CASO in Kupwara triggers clash, India worries fresh LAC clashes

Tuesday – November 24, 2020
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Indian troops launched violent military operation in Kupwara district, Monday, the cordon and search operation (CASO) triggered a clash between Indian troops and a group of Kashmiri youth in Machil area of the district.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), the locals told media that the Indian troops fired several rounds in the area which led to the clash amid heavy snowfall.

The clash was going on till last reports came in.

Separately, the military-level talks between India and China for de-escalating the present position in Ladakh have been deadlocked, for now, sending shocking waves through Indian government as well as army as harsh winter has started endangering the life of poorly equipped Indian soldiers in the region.

The two sides have been discussing dates for a fresh round of talks over the hotline. However, no formal date for talks has been announced.

The last round of talks, the eighth since June 6, was two weeks ago on November 7.

With winter having set in, it was expected that the next round will be held quickly and some kind of protocol will be established.

The lieutenant general (Lt.Gen) level officers of the two sides have been meeting to resolve the crisis, which flared up on May 6.

A series of discussions took place in Moscow on September the fourth and 10, Indian defence minister (DM) Rajnath Singh and foreign minister (FM) S.Jaishankar had met their respective counterparts at the two meetings.

A five-point de-escalation programme was released, but it has not been followed.

Also, there are fresh areas of confrontation, like the 70-kilometres (kms) stretch along the southern part of Pangong Tso. India wants an assurance that Beijing will not occupy these heights.

Meanwhile, a truck driver and his brother hailing from Mohammad Pora of south-Kashmir’s Kulgam district went missing since November 18 while they were on their way from Kanpur to Jalandhar with a truckload of animal hides.

A close relative of the two brothers said that Younis Ahmad Dar, and his younger brother Faisal Hassan Dar had left for Kanpur on November 14 at around 10:30 pm with a truckload of animal hides, wherefrom they were supposed to reach Jalandhar.

“On the following day, they reached Jasrana at 10:30 am, after snacks they took their way; however, they were e-fined of Rs 2,000 near Etah adjacent to Secundra Rao. Upto that spot, we were in touch; however soon after, their phones reflected false bells and came switched off. Once we approached the local police station, they cited the eyewitness and said that the duo may have been most probably intercepted by a group of dacoits near Noori Masjid, Secundra Rao. The phone numbers of the duo were put to surveillance to access the location,” the official said adding it came to fore that the mobile phones have been turned off somewhere near Secundra Rao in Hathras district along G.T.Road.

It is believed that Younis and Faisal were picked up by Indian police at the behest of Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government for ulterior motives.

The aggrieved family is leaving for Uttar Pradesh (UP) in pursuance of the case with local authorities there.