Srinagar, Jan 22: An IPS officer’s brother was reportedly among three militants killed in a fierce encounter that ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Tuesday.
An Army official told UNI that following specific information about presence of militants in an orchard at Hafshermal in Shopian district, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SGO) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation this morning.
However, he said when the security forces were moving towards the area in the orchard, militants hiding inside a hideout, fired at them with automatic weapons.
“Security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter, he said, adding additional security forces were rushed to further seal the entire area to foil any attempt by militants to escape.
Official sources said that three militants were killed in the exchange of fire. “The operation was still going on when the reports last came in,” they added.
Srinagar, May 18
Even though the security forces are already on high alert in Kashmir, including summer capital, Srinagar, due to increase in militant activities, a fresh advisory has been issued to field commanders to keep a strict vigil to foil any attack during the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state from Saturday. Meanwhile, Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) K K Sharma told reports in Jammu on Wednesday that five infiltrators sneaked into Hiranagar sector probably through a tunnel on Sunday night and efforts are on to detect and neutralise them. Security forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas in the valley to maintain law and order and to prevent any militant attack.
NIN NEWS SERVICE | JAMMU, NOVEMBER 10: Director General of Police, (DGP), Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar extended warm greetings to all ranks of Jammu and Kashmir Police, their families and people of the State on the auspicious occasion of festival of lights.
In his message, Mr. Rajendra said that Diwali reminds us that we must share joy and happiness with all sections of society. He said, the occasion teaches us to rededicate ourselves in the service of people, reaffirm our commitment towards brotherhood and selfless service to humanity.
Mr. Rajendra also prayed for peace and prosperity in the State.
NIN NEWS SERVICE | JAMMU: In an emergency meeting called by Former Minister Thakur Randhir singh NCP president J&K state at the central office of the party has condemned shooting of a Sikh youth by the Police. In a resolution the party has conveyed the heartfelt sympathies to the deceased family members and has appealed to the people of Jammu to maintain communal harmony.
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The Continuous strike of the SSA teachers in the state has collapsed the education system in the state particularly in the far flung areas of the state, where these SSA teachers are responsible for the functioning of these schools. In these areas the schools are virtually closed since last month and the government has failed in solving the problems of these protesting teachers. They are demanding payment of their salaries on the regular basis as their monthly salaries are not released for months, creating great problems for these teachers. Their salary is provided under the central scheme SSA for which the funds are provided by the union government. But the state government has misused the funds, as a result the teachers appointed under this scheme have to wait months for their salaries. Now these protesting teachers are demanding de-linking of their salaries from the central funds to the state budget but the state government has not come with any concrete plan to address this issue. Lately the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has directed to release 147 croreRs for their salaries, which h is a welcome step but need is that the issue of their salaries be solved permanently, so that they are not forced to come on roads time and again for the resolution of their problems.
So far as the education sector of the state is concerned, it has always been accorded step motherly treatment and it is the one such sector which has been ignored in every field. May it be the issue of staff or infrastructure, there is not a single school which functions with the full sanctioned strength of the staff. Due to the non- seriousness, the education sector is suffering in the state. Shortage of teaching staff, inadequate infrastructure, accommodation problems are some of the problems which the govt. schools in the state are facing with. These deficiencies have badly affected the education sector. It has been observed that in the urban areas of the state, the teaching-staff is surplus and other facilities are also available but in the rural areas the position is altogether changed, In the rural areas all the educational institutions are facing acute problems of staff, buildings and other infrastructure, which is evident from the fact that alone in the Ramban District about 600 posts of Lecturers and teachers are lying vacant, which has badly suffered the education system in the district. Same is the position of the other districts of the state particularly in the rural areas.
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