National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah Sunday asked the party men to be ready for a stage where they may have to offer similar sacrifices like that of Indian farmers for getting back the rights snatched by the Centre.
Addressing party workers at his father and NC patriarch Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s mausoleum at Hazratbal here on Sheikh’s death anniversary, Dr Farooq said that every NC worker and leader has to remain in touch with people on the ground in every village and locality.
“All of you have to be steadfast. Centre repealed farm laws after the sacrifices of 700 farmers. We may also have to offer similar sacrifices to get back the rights that have been snatched from us by the Centre,” he said.
Hundreds of NC workers and leaders had assembled at Hazratbal to pay tributes to the NC founder on this death anniversary amid incessant rains.
Reacting to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent statement that post abrogation of Article 370, J&K is witnessing peace and tourism, Dr Farooq said that if tourism is picking up in Kashmir, what does that mean? “Is tourism everything,” the NC chief asked.
He said that after massive resistance by the families of three slain persons of Hyderpora encounter, the police and the administration had to exhume bodies of two and hand them over to their families.
“The body of the third innocent is yet to be handed over to his family in Udhampur,” Dr Farooq said.
He asked party men to start public outreach programs and connect with people in every village and locality across Kashmir.
Overnight Shopian operation called off after militants escape
The overnight military operation in Nowgam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district was called off on Thursday morning as militants, believed to be two in number, managed to escape, reports said.
Two army soldiers were injured in the initial exchange of fire in the encounter that broke out on Wednesday evening shortly after security forces cordoned off the area following a tip-off about the presence of militants there.
Today, massive searches were launched at the first light in the morning, however, no militant was found the present following which the joint cordon-and-search-operation launched by police and army was called off.
A top police officer said that the militants “possibly escaped in the initial phase of the encounter in which two soldiers were critically injured”.
The officer said that intelligence inputs suggested the presence of two militants including a foreigner in the area.
J&K: Unidentified person killed, SPO critically wounded in train accident
On Wednesday, an unidentified person was killed, and a special police officer (SPO) was critically wounded in a train accident in the Kakapora area of the Pulwama district.
An official told the news agency that an unidentified person was hit by the speedy train who died on Kakapora. An SPO identified as Shabir Ahmed, while trying to save the unknown person, was also hit and critically wounded.
“The injured SPO was critically wounded and is being treated at SMHS hospital,” a doctor said, adding that his condition is very bad.
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