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BSF shoots intruder on international border in J&K

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Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on Monday shot and killed an intruder on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district.
 
The incident took place in Ramgarh sector at 3 a.m. after the intruder crossed into the Indian territory, police said.
 
"The body has been recovered and investigation started," police said.
 
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Five killed, three injured in J&K road accident

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Five people were killed and three injured in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Saturday.
 
Police said that a taxi carrying passengers from Ukhral village to Alinbass went out of the driver's control and dropped into a deep gorge. 
 
Three women and two men including the driver of the taxi were killed in the mishap and three others were injured.
 
Police said that they started a rescue operation immediately and the injured have been shifted to hospital. 
 
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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 Friday, police said.
 
"At 8 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing of small arms to target Indian military and civilian facilities in the Krishna Ghati sector.
 
"Some shells fell in the civilian areas. No loss of life has been reported. Indian troops retaliated effectively," police sources added.
 
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Over 5,000 pilgrims leave Jammu on Amarnath Yatra

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Another batch of 5,486 pilgrims left from here on Thursday to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.
 
Since it started on July 1, over 1.30 lakh pilgrims have had 'darshan' inside the cave shrine situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas.
 
The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva according to the devotees.
 
Police said here on Thursday another batch of 5,486 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys for the Valley today. 
 
"Of these, 2,129 yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 3,357 are going to Pahalgam base camp," police said.
 
Pilgrims approach the cave shrine either from the shorter 14-km long Baltal trek or through the longer 45-km long Pahalgam trek.
 
Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both the base camps.
 
Local Muslims have always lent a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren are able to perform the Yatra with ease and convenience.
 
Acknowledging this, state governor, Satya Pal Malik said the smooth and peaceful conduct of the Amarnath Yatra has been possible because of the support and active engagement of the local Muslims.
 
The cave shrine was discovered in 1850 by a Muslim Shepherd, Buta Malik. 
 
This year's Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
 
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50,000 complete 'darshan' at Amarnath, as 5,000 more set out

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A batch of 4,722 pilgrims left Jammu on Friday to perform the Amarnath Yatra as 50,483 devotees completed 'darshan' at the cave shrine till Thursday.
 
While 2,147 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in an escorted convoy for the Baltal base camp, 2,575 proceeded to Pahalgam, police said.
 
Pilgrims taking the 14-km long Baltal trek return back after darshan on the same day while those using the 45-km traditional Pahalgam trek take four days to reach the shrine. Helicopter services are available at both camps.
 
Since July 1, a total of 50,483 pilgrims have had darshan inside the Himalayan shrine situated at 3,888 metres. It houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to devotees.
 
This year's 45-day long annual Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. 
 
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Over 5,500 pilgrims set out for Amarnath from Jammu

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A batch of 5,522 pilgrims on Thursday left Jammu for the Himalayan cave shrine Amarnath, after 33,694 yatris completed paying obeisance before the ice stalagmite structure of Lord Shiva over the past three days.
 
Two escorted convoys left for the valley, police said, adding that 2,520 were headed to the Baltal base camp while 3,002 to Pahalgam. The Met Office has forecast generally fair weather along both tracks. 
 
The annual Amarnath Yatra started on July 1 and will end after 45 days on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima.
 
The cave shrine situated at 3,888 metres above the sea level houses the ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.
 
According to local lore, it was a Muslim shepherd named Buta Malik who had discovered the cave shrine in 1850. A Sufi saint gave the shepherd a bag of charcoal that turned out to be gold.
 
Symbolically, the lore turned out to be true as the shepherd family shared a portion of the offerings at the cave shrine for more than 150 years.
 
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Three killed, four injured in J&K road accident

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Three people were killed and four injured on Tuesday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district.
 
The accident took place at 1 a.m. when a van travelling to Ghagwal from Samba town rammed into an army vehicle at Sandh Bari on the highway.
 
"Three people were killed on the spot. The injured have been shifted to hospital and an FIR lodged into the incident," police said.
 
Thirty five people were killed and 16 injured on Monday in a dastardly road accident in Kishtwar district of the state.
 
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Nearly 6,000 pilgrims from Jammu head for Amarnath

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Close to 6,000 pilgrims on Tuesday left Jammu for the Amarnath caves amid tight security after over 8,000 devotees offered puja in the cave shrine on the first day of the annual pilgrimage.
 
A total of 2,239 yatris left the Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in a secured convoy at 3.05 a.m. for the Baltal base camp, while another 3,670 headed for the Pahalgam camp in another escorted convoy at 4.25 a.m., police said.
 
On the first day on Monday 8,403 pilgrims paid obeisance to the ice stalagmite structure, which devotees believe, symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva. It is situated at 3,888 metres above the sea level in the Kashmir Valley.
 
The 45-day long Amarnath Yatra in the Himalayas will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
 
The Met office has installed weather forecasting equipment all along the twin tracks to the cave shrine for accurate forecast.
 
According to Tuesday's forecast, weather along the tracks is likely to remain generally dry with the temperature around the cave shrine expected to hover around 5 degrees Celsius.
 
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33 killed, 22 injured in J&K road accident

As many as 33 people were killed and 22 injured on Monday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, an official said.
The site where a mini-bus on its way from Keshwan area to Kishtwar town went out of the driver's control and plunged into a gorge near Sirgwari village in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, on July 1, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The site where a mini-bus on its way from Keshwan area to Kishtwar town went out of the driver's control and plunged into a gorge near Sirgwari village in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, on July 1, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
As many as 33 people were killed and 22 injured on Monday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, an official said.
 
The accident occurred at 8.40 a.m. when a mini bus travelling from Keshwan area to Kishtwar town went out of the driver's control and plunged into a gorge near Sirgwari village, said Angrez Singh Rana, Kishtwar District Magistrate.
 
The injured were being airlifted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu city for specialized treatment, Rana said.
 
Locals also joined the relief and rescue operations.
 
Former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed grief and shock over the accident.
 
"I am deeply pained to learn about this accident. I urge upon the state administration for immediate medical aid to the injured," Azad said.
 
Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma also described the accident as "unfortunate".
 
Overloading, over-speeding and dilapidated road conditions have caused tragic accidents in the hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch districts in the past as well.
 
On June 27, 11 students of a private computer training institute were killed in a tragic accident in Pir Ki Gali area of the Mughal Road that connects the Rajouri-Poonch districts in the Jammu division.
 
Following this accident, authorities in Poonch district have banned all excursions by educational institutions unless specifically allowed by the district administration.
 
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24 killed in road accident in Kishtwar district of J&K

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Twenty four people were killed and 13 injured on Monday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district, police sources said.
 
The incident happened when a mini-bus from Keshwan village headed to Kishtwar town went out of the driver's control and plunged into a deep gorge. Senior civil, police and army officers have rushed to the spot.
 
Relief and rescue operation is underway and the injured are being shifted to hospital, the sources said.
 
Overloading, over-speeding and dilapidated road conditions have caused tragic accidents in the hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch districts in the past as well. 
 
On June 27, 11 students of a private computer training institute were killed in a tragic accident in Pir Ki Gali area of the Mughal Road that connects the Rajouri-Poonch districts in the Jammu division.
 
Following this accident, authorities in Poonch district have banned all excursions by educational institutions unless specifically allowed by the district administration.
 
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1st batch of Amarnath Yatris leave Jammu to begin pilgrimage

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A first batch of Amarnath Yatris left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley on Sunday to begin this year's annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine.
 
The 45-day-long Amarnath Yatra will officially commence from Monday and conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
 
"The first batch of pilgrims include 1,051 bound for the north Kashmir Baltal base camp and 1,183 to the Pahalgam base camp. The pilgrims comprised 1,839 males, 333 females, 45 sadhus and 17 children," police sources said here.
 
"The pilgrims left in security escorted convoys. No opposite movement of traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar highway till 3 p.m. today (Sunday) in order to ensure that the pilgrims cross the Jawahar Tunnel without any delay." 
 
Extraordinary security arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth, violence-free Amarnath Yatra this year.
 
During his visit to Kashmir last week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the security arrangements.
 
Situated at 3,888 metres above sea-level, the Amarnath shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises the mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.
 
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Five killed as jeep falls into gorge in J&K

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Five people were killed and five others injured after a jeep fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Sunday, police said.
 
The accident occurred at Kewal on the Budhal-Rajouri road after the driver lost control of the vehicle.
 
"The vehicle plunged into a gorge killing two persons on the spot while three others died later. Five injured passengers have been shifted to the hospital for treatment," a police officer said.
 
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Three civilians injured in Pakistan firing on LoC

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Three civilians were injured as the Pakistani army violated the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Sunday, police said.
 
The three, including two girls, were injured in Pakistani firing in Kirni, Qasba and Bandi Chechian areas of Poonch.
 
"The injured civilians have been shifted to hospital where attending doctors said they are out of danger," police said.
 
Indian and Pakistan troops traded heavy fire on the LoC in Poonch after the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Indian positions, Defence Ministry spokesman, Lt Col. Devender Anand, said.
 
Pakistan army targeted Indian positions in Kirni, Qasba and Mendhar areas in Poonch and the Indian positions retaliated effectively, he said.
 
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Indian, Pakistani troops in heavy gunfight on LoC

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Indian and Pakistan troops traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Sunday, defence sources said.
 
The sources said that the Pakistan army violated LoC ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked shelling and firing on Indian positions.
 
"Pakistan army targeted Indian positions in Kirni, Qasba and Mendhar areas in Poonch. Indian positions retaliated effectively," a defence source said.
 
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Life term for mastermind, 2 others in Kathua rape-murder case

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A Special Court in Pathankot on Monday convicted six people for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua last year. It pronounced life imprisonment of 25 years for three -- temple priest and mastermind Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar.
 
Investigating officers Raj and Dutta, and Special Police Officer Surinder Kumar were sentenced to five years in jail for destroying crucial evidence in the case. 
 
Sanji Ram's son Vishal was acquitted due to lack of evidence, but the fate of his minor nephew, the eighth accused in the case, will be decided by the juvenile court.
 
His trial is yet to begin as a petition to determine his age is awaiting judgment in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
 
Pathankot District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced the verdict in open court. The in-camera trial in the case ended on June 3.
 
All the six accused can move the High Court against the trial court verdict within one month.
 
Families of the convicted, who were present in the court in Pathankot, some 100 kms from Jammu and 30 kms from Kathua, blamed the media for the verdict. "This is a bad judgment and we are going to challenge it in appropriate court," said a defence counsel.
 
Elaborate security arrangements had been made at the trial court for the verdict because of the high-profile nature of the case.
 
According to the charge sheet, the girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was kidnapped and held captive at a village temple in Kathua district on January 10, 2018.
 
The 15-page charge sheet against the accused said that the eight-year-old girl was starved, sedated and repeatedly raped in captivity over the next four days before being bludgeoned to death.
 
Her mutilated body was found in a forest on January 17. Three days later, one of the accused -- reportedly a juvenile -- was arrested by the police, the charge sheet said.
 
The abduction, rape and killing of the child were part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, it added.
 
The case sparked outrage across the state, forcing the government to hand over the case to the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
 
The case strained relations between the then ruling coalition partners, the PDP and the BJP after two ministers of the latter, Chowdhury Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the arrested accused.
 
The Supreme Court later ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir and be heard on a daily basis by the trial court in Punjab's Pathankot.
 
Hailing the judgment, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: "Relieved about the Kathua verdict. Credit goes to the Crime Branch team for ensuring facts came to light despite hindrances. People all across too galvanised support & stood up for this child."
 
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Kathua rape-murder case: Six held guilty

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A Special Court in Pathankot of Punjab on Monday convicted six out of the seven accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua last year.
 
Pathankot District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced the verdict in open court. 
 
Those convicted include former revenue official Sanji Ram, Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, two investigating officers -- head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta and Parvesh Kumar.
 
Ram's son Vishal was acquitted due to lack of evidence, while an accused juvenile faces a separate trial. His trial is yet to begin as a petition to determine his age is waiting judgement in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
 
Families of the convicted present at the court blamed the media for the verdict.
 
"We are going to challenge the judgment," said a defence counsel, after coming out of the court.
 
The quantum of punishment will be pronounced at 2 p.m.
 
The in-camera trial in the case ended on June 3, following which District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced that the verdict would be delivered on June 10.
 
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place because of the high-profile nature of the case.
 
According to the charge sheet, the girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was kidnapped and held captive at a village temple in Kathua district on January 10 last year.
 
The 15-page charge sheet against the accused had said that the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.
 
She was drugged, starved and repeatedly raped for days. She was finally strangled and her head was bashed in with a rock. Her mutilated body was found in a forest area on January 17. Three days later, one of the accused -- reportedly a juvenile -- was arrested by police, the charge sheet said.
 
The Supreme Court had ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir and be heard on a daily basis by the trial court in Pathankot.
 
The case had strained relations between the then ruling coalition partners, PDP and the BJP, after two ministers of BJP, Chowdhury Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the accused arrested by the state crime branch.
 
The rape and killing of the girl had sparked outrage across the state, forcing the government to hand over the case to the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
 
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Indian, Pakistan security forces exchange sweets on LoC, IB

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Indian and Pakistan security forces on Wednesday exchanged sweets and greetings on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 
Defence sources said Indian soldiers greeted Pakistan soldiers on the LoC in Chakan Da Bagh area of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district and the two sides exchanged sweets.
 
The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers deployed on either side of the International Border in the state's Samba district also had an exchange of goodwill and greetings, BSF sources said.
 
BSF troopers also exchanged sweets with the Rangers counterparts at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost, some 30 km from Amritsar, in Punjab to celebrate the festival.
 
It is for the first time after Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India for the second five-year term that security personnel have exchanged greetings with each other.
 
Exchange of greetings and sweets takes place on the Independence Days, national days and festivals like Eid and Diwali.
 
In recent years, both sides have not greeted each other or exchanged sweets on some occasions due to tensions between both countries following ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir or terrorist activities in the state.
 
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Jammu-Srinagar highway restored for traffic

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After remaining closed for several hours on Sunday night, the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was restored for traffic on Monday.
 
A traffic department official said a fresh landslide hit the highway on Sunday night in Battery Chashma area of Ramban district, that led to the temporary closure.
 
"Debris clearance operation started during the night and was completed in the early hours of Monday," the official added
 
The nearly 300 km-long highway is the lifeline of essential supplies to the landlocked Kashmir Valley.
 
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Landslides force closure of Jammu-Srinagar highway

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The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed for traffic on Saturday following landslides in Ramban district, traffic department officials said.
 
The fresh landslides were reported early in the day in the Battery Chashma area. Heavy traffic jams were reported after the sudden closure.
 
"Due to inclement weather and shooting stones that continue to hit Digdol and Monkey Mord in addition to the huge landslide at Battery Chashma, the highway has been closed," an official said.
 
"For the safety of travellers, the highway is not to be used unless declared safe for traffic. No vehicle will be allowed either from Banihal or Udhampur side," he added.
 
Any person intending to undertake the journey must first contact the traffic control rooms in Jammu and Srinagar city.
 
Once the weather showed signs of improvement, debris clearance operation would be started, the traffic department said.
 
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Soldier killed in training event accident near LoC

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One soldier was killed and seven others were injured on Wednesday in an accident during a training event near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a defence spokesman said.
 
"Today in a training event accident in a forward area in Poonch, one soldier was seriously wounded and a few others suffered minor injuries," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said.
 
The critically injured soldier succumbed to his wounds in a hospital later.
 
Anand denied that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device.
 
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Pakistan violates ceasefire on IB, firing on

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Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector on Tuesday evening, sparking off a gunfight which was still on, police said.
 
"Pakistan Rangers targeted Border Security Force positions in Samba sector in the evening using small arms and automatics. BSF troopers have retaliated. Firing exchanges were going on till last reports came in," police sources said.
 
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6 militants, soldier among 8 killed in three Valley gunfights

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Six militants, including a top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander, as well as a soldier and a civilian were killed and four others injured in three gunfights between security forces and militants across the Kashmir Valley on Thursday.
 
In the first gunfight in Dalipora village of Pulwama district, three Jaish militants, including a top commander who had masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, a soldier and a civilian were killed, police said.
 
"The slain militants have been identified as two locals, Naseer Pandit and Umar Mir and Pakistani national Khalid Bhai. Khalid was a top JeM commander and had masterminded the 2017 attack on the CRPF camp in Lethpora in which five troopers were killed," a police source said.
 
The civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of the house where the militants were hiding. His brother, Muhammad Younis, sustained a gunshot injury.
 
According to the sources, two soldiers were also injured in the exchange of firing.
 
Giving details of the gunfight, a police statement said: "On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched today morning by police and security forces at Dalipora area.
 
"As police and security forces were evacuating civilians from the neighbourhood around the target house, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately. In the process, one Army jawan, Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life."
 
Security forces retaliated, killing three militants whose bodies were retrieved from the site, it said.
 
"They were identified as Naseer Pandit of Kareemabad, Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and from the incriminating material recovered from the site of encounter, one terrorist has been identified as a Pakistani, namely Khalid.
 
"According to police records, the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM," it said.
 
The statement said that Khalid, "who was operating as commander of proscribed terror outfit JeM was involved in several terror attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area. Many terror crime cases were registered against him".
 
Amid massive clashes near the gunfight site and adjoining areas, authorities imposed curfew in Pulwama town and suspended mobile internet services. Mobile internet speed was also reduced in Srinagar city to prevent uploading of inflammatory pictures and posts.
 
In another gunfight in Handew village of Shopian district, three militants were killed while a soldier was injured. Police said firing exchanges have stopped but the search operation is still going on.
 
"Bodies of the slain militants have been recovered. Their exact identities and group affiliation are being ascertained," police said.
 
Following specific information about the presence of militants, troops of the army's counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group of the state police launched a cordon and search operation in Handew village, but came under fire from the hiding militants and retaliated.
 
The third gunfight took place in Kandi forest area of Kupwara district.
 
Security forces surrounded the forest area after intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants there.
 
Police said a brief shootout took place in Kandi forest area, but there was no report of any casualty.
 
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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 Sunday, a defence official said.
 
"At 11 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing of small arms in the Krishna Ghati and Kirni sectors. Our troops retaliated effectively," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told the media.
 
For the last three days, the two armies have traded fire on the LoC in Shahpur, Kirni and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district.
 
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Tourist killed in Jammu-Srinagar highway accident

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A tourist from Maharashtra was killed and three others were injured on Sunday in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, police said.
 
"The victim and the injured were on their way from the Kashmir Valley to Jammu when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a boulder that rolled down the mountain in Ramsoo area," the police said.
 
There were 12 people in the vehicle. The victim was identified as Sunil Kathe of Nasik.
 
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Indian, Pakistan army trade fire on LoC in Poonch

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Indian and Pakistan army traded fire on the Line of Control on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
 
Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said, "About 4 p.m. today Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms along the LoC in Qasba sector of Poonch district. Indian Army retaliated befittingly".
 
Yesterday also the two armies had exchanged heavy fire in Shahpur and Kirni sectors of the same district.
 
Authorities had ordered closure of schools in areas close to the LoC in Kirni sector on Thursday because of heavy shelling in the area.
 
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