May 2022 News

News Briefs for 14 May 2022

Crack Down On Terror Group, Anti-national Network In Jammu And Kashmir

Srinagar 13 May: An investigation led by the State Investigation Agency of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday, has revealed a well-knitted conspiracy by the Pakistani agents belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit intended at destabilizing the Government in Punjab and Union Territory. The investigative agency had presented a chargesheet before the Ld. Court of third Additional Session Judge in Jammu in the FIR case dated May 2021.

3 Terrorists Gunned Down In Kashmir, 2 Were Killers Of Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat

Srinagar 13 May: Three terrorists died in an encounter that broke out in Brar Aragam area of Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Two of the three were involved in the attack on Kashmiri Pandit Rahul Bhat on Thursday, as per sources.

Candle Light Protest held in Kulgam against recent killings

Kulgam 13 May: May 13: Today, a Peaceful Candle Light March / Protest near Ghanta Ghar Kulgam was staged to condemn the recent brutal killing of Policemen,Minority community by the Terrorists who always try to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Kashmir to fulfil their nefarious desires. The main aim of the protest was to fight against their evil designs and expose their tactics. In the protest a large number of people of Kulgam district including; Traders, Auqaf committees, Transporters, DDCs, MCs participated to express solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to departed soul and urged that society need to come forward for strengthening of mutual bonds between the communities & demanded a halt to such terror acts of innocent killings.

Kashmir far from normalcy, tourism is not normalcy: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar 13 May: National Conference vice-president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah on Friday said that Kashmir is far from normal and tourism cannot be dubbed as normalcy for Kashmir. In a series of Tweets, Omar Abdullah, while reacting to killings of KP employee and a cop i. twin attacks in Kashmir said that targeted killings continue unabated. Tourism is not normalcy, its a barometer of economic activity.

Killing of Pandit employee: Nazir Yatoo appeals Grand Mufti to call for shutdown

Srinagar 13 May: Senior political leader and former Vice Chairman, JK Cements Engineer Nazir Yatoo today appealed to Grand Cleric Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam to call for a shutdown on Saturday to express solidarity with the Pandit community. Notably, a Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat was killed by militants on Thursday in Sheikhpora area of Budgam. Nazir Yatoo said that killing of a human being is the killing of humanity and everyone should condemn it.

Met relatives of slain KP employee, assured justice to family: LG Sinha

Srinagar 13 May: Lt. Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha on Friday said that he met the relatives of Rahul Bhat, who was killed by `terrorists` inside tehsil office Chadoora in Budgam district yesterday. Office of LG J&K, in a Tweet informed that he met the relatives of Rahul Bhat and assured justice to the family.

NIA Files Charge Sheet against Seven Accused Persons in LeT Conspiracy Case

Srinagar May 13 May: National Investigation Agency on Friday filed charge sheet against seven accused persons in LeT Conspiracy Case. According to statement, reads, "Today (13.05.2022), NIA filed Charge-Sheet before the NIA Special Court, New Delhi in RC-30/2021/ NIA/DLI against seven accused persons namely Khuram Parvez S/o Sheikh Parvez Ahmad r/o Srinagar, J&K, u/s 120B & 121A of IPC, section 8 of PC Act & sections 13, 18, 18B, 38 & 39 of UA (P) Act, 1967, Muneer Ahmad Kataria S/o Noor Uddin Kataria, r/o Baramulla, J&K, u/s 120B & 201 of IPC, 1860, sec. 8 of PC Act, sec.

Police foil protest march by KPs towards Srinagar airport

Srinagar 13 May: Police on Friday foiled protest march by Kashmiri Pandits towards Srinagar airport against the killing of a Kashmiri pandit employee by militants in Budgam district yesterday. Eyewitnesses told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the protestors tried to march towards Srinagar airport, however, police fired few teargas shells to disperse them and foiled the march. One of the protestors said that they had informed district administration and police that LG should come to the spot to assure about their safety and the culprits behind the killing of Rahul Bhat will not be spared.

Supreme Court seeks Centre, J&K admin, ECI replies on plea against delimitation commission

New Delhi May 13 (KNS) 13 May: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre, Jammu, and Kashmir administration, and Election Commission of India (ECI) on a plea of two Kashmir residents challenging the governments decision to constitute the delimitation commission for redrawing the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in the Union Territory. A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh issued notice to the Centre and Election Commission of India and sought their responses within six weeks and said that the rejoinder affidavit shall be filed in two weeks thereafter. At the outset, counsel appearing for two Srinagar residents Haji Abdul Gani Khan and Dr. Mohammad Ayub Mattoo, said that contrary to the scheme of the constitution, this delimitation exercise was carried out and alteration of boundaries and inclusion of extended areas could not be done.

Policeman Shot Dead In South Kashmir

Srinagar 13 May: 20 am Friday, Constable Reyaz Ahmad Thoker was fired upon by the militants inside his residence in Gudoora area of the district, a police spokesperson said. Thoker, he said, received critical gunshot injuries in the militant attack and was evacuated to the district hospital, Pulwama for treatment. However, from there, the injured cop was rushed to the Army`s 92 base hospital in Srinagar, where he succumbed.

Special Team To Probe Kashmiri Pandit`s Killing

Srinagar 13 May: Facing massive outrage over the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit employee by unknown militants in Budgam district on Thursday, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday announced constitution of a special investigative team (SIT) to probe the case. On Thursday, unknown militants shot dead Rahul Bhat inside his office in Chadoora area of Budgam district. Bhat, who was recruited as a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 20120-11, was removed to Srinagars SMHS hospital, where he succumbed to serious gunshot injuries.

2 LeT militants killed in Bandipora encounter: Police

Srinagar 13 May: Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who had recently infiltrated into Kashmir were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bandipora district on Friday, police said. Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Brar in the Aragam area of Bandipora in north Kashmir following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the hiding militants fired upon security forces personnel, who retaliated.

Govt sacks KU professor, teacher, policeman in the interest of states security

Srinagar 13 May: A Kashmir University professor was among the three people sacked by the union territory administration on Friday for their alleged links with militant groups, officials said. Altaf Hussain Pandit, a chemistry professor, was terminated following a recommendation of a designated committee constituted under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution that allows dismissal without an inquiry in the interest of the States security. With these three fresh terminations, the total number of government employees sacked using the special provisions in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up to 37 since last year.

Stand with minorities, urges Mehbooba

Srinagar 13 May: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, meanwhile, claimed that she has been placed under house arrest to stop her from visiting Budgam to express solidarity with the protesting Kashmiri Pandits. In a tweet, Mufti said she was put under house arrest as the BJP did not want Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits to empathise with each others pain. Wanted to visit Budgam to express my solidarity with Kashmiri Pandits protesting against GOIs failure to protect them.

Ex-NIA Officer, Rights Activist Khurram Charge-Sheeted In Funding Case

New Delhi 13 May: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a charge sheet against seven people, including its former officer Arvind Digvijay Negi and Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez, in a militant funding case. The charge sheet was filed in a special NIA court in New Delhi against former Superintendent of Police Negi, Parvez, Muneer Ahmad Kataria and Arshid Ahmad Tonch of north Kashmir, Zaffar Abbas of Bihar, and Rambhawan Prasad and Chandan Mahato of West Bengal under relevant laws, a spokesperson of the agency said. Negi was arrested in February this year and Parvez in November last year in connection with a case related to a conspiracy hatched by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to fund and recruit operatives and over-ground workers (OGWs) for providing support in planning and execution of militant activities in various parts of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir.

Govt Sacks Kashmir University Professor, Policeman For Terror Links

Srinagar 13 May: Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday sacked three government employees, including a professor and a policeman, for their alleged links with militant groups, officials said. The trio was terminated from services based on the recommendation of a designated committee constituted under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution that allows dismissal from service without an inquiry in the interest of the State`s security. Those sacked are Altaf Hussain Pandit, chemistry professor at Kashmir University, Mohammed Maqbool Hajam, teacher in the school education department, and Ghulam Rasool, a constable with the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Pandit Employees Killing Fuels Anger, Protests In Kashmir Valley

Srinagar 13 May: 00 am on Friday. Although the magistrate repeatedly requested & tried to pacify the protesters not to proceed towards the very busy & over crowded Airport road, however, protesters while ignoring such persuasions and repeated requests from the administration, kept on moving towards the said road while forcibly breaking all the physical barriers en-route and pushing the police & Security Forces who were peacefully trying to persuade/stop them from moving ahead, he said. The protesters, he said, who were adamant to block the Airport road however did not pay any heed and instead managed to travel a distance of about one kilometre from Sheikhpora.

Border Population Lacks Basic Amenities: BSF IG

Srinagar 13 May: A senior Border Security Force (BSF) officer in Kashmir has flagged lack of 'basic amenities' such as healthcare, school education and mobile connectivity to the population living in forward areas along the India-Pakistan LoC saying Government officials 'rarely' visit these remote areas. BSF Inspector General (IG) Raja Babu Singh has shot off a letter to Pandurang Pole, the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, after he recently finished his forward area tour of the Macchal sector in Kupwara district.

Kashmir Society Comes Out Against Pakistan's Savagery

Srinagar 13 May: A day after a revenue employee from a minority community was shot dead by terrorists in the Chadoora area of Budgam, massive protests erupted across the Valley on Friday against the killing. The protestors were chanting slogans, demanding an end to the targeted killings of the Pandit community. They alleged the successive governments have failed to protect their lives and their rehabilitation has proved to be mere 'eyewash.'