Srinagar- Jammu National Highway remained closed due to incessant rains and snowfall at Patnitop and Jawahar Tunnel while shooting stones at various places between Chanderkote and Ramban sector affected the smooth movement of the traffic.
As per Traffic Police advisory, “In view of heavy rain shooting stones and slippery road conditions, vehicular traffic on both sides of the highway shall remain suspended on Thursday.”
As per reports received, the highway was closed for any type of vehicular movement by the authorities as precautionary measures after the weatherman forecast said there would be “mild to heavy snowfall on higher reaches and rain in plains for next few days”.
Traffic policemen were seen clearing stranded traffic between Ramban and Nashri sector of National Highway on Wednesday.
Due to incessant rains, shooting stones and mudslides occurred at several places between Chanderkote and Ramban sectors. This disrupted vehicular traffic movement Wednesday afternoon but passenger light motor vehicles were diverted through old alignment via the Maitra Karool route, whereas Kashmir-bound load carriers were stopped at Chanderkote and Nashri.
No fresh traffic is being allowed to move beyond traffic check post Qazigund and Udhampur and due to slippery road conditions.
In view of inclement weather officials at the Traffic control unit Ramban has asked commuters “ to avoid travelling on Jammu Srinagar National Highway”.
The officials said restoration of traffic on the highway “ was subject to the weather and road conditions.”
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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