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After tit-for-tat abductions, all 11 relatives of J&K police released by militants

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The abductions were all reported from south Kashmir, which has emerged as a militant hotspot in the Valley in recent years.(AP File Photo/Representative image)

Militants in Kashmir abducted, and then released, 11 relatives of state police personnel in apparent retaliation to police detention of the families of three Hizbul Mujahideen men amid mounting tension in the valley.

The 11 family members were abducted from villages in the Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir on Thursday night and Friday morning, even as allegations swirled that security forces had set fire to the homes of militant leaders during night raids.

Late on Friday evening, the militants released all 11 relatives of policemen after the state released the kin of the three militants detained earlier. Jammu and Kashmir director general of police SP Vaid confirmed the 11 relatives of policemen had been released and were back home.

Among those detained by police earlier was Asadullah Naikoo, father of Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Naikoo , who was picked up from his Awantipora home in south Kashmir, a day after four policemen were killed in Shopian. The police said Asadullah Naikoo was called for questioning and released.

In an audio clip posted on social media on Friday evening, Riyaz Naikoo said the fight was against India but that Kashmir Police had become a “victim of Indian conspiracy” and its frontline. “We have tolerated a lot till this day and tried to make police understand but they did not listen. From now onwards we won’t allow this. From now onwards whosoever becomes our obstacle in our struggle, his fate will be that of an enemy.’’ The abductions followed the arrest of the son of Syed Salauddin, chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen, by the National Investigation Agency.

Additional director general of police (law and order) Munir Ahmad Khan said the department was trying to ascertain the motive of the militants. “In the video, they have made some allegations but those allegations are not specific, they are sort of general .” He added that police does not vandalise properties nor harass relatives of militants.

The abduction was condemned by politicians across party lines.

“Militants and forces victimising each other’s families is highly condemnable and marks a new low in our situation. Families shouldn’t become casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over,” said former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti. “11 abductions! This is a very worrying reflection of the situation in the valley,” tweeted former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.

“What’s worse is the selective outrage - people/leaders who are so vocal about alleged security force excesses are silent about these abductions,” he tweeted.

The abductions were all reported from south Kashmir, which has emerged as a militant hotspot in the Valley in recent years. As many as 33 policemen have been killed so far this year, including three on Eid, when policemen were visiting their homes despite an advisory that cautioned against such a move. About 1,600 policemen have died in J & K since armed insurgency broke out in 1990.

Kashmir remained paralysed for a second straight day because of a strike in protest against a petition in the Supreme Court against Section 35A of the Constitution whose hearing was eventually deferred till January by the court. Schools, universities, businesses and most offices remained shut even as government forces in riot gear patrolled deserted streets. Traffic remained off the roads and restrictions were imposed in some parts of the old city.

After tit-for-tat abductions, all 11 relatives of J&K police released by militants

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Kashmir: Two militants, soldier killed in ongoing encounter in Sopore

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Encounter breaks out between security forces, militants in Sopore (Representational) Two militants and a soldier were killed Friday in an encounter in Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter is ongoing.

Two militants and a soldier were killed Friday in an encounter in Sopore area of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter is ongoing.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Pazalpora village of Dangiwacha town in the north Kashmir district this morning after receiving specific information about the presence of militants in the area, news agency PTI reported. The search operation turned into an encounter after the militants fired on the search party, who retaliated.

(More details awaited)Kashmir: Two militants, soldier killed in ongoing encounter in Sopore

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NARENDRA MODI THANKED KASHMIR’S YOUTH FOR THE SUPPORT IN BY ELECTIONS

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As BJP performed well in the Jammu and Kashmir nearby body races, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his gathering will strive to satisfy the yearnings of the general population.

“I thank the general population of Jammu and Kashmir for their help to the BJP in the urban neighborhood body decisions,” he tweeted.

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PM Modi Thanked Kashmiri Youth For The Support.

He guaranteed the general population of the express that BJP will endeavor to satisfy the goals of the state’s childhood and “serve the state with most extreme constancy.”

“I am happy that they connected with each area of society and clarified the Party’s advancement plan,” he said in another tweet.

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PM Promised That He Will Work For Youth’s Concern.

The BJP cleared the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) decisions and made a few advances in Kashmir, by winning 100 wards in the Valley, in the four-staged Urban Local Bodies races in the express that were defaced by blacklist by the NC and PDP.

Independents on Saturday rose as the single biggest gathering in the races in Kashmir by winning 178 wards crosswise over 42 city bodies in Kashmir division, including Leh and Kargil, decisions specialists said. The Congress was in front of the BJP in the valley by sacking 157 wards, while saffron party won in 100 wards, they said.

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Don’t go back home, officials tell south Kashmir cops after wave of attacks targeting policemen

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Since January, 37 policemen have been killed by militants, many when they were off-duty.

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Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani pays respect to colleagues who were killed by militants, during a wreath laying ceremony at a base camp at Shopian, near Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on September 21, 2018. (Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

The Jammu & Kashmir administration is telling policemen and Special Police Officers in South Kashmir, which is seeing a wave of attacks against both, to not visit their families or homes.

The advisory comes in the wake of the killings of three SPOs on Friday, and unconfirmed resignations of several others following a warning on Wednesday by Hizbul Mujahedeen commander, Riyaz Naikoo. The killings were in part responsible for India reconsidering its decision to agree to the meeting of the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York later this month.

SPOs, whose main role is in gathering intelligence, and local policemen are soft targets because they do not live in fortified camps like the ones housing members of the army and the Central Reserve Police Force.

On Friday , selection grade constable Nisar Ahmad, SPO Kuldeep Singh and follower, Firdous Kuchay were abducted by militants from Batagund and Kaparan villages early in the morning and killed within hours. Two other policemen in the same villages escaped because they weren’t home when the militants came visiting.

In the past too, there have been occasional advisories asking officers of the J&K police who reside in sensitive areas of south Kashmir to avoid visiting their homes.

“Keeping in view the sensitivity of threats and latest abduction and killings of three policemen, all SPOs and policemen who are from south Kashmir are being told through telephone not to visit their homes,’’ said a police officer familiar with the advisory. “This is being done to save the lives of our men as militants have killed many of our men at their homes when they were not on duty. In the past, many have ignored similar warnings.’’

Since January, 37 policemen have been killed by militants, many when they were off-duty. Last month, on Eid ul Azha, three policemen including an officer, all of whom were on leave and celebrating Eid with their families were killed by militants.

The militants have been targeting SPOs and local policemen whom they hold responsible for the killing of militants, especially in south Kashmir where so-called cordon and search operations are launched on specific information. Officials said that 28 militants were killed in Shopian district alone this year.

The four districts of south Kashmir have more than 3,000 SPOs. Across the state, there are more than 30,000 SPOs.

J&K Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said soon after the killing of three policemen on Friday that action would be taken against all the militants involved in the killings, and also dismissed the resignations of special police officers as rumors.

So far, over two dozen SPOs have resigned in different parts of south Kashmir.

On August 30, militants abducted 11 police personnel and their family members after the police detained the father of Riyaz Naikoo. However, they were released after the police released Naikoo Sr.

First Published: Sep 23, 2018 07:05 IST

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani pays respect to colleagues who were killed by militants, during a wreath laying ceremony at a base camp at Shopian, near Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on […]

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