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High Alert In Kashmir, Intel Warns Of Attacks On Power Projects, Emergency Landing Strip

High Alert In Kashmir, Intel Warns Of Attacks On Power Projects, Emergency Landing Strip

Security has been beefed up around the Uri-I and Uri-II hydro-power projects, which are close to the LoC.

A high alert has been sounded in Kashmir following intelligence inputs that a new militant group, Harkat 313, has been tasked to launch attacks on government infrastructure, including hydel power plants of Uri-I and Uri-II.

Security has been beefed up around the Uri-I and Uri-II hydro-power projects, which are close to the LoC.

According to inputs, militants are also likely to target the emergency landing strip in Anantnag. Another alert has been issued saying Hizbul Mujahideen is planning to target religious leaders to create a major law and order situation in the valley.

Inputs have also been received of terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and The Resistance Front (TRF) planning to attack sarpanches and non-local people in Kashmir.

The alerts come amid a spate of attacks on non-local workers in J&K. This month, 11 people have lost their lives in shootings targeting civilians.

On Sunday, militants shot dead two workers from Bihar and injured another in Kulgam in South Kashmir. The deceased have been identified as Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev. The militants entered the rented accommodation of the labourers and fired on them indiscriminately.(file photo of Indian security forces)

United Liberation Front {ULF} Claims Responsibility For 11 Civilian Killings, Asks Migrant Workers To Leave Valley

United Liberation Front {ULF} Claims Responsibility For 11 Civilian Killings, Asks Migrant Workers To Leave Valley

18 OCT 2021: The United Liberation Front has claimed the responsibility for killing 11 civilians, including two labourers (both migrant workers) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Militants had shot dead two civilians and injured another in Kulgam on Sunday, the latest in the series of attacks targeting civilians. The information was shared by the Kashmir zone Police said on its Twitter handle, adding the area was cordoned off.

In a letter claiming the responsibility for killing 11 civilians, the United Liberation Front has asked migrant workers to leave Kashmir, adding they would revenge the killing of Muslims across the country.

The United Liberation Front is the frontal organisation of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Militants had barged into the rented accommodation of the labourers and fired on them indiscriminately.

This was the third attack on non-local labourers in less than 24 hours. A street vendor from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by the ultras on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, amid the spate of civilian killings, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had on Sunday vowed to avenge every drop of their blood by hunting down terrorists and their sympathisers.

Sinha said attempts are being made to disrupt the peace and socio-economic progress of Jammu and Kashmir and the individual growth of people, and reiterated the commitment to the fast-paced development of the Union territory.

Forces Launch Massive Cordon And Search Operation {CASO} In Chewakhurad Village Of Pulwama District

Forces Launch Massive Cordon And Search Operation {CASO} In Chewakhurad Village Of Pulwama District

Following inputs about the presence of militants in the area joint team of government forces including 55RR, CRPF and SOG of J&K police launched a massive cordon and search operation in south kashmir’s Chewakhurad area of district Pulwama.

Reportedly huge contingent of forces deployed in the area.

Kulgam Killings Aftermath: Non-Local Residents Shifted To Safer Places In Sopore

Kulgam Killings Aftermath: Non-Local Residents Shifted To Safer Places In Sopore

Sopore, Oct 18: Hours after the killing of two non local residents at Laran Ganjipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday evening the authorities here in north Kashmir’s Sopore township have shifted the non local labourers to the safer destinations.

According to the sources, the non local residents of in and around the township of this Baramulla district have been relocated and shifted to the safer locations.

They have been shifted to safer destinations while necessary security arrangements have been made arround the venues in order to safeguard their lives, they said.

Non-local residents said, we have been told to submit the documents to the nearest police stations and are being shifted to other locations.

Meanwhile, hours after the incident, an order went viral in which the Police directed the DIGs to shift the non-locals in the region to nearest police stations and army camps. However, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar strongly rebutted the order and termed it as baseless and fake.

Police official said, we have no official order but as a precautionary measure and to safeguard them we are locating them to the safer locations. kns

India Reports 13,596 New COVID-19 Cases, 166 Deaths, Tally Over 3.40 Cr

India Reports 13,596 New COVID-19 Cases, 166 Deaths, Tally Over 3.40 Cr

New Delhi, Oct 18: India added 13,596 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,40,81,315, while the active cases declined to 1,89,694, the lowest in 221 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,52,290 with 166 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 24 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 113 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.56 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.12 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 6,152 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23

Important Meeting Of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) Held In Srinagar

Important Meeting Of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) Held In Srinagar

Srinagar October 18: The Executive Council of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) held an important meeting on 17/10/2021 in Srinagar. The meeting was convened to deliberate on the current socio political and economic situation of Jammu and Kashmir and to restructure the hierarchy of the party to rejuvenate the working of the party at the grassroots level. The executive council of the party passed a resolution to appoint Dr. Mustafa Khan as its fulltime President, Mohd Hussain as Senior Vice President, Adv Syed Iqbal Tahir as Vice President, Mudassir Mir as Chief Organizer, Javed Ahmed Khan as Additional General Secretary along with many other office bearers were also nominated through the same resolution.

The party met under the newly nominated president and discussed political, social or economic scenario of Jammu and Kashmir and expressed dissatisfaction and regret at the shape the things have taken. At the very outset the party expressed shock and sorrow at the civilian deaths taking place across the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir and strongly condemned the killing of the civilians. The party criticized the local administration and the central government for failing to provide a sense of security, economic well being and has miserably failed in instilling any hope of good life for people in the near future. The government has failed on all the fronts whether it is safety and security of the people, providing employment to youth especially the educated section, reviving economic development, controlling the unending price rise and the spread of drug addiction in Jammu and Kashmir.

Problem In J&K Not Over With Scrapping Of Art 370, Those Seeking ‘Azadi’ Must Be Integrated With ‘Bharat’: RSS

Problem In J&K Not Over With Scrapping Of Art 370, Those Seeking ‘Azadi’ Must Be Integrated With ‘Bharat’: RSS

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the abrogation of Article 370 which had given a special status to Jammu and Kashmir has not solved the problem completely, and there is a section of population there which still speaks of “Azadi” (independence). Speaking at a book launch function here, he said society must reach out to this section so as to integrate it with “Bharat”.

He visited Kashmir recently and saw that abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 has paved the way for development in the region, Bhagwat said. He also saw Muslim students from Jammu and Kashmir stating during a program in Mumbai last month that they wanted to be part of India and now they could be Indian without any barrier, he said.

Earlier, Jammu and Ladakh faced “discrimination” and 80 per cent of the resources spent on Kashmir Valley went into local leaders’ pockets without benefiting people, the RSS chief said. Now this has changed and people’s lives there are “happier”, he claimed.

Article 370 also came in the way of taking action against terrorists but now nobody fears terrorists, he added. “People who had put stones in the hands of their children instead of books have stopped praising them (terrorists). There is an open atmosphere….Tomorrow elections will be held and new government will be formed,” the RSS chief said.
But sometimes we get complacent and lethargic when “hurdles are removed”, Bhagwat said, adding, “The problem has not gone away. Was Article 370 the problem? The reason why Article 370 had been created was the problem. “There is one section, which….persuaded by Pakistan and with communal feelings in the heart says (demands) Azaadi (freedom/independence). And these sections are still there,” Bhagwat said.

Many in Kashmir identify with Indian nationalism, he said. But there are some others who are happy that “corrupt leaders have gone to jail” and there is development, but “in their hearts they feel even with all this, if we get independence, it will be good,” Bhagwat said.

“And the problem lies there,” he added. “We will need to speed up efforts for assimilation,” the RSS chief said, adding that Indian society should take benefit of the “good atmosphere” prevailing now and “reach out to all of them and establish close relations….make them feel that they belong to Bharat.”(PTI)

Seven JKNRLM Staffers Injured As Cab Turns Turtle In Handwara Area Of North Kashmir

Seven JKNRLM Staffers Injured As Cab Turns Turtle In Handwara Area Of North Kashmir

Handwara, Oct 17: At least seven Jammu Kashmir National Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKNRLM) staffers sustained injuries after a cab they were on board met with an accident in Shogipora Magam in north Kashmir’s Handwara on Sunday afternoon.

Reports reaching said that a Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK09A-2055, carrying the staffers from Tarathpora towards Srinagar turned turtle after skidding off the road, resulting in injuries to seven persons working under JKNRLM scheme. The injured persons have been identified as Mubeena Begum, Nasreena Bano, Mahjabeena Bano, Shahzada Akhter, Ateeqa Bano, Mansoor Ahmad War and Tahir Ahmad – all residents of Ramhall Handwara.

All the injured were immediately evacuated to District Hospital Handwara for treatment, where all of them are said to be stable.

Meanwhile a police official confirming the incident told that a case has been registered in this regard. 

MeT Predicts Light To Moderate Rains For Two Days, Possibility Of Light Snowfall In Upper Reaches

MeT Predicts Light To Moderate Rains For Two Days, Possibility Of Light Snowfall In Upper Reaches

Sonum Lotus has forecasted widespread light to moderate rain in plains of valley with light snowfall in upper reaches till Monday forenoon.

While the weatherman said that, as predicted light rain occurred at most places of valley and at scattered places at Jammu. The weather will remain cloudy and rainy till forenoon of Monday morning with moderate rains from today afternoon.

Light snowfall is expected at higher reaches of valley with improvement in weather thereafter. Mainly dry weather is expected from October 19-22. No prediction of rains or snow for next one week, he added.

Today will be a cold day due to intermittent rains. For Crops and agricultural land some minor precautions should be taken but no special advisory is issued as the rains are seasonal, he said.

If heavy snowfall or rains will be forecasted, the MeT department will issue a advisory beforehand, he asserted.

Meanwhile, Srinagar received rainfall of 2.4 mm in 24 hours while minimum temperature recorded was 11.3° C. Kns

ACB Arrests Mohd Sharief, Panchayat Secretary, Rural Development Department Of Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz, District Poonch While Accepting Bribe Of Rs 50,000/-

ACB Arrests Mohd Sharief, Panchayat Secretary, Rural Development Department Of Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz, District Poonch While Accepting Bribe Of Rs 50,000/-

Jammu: A complaint was received in the office of the ACB P/S Central, J&K, Jammu against Mohd Sharief s/o Mishri R/o Draba Khatana Tehsil Surankote, District Poonch, presently posted as Secretary (RDD Deptt) Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz alleging therein that the accused is demanding bribe of Rs. 5000/- per file for release of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) 1st installment from the beneficiaries of the said scheme who are homeless poor villagers of Panchayat Halqa, Draba Khatana, Poonch through the complainant who happens to be the Sarpanch of that Panchayat. The said complainant / Sarpanch was told by the accused to collect Rs. 5000/- per file as his commission / bribe for the release of the payment from the beneficiaries.

2. Based upon the facts disclosed in the complaint which prima facie constituted an offence under section 7 of the PC Act 1988 (as amended in 2018). A verification was got conducted and it is found that there are 10 beneficiaries whose payments was blocked by the said accused for the want of bribe money at the tune of Rs. 5,000/- per file which amounts to Rs. 50,000/- in total.

3. Accordingly, an FIR No. 09/2021 was registered in P/S Central ACB, J&K on 12.10.2021 against the accused person. Consequently a trap team was constituted whereupon the accused person was caught red handed on the spot while accepting the bribe of Rs. 50,000/- and accordingly was placed under arrest in the case. Searches are being conducted at the official and residential premises of the accused.

4. Further investigation in the case is under progress.

Sensitization, Capacity Building Programme On FRA Held At Anantnag

Sensitization, Capacity Building Programme On FRA Held At Anantnag

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 14 : A one day sensitization cum capacity building programme on Forest Rights Act 2006 was held at Dakbanglow Anantnag today, here. Arvind Kumar Jha, former Commissioner, Tribal Research Training Institute, Pune Maharashtra presided over the session. He apprised the gathering about his valuable experience and expertise on the subject.

During the session, the main provisions of the act like eligibility, responsibility, sustainability, etc were discussed threadbare. Detailed deliberations on formation of Forest Rights Committees and processing of FRA claims were held with officers of concerned departments including revenue, forest and rural development.

The former commissioner discussed case studies from other parts of the country and enlightened the gathering about the usual hurdles faced during implementation of the Act besides their timely and apt solutions.

Jha impressed on the gathering that balanced development ensuring conservation of forests while at the same time recognizing and safeguarding rights guaranteed to scheduled tribes and other forest dwelling tribes are the way forward. He laid emphasis on sustainable development and the need to prevent misuse of provisions contained in the act.

On the occasion, the commissioner interacted with PRI members besides the field functionaries of various departments. He gave a patient hearing to their issues and clarified their doubts regarding implementation and coverage of the act.

The programme was also attended by ADC Gulzar Ahmad, DFO Lidder Divison Bijbehara, DFO Anantnag, ACR, SDMs, BDOs and other officials.

COVID19 Situation Improving Across J&K’ October Witnesses Lowest Srinagar Cases In 3 Weeks -All Districts Green

COVID19 Situation Improving Across J&K’ October Witnesses Lowest Srinagar Cases In 3 Weeks -All Districts Green

Srinagar: The latest J&K Government analysis of COVID19 situation has shown that cases are dropping across districts, with Srinagar, the epicenter of COVID19 in J&K, witnessing a steady slump, and the lowest cumulative cases of the week compared to the past two.

The analysis dated October 10, weighs various variables and their changes to dissect the COVID19 situation in J&K. The powerpoint presentation shows that after the spike between May and June, COVID19 cases have steadily decreased in the UT. The graphs show that the curve has been early flat since August with slight elevations in between. The last elevations were in the month of September, after the second week. For the past one week, the number of cases has been close to 100, and the line falling lower on most days.

Additional Chief Secretary to J&K Government (Health and Medical Education) Vivek Bhardwaj said that COVID19 situation was under control and the Government was vigilant to “capture and contain any changes”. He said the impetus was on vaccination of the eligible population and the second dose. “Once vaccinated, J&K’s entire population will be in a comfortable position vis-à-vis the Pandemic,” he said.

In terms of active cases, Srinagar district, as has been the trend, has the highest number. The number of active cases in Srinagar is nearly as many as active cases of all other districts put together. Srinagar has seen a high positivity in the past one month. However, in the past one week, the situation in Srinagar has improved, the data shows.

From September 20 to 26, Srinagar reported 445 new cases, which dropped to 325 new cases between 27th September to 03rd October. Between 4 and 10 October, the latest data shows, 294 new cases have been reported. In all districts of Kashmir division, Ganderbal, cases have dropped or remained steady in the past three weeks. In Jammu division as well, cases have dropped across districts. However, Poonch has seen a spike in cases in the latest week.

While the weekly cases per million are still of concern in Poonch, Ganderbal and Srinagar, overall, all districts of J&K are in Green category given other cardinal indicators. The positive percentage of cases is lower than 2 percent in J&K at present and was over 2 percent at the beginning of the month. Overall, bed occupancy is zero or less than 1 percent across districts except Srinagar where 3 percent of the allocated beds are occupied.

Amid Tension In Air, Kashmiri Pandits Perform Ramnavmi Puja In Srinagar

Amid Tension In Air, Kashmiri Pandits Perform Ramnavmi Puja In Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 14: After a delay amid tension, Kashmiri Pandits on Wednesday performed Ramnavmi puja at Durga Nath temple in Sonwar area of Srinagar.

Manager of the temple, Makhan Lal Koul said that due to the untoward situation in the city for the past two weeks the administration didn’t allow the puja earlier.

“The puja was supposed to be conducted on 12 October as per the calendar but due to the circumstances, the administration didn’t allow it earlier,” Koul said. He said that though the puja took place today, presence of devotees are less as compared to the previous year.

“Despite all odds, we are happy that the puja has finally taken place,” he said.

A devotee Ram Pal Kapoor from Orissa said that he and his family come every year from last nine years to perform Ramnavmi Puja.
“We have never felt insecure here. Kashmir is safe to visit,” Kapoor said.

Another devotee from Kishtwar said that the spree of the killings in the valley should stop and people from all the communities should live in peace and harmony.

Divisional Commissioner Asks VC LAWDA To Shift Employes With Long Mature Stay

Divisional Commissioner Asks VC LAWDA To Shift Employes With Long Mature Stay

Srinagar, Oct 11: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K. Polli has asked Vice Chairman LAWDA to immediately shift a Land Acquisition Clerk who has not been shifted from past 15 years.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has shot a letter to VC LAWDA after a delegation in a written complaint to Divisional Commissioner accused that a clerk who has not been transferred from past 15 years in connivance with some employees has been running ‘mafia’ (land).

In a communique to VC LAWDA, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has written that: “It has been brought into my notice that one Manzoor Ahmed working as Land Acquisition Clerk section 1st at Miskeen Bagh Srinagar has not been shifted from last 15 years. Long stay at one place is detrimental to effective and clean governance. You are accordingly directed to shift the official if he has a long mature stay, as is alleged.”

A group of people said that the said employee has still not been shifted and he is working in the same Land Acquisition Section. 

Immediate Financial Assistance Of Rs 6.25 Lakh Provided To Kin Of Vendor Killed By Militants, Says Srinagar Administration

Immediate Financial Assistance Of Rs 6.25 Lakh Provided To Kin Of Vendor Killed By Militants, Says Srinagar Administration

New Delhi, October 11: The Srinagar district administration on Monday dismissed claims that no financial assistance was provided to the family of the street vendor from Bihar killed by militants at Lal Bazar, and said that apart from Rs 6.25 lakh of immediate assistance, the Jammu and Kashmir government had offered to airlifts his mortal remains.

The administration also informed that as many as three air tickets were reserved for the family of deceased Virender Paswan, but it was his brother’s decision to perform last rites in Srinagar.

“Apart from immediate financial assistance of Rs 6.25 Lac, J&K govt offered to airlift mortal remains of Sh. Virendra Ji. 3 Air tickets were also kept reserved. But his brother decided to perform the last rites in Srinagar. It was purely family’s decision,” Srinagar district administration said in a tweet.

This came after a video of a woman, allegedly Paswan’s wife, made rounds on social media. In it, the lady claimed that she wanted to see her husband’s face for one last time before cremation, but no one helped.

Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu had also condoled Paswan’s death and had said that he will personally travel to Bihar’s Bhagalpur to meet his kin.

“Will personally travel to Bhagalpur, Bihar to meet the family of Virender Paswan, a poor street vendor who was mercilessly killed by militants at Lal Bazar, Srinagar. His family deserves every last bit of our empathy, moral support and affection. We mourn his tragic demise,” he tweeted.

A total of three civilians were shot dead by militants in separate incidents in a single day in the union territory on October 5.—(ANI)

Customers Across Kashmir Fail To Make Any Transaction After JK Bank Suffers Outage

Customers Across Kashmir Fail To Make Any Transaction After JK Bank Suffers Outage

Srinagar, Oct 11: After facing frequent snags in its mpay application, Jammu Kashmir Bank faced an outage in almost every branch on Monday leaving customers huff and puff.
Customers were unable to make payments or access their accounts.

A bank official said that it became aware of the outage shortly after the branches opened for normal work. He said technical staff is on job to resolve the problem.

Scores of customers were seen waiting at the Residency Road Brach of Jammu Kashmir Bank here in Srinagar. Almost all the customers left the bank disappointed as they failed to make any transactions.

“I was here to withdraw the cash, but the employees informed that system is not working. I tried to withdraw the cash from ATM but the Teller Machine was also out of order,” said Muhammad Abbas.

Pertinently, mpay application of the bank face frequent problems much to the disappoint of customers.

A customer said that this is not a good sign while the customers expect better from the bank.

Another bank official declined to comment on the outage issue.

Some customers took to social media networking sites to complain about the outage, calling the delay in solving the issue “not good enough”.

Sources said that bank faced outage across Kashmir Valley. All the customers visiting the bank branches left without entering into transaction. “I am Tulmulla Ganderbal and here too system is out of order and we are unable to make any transactions,” said a customer Abdul Lateef.

Pertinently, during the intervening night of October 8 and 9, no services were available on JK Banks ATM, Debit Card Services, mpay, UPI, and NEFT / RTGS.

The Bank had not resolved the outage problem till the filing of this report.knt

Hoax Bomb Scare In Tral As Suspicious Object Turns To Be Empty Bottles Tied With Wire

Hoax Bomb Scare In Tral As Suspicious Object Turns To Be Empty Bottles Tied With Wire

Srinagar, Oct 11: A suspicious object which was found on Monday near BDO in Dadrsa area of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district has turned to be containing empty plastic bottles tied with a wire.

A Police officer told that a Bomb Disposal Squad was called after the suspicious object was found in Dadrsa.

After searching the object for possible explosives, the BDS found that it contained a few plastic bottles which were tied with a wire.

Walnut Kernels ‘Worth Lacs’ Stolen In Lagama Uri Baramulla

Walnut Kernels ‘Worth Lacs’ Stolen In Lagama Uri Baramulla

Uri (Baramulla), Oct 10: Unidentified persons are said to have stolen around seven quintal of walnut kernel (girri) from Lagama market in Uri on intervening Saturday and Sunday night.

Reports reaching said that locks of a trade unit, dealing in sale and purchase of walnut kernels, were found broken and the stock found missing. Information was passed on to the local police following which a team visited to assess the spot.

The victim trader identified as Bashir Ahmad Naik has in the meanwhile claimed that around seven quintal of walnut girri, which according to him is worth several lacs has been stolen from the trading unit. “All the stock which I had kept in boxes and crates has been stolen”, Bashir said.

Meanwhile a police official told that some unidentified persons have broken into the shop and lifted the stock. “We have registered case in this regard for due investigations”, the official said. gns

Grand Mufti Nasirul Islam Along With Muslim Ulemas Visits Deceased Sikh Lady’s Residence In Srinagar

Grand Mufti Nasirul Islam Along With Muslim Ulemas Visits Deceased Sikh Lady’s Residence In Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 10: Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Nasirul Islam and some Muslim Ulemas visited the residence of deceased Supinder Kour, who was killed by unknown gunmen on Thursday inside her school premises, at Aloochi Bagh in Srinagar.

Sources told that grand Mufti along with some other Muslim Ulemas visited the deceased’s home today morning to offer their condolences.

Notably, Supinder Kour along with her colleague was killed by unknown gunmen inside the school premises in Eidgah area of Srinagar.

NIA Raids At 16 Places In Jammu And Kashmir In ‘ISIS-Voice Of Hind’, Bathindi IED Recovery Cases

NIA Raids At 16 Places In Jammu And Kashmir In ‘ISIS-Voice Of Hind’, Bathindi IED Recovery Cases

New Delhi, October 10: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday carried out searches at 16 places in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with two cases– ‘ISIS-Voice of Hind’ case and the ‘Bathindi IED recovery’ case.

The anti-terror agency carried out simultaneous searches in various districts in the Union Territory with the assistance of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The NIA had also conducted searches at two locations in Karnataka’s Bhatkal and arrested key accused Jufri Jawhar Damudi in the ‘ISIS-Voice of Hind’ case.

The case was registered on June 29 this year in connection with the conspiracy of the proscribed militant organization the Islamic State (ISIS) to radicalise and recruit impressionable Muslim youth in India to wage violent jihad against India.

NIA said that ISIS militants operating from various conflict zones along with ISIS cadres in India have created a network by assuming pseudo-online identities wherein ISIS-related propaganda material is disseminated for radicalising and recruiting members to the fold of ISIS.

The NIA had conducted multiple searches in Jammu and Kashmir on July 11 this year in the same case and had arrested three accused– Umar Nisar, Tanveer Ahmad Bhat and Rameez Ahmad Lone, all residents of Achabal area of Anantnag district.
A cyber entity ‘Abu Hazir Al Badri’ a key operative of ISIS who is involved in the translation of ‘Voice of Hind’ to South Indian languages and its further dissemination was identified as Jufri Jawhar Damudi, and arrested on August 6 this year in a joint operation of NIA and Karnataka Police.

The agency said that the cyber ID was also used to radicalise and recruit people.

“Jufri Jawhar is the younger brother of Adnan Hasan Damudi who was arrested for ISIS-related activities in 2016 and is currently under detention in a separate NIA case,” the agency said.

Jufri Jawhar Damudi was in touch with ISIS leadership, currently operating out of Afghanistan-Pakistan (Afg-Pak) region who provided him propaganda material and also gave directions for its dissemination.

“For this purpose, Jufri had created multiple pseudonymous IDs on encrypted chat platforms and was also a member of various online propaganda channels of ISIS,” the agency added.

During earlier searches in the ‘ISIS-Voice of Hind’ case, NIA claimed to have seized a large number of digital devices such as mobile phones, hard disks, SD cards etc.

However, the second case in which the NIA has been conducting raids is linked to Bathindi IED recovery in which the agency had carried out searches on September 21 this year at eight locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag, Baramulla, Kulgam, Srinagar, Doda and Kishtwar districts.

The case was initially registered on June 27 this year at Bahu Fort district Jammu relating to the recovery of five kg IED from a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant in Jammu’s Bathindi area on the same day.

The conspiracy by LeT was aimed at causing an explosion in Jammu using the IED. NIA had re-registered the case on July 19, and had earlier arrested three persons in this case.

The investigation has revealed that Pakistan based handlers of proscribed terror outfit LeT and their associates based in J-K were planning militant activities in the Union Territory using the pseudo-acronym ‘The Resistance Front’, an offshoot of LeT, so as to maintain plausible deniability.—(ANI)

Rana, Slathia’s Resignation Accepted: National Conference

Rana, Slathia’s Resignation Accepted: National Conference

Srinagar, Oct 10: National Conference leadership on Sunday said they have accepted the resignation of Devinder Singh Rana and Surjit Singh Slathia.

A spokesman of National Conference told that the party leadership has accepted the resignation submitted by both the leaders.

The exit of Rana and Slathia is seen as a major setback to the National Conference as both had strong influence in the assembly segments represented by them in the past.

Rana managed to win Nagrota assembly segment in 2014 state polls despite BJP sweeping Dogra heartland of Jammu.kno

Farooq Abdullah Distances Himself From PDP’s Demand For LG’s Resignation

Farooq Abdullah Distances Himself From PDP’s Demand For LG’s Resignation

Bandipora, Oct 10: National Conference president and MP from Srinagar Lok Sabha Segment Dr Farooq Abdullah on stand distanced himself from the Peoples Democratic Party’s demand for resignation of Lieutenant Governer Manoj Sinha over civilian killings in Kashmir valley, saying they have no stand over the demand made by his ally.

Days after the PDP demanded resignation of LG Manoj Sinha over deteriorating security situation in J&K, Farooq Abdullah distanced NC from the demand.

“We have no stand over the demand for resignation,” he told mediapersons in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Sunday morning when asked that Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP is seeking resignation of the LG.

The PDP on Friday demanded resignation of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha over the recent civilian killing spree by militants in the Union Territory.

“So, for its (administration’s) failures, for not being able to protect the people, for the worsening situation and for working against the people, the PDP demands that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has no moral authority left to continue and he should resign. He has failed in his work to provide security and development,” PDP chief spokesperson Suhail Bukhari told mediapersons.kno

Won’t Attend Duty Unless Govt Assures Security To Minorities In Valley: GPC, ‘Govt Fails To Safeguard Us, Majority Community Should Have Joined Us In Funeral Of Kour

Won’t Attend Duty Unless Govt Assures Security To Minorities In Valley: GPC, ‘Govt Fails To Safeguard Us, Majority Community Should Have Joined Us In Funeral Of Kour

Srinagar, Oct 09: Gurudawara Prabandak Committee (GPC) Saturday said that the minority community members won’t attend the duty unless the government assures their protection in the valley.

Addressing a press conference, General Secretary Navtej Singh said that though there were many inputs and incidents in the past targeting the minorities yet government didn’t provide any security to the community.

Singh said that the government has failed to safeguard the minority community in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We demand from the government to provide security to our government employees and assure the minority community that they are safe in the valley,” he said.

Singh said that the majority should come forward and condemn the attack on the minority communities.

“It would have been better if the majority community would have participated in yesterday’s protest,” Singh said. “Unless government assures security to the minority, none of them would attend the government duty.”kno

Covid-19: Lone Mohalla Sogam Hamlet In Kupwara Declared ‘Micro Red Zone

Covid-19: Lone Mohalla Sogam Hamlet In Kupwara Declared ‘Micro Red Zone

Kupwara, Oct 9: Authorities in Kupwara on Saturday declared a “Lone Mohalla Sogam” hamlet in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district as “micro Red Zone” after a few covid-19 cases were reported from the area.
Consequent to the declaration, inward or outward movement of any person from the Zone has been barred, according to an order issued by the deputy commissioner Kupwara, a copy of which lies with

“Further the surrounding hamlets of “Lone Mohalla Sogam” are declared as Buffer Zone and the inhabitants of the area shall also restrict their movement and shall not allow visitors to visit their homes without written permission of Administrator concerned,” the order reads.

The Deputy Commissioner has directed Tehsildar Sogam to act as Administrator for Red and Buffer Zone and he shall be assisted by Mohammad Maqbool Kumar Lecturer Govt. BHSS Warsun Kralpora.

“The Administrator/Assisting Officer shall ensure screening/Sampling of Households in the Red Zone in coordination with concerned BMO and consequently report to COVID Control Room Kupwara as per the prescribed format by 1:00 Pm on daily basis.”

All the officers of the line departments has been asked to ensure availability of basic facilities including food grains, LPG, medicines etc. in the Red and Buffer Zones. “They shall promptly respond to medical emergencies and concerned BMO shall dedicate one on call ambulance for the Red Zone area.”

The SHO concerned has been also asked to ensure barricading at all the entry points of Red Zone to prevent inward and outward movement as per the guidelines.

“Two (2) additional surveillance teams shall be deployed to cover all households in the Red Zone through door to door screening and sampling in the next four days,” the order reads, adding, “Any person/group/organisation found involved in breach of this order shall be booked under relevant laws.” 

Suspicious Object Found In Kupwara, Bomb Disposal Squad {BDS} On Job

Suspicious Object Found In Kupwara, Bomb Disposal Squad {BDS} On Job

Srinagar, October 09: A Suspicious object was found on Saturday near R&B in Sulkoot area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

A Police officer told that Bomb Disposal Squad has been called after a suspicious object was found in Sulkoot

Meanwhile traffic has been temporary halted for precautionary measures.