Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said. 
 
The Indian Army retaliated "befittingly", he added.
 
Intermittent firing exchanges were still going on.
 
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NIA arrests separatist leader Yasin Malik

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik, a day after he was shifted to Tihar Jail here from Jammu's Kot Balwal Jail, official sources said.
 
He will be produced before a city court later in the day. 
 
Malik was brought here from Jammu to Delhi on an Air India flight on Tuesday evening, the sources said.
 
On March 7, Malik was booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) and put in Jammu jail. Under the PSA, any person can be kept in detention for two years without any judicial intervention.
 
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Yasin Malik shifted from Jammu to Delhi's Tihar Jail

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Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was on Tuesday shifted from Jammu's Kot Balwal jail to the Tihar Jail in Delhi, official sources said.
 
He was brought from Jammu to Delhi on an Air India flight in the evening, the sources said.
 
Malik had been booked under the harsh Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Jammu on March 7. Under the PSA, any person can be kept in detention for two years without any judicial intervention.
 
Meanwhile, the NIA on Tuesday summoned former PDP legislator, Ajaz Mir to appear before the agency on April 12 in Delhi in connection with the arms loot case being investigated by the agency.
 
On September 28 last year, Special Police Officer Adil Bashir Sheikh had decamped with seven AK-47 rifles of the security guards and one pistol of Mir from the official residence of the legislator in Jawahar Nagar area of Srinagar city. The SPO has since joined the militant ranks.
 
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NIA continues questioning Hurriyat's Mirwaiz

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday questioned Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq for the second consecutive day in connection with terror funding case, an official said.
 
As the investigators were not satisfied with the answers given by Mirwaiz during his questioning on Monday, he was again called on Tuesday to clarify on matters related to funding to his party Awami Action Committee as well as Hurriyat Conference, the official said. 
 
He was also asked about his connections with hawala operators and his contacts in foreign countries.
 
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Mirwaiz Umer decides to appear before NIA in Delhi

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq (File photo: IANS)
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Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Sunday decided to appear before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi for questioning in the terror funding case, a Hurriyat spokesman said.
 
The NIA had recently served a third notice to the Mirwaiz asking him to appear before the agency in Delhi on April 18 after he had expressed security concerns regarding his visit to the national capital while responding to the two notices served to him by NIA earlier.
 
A spokesman of Mirwaiz-headed Hurriyat group said that the Mirwaiz will travel to Delhi for the questioning, and he will be accompanied by Hurriyat executive members including Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone and Masroor Ansari.
 
"Despite repeated attempts to hold the questioning in Srinagar, the NIA refused to conduct it in Srinagar and has said that it would take care of the security concerns expressed by the Mirwaiz.
 
"It is unfortunate that they are insisting on the investigation in Delhi. It has been decided in the Hurriyat executive meeting held today (Sunday) that the executive members will accompany Mirwaiz to New Delhi," the spokesman said.
 
"People are deeply anguished by the harassment of Mirwaiz," he added.
 
The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat has, however, appeared people to remain calm and peaceful.
 
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M.Tech. student among two militants killed in J&K gunfight

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An M. Tech. student was among the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants killed in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Saturday, police said.
 
Rahil Rashid Sheikh, who belonged to Nuner village in Ganderbal district, was pursuing Masters in Technology and had joined militant ranks only three days back on April 3.
 
"The other militant killed in the gun battle has been identified as Bilal Ahmad of Keegam village from Shopian district," police said. 
 
The gunfight took place in Parguchi village when personnel of the army's counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group (SOG) of state police were carrying out a search operation in an orchard area in Imam Sahib.
 
"Hiding militants fired at the security forces triggering a brief gun battle in which both militants were killed," police said.
 
On May 6, 2018, Kashmir University Assistant Professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat, who also hailed from Ganderbal, was killed in a gunfight in Shopian also - only 48 hours after he joined militancy.
 
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Won't allow change in Article 370: Congress manifesto

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The Congress has promised that it won't allow any change in the Constitutional position on Article 370, will review AFSPA and reduce presence of armed forces in the Kashmir Valley if it wins the Lok Sabha polls.
 
In its manifesto 'Congress will deliver' released here about 10 days ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, the party also promised "suitable changes" in the text of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and the Disturbed Areas Act "to balance the requirements of security and the protection of human rights".
 
It also promised to ensure safety of students, traders and others belonging to state and protect their right to study or do business in the rest of the country.
 
"Congress has stood witness to the developments in Jammu and Kashmir since the Instrument of Accession was signed on October 26, 1947. Congress affirms that the whole of Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. We also acknowledge the unique history of the state and the unique circumstances under which the state acceded to India that led to the inclusion of Article 370 in the Constitution of India. Nothing will be done or allowed to change the Constitutional position," the Congress manifesto said.
 
The party also promised to immediately hold "free and fair" assembly elections in the state which has been under President's Rule since December last year, after six months of Governor's rule. 
 
"Congress promises to review the deployment of armed forces, move more troops to the border to stop infiltration completely, reduce the presence of the Army and Central Armed Police Forces in the Kashmir Valley, and entrust more responsibility to the J&K police for maintaining law and order," it said.
 
On reports of attacks on Kashmiri students and traders in different parts of the country post Pulwama suicide bombing, the party said it was "deeply concerned about the cases of discrimination and harassment" and will ensure their safety and their right to study or do business.
 
The party manifesto said the Kasmir problem could be solved only through dialogue and that it will take that path if it comes to power.
 
"We will adopt a two-pronged approach: firstly, uncompromising firmness on the border and ending infiltration; and secondly, absolute fairness in dealing with the demands of the people and winning their hearts and minds.
 
"Jammu and Kashmir and its problems deserve a large-hearted approach that will eschew muscular militarism and legalistic formulations and look for an innovative federal solution. Congress promises to find such a solution through patient dialogue and talks with all stakeholders in the state," it said.
 
"Congress promises the people of J&K talks without pre-conditions. We will appoint three interlocutors from civil society to facilitate such talks," it added.
 
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Indian, Pakistani troops clash on LoC

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Indian and Pakistani troops traded mortars and gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday.
 
The first violation of the ceasefire by the Pakistan Army took place in Rajouri and it then spread to Poonch district, officials said.
 
Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said that around 5 p.m. the Pakistanis used mortars and small arms to target Indian positions along the LoC in Shahpur and Kerni sectors of Poonch district.
 
"Indian positions retaliated and heavy firing exchanges are now going on between the two sides," the spokesman said.
 
A 6-year old girl, a woman and an inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed and 13 others injured in indiscriminate shelling and firing by the Pakistan Army in the same sectors a day earlier.
 
Authorities closed all educational institutions within a five kilometre distance of the LoC in Poonch district as a precaution.
 
Earlier, firing exchanges started between the two armies in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district at about 11.30 a.m.
 
"The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly," the spokesman said.
 
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BSF officer, girl killed, 14 injured in Pakistani shelling

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A BSF officer and a 6-year-old girl were killed and 14 persons, including five other security personnel, were injured on Monday in Pakistani shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
 
Police said the girl was killed and nine civilians were injured in the shelling in Shahpur, Kerni, Mankote, Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors.
 
"The girl died after being hit by a splinter fired by the Pakistan Army," a police officer said.
 
Also killed was a BSF officer, official sources said, but did not give his name or designation yet.
 
Nine civilians and six security personnel, including two soldiers and four Border Security Force (BSF) troopers, were injured in indiscriminate shelling and firing by Pakistan, police said, adding that all the injured have been shifted to hospital.
 
One of the injured BSF men, an inspector, succumbed to his injuries.
 
Reports said that heavy firing exchanges were continuing intermittently on the LoC at many places in Poonch district.
 
Authorities have closed all educational institutions close to the LoC following the ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army that began at 7.45 a.m.
 
According to Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand, the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms.
 
The Indian troops retaliated effectively, the officer said.
 
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Heavy firing on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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Heavy firing exchanges took place between Indian and Pakistani troopers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Monday, a defence official said.
 
"At 7.45 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms in the Shahpur and Kerni sectors. Our troops retaliated effectively," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told the media.
 
The firing exchanges were still continuing, the spokesman added.
 
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Four LeT militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir

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Four Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed on Monday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.
 
Upon receiving information about the militants, a search operation was launched in Lassipora village.
 
"When challenged, the militants opened fire on the security forces triggering the gunfight," the police said.
 
Identities of the slain militants was being ascertained. The police also recovered weapons and war like stores from the victims.
 
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