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Gunmen strike in Sgr again: School Principal; Teacher killed

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Famous chemist among 7 civilians killed since Oct in Sgr; Killing of unarmed civilians an attack on age-old communal harmony in Kashmir: DGP Dilbagh Singh, says police have got clues, killers to be nabbed soon; MEA condemns killings; say concerned about cross-LoC militancy, discussing issue at various platforms

(Asian News Hub) – Unknown gunmen once again struck in Srinagar and killed two government teachers including a female head of the institution in a city school on Thursday.

Police said that the gunmen fired at the principal of Government Higher Secondary School, Sangam, Eidgah, in Srinagar and her male colleague, leaving them dead on the spot. A police official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the slain were identified as Supinder Kour, who was the principal of the institution and her colleague Depak Chand. “Kour hails from Rengipora, Beerwah, presently living at Aloochibagh area of Srinagar while Deepak is a resident of Jammu,” police said.

Soon after the incident senior police officers including DGP Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, IG CRPF Srinagar sector Charu Sinha visited the spot. A teacher, who seemed in shock, told KNO that they were in a separate room when they heard the gunshots. “We didn’t go out because of fear. When locals reached the area only then we went out of the room and found principal madam and our colleague lying flat on ground with blood oozing from their wounds,” he said.

Talking to reporters, after meeting the shell-shocked staff members of the institution at Sangam, Eidgah, the DGP Singh said that killing of unarmed civilians in Srinagar is a move to damage and attack the age-old traditional communal harmony in Kashmir and police has already got some clues about previous killings and will also probe the fresh incident too. He, however, was quick to add that the killers will be nabbed very soon.

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Talking to reporters outside the Government Boys Higher Secondary School Sangam, Eidgah, Srinagar, the DGP said that killing of innocent civilians reflects “frustration and barbarism.”

“This is an attempt to defame local Muslims of Kashmir. Killing innocent civilians including teachers is a move to attack and damage the age-old tradition of communal harmony and brotherhood in Kashmir,” the J&K Police chief said, as per news KNO. He said killing innocents is a conspiracy to “target local ethos and values” which will be defeated by the police and people collectively.

He said that police have got some clues and leads about the killers in previous cases and that the fresh case will be probed too. “I talked to staff members of the school and they are in total shock over losing two colleagues. Police will nab the killers very soon,” he said. Pertinently, today’s incident is the third since October 2 in Srinagar district. Since October 2, seven civilians including a famous chemist Makhan Lal Bindroo, a non-J&K vendor, three local civilians and two teachers including a school principal were killed by the unknown gunmen.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs stated: “We strongly condemn such attacks. We are worried about cross border militancy and are discussing the issue at various platforms.” The statement was issued by MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on recent militant attacks in Jammu & Kashmir.

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Man found dead at Zaldagar

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Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

Also Read: Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore

He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore

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Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

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

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

He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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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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