J&K govt orders
to shift 26 detainees
to Central Jail Agra

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JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday directed to shift 26 detainees to the Central Jail of Agra in Uttar Pradesh with immediate effect.
The order has been issued under section 10 (b) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, an official statement said. At present, these detainees are imprisoned at the central jail of different districts of the union territory. (ANI)

Meanwhile, the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police recovered two boxes suspected to be loaded with improvised explosive device (IED) during a search operation in the Bhata Durian forest of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, said the Indian Army sources on Friday. The boxes were destroyed on the site, said the sources. Further details are awaited.

13 militants killed in nine encounters

At least 13 militants have been killed in as many as nine encounters between security forces and the militants in Jammu and Kashmir after civilian killings, Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar has said here.

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh visits Baramulla on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Speaking to reporters, the IGP Kashmir said, “13 terrorists killed in nine encounters after civilian killings. We have neutralised 3 out of 5 terrorists of Srinagar city within less than 24 hours.”

Earlier on Friday, Kumar said that a total of 11 terrorists have been killed so far in eight encounters conducted by the security forces after the recent civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir. “A total of 11 terrorists have been killed so far in the eight encounters done by the security forces. There was a lot of responsibility on us after the recent civilian killings,” he had said.

Over the past few days, several civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking fear in the Valley.

Search operation underway

Days after encounters with terrorists in which Army personnel were killed, a search operation by security personnel continued in the Bhata-Durian area which is adjacent to the Dehra Ki Gali (DKG) forest ridge in Rajouri-Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

SRINAGAR: Army personnel stand guard near encounter site in Tilwani Mohalla Waggad Tral south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

A counter-terrorist operation by the Army was launched in the area of Nar Khas Forest in Mendhar, Poonch on the evening of October 14. During the operation, there was a heavy exchange of fire and in the ensuing gunfight, two Army personnel were critically injured and later succumbed to their injuries. The personnel were identified as Rifleman Vikram Singh Negi (26) hailed from village Viman Gaon, Narendra Nagar, in Uttrakhand’s Tehri Garhwal district and Rifleman Yogambar Singh was a resident of Sankari village in Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. Army troops along with the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on October 15 had launched a search operation in this dense forest. According to police, vehicular traffic had been suspended on the highway between Bhimber Gali and Surankote on Friday.
Five Army personnel including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were killed in anti-terrorist operations in the DKG area of Rajouri adjoining the Poonch sector on October 11.

Nitish Kumar calls LG Manoj Sinha

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had a telephonic conversation with Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and expressed serious concern over the two labourers killings and one injured in the terror attack at Wanpoh in Anantnag, J-K.
The Chief Minister condoled the killings of Raja Rishidev and Yogendra Rishidev and the injury of Chunchun Rishidev who are residents of Bihar. According to the press statement issued by the Chief Minister Office, Kumar announced to give Rs 2 lakh each from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to the families of Raja Rishidev and Yogendra Rishidev.
Along with this, the officers have been directed to get other benefits as per rules from the schemes run by Labor Resource Department and Social Welfare Department.
Kumar also wished for the speedy recovery of Chunchun Rishidev, who was injured in this terrorist attack.
Earlier on Sunday, Sinha also expressed condolences towards the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of two non-locals killings and one injured after terrorists fired upon them in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)