August-September 2010 Issue

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

Aug 1:  Seven people were killed and many injured as violence continued in Valley; a tehsil office, a police post and govt. vehicles were set albaze as protesters  continued to damage public property. Two OGWs were nabbed in Doda. Appealing for peace, Omar Abdullah said that he will not allow perpetrators of violence to win. CCS discussed fresh wave of violence in Kashmir. In a new development, security forces recovered  narcotics alongwith arms and ammunition in Chingus, Rajouri.

Aug 2:  Eight people were killed in violence as a train coach, police station, CMO office included the public property torched by the protesters. Omar Abdullah met PM, HM, CCS members and sought RAF and political package but said that semblance of normalcy is a precursors. 20 RDX were seized in Kalakote. Kashmir unrest echoed in Parliament and a Congress delegation that met Oscar Fernandes and Prathvi Raj Chavan exerted pressure on leadership to act on Kashmir. CM chaired Unified Command meet.

Aug 3:  Five people were killed as violence continued in Valley; four police posts were set on fire. Highway was handed over to Army and additional forces deployed in Sopore and Baramulla and at least 12 companies of RAF are being airlifted to Valley. Two OGWs were held in Kishtwar. Majority community observed bandh in towns like Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwari, Banihal to protest against civilian killings. A Pakistani was arrested alongwith his associate in Barnai, Jammu. Wanted woman terrorist Shabnam surfaced in Kishtwar, admitted that the Comdr married her at gun point but denied relation with the outfit. Lal Singh led Congress delegation met PM and supported AFSPA and sought suspension of Assembly and Governor’s rule. Non local railway employees were sent on leave as NR suspended operations in Valley indefinitely.

Aug 4:  Two more protesters were killed in Valley as violence and arson continued. SIM card supplier to terrorists was held in Gandoh, Doda. Geelani asked for peaceful protests as violence brings ‘bad name to the Kashmir movement”. Mufti Sayeed described present situation result of long drift and neglect of Kashmiri people with distinct cultural and intellectual identity. 50 more NR employees fled from Valley. Promising to reactivate dialogue to address grievances once normalcy is restored, P.Chidambaram asked people of Kashmir to heed to the voice of reason and desist from violence. He added that state government is considering political and administrative measures. Jammu cops are to brief PP on Neetas activities as a plot to revive militancy in Punjab was detected.

Aug 5:  One person was killed and another succumbed to injuries in unabated violence in Valley. Arms and explosives were recovered in Rajouri. Police busted two more modules involved in supply of SIM cards to terrorists as 300 SIM cards are reported to have reached terrorists to strengthen their network. A BJP delegation including BJP MLAs of J&K and headed by LK Advani met Prime Minister. After Kashmir, Tanker operators stopped supplies to Ladakh as 5 drivers and cleaners were reportedly beaten up and 16 vehicles damaged in Kashmir valley.

Aug 6:  A jawan was killed and a Captain injured as terrorists opened fire on a patrol party in Sopore. Amidst rains and Geelani’s appeal Kashmir witnessed relative calm. Three LeT terrorists were reportedly trapped and a cop was killed in gun battle in Mendhar. Promising fulfilling promises including on the AFSPA and reduction of troops, P.Chidambaram said government is ready to hold talks will all, including Geelani, to win hearts and minds of Kashmiris. Reacting to the offer, Geelani said that talks only after India accepts Kashmir as a dispute.

Aug 7:  An injured succumbed to injuries and the curfew was relaxed in Srinagar after eight days. BJP accused Centre of being casual towards J&K. Mirwaiz also rejected offer of talks. Congress State President Saifu-ud-Din Soz said that he doesn’t believe in tailor made solutions and described economic packages insufficient to address the Kashmir issue. KPs condemned protests by separatists at Delhi.

Aug 8:  A guide was killed and five infiltrators pushed back as troops retaliated in Mendhar sector. A graduate terrorist Rashid Ansari of Rot in Marmat, Doda was arrested and he said that HM spoiled his career. Kashmir witnessed a day long normalcy even yet another youth succumbed at SKIMS, KPs and JKPF staged demonstration against separatists at Delhi.

Aug 9:  A large quantity of arms and explosives was seized at Mangnar, Poonch while an encounter took place at Adbias, Mahore as three terrorists reportedly slipped into Mahore. Curfew was reimposed in Srinagar and restrictions across the Valley to foil separatists, march.

Aug 10:            A jawan was killed near LoC in Pak firing in Mendhar sector. 20 kg RDX was seized in Reasi. Three cops were killed in a terrorist attack in Sopore as curfew and restrictions were eased in the Valley. Speaking in All Party delegation meet, Manmohan Singh asked to give chance to peace to pursue external and internal dialogue. Maintaining that the state needs a political package, to said that government is ready to give autonomy within the constitution if consensus emerges; a high level group headed by C. Rangarajan was constituted to fame job plea.

Aug 11:            Two people were killed and 20 others injured as terrorists attacked Army vehicles and a civil bus in Rajouri. The CO was the main target escaped unhurt while PSO and his driver were among the injured. A top LeT terrorist was killed in Kishtwar. Ten medicos, three former ultras were arrested for raising anti-national slogans and demonstrating near JU and in Doda. Curfew was extended to more towns to foil separatists’ march. PM’s autonomy remarks evoked mixed reaction.

Aug 12:            Three terrorists were killed in an encounter in Weewan forests in Bandipore. A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered in Sangarama, Sopore. Kashmir witnessed a day long normalcy. Arms and explosives were recovered in Pogal, Banihal. Army Chief General VK Singh said that Army will stay in Kashmir till crisis persisted. Describing situation worse in 1989 than today, Farooq Abdullah said that Kashmir won’t go anywhere.

Aug 13: Four persons were killed and twenty others injured in violence in Kashmir. Kingpin of pro-Azadi demonstration outside JU, Hassan Brar of Nehru market Doda and final year student of Law School in JU was arrested today. Umar Farooq described Manmohan Singh’s peace appeal as an attempt to mislead international community and people of India. Searches continue in Rajouri-Poonch forests as terrorists were again spotted in Thanna Mandhi.

Aug 14:            Two persons were killed and 60 others injured in today’s violence in Kashmir. In his independence day message, Omar Abdullah appealed for normalcy and dialogue and announced 50,000 jobs for unemployed youth. NN Vohra asked for changed tactics for crowd control and asked for end to cycle of violence. On the eve of independence, high alert was sounded on LoC, IB, NHs.

Aug 15:            Two terrorists including Sajad Kashmir, belonging to the recently intruded group and responsible for recent attack on Army and civil bus, were killed and searches on for eliminating others in Sheru forests near Shahdra-Sharief. A jawan sacrificed his life while three others including a Major were injured in the encounter. A civilian was killed by terrorists in Sopore. Independence day functions across the state passed off peacefully except shoe-hurling incident in Srinagar. 66 people were injured late  protests. In his Independence Day speech, describing Kashmir as integral part of India, Prime Minister expressed willingness to hold talks with all those who abjure violence. Government suspended 15 police personnel for the security lapse as it claimed that the shoe-thrower was instigated by a political party.

Aug 16:            With the death of one more terrorists, all the three terrorists spotted recently were eliminated in Thannamandi, Rajouri. Normal life remained paralysed in Valley even if CWC discussed the worrisome situation in the Valley. Army chief and CRPF DG briefed. Governor on security situation as Army top brass also met CM on the issue Court grants five day remained of 14 students for raising anti-national slogan outside Jammu University.

Aug 17:            A terrorist and four OGWs were arrested across Jammu and arms and terror funds recovered from their possession. Kashmir witnessed a normalcy day and a man succumbed to injuries. In a dramatic development, Omar Abdullah ordered release of shoe thrower Abdul Ahad Jan as the latter met CM and reportedly apologised for his conduct; it was claimed that unfulfilled promises made him shoe thrower. The Central government claimed that “armed militants” were present among protesters in Valley. Nine Pak terrorists were released and 37 more such persons are being released in coming days nothwithstanding  India’s claims of Pakistani support to terrorism and present unrest in Valley. PM announced Rs 125 crore package for Leh flood victims.

Aug 18:            Terrorists killed two civilians in Chasna area of Reasi district. A cop was killed and two others injured as terrorists attacked residence of MLA Sopore. The day passed peacefully amidst curfew in the Valley. Two persons were detained under PSA and 10 more dosseirs were ready to act tough against pro-separatists and terrorist elements in Jammu region. Railway has sought safety commitment from the state before starting restoration work in the Valley. In yet another twist in the drama, shoe-thrower suspended cop resigned from his job and said “freedom” is the only solution to Kashmir issue.

Aug 19:            An OGW of LeT was arrested in Kishtwar and a consignment of arms and ammunition recovered in Tayrath, Rajouri. 14 persons were injured in fresh clashes  as death toll reached to 59 with death of a boy in protests in Kashmir valley. Describing scrapping of AFSPA very difficult, P.Chidambaram said that his ministry has proposed amendments. Sonia Gandhi said reaching out to the people of J&K through dialogue and mutual understanding is the need of the hour as the anger and pain that is manifest itself, especially among the young, needs to be addressed.

Aug 20:            Two more people were killed in protests in Valley. Two fake Moulvis were held in Ramban. Amidst concern among Sikhs in Valley after threatening letters, P.Chidambaram said Sikhs have nothing to fear in Valley.

Aug 21:            Life remained crippled in Valley amidst curfew and restrictions. BJP leader Arun Jaitley described Autonomy post-dated cheque for freedom and said “the biggest example of failure of Indian secularism is Kashmir”. Police arrested Attequllah Dar alongwith seven SIM cards and detected a unique modus operandi of sleating government records to procure SIMs for terrorists.

Aug 22:            Terrorists killed two women at Nadimarg, Kulgam and a civilian in Chakoora, Pulwama. Two LeT terrorist surrendered in Doda. 17 persons were injured in protests as life remained paralysed in Valley.

Aug 23:            The terrorist involved in recent attack on MLA Sopore’s residence was arrested from SMHS hospital. An SP and a DySP were amongst the injured in stone pelting as death toll reached to 62 with succumbing of a youth. CPM general secretary Prakash Karat called for an openended and unconditional dialogue and favoured ‘Maximum Autonomy’ to the state.

Aug 24:            Kashmir witnessed a day long normalcy but Geelani issued fresh schedule of protests. Amarnath Yatra concluded with 4.5 lakh people paying obeisance.

Aug 25:            Another youth succumbed to injuries as clashes continued in Valley. An HM terrorist was arrested in Ramban. P.Chidambaram hinted of a new initiative to start dialogue and end vicious cycle of violence.

Aug 26:            A Lashkar activist was arrested in Kishtwar. PM asks for non-lethal way to deal with protests in J&K as life remained disrupted in Valley. Farooq Abdullah opined the most Kashmiris including PoK people want to be with India and warned that Kashmir will become Taliban if independence granted.

Aug 27:            Four AKs and explosives were seized near LoC in Mendhar sector. 60 people were hurt in clashes in Valley. Mirwaiz Umar flayed Farooq Abdullah for his speech in parliament. Northern Army Comdr denied permission to visit China by China.

Aug 28:            A terrorist returning from PoK alongwith wife and three children was arrested on LoC in Poonch. A CRPF jawan committed suicide in Kishtwar. DEM Chief Aasiya Indrabi was arrested as curfew and restrictions continued in the Valley. In a major development, New York Times said that Pakistan is handing over defacto control of strategic Ballistan and Gilgit to China and 7000 to 1000 PLA soldiers have been deployed in the area.

Aug 29:            Six terrorists were reportedly killed as Army foiled an infiltration bid in Uri sector. Six Hurriyat leaders and five miscreants, including three government employees, were arrested as life remained crippled in Valley. A BSF jawan committed suicide in Samba district. Even as Omar Abdullah claimed that centre is working on political solution, UK Bansal, Special Secretary (Internal Security in UHM described dialogue only solution and said that separatists have to come to table. Pakistan has floated a new terrorist outfit Jammu Kashmir Movement (JKM) to give indigenous look to terrorism.

Aug 30:            Three more infiltrators were killed in Uri sector. Yet another intrusion bid was foiled in Mendhar sector. A boy was killed and 20 others injured in fresh clashes across the Valley. Arms and explosives were recovered in Reasi.

Aug 31:            An Army jawan was killed and two others injured in an encounter in Valley as Valley remained tense amidst curfew and restrictions in many places. SA Geelani said that he is ready for talks if government accepts his condition including treating Kashmir as an international dispute.

Sep 1:  The terrorists and a guide have reportedly escaped from on encounter at Dera Ki Gali in Poonch taking advantage of grown up maize. 17 cops were injured in stone pelting in Valley. P.Chidambaram said that Centre will soon come out with series of measure on Kashmir as Omar Abdullah met him to discuss situation.

Sep 2:  Security forces destroyed a hideout in Dachan, Kishtwar and recovered arms and ammunition. An OGW was arrested in Rajouri. Two persons were injured in Zaldagar and government foiled Women’s march as curfew continued in Anantnag and restrictions at several other places.

Sep 3:  An HM Divisional Commander Fridous alias Prince surrendered before police. 15 Surankote girls taken across by terrorists for marrying have reportedly joined terrorist ranks. 25 people were injured in fresh protests across Valley. Railways is receiving threats against restoration of damages as three incidents took place during track inspection exercise. Mirwaiz called for decisive talks over Kashmir between India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir.

Sep 5:  A JeM Comdr Omar Khitab, a Pakistan national, was killed and his local associate arrested in Mendhar, Poonch. A dismissed CRPF cop and his son were arrested for sheltering the terrorist. Two army jawans were injured in an encounter in Gurez sector while a gun battle was on in Handwara, Kupwara. Kashmir witnessed a day long normalcy. Northern Command Chief described AFSPA under special circumstances. Favouring political dialogue and phased withdrawal of AFSPA, Omar Abdullah said that status quo is not the only option available.

Sep 6:  Seven terrorists and a jawan were killed in two gun battles in Kupwara and Bandipore districts. Four people were killed in firing at Palhalan, Pattan even as rest of Kashmir witessed a normal day. While BJP opposed autonomy in guise of political package, Prime Minister hinted at new steps to break Kashmiri impasse and Chief Minister said that Centre will respond to Geelani’s conditions.

Sep 7:  Three government contractors of Kishtwar and Ramban are under scanner as they are alleged to have hired labourers for government projects but pushed them into undesirable activities in Valley. Curfew was clamped in Srinagar and restrictions elsewhere amidst apprehension of widespread protests.

Sep 8:  Seven more terrorists were killed in Gurez as death toll reached to 12 in four day long operation. Three OGWs were arrested in Kishtwar. Two LeT terrorists were arrested for February 13 Pune blast. SA Geelani was arrested and 12 others injured in protests across Valley amidst indications of Eid package as Omar Abdullah met Prime Minister and Home Minister. An HM Comdr killed his associate for alleged links with his wife in Marmat, Doda.

Sep 9:  Two persons were killed though curfew was lifted from all parts in Valley and 11 habitual stone pelters detained under PSA. A youth of Pulwama was arrested while three others remained untraced as they made an attempt to cross over to PoK via Poonch. Omar Abdullah met Pranab Mukerjee and AK Antony on AFSPA issue.

Sep 10:            Umar Farooq rejects bilateral talks. CCS is scheduled to meet today on Kashmir issue amidst reports of differences between P.Chidambaram and AK Antony on AFSPA.

Sep 11:            The Eid sprit was given a blow as people went on rampage after Eid-prayers torching several offices, police stations and terrorists opening fire from crowd at Sopore. Omar Abdullah accused separatists of betraying trust.

Sep 12:            Terrorists killed a civilian in Poonch. Two CRPF men died mysteriously in Kashmir valley. A mob attacked residence of Education Minister Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed at Damhal-Khushipora as death toll in Kashmir protests reached to 71 with succumbing of a yet another injured. Mirwaz Umar and other separatists were booked for violence as FIRs were registered at various police stations. BJP asked for removal of Omar Abdullah and no dilution in AFSPA.

Sep 13:            18 people were killed, 200 others injured and many offices, private schools and houses set ablaze in violence hit Valley. Curfew was imposed in Poonch as protesters went on rampage and thirty six were injured in violence. Three terrorists and an Army jawan were killed in Valley. State cabinet reviewed situation and government appealed for peace. CCS called for ‘All Party Meet’ as concensus eluded on AFSPA. Prime Minister said Centre is ready for talks within constitution as grievances of Kashmiris need to be addressed.

Sep 14:            35 people were injured in fresh clashes as curfew was extended to entire Valley. All communities procession was taken out in Jammu as curfew continued in Poonch and violence was witnessed in Kishtwar. Five more Pak prisoners were freed. IAF chief favours AFSPA as crucial all party meeting on Kashmir is to take place tomorrow. Panun Kashmir held a protest demonstration at Press Club Jammu as various KP organisations organised programmes to observe Martyrs’ Day.

Sep 15:            Three people were killed and all government offices and vehicles set ablaze in Mendhar Poonch in free for all situation. Curfew was imposed and flag march staged by Army after initial refusal to instil confidence among people and stop violence. Another youth was killed in firing and 16 others injured in Valley as Pak Channels were taken off air in Kashmir. All Party Meet decided to send a delegation to J&K but remained divided on AFSPA.

Sep 16:            Seven terrorists were killed in two different encounter in Pulwama and Bandipore districts. An intrusion bid was foiled in Mendhar sector. A youth succumbed to injuries and 25 persons were injured in fresh clashes in Kashmir and curfew remained imposed in Poonch and Mendhar. 17 LUTF councillors and ex-MP joined BJP in Leh.

Sep 17:            Three persons were killed and 30 others injured in violence across Kashmir valley. Curfew continued in Mendhar and Poonch as pro-separatist activists were among several detained in Jammu region. Arms and ammunition  haul was recovered in Mendhar sector.

Sep 18:            Five people were killed and 35 injured in continued violence in Kashmir. Pakistan resorted to heavy firing in a bid to allow infiltration in Poonch, sector. Army chief described AFSPA an enabling provision and not arbitrary. Panun Kashmir warned that mistaking in understanding content and contours of separatism will prove disastrous.

Sep 19:            Death toll in Kashmir violence reached to 103 as a woman was killed in firing and three others succumbed to injuries. Two terrorists and a jawan were among four killed.

Sep 20:            Five people were injured in Sopore firing as All Party Delegation meets different shades of opinion in the Valley and Prime Minister and President discussed J&K situation. Decomposed bodies of two terrorists were recovered in Karnah sector. A Pakistani is among seven terrorists reported to have sneaked into Billawar-Bani area while 15 others are waiting at Hiranagar-Gurdaspur IB.

Sep 21:            Jammu strongly countered anti-India campaign while Omar Abdullah described meet with separatists part of plan, BJP distanced itself from meeting with Geelani. All party delegation visited migrant camp at Muthi while many Pandit delegations called on the team to present their view point. Valley witnessed a peaceful day amidst curfew relaxation.

Sep 22:            Two LeT terrorists were killed in Kashmir valley. Kashmir witnessed relative calm even though death toll reached to 104. 200 VDCs were activated in Bani-Billawar as hunt was on to track the terrorists.

Sep 23:            A terrorist was gunned down in Sopore. Provocative posters were removed in Kishtwar and curfew was relaxed in Valley.

Sep 24:            JKLF leader Showkat Bakshi was among six injured as curfew continued in Valley to counter Geelani’s agitation calendar. Police today claimed that one cop was inured and 4,000 police and security personnel injured in continued violence in Valley and 29 police stations and posts set ablaze by the unruly crowds. KBA chief Mian Qayoom was detained under PSA while 114 preventive arrests were made in Doda. Cong core group reviewed Kashmir situation,.

Sep 25:            P.Chidambaram announced 8 point initiative on Kashmir, including dialogue, release of youth and PSA detainees. Though Geelani rejected the proposal, Jammu and Pandit organisation described the package Kashmir centric and betrayal with nationalist forces.

Sep 26:            Terrorists shot dead a civilian in Baramulla as curfew was relaxed and lifted from many places. Differences surfaced ‘separatists’ camp on Geelanis’ comment that ‘Independent Kashmir” cannot survive.

Sep 27:            An HM terrorist was nabbed in Gulabgarh, Mahore. Schools reopened after three months in Kashmir Valley. Centre expressed happiness while CM described the event as no ones defeat victory. Mirwaiz Uma rejected Centre’s recent peace initiative.

Sep 28:            A terrorist was killed near LoC in Kupwara. The situation remained peaceful in Valley. Heavy mortars and rockets were fired by Pak army in KG and Jhalas sectors in an attempt to push LeT and Al-Badar terrorist groups into Indian territory.

Sep 29:            An HM terrorist surrendered in Rajouri while terrorists were pushed back after 11 hour long operation in Poonch sector as Pak fired mortars and rockets to facilitate infiltration. Valley remained peaceful as government decided to release stone pelters, remove 16 bunkers and frame two committees to review disturbed areas. Centre sanctioned 100 crosses for J&K schools India said that Pakistan was sponsoring terror in J&K.

Sep 30:            A cop was injured in an encounter in Kangan, Ganderbal. Major terror plot was averted as large quantity of arms and ammunition including 25 kg RDX, was recovered in Kishtwar. Three four terrorists were at large after ambushing an Army patrol at Dera Ki Gali and injuring a jawan. Normal life was paralysed as Jammu observed a peaceful bandh against Kashmir centric policies of Centre. Life remained paralysed in Valley amidst curfew. Omar Abdullah said that 109 deaths feel like 109 pieces pulled out of his heart in terrorist violence in Kashmir Valley. 16 terrorists were pushed back in Poonch sector. An HM terrorist was held with terror funds in Ramban. Twin terror incidents were witnessed in Delhi. Describing AFSPA removal first CBM, Omar Abdullah said he will overcome crisis.