Stories that shook Jammu this week!
3 soldiers killed in Kupwara district Kashmir in a terrorist attack
Three soldiers including an officer have been killed in a dawn terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, near the Line of Control. Two terrorists were also shot dead. The terrorists attacked the camp around 4 am on 27 April,2017 and opened fire while trying to force their way into the army installation in an apparent fidayeen or suicide attack. Firing went on for nearly four hours. Two militants were also killed in the gun fire. Taking advantage of the surprise element, the attackers hurled grenades and fired indiscriminately, causing the casualties. Three AK-47 assault rifles, nine magazines, 156 rounds of AK-47, a Chinese pistol, a pistol magazine, three grenades, three matrix sheets, two GPS devices, a smartphone and a radio set were recovered from the suicide attackers.
PDP leader Abdul Gani shot dead in Pulwama, Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Gani Dar was shot dead by militants in Roh Moo village of Pulwama district in South Kashmir on 24 April 2017. Police said the militants fired at Abdul Gani Dar when he was travelling in a vehicle near Pingalana village, about 30 km from Srinagar. Dar, PDP’s Pulwama district president, was admitted to a local hospital but later shifted to Srinagar hospital as his condition deteriorated. Dar later succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Cow Vigilante Attack a family of nomads in Jammu
An attack allegedly by ‘Gou Rakshaks’ or cow vigilantes happened on a family of nomads in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. Five of the nomadic family, including a nine-year-old girl and an elderly man, came under attack on Friday night, 21 APril 2017 when they were moving with their livestock. They were intercepted by a large group and beaten up with iron rods. A video that emerged showed a group of policemen at the spot but are outnumbered by the attackers who shouted slogans and threatened them while the women screamed, begged for their life.
No electricity in Govt Medical Hospital, Jammu.
The condition of Govt Medical Hospital, Jammu is the reflection of a patient suffering from an ailment. The operation theatres were non-functional because of power cut on 24 April 2017. On the contrary, the lights on the streets outside were on during the day time. All the operations to be carried out had to be halted as a result of power cut. And the concerned authorities paid no heed to rectify the problem. The staff and doctors were compelled to work with a handheld torch.
Govt orders suspension of social media for a month in Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir government ordered suspension of social media networks in the trouble-hit valley for a period of one month or till further orders. In an order, the Home Department directed to all Internet Service Providers that “any message or class of messages to or from any persons or class of persons relating to any subject or any pictorial content through the following social networking sites shall not be transmitted in the Kashmir valley, with immediate effect, for a period of one month or till further orders, whichever is earlier”.
Social networking that were suspended included Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, QQ, WeChat, Ozone, Tumblr, Google+, Baidu, Skype, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Pinterest, Telegram and Reddit.
Kashmiri researcher forced to leave BITS Pilani after facing abuse from college mates
A Kashmiri research student of BITS Pilani in Rajasthan was forced to leave the campus after he was badgered by some unknown people.
On Friday, 21 April 2017, 27-year-old Hashim Sofi returned home to Bandipora in Kashmir after facing abuses and threat to life. Sofi, a junior research fellow at the Department of Pharmaceutics of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) staying at Malaviya Bhavan hostel, found threats written on the door of his room and his clothes.
9-year-old girl raped by neighbour in Udhampur
A shocking incident of rape with a nine-year old girl was reported from Rehambal. The arrested accused has been identified as Sanjay Kumar alias Sanju (26), son of Amar Nath of Jib, a neighbour of the victim.
A case FIR number 50/17, under section 342/376 RPC was registered against him. Complaint in this regard was registered by father of the victim, who alleged that his daughter had gone to the house of his neighbour Amar Nath alias Ambu to play with other children when accused Sanjay Kumar forcefully took the minor girl to a room and raped her.
The victim was sent to District Hospital Udhampur for medical examination and further investigation in the case was going on. On April 19, two minor sisters were raped by a shopkeeper in a Panchari village.
30 militants posing with guns goes viral on social media
In a fresh video circulated on social networking sites, around 30 militants led by Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Commander Saddam Paddar were seen brandishing their guns in different poses.
Student clash with Police in Pulwama Degree College, Kashmir
Students in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district raised Pakistani flag inside college premises and also clashed with police and security forces. The incident was reported from Government Degree College Pulwama, about 40 km from Srinagar. Situation remained tense as six students and three policemen were injured in clashes.
Students have been protesting against the April 15 incident in Pulwama town in which over 50 students were injured in fighting with security forces after objecting to the setting up of a security post outside the college.