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Srinagar, Feb 16 (KMW): An encounter started between militants and government forces at Palhallan village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday morning.

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Srinagar, 12 February (KMW): People’s Political Party (PPP) Chairman Hilal War’s aunt passed away today at SKIMS. She was hospitalised yesterday after complaining of pain.

A condolence meeting was held at Rajbagh Office of the party and the members extended their heartfelt condolences to Mr. War.

A prayer sitting was also held for the departed soul.

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Jammu, 10 Feb (KMW): DG Prisons Dilbag Singh made his first official visit to a central jail after assuming the office on Friday. Singh visited the high security Kot Balwal Jail on Saturday and took stock of the conditions and interacted with the inmates. Sr. Superintendent Jail Javed Masood Fazili and the officers of the CRPF unit deployed there briefed the DG on security arrangements and infrastructure.

According to a press handout of the department, the DGP “sensitized’ the officers present regarding overall security and its augmentation.” Singh was accompanied by Assistant Engineer of the department and the Staff Officer. He gave them on-the-spot instructions on important issues raised by the Sr. Superintendent of Kot balwal Jail and the prisoners.

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JAMMU, FEBRUARY 10: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti took stock of the situation arising out of the terror attack at Sunjwan Army camp early morning at a high level meeting of officers here today.

Condemning the act, the Chief Minister described the attack as an effort by elements inimical to peace to break the developmental pace in the State, thereby putting the common masses to immense trouble. She appealed all sections of society to stand together in such a sensitive time and defeat the designs of the perpetrators who also want to divide people under different names besides creating chaos in the society and the State.

Mehbooba Mufti paid rich tributes to the slain Army personnel, praised their valour and sympathised with the bereaved families of soldiers. She also wished the injured soldiers a speedy recovery.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister was briefed about the ongoing flush out operation at the spot. She also reviewed the overall security situation in the State and along the borders.

Asking the security agencies to maintain close coordination, the Chief Minister directed the Police and other security agencies to maintain vigil in the State and ensure that no subversive element is allowed to disturb peace in the State. She also directed maintaining strict vigil on vital installations, airports, bus stations and other crowded places.

Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Director General of Police, Dr. S P Vaid; Principal Secretary, Home, R K Goyal; ADGP, CID, A G Mir; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

Later in the evening, GoC in C, Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu apprised the Chief Minister about the Sunjwan attack and flush out operations there.

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Jammu, Feb10 (KMW): In an interesting spectacle in the State Assembly today, NC legislator and former cabinet minister Akbar Lone yelled Pakistan zindabad at BJP legislators who were chanting Pakistan murdabad in response to the predawn militant attack on the Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu.

The shootout is still on as army has already lost four personnel in addition to injuries to many others. Lone said he could stand it when the BJP legislators started blaming Bangladeshi Muslims and Rohingyas for aiding militants as also raising anti-Pakistan slogans.

“I am a Muslim first. My sentiments were hurt when they (BJP MLAs) were shouting “Pakistan Murdabad” slogans. I couldn’t control my emotions and raised Pakistan Zindabad slogans,” Lone told the reporters.
Speaker Kavinder Gupta had earlier alleged the presence of Rohingyas led to attack on an army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu.

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Srinagar, Feb 10 (KMW): Miscreants looted cash from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of Jammu and Kashmir Bank (JKB) in south Kashmir district of Shopian during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, official sources said.

They said unidentified miscreants looted over Rs 57,000 from the ATM at Kachdora, Shopian after damaging it.

A case has been registered and an investigation started, they said, adding that a massive hunt has been launched to nab the looters.

Looting of cash from the ATM and banks has witnessed an increase during the past one year in the Kashmir valley, particularly in south Kashmir, where police believed that militants are involved in such cases.

The incident occured a day after Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Naveed Jatt managed to escape from SMHS hospital after two policemen, escorting the detenues from Central Jail, Srinagar, were killed. Rs 23 lakh were looted from ATM of State Bank of India (SBI) at Karan Nagar a day before the daredevil attack.

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Jammu, Feb 10 (KMW): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday spoke to Jammu and Kashmir DGP S.P. Vaid after a group of heavily armed militants attacked an army camp in the state.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation, an official said.

“The Director General of Police has apprised him of the situation,” an official Ministry tweet added.

Early on Saturday a group of militants hurled grenades and used heavy volume of automatic gunfire to enter the Sunjuwan Military Station in Jammu.

The police has cordoned off the area and a search operation was on to pin down the militants.

“A soldier and a civilian were injured in the attack,” a police officer said.

Militants had attacked the same camp in 2006. Twelve soldiers were killed and seven others were injured then before the two fidayeen were neutralised.

Four army personnel have lost their lives so far in the predawn attack.

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Jammu, 10 Feb (KMW): In continuing cycle of violence Sunjwan Army camp in Jammu has been attacked. It is believed to be a fidayeen attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed Militants, the first such attack in Jammu this year, police said.

Pertinently, 2 Militants stormed family quarters at Sunjwan Army camp in Jammu.

Four people, including an officer and his daughter were injured.

The firing has stopped and the area has been cordoned off.

At least two militants stormed the family quarters at Sunjwan Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir early this morning and fired indiscriminately killing and injuring soldiers and civilians, police said. The area has been cordoned off and a joint operation by the Army and police is underway. Schools within 500 metres of the camp have been asked to stay closed by the district administration.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to top officers and directed ministry officials to keep a close watch. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offered her condolences on Twitter. “Deeply disturbed by the terrorist attack in Sunjwan today. My heart goes out to the injured and their families,” she tweeted.

There are many residential pockets around the camp and the forces don’t want any collateral damage in the operation. Heavy security has been deployed at all entry and exit points. There were intelligence inputs about possible attacks in the state, and security forces were alert, but there was no specific information that they would strike this station in Jammu. As Jammu is close to the International Border, it becomes easier for terrorists to escape, police said.

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New Delhi, Feb 9 (KMW): The Supreme Court will hear the plea filed by Major Aditya Kumar’s father, seeking to quash the FIR registered against his son in connection with the civilian killings during a firing incident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, on February 12.

On January 27, three civilians were killed after Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob of protesters in Shopian district.

Following the incident, the state police filed an FIR under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the Major and his Army unit of 10 Garhwal Rifles.

Subsequently, the Army filed a counter FIR in response.

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New Delhi, Feb 9 (KMW): Constant disruptions on Friday caused by opposition members in the Lok Sabha forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House till March 5.

Congress members were on their feet demanding interrogation in Rafale deal while Telugu Desam Party lawmakers persisted with their demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, as soon as the House met for the day, the agitating members trooped into the well holding placards and raising their demands. The Speaker tried to pacify them and conduct business during question hour.

When the members refused to relent, the Speaker adjourned the House till 12 Noon.

 

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