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After Anantnag H5N8 cases found in Shopian

‘One kilometre from epicentre declared infected zone’

Jahangeer Ganaie

(Asian News Hub) – The cases of Avian Influenza (H5N8), popularly known as Bird Flu have been reported among dead crows in Wadipora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

An official told the news agency—KNO, that some dead crows were found few days before in the village, following which, their samples were taken, which were tested positive.

District Magistrate Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaishyal has issued necessary precautions to prevent spread of infection to the poultry birds.

“ICAR-NISHAD (OIE Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza) has confirmed that the samples of dead crows in the district are positive for Avian Influenza Virus H5N8,” reads the order issued by District Magistrate.

“The epicenter of the positive samples has been reported in village Wadipora, Tehsil Chitragam, District Shopian. It is imperative on the part of administration that immediate necessary action should be taken in order to prevent spread of infection to the poultry birds as well as to the general masses,” the order further reads.

“Therefore, in view of the above, in exercise of the powers vested in me under section 144 CPC, I, Sachin Kumar Vaishya, IAS ,District Magistrate, Shopian declare area within 1 km from the epicentre in village Wadipora as infected zone, area from the epicentre as an “Alert Zone”, there shall be complete restriction on arrival of poultry meat within the infected zone, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Shopian shall ensure sample survey and backyard poultry population survey in the zone from the epicentre, Chief Medical Officer, Shopian shall ensure surveillance of health of general public in and around epicentre, in case of culling of birds, Executive Engineer, R&B Division, Shopian shall ensure availability of necessary machinery and equipments as and when required for dumping of the dead birds and divisional Forest Officer, Wild Life, Shopian shall coordinate with Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Shopian for collection, dis-infection and fumigation of the areas where wild birds and migratory birds are found,” the order further added.

Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Shopian, Dr Ishrat Ahmad told that on Monday, few crows were also found dead in Balpora area of Shopian after which their samples were taken and sent for testing.

He said that rapid response teams have been deputed to disinfect the area and there is no need to worry, however, people must adhere to the protocol.

Pertinently, on Monday cases of Avian Influenza among crows were reported from Dooru area of Anantnag as well.

Barring Udhampur, cases of Avian Influenza haven’t been found among poultry birds in J&K.

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‘Militant associate’ arrested in Kupwara; 10 grenades, 182 bullets recovered

(Asian News Hub) – Army and police have recovered ten grenades and 182 rounds of Ak-47 rifle from a militant associate who was arrested in Kralpora area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said army 160 Territorial Army and SOG Kralpora arrested the “militant associate” Abdul Ahad Lone based on specific information. “10 grenades and 182 Ak-47 rounds” have been recovered from his possession.They said middle-aged man was associated with Al-Badr formerly.

A police officer confirmed the arrest and said that further investigations are underway.

GNS

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Three unidentified militants killed in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – Three unidentified militants have been killed in an encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Vailoo area of Kokernag belt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told that three unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

He said the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 19 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.

Pertinently, 46 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

KNO

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Militant killed in an ongoing encounter at Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Vailoo area of Kokernag belt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told that one militant has been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 19 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces approached towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter.

Pertinently, 44 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

KNO

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