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CASO Launched in Shopian Area

Friday, 04 May 2018 12:23 Written by

May 04

A Cordon and Search Operation has been launched by Government Forces in Durpora area ofy, H South Kashmir's Shopian on Friday.

Officials confirmed to The Kashmiriyat that the operation has been launched in the area as Militant Movement has been detected in the area.

The 44 RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police is jointly conducting the search operation as all the entry and exit points have been sealed.

No contact has been established, but massive search operations have begun in the area, Sources said.

Details Emerging.

CASO launched in Shopian Area

Thursday, 03 May 2018 16:28 Written by

May 03

Following an Input about the presence of Militants in Sedow area in Shopian, the Government Forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

Sources told The Kashmiriyat that 21RR of Indian Army and special forces launched the CASO jointly sealing all the entry and exit points to Sedow area.

A door to Door search operation has been initiated to find the militants believed to be hiding in the area.

Details Rushing in.


"My brother was targeted, he was not killed in cross firing", brother of Pinjura youth

Thursday, 03 May 2018 13:39 Written by

May 03

Umar Ahad son of Ab Ahad kumar resident of Pinjura shopian was the eleventh civilian who became victim of government forces in year 2018.

Umar a 9th class student at government high school Pinjura shopian was killed at turkwangam on Wednesday evening during clashes where militants escaped after a brief exchange of fire.

Police says that Umar was killed during  cross firing however family and eyewitnesses said that he was targeted.

Mohd Ashraf kumar, brother of slain minor in conversation with The Kashmiriyat said that "after offering Asar Nimaz (Pre dusk prayers), news spread in shopian area that militants have been killed in Turkwangam and Umar along with his 15 friends went to take part in funeral of slain militants".

Mudasir Ahmed,  friend of Umar said that " on hearing that cordon hasn't been lifted yet in the area, we stayed in an orchard that about 3 kms from an encounter site".

"Soon clashes erupted in the area where we were staying and we tried to move to a safer place from where we can got back home, however forces from an orchard targeted us and Umar got bullet injuries in his chest and shoulder", Mudasir added.

"We tried our level best to save our friend but on reaching dist hospital shopian, doctors declared him dead" he added.

Ashraf professionally a cook and brother of slain minor told The Kashmiriyat that they heard the shocking news of the death of Umar around 7 pm.

Umar was belonging to economically weak family and has left behind parents ,3 brothers and 5 sisters, all elder to him. Among them one brother and two sisters are married.

Ashraf told The Kashmiriyat that "I don't believe that this dispute will be solved through any dialogue as all the dialogues since 90's have failed to solve this issue".

"In my opinion there is only one solution to solve this dispute that is gun solution and dialogue is a futile exercise", his father added.

He added that "the atrocities of government forces are pushing youth to pick up guns and every day dozens are arrested and hundreds are thrashed".

"To every action there is equal and opposite reaction, the more forces will use forces, the more youth will take up arms" he told The Kashmiriyat.

"I don't believe that situation will become peaceful here till forces will change their strategy of arresting and pushing youth to militancy,"he added.

Pertinently umar was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard  after 6 rounds of funeral prayers in which thousands of people participated.

As per eyewitnesses, umar was wrapped in his school uniform before being laid to rest.

Notably Umar was 11th civilian of District Shopian who was killed by government forces this year.

On 27 January two civilians namely Javaid Ahmed and Suhail Ahmed were killed by government forces when army fired on a group of protesters.

Later one more among the injured namely Rayees Ahmed a 19 year old youth also succumbed to his injuries at skims on January 31.

On March 04, four civilians were killed by army under uncertain circumstances. Army called them over ground workers however it fails to hold ground as this claim was refuted by their families as well as friends and locals.

They were identified as Suhail khalil of Pinjura, Mohammad Shahid khan of Malik gund, Shahnawaz wagay of Langandoora Trenz and Gowhar Ahmed lone of Moolu Chitragam.

On Ist April, Mushtaq Ahmed thoker son of Gh Mohammad thoker resident of sugan was killed at encounter site by government forces where seven local militants were also Killed.

On same day, Mohammad Iqbal bhat son of Manzoor Ahmed bhat resident of Khasipora shopian was killed near encounter site kachdoora, where two more civilians of Kulgam dist and five local militants were also killed.

On 11 April a minor namely Fazil alahi of Melhoora shopian was killed near encounter site Khudwani along with 3 other civilians of Kulgam district.

Umer Laid to rest in School Uniform

Thursday, 03 May 2018 05:36 Written by

May 03

Thousands of men and women on Thursday morning gathered to attend the funeral of Umer Kumar in Shopian's Pinjura area.

Locals told The Kashmiriyat that the parents of the 14 year old boy insisted that Umer be laid to rest in School clothes and not wrapped in any flag.

Thousands of people from nearby districts reached Pinjura amid grief and mourning to attend the last rites of the slain youth.

Among pro Freedom and Pro Islam slogans, Umer was finally laid to rest, Locals told The Kashmiriyat.

Umer Kumar son of Mohammed Abdullah Kumar aged 14 was shot dead on Thursday during clashes that erupted in Turkwangam during an encounter.

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Massive Clashes Begin near Encounter Site, 2 Injured

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 11:44 Written by

May 02

Intense Clashes have started in the Mogalpora area of Turkwangam in Southern Kashmir's Shopian district on Wednesday evening.

Local Sources told The Kashmiriyat that at least two people have sustained injuries in the initial clashes.

Locals said that the vehicles of Government Forces were attacked by youth in the areas after which the troopers chased away the civilians. 

However the civilians threw stones on the troops who in return fired tear smoke shells on the protesters.

The Clashes erupted as the news of Encounter in Turkwangam area spread like wildfire.

The Clashes were going on when this report was filed.

CASO Launched in Shopian Area, 6th in the Day

Sunday, 29 April 2018 16:18 Written by

April 29

An Anti Militancy has been launched in Aadhoma area of South Kashmir's Shopian District on Sunday Night.

Sources told The Kashmiriyat that Government Forces have laid a massive cordon in the area.

There are inputs about Militants moving freely in the area, officials said.

The operation has been jointly launched by 55 RR, 183 Battalion of CRPF and Jammu Kashmir Police.

Earlier 5 Cordon and Search Operations have been launched in various areas across Kashmir on Sunday including one in Sopore.

CASO extended to 2 More villages in Shopian

Sunday, 29 April 2018 08:07 Written by

April 29

The cordon and Search Operation has been extended to two neighbouring Villages in Kiloora area of South Kashmir's Shopian District.

The Government Forces had launched a Search Operation immediately after observing suspicious movement near a neighbouring area, Malikgund.

Sources told The Kashmiriyat that a massive cordon is underway as more troopers are being rushed to the area.

Details emerging.

CASO Launched in Shopian Area

Sunday, 29 April 2018 07:03 Written by

April 28

The Government Forces have launched a Cordon and Search Operation in Nadigam, Zainapora area of South Kashmir's Shopian District.

Sources told The Kashmiriyat that 34 RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir police and CRPF initiated the search operation in the area.

The Forces have launched a door to Door search operation after closing all the entry and exit points to Nadigam area.

Details emerging.

Pertinently Army had fired Some shots earlier in the area after observing suspicious movement near Malikgund area in Zainapora.