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Amid COVID crisis, ‘SOS’ groups help many patients to breathe in J&K

(Asian News Hub) – Amid prevalent situation due to COVID-19 pandemic, the chaos and confusion amidst reports about shortage of oxygen and medicines across Jammu and Kashmir has taken a heavy toll on the patients and their families in the last over one month.

However, the youth in large numbers from almost all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir are out to help the patients in need, especially to those who are tested positive for COVID-19.

The youth have been collecting details about the patients in need through WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms.

‘SOS’, is the most common name preferred by these youth on social media platforms where families, relatives and friends of patients have been posting details to seek help for emergency supplies like Oxygen cylinders, Oxygen concentrators and medicines.

Adnan Fayaz Dar, who hails from Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, is one among the hundreds of youth who is serving the general public amid the current crisis.

Dar, a journalism student is nowadays busy helping the patients from across Jammu and Kashmir, mostly from the Valley.

He had created a WhatsApp group almost 20 days back with an aim to help the people in need. “Me along with my four to five friends who were in touch with NGOs decided to create a group titled SOS, where patients can contact for assistance,” he said.

“We began with just five members and now, the group comprises 200 members in just 20 days period. I never imagined that it would prove successful. In just 20 days, we have provided assistance to over 50 patients from across the Valley,” he said, adding that there are some doctors in the group too, who despite having busy work schedules, are assisting the people in terms of medical advice.

“We are just collecting the details of needy and genuine people from across the Valley. The details are being forwarded to NGOs who are providing them help within a shortest possible time,” he said.

Besides, the group mates also provide food kits and other related help to the people belonging to the downtrodden section of the society, he added.

Lateef Gabroo, who operates from Srinagar as a volunteer said that he along with his team have helped approximately 500 people in the last one month. “Our team comprises over 50 members and arranges plasma donors, blood donors, ambulances and ration kits to the people in need,” he said.

He said he has started serving people from last year. “I was in Delhi last year wherefrom I provided assistance to many people affected due to the lockdown and COVID-19. I got various contacts in last year’s lockdown. As the lockdown was imposed yet again in Jammu and Kashmir, I started working for people from Srinagar this time and have been assisting the people in need,” he added.

Gabroo said that he and his team have provided help to over 500 people in the last one month. “Our efforts are on to ensure that the people will not suffer. We are trying our level best to provide assistance to the people amid the current crisis,” he said.

Moreover, Twitter and other social media platforms also remain abuzz with the messages related to the patients who are in need of medicines, Oxygen concentrators or other related things.



Active Al-Badr militant found dead in Soura, Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – Body of an active militant from Al-Badr outfit was found in Soura area of Srinagar on Saturday late evening, officials said.

They said police came to know about the body of an active militant of Al-Badr lying on a roadside near Soura area of Srinagar. A police official told that the body of the militant identified as Amir Ahmed Malik, 23, a C category A-Badr militant.  “Malik was active since November 2020. He hails from Hyder Gund, Zainapora area of Shopian,” the official said.

A police official said it seems that the militant was killed in a “group clash” even as further investigations are on.


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Lady dies, minor boy injured in Doda road accident

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(Asian News Hub) – A lady died while a minor boy was injured after a vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident near Police Station Assar in Doda district on Sunday.

An official said that a swift vehicle bearing registration number JK02CC-8873 was on its way from Jammu to Bhaderwah when it skidded off the road and rolled down from National Highway.l, leaving a lady dead on the spot and also left a minor boy wounded.

He said that the deceased lady identified as Babita Manhas, wife of late Krishan Manhas and injured minor identified as 11-yr-old Rehan Manhas are residents of Gandoh area of Doda district and presently residing at Jammu.


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4 including 2 civilians, 2 cops killed in Sopore militant attack

Police officer among 4 others injured; Injured civilian critical; Militants targeted police party enforcing Covid lockdown; Lashkar behind strike, have identified attackers, says DGP Dilbagh Singh

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(Asian News Hub) – MilitantsSaturday attacked a police party at main chowk of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in which two policemen and two civilians were killed while a police officer among four others sustained bullet injuries.

Among two injured civilians, the condition of one is stated as critical. A police official told that militants targeted a police party at main chowk Sopore when they were enforcing carona curfew in the area. “The militants fired indiscriminately at the police party killing two policemen and two civilians. Two more cops and two civilians sustained injuries who are being treated in the hospital,” the officials said.

The injured, police official said, were first shifted to Sub-District Hospital Sopore wherefrom one policeman was shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar for treatment. Hospitals sources at SDH Sopore told that two policeman and two civilians were brought to hospital in multiple bullet injuries after which they succumbed.

The slain policemen were identified as Constable Waseem Ahmed son of Muhamamd Saqiq Bhat of Narbal, Srinagar and constable Showkat Ahmed son of Abdul Gani, resident of Goripora, Beerwah Budgam. The dead civilians were identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Hassan of Mohalla Taliyan, Sopore and Showkat Ahmed Shalla son of Ghulam Qadir of Shalimar Colony Sopore.

Sources identified the injured Sub-Inspector as Mukesh Kumar and SPO Danish Ahmed. The injured civilian has been identified as Nayeem Ahmed Khan son of Muhammad Maqbool, a resident of Maharajpora, Sopore, who has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar where his condition is stated as critical. “He has received bullet injury in his thigh and abdomen,” hospital sources said. Police, however, said that four civilians sustained injuries of which two succumbed. The identity of second injured civilian couldn’t be ascertained.

A pall of gloom descended on Sopore, Srinagar and Beerwah localities when bodies of four—two cops and two civilians reached their respective homes. The bodies of two slain cops were first taken to District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar where police paid rich tributes to them.

Director General of Police (J&K) Dilbagh Singh, who paid floral tributes to the slain cops at DPL Srinagar, said that Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit was behind the Sopore attack, in which two cops and two civilians were killed and three others were injured. Talking to the reporters on the sidelines of wrath laying ceremony of two cops here, Dilbag Singh, said that LeT outfit was involved in this attack and they have identified the attackers, however, further details will not be shared at the moment.

Singh said that to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, a party from Sopore police station under the charge of sub-inspector Mukesh Kumar was deployed in the chowk when the attack took place.

He said that the firing was retaliated by the police party during which some personnel were injured and civilians who had set up their fruit and vegetables stalls nearby also got injured.

“Subsequently, two injured cops succumbed to their injuries, identified as constable Waseem and constable Showkat and sub-inspector Mukesh and SPO Danish got injured. Three civilians were also injured of whom two later succumbed while another one was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” he said

He said they were looking into all the angles of the attack and forces have also launched a follow-up operation in the area and the perpetrators of the crime will be soon brought to justice.

Replying to a query, Singh said that militancy was declining and control of the forces in all the areas was very good while operations were also being carried out. “However, due to Covid-19 there has been a decline in anti-militancy operations but the forces still have an upper hand and we are launching operation in all the areas as well,” he said.

He said that under these circumstances these incidents happen and all those who are involved in these attacks will be not be spared at any cost.


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