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Baily Bridge Ready, 500 essential supply laden vehicles to move towards Valley tonight

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120 feet long Bailey bridge completed in 60 hours: BRO, 10000 Stranded Vehicles in to be allowed to proceed for Jammu from Kashmir tomorrow: ADGP Traffic 

Jahangir Sofi

Srinagar, Jan 16: After remaining closed for a week, Srinagar-Jammu national highway is all set to be allowed for vehicular movement tonight after the Border Roads Organization (BRO) completed the Bailey Bridge at Kela Morch in Ramban district along the 300-km stretch highway.

To begin with, 500 essential supply laden vehicles—“all essential supply laden vehicles”— will be allowed to move towards Valley while this evening as 10,000 stranded vehicles will also march towards Kashmir.

The traffic on the only surface link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country and world was suspended after the retaining wall of a bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban suddenly collapsed on Jan 9. Soon after the incident, the traffic authorities decided to close the traffic movement on Srinagar- Jammu national highway for 10 days.

However, as an interim relief, BRO launched Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban, that was completed today after a successful trial run. Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) T.Namgyal, while speaking to news agency—KNO said: “The Bailey bridge is completed. A successful trial was also conducted on the same today.”

Speaking about the traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Namgyal said: “Once the traffic is through on Bailey bridge, only 500 vehicles laden with essentials will be allowed to move towards Kashmir valley, which will include fresh vegetables, Gas, Petroleum and other essential supplies.” He said that the movement of vehicles with essentials is expected tonight.

While speaking about the traffic movement for tomorrow, he said: “In valley there are almost 10000 stranded vehicles which includes Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs), they will be allowed to move towards Jammu and no vehicular movement will be allowed from Jammu towards Kashmir.”

“There will be only one way traffic on Srinagar Jammu National Highway”, he further told KNO.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued by BRO about the launching of Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban, the statement read: “The construction of Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar National highway has been completed, trial run was carried out successfully today afternoon and traffic will be able to run on it by evening.”

Brigadier I K Jaggi Chief Engineer Project Beacon of BRO, who was monitoring the construction of the bridge, said that BRO put men and machinery who after hectic efforts completed the bridge.

“We have completed the vital bridge in just 60 hours. Traffic can play on it as trial run was successful today. By today evening, traffic will resume on it,” he said. Meanwhile, officials at BRO said that 120 feet long bridge can carry 40 tons of weight at a time.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police

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Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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Militant killed in Bemina Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that broke out between forces and militants in Bemina area of Srinagar.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), officials said that a militant has been killed while the operation is still on in the area.

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“#Encounter has started at #Bemina area of #Srinagar. Srinagar Police on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Police Zone tweeted.

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Militant from Sgr involved in recent civilian killings killed in Pulwama gunfight: IGP

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(Asian News Hub) – Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar Friday said that a militant from Srinagar, who was involved in recent civilian killings has been killed in Pulwama gunfight.

According to reports the gunfight broke out between forces and militants in Wahibugh area after a joint team of Police, Army’s 50 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

Killed #terrorist has been identified as Shahid Basir Sheikh of #Srinagar. He was involved in recent #killing of #civilian (Mohd Safi Dar, PDD Deptt’s staff) on 2/10/21. AK 47 rifle was used in his killing. One AK rifle along with Mag/Amn recovered: IGP Kashmir, Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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