2 terrorists planning to target Army recruitment rally killed in Kashmir

TNN Bureau. Updated: 10/1/2022 11:57:37 AM Front Page

Srinagar: Two local Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists planning to target the Army's Agniveer recruitment rally were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Friday, police said.
Speaking to reporters in the north Kashmir district, Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, Rayees Bhat said security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Yedipora area of Pattan in the early hours of Friday after information was received from intelligence agencies about the presence of terrorists there.
"During the searches, the terrorists opened fire and an encounter ensued. The operation went on for a long time and in the morning hours, two terrorists were killed," the SSP said.
Bhat said the terrorists were planning to target the Army's Agniveer recruitment rally which concluded in Pattan'sHyderbeig on Thursday.
"The information we have is that they (terrorists) had reached here to target the Army's Agniveer (recruitment) rally and they were planning to disturb the youth who are trying to join the mainstream and to make this rally unsuccessful. But we foiled their plans," he said.
The security forces recovered an AKS-74U rifle from the encounter site along with three magazines, a pistol, a pistol magazine and two bullets, he said.
"AKS-74U is a new version of AK-47, normally with the FTs (foreign terrorists), locally known as Karencov but actually called Kirinkov," he added.
Bhat appealed to the youth to not take the violent path.
Asked if the terrorists were trying to show their presence ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the SSP said the operation was successful because of an alert already issued by the security forces and the heightened security ahead of the visit.
Shah was scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir from September 30 to address two mega rallies in Rajouri and Baramulla. His visit, however, was postponed to October 4.
Bhat said the identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained.
However, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the slain terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
"01 more #terrorist killed (Total 02). Both the local terrorists linked with proscribed #terror outfit JeM. #Search operation in progress. Further details shall follow," Kumar said in a tweet.
Another encounter broke out in Chitragam in south Kashmir's Shopian district in the early hours of Friday following a cordon and search operation in the area on the basis of inputs about the presence of terrorists there, a police official said.

2nd lead
Govt to ensure J&K’s silk ingenuity,
dominates global market: LG Sinha
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said the prime objective of the government is to make the lives of silk farmers better and to ensure its uniqueness, beauty, and ingenuity, dominates the global market.
The Lt Governor inaugurated a day-long workshop on Sericulture in J-K, "Silk Samagra and beyond", at SKICC here.
Commending the efforts of all the stakeholders, scientists, officers, and farmers for the holistic development of the sericulture sector in J-K, Sinha said the workshop will serve as an effective tool to provide a platform for sharing of knowledge of the latest technologies and details of government schemes to stakeholders for increasing productivity of silk in the UT.
"Our prime objective is to make the lives of farmers associated with this dream fabric better and to ensure uniqueness, beauty, and ingenuity, which are the hallmark of J-K's crafts, dominates the global market," he said.
The Lt Governor said under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government endeavours to provide training, technology inputs, IT tools, and such other infrastructure support required for the transformation of sericulture.
He also underscored the importance of adoption of latest technological advancements in the silk to reduce the dependence on imported silk. One of the three important centers in the country for Research and Development, Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Intervention has been set up at Kashmir’s Pampore, he added.
He said that the Silk Samagra Yojana launched in 2017-18 under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has proved to be game-changer in making sericulture sustainable by supporting the country's as well as J&K’s silk industry in an integrated manner.
“The Jammu and Kashmir administration has increased the revolving fund from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 3.50 crore. In Silk Samagra Phase-I, about 900 silkworm rearers directly benefited and about 618 rearing houses were also established,” he added.
The Central Silk Board has allocated Rs 35 crore for J&K under Silk Samagra Phase-II benefitting around 27,000 families involved in sericulture in the UT.
“Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles will enhance the funding as per the requirements of the UT of J&K, so that more and more farmers and entrepreneurs are benefitted in the coming years, “ heobserved.
He also suggested the inclusion of Krishi Vigyan Kendras to enable a strong support system for sharing of information and developing necessary facilities to increase the income of farmers and providing them with linkages to Sericulture FPOs.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor felicitated five progressive farmers and sericulturists and handed over cheques of Rs 1.57 lakh each to them.
Bilingual publication on sericulture was also released by the Lt Governor, besides the history and process of silk farming in J&K was showcased through a documentary.
Upendra Prasad Singh, Secretary Union Ministry of Textiles, in his address, said that the Central Silk Board is working round the clock through its various regional centres to boost silk production. We are continuously focusing on quality and high-grade silk production, he added.
He further highlighted the high potential for increasing silk production in the UT of J&K.

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