Pulwama Live: Army Commander says anyone who has picked up a gun will be killed

Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon of the 15 Corps addressing media in Srinagar on Feb 19

In a strong, terse warning to the brainwashed youth and insurgents in the Kashmir Valley the General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps Lt Gen KJS Dhillon on Tuesday said that anyone who has picked up a gun will be killed and eliminated.

He was addressing the media along with the CRPF and J&K Police officials after four soldiers of the Indian Army including an officer were killed and three injured on Monday in an overnight encounter with terrorists in Pulwama.

The masterminds behind the attack on February 14, in which more than 40 soldiers of Central Reserve Police Force lost their lives, were eliminated in the encounter on Monday, Dhillon said. One of the terrorists was Kamran, alias Ghazi, a Jaish-e-Mohammad commander close to its chief Masood Azhar.

The four soldiers of the 55 Rashtriya Rifles who achieved martyrdom on Monday are – Major VS Dhoundiyal, Havaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Ajay Kumar and Sepoy Hari Singh.

05:14 PM February 2019, Tuesday 2019: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh: If even one of our jawans is martyred, we should kill 2 of theirs (Pakistan). This is the only language they will understand. We’ve already said that whatever steps government takes, we will support.

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh

03:47 PM February 2019, Tuesday 2019: Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar. He lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama yesterday.

Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar
Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar
Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar
Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar
Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar
Visuals from the last rites of Major VS Dhoundiyal in Haridwar

01:52 PM February 19, Tuesday 2019: Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy says that he is inclined to agree that Kashmiris should be boycotted.


01:30 PM February 19, Tuesday 2019: Pakistan Prime Minister addresses the nation.

12:35 AM February 19, Tuesday 2019: Mortal remains of Sepoy Hari Singh (who lost his life in an encounter with terrorists in Pulwama encounter yesterday) brought to his home in Rewari.

11:55 AM February 19, Tuesday 2019: Pakistan Foreign Min Shah Mahmood Qureshi in letter addressed to UN Secretary-General: It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India

10:44 AM February 19, Tuesday 2019: Army, CRPF and J&K police hold a press briefing in Army HQ, Srinagar. GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen KJS Dhillon asks the mothers in Kashmir to tell their children to surrender “those who do not surrender will be killed and eliminated.”

  • With a prayer on my lips and pride in heart, I pay homage to all the martyrs who lost their lives in the Feb 14 Pulwama attack: Lt Gen KJS Dhillon
  • Requests the people of Kashmir to stay away from encounter sites.
  • Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters Kashmir Valley will not go back alive.
  • Says anyone who has picked up a gun will be killed and eliminated.

 

  • JeM is controlled by the Pakistan Army. The Pak Army is involved in this 100%. Neither do I have doubt, nor should you.
  • The convoy attack (Pulwama) was carried out by JeM and it was being controlled by Pakistan.
  • I would like to inform that in less than 100 hours of the Pulwama terrorist attack, we have eliminated have JeM leadership in the valley which was being handled by JeM from Pakistan.
  • The type of car bomb attack that took place in Pulwama on 14th Feb, happened after a long time in Kashmir. We will keep all options open to deal with these kinds of attacks: Army Commander Dhillon.
  • We have leads on the type of explosives used but I can’t share the details as an investigation is underway
  • Brigadier Hardeep Singh, who was on leave due to injury, cut short his leave voluntarily and came to the operation site (Pulwama encounter on Feb 18) and stayed there and lead his men from the front, he said.
  • Restrictions which have been put on the movement of civilian traffic when a convoy is moving. We are working out modalities as to how best it can be streamlined so that minimum delay is caused to civilian traffic.

Zulfiquar Hasan, CRPF: Our helpline-14411 has been helping Kashmiris across the country in wake of this attack. A lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for help all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces.

10:00 AM February 19, Tuesday 2019: Uttarakhand: People pay last respects to Major VS Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama yesterday

People pay last respects to Major VS Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama on Feb 18
People pay last respects to Major VS Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama on Feb 18
People pay last respects to Major VS Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama on Feb 18
People pay last respects to Major VS Dhoundiyal, who lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama on Feb 18

 

09:45 AM 19 February, Tuesday 2019: The mother of Sepoy Ajay Kumar who lost his life in an encounter with terrorists in Pulwama yesterday, says,” Pakistan has killed so many sons, Pakistan isn’t that big that India can’t destroy it. India can destroy it in one day. I’m proud of my son, he sacrificed his life for the country.”

Visuals from the residence of Sepoy Hari Singh who lost his life in action in Pulwama encounter yesterday. His mortal remains will be brought to his home in Rewari.
Visuals from the residence of Sepoy Hari Singh who lost his life in action in Pulwama encounter yesterday. His mortal remains will be brought to his home in Rewari.

07:30 PM February 18, Monday 2019: UPDATE | Mastermind of the Pulwama Terrorist Attack– Kamran, a resident of Pakistan belonging to terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, was killed by security forces

06:11 PM February 18, Monday 2019: 12 Sector Rashtriya Rifles Commander of the rank of Brigadier also injured in the Pulwama encounter

05:05 PM February 18, Monday 2019: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police South Kashmir range, Amit Kumar, who was injured in an exchange of fire with terrorists earlier today, has been shifted to Army hospital. His condition is stated to be stable. He was shot in the leg in the encounter in which two terrorists were killed earlier today.

04:30 PM February 18, Monday 2019: The government had inputs from intelligence agencies on Feb 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken? Why 78 convoys were still allowed? I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always taped, as you all know,” Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal said.

04:01 February 18, Monday 2019:

3:30 February 18, Monday 2019:

2:36 February 18, Monday 2019: Rajiv Shukla, IPL chairman: Our position and policy are very clear. Unless the government gives a nod we will not play with Pakistan.

 

2:20 PM February 18, Monday 2019: “I am firm on my stand. Terrorism shouldn’t be tolerated. I want to ask who released those involved in 1999 Kandahar incident? Who’s responsibility is it?” says Navjot Singh Sidhu after a demand from rival political group Akali Dal to dismiss Sidhu from the Punjab Assembly.


2:20 PM February 18, Monday 2019: Hesitation to take action against terrorists is also kind of encouraging terrorism. Being a part of G20 countries, it’s also important that we implement 11 point agenda of Hamburg Leaders Statement. India and Argentina will issue a special declaration on terrorism today: PM Modi said in a joint press conference with the Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.

PM said that Pulwama has shown that now time has come to deal with terror firmly: PM Narendra Modi.

President of Argentina Mauricio Macri: I would like to convey my condolences to the victims of the cruel attack (Pulwama) perpetrated just a few days ago. We condemn every kind of terrorist attack. I am truly pleased to be able to working together to fight this scourge on mankind.

2:09 PM February 18, Monday 2019:  Relaxation given in curfew between 2 pm to 5 pm at locations in South Jammu. Relaxation not given in Digiana, Balicharana and few other areas. Curfew was imposed in wake of Pulwama attack.

2:04 PM February 18, Monday 2019: Army is constantly briefing Defence Minister & other senior govt functionaries on the developments in Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists have moved from their hideouts to locations near populated areas fearing retaliation from security forces, news agency ANI said quoting sources.

Pakistan Army positions across the border on the LoC are seeing heightened activities as they are on high operational alert, the report said.

1:50 PM February 18, Monday 2019:  Jammu and Kashmir Police issues a statement on the encounter in Pulwama:

Based on credible inputs about the presence of terrorists in Pinglena area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by Police and security forces in the intervening night in the area.

As the searches were going on, terrorists from inside the target house fired indiscriminately on the search party. In the initial burst of fire, four army jawans and one civilian sustained critical gun shot injuries. They were evacuated to hospital for medical attention. Consequently, four injured jawans attained martyrdom and the civilian also succumbed to his injuries. The martyred jawans have been identified as Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal, Hawaldar Sheo Ram, Sepoy Hari Singh and Sepoy Ajay Kumar.

The fire was retaliated by the security forces leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter so far 2 terrorists have been killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. The identities and affiliations of the killed terrorists are being ascertained. The encounter is still in progress and the security forces are on the job.

Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area is a prohibited zone and can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any.

1:21 February 18, Monday 2019: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the ongoing encounter in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir said that the morale of the security forces is high. They are being successful in neutralising the terrorists.

 


1:01 February 18, Monday 2019: CM Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to Vijay Kumar Maurya who lost his life in Pulwama Terrorist Attack on 14 Feb. CM also visited Maurya’s residence in Chhapaiya to meet his family.

12:30 February 18, Monday 2019: Curfew continues in Jammu for the fourth day following Pulwama attack on 14th February.

 

12:28 February 18, Monday 2019: A cordon and search operation by the security forces have started in village Krawora in Shopian.

12:20 February 18, Monday 2019: “We have called back our High Commissioner in India for consultations. He left New Delhi this morning,” Pakistan spokesperson.


12:15 February 18, Monday 2019: Police in Pulwama appeals to locals to leave the site of Pulwama encounter. Four 55 Rashtriya Rifles personnel have lost their lives & one injured and two terrorists neutralised in the ongoing operation. (Visuals deferred by unspecified time)

12:05 PM February 18, Monday 2019: One AK-47 and one pistol recovered during an encounter at Pinglana, Pulwama. Identification of bodies of the two terrorists killed during an encounter, yet to be confirmed, according to ANI.

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Pulwama Encounter – deferred images

11:55 AM February 18, Monday 2019: Traders in Assam call for a bandh on Monday in Guwahati as a protest against the loss of lives of CRPF Jawans in the Pulwama attacks.

11.50 AM February 18, Monday 2019: Ghazi, the suspected mastermind and bomb-maker behind the Pulwama attack, is one of the two terrorists killed in the encounter today, according to reports.

11.45 AM February 18, Monday 2019: Two terrorists have been killed in an encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district.

 

On Saturday Major Bisht lost his life while defusing an IED on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Rajouri’s Naushera. His mortal remains reached his home town on Monday.

 

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Top 10 Things to know

  • Forty CRPF soldiers martyred on Thursday (February 14) as a car laden with 60 kg of explosive hit one of the first few vehicles of the 70 vehicle convoy carrying more than 2400 personnel.
  • More than 40 killed in the blast.
  • On Friday PM Modi vows to punish those behind the attack, India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan,
  • On Saturday India levies 200% duty on Pak imports, India withdraws security to J&K separatist leaders

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