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Hizb district commander killed in Ashmuji, Kulgam

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In operation, efforts were made to evacuate civilians first, slain was active since 2018: Police; six militants killed in district since Wednesday in 3 encounters

(Asian News Hub) – A top militant commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen was killed in an encounter in the southern district of Kulgam on Saturday, police said.

A senior police officer told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint team of Police, Army’s 09 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the Ashmuji, Kulgam.

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He said that as the presence of militants got ascertained, efforts were made to evacuate the civilians in the area and a message of surrender was passed to the hiding militant which he rejected.

The official said that as the joint team of forces approached the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired upon them, which retaliated, triggering an encounter.

In the ensuing gunfight, one militant identified as Mudasir Ahmad Wagay district commander HM was killed, he said.

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Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said that today at about 1 pm, based on credible input about the presence of militants in village Ashmuji area of district Kulgam, a cordon and search operation was launched by Kulgam Police, 9RR and 18Bn CRPF.

“During the search operation, after the presence of militant was ascertained, efforts were made to evacuate the civilians and a message was passed to hiding militant to surrender, however he denied and started firing indiscriminately upon the security forces, which was retaliated leading to an encounter,” he said. ““In the ensuing encounter, one militant namely Mudasir Ahmad Wagay Son of Mohd Jamal Wagay a resident of Malwan, Devsar was killed. He was (A+) categorized as a militant and was presently District Commander outfit HM.”

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The spokesman said that the slain has been active since 2018. In this connection, a case with FIR number 242/2021 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Kulgam and investigation has been initiated, the police spokesman said.

Pertinently, this was third encounter in the district in last four days as earlier five militants were killed in two separate encounters in Gopalpora and Pombay area of the district on Wednesday this week.

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Army man found dead under mysterious circumstances at Badami Bagh, Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – An Army man was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside Badami Bagh cantonment Srinagar on Friday.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a 24-year-old soldier of Kilo Force identified as Signalman Anuj Singh of Banka, Bihar was found dead inside Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar on Friday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, police has registered case in this regard and investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of death.

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It’s starlink satellite train in sky, no need to panic: ADGP Jammu

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(Asian News Hub) – Additional Director General of Police for Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh Friday said that starlink satellite train was seen over sky in areas of Jammu which people mistook as mysterious light of an aerial object and there was no need to panic.

ADG of Police, Mukesh Singh told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that starlink train of satellites have been seen in sky in areas of Rajouri and Poonch.

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“The mysterious light are of satellite of starlink train category, “said ADG Singh said.

Pertinent to mention here that Elon Musk starlink satellite train is a category of satellite which are often seen in the sky.

Earlier, on Friday evening, panic gripped in areas of Rajouri, Poonch and others parts of Jammu zone too after locals spotted mysterious lights in air. People mistook it as a drone while security forces were also put on high alert.

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Residential house gutted in Mamar blaze

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(Asian News Hub) – A residential house was partially gutted in a fire incident that broke out in Hariganiwan, Mamar area of Ganderbal district on Friday evening.

Reports reaching the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the fire broke out in a residential house belonging to Qarisha Begum, wife of Late Muhammad Rafiq Kasana.

The firefighters and locals doused the flames and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby localities, witnesses said, adding that the residential house suffered partial damage.

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One of the relatives of the fire victim told KNO that the property worth lakhs of rupees got damaged in the blaze.

The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, an official, meanwhile, said.

Meanwhile, the local villagers urged the administration to compensate the losses of the downtrodden family at the earliest.

Meanwhile, police have taken the cognizance of the incident and has started investigation into the matter.

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