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Terror groups in Pakistan switch to new messaging apps

Terror groups in Pakistan switch to new messaging apps

Rediff.com24 Jan 2021

Amid a raging debate over privacy offered by messaging platforms like WhatsApp, terrorist groups and their handlers from Pakistan are switching to new applications which include one developed by a Turkish company, officials in Srinagar said.

Shopian encounter: Captain charged with attempt to destroy evidence

Shopian encounter: Captain charged with attempt to destroy evidence

Rediff.com24 Jan 2021

Captain Bhoopendra Singh had also provided wrong information to his superiors and the police about the recovery made during the staged encounter, the charge sheet filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police before the chief judicial magistrate in Shopian said.

Army Captain staged Amshipora encounter for Rs 20 lakh: Chargesheet

Army Captain staged Amshipora encounter for Rs 20 lakh: Chargesheet

Rediff.com10 Jan 2021

The case relates to the July 18, 2020 encounter at Amshipora in which three youths of Rajouri district -- Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrar -- were killed and branded as terrorists.

Kashmir encounter: Army may court marital soldiers

Kashmir encounter: Army may court marital soldiers

Rediff.com25 Dec 2020

General Officer in Command of the strategically located XV Corps Lt Gen B S Raju said the Summary of Evidence has been completed but refused to give away any details of the outcome.

Terrorists using virtual SIMs pose new security threat in Kashmir

Terrorists using virtual SIMs pose new security threat in Kashmir

Rediff.com4 Oct 2020

A detailed investigation done by the NIA and other security agencies indicated that over 40 virtual SIM cards were used in the Pulwama attack alone, and there are probably more of them floating in the cyberspace of the valley.

J-K SOG: From tracking social media to planning ops

J-K SOG: From tracking social media to planning ops

Rediff.com23 Sep 2020

With each team working on a dedicated task, the SOG is moving full steam ahead with its efforts to hit out at terrorists trying to make Srinagar their base, said senior officials anxious to recast the image of the force.

'Bleeding Heart was to replace Hurriyat in Kashmir'

'Bleeding Heart was to replace Hurriyat in Kashmir'

Rediff.com16 Sep 2020

Pak had realised in 2018 that Hurriyat Conference, the separatist conglomerate created by Inter-Services Intelligence, won't be able to deliver any more

How Army plans to wean J-K youths away from terror

How Army plans to wean J-K youths away from terror

Rediff.com13 Sep 2020

The results have been encouraging and "many prospective militants have been weaned away from terrorism," Lt Gen Raju said refusing to either divulge further details or numbers.

Alert along LoC after Pak's ISI uses drones to drop weapons

Alert along LoC after Pak's ISI uses drones to drop weapons

Rediff.com10 Sep 2020

The terrorists holed up in the Kashmir valley have been facing acute shortage of arms and ammunition and they are desperately looking for some help from across the border for the same.

Not anyone's puppets: Farooq Abdullah's retort to Pak

Not anyone's puppets: Farooq Abdullah's retort to Pak

Rediff.com30 Aug 2020

The NC leader urged both India and Pakistan to resume their dialogue "for everyone's greater good".

Rs 10 lakh transferred to JeM commander before Pulwama blast

Rs 10 lakh transferred to JeM commander before Pulwama blast

Rediff.com26 Aug 2020

The terrorists had spent around Rs six lakh on procurement of explosives and the Maruti Eeco car used in the attack, the NIA said in its chargesheet.

Can't do politics by selling false dreams: Shah Faesal

Can't do politics by selling false dreams: Shah Faesal

Rediff.com11 Aug 2020

About his decision of forming a political party, Faesal said he wanted to revive democratic politics in Jammu and Kashmir. "But soon after quitting (IAS), I realised that my innocuous act of dissent was being seen as an act of treason. It had done more harm than the benefit," he said, adding that his act had discouraged a lot of civil services aspirants and his colleagues felt betrayed by him. "It upset me a lot," Faesal said.

'Terrorists desperate to infiltrate with help of Pak army'

'Terrorists desperate to infiltrate with help of Pak army'

Rediff.com31 May 2020

All the terrorist camps and around 15 launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir "are full", according to top army commander Lt Gen B S Raju, who anticipates an increase in infiltration attempts from across the border this summer to replenish the diminishing terrorist cadres in Jammu and Kashmir.

Col Ashutosh Sharma fulfilled dream of joining Army in 13th attempt

Col Ashutosh Sharma fulfilled dream of joining Army in 13th attempt

Rediff.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 intrusion

Around 300 Hizb, LeT terrorists waiting in PoK for intrusion

Rediff.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 event

J-K bizman could've spread COVID-19 at Tablighi event

Rediff.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 stand

Mufti slapped with PSA for pro-separatist stand

Rediff.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 future

6 months in lockdown, Kashmiris stare at uncertain future

Rediff.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 issue

EU MPs in Kashmir say Article 370 internal issue

Rediff.com30 Oct 2019

The MEPs said they stand by India in its fight against terrorism.

Delegation of EU MPs in Kashmir to assess ground situation

Delegation of EU MPs in Kashmir to assess ground situation

Rediff.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.

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