All stories by Sumir Kaul
Col Ashutosh Sharma fulfilled dream of joining Army in 13th attemptRediff.com4 May 2020
Col Sharma, who was among five security forces personnel killed during an encounter with terrorists in north Kashmir late on Saturday night, is the second commanding officer of the 21 Rashtriya Rifles who lost his life in anti-terror operation.
Around 300 Hizb, LeT terrorists waiting in PoK for intrusionRediff.com26 Apr 2020
The field intelligence units of the Army coupled with inputs comprising HUMINT (human intelligence) and TECHINT (technical intelligence) indicate that around 300 terrorists, mainly of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), are waiting across the border to sneak in, officials said, citing reports from Srinagar collated in the national capital.
J-K bizman could've spread COVID-19 at Tablighi eventRediff.com31 Mar 2020
The businessman, who travelled to Delhi to attend a Tablighi Jamaat congregation, died on March 26 in a Srinagar hospital, 19 days after he set off for the national capital. He could have infected scores of people during his travels and about 300 people have been put under quarantine because of him, officials said.
Mufti slapped with PSA for pro-separatist standRediff.com9 Feb 2020
60-year-old Mehbooba Mufti had been under preventive detention since August 5 last year, when the Centre announced abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution granting a special status and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories -- Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
6 months in lockdown, Kashmiris stare at uncertain futureRediff.com6 Feb 2020
Many political detainees have been released but former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were whisked into custody in the early hours of August 5, 2019, are still in preventive detention.
EU MPs in Kashmir say Article 370 internal issueRediff.com30 Oct 2019
The MEPs said they stand by India in its fight against terrorism.
Delegation of EU MPs in Kashmir to assess ground situationRediff.com29 Oct 2019
The team originally comprised 27 parliamentarians, mostly from extreme right or right wing parties, but four did not travel to Kashmir and have reportedly returned to their respective countries, officials said.
Terrorists seal shops, paste threatening posters in KashmirRediff.com18 Sep 2019
Officials said on condition of anonymity that the situation could be slipping out of their hands.
Not allowed out of Srinagar airport: Yashwant SinhaRediff.com17 Sep 2019
This is not the first time that political leaders were not allowed the enter Srinagar and had to return to Delhi from the airport itself.
'Nearly 2 dozen terrorists roaming freely in Srinagar'Rediff.com15 Sep 2019
It is estimated that around two dozen terrorists are well-entrenched within the city limits, while their movement and visibility in rural areas have become a routine.
How TV has become mode of communication in KashmirRediff.com16 Aug 2019
Some want to know about the wellbeing of their kin inside the Valley, some post they are fine and others use the medium to pass on information.
Waiting for the phone in KashmirRediff.com13 Aug 2019
There has been a virtual communications blackout in the Valley with no phones and no internet connections since the early hours of August 5.
Eid peaceful, but festive buzz missing in KashmirRediff.com12 Aug 2019
The mood was subdued with roads deserted across large swathes of the Valley, the silence broken only by police sirens and Indian Air Force helicopters hovering overhead.
Walking along Kashmir's desolate highwaysRediff.com8 Aug 2019
Many Kashmiris have been left with no option but to flag down the odd private vehicle passing by in the Valley.
What's it like to be in disconnected KashmirRediff.com8 Aug 2019
An eerie silence prevails with concertina wire barricades laid on deserted streets and police and armed forces personnel allowing civilians to move only after thorough checking.
Kargil war hero's parents remember their son 'Naughty'Rediff.com21 Jul 2019
Saurabh's parents Narinder Kumar and Vijay Kalia remember with crystal clear clarity that moment 20 years ago when they saw their elder son for the last time. He was not yet 23 and on his way to rejoin duty but they did not know where.
Kathua case: Sanji sweating in winter gave him awayRediff.com12 Jun 2019
The sessions court in Pathankot had on Monday sentenced Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parwesh Kumar to life and the three dismissed policemen -- Anand Dutta, Tikal Raj and Surinder Singh -- to five years in jail.
Major Gogoi loses seniority, to be shifted out from KashmirRediff.com5 May 2019
A court martial had held Gogoi and his driver Sameer Malla guilty on two counts -- 'fraternising' with a local woman in spite of instructions to the contrary and 'being away from the place of duty while in operational area', the officials said.
Court martial completed, Major Gogoi may lose rankRediff.com31 Mar 2019
After completion of Summary of Evidence against Major Gogoi and his driver in early February followed by the initiation of court martial proceedings, the two men have been held guilty on two counts -- "fraternising" with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and "being away from the place of duty while in operational area", the officials said.
Virtual SIMs used in Pulwama attack, India to seek US helpRediff.com24 Mar 2019
The number is linked to social networking sites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram or Twitter. The verification code generated by these networking sites is received on the smartphone and the user is ready.
Army anticipates 'shallow infiltration' by terror groupsRediff.com10 Mar 2019
In the past, 'shallow infiltration' has been carried out by terror groups, in which either some army men were killed or damage was caused to an army installation, the officials said.
Juvenile lobbed grenade in JammuRediff.com8 Mar 2019
The boy, who will turn 16 on March 12, was apprehended while fleeing after hurling the grenade at the bus stand that left two men dead and 31 others injured.
4 highly-trained snipers active in Kashmir: OfficialsRediff.com28 Oct 2018
In all the instances of sniper attacks, the terrorists used a nearby hillock to carry out strikes on a security force campus when unsuspecting jawans were using their mobile phones to talk to their family or friends.
'This time, I won't leave Papa': Martyr's daughter still awaits his returnRediff.com9 Sep 2018
Zora's family has convinced her that her father has gone for Hajj and will return soon.
UAE deports Kashmiri engineer suspected to be IS sympathiserRediff.com19 Aug 2018
The NIA questioned him for over two days before handing him over to the state police.
110 local youths joined terror groups in Kashmir this year: OfficialsRediff.com29 Jul 2018
If this trend continues, 2018 may end up as the worst year in terms of number of youths joining various terror groups, according to the officials.
Kathua rape victim sank into coma due to overdose of sedatives: Forensic expertsRediff.com24 Jun 2018
The crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, probing the gang rape-and-murder case, sent a sample of her viscera to a forensic laboratory earlier this month to examine the effect of "mannar" candies (believed to be local cannabis) and Epitril 0.5 mg tablets, administered to the girl by her captors.
Kathua case: 14-year-old application from father may haunt juvenile son nowRediff.com3 Jun 2018
The application is riddled with careless mistakes and raised doubts about its veracity.
Alarming rise in local recruitment in terrorist groups: ReportRediff.com3 Jun 2018
As many as 20 more youths have joined the terrorist groups in the month of May which included Rouf from Ganderbal, a fourth-semester student pursuing a diploma course in government polytechnic, the officials said.
Kathua rape accused's sign doesn't match with exam attendance sheet: Forensic reportRediff.com20 May 2018
Vishal had claimed that he was in Meerut and had never visited Kathua when the crime was committed.
MBA and PhD scholar among 45 youths join insurgency in Kashmir in 2018Rediff.com3 May 2018
There has been a steady rise in the number of youth taking up arms in the Valley since 2014 onwards as compared to 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Sanjhi Ram planned Kathua girl's murder to save sonRediff.com27 Apr 2018
Investigators say the aim of the kidnapping was to scare and drive away the nomadic Gujjar and Bakarwal communities from the Hindu dominated area.
One year on, life in shreds for Kashmir's 'human shield'Rediff.com8 Apr 2018
'Is this the message that India wants to send to Kashmir?'
J-K ignored warnings over shifting Pakistan terrorists outside KashmirRediff.com18 Feb 2018
Investigations into the escape of dreaded Lashker-e-Tayiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from a busy hospital has brought to the fore lapses at different stages, especially the failure of the prosecution wing of the Jammu and Kashmir Police as well as the state home department over hurriedly issuing orders for transfer of the accused to a central jail from Kathua in the Jammu region, it has emerged.
After a decade of probe, CBI closes case against sacked captain in naval war-room leakRediff.com4 Feb 2018
The agonising wait for justice notwithstanding, the former navy captain soldiered on, doing low-paying jobs for Rs 20,000 a month and even ploughing farms owned by others to sustain his family. He has lost many jobs because of his past.
NIA takes Kashmir terror financing case from Delhi PoliceRediff.com28 Jan 2018
The officials said the case was re-registered by the NIA recently and it has initiated investigations into it.
117 Kashmiri youths joined terrorist groups in 2017 so farRediff.com24 Dec 2017
The number is an all time high for the state with south Kashmir emerging as one of the main hubs, providing cadres to terrorist groups.
Dineshwar Sharma's visit to valley: Many favour talks with separatistsRediff.com9 Nov 2017
From the necessity of talking to Hurriyat separatists to appointing a tehsildar, Dineshwar Sharma heard it all during his visit to the valley
No magic wand, but serious effort for peace: Dineshwar SharmaRediff.com5 Nov 2017
The former Intelligence Bureau director added that no one should jump to conclusions before the process of talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir began.
BSF jawan, killed by terrorists, was eager to join his battalionRediff.com28 Sep 2017
Rameez Ahmed Parray was the sole bread earner of the family.