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Three militants killed in Lawaypora encounter were planning a big attack: GoC Kilo Force H S Sahi

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Says inputs about militant movement on Sgr-Baramulla highway were continuously pouring in, militants choosing Sgr outskirts for attacks to gain maximum publicity, identity of slain trio yet to be ascertained, will not allow militants to disrupt Jan 26 functions

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Srinagar, Dec 30: General officer Commanding (GoC) Kilo Force H S Sahi Wednesday said that three militants killed in an encounter at Lawaypora on Srinagar outskirts were planning a big strike on the highway to gain publicity.

He, however, said that the identity and affiliation of the slain trio is yet to be known as police is trying to find out to which outfit they belonged to. Addressing a joint press conference at 2 RR headquarters at Zainakote, HMT, Srinagar, GoC Kilo Force said that in the past one week, five militants including a Pakistani national were killed in two separate gunfights in north Kashmir.

“Since past many days, intelligence inputs were pouring in continuously about the movement of militants on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. Yesterday, we developed leads and came to know that militants are hiding in a house right opposite to Noora hospital at Lawaypora in HMT area,” Sahi said.

He said that when the presence of militants got established, army’s 2 RR, Police and the CRPF repeated asked them to surrender. “The militants fired indiscriminately at security forces and lobbed grenades as well. The operation was put on a halt due to dark but cordon layers were tightened. With the first light the firefight again resumed and militant used heavy ammunition against security forces,” the GoC said, adding that in the ensuing gunfight three militants were killed.

“This was a clean operation and there was no causality to the security forces,” said GoC Sahi, who was flanked by commander 10 sector RR Naresh Mishra and SP West Shehzad Saliar besides other officials of army and police.

“The operation ended at 11:30 am. The bodies of three slain were retrieved and police is identifying them,” he said. Asked whether it was clear to which outfit they belonged to, he said: “So far it is not clear. It is been an hour only since the encounter ended, police is verifying their identity and affiliation,” he said.

To a query why militants are choosing Srinagar outskirts, he said: “Militants choose Srinagar outskirts or highways to carry out attacks on security forces to get maximum publicity. The nature of ammunition used by the militants in today’s gunfight, suggests they were planning a big strike on the highway.”

He said that another reason why militants choose Srinagar outskirts is because the area has congested locality, lanes, and by-lanes, “they perhaps feel, these areas are safe heaven for them.” “But our intelligence grid is very strong and will not allow to carry out any major strike in these areas. January 26 is coming and they may try to play some mischief, but we are alert and will foil their all plans.”

Asked whether the operation has been called off, the army officer said that the encounter has ended and the traffic that was divert is also being allowed to ply on the road again.

Meanwhile, a police officer told that one Ak-47 riffle, two pistols and a few grenades were recovered from the slain militants.(KNO)

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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.”

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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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J&K adopts Kalij Pheasant as UT bird; No change in State animal

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(Asian News Hub) – The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has adopted Kalij Pheasant as UT bird.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), commissioner secretary, Forests, Environment and Ecology, Sanjeev Verma confirmed that Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) has been adopted as UT bird. “J&K had to adopt new bird as UT bird because black-necked cranes are only found in Ladakh,” he said.

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Erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state had the black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its state bird and animal respectively.

After reorganization of J&K, Ladakh adopted black-necked crane as its UT bird.

Verma said Hangul would continue to remain as UT animal of Jammu & Kashmir.

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