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Snowfury: Shopian man dies on a makeshift stretcher, on way to hospital

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Srinagar, Jan 06: After heavy snowfall across the Kashmir valley, patients and their attendants had to face extreme hardships to reach to the hospitals as the roads leading to different hospitals were not fully cleared of snow.

Talking to the news agency—KNO several patients and their attendants from across the valley said that they had to face lot of hardships as snow from the roads was not cleared in several areas, making them difficult to reach hospitals.

“It took me two hours to reach SMHS hospital from Shaletang such is the condition of the main road even I could not walk on foot as road was so slippery,” said a resident of Srinagar outskirts.

People, especially in South Kashmir had to face extreme difficulties to reach the healthcare facilities as some people and family members of patients had to take their patients on cot to make it to hospitals.

Reports said that a patient Halima (45) from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district had complained of stomach pain and was taken on a cot from Dadoora to district hospital Pulwama as the road leading to the hospital was not cleared.

Another family from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district had to lift their female patient on a cot as Mechanical Engineer Department failed to clear snow from the road connecting this village with Aishmuqam in Anantnag.

Reports also poured from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district where a nine months pregnant lady had to cover the distance of 5 kilometers on foot to reach a health centre in Sumbal.

Meanwhile, two families from south Kashmir’s Mandhole area of Devsar in Kulgam district told KNO due to non-clearance of roads in the area their relatives could not visit them for condolences after untimely demises in their respective families on Wednesday.

They appealed to the district authorities to clear the snow from roads so that their relatives can visit them.

Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Showkat Ejaz Bhat told KNO that the area is covered with a lot of snow and the men and machinery are on job in other areas.

He said they will divert some machine toward this area to clear the snow from the roads.

Meanwhile, an elderly man from Keller belt of South Kashmir’s Shopian district died while he was being taken to hospital on a make shift stretcher.

Locals said that an elderly man Bashir Ahmad Famda son of Abdul Rehman Famda, a resident of Batafojan Chown locality of Keller complained of some chest related issues.

They said that due to un-cleared road and heavy accumulation of snow, his family members and relatives failed to shift him to hospital.

Later with the help of some locals, they tried to take him to hospital on a makeshift stretcher, however, he breathed his last before reaching the hospital, they said.

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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.

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

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

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Says those involved in killing of civilians, minority community members have to pay heavy price; If someone tries to disrupt peace in J&K, we will give befitting reply; J&K police fighting on multiple fronts to keep peace intact in UT; won’t allow damage to communal fabric of UT; technology being upgraded to fight crimes

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday said that those involved in the killing of innocent civilians and members of minority community will have to pay the heavy price for their “inhuman acts” and that the security forces along with the administration won’t rest till militancy is eradicated from J&K soil.

In a veiled reference to the neighbouring country, the LG Sinha said if someone tries to disrupt the peace in J&K, they will be dealt with sternly and “there will be a befitting reply from ourside.” Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan, Srinagar, the LG Sinha said police and the other security forces are doing a commendable job in keeping the peace intact. “Be it fighting Covid pandemic, implementing Covid appropriate behaviour, maintaining law and order or fighting militancy, the police are on the forefront. J&K police is not popular in UT only but in the entire country for its capabilities and responsibilities,” the LG thundered from the pulpit, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “If there is a second name of J&K police, that is the responsibility.”

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The LG said that those involved in the gruesome killings of civilians and minority community members are enemies of peace. “Administration along with police and other security forces won’t allow anyone to damage the age-old communal fabric of J&K,” Sinha said. “Those who killed civilians and minority community members will have to pay the heavy price for their acts.”

Appealing to civil society and other prominent citizens of J&K to raise voice against civilian killings in Kashmir, the LG said that condemning the heinous and inhuman killings of civilians in one voice will help administration, police and other forces to speed up their operations against militants. “Today, I want to announce that the administration, police and other forces won’t rest till we root-out militancy from the J&K soil,” he said.

In a veiled reference to neighbouring country, the LG said that those trying to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in J&K to put a break on the developmental process need to know that India and J&K are capable of giving them a befitting reply as well. “If anyone tries to disrupt the peace, they will face the music,” he said without naming the neighbouring country.

Praising J&K police, the J&K LG said that police are working on multiple fronts. “J&K police has been on the forefront of fighting militancy and its men have protected the integrity of the country with their blood. I pay homage to all policemen who were killed in militant attacks, fighting militancy or in line of duty or action,” he said. The LG announced that Srinagar will have a hostel-cum-school facility for the children of police martyrs soon. He said that while crime cases are rising, police are upgrading its technical capabilities to deal and fight various social crimes inJ&K.

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