In Brief


IED defused in Mendhar

Jammu: A major tragedy was averted after security forces blasted an IED planted by suspected militants on the roadside on Gohlad link road in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district. Earlier in the morning, they had closed the road from Mendhar Dhak Bunglow after a motorcycle along with some suspicious material was found lying on the road.

Militant hideout busted

Awantipora: UTPolice on Sunday busted a militant hideout at Chandhara Pampore and arrested a terrorist associate Adil Ahmad Shah. Pointing out that the hideout belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit, sources said that it was constructed inside the cow shed at the house of Adil Ahmad. The hideout was approximately 10ft x5ft x5ft with small opening coved by a lid and a nearly 6 ft tunnel leading to the hideout.  Incriminating material of proscribed Lashker-e-Toiba outfit and 26 rounds of AK-47 were seized from there.

21 bovines rescued in Lakhanpur

Kathua: Police on Sunday rescued 21 bovine animals in Kathua district’s Lakhanpur area, which were being illegally transported from Punjab to Kashmir Valley. A police team under the supervision of SHO Lakhanpur, Inspector Sanjeev Chib during routine naka checking intercepted a suspicious container bearing registration number HR35X-8549 which was coming from Punjab side.

Female tourist booked for smoking at public place

Srinagar: UT Police on Sunday booked a female tourist for smoking at public place in Srinagar on charges of violating the ban on smoking in public places. Smoking in public places has already been banned by the government under Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Copta) Act, while the sale of cigarettes within 100 yards of educational institutions is prohibited. Though ban on smoking in public places was introduced more than a decade ago, there had been complaints that the law was not enforced strictly and shops continued to sell tobacco products within 100-yard radius of school premises.