February 2011 – April 2011 Issue

Chronology of Events

Feb. 1: Addressing CM’s conference on Internal Security, PM said that the Kashmir situation has taken a turn for better while J&K CM asked for political solution based on pragmatism. CM condoled the killing of two girls in Sopore by the terrorists and questioned the mute or no condemnation by the sepratists. Political leaders asked for honest dialogue for resolution of Kashmir.Pak chopper flies close to IB. Pre Summer unrest train operations in the valley are to be restored by the March end.

Feb. 2: Terrorists attacked the house of Congress leader G R Kar and a CRPF camp in Sopore. A terrorist and an OGW were arrested in Baramulla. Nine stone pelters were also arrested in the valley. Security forces have improved their vigil in the back drop of movement of terrorists along the LoC and IB. Hurriyat termed killing of two sisters in Sopore as inhuman while BJP asked Omar Abdullah to be proactive against the terrorists.Farooq Abdullah reiterated demand on the troop reduction. Terming Kashmir issue an outcome of uncontested communalism, Panun Kashmir asked Centre to clear its stand on the Musharraf formula. Home Minister is to review security of five districts at a meeting at Kishtwar and is expected to meet CM, Governor and Congress leaders during his visit to Jammu.

Feb. 3:  Hurriyat has called for a shutdown tomorrow as people protest killing of two sisters. PC asks congress leaders to prepare a document for the resolution of Kashmir as he met two factions of the party separately. He also called on the Governor. Centre asked states to be sensitive while dealing with the Kasshmiris. BJP opposed appeasement to the sepratists. Pak team is to assess work on artificial Tawi Lake.

Feb. 4: Life remained affected in the Valley while an employee of BSNL Ali Mohd Bhat was arrested and a pouch, one binocular, HM’s letter pad and four petrol bombs were recovered from his possession. P Chidambaram discussed CBMs with the CM while he asked for ending residual militancy but winning over the youth during a review meeting at Kishtwar. BJP asked the centre not to take hasty decisions on Kashmir. MHA has reportedly not given security clearance to the start of the 3G Services in the J&K. Amidst opposition to the appointment of Amitab Mattoo as VC of the Central University Jammu, Mattoo has reportedly declined the offer.

Feb. 5:  CM calls for restraint while a student was reportedly killed during an Army ambush in kupwara and a murder case was registered in the case. Terrorists shot at an NC activist in Pulwama while six stone pelters were arrested in Baramulla. An OGW was arrested and a terrorist hideout destroyed in Kishtwar. The number of rehabilitation seekers has reportedly swollen to 300. 13 IM terrorists are to face trial for masterminding serial blasts in Delhi in 2008.

Feb. 6: An arms and ammunition haul was recovered in Rajouri. CM emphasized need for zero tolerance while Army ordered probe in Handwara incident. India and Pakistan agreed to carry forward talks.

Feb. 7: Pakistan refused permission to NIA to interrogate masterminds of 26/11 Mumbai attack in Pakistan.

Feb. 8: Three top terrorists were eliminated in an encounter in Banihal. CS visited Jagti township to take stock of the work.

Feb. 9:  A stone pelter was arrested in Baramulla. SSP Srinagar Sayed Ashiq Bukhari said that 70% stone-pelters were either drug addicts or having parental problem. AK Antony said that the govt. is to modernize armed forces.

Feb.10: Terrorists struck twice in Sopore and injured two persons. Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League president and one time dreaded terrorist who was instrumental in Summer-unrest was arrested in Srinagar.Three trans-border smugglers were arrested in Jammu. CM asked sepratists to meet the interlocutors and added that they have the mandate and full backing of PM to find a political settlement of Kashmir issue. India today formally announced start of comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan on all issues including Kashmir that had hit a road-block in wake of 26/11 Mumbai attack.

Feb. 11: Life remained paralysed in the valley due to the strike on the death anniversary of JKLF leader Maqbool Bhat. Eight top LeT terrorists have offered to return as 265 terrorists of Doda are reportedto be in PoK.SC has sought centre’s response on Guru’s plea for transfer to a jail in J&K. Omar Abdullah favours Indo-Pak dialogue.

Feb. 12: Three people were injured in Baramulla during protests as four stone pelters were arrested. Seven terrorist-supporters were convicted to eight years imprisonment after 20 years trial. Amidst war of words between PDP and NC, Omar Abdullah charged Mehbooba Mufti of instigating people for replicating Egypt.

Feb.13: Two siblings were killed and three others were injured as children fiddled with an explosive device left behind after an encounter at Maloora in the outskirts of Srinagar in October 2010. Two HM terrorists were arrested even though they took families as shield to escape. UHS G K Pillai said that 10000 troops will be withdrawn from the state of J&K and the amendment to AFSPA is still on the table. Four people were arrested as a fake gun license racket was busted even several youth managed employment on these licenses in Mumbai and Kolkata. Home Minister asked PDP to correct itself and Omar Abdullah said that gifting away parts of J&K is unacceptable as PDP reportedly showed parts of J&K as parts of China during a presentation.

Feb.14: A hunt has been launched for three terrrists in Poonch and one another in Ramban. Congress today asked PDP to withdraw the controversial map.

Feb. 15: Terrorists lobbed a grenade towards a security picket in Sopore while gunmen opened fire on a house in Pattan injuring two girls. 12 stone pelters were arrested from Kreeri and Patten. Army Chief reviewed security situation in a meeting in Udhampur and said that India wants to solve all disputes with pak.Omar Abdullah said that BSF will pay rent for the land taken for fencing the border.

Feb. 16: NIA filed final charge sheet in the case relating to the recruitment of kerala youth as terrorists for Kashmir. PM said that the situation in J&K has improved.

Feb. 17:                Terrorists struck twice as they attacked an Army camp and a Police patrol in Sopore as Police claimed 40 terrorists active in the area. An intrusion bid was foiled in KG sector. Reacting to PM’s statement about normalcy, Geelani said that the lull is temporary and added that Kashmiri people will bring such a revolution that the revolutions in Egypt and other places will look pale. A high powered committee deliberated upon removal of DAA in Srinagar and Budgam to facilitate withdrawal of AFSPA. Omar Abdullah announced removal of 12 more bunkers. A K Antony dismissed reports about withdrawal of AFSPA and added that the sepratists are misusing facebook in J&K.

Feb.18:                 Terrorists short dead an NC activist in Hajan, Bandipore while threee policemen and one another person were injured in stonepelting on a police post in Baramulla. An Army jawan was injured in a blast in KG area. Shabir Shah was arrested in Hazratbal. Police claimed that 4294 arrests have been made and 195 stone pelters have been booked under PSA to ensure a peaceful summer. Pak team is arriving to inspect a barrage on the Tawi, two canals and a power project.

Feb. 19:                A terrorist was destroyed in Keshwan, Kishtwar and ammunition was recovered there. Police arrested five persons in connection with the attack on two girls in Kreeri and recovered the weapon of offence.

Feb. 20:                Four more terrorists have been arrested in Ramban even as dreaded terrorist remained at large.BSF decided to go on with the installation of flood lights even thoug Pak Rangers tried to stop the installation along the border.

Feb. 21:                BSF continued the floodlighting along the fence despite objections by the Rangers. GOC 15 corps said that at present there is no infiltration and the troop cut does not apply to the Army and added that the decision about AFSPA lies with the political establishment. India proposed dates for talks with Pakistan. President said that pro-active measures have improved situation in J&K. The Bombay HC confirmed the death sentence awarded to Kasab.

Feb. 22:                Another conduit of slain terrorist Qari Zubair was held with arms and explosives. Two live bombs were recovered in Nowshera. Valley witnessed partial strike against the restrictions imposed on Geelani in New Delhi. The interlocutors were moved by the plight of Basties while the PoK refujees demanded relief at par with the KPs.

Feb. 23:                Huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered as two terrorists’ hide-outs were busted in Anantnag and Kupwara districts. The interlocutors are to submit report within two weeks and the sepratists’ point is to figure in the report. Omar Abdullah met Home Minister and demanded deletion of DAA in peaceful areas.

Feb. 24:                The interlocutors met family of the sisters killed by terrorists in Sopore and of the youth killed in an Army operation in Handwara. PM said that the centre is keeping fingers crossed for the summer and the Rangarajan committees report will change the mindset as it is expected to recommend creation of one lakh jobs.

Feb. 25:                Two terrorists with their wives and seven children crossed Loc and were captured in Poonch. India asked Pakistan to eschew rehetoric.

Feb. 26:                A VDC member was injure and two terrorists reportedly trapped as an encounter was going on in Keri, Budhal. Many Jammu terrorists are reportedly in pitiable conditions in PoK as there is no space for terrorists above 40. Even though the interlocutors claimed that they spared no attempt to reach to the sepratists, Mufti Sayeed wanted CBMs before inviting sepratists for talks.

Feb. 27: Terrorists killed a truck driver in Pulwama while a huge cache of arms was recovered in Bandipore.Police claimed that the surrendered terrorists and criminals have also benefited from the fake license racket as many youth reach Mumbai, Kolkata and Nepal. Omar Abdullah visited IB and called for beter Indo-Pak ties.

Feb. 28:                Terrorists shot dead a shopkeeper in Baramulla while three persons including two policemen were injured in a grenade attack in Batmaloo. NN Vohra asked sepratists to seize historic opportunity of dialogue as agitation and confrontation cannot resolve issues. Omar Abdullah asked for political solution to Kashmir. Rs 8000 crore package has been provided to J&K in the union budget.

Mar. 1: Hurriyat leader Geelani was questioned in Delhi in hawala trail.

Mar. 2: A terrorist was killed and an Army Major injured in az day long gun-battle in Dadsar, Tral. Pakistan’s Minority Affairs minister Shabaz Bhati was killed and Taliban is believed behind the incident.

Mar. 3: S A S Geelani has been put under house arrest after his return from New Delhi while judicial remand of KBA Chief was extended by a court. Omar Abdullah termed unemployment and militancy as biggest challenges. CPM leader Tarigami demanded withdrawal of DAA and revocation of PSA while NC and PDP charged each other over the prevailing situation in the state.

Mar. 4: A BSF jawan died of accidental fire in Srinagar. JKLF chief appeared in a court in hawala case. PM inaugurated Jagti Township and said that the government will make situation conducive for the return of migrants. PM said that the centre recognizes political and emotional grievances of J&K.

Mar. 5:  A terrorist surrendered along with his family in Doda after his return from PoK. Speaking in the seminar “Should Kashmiri Pandits Look for an Option Beyond the Nation” organized by PK lead by Agnishekhar, Ram  Jethmalani said that Musharraf tried to resolve Kashmir while S K Tickoo of Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti said that the community should approach organizations like the UN seeking a territory for them outside India, preferably in North America. M H Baig opined that the Article 370 cannot be scrapped while CM mooted Truth and Reconciliation Commission for two decade militancy.

Mar. 6: An LeT OGW was arrested in Doda. Two children were hurt in a mine-blast in Nowshera, Rajouri.Geelani backed of India Today Conclave saying that he cannot share the platform with National Security Adviser as hurriyat cannot engage itself with the centre until his five-point demand is accepted.

Mar. 7: An HM worker from Ramban was arrested in New Delhi. Terrorists blew up portion of Railway Track in Nowgam. A Delhi court is to decide on a plea on March 10 to charge-sheet Geelani, Arundati Roy and others in a sedition case.

Mar. 8: Army repatriated a youth to Pak after he had inadvertently crossed to this side. PDP leader Baig asked the government to reduce dependence on centre before autonomy or self-rule and charged the government of recruiting 200 NC workers in Police.

Mar. 9:  A terrorist was killed and one another injured as BSF foiled an infiltration bid in Niki Tawi area. Pakistan violated ceasefire in Poonch. Geelani called for a strike on 12 March. Statehood demand again echoed in the Assembly. Two Rajouri villages shown in PoK in revenue records.

Mar. 10:               Dreaded terrorist Sajad Afgani and his body-guard were killed in an encounter in Srinagar.Awantipora police seized 50 kg explosives from  a shop at Lidhoo. Three children were injured while playing with an explosive device. An LeT operative was held in Doda and Rs 1.84 lakh worth Hawala money was recovered from his possession. Rubbishing the reports that Srinagar is a militancy-free area, DIG Central Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir said that about 50 militants including foreigners are active in Central Kashmir.

Mar. 11: Police arrested Ghulam Hassan Mir alias Chota Geelani, a close associate of A S Geelani, from Soura while carrying immoral activities with a girl. DGP said that the centre and the state has chalked out strategy on summer unrest and added that the wages of SPOs may be hiked. Interlocutors are to hear women’s voice. CU issue again rocked Assembly. Revenue Minister said that health insurance is being provided to the migrants.

Mar. 12: An HuM Div. Comdr. Was among three terrorists killed in Kashmir valley. Army nabbed a suspect from LoC when he was trying to cross over to PoK. A Doda SPO was held in Punjab and cocaine was recovered from his possession. Interlocutors meet women leaders. Kashmir observed a shut down against alleged mass arrest on Hurriyat (G) call  though Geelani said that there were no plans for prolonged shutdowns or for violent protests and was not in favour of damaging the tourist season but described shutdowns as the only means of peaceful protests.

Mar. 13:  police claimed to have killed the terrorist Chota Kalimullah who was responsible for killing of two sisters in Sopore in January. The terrorist had set up hide-out in a doctor’s clinic. A Jawan was killed after falling from a train. Interlocutors asked for setting up a Task Force to address women’s issues. Multi Agency Centre (MAC) has warned of intrusion bids as LeT and HM has readied 489 ultras for infiltration. 30 PoK refugees were arrested and others dispersed as they tried to cross over LOC in Akhnoor sector demanding compensation and one time settlement. RSS described presence of Chinese Army in PoK a serious issue. While Mufti Mohd Sayeed said that PDP is keeping a close watch on Govt., M H Baig said that NC hatched conspiracy against Maharaja Hari Singh.

Mar. 14: Assembly witnessed clashes as Ashok Khajuria took exception to the allegation of some members that valley faces shortage of ration during Amarnath Yatra. Panthers party described re-organisation as the only solution. Pandits express dismay over non tabling of the shrines bill in the Assembly.

Mar. 15: Grenade blasts rocked Sopore. IEDs were recovered in Kupwara while a person was arrested and fake currency recovered from his possession. Interlocutors submitted 6th report to PC. Revenue Minister announced issuance of Dogra Certificate to the Dogri speaking people to get concessions in recruitment in defence forces. Police recruitment, funds to NC candidates, CU and empowerment of Panchayats issues rocked the Assembly.

Mar. 16: Defence Minister described situation in J&K stable but infiltration cause of concern. Governor visited Chakan-da-Bagh TFC. NC blamed Mufti Sayeed while PDP Sheikh Abdullah for Kashmir problem.

Mar. 17: 12 more CRPF bunkers have been removed from civilian areas in Srinagar. GOC 15 Corps claimed that 700 ultras are waiting to enter J&K. Omar Abdullah told the US Ambassador that the US should not look at J&K through security prism. The entire opposition from Jammu stages a walk out as the Assembly witnessed uproar over the reported interlocutors’ report suggesting change of nomenclature of Governor and CM.

Mar. 18: In a snub to the sepratists, The US Ambassador said that he met CM only as he is the elected representative. Arun Jaitely dismissed Omar Abdullah’s remarks who had said that it was NDA that made offers of bribe and not the UPA.

Mar.20: Five people including three security personnel were injured as terrorists attacked a patrol party in Rainawari, Srinagar. A tragedy was averted as an IED was detected and defused at a shrine in Kupwara. CWC member Mohan Prakash claimed that the Congress is in forefront on dialogue over Kashmir.

Mar. 21: A security force patrol was attacked in Sopore. Army Chief reviewed situation on LoC in Kashmir. IAF Comdr. Air Commodore Arjun Subramaniam said that Talibans may infiltrate into India and Pakistan.

Mar. 22: Army Chief met Jawans on LoC. Rs 23.84 lakh have been incurred on the security of sepratiss as17 of themare under security while Yaseen Malik, Fazal Haq Qureshi, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and SAS Geelani have refused security from police.Mehbooba-Sagar, BJP-Congress clash in the Assembly on issues of Kashmir and Autonomy.

Mar.23: A top HM terrorist Mudassir Nazir was arrested in Batmaloo three persons were arrested outside a coaching centre in Srinagar for trying to kidnap a teenaged girl. Police arrested three persons- one in Jammu & two in Kashmir under PSA. 39 bunkers have been removed since October last year. Baig advocated for Sadar-e-Riyasat while Khajuria asked for revocation of DO Nishan Do Vidhan policy. Terror camps and Samjota express blasts are to dominate Home Secretary talks.

Mar. 24: An Army Jawan committed suicide in Baramulla. Three sepratists Prof. A G Bhat and Lone brothers stayed away from Pakistan Day function while PDP leader Iftikhar Hussain Ansari was the surprise guest.

Mar. 25: A woman of Kreeri, Baramulla who was injured in summer unrest last year succumbed to her injuries. S A S Geelani who was under house-arrest gave slip to police and was later traced at his aide Ashraf Sehrai’s house.

Mar. 26: NC and PDP clashed over diversion of Central Roads Fund (CRF) from Kashmir to Jammu while Jammu opposition MLAs walked-out  over Task-Force and delimitation issues. BJP said that it will not allow toe division of Jammu. India has decided to extend the stay of visitors of PoK to six months. Farooq Abdullah said that the cricket diplomacy will bridge differences.

Mar. 27: Two suspects were held in Rajouri while arms were seized in Poonch. While Indo-Pak Home Secretary’s are to begin two days talks, Indo-Pak PMs are to meet at Mohali.Rs 26 crore penalties has been slapped on Airtel for not following verification guidelines in J&K. Dr Karan Singh said that serious thought should be given to the Interlocutors’ report.

Mar. 28: LeT terrorist Chacha Talha was killed at Reban, Baramulla. Two people were arrested and fake currency worth Rs 25,000 received from their possession in Mendhar. Maharashtra police has arrived in Jammu after more fake gun licenses were seized. Mohd Yousf Tarigami was the only member to dissent as the house united to give more than 100 Pc hike in their own salaries. Indo-Pak Home Secretaries termed their talks positive and the two PMs are to meet before the match.

Mar. 29: Army sources said that the infiltration is on rise as against 490 infiltration attempts in 2009, 500 were made in 2010 and against 105, 120-25 terrorists succeeded to infiltrate. MLC Mohd Yousf was snubbed by the Dy Chairman for using Azad Kashmir for PoK. A trust based in Hyderabad- Justice on Trial- and headed by former HP Governor Justice (Retd) V S Kokje submitted report on militancy victims of Jammu to Governor N N Vohra. Indo_Pak Home Secretaries agreed to set up Joint Working Group as Pakistan agreed to allow India to probe 26/11 terror case. Pak HM Rehman Malik thanked P Chidambaram for successful talks. Omar Abdullah described invitation to Pak PM as historic.

Mar. 30: An NC leader Gh Mohiudin was shot dead and his wife injured as terrorists barged into his house at Pinglish, tral. SDM Mendhar  Mukhtiar Ahmed Chowdry was attached in gun licenses’ case.12 more bunkers would be removed from Srinagar.India and Pakistan push for normalization as the two PMs held wide ranging talks.Diwali in Jammu as India beat Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup.

Mar. 31: Prepaid mobile service in J&K has been extended for two more years.12 people were killed though the JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman survived second time in two days.

April 1: Mirwaiz Umar said that Hurriyat is ready to facilitate dialogue process.

April 2: Explosives were recovered in Mahore. Speaking at a function organized by Athwas, Ali Mohd Sagar said that migration of Pandits was a tragedy for majority community and added that madness of some people and agencies was behind the exodus. M M Ansari said that election and cricket diplomacy delayed the submission of interlocutors’ report.

April 3: An HM terrorist was killed in Shopian.Omar Abdullah ordered release of stone pelter Faizan who is claimed to be a teenager. Corps Commander 15 Corps, Lt Gen Hassnain said that Army is still wanted in Kashmir as there is existential border threat and camps are still full with militants.Jagmohan said that fear led to KPs’ migration. KPC demands consolidated rehabilitation of KPs in the valley.

April 5:  An HM terrorist, an Army jawan and a JKP ASI were killed in an encounter at Dadsar, Tral. Number of ultras seeking rehabilitation crossed 800 as unlisted ultras also apply. CM said that reduction of troops is linked to ground situation.

April 6: Police busted an extortion module in Reasi as they arrested two OGWs of HM with explosives. The UN said that there is no report about sexual abuse by security forces in J&K. Cross-LoC traders clashed at Chakan-Da-Bagh accusing one another of being defaulters.

April 7: An LeT hideout was busted and arms recovered in Mendhar.10 Kg explosives were recovered from Gandoh on Doda-HP border.CM briefed Governor on internal security.SASB justify reduction of Yatra duration.

April 8: Terrorists struck in Srinagar and killed Jamiat-e-Ahalhadith Chief Showkat Ahmed Shah, who was reportedly engaged with interlocutors and had denounced stone pelting. Army intercepted an LeT-Reporter talk in which former asked the reporter to circulate report that Shah was killed by Hindu extremists. An official report of the US claimed that sepratists and terrorists were involved in HR abuses in J&K. The gun license racket has roots in four states.

April 9: A civilian was killed by terrorists and an ultra arrested while life remained paralysed in the valley against the killing of the religious leader.CRPF Special Director General J&K zone said that there is no proposal to withdraw more CRPF troops.

April 11: A Hurriyat activist was held with a rifle in South Kashmir while life remained paralysed in the valley on the call given by Hurriyat (Geelani) against the issue of Dogra Certificate. Explosives were recovered in Mahore. A jawan ended life at the house of MLA Doda. CM claimed that some clues have been found in the killing of the cleric.

April 12: Two persons were killed and one injured as a shell exploded in a Kabadi’s shop in Jourian. Ex-SDM Mendhar was arrested in fake gun-license’s case.Farooq Abdullah said that government should reconsider Dogra Certificate issue. China expressed its willingness to work with India on stapled visa issue. Several delegations meet BJP’s Study Group at Jammu.

April 13:  A youth was held in Poonch and fake currency worth 8 lakh recovered from his possession. Seven BJP MLA’s cross-voted in favour of NC,Congress in LC elections. BJP’s Study Group interacts with several delegations in the valley. India and Chiana are to resume defence exchange as China is expected to scrap stapled visa for J&K.

April 14: A Pakistani was held on IB in R S Pura. Omar Abdullah described dialogue as the only option to settle all issues.

April 15:  Ammunition was recovered from LoC in Kreeri sector. An Iraqi woman was arrested in Bishnah.Tt Gen. Hasnain said that training camps are still operational and warned of intrusion bids as snow melts. Omar Abdullah said that he will resign if charges of bribing BJP MLA’s are proved while BJP National President summoned all the 11 BJP MLAs.

April 16: Terrorists gunned down a woman Panch in Budgam. An unidentified man was killed in Army firing in Kupwara. Two jawans were injured in a blast at Sona Gali in Mendhar. Two civilians were beaten up by terrorists in Kishtwar. In a major breakthrough, police arrested three persons in connection with the killing of cleric and claimed that SAUTUL HAQ was responsible for the killing and the operation was conspired by Ashiq Hussain Fakhtoo, husband of Asiya Indrabi.

April 17: Farooq Abdullah favoured talks between India and Pakistan while Omar Abdullah claimed improvement in situation. Mirwaiz Farooq allaged that centre is not serious to solve Kashmir.PM said that India and China are working for peace on border.