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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

From Today's Papers - 27 Jan 2016

IAF fighter jet shoots down balloon-shaped object in Rajasthan
A mysterious balloon-shaped object was on Tuesday shot down by a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, bordering Pakistan, after the IAF radar detected it on a day the country was celebrating the Republic Day.

IAF officials said the object was flying in from the Western Sector (implying Pakistani side) and was shot down this morning.

“Between 1030 and 1100 hours today, an unidentified balloon-shaped object was picked up by IAF radar. An IAF fighter was launched which intercepted the object and brought it down. Further investigation is underway,” an IAF spokesperson said.

No one was hurt nor was any damage caused to the property in the area, IAF spokesman said in Jaipur.

The incident happened in Barmer, nearly 500 km from Rajasthan capital Jaipur, where some villagers have reported an incident of certain metal pieces falling down from the sky.

The police said a team led by Additional SP Jassaram Bose found about five pieces of a triangle kind of metallic objects but it was not an explosive material.

These pieces were handed over to the IAF, the police said.

It said people of Gugardi and Panavara villages under Pachpadra Thana area heard the deafening sound blasts in about 5-km radius.

Quoting Manoj Singh, an eyewitness, the police said the blast sound was heard five times and something fell down after an aircraft flew by.

Similar blast sounds were heard last year in January month at Sinleejageer village, and the IAF was probing that incident too, the police said. — PTI
Hizb militant killed in early morning gunfight in Anantnag
Suhail A Shah

Anantnag, January 26
A Hizb-ul-Mujahideen operative was today killed in a gunfight with security forces, here in the Kokernag area of this south Kashmir district.

According to police reports Khalhaar village of Kokernag was cordoned off in the wee hours of Thursday morning, following specific inputs about presence of militants in the area.

“The cordon was laid at about 3am this morning,” a senior police official from Anantnag told The Tribune.

The official said while security forces were zeroing in on the house the militant was hiding in, “he opened fire, which was duly retaliated triggering an encounter,”

After a brief encounter the militant was killed. His body has been retrieved by the police and identification process completed.

The slain militant has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Haroo alias Adil, son of Muhammad Amin, a resident of Pushwara Anantnag.

He was one of only seven militants presently active in Anantnag district.
Kirti Chakra for DSC Pathankot braveheart
Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 25
Sepoy Jagdish Chand of the Defence Security Corps (DSC), who died while grappling with terrorists during the Pathankot attack earlier this month, has been decorated posthumously with the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award.

He is among the two heroes from the Western Command who have been awarded for bravery. Lance Naik Naresh Singh Rajput of the Rajputana Rifles has been decorated with the Sena Medal (Gallantry) for his acts during the terrorist encounter in Dinanagar near Pathankot in July last year. The awards have been announced on the eve of the 67th Republic Day.

Jagdish Chand was working in the mess in the wee hours of January 2, when terrorists struck under the cover of darkness. Despite being caught unawares, he tackled one of the terrorists, snatched his weapon and shot him. In the meantime, he was fired upon and fell to other terrorists’ bullets. He was among the first security personnel to engage the terrorists.

Hailing from Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh, he served in the Dogra Regiment and after retiring in 2009, he was re-employed with the DSC, which is deployed on security duties at military establishments. He had been transferred to Pathankot from Leh last month and had joined duty just a day before the incident after returning from a 10-day leave.
BSF, Pak Rangers exchange sweets on Republic Day
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 26
The Border Security Force offered sweets to Pakistan Rangers at the Attari-Wagah joint check-post to mark the 67th Republic day here today.

BSF DIG, Amritsar sector, Sumer Singh handed over the sweets to The Wing Commander, Pak Rangers, Bilal Ahmed.

Defence personnel from both the sides shook hands and exchanged several platters of sweets as they posed for pictures as well.

Pakistan Rangers had earlier refused to accept the sweets offered by the BSF on the occasion of Eid last year.

Following which the BSF also refused to offer any sweets to their counterparts along the International Border as a mark of protest against the spate of ceasefire violations along this frontier and also the Line of Control (LoC). — With inputs from agencies

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