With the killing of two more terrorists in the Danmar area of Srinagar city on Friday, security forces have neutralised 78 terrorists during the last six months, of which 39 belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba. The remaining belong to groups like Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Badr, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Ansar Gazwatul Hind.
LeT has been the worst hit as some of its top commanders have been killed in encounters in the last few weeks. Just three days back Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Huraira and two other terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of South Kashmir. On June 29, Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Nadeem Abrar and a Pakistani terrorist were killed in an encounter with security forces at Malhoora in Srinagar’s Parimpora.
Another top commander of LeT Mudasir was killed in an encounter in Sopore on June 21 last month. Along with Mudasir, two more militants were also eliminated.
In a pre-dawn operation in Srinagar city on Friday, security forces cordoned off the Alamdar Colony Danmar area of downtown Eidgah following specific inputs about the presence of terrorists in a particular house.
Police said that during the search operation as the presence of terrorists got ascertained, they were given repeated opportunities to surrender, however they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter in the wee hours.
In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists of LeT were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. They were later identified as Irfan Ahmad Sofi son of Nazir Ahmad Sofi and Bilal Ahmad Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, both residents of Natipora. Police claimed both were active since December 2020, and were part of The Resistance Front (TRF).
However, recently, TRF shared a post on social media mentioning that Irfan and Bilal had left TRF and joined ISJK.
As per police records, both were part of groups involved in several cases including attacks on Police and SFs and civilian atrocities. Police said that both the killed terrorists executed a series of attacks on policemen, SFs and civilians which include killing of PSO of PDP leader at Natipora on December 14, 2020, attack on ROP of CRPF 73BN in Lawaypora resulting in death of two CRPF Jawans on 25 March this year. Moreover, on 17 June last month, they shot dead an on-leave police constable Javid Ahmad near his residence at Saidpora which was followed by the killing of Inspector Parvez Ahmad at Menganwari Nowgam while he was on his way to offer prayers in local Masjid on the evening of June 22. They were also involved in the killing of a civilian Umer Nazir Bhat at his shop in Main Chowk Habba Kadal the very next day, police officials told The Daily Guardian.
Police claimed that they were also involved in a series of grenade attacks as well as petrol bomb attacks on Police and security forces in Srinagar.
On May 5, 2021, they carried out a grenade attack on a joint party of Police and CRPF at Nawabazar area of Srinagar in which 05 CRPF jawans and a civilian got injured.
On 26 June, 2021, they carried out another grenade attack on a joint party of Police and CRPF at Barbarshah in which 1 civilian got killed and 3 civilians got critically injured. They also carried out a grenade attack on PP Urdu Bazar on 5 March 2021 and petrol bomb attack on a bunker of SSB at Mehjoor Nagar Band on 26/04/2021.
Police also claimed that both the killed militants have been instrumental in motivating and recruiting the youth to join terror folds in Srinagar and its adjoining areas.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 01 AK-47 rifle, 01 pistol and 04 grenades were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other terror crimes.
IGP Kashmir congratulated the joint forces of Police and CRPF for the big success that led to the elimination of the two most wanted militants who were wanted by the law for their involvement in several cases.
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PRESIDENT MURMU HAILS INDIA’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN TACKLING COVID-19
Appreciating India’s response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, President Droupadi Murmu, in her maiden address to the nation, said that India’s achievements in combating the pandemic have been better than those of many developed countries.
“The world has seen a new India rising in recent years, more so after the outbreak of Covid-19. Our response to the pandemic has been appreciated everywhere. We launched the biggest vaccination drive in human history with vaccines manufactured in the country itself. Last month we crossed the 200-crore mark in cumulative vaccine coverage. In combating the pandemic, our achievements have been better than those of many developed countries. For this feat, we are grateful to our scientists, doctors, nurses, paramedics and the staff associated with vaccination,” said President Murmu in her address to the nation.
INDUSTRIALISTS, MARKET EXPERTS MOURN JHUNJHUNWALA’S DEMISE
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, market experts, and industrialists Gautam Adani and Ratan Tata paid tributes to veteran stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala on Sunday. Market experts also mourned the demise of the 62-year-old ace investor and said that his strong belief in the country›s growth story and «unshakeable» confidence in markets made him one of a kind. Jhunjhunwala passed away on Sunday morning in Mumbai. His net worth was US$ 5.8 billion (about Rs 46,000 crore), according to Forbes.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman called Jhunjhunwala a bold risk taker and remembered her conversations with the late stock investor. «Jhunjhunwala is no more. Investor, bold risk taker, masterly understanding of the stock market, clear in communication- a leader in his own right. Fondly remember several conversations we had. He had strong belief in India’s strength and capabilities. Condolences,» she said. Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, «He was a symbol of India›s entrepreneurial spirit. I believe the things he had achieved and established will be a source of inspiration for thousands of youth.»
Adani tweeted, «Extremely saddened by the untimely passing away of the most legendary investor that India has had. Jhunjhunwala inspired an entire generation to believe in our equity markets with his brilliant views. We will miss him. India will miss him but we will never forget him. RIP.»
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group, said, «Jhunjhunwala, who sadly passed away this morning, will always be remembered for his acute understanding of the stock exchanges of India. He will also be remembered for his jovial personality, his kindness, and his foresightedness. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family which has to share the burden of this great loss.» Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath tweeted, «There will never again be someone like you, RIP.»
1,082 POLICE PERSONNEL GIVEN MEDALS
On Independence Day, 1,082 police personnel from CAPFs and state forces have been awarded various categories of service medals, including for gallant action, as per an official statement on Sunday.
The decorations include 347 police medals for gallantry (PMG), 87 President’s police medals for distinguished service, and 648 police medals for meritorious service.
Out of the 347 gallantry awards, 204 personnel are being awarded for their gallant action in Jammu and Kashmir, 80 for displaying bravery in Left Wing Extremism or Naxal violence-affected areas, and 14 personnel for showing bravery in North-East Region, the Union home ministry said.
The maximum gallantry medals at 109 have been received by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) followed by 108 to the J&K Police, 19 to the Border Security Force (BSF) and six each to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
Among the state police forces, 42 gallantry medals have been given to Maharashtra, 15 to Chhattisgarh among other forces and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).
As PM pays homage on Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, Congress reacts
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid homage to all the people who lost their lives during the partition of India and Pakistan. The Congress alleged that the real intent of PM Modi to mark 14 August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day is to use the traumatic events as fodder for his current political battles.
PM Modi tweeted, “Today, on #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay, I pay homage to all those who lost their lives during partition, and applaud the resilience as well as grit of all those who suffered during that tragic period of our history.”
Congress general secretary, communications, Jairam Ramesh said that the tragedy of partition, cannot be misused to fuel hate and prejudice.
He said the politics of hate will be defeated and the Congress will continue its efforts to unite India while upholding the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
“The real intent of PM to mark 14 August as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day is to use the most traumatic historical events as fodder for his current political battles. Lakhs upon lakhs were dislocated and lost their lives. Their sacrifices must not be forgotten or disrespected,” Ramesh said in a series of tweets.
The Congress leader asked, “Will the PM also recall today Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, the founder of the Jan Sangh, who championed the Partition of Bengal against the wishes of Sarat Chandra Bose, and who sat in free India›s first Cabinet while the tragic consequences of Partition were becoming evident?”.
Alleging that the “modern-day Savarkars and Jinnahs” are continuing their efforts to divide the nation, Ramesh said the Indian National Congress will uphold the legacy of Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and many others who were untiring in their efforts to unite the nation.
“The politics of hate will be defeated,” he asserted.
“The tragedy of partition cannot be misused to fuel hate and prejudice. The truth is Savarkar originated the two-nation theory and Jinnah perfected it. Sardar Patel wrote, ‹I felt that if we did not accept partition, India would be split into many bits and would be completely ruined›,” he also said.
PM Modi had last year announced that 14 August will be observed as ‹Partition Horrors Remembrance Day› to remind the nation of the sufferings and sacrifices of Indians during the partition in 1947.
“Partition›s pains can never be forgotten. Millions of our sisters and brothers were displaced and many lost their lives due to mindless hate and violence. In memory of the struggles and sacrifices of our people, 14 August will be observed as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day,” PM Modi had said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday inaugurated an exhibition on the theme ‹Horrors of Partition› at the Parliament Library Building. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy were among the leaders present.
SIX DELHI POLICE PERSONNEL GET HOME MINISTER’S MEDAL
Six officers and personnel of the Delhi Police received Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation on Saturday.
As per the official, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sanjay Dutt and Inspector Anuj Kumar Tyagi received the award for their investigation of a drug trafficking case in which they caught Amandeep Singh and Harpreet Singh with 25 kg of mephedrone and methamphetamine. Later, the accused Harvinder Singh was extradited from London in 2021. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Deepak Yadav and S.I. Muneesh Kumar, who probed the case of extortion calls made to Union minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, last year are among the medallists.
In this case, five people were arrested. The accused claimed that they had some incriminating video clips and had demanded Rs 2 crore from the minister. The minister was threatened when he was in the news after his son was arrested in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed.
Inspector Sanjay Kumar Gupta has also been conferred with the medal for breaking a nexus of gangsters in the city. In 2018, a case was registered against gangster Gogi, for running an organised crime syndicate in Delhi and Haryana, which was investigated by Special Cell. 15 members of the gang, including Gogi, were booked and as many as five charge sheets were filed. Assets and properties worth more than Rs 15 crore were also attached. Later, Gogi was murdered.
DCP R.P. Meena who investigated a case registered in 2021 in which a huge quantity (approx. 25kg) of gold was stolen from a jewellery showroom also received the award.
PAPER LEAK: UTTARAKHAND POLICE ARREST 18 SO FAR
With the arrest of State District Panchayat member Hakam Singh, the Uttarakhand Police has arrested 18 persons so far in connection with the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UKSSSC) paper leak case.
Speaking to ANI, SSP Ajay Singh of the Special Task Force of the Uttarakhand Police said, «State District Panchayat member Hakam Singh has been arrested in the graduate level exam question paper leak case conducted by the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission. This is the 18th arrest in the case.» Singh was caught from the Mori area near the Himachal Pradesh border. The Zilla Panchayat member was stopped at Arakot Chowki. Hakam Singh returned to the country from a trip abroad on 7 August.
Taking stern action in the state Subordinate Services Selection Commission paper leak controversy, the Uttarakhand government on Sunday removed the secretary of the commission.
According to the information received from the Secretariat, PCS officer Shalini Negi has been made the Controller of Examinations and Surender Rawat, Joint Secretary, Secretariat Services, has been made secretary in the commission.
After the disclosure of irregularities in the recruitment of various examinations of the Subordinate Commission, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami instructed strict action, after which the STF has so far arrested 18 accused. On 22 July, this year a case was registered in the paper leak case at Raipur Police Station. It is being investigated by the STF.
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