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J&K Govt’s tall claims on snow clearance prove ‘hoax’

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Men and machinery is actively on field: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole, 85 percent load restored across Valley, facing problems in South Kashmir districts: Chief Engineer PDD

Mubashir Alam Wani

Srinagar, Jan 05: Despite timely prediction of heavy snowfall by the Kashmir’s Meteorological Department, authorities are yet to clear all the roads from snow and restore 100 percent electricity in the Valley.

People across the valley faced inconvenience at greater levels as the authorities failed to clear snow from lanes, by lanes even on main roads at certain places. The snowfall also prevented many patients from reaching the hospital.

Amid heavy snowfall and un-cleared roads, a woman from South Kashmir’s Shopian district gave birth to a baby on a make-shift stretcher when she was being taken to a hospital in Keller belt of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Roads across Kashmir Valley particularly in Srinagar are accumulated with snow. Due to slippery conditions, vehicles were unable to ply on the roads. But by far, the people have complained that the roads are yet to be cleared from snow and electricity hasn’t been restored fully.  People from various parts of Kashmir while speaking to news agency—KNO, alleged that snow wasn’t cleared from the lanes and by-lanes in their respective areas as claimed by the government. “Where is the government? Where are the snow clearance machines,” a group of locals from Pampore area questioned.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole however, told KNO, that,  “Men and machinery are  actively on ground clearing the roads, but due to the continuous snowfall, the snow is getting accumulated on roads which is the reason there seems less shows less clearance.”

“By tomorrow, weather is likely to improve, the roads will be fully cleared and there will be vehicular movement as well on the roads, he further said. Meanwhile, in view of heavy snowfall electricity woes have added to the miseries of people. People from different areas of Kashmir including parts of Srinagar complained about the breakdown of electricity.

“Power Development Department also has failed to restore electricity in many parts of the Kashmir including Srinagar,” said a Srinagar resident.

Chief Engineer PDD Ejaz Ahmad while speaking to KNO said: “Our men are at job for restoration of electricity in Kashmir, overall 85 percent of load is restored in the valley.”

“We are facing difficulties in South Kashmir’s four districts because of heavy snowfall. We will start the restoration process again,” he further said.

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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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