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KILLED: People held massive protests in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district after troopers of 4 Para who had laid an ambush, shot dead 22-year-old Manzoor Ahmad Magray in Chowgul area of Handwara. The deceased was a small-time contractor and son of a National Conference activist. Police registered have registered an FIR No. 26 under Section 302 RPC against the soldiers of 4-Para.The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps Lieutenant General S A Hasnain described the incident as regrettable. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited the bereaved family and assured them of a probe into the incident besides condemning the killing

POLLS: Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in April-May after budget session of the state legislature. The elections are to be held on non-party basis in three phases and the process is expected to be completed by November this year.

BURIED: Four persons including a trooper were feared dead after being buried under avalanches in Islamabad and Kupwara districts. Meanwhile, high velocity winds damaged ten houses at Uri in Baramulla district.

UNDERWAY: The second phase of the decadal census is underway in J&K and will conclude on February 28. For this phase, which is focuses on population enumeration, 30,000 enumerators have been deployed. The first phase was aimed at collecting data on houses and buildings.

RECOVERED: Police claimed to have recovered a leopard skin and arrested a poacher in Srinagar. Police have registered a case under FIR No 08/2011 under section 8/22 NDPS Act and section 38 (2,3) 39 (2),49 and section 51 of Jammu and Kashmir wildlife protection Amendment Act 2002 in Police station Zadibal.

CAUGHT: A cop was allegedly caught red-handed when he snatched a purse of a female staffer at J&K Bank’s Poloview Branch in Srinagar. Eyewitnesses said the accused snatched the bag and tried to run away. He was handed over to police, who claimed that the accused had been absconding from duty for the last four months and was mentally unsound.

AGREED: India and Pakistan have agreed to resume their stalled dialogue in a meeting between Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir, foreign secretaries of the two countries. The Rao and Bashir talks at Thimpu appear to have prepared ground for Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s visit to New Delhi expected to be in May, nearly a year after a disaster ending of foreign minister-level talks in Islamabad.

DIED: Five members of a family including three children died and five others were injured when a rock slide destroyed two houses in Garkone village of Batalik sector of Kargil. Police and civil official rescued the injured and recovered the bodies from the debris of the two houses. The injured were removed to District Hospital Kargil.

MET: Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh, who is on the death row in Pakistan, met Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani to seek his intervention in his brother’s case. Though Geelani, told her that he could not play in role in getting Singh’s ceath sentence revoked, he assured her to use his personal contacts to seek Pakistani visa for Singh family

VACATED: Life returned to normal in north Kashmir’s Sopore town after Special Operations Group (SOG) of police vacated the maternity hospital. The SOG personnel occupied the maternity hospital and adjoining District Tuberculosis Centre for more tan two days and the town had shut down in protest.

Directed: The High Court has directed police to recover an abducted woman who the family alleged was kidnapped by masked ‘government gunmen’ on December 8. The court directed the police to ensure the presence of 38 year-old Bibi Jan of Argam Chitibandy Bandipora. The family members of the kidnapped, a mother of four children, have filed a petition in the court seeking her recovery, an investigation into the case and arrest of the prime suspect. Earlier, soldiers of 52 Rashtriya Rifles occupied building of Primary Health Centre on the outskirts of the town in September last year.

INTERACTED: Top police officials held a discussion with nearly 150 youth, who police described as “stone pelters,” at Nowhatta, hub of stone pelting in Srinagar city. The entire police top brass including Inspector General Kashmir range, S M Sahai, Deputy Inspector General, Central Kashmir Range, Abdul Gani Mir, SSP Srinagar, Syed Ashiq Bukhari, SP North city, Showkat Shah and other officers were also present on the occasion. On the occasion police announced to open a youth club and career counselling centre for the youth.

SEIZED: Eleven quintals of narcotics, estimated to be worth millions of rupees were seized from Awantipora in Pulwana District. Police claimed to have recovered Fuki (poppy husk) when it was being transported outside the valley. Police have arrested an alleged smuggler.

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