The Indian Army could soon get a new ally to counter stone-pelting and Militant attacks in the Kashmir Valley: Robots.
A report in Greater Kashmir has stated that robotic weapons could be introduced by the Defence Ministry which will help security forces in counter-insurgency as well as counter-terror operations. This move might be taken in order to reduce the number of injuries the soldiers suffer when faced with armed militants or even stone-pelting protesters.
An army proposal, projecting a requirement of 544 robots, has been approved by the defence ministry, according to reports.
For the past eight months, CAIR, a DRDO lab leading India’s research in artificial intelligence, has been working on this project. This will equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a team in collaboration, TOI had reported earlier this year.
These robots are being built keeping in mind the current military scenario which demands operations in different conditions—environmental and terrain. Besides, the robots will also be able to work in indoor conditions, enabling deployment at various key establishments.
Four people were killed on Friday when their taxi fell into a gorge near Puneja village of Chiralla tehsil in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
The accident occurred on Suigwari-Chirala road near Puneja village, 22 km from Doda town.
Reports said the taxi, bearing registration number JK02-AR-8358, was on its way from Pul Doda to Chirala when it skidded off the road and fell into a 150-ft deep gorge.
Thirteen persons, including the driver, were on board when the accident took place.
The injured were shifted to District Hospital Doda by locals and traffic policemen where doctors declared four of them as dead on arrival, said DySP DAR Doda Nazir Ahmad Ganai.
The deceased were identified as Mohd Yousaf Khan (80), son of Wali Khan, resident of Sunar Thawaha; Om Prakash (30), son of Vidya Lal, resident of Bankhan Thawaha; Fazal Din, son of Roshan Din, resident of Jandani and Punjab Singh, son of Khazan Chand, resident of Bonjwah.
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen today paid tributes to a slain militant and civilian who were killed during an encounter that raged between forces and militants in Kanelwan area of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
In an e-mailed statement issued to KNS, Hizb spokesman, Saleem Hashmi while quoting the outfit chief, Syed Salah-ud-din as saying “the sacrifices won’t go waste at any cost.”
“Taking to streets for the militants is demonstrating their affection towards their heros,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hizb’s deputy chief, Saif-ul-llah Khalid and Hizb field operational commander, Mehmood Ghaznavi according to the statement also paid tributes to a militant Yawar Ahmad Wani and a civilian Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Bhat.
They said that the mission of militants will be taken to the logical conclusion. (KNS)
An encounter started between Militants and the Government Forces in Kanelwan area of Anantnag district today evening. Sources said that Soldiers of 3 RR and SOG cordoned off Karel area of Kanelwan today evening after receiving inputs about the presence of 2 to three militants in the area, As the forces zeroed in , the hiding militants fired on them leading to an encounter.
One militant is said to be killed .More Details to follow.
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit has claimed the responsibility of Shopian attack in which two army men including a Major were killed and another soldier seriously injured.
Burhanuddin, a spokesperson of the outfit, told news agency CNS that the attack was carried out near Zaipora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
“The valiant militants of our outfit laid an ambush and attacked an army party from all sides. Five Indian soldiers were killed and many others were injured. The militants managed to reach at their destinations safely after the daring attack,” he said.
He said that Hizb commander Mehmood Ghaznavi has decided to reward the militants for carrying out the attack.
“Such attacks will continue across Kashmir valley,” he said.
Two militants were killed in a brief gunfight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district late Wednesday night.
A police officer told us that army’s 9 RR and SOG had laid an ambush at Gopalpora village in DH Pora following a tip off about the movement of some militants in the area.
“As the militants entered the ambushed area, they were challenged after which a fierce gun battle took place between the forces and the militants in which two militants have been killed”, the officer said.
He said that both the bodies have been recovered along with as many AK 47 and their identity are being ascertained.
Meanwhile, in wake of the gunfight, authorities have blocked internet services including 2G/3G/4G in south Kashmir.
Pakistani National Mohd Abu Ismail, believed to be the Mastermind of July 10 Militant Attack on a bus carrying Amarnath Yatra, is likely to replace Abu Dujana as the Divisional Commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir. According to reports, 24 yr old Ismail infiltrated into India about two yrs ago and has been operating in South Kashmir. He carries a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
A Civilian youth was killed on tuesday after govt forces opened fire on protesters near the encounter site at Hakripora village of Pulwama district. Sources said that many protesters sustained injuries in fresh firing by forces during clashes near and around the gunfight site. The deceased identified Firdous Ahmad of Begumbagh, Kakapora was brought dead to the hospital. He was hit with a bullet on his chest, Medical Superintendent said.