As a cold wave further tightened its grip over Kashmir on Friday, Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season as mercury plummeted to minus 2.6 degree Celsius.
A Meteorological Department official said the mercury dipped to minus 2.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday from minus 2.1 degrees on the previous night. Today’s minimum temperature surpassed that of December 1 when the mercury fell to minus 2.5 degrees, he said.
The minimum temperature in south Kashmir hill resort of Pahalgam, which serves as a base camp for annual Amarnath yatra, settled at minus 5.9 degrees Celsius from the previous night’s minus 4.9 degrees Celsius, the official said. In the ski resort of north Kashmir’s Gulmarg, the minimum night temperature settled at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius, from the previous night’s minus 5.8 degrees.
In Leh town of the frontier Ladakh region, mercury settled at bone chilling minus 11 degrees Celsius against previous night’s minus 10 degrees Celsius. Mercury in neighbouring Kargil town settled at a low of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius.
The Met office has forecast dry weather during the next four days with the likelihood of a further fall in night temperatures due to a clear sky. “There is no forecast for major snowfall till December 20 in both J&K and Ladakh,” the official said and added that there would be warmer days and colder nights till December 14.
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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