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TWO terrorists killed in encounter at Kulgam in J-K


Srinagar, January 10

Two terrorists were killed in an encounter between terrorists and security forces at Hasanpora area in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, officials said on Monday.

“Two unidentified terrorists killed. Identification and affliation being ascertained. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered,” police said.

The firefight between terrorists and security forces took place on Sunday after a joint team of the police and security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

Kashmir Valley in grip of freezing cold

Srinagar, January 10

Gulmarg tourist resort in north Kashmir continued to reel under extreme cold as the minimum temperature stayed below the freezing point at most places in the valley, officials said on Monday.

The resort recorded a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive night, Met officials said.

They said Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was the one of the two places to record minimum temperature above freezing point as the minimum settled at 0.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday night, the officials said.

They said Qazigund recorded a minimum of 0.6 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir valley is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ which began on December 21.

‘Smuggler’ held with charas, Rs 14 lakh drug money in Reasi

Jammu, January 9

An alleged drug peddler was arrested along with charas and Rs 14.35 lakh in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, the police said. Bashir Ahmed of Chak Bhagta village in Katra was riding a two-wheeler when he was stopped for checking by a police team at Sool-Kakriyal. Ten rolls of charas and Rs 2 lakh were recovered from him, said Shailender Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Reasi.

He said a case under the NDPS) Act was registered against Bashir, who during preliminary questioning disclosed that he had collected Rs 12.35 lakh more after selling drugs to the youth and had kept the money at his home.

A raid was carried out and the money along with 16 rolls of charas were seized from his house, the Senior Superintendent of Police said, terming his arrest and the recovery a “big success” in the drive against the drug menace in the district.

Under the drive, the SSP said they had registered 205 NDPS cases against 249 offenders since March 2021.

“To deal with drug abuse, we need a multipronged strategy and the Reasi police are working on it,” he said, adding their doors were always open for addicts who were ready to shun the path of drug abuse. They would be sent to de-addiction centres on priority for their rehabilitation, he said.

Another peddler was arrested on Sunday and over 14 gm of heroin were recovered from his possession at the main bus stand here.

Jaleel Ahmad of Reasi was found moving in a suspicious manner and was accordingly searched and questioned that led to the recovery of the narcotic substance, a police official said. — PTI

Reasi SSP Shailender Singh has termed the arrest and seizure a big success in the drive against the drug menace in the district. Under the drive, the SSP said the police had registered 205 NDPS cases against 249 offenders since March 2021.

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