April 2011-May 2011 Issue

Chronology of Events

April 18:  A major tragedy was averted as a RDX filled pressure cooker was detected and defused at Bhati Dhar, Nendhar while an Army Jawan was injured in a mine blast at Kantar, Mendhar.Interlocutors started their deliberations with academicians and intelligentsia at an RTC at Srinagar.

April 19: A terrorist was arrested in Pattan.LeT and HM have reportedly shifted to mountains.Interlocutors conclude RTC.Ramjethmalani led committee is to revive talks with sepratists.Omar Abdullah briefed PM, HM and UPA chairperson about security and political situation in the state.

April 20: Two OGWs of HM were held in Pulwama. NIA is to probe Geelani linked Hawala case.Hurriyat leader A G Bhat was suspended from the organization as he met interlocutors in Srinager.Army Chief visited Leh and reviewed security scenario while IAF is to deploy fighters along Pak border.PoK PM suggested that LoC should be converted as the line of commerce.BJP suspended seven MLAs in the cross-voting case.

April 21: Two LeT terrorists were killed in an operation in Kishtwar.explosives were recovered from a Panchayat Ghar at Khari, Banihal and three Hawala operatives including two government employees were arrested in Banihal and Rs 1.99 Lakh hawala money was recovered from their possession. Hill Council and VDCs’ issue dominated during interlocutors’ visit to Doda .Omar Abdullah asked sepratists to come forward like Ansari. 108 villagers, shifted during Pak shelling in Poonch, have been relocated.

April 22: Police-terrorist nexus was unearthed as two cops, A TA Jawan were held with Pak made pistols in Mendhar while one another was reported to be at large.A cop was killed in firing in Kupwara. A VDC member committed suicide in Rajouri. Sepratists staged another sit-in against the killing of the cleric.HCand strengthening VDCs dominated at Kishtwar also. Succumbing to pressure, centre extended relaxation to entire J&K.Indian envoy to Pak said that Pakistan should address India’s concerns.

April 23: Interlocutors review situation with Governor and CM while centre distanced itself from Jethmalani led Kashmir Panel.

April 24: Two top LeT terrorists Moosa and Zulqarnain wee killed in an encounter in banihal.. A Jawan was killed in an encounter in Gool while two infiltration bids were foiled in Poonch. A woman SPO and her husband were arrested in Mendhar for their involvement in arms racket. Terrorists short dead a man in Kreeri, Pattan. Interlocutors said that people’s aspirations cannot be held hostage to sepratists and claimed that most of the people want change in the status-quo and empowerment of all the regions.PM commands high turnout in Panchayat elections in J&K.

April 25: Two cops were killed by terrorists outside Nowgam Police Station.Steps to tackle summer-unrest were discussed as Omar Abdullah discussed situation with the top brass.

April 27: Principal Secession Judge Udhampur awarded life imprisonment to three HM terrorists. Fresh guidelines have been issued as MHA approves SOP to deal with protests.

April 28: An SRTC driver injured in Baramulla in stone-pelting while ferrying polling staff on 25th April succumbed to his injuries. Tension gripped Maisuma as Yasin Malik staged a dharna against alleged arrest of a youth. A JCO was among four killed as a Jawan ran amok at an RR camp in Awantipora. Pakistan agreed to non-discriminatory trade with India. J&K has sought 65 additional companies for Amarnath Yatra.

April 29: Protesters were cane charged and dispersed in Maisuma. P Chidambaram said that there is no reason for civilian unrest this summer and added that new SOPs will tackle protests in J&K. Pak terrorist, planted by HM, took agencies for a ride and married a Rajouri girl.

April 30: Terrorists shot dead a civilian in Sopore. One person was killed, four injured and 16 arrested as clashes broke out between the supporters and rivals of Jamait-e-Ahilhadees. Pak terrorist’s free movement for eight years has been described failure of intelligence agencies. Two yoyth crossed over to PoK in Mandi, Poonch.

May 1: A contractor was among two LeT ultras held in Poonch and ammunition haul was recovered from a hideout on their disclosures. LeT and HM used females on both the sides of LoC for smuggling of arms and used Bhati Dhar as the dumping ground.

May 2: World’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin laden was killed in an operation by the US in Abottabad, yards away from Military Academy, in Pakistan. A civilian was killed and seven others injured as terrorists tried to target an Army Commandant with car bomb at Udhampur. A youth was killed in firing range in Rajouri. Two terrorist and three sympathizers were arrested and arms and ammunition recovered from possession in North Kashmir. GOC 15 Corps said that militants would try to increase their infiltration attempts in next two months. India expressed its deep concern over terrorists finding sanctuary deep inside Pakistan.

May 3: An Army jawan was killed in an accidental blast in R S Pura. Pak terrorist Tanveer Ahamed who had been impersonating as Zaman Shah was reportedly in touch with terrorists of other states and used 100 SIM cards to inter-act with terrorists. Principal Secessions judge Kathua awarded death sentence to two terrorists for killing a police informer in 2002. The US said that Laden had support system in Pakistan.

May 4: An Army major was killed in a grenade blast while practicing in Rajouri. Army Chief said that Indian forces are competent enough to carry out Abbotabad like operation. The US hopes to unravel Osama’s links with help of decoding discs and DVDs.

May 5: Geelani was put uncer house arrest as he was to lead funeral prayers in absentia for ladewn at Batmaloo. Army lodged protest on hotline as Pakistan fired RPG and MMG’s to give cover to the intruders. Northern Command Chief said that decision on operations across LoC vests with the GoI.

May 6: Kulgam police busted a hawala racket and arrested three operatives of terrorists. A terrorist hideout was busted and arms and ammunition recovered in Trehgam, Kupwara. Explosives haul was recovered in Arnas, Reasi. A VDC member gunned down his son in Rajouri. 13 IM terrorists were charge sheeted in 2008 serial blasts in Delhi.

May 7: Three terrorists were reportedly holed up in Surankote while one more managed his escape in Mendhar.Border projects in Ladakh are to match projects of China. The US released rare video of Osama.

May 8: A big arms and explosives haul including 12 AK rifles were recovered in Kupwara.Three terrorists escaped in Bafliaz. A govt. official and local wife of the Pok terrorist, who masterminded car last and stayed near city for four years, were arrested. Geelani called for strike on May 14 for release of political prisoners and youth.

May 9: Four more were arrested in car bomb blast case.Omar Abdullah said that Osama’s death will not derail Indo-Pak dialogue. A KP woman Asha Jee was elected as a Panch in Wussan, kunzar. Police claimed to have busted a module responsible for issuing SIM cards to terrorists as the terrorists are using six to eight mobile phones. SC stayed Ayodha verdict.

May 10: Plot to revive militancy was unearthed as five terrorists were arrested in Pattan and three AKs and other ammunition recovered from their possession. An SPO gunned down his wife and brother-in-law in Ramban. Terrorists shot at and injured a Sarpanch candidate in Sopore. India asked Pakistan to disclose whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim.

May 11: An explosives haul was recovered in Pulwama. Police claimed to have solved car-blast case and arrested a govt. employee while hunt was launched for the PoK terrorist. MoS Defence reviewed security situation in a meeting in Northrrn Command. Salahudin and Neeta are among 50 most wanted fugitives in Pakistan. Pak govt. paid 135,000 pounds to a British parliamentarian George Gallowy to promote Kashmiri cause. In its favour. Nawaz Sharief demanded probe into Osama debacle.

May 12:                Geelani has been barred feom holding public rally in Shopian apprehending violence. State government today extended compensation benefits to slain surrendered terorists’ families. PM ruled out US-type operation in Pak.

May 13:                An Army Jawan was killed in an ambush in Lolab. More youth arrested under PSA are to be released as government finalises strategy for summer and Amarnath Yatra. EU delegation on visit to J&K said that EU is not to interfere in Kashmir. India is to give data to Pakistan on Wullar.

May 14: A BSF Jawan was killed in Pak firing in Arnia sector. EU refused to meet Geelani and KBA. GOC Northern Command described Chinese presence in PoK a cause of concern and added that Pak may push more ultras after the killing of Osama. He said that the Army has given its response on AFSPA.

May 15: BSF lodged protest as Pakistan again violated cease-fire in Arnia sector. India has started to develop air defence system in which an enemy missile can be shot at a distance of 5000 KMs.

May 16: An Let terrorist was killed in Sopore. Alert was sounded in Mendhar as land mines exploded in fire on LoC.Padgaonkar opposed division of J&K while Governor said that strike calls lead to problems.

May 17: Terrorists gunned down a cop in Sopore, shot at a Panch in Baramulla and attacked the residence of former Minister Usman Majeed Wani at Bandipore. Four persons including three terrorists were arrested for drug peddling in North Kashmir. Two Jammu criminals were held in Delhi. A cabinet sub committee is set to make amendments to Sageer Committee Report.

May 18: 10 OGWs were arrested in Kishtwar. A boy, Waheed Ahamed who was kidnapped by terrorists when he was just six years old returned to his house in Mendhar from a Madrassa after nine years. Padgaonkar said that they are working with the government to ensure peace.

May 20: Police recovered a body in bafliaz believed to be of the terrorist Huzefa while a terrorist of LeT was arrested in Kishtwar.Two persons were arrested in Baramulla and arms and ammunition was recovered from their possession. Authorities are not to allow hurriyat rally. AK Antony said that China-Pak ties are a cause of concerned claimed that violence is down and situation is improving in J&K.

May 21: Curfew like restrictions was imposed and hurriyat leaders put under house arrest to foil rally on the death anniversary of A G Lone. A terrorist hideout was busted in Rajouri. P Chidambaram said that we are living in troubled neighbourhood. Northern Command Major General is to lea a military team to China.

May 22: Two OGWs of LeT including the brother of LeT commander Hurera were arrested while taking ration and other material for terrorists. Mirwaiz said that Hurriyat was ready for negotiated settlement. PM said that J&K is moving towards peace and harmony.

May 23: An LeT terrorist was killed and three others trapped in an encounter in Poonch.RDX and grenade haul was recovered in Banihal. Sonia Gandhi said that there will be no compromise on terror but the talks with Pakistan will continue. P Chidambaram said that careful vigil is being kept along the borders to foil intrusions.

May 24: Search for three terrorists was launched in Handwara. Arms have been recovered from the slain terrorists while hunt was on for other three terrorists in Poonch who managed their escape. ISI and LeT helped Headley in executing Mumbai attacks and his handlers wanted to kill Bal Thackrey.

May 25: An LeT terrorist was killed, another injured and a female associate held in Doda district. A terrorist was killed in Handwara.Omar Abdullah said that 30 to 40 militants have entered J&K but added that there was no alternative to talks with Pakistan. Headley wanted an assignment in Kashmir after his training.

May 26: JeM terrorist Qari Zubair and his associate were killed in an encounter at Kellar, Pulwama while one more terrorist ws killed in Handwara encounter. Farooq Abdullah said that Kashmir situation should satisfy all. SFC has made serious recommendations for Jammu, Kashmir and ladakh regions. Headely said that Pak Navy man was present with ISI’s Iqbal during meeting.

May 27: Two foreign terrorists were killed in an encounter inn Sopore. A major intrusion bid was foiled in Ramgarh sector. P Chidambaram said that terror infrastructure is flourishing in Pakistan while Hillary Clinton asked Pakistan tomtake decisive steps to flush out al-Qaeda. Arun Jaitley said that UPA is soft on terrorism while BJP is to write to Pm on Ladakh demands.

May 28: Terrorists shot dead a father-son duo in Kupwara. Two stone-pelters were arrested in Anantnag. An LeT hideout was busted in Kishtwar.Pakistan returned two Poonch boys after a month. PM said that terror machine equally hurting Pakistan and it is time for action against jehadi groups.

May 29: A youth was killed when a shell exploded in firing range in Akhnoor.Omar Abdullah said that we will deal with the infiltrators.

May 30: An intrusion bid was foiled and a guide killed while four infiltrators retrieved in samba ssector. India and Pakistan discussed Saichan.

May 31: A terrorist hideout was busted in Sopore and huge cache of arms and ammunition including six AKs and 13 Pistols were recovered. Two IEDs were seized in Kishtwar. Both sides agreed to carry taks though there was no agreement on Saichan. The US said that Pak is home to militants targeting Kashmir.