District Pulwama observed shutdown for one day against the arrest of over 13 youth. The arrested are accused of being involved in incidents of stone pelting following violence in Kishtwar. The residents alleged that police raided the houses during night and randomly arrested a dozen youth while police asserted that all the arrested are involved in incidents of stone pelting.


Mohammed Iqbal Khanday, Chief Secretary, released J&K Prison News Letter in the presence of Director General of Prison K Rajender at a function in Srinagar. DG Prison on the occasion talked about various reformative and rehabilitation measures taken by the Prisons Department for the welfare of the inmates and announced that the Prison department will soon be launching a magazine as well.


Five people including three girls, a teacher and the bus driver, were injured when some youth allegedly pelted stones on the bus carrying students who were returning to Uri after participating in the celebrations of Indian Independence day at Police Lines, Baramulla. The students belonged to Government Middle School, Gingal, Uri and were attacked at Khanpora. The injured were shifted to hospital and had received minor injuries.


Insha, 5, daughter of Bilal Ahmad Dar, resident of Jaden, Budgam, was attacked by an unknown wild animal in the forests. Later, police with the assistance of Wild Life Department had recovered some body parts of the girl from the forest area of Kutbal, Chadoora.


Police seized 100 pouches of illicit liquor in Roun, Udhampur after they intercepted a van without a registration number. Noticing the police party, the driver fled from the spot leaving behind the abandoned van. Police have now registered a case and have launched a hunt for the suspect, Vinod Kumar of Ward No. 9, Udhampur.


Rajesh Gupta, who was arrested by Bakshi Nagar police for defying curfew has been granted interim bail by the Principal Sessions Judge Jammu. The police said, Gupta was taken into custody since August 11 for violating the curfew restrictions and for setting on fire a shop at Subashnagar, Parshotam building.


Army spokesperson said that they foiled infiltration bid along Line of Control (LoC) in Keran, Kupwara, by killing three militants. He added that the troops noticed movement of six infiltrators near Ghoda Gap, Keran. The troops manning the area ‘challenged’ the infiltrators who opened fire and killed two militants. The third one was also killed but his body is not recovered yet.


Lateef Ahmed, a driver and resident of Lagama, Uri, is awarded two years simple imprisonment whose negligence and rash driving had killed Zoona Begum. The court observed, “close analysis of the evidence recorded by the prosecution reveals that speed of the offending vehicle was 70 to 100 kilometres per hour at the spot of occurrence and the vehicle was being driven in a negligent manner by the accused.”


Police rescued around 150 people and a few cattle in South Kashmir including 125 from Kulgam and 25 from Mirhama, who were trapped due to floods caused by heavy rains. All the evacuated persons have been shifted and adjusted at Government Middle School, Brazula. All police stations have been alerted in view of incessant rains across the Valley.


Sajjad Ahmed and Mohammed Amin Reshi, two narcotic smugglers, were awarded rigorous imprisonment of 15 years and 10 years respectively. A police party intercepted a black Tata safari which was on its way from Srinagar to Jammu at Jakhani, Udhampur. The duo has been into smuggling at least for past 6 years, the police said. A case was registered under Section 8/20 of NDPS Act and investigation commenced.


Suram Singh, Ravinder Singh, Shakuntala Devi and Ghandarb Singh were acquitted in the dowry death case. Police had arrested all four after Darshan Singh, resident of Old Satwari informed the Kanachak Police that his sister Seema Devi, who was married to Suram Singh, had died in her In-law’s place under suspicious circumstances. But the court maintained that several importance links are missing in the investigation so the four should be acquitted of the charges framed against them.


Police arrested Suresh Kumar alias Kaka, a resident of RS Pura for allegedly kidnapping and raping a girl from Naugran, Bishnah, Jammu. Police said that Suresh was accompanied by Parvesh Kumar alias Pawan who helped her in kidnapping the girl. They added, the girl was handed over to the family members after completing legal formalities.


Shiv Ghoda, a resident of Karnataka, personnel from 50 RR unit of Army, posted at Shah Lakh post near the Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Rajouri allegedly shot a bullet in his head using his service rifle committed suicide. The police shifted the body to Nowshera Hospital for post-mortem and after performing all the legal formalities handed over Ghoda’s family.


Nearly 750 Shri Budha Amarnath pilgrims who has been stranded due to curfew restrictions in various parts en-route and bandh in the town were sent back to Jammu under police protection. An official spokesman said that passengers in 26 buses and about a dozen light vehicles had been stranded at Poonch after performing Darshan in the morning and last evening at the shrine at Mandi. They were not allowed back to Jammu due to bandh and communal tension all over.


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