Jammu and Kashmir Police chief, Dr SP Vaid on Tuesday said that the identities of the slain militants will be ascertained after their bodies are recovered.
“We are yet to recover the bodies. Will tell you their identities after that (recovery of bodies),” said Vaid, according to a news gathering agency.
Earlier, reports said that Arif Lelhari has been killed in the ongoing gunfight in Hakripora village while Divisional commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba Abu Dujana is believed to be trapped as well.
The encounter began in Hakripora after cordoned off the village after inputs about the presence of militants. Top Lashkar commander Abu Dujana is believed to be trapped inside a house along with an associate.
Five Army personnel convicted by a general court martial in the Machhil fake encounter case had a sigh of relief as a military court suspended their punishment of life imprisonment, India Today reported on Wednesday.
According to the report the armed forces tribunal also granted them bail in the case related to the death of three civilians in Kashmir Valley in 2010 where the accused were dismissed from service and given jail terms.
Colonel Dinesh Pathania, Captain Upendra, Havildar Devender Kumar, Lance Naik Lakhmi, Lance Naik Arun Kumar from 4 Rajput Regiment and rifleman Abas Hussain of the Territorial Army were convicted in 2014 for human rights abuse.
“The armed forces tribunal bench headed by Justice VK Shali suspended the punishment awarded to these personnel and granted them bail in the case,” Major Anand Kumar and Major SS Pandey, the two lawyers of five Army personnel in the case, told Mail Today.
“The suspension of punishment means that the troops would be out of jail while the court would continue to hear the case on the trial conducted by the force against them.”
There was a public outcry after photographs of those killed in the alleged encounter were released, as relatives and neighbours of the slain persons claimed that the three men were framed and killed in a stage-managed gunfight and they were not connected with militancy in any way.
Police have detained driver of ruling Peoples Democratic Party legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir for “investigation into a militancy related case”.
A source said Touseef Ahmad was picked up by police this morning for “questioning”.
Confirming the development, superintendent of police Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, said Touseef was “cooperating with the investigators.”
“It is related to a militancy case,” he said. “I will be able to comment on the case when the investigation reaches at certain stage.”
Touseef, a resident of Chokura Pulwama, had been deputed as driver with the MLA some seven months ago from security wing of J&K police.
Aijaz, who represents Wachi constituency, said he was in Chandigarh for a health check up. “I was told by the SP that he (Touseef) has been picked up for the investigation into a militancy related case,” said the MLA.
The source said police has arrested two more persons along with Touseef for their alleged involvement in the same case.
Wachi has emerged as a fertile ground for new age militancy in Kashmir. A police official said around 25 militants, belonging to both Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiaba, come from this constituency.
Two top militant commanders from Hizb and LeT, Saddam Paddar and Waseem Shah alias Osama respectively are residents of Heff, Zainapora in Shopian. They are the only surviving militants from the group picture that included slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani which had gone viral on social media some years ago. The picture was believed to have been shot somewhere in Shopian.
In March 2015 a policeman, Naseer Ahmad Pandit, guarding the house of PDP minister Altaf Bukhari had decamped with two rifles. Pandit, a resident of Kareemabad Pulwama, was however killed in an encounter later.
The causality in Anantnag attack could have been more had the Muslim driver left the wheel of the bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims.
The courage of Saleem Sheikh, the driver of the bus, who hurriedly drove the yatris to safety saved around 50 lives.
The attack on the bus with 56 yatris aboardleft seven dead and over 19 injured.
“Realising that halting the bus amid firing can have dangerous consequences, Saleem had driven the bus for nearly two kilometres before he reached an army camp,” the report said.
“I spoke to the passengers and they were all praise for the driver. He drove despite the firing and took them to safety. It madea lot of difference and many lives were saved. He did not stop. Had he stopped, more lives could have been lost,” Munir Khan, IG, Kashmir was quoted as saying by One India.
The report said that Saleem’s family in Gujarat is also proud of the exemplary courage shown by him.
The bus was on its way from Baltal to Jammu when a shootout began after gunmen attacked the government forces.
Suspected militants on Sunday night attacked a police station and the house of a senior Congress leader in Shopian district of south Kashmir.
There was no report of any casualties in both the incidents
Reports said that shots were fired at both the police station and the house of Congress leader and former minister Ghulam Hassan Khan, located adjacent to each other.
Policemen retaliated, triggering an exchange of fire that lasted for few minutes.
However, nobody was injured in both the incidents
Govt. issued orders of transfers and postings of 3 KAS officer vide Government Order No.729-GAD of 2017, Dated:09-06-2017, wehich reads as
In the interest of administration, the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered with immediate effect:
1. Mr. Surjeet Singh, KAS, Collector, Land Acquisition, Public Works (R&B) Department, Jammu, is transferred and posted as General Manager, DIC, Ramban, vice Mr. Mohammad Bashir Lone.
2. Mr. Mohammad Bashir Lone, KAS, General Manager, DIC, Ramban, is transferred and posted as Collector, Land Acquisition, Public Works (R&B) Department, Jammu, vice Mr. Surjeet Singh.
3. Mr. Rakesh Dubey, awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, District Employment and Counselling Centre, Udhampur, against an available vacancy.
Pakistan’s spy agency ISI is planning a major strike in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab as four militants have already infiltrated into India from the Punjab border, according to an Intelligence Bureau (IB) input shared with the state governments.
The input, a copy of which is with IANS, warns that the planned Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) attack may take place within the next 15 days in Kathua near Jammu and Gurdaspur and Pathankot in Punjab.
“The ISI is planning a major attack in Kathua, Gurdaspur and Pathankot. In this regard, four militants have already infiltrated into Punjab through Bamtal sector a few days ago,” says the undated IB note shared with governments in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab earlier this week.
The IB says that the “militants” were now waiting for arms and ammunition to be supplied from Pakistan and a drug peddler was being used as a courier.
“They are waiting for the supply of arms and ammunition to be provided by the ISI. The ISI has also hired a drug courier to hand over the consignment of arms and ammunition to these attackers within next 15 days,” says the IB note, asking the governments and security agencies to take “necessary preventive and precautionary measures as deemed fit”.
Pathankot had earlier been the centre of a major strike by four attackers who launched a nearly three-day bomb and gun attack on an Indian Air Force base in the border town.
Seven forces’ personnel were killed in the January 2, 2016, assault that broke down planned talks between India and Pakistan.
India blamed Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammed for the Pathankot attack
Stressing for a meaningful tripartite dialogue to resolve Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said unless the people’s aspirations are respected and addressed with sincerity, talks will prove futile.
“India can resolve Kashmir issue only by respecting people’s aspirations. However, instead of responding seriously and taking sincere steps, they are relying on their military might, thereby strangulating the genuine voices,” Geelani said in a statement
Sincere measures are needed to resolve the Kashmir issue and negotiations are the only option,” he said.
Commenting on human shield row and statement of army chief Gen Bipin Rawat that individual officers are entitled to decide the tactics depending on circumstances, Geelani said: “Such statements are not expected from a commander of any disciplined force, however, it shows their colonial mindset. It testifies our claim that they treat us as enemy nation and as such are justifying coercive and suppressive measures.”
“Human shield case testifies our claim but they are portraying the incident in a distorted manner as if the situation had gone out of control, thus justifying the gruesome act of making a youth as human shield,” he said: “We have enough and sound evidence and proof that the youth was on way to his relatives and situation was quite peaceful.” “Kashmir is a political issue and it does not befit an army commander to discuss political issue,” he said.
“New Delhi has failed to crush our freedom sentiments and now feels desperate to defame and disgrace leadership and freedom movement. They are following their policies and on one hand utilizing the services of NIA and raiding residences of leadership and on the other harping on negotiations. They are not serious to resolve Kashmir issue and we won’t accept offer under the shadow of gun. It is just to cover up their wrongdoings and to mislead international community,” he said. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) condemned the continued house detention of Geelani and other resistance leaders.
“Geelani, TeH general secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Umar Adil Dar continue to be under house arrest and Syed Ali Geelani was again barred from offering Friday prayers even in the month of Ramadhan,” the spokesman said. The spokesman condemned these ‘arbitrary’ measures, terming the “illogical and unjustified” restrictions as “state sponsored terrorism