At least eight people including a woman were injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants in a market place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar on Saturday, police officials said.
This is the third incident of its kind in Kashmir valley since the state’s special status was revoked in Parliament and restrictions imposed on the movement of people on August 5.
Officials said that suspected militants lobbed a grenade in Hari Singh High Street which exploded on the roadside, a few hundred metres from Lal Chowk. The place is also close to the civil secretariat and the state assembly. As shops remain shut these days owing to the shutdown, the area is full of cart vendors selling fruits and second-hand clothes.
“Seven people have been injured which includes a woman,” said deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Central Kashmir, Vidhi Kumar Birdhi. He later revised the figure to eight people who had been injured.
He said that the woman had a splinter injury on her head. “She has been sent for a CT scan to know how grave the injury is,” he added.
The officer said that the attack was the work of militants. “Who else will do it other than militants? There is normal movement of people in the area. The security forces also remain deployed there,” he said.
The attack created chaos in the area and people ran for cover. Window panes of a vehicle parked on the roadside near the site was also damaged.
Security forces immediately cordoned off the area to look for the attackers and then allowed private transport to resume in a regulated manner.
“We have been working on some leads to identify the attackers,” he said.
On October 5, at least 14 people including two women and a traffic policeman were injured in a grenade attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. According to police officials, suspected militants had lobbed a grenade near the Anantnag deputy commissioner’s office which exploded on the roadside.
Last month, CRPF had claimed that its men on law and order duty in Old City Srinagar were targeted with a grenade which did not cause any damage.
According to police officials since the revocation of Article 370, suspected militants have killed three civilians in the valley in August including two shepherds in south Kashmir’s Tral and a 60-year-old shopkeeper in Srinagar city’s Parimpora. Four people including a minor girl were injured after gunmen opened fire on a trader’s family in north Kashmir Sopore on September 6.
Government spokesman Rohit Kansal said that some killings and injuries have been inflicted by terrorists including on a baby to “prevent” traders, businessmen and transporters from doing their normal business.
“The government urges businessmen, industrialists, traders, transporters, shopkeepers, hoteliers and contractors not to be frightened by any threats by terrorists, separatists and go about their normal activities. The government is firm in its resolve that the attempts of these disruptive elements will be foiled,” he said.
The government is restoring postpaid mobile phones from Monday in Kashmir which has been reeling under a communication blockade since August 5. Although the restrictions have been eased in Kashmir but internet services in the valley are still blocked.
Amid the uncertain situation since the abrogation of Article 370, four gunfights between militants and security forces have also taken place in Kashmir in which six militants have been killed.
On October 8, two LeT militants were killed in a gunfight by security forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
At-least two militants were killed after security forces launched an operation in the forests of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on September 28 which continued for many days. Earlier National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had asked security agencies to intensify anti-militancy operations after reports of increase in infiltration attempts.
On September 11, security forces claimed to have killed a militant who was alleged to be involved in an attack on a fruit trader of Sopore in which four people including a minor girl were injured.
Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.
The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.
After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.
According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.
Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi
Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.
In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.
Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.
New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.
Form to be filled
A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.
The facility will be applicable from October 1
Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.
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