The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday did not allow the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to hold a youth convention at party president Mehbooba Mufti’s ‘Fairview’ residence on Gupkar Road because there were credible inputs of vehicle bound IEDs being used to target civilians and high-security installations.
In a statement issued to media, the police spokesman said the gathering of at least 1000 people was expected at Mufti’s ‘Fairview’ residence.
“Given the prevalent Covid situation and larger security implications resulting from allowing such a large number of people and accompanying cars and vehicles into a high-security zone, it was not advisable to allow such a large flow of people and unchecked vehicles,” the police said.
The spokesman further said there are credible inputs of vehicle-bound IEDs being used to target civilians and high-security installations.
“The Gupkar Road houses high-security buildings of various organisations and security-sensitive establishments and intelligence agencies. Allowing a large number of vehicles to be parked in this high-security zone would have jeopardised the security in the area. It is pertinent to mention that no such gatherings and amassing of vehicles were allowed on the road earlier too,” it added.
Moreover, no official residence has been known to have hosted large political rallies on Gupkar Road in the recent past. Legal Orders for necessary restrictions on the convention were passed by the Executive Magistrate, South Srinagar keeping in mind the COVID protocol and security sensitiveness of the Gupkar zone.
“It is completely incorrect that Mufti is under house arrest. However, the local administration had advised PDP to apply for holding this convention in a more open area in view of Covid-19 and security reasons,” the police further said.
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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