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Shocking: Swabs with mutant strain of COVID-19 in J&K collected in Nov-Dec last year

(Asian News Hub) – Though the authorities have recently declared the presence of mutated strain of Covid-19 in Kashmir division, the official data reveals that the swabs that were collected for the test belong to November- December last year.

As per the official data the swabs in which mutation was found was collected in Nov-Dec last year. However, its report from genome sequencing came just before 20 days.

As per the data, 70 swabs collected in Jammu division have been found to have mutation.

The data reveals, the samples sent to reference laboratories were Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal swabs. All swabs were positive for SARS-CoV-2 by real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt-RT-PCR).

As per the data of the 266 samples collected from SKIMS Soura (Group A = 231 under genome sequencing data of 5 percent and Group B = 35 genome sequencing data of travellers) sent from SKIMS Soura, only 123 samples (Group A 118 and Group B 5) had been sequenced.

Samples were collected in March-August 2020 (58 samples), November-December 2020 (60 samples), and Jan-Feb 2021 (Group B traveller samples). Of these 123 samples collected, only one sample (Group A) collected in Nov-Dec 2020 showed mutation N440K. None of the samples from travelers (5 samples) showed any mutations.

It is pertinent to mention here that the N440K mutation is one of the two mutations (N440K and E484Q) detected in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana.

Of 306 samples sent from GMC-Jammu, sequences from 288 samples had been generated. The samples were collected prior to Dec 2020 (72 samples), Jan 2021 (16 samples), Feb 2021 (90 samples), and March 2021 (128 samples). The residence of the patients from whom samples were collected included: Jammu (215), Udhampur (11), Poonch (6), Kathua (9), Srinagar/Kashmir (59), and command hospital (6 samples). Apart from one patient, none of the patients had a history of international travel.

Of the 288 samples, 70 samples had mutations. Single mutations were seen in 26 samples, two mutations in 13 samples, and multiple mutations in the remaining samples.

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Active Al-Badr militant found dead in Soura, Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – Body of an active militant from Al-Badr outfit was found in Soura area of Srinagar on Saturday late evening, officials said.

They said police came to know about the body of an active militant of Al-Badr lying on a roadside near Soura area of Srinagar. A police official told that the body of the militant identified as Amir Ahmed Malik, 23, a C category A-Badr militant.  “Malik was active since November 2020. He hails from Hyder Gund, Zainapora area of Shopian,” the official said.

A police official said it seems that the militant was killed in a “group clash” even as further investigations are on.

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Lady dies, minor boy injured in Doda road accident

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(Asian News Hub) – A lady died while a minor boy was injured after a vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident near Police Station Assar in Doda district on Sunday.

An official said that a swift vehicle bearing registration number JK02CC-8873 was on its way from Jammu to Bhaderwah when it skidded off the road and rolled down from National Highway.l, leaving a lady dead on the spot and also left a minor boy wounded.

He said that the deceased lady identified as Babita Manhas, wife of late Krishan Manhas and injured minor identified as 11-yr-old Rehan Manhas are residents of Gandoh area of Doda district and presently residing at Jammu.

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4 including 2 civilians, 2 cops killed in Sopore militant attack

Police officer among 4 others injured; Injured civilian critical; Militants targeted police party enforcing Covid lockdown; Lashkar behind strike, have identified attackers, says DGP Dilbagh Singh

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(Asian News Hub) – MilitantsSaturday attacked a police party at main chowk of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in which two policemen and two civilians were killed while a police officer among four others sustained bullet injuries.

Among two injured civilians, the condition of one is stated as critical. A police official told that militants targeted a police party at main chowk Sopore when they were enforcing carona curfew in the area. “The militants fired indiscriminately at the police party killing two policemen and two civilians. Two more cops and two civilians sustained injuries who are being treated in the hospital,” the officials said.

The injured, police official said, were first shifted to Sub-District Hospital Sopore wherefrom one policeman was shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar for treatment. Hospitals sources at SDH Sopore told that two policeman and two civilians were brought to hospital in multiple bullet injuries after which they succumbed.

The slain policemen were identified as Constable Waseem Ahmed son of Muhamamd Saqiq Bhat of Narbal, Srinagar and constable Showkat Ahmed son of Abdul Gani, resident of Goripora, Beerwah Budgam. The dead civilians were identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Hassan of Mohalla Taliyan, Sopore and Showkat Ahmed Shalla son of Ghulam Qadir of Shalimar Colony Sopore.

Sources identified the injured Sub-Inspector as Mukesh Kumar and SPO Danish Ahmed. The injured civilian has been identified as Nayeem Ahmed Khan son of Muhammad Maqbool, a resident of Maharajpora, Sopore, who has been referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar where his condition is stated as critical. “He has received bullet injury in his thigh and abdomen,” hospital sources said. Police, however, said that four civilians sustained injuries of which two succumbed. The identity of second injured civilian couldn’t be ascertained.

A pall of gloom descended on Sopore, Srinagar and Beerwah localities when bodies of four—two cops and two civilians reached their respective homes. The bodies of two slain cops were first taken to District Police Lines (DPL) Srinagar where police paid rich tributes to them.

Director General of Police (J&K) Dilbagh Singh, who paid floral tributes to the slain cops at DPL Srinagar, said that Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit was behind the Sopore attack, in which two cops and two civilians were killed and three others were injured. Talking to the reporters on the sidelines of wrath laying ceremony of two cops here, Dilbag Singh, said that LeT outfit was involved in this attack and they have identified the attackers, however, further details will not be shared at the moment.

Singh said that to enforce Covid appropriate behaviour in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, a party from Sopore police station under the charge of sub-inspector Mukesh Kumar was deployed in the chowk when the attack took place.

He said that the firing was retaliated by the police party during which some personnel were injured and civilians who had set up their fruit and vegetables stalls nearby also got injured.

“Subsequently, two injured cops succumbed to their injuries, identified as constable Waseem and constable Showkat and sub-inspector Mukesh and SPO Danish got injured. Three civilians were also injured of whom two later succumbed while another one was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment,” he said

He said they were looking into all the angles of the attack and forces have also launched a follow-up operation in the area and the perpetrators of the crime will be soon brought to justice.

Replying to a query, Singh said that militancy was declining and control of the forces in all the areas was very good while operations were also being carried out. “However, due to Covid-19 there has been a decline in anti-militancy operations but the forces still have an upper hand and we are launching operation in all the areas as well,” he said.

He said that under these circumstances these incidents happen and all those who are involved in these attacks will be not be spared at any cost.

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