The administration on Tuesday said 99% of the domicile certificates were issued to holders of permanent resident certificate (PRC) of the erstwhile state of J&K.
A day ahead of the Independence Day, Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists shot dead two Jammu and Kashmir policemen and wounded another in indiscriminate firing in Nowgam area on the outskirts of the Srinagar city, police said. They said the terrorists have been identified and will be neutralised soon.Terrorists gun down two policemen in Kashmir ahead of India's Independence Day
A senior police official said that around 400 party workers have been shifted to secured hotels, government accommodation and cluster secured camps in the past one year. Another official said over 25 party workers have been provided security after the killing of Bari in Bandipora.
The lockdown, which comes into effect on Wednesday evening, will be reviewed after six days, they said. There were 502 fresh cases in the Valley on Wednesday.
Separatist leader and chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TEH) Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai was on Sunday detained by police from his residence here and is likely to be booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said. They said a police party detained Sehrai from his residence at Baghat-e-Barzulla here early this morning and he was taken to police station Saddar. Sehrai is believed to be eyeing heading the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of 26 separatist parties.Ashraf Sehrai, Separatist Hurriyat leader, arrested in Kashmir, to be booked under PSA
What makes things worst to handle in Kashmir is that around 20 doctors have tested positive till now in Kashmir and scores of health workers have been put into isolation, which poses a threat of crippling the health infrastructure and posing danger to frontline workers.
The administration has now shut down the industrial estate in Rangreth, where over 25 units were operating, as 14 people working or associated with FIL Industries cold storage unit tested positive for coronavirus.
Resumption of 2G internet services last week has not ended the woes of subscribers as many have complained that even 2G services aren’t functioning on some networks and they are unable to surf many important websites due to restricted access and struggle to open even ‘white listed’ websites owing to extremely low speed, a source said.
They said the security forces have sealed off main roads in most places in the Valley and erected barriers at several other places to check the unwanted movement of the people and to enforce the lockdown.
Sources of contamination of all COVID-19 patients in Kashmir traced: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir
The five districts identified as hotspots include Bandipora, Baramullah, Kupwara, and Srinagar in Valley and Jammu district in Jammu division. The five districts have reported 80 percent of the cases recorded in J&K since March 9, when first case was recorded in Jammu.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Dairoo area of Shopian in south Kashmir in the morning following specific information about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon security forces, who retaliated.
A mortar shell from across the border hit the house of Nazir Hussain at village Lamibari in Rajdhani area of Manjakote sector, resulting in injuries to two persons, the officials said.
The cyber police station in Kashmir registered its first FIR on February 17,2020 against people for defying government orders on social media. The FIR was registered within few weeks after the cell came into existence through a government notification.
New positive cases for coronavirus from Bandipora triggers the start of community transmission of the virus in Kashmir, with which the worst fears of the administration have come true. The entire process of contact tracing is a race against time, which is extremely difficult to win. For now, J&K administration informed that 5124 travellers and persons have been put under surveillance.
National Conference (NC) president and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday seeking immediate restoration of high-speed 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir.Farooq Abdullah writes to PM, seeks immediate restoration of 4G services in J-K
The unprovoked shelling and firing started around 10.45 am from across the border in Degwar sector and the Indian Army promptly retaliated, the spokesperson said. He said the cross-border firing was continuing when last reports were received but there was no report of any casualty on the Indian side.
Amid opposition members' attack on the Modi government over the detention of former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, now released, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, Singh hit out at them, saying they are not worried about over 40,000 people who have lost their lives in the last 30 years of militancy there but only bothered about two-three families.
Bilal Sultan, a lower rung politician, who unsuccessfully fought parliamentary by-elections from Srinagar in 2019, against winning candidate Dr Farooq Abdullah of National Conference, is currently detained at MLA hostel in Srinagar. He was associated with Awami Itehad Party and People’s United Front for some time, but he resigned from the later recently.
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear on March 5 a plea filed by Sara Abdullah Pilot challenging the detention of her brother and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
From Indian Penal Code (IPC) to Income Tax Act to Representation of the People Act, the 37 central laws passed by the Union cabinet for Jammu and Kashmir will be applicable retrospectively from October 31, 2019, officials said.
As per the government figures, out of 2,547 plots allotted to businessmen in 26 industrial estates, only 1,444 are functional, 323 are non-functional, 479 remain under establishment, 191 units have taken no steps. The situation has worsened for the businesses since J&K Reorganization Bill was passed and communication and Internet curbs were put in place.
Over 1,000 social media handles were suspended and 10 suspects questioned for alleged misuse of social media in Jammu and Kashmir. The administration was in transition to resume communication and gradually relaxing norms. Filing FIR and ban on social media act as “deterrents to ensure peaceful and a law abiding society.
Inspector General of Police of Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar informed that some miscreants are instigating people by misusing social media through VPN and appealed not to misuse social media. “Since last few days, some miscreants are instigating people by misusing social media through VPN (Virtual Private Networks). I appeal to people not to misuse social media. FIR filed. Action will be taken against those found involved,” said IG Vijay Kumar.Miscreants instigating people by misusing social media through VPN: IG Kashmir
UN Secretary General António Guterres plans a trip to Pakistan on February 15 and Islamabad hopes to encash visit by internationalising the Kashmir issue. The UN Security Council has twice rejected attempts by China to internationalise the Kashmir issue. Guterres has no plans to visit India as part of this trip
India on Wednesday reiterated its stand on Kashmir and said the matter has to be addressed bilaterally following US President Donald Trump’s yet another offer to 'help' resolve the issue.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its second report on Kashmir in less than six months also said that Pakistan's ability to alter the status quo through military action has been reduced in recent years, meaning that Islamabad likely must rely primarily on diplomacy.
His made remarks at a press meet in Moscow responding to a query sent by ET on Russia's position on repeated attempts to discuss Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council despite failure at first meeting in August 2019. Lavrov visited Delhi earlier this week. The comments hold significance after yet another Chinese attempt at UNSC to internationalise issue fell flat.
China's comments came a day after India asserted that Beijing's latest attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UNSC on Pakistan's behalf has failed, with an overwhelming majority of the 15-member body expressing the view that it was not the right forum to discuss the bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
India has slammed Pakistan for again trying to raise the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council where it failed one more time to find any support, with New Delhi asserting that Islamabad needs to focus on the hard tasks it has to address in order to ensure normal relations with India. China, Pakistan's 'all-weather ally', on Wednesday stood alone in the Pakistani corner to get the Security Council to focus on the Kashmir issue. The attempt failed as other member countries felt Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.Pakistan's bid to raise Kashmir issue at UNSC fails again; members say it's a bilateral matter
Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Gulshanpora area of Tral in the south Kashmir district Sunday morning after receiving specific intelligence about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said as the forces were conducting searches, the militants fired at them, triggering an encounter.
"We declare that the freedom of speech and expression and the freedom to practice any profession or carry on any trade, business or occupation over the medium of internet enjoys constitutional protection under Article 19(1)(a) and Article 19(1)(g).," the Supreme Court said.
Speaking to ANI, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut asserted that if anyone talks of freedom of Kashmir from India then it will not be tolerated. “I read in newspaper that those who held 'free Kashmir' banner clarified that they want to be free of restrictions on internet services, mobile services and other issues.It will not be tolerated if anyone will talk of freedom of Kashmir: Sanjay Raut
There has been a 30% decline in terror activities. We’ve managed to eliminate 160 terrorists in 2019, says J&K DGP Dilbag Singh30% terror activities decline in Jammu and Kashmir: DGP Dilbag Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Army, paramilitary forces and the J&K Police have been coordinating to fight terrorism in the state. "Terror incidents have been taking place in Jammu and Kashmir for the last 30-35 years. But I must compliment the forces that it has now come down to almost nil (Lag bhag na ke barabar)," he said.
Citizens are requested not to venture inside encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials, a Jammu and Kashmir police spokesperson said. Bodies of the killed terrorists were retrieved from the site of encounter, the spokesperson said, adding that the identity and affiliation of the militants is being ascertained.
The Internet shutdown since August 5--when special status of the J&K was revoked and the state was downgraded into two Union Territories--put these youngsters in extreme financial and psychological distress as they would otherwise earn good money working remotely from home for different companies across the globe.
Security has been heightened in Kashmir after five migrant labourers in Kulgam district of south Kashmir were shot dead by terrorists on Tuesday night. The terror attack came at a time when a delegation of parliamentarians from the EU is in Kashmir.
Mobile phone services for post-paid subscribers resumed in Kashmir after 72 days on Monday noon.
The militants hurled a grenade in Hari Singh High Street Market, which is a few hundred metres away from the city centre Lal Chowk, a police official said.
Rawat said brick kilns were functioning normally, trucks were transporting sand and shops were open, reflecting that life was normal in the valley.
The government, Reddy said, was taking all precautionary measures as either the ISI or Pakistan government was trying to somehow disturb law and order "to prove that what the government of India has done is wrong".
It also said that help can be sought over its official handle @CRPFmadadgaar.
Schools and colleges can open from August 10, read an order from District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan.
The NSA, accompanied by his aides and senior police officers, visited the Eidgah locality and stopped at various places to interact with locals.
The decision on easing of restrictions comes after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval directed authorities to ensure that no Kashmiris were harassed.
"I want to assure friends of Jammu and Kashmir that the situation will gradually return to normalcy and their difficulties will ease," the PM said.
The officials said that before returning to Delhi on Wednesday, Doval had emphasised that common people should not face hardships.
On Wednesday, Doval met security forces in Shopian. Shopian and neighbouring areas of south Kashmir have been a hotbed of terrorism and witness regular clashes with security forces.
Doval was in Kashmir to assess the security situation in the state, which was put under curfew hours ahead of the government's announcement.
Pakistan’s negative ambitions spurred Centre’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir.
Former CMs Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah & J&K People’s Conference leaders Sajjad Lone, Imran Ansari arrested; Deployment scaled up.
While entering Parliament today, Amit Shah was seen holding a folder in which there was a detailed plan for implementation of government's agenda.
With introduction of the J&K reorganisation bill, a lot of changes have been proposed how the new Union Territories will be governed.
This comes as the Modi government scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution today,
This comes at a time when the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain tense.
Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Warpora area of Sopore in Baramulla, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there on Saturday morning.
"About 100 companies are in the process of reaching their destinations. This has apparently led to speculations of induction of additional forces," a home ministry official explained.
29 years later, a new strife to occupy the militant space in Kashmir is going on now between the pro-Pakistan and the pro-Caliphate terror outfits.
While three JeM terrorists, a civilian and a soldier were killed in the encounter in Pulwama, three militants were eliminated during a gun battle with security forces.
The Centre had in May last year directed security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during Ramzan to help Muslims observe the holy month in a "peaceful environment".
Sources in the government claim that the ban was imposed to allow the peaceful conduct of parliamentary and assembly elections.
More than 350 enrolled members of JeI were arrested on Friday. The order has led to a crackdown on JeI’s functionaries operating 400 schools, 350 mosques and 1000 seminaries across the state.
JeM chief Azhar's nephew Mohammad Umair led the squad along with Kamran, who was killed in the encounter on Monday, sources said.
“These politicians are responsible for everything. They don’t do anything because no harm comes to their families. In the end, we lost lives on both sides,” Dar told ET, saying that the day his son took up arms, death was an inevitability in a place like Kashmir.
At least 30 CRPF personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday when a blast ripped through the bus they were travelling in, officials said. The Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the incident, they said. The casualties are likely to go up. Several people were injured in the IED blast, which reduced the bus to a mangled heap of iron.Pulwama terror attack: 30 CRPF soldiers martyred in IED blast
More than 2,500 CRPF personnel were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora.
Authorities have tightened the security across the Kashmir Valley in the wake of recent grenade attacks in the city to ensure that militants are not able to disrupt the celebrations on January 26.
Underling Pakistan's active role in spreading terrorism in the Valley, the former IPS officer said Pakistan is not only sponsoring terrorism but also sending its nationals to Kashmir in the garb of fighting jihad. "No matter which government is in power, Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorism in the Valley," he said.
The resolution moved by Pakistan People's Party leader Sherry Rehman also reiterated Pakistan's commitment to continue its "moral and diplomatic support" to the Kashmiris, Radio Pakistan reported.
Roads leading to the Chinar Corps headquarters here were sealed and restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in Pulwama district and eight police station areas of Srinagar, the officials said.
When and how Saqib got radicalized is a mystery to the entire family. His uncle Parray claimed that Saqib was happy-go-lucky boy who was fond of good food and music. With a typical fair-complexioned sharp Kashmiri looks, Saqib had acted in a play called ‘Vath Chhi Yeahiy’ (This is the Way), at Srinagar’s Tagore Hall. “He even went to Odisha for the same drama,” his uncle Parray said.
237 militants, 94 civilians and 81 security personnel killed in Kashmir this year: Government records
The number of militants killed this year is highest in past decade and the armed forces claim to have targeted the militant leadership, which has controlled the local recruitment into militant ranks as well. Out of 237 militants, 163 were killed since June this year, when Governor rule was imposed.
Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, alleged human rights violations in the Valley.
"Accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt, the Army commander visited units in south Kashmir and was briefed by commanders on the ground about the current situation and recent counter terrorist operations," the spokesman said.
The official said as the searches were going on, security forces were fired upon by militants. The fire was retaliated by security forces, leading to a gunfight. "In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists were neutralized and the bodies retrieved from the site of encounter," a police officer said.
An army official said exchange of fire between security forces and militants began in the early hours in Bijbehara area of the district.
Security forces, acting on a credible input about the presence of militants in Nadigam area of Shopian, launched a cordon and search operation in the early hours of Tuesday, a police spokesman said.
Hafeezullah Mir was shot at by the gunmen at Achabal in Anantnag district this morning, a police official said.
The Army commander's comments come in the wake of fatalities in sniping incidents along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region in the last few days.
Auqib Ahmad Bhat and Shabir Ahmad Dar, both hailing from Pulwama district of south Kashmir, were arrested during a joint operation by police and the Army in Mendhar area of the border district on Wednesday.
District Magistrate Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana said the curfew, which was imposed in the town late night Thursday, was strictly in place and additional security personnel were deployed in sensitive areas of the town.
"Security forces launched an operation based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in Zagoo locality of Khansahib area in the district," a police official said.
Two days after terrorists abducted and killed J&K CID sub-inspector Imtiaz Mir (30) in Pulwama district, an anonymous, poignant post addressed to his murderers on his Facebook page went viral even as condolences from friends and well-wishers kept pouring in.
Earlier this month, an input with the intelligence agencies had suggested that one of Azhar’s nephews named Usman (codename: Abu Huzaifa) was about to infiltrate into the Valley. Late on Tuesday, Jaish released a statement, acknowledging that its Mujahideens, including Usman, were killed by Indian forces and vowed to seek revenge.
A resident of North Kashmir, Nasir Safi Mir allegedly used carpet trade and later a money exchange business in Dubai for sending hawala money to separatist leaders in Kashmir. He was arrested from Lajpat Nagar by the elite Special Cell of the Delhi Police on February 3, 2006.
Policemen in Jammu and Kashmir have performed their duties for years in an atmosphere of extreme stress, even fear. But as murderous attacks on their colleagues increase, the strain on their morale has escalated to such an extent that many have stopped visiting their families.
Three defence personnel were killed in sniper attacks by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists since mid-September, prompting the law enforcement agencies to re-calibrate their strategy to thwart such strikes by the Pakistan-based group.
Security agencies are re-calibrating their strategy to thwart this latest threat from Pak-based groups.
Complimenting the state police, Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for their exceptional work in countering militancy, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Satya Pal Malik, denied of any move of deploying the elite NSG in counter-militancy operations.
Police assisted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon and search operation in Fateh Kadal in downtown area of the city following a specific intelligence input about the presence of militants there, a senior police official said.
The separatists - Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) – had asked people living in the areas where voting was underway Tuesday to observe strike.
The joint Hurriyat leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for shutdown against the killing on Friday.
The Army took the initiative for the youths of remote villages of the district in collaboration with National Skill Development Council and started a plumbing course Tuesday at "Youth Employment Guidance Node" at Kishtwar, an officer said Thursday.
Giving details emerging from the encounter site, which is taking place at Satgund in Handwara, police and other security forces cordoned off a village following intelligence inputs about presence of Wani along with two others.
The deceased have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Nazir Ahmad Bhat. While both were affiliated to the National Conference, Bhat was working as public relations officer of MLA Habbakadal.
India is opposed to any third country mediation in its relations with Pakistan. Pakistan has continuously sought mediation to sort out the differences, including over Kashmir.
Authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to maintain law and order.
"Three more terrorists have been killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along the LoC in Tangdhar sector (in north Kashmir's Kupwara district)," an Army spokesman said.
SPO Nisar Rashid Dhobi’s son, mother and widow recall how elderly people who had gone to read namaz in the morning, placed their skull caps at the militants’ feet after realising that the abducted policemen may get killed. “They crushed the caps under their feet and walked away,” Ruksana, weeping inconsolably.
The cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched in at least eight villages in Pulwama and Shopian districts in south Kashmir early this morning, a police official said.