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Massive traffic snarls in Srinagar, elsewhere as Kashmir receives fresh spell of snowfall

Winter Preparedness proves hoax yet again, Commuters feel irked, say admin in slumber

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Despite timely prediction of snowfall by Meteorological Department in Kashmir, authorities yet again failed to clear all the roads in most parts of Kashmir following fresh spell of snowfall.

People across the valley had to face huge inconvenience at greater levels as the authorities failed to clear the snow which made the roads slippery.

Massive traffic jams across the city were witnessed today and it took hours for people to reach their destinations.

“Due to slippery conditions, vehicles are unable to ply on the roads, where is administration, where is SMC”, a commuter questioned, while speaking to news agency—KNO.

The residents in Srinagar said that the administration has not been able to clear the snow covered roads yet again, which made the roads slippery causing difficulties for commuters.

Many ambulances were also seen slipping on roads because of snow accumulation which prevented many patients from reaching the hospitals on time.

“Due to slippery conditions, vehicles were unable to ply on the roads, had snow been cleared on time things would have been different, we are not witnessing snow for the first time”, said an irked commuter.

Provincial Administration Kashmir had directed all the officers to stay alert and keep the men and machinery ready to tackle any post snowfall situation in the valley.

Similar reports were received from North Kashmir’s Bandipora district which witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall on Saturday and gave a tough time to commuters and patients as majority of the roads were not cleared of the accumulated snow which continued throughout the day.

According to the locals, the main roads Bandipora-Srinagar road and Sopore-Bandipora road witnessed massive traffic congestion owing to the un-cleared roads of snow.

The inner links of the majority of the villages around town outskirts and even the town itself also remained buried under the snow.

“I got stuck for hours on Bandipora- Sopore road due to accumulated snow as the road was also slippery”, Mohammad Shafi a commuter said.

Angry over missing an important appointment, Shafi said, “The administration showed no concern this time and left us to lurch in cold”.

The same situation was witnessed on Bandipora-Srinagar road with massive traffic congestion stretched to kilometres owing to the slippery condition of the road.

At least two critically ill patients required advanced treatment and had to be shifted to Srinagar in 4X4 vehicles which were kept on standby by the district authorities owing to snowfall predictions.

Apart from the situation on the main roads, the Bandipora district which recorded around 6-7 inches deep snow in pains with higher reaches witnessing more snowfall, gave a tough time to commuters and critically ill patients.

“It took me hours to travel some of the kilometres to the district hospital Bandipora as the inner links to our village were not cleared of snow”, Shahid a local villager said.

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‘Militant associate’ arrested in Kupwara; 10 grenades, 182 bullets recovered

(Asian News Hub) – Army and police have recovered ten grenades and 182 rounds of Ak-47 rifle from a militant associate who was arrested in Kralpora area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, official sources said on Tuesday.

They said army 160 Territorial Army and SOG Kralpora arrested the “militant associate” Abdul Ahad Lone based on specific information. “10 grenades and 182 Ak-47 rounds” have been recovered from his possession.They said middle-aged man was associated with Al-Badr formerly.

A police officer confirmed the arrest and said that further investigations are underway.

GNS

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Three unidentified militants killed in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – Three unidentified militants have been killed in an encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Vailoo area of Kokernag belt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told that three unidentified militants have been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

He said the militants turned down repeated surrender offers given to them by government forces.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 19 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

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

Pertinently, 46 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

KNO

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Militant killed in an ongoing encounter at Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – One militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that raged between government forces and militants in Vailoo area of Kokernag belt in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told that one militant has been killed whose identification is being ascertained while as operation is on in the area.

Earlier, an official said that a joint team of Police, Army’s 19 RR and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area.

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

Pertinently, 44 militants have been killed in J&K so far this year and most of them belong to Shopian district.

KNO

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