Militant Killings: Kupwara Parts, Hajin Town Remain Shut

KUPWARA: Parts of Kupwara district and Hajin town in Bandipora district remained shut on Wednesday against killing of four suspected militants.

One militant was killed in Hajin encounter while as three others died in Handwara encounter on Tuesday evening.

Reports said that a complete shutdown was observed in Kralgund and Langate areas of district Kupwara.

All shops were shut and no transport movement was seen on the roads. The business establishment, offices and Banks witnessed thin attendance.

Reports said that a large number of youth hit roads in Langate area and clashed with armed forces. The clashes according to reports continued for hours.

At least three Tata Sumo vehicles were partially damaged. Routine life in Handwara and Kupwara also remained affected.

A Police official said situation remained under control and extra forces were deployed to prevent any “abnormal activity”.

SP Handwara Ghulam Jeelani Wani told KNS, “situation remained normal in Kralgund and Langate areas.

Increasing Militant Killings Worrying: Geelani

Hurriyat patriarch, Syed Ali Geelani, on Wednesday expressed worry over the increase in the militant killings in Valley.

Paying tribute to slain militants killed in Hajan and Handwara gunfights, Geelani, in a statement expressed concern over such “increasing incidents” and said, “it is outcome of rigid, inflexible and obscure approach of India.”

“No sane person on earth feels pleasure over these deadly incidents and loss of human lives is indeed painful,” the All Parties Hurriyat Conference ailing chief said.

However, while criticizing the rulers in Delhi, Geelani said, “they are blood thirsty and it is their arrogance of power that they were never serious to understand and resolve the vexed issue relating to Jammu and Kashmir.”

“This state of sick mindedness is proving extremely detrimental and this approach has escalated the uncertainty in the region,” said Geelani. He advised and asked Indian authorities “to desist from stubborn attitude, use wisdom and help to solve this long pending issue”.

Militants On Their Way Towards Goal: Hizb

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen on Wednesday paid tributes to the slain militants who were killed during two encounters that raged between forces and militants in Bandipora and Kupwara districts.

In an e-mailed statement issued to a local news gathering agency – KNS – the Hizb spokesperson, Saleem Hashmi, while quoting outfit chief, Syed Salah-ud-din said, “with steadfastness, the militants are on their way towards goal of freedom.”

He said, “while fighting with the slain militants in Kulgam, Hajin and Bandipora, the Indian forces have lost their minds. The struggle will continue till the goal won’t be achieved.”

“The militants fought bravely and caused damages to the Indian forces. The day is not far when the Indian forces will vacate Kashmir shamelessly and Kashmir will be free from Indian occupation,” Salah-ud-din said while addressing a meeting.

LeT Pays Tribute To Slain Hajin Militant, Condemns Masarat’s Re-arrest

 Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) on Wednesday paid tributes to the slain militant killed in Hajin during an encounter that raged between forces and militants on Tuesday.

In an e-mailed statement issued to KNS, the LeT spokesperson, Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi while quoting outfit chief, Mehmood Shah, said, “the militants fought with the Indian forces courageously and sacrificed their lives. The blood of martyrs is asset for freedom.”

He said, “no one will be allowed to betray the blood of martyrs.”

Meanwhile, LeT Chief condemned the re-arrest of Masarat Aalam Bhat and said, “the country usually flattens into the earth which doesn’t follow the court directions. The re-arrest of persons despite court orders is shameless act. It seems that the court directions don’t pay impact on Indian forces and agencies.”

“Masarat Aalam, Dr Qasim Faktto and other who are languishing in jails have no fault besides demanding freedom,” he added.

Shah later appealed international human rights organizations to take notice on the ‘rights violations’ in Kashmir.


Gov Discusses Internal Security Management

Governor N N Vohra spoke with Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen Devraj Anbu, to convey his condolences to the next of kin of the officers and men who were killed in the operations conducted in the past several days in the Valley.

“The Governor also discussed with Gen Anbu certain important issues relating to Internal Security Management (ISM),” an official spokesperson said. Later, the spokesperson added, Vohra spoke to the heads of other Security Forces who are involved in Counter-Insurgency Operations in the Kashmir Division.

Army Pays Tributes To Slain Soldiers

Army on Wednesday paid tributes to four soldiers, including a major, who were killed in two separate gunfights in north Kashmir on Tuesday.

“Joined by officials from the other Security forces operating in the Valley, the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen JS Sandhu paid rich tributes to Major Satish Dahiya, Rifleman Ravi Kumar, Paratrooper Dharmender Kumar and Gunner Astosh Kumar in a solemn ceremony in BB Cantt, Srinagar,” said a defence spokesperson.

He said that their mortal remains would be taken to their native places for last rites with full military honours.


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