Today’s top 5 news

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Clashes erupt in Chadoora, internet snapped in Budgam, Pulwama

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Srinagar, Jan 8: A militant was killed in an encounter at Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday.

SSP Tejinder Singh while talking to GNS over said that a joint team of police, army and CRPF following a specific information launched a cordon-and-search operation in Kaneera Putrigam, Chadoora. As the joint team of forces intensified the searches the hiding militants opened fire triggering off an encounter.

“During the gunfight only one militant has been killed”, SSP said, adding that the body of the slain has been recovered along with a rifle.

SSP said that so far his identity could not be ascertained.

The sources said that police called families of militants—Firdous Ahmad Mir and Musavir Ahmad Wani from Pulwama and asked to see if the slain was one among them. However, they said, the families have not identified either of them. The CASO was launched on information that three militants were hiding and initial militant casualties were based on the information.

Earlier, soon after the news about the encounter spread, the people mostly youth took to streets at Chadoora and its adjoining areas and start pelting stones on forces. The forces resorted to teargas shelling and used some aerial shots to disperse the protesting people. In the meantime, the busy market at Chadoora shuts down spontaneously.

Meanwhile, in wake of the encounter, the authorities blocked internet services in Budgam and Pulwama districts to maintain law and order. (GNS)

#4

A senior police officer told that the operation has been concluded with the killing two more militants at Kaneera, Patalgam, Chadoora. “With the killing of the militants the death toll reached three”.

“Among the slain militants two are said to be foreigners (Pakistan), one among them is a local from neighbouring Pulwama district namely Firdous Ahmad Mir”, the officer said, adding the identity of the remaining two are being ascertained.

Earlier, a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF following a specific information had launched a cordon-and-search operation in the area. As the joint team of forces intensified the searches the hiding militants opened fire triggering off an encounter.

Soon after the news about the encounter spread, the people mostly youth took to streets at Chadoora and its adjoining areas and start pelting stones on forces.

The forces resorted to teargas shelling and used some aerial shots to disperse the protesting people. In the meantime, the busy market at Chadoora shuts down spontaneously.

Meanwhile, in wake of the encounter, the authorities have blocked internet services in Budgam and Pulwama districts to maintain law and order.

#3

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday said a person detained in Mathura on suspicion of being a terrorist has turned out to be a bonafide resident of Jammu and Kashmir.Inspector General of Police (IG) Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) Aseem Arun said: “As of now no terror link has been established.”

The person in question, Bilal Ahmad Rani, was detained on Sunday after he was caught travelling without a ticket on board the New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express.Rani was behaving suspiciously and had to be taken for interrogation, Arun said.

During which it was established that Rani was “a bonafide resident of Anantnag where his family runs a medical store”. The details of two other Kashmiris living with Rani in a Delhi hotel were also confirmed.

They are also residents of Jammu and Kashmir. But they might face some more questioning, an officer said.

#2

Anantnag: In an alleged audio conversation between two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commanders, Riyaz Naikoo and Sameer Tiger, the former suggests blinding all those who contest panchayat elections – by putting concentrated acid in their eyes.

The conversation between the two militants is apparently Whatsapp voice messages compiled together. It has gone viral on social media with the title, “Conversation between Riyaz Naikoo and Sameer Tiger”.

Police say the authenticity of the tape is yet to be ascertained.
A police source told Kashmir Reader that the conversation being authentic is highly unlikely, for the fact that Riyaz Naikoo and Sameer Tiger are not on good terms with each other.
“Our inputs say the two of them stand against each other,” a police source told Kashmir Reade.

Tiger is a prominent militant in Shopian district of southern Kashmir while Naikoo is the acting divisional commander of the Hizb.
During the conversation, Tiger can be heard asking Naikoo for orders regarding the upcoming panchayat elections.
Panchayat elections are scheduled to begin February 15. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL0 has issued a boycott call against them.

“Panchayat elections are scheduled soon. What should be our strategy? What are your orders for us?” Tiger can be heard asking Naikoo.
Naikoo insists that the plan is to not threaten or kill any one, for threatening people has yielded nothing for the past thirty years.
“We should blind them,” Naikoo says. “Anyone who files nominations to contest the elections should be held and drops of concentrated acid should be put into their eyes, so that they are blinded for life.”

Naikoo further says that the people who contest these elections are the most useless fellows in their families, and the families deliberately push them into contesting elections so that they get killed, for which the families will get compensations and government jobs.
“Last year, during the elections, many people were killed, some by us and some by the agencies. It yields nothing. We should blind them,” Naikoo reiterates.
During the conversation Naikoo also advises Tiger on how to use his Over Ground Workers (OGWs) wisely.
“If an OGW is called in by the police or army, do not use him again. Not that we don’t trust him but chances are high that he gets manipulated by the agencies and we have seen that being done many a time,” Naikoo says.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Munir Khan, said he will not be able to comment on the issue until the authenticity of the audio is ascertained.
“For now I won’t be able to comment,” Khan said.(KR)

#1

Srinagar, Jan 7 (GNS): A PhD student who had gone missing few days back has reportedly joined Hizbul Mujahideen outfit as his picture posing with an AK rifle has goes viral on social media in Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources told news agency GNS that the student namely Manaan Wani (26) son of Bashir Ahmad Wani, a resident of Takipora village in Lolab, Kupwara, was scheduled to return on home three days ago. He was pursuing his PhD in Geology at Algarh Muslim University. However, he didn’t report back to home, the sources said.

From last five years he was in Aligarh University and completed his MPhil.

Two days later a picture of him wielding the rifle was uploaded on Facebook announcing that he had joined “Hizb” on January 5.

“The police have registered a case after a missing report was submitted by his family today,” a police officer said, adding that they have taken cognizance of the matter.

“We are investigating the case of the Phd student who left his studies to become a militant and his photograph holding an AK assault rifle was doing rounds on social media”, the officer said.

The police was trying to ascertain how the student left his studies to join the militant group, the officer said.

Local sources said that Mannan belongs to a well of family as his father is a Lecturer and brother is a Junior Engineer.

Wani had schooling up to 10th class from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Lolab.

Meanwhile, photos of another youth namely Asif Ahmad Wagay are also doing rounds on social media. However, it could not be established to which outfit Wagay has joined. (GNS)

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