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Top Jaish commander killed in 45-hour long encounter in Shopian

First militant was killed on Sunday; Killing of Sajad Afghani a big success for forces, He was a mastermind in recruiting youth into militancy, militants had kept civilians hostage: IGP Kashmir, says Ops over

Jahangeer Ganaie

(Asian News Hub) – A top Jaish-e-Muhammad commander was killed in an encounter between security forces and militants in Rawalpora area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

Earlier, on Sunday, a militant was also killed at the same spot. With that, the total number of militants killed in the 45-hour long encounter reached to two. A senior police officer told the news agency—KNO that two local militants were killed in a 45-hour long encounter.

He said that search operation in the area was launched on Friday and encounter started on Saturday evening which was suspended due to darkness and operation resumed on Sunday morning.

He further added on Sunday morning one militant namely Jahangir Ahmad Wani of Narpora, Shopian was killed and search operation remained intact in the area, however, no further contact was established with hiding militants. He further added that to avoid collateral damage operation was suspended again on Sunday evening but the cordon remained intact and searches resumed on Monday.

The official said that on Monday contact was again established with hiding militant and in the ensuing firefight top commander Vilayat Ahmed Lone alias Sajad Afghani was killed.

He added that they received inputs that there was a third militant hiding in the area but after extensive searches, none was found.

Sources in Rawalpora area said that several youth were injured during clashes and several houses were destroyed during the encounter.

Talking exclusively with KNO, the Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said that the killing of top JeM commander Villayat Ahmed Lone alias Sajjad Afghani is a big relief for the parents and police as he has been mastermind of recruiting youth into militancy. “We delayed operation due to some reasons—first militants made five civilians as hostages, secondly, militants kept changing houses. Third our aim was to prevent collateral damage in which we got success,” the IGP Kumar said.

A police spokesman in statement said that the encounter resumed in the wee hours on Monday after remaining suspended for the night hours. “As the search operation was resumed, contact with the holed up militants was again established and during the ensuing encounter one more militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as top JeM commander Vilayat Ahmad Lone alias Sajad Afghani, resident of Shopian,” the police spokesman said.

As per police records, the slain militant was active since Septemer 2018 and was part of a group involved in executing a series of attacks on policemen, security forces and civilians. “He was also involved in attacks on security establishments and brutal killings of civilians branding them as police/SF informers,” the police statement said, adding that “several crime cases were registered against him and was wanted by law for his complicity in several terror crime cases including Case FIR No. 304/2018 PS Shopian pertaining to terrorising the people so as to keep them away from Panchayat polls including blazing a Panchayat Ghar at Kanji-ullar. Case FIR No. 307/2018 PS Shopian pertaining to barging into the houses of police personnel, abducting and killing of SgCt Nisar Ahmad, Foll. Firdous Ahmad and SPO Kulwant Singh. Case FIR No. 343/2018 PS Shopian regarding attack on 34RR camp at Matribugh. Case FIR No. 362/2018 PS Shopian regarding abduction and killing of civilian Suhail Ahmad Ganai. Case FIR No. 35/2019 PS Shopian regarding killing of SPO Khusboo Jan and Case FIR No. 45/2019 PS Shopian regarding abduction and killing of civilian Tanveer Ahmad Dar.”

The police spokesman said that IGP Kashmir and GoC Victor Force conducted aerial monitoring of the operation and law and order situations at the encounter site. “Both the officers have appreciated Police and security forces for the big success and conducting operation successfully without any collateral damage,” the police statement said, adding that “Incriminating materials including arms & ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other terror crimes.

The last rites of the slain militants shall be performed after conducting their medico-legal formalities and their nearest family members shall be allowed to participate in their last rites.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, internet services have been snapped in Shopian district.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.


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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.


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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.


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