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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.

Terrorists seal shops, paste threatening posters in Kashmir

Terrorists seal shops, paste threatening posters in Kashmir

Rediff.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 Sinha

Not allowed out of Srinagar airport: Yashwant Sinha

Rediff.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'

'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 Kashmir

How TV has become mode of communication in Kashmir

Rediff.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 Kashmir

Waiting for the phone in Kashmir

Rediff.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 Kashmir

Eid peaceful, but festive buzz missing in Kashmir

Rediff.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 highways

Walking along Kashmir's desolate highways

Rediff.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 Kashmir

What's it like to be in disconnected Kashmir

Rediff.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'

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 away

Kathua case: Sanji sweating in winter gave him away

Rediff.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 Kashmir

Major Gogoi loses seniority, to be shifted out from Kashmir

Rediff.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 rank

Court martial completed, Major Gogoi may lose rank

Rediff.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 help

Virtual SIMs used in Pulwama attack, India to seek US help

Rediff.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 groups

Army anticipates 'shallow infiltration' by terror groups

Rediff.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 Jammu

Juvenile lobbed grenade in Jammu

Rediff.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: Officials

4 highly-trained snipers active in Kashmir: Officials

Rediff.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 return

'This time, I won't leave Papa': Martyr's daughter still awaits his return

Rediff.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 sympathiser

UAE deports Kashmiri engineer suspected to be IS sympathiser

Rediff.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: Officials

110 local youths joined terror groups in Kashmir this year: Officials

Rediff.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 experts

Kathua rape victim sank into coma due to overdose of sedatives: Forensic experts

Rediff.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 now

Kathua case: 14-year-old application from father may haunt juvenile son now

Rediff.com3 Jun 2018

The application is riddled with careless mistakes and raised doubts about its veracity.

Alarming rise in local recruitment in terrorist groups: Report

Alarming rise in local recruitment in terrorist groups: Report

Rediff.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 report

Kathua rape accused's sign doesn't match with exam attendance sheet: Forensic report

Rediff.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 2018

MBA and PhD scholar among 45 youths join insurgency in Kashmir in 2018

Rediff.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.

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