Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh addresses a press conference in Srinagar on Nov 28, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
With the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Masood in an encounter in South Kashmir, the Doda district has become militancy free, police said on Monday.
In a joint operation in the Khulchohar area of Anantnag district by the police and the Army on Monday, a total of three terrorists was killed. These included two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including one district commander, and one Hizbul Mujahideen commander of the name Masood.
“Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free once again as Masood was a last surviving terrorist of the Doda District,” Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh said.
The police said Masood was involved in a rape case and was absconding. He later joined the Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir.
Arms and ammunition, including an AK 47 rifle and two pistols were recovered from the slain terrorists.
“Three terrorists eliminated in the ensuing gunfight. One AK and two Pistols recovered. Joint Operation in progress,” Army said in a brief statement.
According to the details, the Army and police had launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) on the basis of a specific information about the presence of terrorists. As the cordon was tightened, the hiding terrorists fired at the security forces which triggered the encounter.
2 killed in Maharashtra steel factory blast
Two persons were killed and one injured seriously when a blast took place in a steel factory in Raigad’s Khopoli area early on Tuesday morning, officials said.
According to Police Inspector Dhanaji Kshirsagar of the Khopoli Police Station, the blast occurred inside the Indian Steel Works Ltd. plant at around 1.15 a.m., with the three workers taking the full impact of the explosion.
“Preliminary investigations suggest it may have been due to a leaking LPG gas cylinder when a process of dissolving raw iron materials was underway,” Kshirsagar told IANS.
The deceased have been identified as Pramod D. Sharma, 30, and Dinesh W. Chavan, 55.
Another co-worker Subhash D. Wanjale was critically hurt and is battling for life in a hospital in Navi Mumbai (Thane).
The impact of the blast was so severe that the bodies of the two victims were blown to bits, and several homes in the vicinity were shaken.
With branches in India, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Lithuania and Singapore, the company is engaged in recycling scrap, ferro-alloys and fluxes into steel bars and wires, and the blast is suspected to have occurred in a gas cylinder during processing.
Greater Noida businessman ‘murdered’ by friends, 2 held
Two ‘friends’ of businessman Aditya Soni, who went missing on July 5, have been arrested for his murder over a petty issue, police said on Tuesday.
The 22–year-old victim was a resident of Greater Noida Gaur Atulayam society. The accused too are from the same residential complex.
According to the police, an altercation had ensued between Aditya and his assailants after he jokingly said something, following which they hit him with a baton and then strangled him.
The body was thrown into a canal near Jamalpur ahead of Shyam Nagar. The vehicle used to dispose the body has been seized.
The police have recovered the deceased’s car and his belongings from the two accused. The body was recovered from the canal with the help of divers.
Another Vikas Dubey accomplice arrested
The Kanpur Police have arrested another member of the Vikas Dubey gang, Shashikant alias Sonu, on Tuesday from the Mela Tiraha area in Kanpur.
Addressing a press conference in Kanpur, Additional Director General (ADG) (Law and order) Prashant Kumar said that on the information provided by Shashikant, the police have recovered an INSAS rifle and 20 live cartridges from his house. This was looted by the miscreants from the police on the night of the incident.
“We have also recovered an AK-47 and 17 cartridges from the house of Vikas Dubey in Bikru village,” the ADG said.
The house was demolished by the police on July 4.
The ADG said that Shashikant had confessed to his involvement in the shootout in which eight policemen were killed on July 3 in Bikru village. The arrested criminal has also named the other accused in the crime.
The ADG said that of the 21 accused, four had been arrested, namely Shyamu Bajpai, Jahaan Yadav, Daya Shankar Agnihotri and now Shashikant.
He said that six of the accused, including Vikas Dubey, Amar Dubey, Prabhat Mishra, Bauan Dubey, Prem Prakash Pandey and Atul Dubey had been killed in encounters.
“Eleven of the accused are at large and will be arrested soon,” the official said.
The ADG refused to take any questions at the press conference and left abruptly.
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