Soldier injured in sniping, militant hideout busted

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Nov 26: A soldier was injured in a sniper fire by Pakistan troops in Machil sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district today while a militant hideout was busted by security forces in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.
Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the LoC and fired some sniper shots on the Army posts of 17 JAKLI in Machil sector at around 1:05 pm.
A soldier was injured and shifted to Military Hospital, Drugmulla for treatment. He has been identified as Lance Naik, Pradeep Kumar.
Pakistani troops also attacked the Army’s 2/8 GR posts with small arms at Gujerdoora area of Machil at around 11:00 am. However, there was no immediate report of any injury.
And security forces today busted a militant hideout in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir. Based on a credible input, a search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in the forest area of Badurkund Gutlibagh in district Ganderbal.
During search operation, a militant hideout was busted in the forest area. Police said incriminating materials including huge quantity of arms and ammunition, one INSAS rifle, four Magazines, 80 INSAS rounds, 37 AK 47 rounds and one Chinese grenade were recovered from the hideout.
Police is ascertaining if the INSAS rifle recovered had been snatched earlier from security forces. Police has registered a case in the instant matter and investigation initiated.
Army patrol party of 42 RR was fired upon by militants at Pinglish in Tral area of Pulwama district today. Army retaliated. however, there was no loss of life or injury. Security forces immediately cordoned off the area, but, no one was arrested.
Militants today hurled grenade on the house of Abdul Rashid Bhat of Kuchmulla in Tral area of Pulwama district. Rashid has filed his nomination papers as Panch in his village. The grenade exploded outside the house and no loss of life or injury was reported.
This is second incident of grenade throwing on a Panch candidate in Tral of Pulwama district during last two days.
In the meantime, life across Kashmir remained disrupted today due to a shutdown called by separatists against killings of 18 people including militants in last 3 days and injuries to hundreds.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in major towns including Srinagar, while the public transport was thin in response to the strike call. There was also a thin attendance of employees in Government offices as well.
Stringent security measures were put in place in most parts of the areas in downtown here and other sensitive parts of South Kashmir.
Despite heightened security, groups of youth held protests at Footbridge Parimpora, Keunsoo Bandipora, Chotabazar, Karanagar, Sabzi Mandi Soura, Shah Mohalla Nawabazar, Police Station Sopore and other places.
The protesters pelted stones on security forces who lobbed tear gas to disperse them. However, no one was hurt in the pitched battles that continued for several hours.
In South Kashmir, paramilitary CRPF men and police were deployed in strength in the four districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag to prevent people from holding protests, even as all commercial establishments remained closed.
The train service between Srinagar to Banihal and Srinagar to Baramulla was suspended today to avoid loss to the property of Railways.
Meanwhile, unknown persons tonight set ablaze Panchayat Ghar in South Kashmir’s Awantipora area of Pulwama district.
A Panchayat building was set on fire in Goripora, Awantipora tonight by unknown persons and the building suffered minor damage.
Firemen rushed to the spot as soon as the news of the incident was received.
Around 20 Panchayat Ghars were torched in Kashmir during last two months after the announcement of Panchayat elections.


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