Death rumour of youth in police custody triggers protest in Parimpora

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : Protests erupted in Parimpora area of Srinagar on Tuesday after rumours of a local youth’s death in police custody started doing rounds on social networking sites.
Rumours spread that Tawseef Ahmad who was arrested by police during a shootout at Zukura last week has died during interrogation in police custody.
Soon after locals including youth came out on roads at Parimpora and started protesting. They also blocked vehicular movement on the Highway at Parimpora.
However, police officials told PTK that Tawseef is safe and alive in police custody. “This is a mischief done by some trouble mongers. We have called his parents and they will meet him shortly at police station. We will take strict action against the rumor

Kashmir freedom movement is indigenous : Syed Salahuddin

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : United Jihad Council (UJC) chairman and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has said that Kashmir freedom movement is indigenous and has no ‘global agenda”.
Addressing a high-level meeting of Jihad council in Muzaffarabad on Nov 19, Salahuddin, as per a statement, said that Kashmir struggle is an indigenous movement. “This struggle has no international agenda,” he said.
He cautioned the people of Kashmir over the “Ikhwan-type” outfits being created “by Indian agencies” to create wedge among the people.
Paying tributes to militants killed in Tral, Hajin and Magam, the Hizb chief said these “sacrifices will not go in vain”.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir will reach their goal because of this precious blood and sacrifices,” he said, in the statement.
Salahuddin said that many army generals who thought that the freedom struggle in Jammu and Kashmir would be crushed were proved wrong by the people of the state.

Srinagar witnesses coldest night of season

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season so far as the minimum temperature dropped to minus 1.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday .
“The coldest town in Jammu and Kashmir was, however, Leh where the minimum was minus 10.2,” an official of the Met Department said here. While Kargil town was at minus 6.6 degrees Celsius.
In the city here, for the first time this season, people were seen struggling with frozen water taps in the morning. People lit small fires around exposed water taps to de-freeze them.
The minimum temperature was minus 2.7 in Pahalgam, while Gulmarg recorded minus 5.6 as Tuesday’sminimum.
In the Jammu region, the minimum temperature in Jammu city was 8.8, in Katra 9.6, Batote 5.4, Bannihal 5.7 and Bhaderwah 2.1 degrees Celsius.
Due to clear night sky, the weather office has forecast further drop in the night temperatures across the state tillThursday.
Security was beefed up in hitherto peaceful Leh town of frontier region of Ladakh on Tuesday following intelligence reports that militants may strike the local airport.
The Leh airport , 340 kms from Srinagar, is being used both by the army and civilians and witnesses heavy rush of passengers during the day.
Leaving nothing to chance, the security has been tightened in and around the airport, official reports reaching here said.

Mughal road reopens for vehicular traffic

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : The Mughal road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the world, was reopened for vehicular traffic Tuesday morning after three days closure due to snowfall as weather conditions improved in Jammu region, officials said.
The Mughal road was reopened for vehicular traffic this morning with a fleet of passenger vehicles leaving Poonch in Jammu region for south Kashmir Shopian district,” police officials told PTK.
He said a number of Poonch-bound vehicles which remained stranded in Hirpura area of Shopian over the past two days were also allowed to move towards their destinations.
The snow clearance operation was completed, however, fresh snowfall and slippery condition of the road around Peer Ki Gali scuttled the efforts of the authorities to reopen the road yesterday, Aslam said.
The road was closed on Friday evening after high altitude areas received over two feet of snow, the first heavy snowfall of the winter this season.

Minor girl mauled to death by wild animal in Uri

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : A minor girl was mauled to death by a wild animal in higher reaches of Uri area of Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The girl, identified as Uzma Fatima (4), daughter of Iqbal Hussain, a resident of Chollal Kals, was attacked by animal last night, sources said.
Her body was recovered by the locals from the Nallah early today, they said.
Meanwhile, the of the residents of the Chollal Kals, Dara gutilliya , Nambla and other adjacent villages have alleged that the Wildlife department has been ignoring their repeated pleas to prevent wild animal attacks in their villages.
“The wild animals have not ventured into our villages for the first time. We have time to time appealed the wildlife department to take cognizance of this, but to no avail,” said a resident of Chollal Kals.

Three houses razes to ground in fire in Kulgam

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : At least three houses were razed to the ground after they caught fire at Kutmarg –Noorabad village of Kulgam district on Monday evening, reports said on Tuesday.
The gutted residential houses belonged to four brothers namely Jamal-ud-din Deaded, Ali Muhammad Deaded, Rafiq Ahmad Deaded and Mushtaq Ahmad Deaded,
The locals have appealed the government to provide immediate relief to the fire victims as they have lost everything in the fire.

1.57 lakh children below age of five years to be vaccinated for pulse polio

SRINAGARB , NOV 21 : 1.57 lakh children, below the age of five years, will be vaccinated at 858 booths under the first round of Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) on January 28 in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Officials said that under the Round-1 of IPPI Programme in the district, all the children below the age of five years were covered on January 28.
“As many as 1,57,326 children will be immunised across district Baramulla at 858 Vaccination Booths that have been setup across the ten blocks of the district,” they said.
They said 1,716 teams consisting of 3,423 team members including Health workers, ASHA workers, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) workers and teachers will be deployed across the district.

Army resort to aerial firing in Bandipora

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : Army in Bandipora district on Tuesday resorted to aerial firing after they were pelted with stones.
Reports said that army opened fire in air in Saderkoot Bala and Chandergair localities of northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district after locals pelted them with stones.
“To disperse the youth who pelted them with stones, army resorted to aerial firing,” reports said. Earlier, reports said that army resorted to aerial firing in Chandergair locality of Hajin after army vehicles were pelted with stones in the morning.
Meanwhile, a police official has denied reports of aerial firing by army in these areas.

Govt. orders transfer, posting in admin

SRINAGAR, NOV 21 : The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday ordered transfers in the administration.
In the interest of administration, the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered, with immediate effect, a government order reads.
Peer Zahid Ahmad, Jr. Scale KAS officer of 2011 batch, presently awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, is posted as Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department vice Nisar Ahmad.
Nissar Ahrnad, Under Secretary to the Government, School Education Department is transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj vice Syed Nazir Ahrnad.
Syed Nazir Ahrnad, Under Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj is transferred and posted as Under Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department.

Tral observes shutdown to mourn killing of militant

SRINAGAR , NOV 21 : A spontaneous shutdown was observed in Tral town and adjacent areas to mourn the killing of Hizb militant Adil Rashid Chopan on Tuesday.
Reports said that all shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic was off the roads.
Chopan, who was killed in a gunfight in Seer village of Tral township, was laid to rest at the martyrs’ graveyard in Lurow where thousands of people attended his funeral prayers.
Emotional scenes were witnessed as the body of Chopan (17) was marched towards the graveyard. Women were seen beating their chest while men raised pro-freedom slogans.
Meanwhile, Internet continues to remain suspended in the area.
Mobile Internet service was suspended yesterday after the gunfight began in Seer forests.