Terrorists attack Army camp in Kupwara, soldier injured

SRINAGAR: At least one Army soldier was injured when terrorists attacked an Army camp housing 21 JAK rifles and 41 RR in forest area of Kalaroose in frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir in the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.

According to reports, a group of militants attacked Army’s RR headquarter camp which is located in upper belt of Kalaroose forests along LoC in Kupwara district in north Kashmir in preceding night. “The indiscriminate fire continued on the RR headquarter for at least 10 minutes, the troops retaliated the fire which resulted in a brief clash”, the reports

A soldier of 21 Jak Rifles was however, injured in the firing and was shifted to military hospital in Drugmulla in Baramulla. Besides 41 RR, the camp also houses troopers of other units including 21 Jak Rifles. Soon after the attack, the Army launched a massive manhunt with the help of reinforcement of Para commandos on all sides adjoining the camp, the reports said.

The Army, according to reports, cordoned off upper belt of Kalaroose forests and Kunnad, Kani Behak, Manigah, Chat forest areas of Batpora Haihama and launched searches. Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley on the call given by the Hurriyat combine against attempts to abrogate Article 35-A.

Article 35A gives special privileges upon Jammu and Kashmir in terms of government jobs, possessing property, etc. A non-state subject under Article 35A cannot own land or have employment in Jammu and Kashmir. A Delhi based NGO called “We The Citizens” filed a PIL in the Supreme Court in 2014 challenging the Presidential order of 1954 by virtue of which this Article became the part of Indian Constitution.

 All educational institutions, colleges as well as universities remained closed on Saturday. Besides shops and business establishments, public transport also remained off the roads.
The Hurriyat leaders had a day earlier deputed their agents to the shopkeepers individually who distributed letters for observing shut down in the areas like sanatnagar, Jawahar Nagar and some other posh markets . The shops and business establishments however, remained closed in these markets as well.
The authorities had deployed heavy contingents of police and the Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) across the Valley to avert any protests or stone pelting on the private vehicles which were plying though less in number.
Meanwhile, the University of Kashmir (KU) and Board of School Education (BOSE) have postponed all the examinations scheduled to be held on Saturday.
Source-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/terrorists-attack-army-camp-in-kupwara-soldier-injured/articleshow/60033241.cms

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