Two Army personnel dead and one injured in encounter

In an encounter on Thursday morning, two army personnel lost their life. A major and a jawan were killed in the firing by the militants in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. 

According to a report by the Indian Express, another jawan who sustained injuries during the encounter was taken to Army’s 92 base hospital in a critical condition. 

The operation started after the Army got a tip off regarding the presence of militants in the village of south Kashmir. The cordon and search operation was started in the night. According to a statement issued in Srinagar, the militant outfit, Hizbul-Mujahideen has taken the responsibility of the firing in Shopian, reported The Hindu.

The two martyred and an injured Army personnel are identified as Major Kailash Pandey, Spoy Tanjin Chhutin and Sepoy Kripal Singh. 

Earlier this week, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana (26), who was a Pakistani National and his local partner, Arif Ahmad Dar (17), were killed in an encounter in South Kashmir. They were believed to be behind different attacks in the valley. 

SOURCES: TOI, INDIAN EXPRESS

IMAGE SOURCE: PTI

LET Chief killed in Pulwama encounter

Abu Dujana, a 27 year old Laskar-e-Taiba commander was slewed in a combat with security forces and militants on Tuesday. He was shot in Hakripora village, Pulwama district of Kashmir.

The Hindustan Times reported that he is a native of Gilgit-Baltistan locality, situated in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. He has been the militant of foreign origin who had the most prolonged living period. He also had been awarded 15 Lakhs, as prize money for the 12 militant attacks. The internet services of the region have been disconnected as a defensive directive. “He has been in the forefront for many attacks in the region and the most wanted militant,” informed SP Vaid, the Director General of Police.

CNN-News 18 stated that the operation began as early as 4:30 am, Tuesday morning. The firing between the two groups sustained till 9:30 am. Dujana and his aide, Arif were killed after security forces set their house on fire. Dujana is listed as a terrorist in the A++ category. He killed eight CRPF personnel in Pampore and two policemen in Anantnag this June.

Intelligence agencies were alerted when Dujana was in the district to meet his wife. He attended the funeral of Burhan Wani, the then Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen.  Abu Ismail, his close associate, has been named as his successor.

News Source: Hindustan Times, CNN News18

Image Source: PTI

Kashmir rages as India watches

Shouts for azaadi and the fight for the ‘Kashmiri Cause’ have not died down even a year after the death of Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed by security forces on July 8, 2016.

Kashmir raged and raged, with thousands of protestors attending his funeral and later clashing with the security forces. Civilians, mobs and police were all targets in the four months of violence that followed. The Modi Government first asked from security forces for ‘absolute restraint’ but then sent reinforcements to the Valley. As ministers began a blame game on Pakistan, Kashmir simmered under a series of curfews. Tensions between the ruling alliances of Bharatiya Janata Party and People’s Democratic Party ensured a confused direction towards a Kashmir policy. The Central Government’s policy of non-engagment with the people of Kashmir further stoked the fire.

The speed of handling law and order situation in Kashmir by both governments has been sluggish at best. Months before the day marking the death anniversary of Wani, the Jammu and Kashmir Government increased the number of security forces along the national highways and remote areas of the valley. A week before July 8, due to the announcement of the Hizbul leader Syed Salahuddin, to mark a week of protest for martyrs like Wani, the State Government declared a week long holiday for schools and colleges not wanting to risk any provocations. Separatist leaders were kept in preventive custody as a precautionary measure.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held several high level meetings on July 6 with security as well as intelligence agencies and sent 214 companies of para military forces to Kashmir. The J&K Police ordered internet service providers to shut all services for security reasons. Social media websites, through which Wani gained popularity, were also blocked. On July 8, certain districts of Kashmir were under complete shutdown or under curfew-like situations and no large gatherings were allowed. In spite of restrictions, clashes still occurred between protestors and security forces in Wani’s hometown, Tral.

But between the collective actions of both governments and claims of Pakistani propaganda the inevitable has already happened. Burhan Wani has gained the status of a martyr in Kashmir and even after his death the separatist cause continues to burn. India should be very cautious in how it treats home grown insurgency henceforth.

Sources: Indian Express, Bangalore Mirror 

Hizbul chief Salahuddin admits to conducting terror acts in India

The recently-designated ‘global terrorist’, Hizbul Mujahideen Chief, Syed Salahuddin, has admitted in an interview to Geo News that his terrorist organization has carried out numerous attacks in India with the support Hizbul garners from India.

He made it absolutely clear, that they are a lot of sympathizers in Kashmir who help him carry out planned attacks on Indian soil. “Khud India ke andar hamare bahot saare supporters hai. Jo hamse hamdardi hai. Jo samajh hai Kashmiri maslo mein. Jo hamse hamdardi karte hai”, said Salahuddin.

He also threw light on the international arms market and how he can deliver arms to any customer on either side of the LOC, in exchange of money.

Hours after the Modi-Trump meeting in the United States, Salahuddin was labelled as a global terrorist, a move that was welcomed by India. This only reinforces the commitment that the two countries have promised in the past to tackle terrorism.

In 2016, Salahuddin put up an open resolution that he will not allow any peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue and the valley would be a “graveyard of Indian soldiers”, as Hizbul will continue a train batches of suicide bombers.

 

Sources: India Today, Hindustan Times

LeT top commandant trapped in Anantnag

During the early hours of Saturday, July 1, 2017, a gun battle ensued among militants and security forces stationed in Anantnag. In the ambush, one of the top Lashkar-e-Taiba militants was trapped by the forces along with four other ultras.

“Bashir Lakshari and three terrorists are trapped in the security forces cordon in village Brenti in Anantnag,” confirmed a police spokesman.

Unfortunately, during the exchange of fire a civilian woman was hit by bullets. Tahira, 44, later succumbed to injuries when she was taken to a district hospital. The police had been keeping a close watch on the militant, Bashir Lakshari, who was involved in the killing of six policeman last month in the vicinity of Achabal area near South Kashmir.

The police were tipped off by local informants about the presence of the militants in the Brenti-Batpora locality. Subsequently, a cordon-and-search operation was initiated to trace down the militants. The search operation soon turned into gunfire battle after the militants started to open fire on the fast encroaching police officials. The militants even started using human shields to fend off police retaliation.

Sources: Deccan Herald, Economic Times

3 LeT terrorists killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama

Three local militants from the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba were shot down by Indian security forces during the early hours of June 22, 2017. The encounter between militants and Indian armed forces began in the Kakapora area, Kashmir’s Pulwama district. 

The Commanding Officer of the 182 battalion said, “Three LeT terrorists were killed, and the operation ended early morning. Two AK-47s and one pistol have been recovered”. The three militants were identified as Majid, Irshad Ahmad and Shariq Ahmad.

The cordon-and-search operation began on the evening of June 21, 2017, following an intelligence input that three local boys, who had joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, were hiding in a densely-populated area. This encounter was a joint operation between the Special Operation Group (SOG) and 183 CRPF battalion,  along with 50 rashtriya rifles. The number of militants holed up in the area was not immediately clear. A police official told PTI that a mob pelted stones at security forces to distract them from the operation.

“This is the first successful counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama area which is believed to have large presence of local militants aided with a strong network of over ground workers”, a police officer told PTI. He also added that Majid was involved in a number of killings, including that of Kakapora’s sarpanch and Pulwama’s district president.

 

Sources: The Hindu, ANI

Two militant and Policeman killed at Tarla in PoK

Two militants and a policeman were killed in south Kashmir’s Tral on Sunday admist the heavy firing that started Saturday evening and proceeded overnight. Four army personnel has also been injured in the encounter.

As reported by Hindustan times, one of the militant killed in the encounter was a Pakistani and the other was local. “The local militant was Aqib Maulvi, a nearby top leader,” Chief general of the state police SP Vaid said.

The killed cop has been recognized as Manzoor Ahmed Naik. He was a local of Salamabad zone of Uri.  Vaid, while expressing his grief said that Manzoor Ahmed was a remarkable Jawan of the SOG (uncommon operations aggregate) and the J-K police. Police has also stated that they are dubious of the involvement of commander of Hizb ul Mujahideen Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The security work force of the cordon and pursuit party went under shooting from the house where the militants were caught.

As soon as the news of clash broke out unrest prevailed in the valley. Stone pelting dissents had started in the territory to chase away the security from the site. On Saturday night, a joint search party of police and army had started asearch operation in Hafoo area of slain militant Burhan Wani’s hometown, Tral, in Pulwama district on specific inputs of presence of militants in the area.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Economic Times

Image Source: Hindustan Times