Despite heavy snowfall in the forward post of Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control in the Kupwara sector, the Indian Army personnel continue to perform their duty in the hostile weather conditions.
The post, guarded by the Indian Army, is located at around 17,000 feet altitude.
Notably, there has been a continuous snowfall in the region.
The Army troops were also seen using snow scooters to move around their positions at a forward location near the Line of Control in the Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a video shared by PRO Udhampur, Ministry of Defence on Twitter on Friday, a soldier was seen standing and guarding the border amid the heavy snowfall and wind.
On the contrary, continuous snowfall in Kashmir led to the cancellation of flights at the Srinagar airport and affected vehicular movement at the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
Nearly 10 outbound flights from Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar airport were cancelled due to low visibility on Saturday.
The visibility was as low as 500m at the airport, said the airport authorities.
“Snowfall is expected to continue till afternoon. Visibility is only 500 M,” tweeted Srinagar airport.
Six Indigo flights, a Vistara flight, two SpiceJet, and one GoFirst flight have been cancelled and four flights rescheduled so far due to the ongoing snowfall in the city causing the low visibility.
The weather department on Friday had predicted that the intensity of snowfall and rainfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to increase on Friday and Saturday.
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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