With weather conditions getting harsh and unpleasant, the Amarnath Yatra from Jammu has been suspended. The poor weather conditions prevented any new batch from travelling from Jammu to the base camps of the 3,880-meter-high cave shrine in the south Kashmir Himalayas.
At least 16 people were killed and more than 40 people are missing due to the cloudburst near the cave shrine on Friday. Indian Army is working round the clock to speed up the process of rescue operations. Sniffer dogs, high-tech equipment, drones, and helicopters have been deployed into service for the rescue operation in the mountains.
The cloudburst which was reported at 5:30 pm stirred flash floods in the region. Around 25 tents, three community kitchens where pilgrims are served food, and base camps outside the shrine were damaged due to the cloudburst. Many pandals were washed away too due to the water. One of the pilgrims said, eight fatalities were reported within 10 minutes of the cloudburst.
According to the reports, a total of 69,535 people have left in 10 batches from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu for the Valley since June 29. As per the officials over 1,00,000 pilgrims had worshipped at the cave temple where the ice shivling had grown naturally.
The 43-day annual pilgrimage began on June 30 from the twin base camps in the Kashmiri cities of Nunwan-Pahalgam in Anantnag, in the south, and Baltal, in Ganderbal, in the center. The yatra which started on June 30, is scheduled to end on August 11 on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
After the tragic incident, Jammu and Kashmir government set up four helpline numbers for Amarnath Yatra. Those are:
NDRF: 011-23438252 011-23438253
Kashmir Divisional Helpline: 0194-2496240
Shrine Board Helpline: 0194-2313149
Man pays tribute to son killed in Kashmir’s Anantnag encounter, emotional video surfaces
Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a retired Inspector General of Police with Jammu and Kashmir paid last tribute to his son Humayun Muzamil Bhat.
Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a retired Inspector General of Police with Jammu and Kashmir paid last tribute to his son Humayun Muzamil Bhat, a deputy superintendent who was killed in an encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday.
The retired Police Officer walked towards Himayun’s body and laid a wreath on it, which was a heartwrenching moment. This is the toughest time for a father to pay the last tribute to his son. Bhat’s composure and his heavy steps for the last time at his departed son have shattered hearts.
Himayun Bhat, a deputy superintendent with Jammu and Kashmir Police along with Colonel Manpreet Singh and Major Ashish Dhonack were killed in a gunfight with terrorists in Anantnag, a southern sector of Jehlum Valley in Kashmir.
According to reports, Himayun lost his life due to heavy injuries that led to heavy blood loss in a fight with terrorists.
The last rites were held in Budgam where Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Police Chief Dilbag Singh paid tribute to the police officer. A large number of people also gathered at the rites spot.
On behalf of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, DGP J&K Sh Dilbag Singh has condoled the martyrdom of the braveheart officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and Army in an encounter at Gadool, Kokernag, Anantnag.
The DGP has said in his message that he is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of three young bravehearts Col. Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonack of 19 RR and Deputy SP Humayun Muzamil Bhat son of retired IG of Jammu and Kashmir Police Ghulam Hassan Bhat.
The DGP has said that every loss of life is unfortunate adding that, perpetrators of the criminal act would be brought to justice soon. The DGP extended his sympathies with the bereaved families and said the whole of J&K Police Force is at the beck and call of the next of keen of martyrs.
Kashmiri businessman Watali’s properties used for terror funding: NIA attaches case
As per the report, officials said lands were seized in the morning on June 12 by a team of NIA at Baghatpora in Handwara tehsil of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) attached three immovable properties of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on June 12, in a terror funding case.
As per the report, officials said lands were seized in the morning on June 12 by a team of NIA at Baghatpora in Handwara tehsil of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The NIA put out a notice of attachment near the land and informing people not to enter into any kind of deal on the attached properties.
In May, the NIA had attached Watali’s house in the posh Baghat area of Srinagar following the orders by the special NIA court, Patiala House, New Delhi
Watali was arrested by the team of NIA in 2017 in an alleged connection with terror, later he was moved out of jail on the medical grounds and put under house arrest to facilitate treatment for a terminal disease in last year February.
Earlier, Supreme Court ruled out the Delhi High Court order in which Watali was granted bail. The Supreme Court found that an ample of material has been collected which shows the linkages between the Hurriyat leaders of the Jammu and Kashmir and terrorist organisations and their continuous activities to wage war against Government of India.
Watali was earlier arrested on the suspicion of acting as a channel for the illegal remittance of funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters in 1990. He was taken into custody along with JKLF chief Yasin Malik and others when some anti-national activists were found at his house in Baghat, Srinagar and was jailed for eight months in Jammu.
The recent action taken by the NIA in attaching his properties serves as another significant development in the ongoing investigation into the terror-funding case.
Last year in May, a trial court framed charges against Watali and other individuals involved in a case of terrorism and secessionist activities in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was arrested by the NIA in 2017 and was charged under various sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
J&K girl who lost eyesight in pellet gun attack clears class 12 exam
Insha had cleared the class 10 examination two years after losing her vision.
Insha Mushtaq who lost her eyesight to pellet guns in the 2016 summer agitation in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, has passed the class 12th board examination recently.
The 22-year-old student secured 319 marks out of 500 in the Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education. The Jammu & Kashmir Board of School Education declared Class 12 results on Friday.
Earlier, Insha had cleared the class 10 examination, two years after losing her vision. According to reports, Insha who belongs to a Sedow area of Shopian in South Kashmir, always got support from her family. Meanwhile, she never lost hope when everything around her seemed dark. Her determination led her to achieve success despite all odds.
In an interview with PTI, Insha said that she joined Delhi Public School, Srinagar after class 10. She qualified class 11 in 2021 and 12th this year. Furthermore, she also joined three-year course in Computer and English speaking. Speaking about her family, she said that her family wanted her to complete her education and always extended their support. Her parents encouraged her to study and become independent.
Insha also expressed her gratitude towards Jammu & Kashmir Centre for Peace and Justice, a non-government organisation for their support. She said the director of the NGO, Nadir Ali helped her in providing education and rehabilitation from 2018.
She has a great ambition to become an IAS officer. At present, she wants to complete her graduation and then join a coaching for UPSC preparation. She remarked that she wants to become an example for all the visually impaired persons and she wants each one of them to become independent and move ahead in life. She has emphasized on the need for a school especially for the visually impaired persons in different parts of the country. The lack of awareness in the Kashmir valley on the subject is the major reason due to which the visually impaired are falling behind, she continued.
Insha was hit by pellets on July 11, 2016, three days after Wani, the commander of a militant outfit was gunned down in an encounter with the security forces. She was at her home and had opened a window to look outside when the tragedy happened. The incident reportedly affected many other people.