May-June 2010 Issue

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

(May 1 – June 30, 2010)

May 1:  A BSF jawan was injured as security forces foiled intrusion bids in Ramgarh and Krishna Ghati sectors. An SPO killed an ASI and shot himself dead at at Kathua railway station.. Security was beefed up after US reports of imminent terror attack in Delhi.

May 2:  Even though security agencies claimed that most wanted HM terrorist Basharat Saleem was killed by HuM Commander, Sopore turned violet over the killing alleging it a custodial killing. After the terror treat in Delhi, police claimed to have foiled the attack by arresting the kingpin Omar Zargar of Nawa Bazar in Srinagar. Two children were among four injured in Doda blasts.

May 3:  Six boys of Tantray Mohalla Pattan were nabbed by people of Regipora, Kupwara on their way to PoK for arms training. Two jawans were injured in a mine blast in Balakote sector. Kasab was held guilty in 26/11 terror attack. Pak Sim seized as 103 cross LoC at the Chakkan-Da-Bagh.

May 4:  A civilian was injured as terrorists made an abortive bid to blow up a CRPF bunker in Hari Singh High Street. Three HM OGWs were arrested in Kishtwar. Explosive and Pak made eatable haul was recovered near LoC in Ramgarh sector.

May 5:  A Major and an Army jawan were killed but terrorists escaped in an encounter in Bandipore. An associate of Pak terrorists was nabbed in Doda while explosives haul was recovered in Poonch and Reasi. Officials claimed that number of terrorists came down to 600 even though there was no decline of infiltrations at launching pads.

May 6:  An infiltration bid was foiled in Mendhar sector. Arms and explosives where seized from a natural cave hide-out in Gool, Ramban. Pakistani terrorist Kasab was given death sentence in 26/11 attack.

May 7:  Six terrorists and two jawans were killed in an encounter in Rafiabad, Baramulla. HM Financial Manager Zahoor-ul-Hassan, involved in Rs 1.06-cr bank cash loot in Kishtwar, was arrested in Jammu city.

May 8:  Death toll in North-Kashmir operation reached ten as two more terrorists were killed on the third day of operation in Handwara. Terrorists gunned down brother of a former terrorist in Ganderbal. Two terrorist hideouts were busted in Ganderbal and Tral areas. Two terrorists were killed and a cop injured as security personnel engaged terrorists in a cave in Lar area of Mahore district. A constable was injured as police parties fired in Doda district out of mistaken identity. A major terrorist plot was foiled as 60 kg RDX, 2 pipe bombs, IED were recovered from Naidgam forests in Chatroo, Kishtwar.

May 9:  The operation in Kupwara has further been expanded after credible reports about 11 terrorists hiding in forest area. An Army jawan died at base camp of Siachen. Two grenades recovered by a women where destroyed by cops in Sainik Colony. Four Army personnel were injured as a chopper made crash landing in Ladakh.

May 10: An infiltrator was gunned down in RS Pura Sector huge cache of arms and ammunition including anti-tank missiles and IEDs was recovered from terrorist hideouts in Surankote and Mendhar. A Kashmiri terrorist Mohammad Ashraf of Budgam reportedly escaped from a terror camp across LoC with Pakistani wife and was nabbed at LoC in Poonch sector. Farooq Abdullah said that Kashmir solution was round the corner and favoured Kasab’s hanging.

May 11: Three terrorists and a soldier were killed in Kupwara. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered in Baramulla district. Four students were rescued from LeT trap in Keshwan, Kishtwar. Foreign Minister SM Krishna said that all issues including terrorism will be discussed in Pak. Omar Abdullah said the government is finalising cross points for return of youth from PoK. GoC-in-Chief Northern Command Lt. Gen. Jaiswal said that there is no intrusion by China in Ladakh and attempts of infiltration has increased across the Pak borders in current year Ashraf said 200 J&K ultras are in PoK camps.

May 12: An Army jawan was killed taking the toll to 17 in the North Kashmir operation. Explosives were seized in Mendhar and Sunderbani areas. An intrusion bid was foiled in RS Pura sector. Defence Minister AK Antony said that terror camps are thriving in Pakistan. Army said that there will be no more TA bus of surrendered terrorists.

May 13: Inspite of blasting fencing, infiltrators failed to intrude in RS Pura sector. A terrorist hideout was busted in Pulwama district.

May 14: Six persons including four security personnel were injured in a grenade attack in Saraf Kadal, Srinagar. Large quantity of arms and ammunition was seized in Mahore. Ali Shah Geelani was detained and released.

May 15: A cop injured in yesterdays grenade attack at Saraf Kadal succumbed to his injuries. 70 additional para military companies sought for Amarnath yatra.

May 16: Large quantity of arms and ammunition was seized in Mahore. An LeT terrorist, arrested recently in Hyderbad, received emails from Pakistan. Govt. banned 100 global terror outfits including LeT, JeM, HM, HUJI.

May 17: 11 terrorists were killed and huge cache of arms including 22 AK rifles recovered in operation ‘Thunder Strike’ launched in north Kashmir in the beginning of May. An LeT hideout was busted in Rajouri. Two persons were arrested with fake currency in Pahalgam.

May 18: Two Army jawans were killed and three others injured as their vehicle was ambushed across LoC by Pak Army or terrorists in KG Sector. An HuM terrorist was arrested in Sumbal. Cross LoC trade was stopped after reports about truckers links with ISI and LeT. HC admitted CBI and State affidavit in Shopian case.

May 19: Police claimed Doda is foreign terrorists free after dreaded terrorists Abu Maaj and Ans were killed in Gandoh, Doda. Police arrested a disengaged CRPF Havaldar in Mendhar, Doda for terrorist links while his son was absconding. Three terrorists including H Div. Comdr. were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district. A terrorist was arrested in Pattan and an OGW in Kulgam. PCCI Chief Saif-ud-Din Soz said that Hurriyat should seek dialogue with Prime Minister. Cross LoC trade resumed as drivers agreed to security guidelines.

May 20. Police picked up a pigeon in Katra town with two code names of terrorists and telephone numbers stamped on it. Over 100 new and reactivated VDC’s are to met challenge of infiltration.

May 21: Arms and ammunition was recovered in Reasi district. Arms and ammunition during 20 year long militancy include 30,000 AK rifles, 1200 pistols, 50,000 grenades that can raise 42 new battalions. More than 16,700 civilians 5,000 security personnel and 21000 militants were killed in militancy related incidents. Mirwaiz Umar said that PM should announce dialogue during Kashmir visit.

May 23: NC block President Gh. Nabi Khan was killed by terrorists in Sopore; Hurriyat condemned the killing. Explosives were recovered from a hideout in Surankote, Poonch, Mines exploded along LoC in Rajouri. Pak troops violated cease-fire and fired RPGs in K sector. Police claimed that women’s shift to militant cadre has been halted.

May 24: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Govt. in ready for talks with all groups in J&K. Panun Kashmir terms amnesty international visit to Valley disappointing.

May 25: A 12th class student Mohd Azam of Kaprian Sabjan was arrested for being an active terrorist alongwith other associates. Huge cache of arms and ammunition dumped near LoC and supposed to be picked up by the student for further supply to terrorists was seized. An Army jawan died mysteriously in Khor. A BSF jawan was injured as Pak again violated ceasefire in Hiranagar sector.

May 26: An infiltration bid was foiled as security forces killed two terrorists in Tanghdar sector. Arms and ammunition was recovered from a terrorist hideout in Souf-Shali, Kokernag. After student’s questioning a teacher and a SPO were arrested for terror links.

May 27: An IED was defused on National Highway in Ramban district. A BSF jawan deserted post in Arnia. 25 Pakistani national mostly terrorists belonging to LeT, HM and involved in militancy in J&K are being freed and deported to Pakistan.

May 28: An infiltration bid was foiled in Shahpur Kirni sector in Poonch. Bodes of three youth were exhumed and three persons held amidst allegation that the youth were picked from Nadihal and killed in a fake encounter in Machail sector.

May 29: A hideout was busted in Sabjian, Poonch. Eight people were injured as Valley observed shutdown on Sonia’s visit. One more persons was arrested in alleged fake Macchil encounter and Defence Minister said that guilty will be punished.

May 30: Geelani’s Shopian meet was foiled even though Shopian observed a shutdown on the announcing of alleged rape victim case. Army rescued two youth from LeT. Army ordered high level enquiry as police indicts a Major and his team in Macchil encounter case.

May 31: Six terrorists were killed in two different encounters in Baramulla district. A top HM terrorist Chota Bashir was reportedly killed by a fresh recruit in Doda. Mirwaiz Umar said HR abuses and dialogue can’t go together.

June 1: A Pakistan LeT terrorist was killed in an encounter in Surankote, Poonch. Two fresh terrorist recruits of LeT were arrested in Doda; they were planning attack on a VDC, GoC 16 Corps said that terrorists were under intense pressure from mentors to infiltrate.

June 2: The slain terrorist in Poonch was identified as Chota Ujjafa while Moosa Khan was reportedly trapped in the area. Three missing boys from Sopore have been traced from Jalalabad, Punjab. India and Pakistan resolved differences over Baglihar, Uri-II and Chutak power projects while dead lock continued on Nimoo-Bazgo Project.

June 3: Army ended up with recovery of ammunition as Moosa Khan reportedly slipped away. CM Ruled out direct PM-separatist talks.

June 4: Army started probe in Machhil encounter Omar Abdullah rejected Mehbooba’s request for special legislatures session to discuss HR violation and asked PDP to adopt constructive approach. Afzal Guru’s file was back to Home Ministry.

June 5: A terrorist hideout was busted and arms and ammunition recovered Budgam. A dozen people were injured as people protested on rumours that an MNC has emblazed on photograph of a holy place on its under garment; police claimed that photographs were not of Muslim holy place. Three AK-56 rifles were seized in Khour, Akhnoor. Dalai Lama asked world leaders to make 21st century violence free.

June 6: Colonel DK Pathania was removed from the Command of 4 Rajput Regiment and Major Opendra suspended as Army started probe in Macchil encounter. Blasts and firing across IB in Pargwal sector triggered panic in the area.

June 7: Delivering convocational address SKAUST at SKICC in Srinagar, Prime Minister said the Centre is ready to talk to any group if they shun violence and said that action will be taken against those who don’t respect HRs. A group of YAIKS was detained in Srinagar ahead of PM’s visit.

June 8: A terrorist was shot dead in an encounter in Kulgam; four terrorists were arrested across Kashmir Valley. Body of the terrorist killed in Surankote and claimed to be Chota Ujjafa was exhumed as the terrorist killed was identified as Liaquat Ali of Laloor Dessa in Doda. PM announced Rs 900-cr. for connecting Ladah with Northern Grid, Rs 90 crore for Flood Control and restoration of Rs 1090 crore worth cuts on J&K Plan and PMRD. Separatists expressed disappointment at PM’s statement.

June 9: Terrorists lobbed a hand grenade at a CRPF camp at Hawal, Srinagar. A civilian succumbed to his injuries after being shot at by terrorists in forests of Kupwara. Ruling out any change in US policy on Kashmir, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said Kashmir is a very “important issue” between India and Pakistan but real question right now is ending cross-border terrorism and trial of Mumbai attack suspects. During his upcoming visit to Pakistan in connection with SAARC, Home Minister P Chidambaram is to seek action against Saeed and raise issue of infiltration in J&K with Pakistan.

June 10:        Army wants to question arrested civilians in Macchil encounter case. A hoax call delayed an India-Go flight to Srinagar from New Delhi. On the backdrop of US disclosure India today said that there are no talks on Kashmir with Pak for now and efforts are to remove trust deficit for broad dialogue.

June 11:        An LeT Comdr. Alanzoor Ahmed of Reasi was reported killed in gang-war in Reasi. A youth was rescued from terrorist captivity in Kishtwar. A youth was killed in clashes in old city while stone pelters in Baramulla offered truce in lieu of release of their colleague. Home Ministry announced ten fold increase in compensation for damaged property in J&K encounters. After being could shouldered by Prime Minister, Mirwaiz Umar said that Centre has no policy for resolution of Kashmir issue and PM’s visit has changed nothing on ground.

June 12:        An HM terrorist surrendered in Kupwara. 60 people were injured in protests against youth’s death in Srinagar. A child was killed in first case of ransom in Jammu.

June 13:        Old city of Srinagar remained under undeclared curfew after injuries to sixty in yesterdays protests. A report of London School of Economics (LSE) based on interview with nine Taliban Commanders said that ISI was funding and training Taliban.

June 14:        Two jawans were injured in two different encounters in Baramulla and Kupwara districts. Protests continued in Srinagar for 4th day against alleged killing of a youth in CRPF action. Security forces did not rule out an infiltration or attempt as huge cache of arms and ammunition including satellite phone and AKS were recovered from a hideout near LoC in Poonch district. An Army captain and a jawan were injured in an accidental grenade blast in Poonch.

June 15:        An LeT terrorists was killed and a jawan injured in an encounter at Zaloora, Sopore. An Army jawan was injured but the terrorists managed their escape in yet another encounter in Sogam, Kupwara. A civil court rejected Army plea to hand over civilian for questioning in Machhil case.

June 16:        Arms and ammunition was recovered in two different operations in Reasi and Poonch districts. Three suspected HM terrorists dodged security forces in Pattan, Baramulla.

June 18:        Two HuM terrorists were killed in an encounter in Kreeri, Baramulla. Five LeT terrorists were reportedly engaged in yet another encounter in the forests of Sopore area. India handed over 11th dossier to Pakistan in Mumbai terror attack. Raman Bhalla visited Jagti Township and reviewed the progress on the project.

June 19:        Terrorists triggered four IED blasts along IB in Poonch killing a jawan and injuring two others. A recycled terrorist was held in Kishtwar while terrorists kidnapped a youth from Hubi in Koteranka, Rajouri. Asking people to boycott LB elections, Geelani said that in 2008 Kashmiri nation took to streets and expressed solidarity with the movement and soon after spoiled the game through voting. Responding to Geelani’s demand for curtailing Amarnath Yatra, Omar Abdullah asked him why he didn’t object to it in PDP rule.

June 20:        23 SIM cards and Rs 21 lakh fake currency has reached terrorists as police claimed to have busted two LeT modules and arrested six suspects in Poonch district. Two porters were killed and two jawans injured as Pakistani troops foiled ceasefire in Macchil sector. Separatists called for a strike as a youth was killed and 11 others including four security personnel injured in clashes in down town Srinagar. CM reviewed law and order situation DySPs were shifted.

June 21:        Terrorists carried four attacks within three hours in Sopore killing a policeman and injuring nine other including five BSNL employees. Terrorists also killed a scooter mechanic in Sopore. A terrorist was arrested in Kulgam. Life came to a stand still in Valley against youth’s killing. After seven years bullets landed in civilian houses as Pak rangers attacked seven new BSF nakas along realigned fence in RS Pura sector.

June 22:        An LeT terrorist of PoK was killed in Sopore, an SOG cop was killed and four people including two civilians injured in the encounter. An Army captain was injured as Pakistan again violated ceasefire in Poonch sector. Police begins crackdown on Separatists as life remained crippled in Valley. Chief Minister accused separatists of instigating youth. AK Antony reviewed situation in Leh.

June 23:        An Army Colonel was killed in an encounter in Lolab. SHO Yaripora and his team had a narrow escape as terrorists opened fire on them at Kadar, Yaripora. Former Army Chief VP Malik described Indian response to Chinese aggression as timid. The Central government is likely to reject Guru’s mercy play in Parliament attack case.

June 24:        Police arrested five LeT terrorists including three allegedly involved in 2008 Mumbai terror attack and claimed to have busted an LeT terror module. Terrorists attacked PS Sopore with grenade followed by indiscriminate firing. Government foiled a separatist meet and issued direction to Divisional Commissioners and DCs to ensure employees’ attendance during strike calls. India and Pak exchanged proposals on terrorism and Kashmir during FS level talks as PC leaves for Pak on two day trip. An investigation conducted revealed that records were tampered to benefit favourite cops in the killing of 16 terrorists in week long operation in March-April in Daramshal, Rajouri.

June 25:        Two terrorists were shot dead in Sopore and curfew imposed as two civilians were killed in subsequent protests IEDs and grenades were recovered as two terrorist hideouts were busted in Rajouri and Reasi districts. P Chidambaram asked Pak Interior Minister to act against Hafiz Saeed.

June 26:        Curfew continued in Sopore and train service also remained suspended even when CM appointed judicial commission to probe Sopore killings. Army Chief opposed withdrawal for AFSPA describing the demand politically motivated. Pak is reportedly ready to provide voice samples of 26/11 handlers as Pak interior minister Malik said that FIA and CBF can work together on terrorism and Mumbai attack.

June 27:        Another civilian was killed in Sopore as protesters defied curfew. A major ammunition haul was recovered in Kishtwar. Police seeks custody of Army Colonel and Major in Macchil killings case. Recommendations and promotions were withdrawn in Daramshal operation.

June 28:        A major infiltration bid was foiled as five terrorists and three soldiers were killed in an encounter in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district. Situation in Valley remained volatile as two civilians were killed and 90 others including security personnel were injured in fresh clashes across Kashmir Valley. CRPF said that the force had no option but to open firing and Home Secretary GK Pillai defended the CRPF action maintaining that people who defy curfew are not innocents. Manmohan Singh told B. Obama that Pak must act against anti-India terrorists.

June 29:        Three civilians were killed in Anantnag as rioters damaged public property and a temple in Anantnag. Chief Minister announced enactment of curfew in parts of north and south Kashmir and sought cooperation of parents, people and political parties restoring normalcy. P.Chidambaram said that anti-national elements are exploiting situation. A powerful blast rocked Poonch Park. HM’s cyber expert was held in Chatroo, Poonch. An Army jawan was killed by colleagues for suspected identity in Handwara.

June 30:        Two terrorists were killed on LoC in Kupwara district. Kashmir remained relatively calm after imposition of curfew at various places even though 16 persons including a police officer and three security personnel were injured. First batch of Amarnath yatris reached base camps after hiccups. PM reviewed Kashmir situation P. Chidambaram said that LeT is linked to protests in Kashmir and asked State government to enforce curfew.