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Snow clearance: Six SMC men for 1400 lanes in Habba Kadal, ground workers facing tough time

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‘Working hard to clear all lanes, but dearth of workers creating hurdles’

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Jan 08: After City Mayor exposed functioning of corporation without equipments, the dearth of workers deployed for snow clearance work has also taken a heavy toll on the men on ground as the Habba Kadal locality having at least 1400 lanes and bylanes are supposed to be cleared by six men only.

“Only six men are available to clear nearly 1400 bylanes falling under his jurisdiction,” Jamadar Muhammad Shafi said while talking to the news agency—KNO.

“It is the fifth straight day when we are on the roads to clear the snow for people in the lanes and bylanes. The only equipment we have is the shovels,” Manzoor Ahmad, one of the SMC men said, adding that they don’t even get time to eat meals as they are persistently working on the roads after the heavy snowfall.

“There should have been proper equipments to deal with the situation. Our arms and hands are paining from the last five days as the snow accumulated was cleared from almost 1000 lanes and bylanes so far,” he said.

However, he said that many of the officials got retired sometimes back, but no alternative has been made to put an end to the sufferings. “We as well as the people living in the locality are suffering due to dearth of staff. But, nobody has taken care of it,” he said.

Ghulam Muhammad Sheikh, presently living in Awantipora is among the SMC men who are clearing the roads from past five days. He told that he faced tremendous hardships in attending the duties in the last five days due to less traffic on the roads. “Despite facing hardships, I always reach the duties on time and put efforts to clear the snow across the areas he has been deputed,” he said.

Jamadar said the six men working to clear the lanes and bylanes are making it possible without any equipment. “People are complaining that their areas are not being cleared on time. But one can imagine how difficult it is for these six men only to clear almost 1400 lanes and bylanes,” he said.

Pertinently, the City Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu admitted the failure of the corporation, saying that there are no equipment available with them to clear the roads within the shortest possible time.

Notably, Kashmir received heavy snowfall for three consecutive days following which the administration miserably failed to clear the snow on the roads, lanes and bylanes on time, thus added to the miseries of people.

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Encounter starts in Chanapora, Sgr

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(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between Security forces and militants in Chanapora area of Srinagar on Thursday evening, police said.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), police in a tweet informed that the gunfight has started in Chanapora area this evening, saying that the police and security forces are on the job.

“#Encounter has started at #Chanapora area of #Srinagar. Police and security forces are on the job. Further details shall follow,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

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Centre to send more forces to J&K

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(Asian News Hub) – The central government has decided to move extra forces to Jammu and Kashmir amid targetted killings and encounters between security forces and militants.

Quoting sources News18 reported, the official announcement of sending soldiers will be made soon to send about 25 companies of troops to Jammu and Kashmir to give security to civilians and help other forces to eliminate militants.

They said that the additional companies CRPF will be arranged mannerly. They will be sent in phases. 10 companies will be sent to J&K, while in the next two phases, the remaining 15 will be dispatched.

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In a high-level meeting, the decision was taken in view of the current situation. ‘Almost two dozen CRPF companies will be moving to Jammu and Kashmir from different parts of the country in view of the current situation. Soon, an official communication will be released to move these troops,’ News18 reported quoting sources in the government.

Arrangements for the accommodation, transportation etc have already begun. The process of informing companies who will be going to J&K has also started.

Also Read: Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

‘The step was decided in a high-level meeting. Arrangements will be made soon and after that, an official communication will be released in a few days,’ the official claimed as per News18.


DG CRPF Kuldiep Singh is already in Jammu and Kashmir monitoring operations and the situation along with other top officials of the biggest paramilitary force.

It is expected that the DG would remain there till Home Minister Amit Shah reaches J&K for his visit from October 23-25.

On Wednesday, four unidentified militants were killed in separate encounters with security forces in the Shopian and Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army’s longest operation in the last 10 years is going on in Mandher sector.

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Won’t allow disruption of peace; damage to communal fabric of J&K at any cost: DGP Dilbagh Singh

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Says selected killings were aimed to trigger communal fissures, those involve to be dealt with sternly; pays homage to 375 police, security forces killed in last one year

(Asian News Hub) – Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that killing of civilians and minority community members in J&K was a move to disrupt peace and to trigger a communal fissure in UT ‘but police and security forces will foil all such plans and won’t allow militants to succeed.”

Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan in Srinagar, the DGP said that some militants while acting on the advice of their mentors across the LoC resorted to disruption of peace by killing civilians and members of minority community. “These selected killings were aimed at triggering communal fissures in Kashmir. Police and other forces acted swiftly to foil the designs of militants and their mentors,” he said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “We will not allow disruption of peace and damage to the communal fabric of J&K at any cost.”

Also Read: Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

He said killing of civilians was not just to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere but also hit the livelihood of common masses of Kashmir and the tourism as well. “We have given a befitting reply to the enemies of peace and will continue to do that,” the DGP said.

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He said that this year so far 370 policemen and other security forces personnel were killed in line of duty across India. The DGP paid rich tributes to all the policemen killed in line of action stating that police are committed to protect the integrity of country and to keep the peace intact in J&K.

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