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Meet 3 unsung philanthropists who sold their belongings to help stranded people outside Valley



Srinagar, Dec 24: Three Kashmiri unsung heroes over the years have been helping thousands of Kashmiris living outside the Valley.

In times of distress like in 2014 floods, 2019 lockdown, and now in Covid pandemic, the trio has come to rescue for many people stranded outside Kashmir.

Dr Owais Qasim Mir, a Qazigund resident who is working as a Dental surgeon, Dr Mohammad Rafiq, a Soura Srinagar resident who is a junior scientist in Chennai and Shakir Hussain Bhat, a young businessman settled in Rohtak Haryana have facilitated many Kashmiris looking for help in different parts of India.

“During 2014 floods when Kashmir living outside the valley were very much distressed, so we used social media to connect with people who need help. And in no time, we started receiving calls from students who had to pay their semester fee, labourers who were stranded on the way home, and patients for treatment,” Dr Mir said.

Mir said that in the initial days of their philanthropic work, they spent their all saving even remaining without food for days to help others.

“Later we came up with the idea of Kashmir helpline 24/7,” he said. “The news of starting this platform spread like fire and many people start offering to pay students fee, rent etc.”

Shakir Hussain Bhat said that once they received a call from Nagpur where some Kashmiri students were forced to vacate the rented room and they had found shelter in a mosque.

“Somehow I managed to book their tickets and we transferred some cash to them. After, that incident we started receiving around 200 such calls every day,” he said, adding that people also then join hands to help them.

To streamline the things, Dr Rafiq collected the information of all the people and registered them as volunteers who were ready to extend help.

“I can recall when we received a call from a group of girls who required money to get their friend admitted to a hospital in UP. The patient required Rs 2 lakh for treatment so Dr Owais sold his new bike, while Dr Shakir donated my his salary,” Bhat said.

During the communication blockade following the abrogation of Article-370, the trio helped thousands of people to get in touch with their loved ones via landline phones besides providing them financial help.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have donated masks, PPE kits, and medicines at various hospitals, in villages, and in quarantine centers throughout Jammu and Kashmir,” Bhat said.

“During these days the workload for such activities is not that much as we are just moderating the connections between the donors and the volunteers,” he said, adding that we are also ready for any such kind of disaster in the future—(KNO)

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Man found dead at Zaldagar



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.

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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



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



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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