Army flag march in Kishtwar; curfew continues


The Jammu and Kashmir Police have detained two personal security officers (PSOs) of a senior BJP leader who, along with his brother, was killed by suspected militants in Kishtwar district on Thursday night. The state government has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident, officials said on Friday.

BJP state secretary, Anil Parihar, 52, and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, 55, were shot dead when they were returning home after closing their stationary shop in Kishwar town on Thursday night, officials said. The detained PSOs – Om Prakash and Sahil Kumar – were being questioned, Senior Superintendent of Police Kishtwar Rajinder Gupta said. Anil Parihar was allotted these PSOs for his security, but at the time of the attack they were not accompanying the leader, he said. Had the PSOs been with him, the tragedy could have been averted, police said.

The Army on Friday staged a flag march in Kishtwar town. The curfew in the area continued on Friday.



BBM posing security problem

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Security agencies are finding it difficult to track the records of gadgets, especially BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), used for communication by the network of over ground workers (OGWs) in the Kashmir Valley. The network has strengthened in the last one year, and the workers are equipped with high-end technology such as self-destructing software and encrypted messaging which add to the problems of security forces conducting anti-militancy operations.

BlackBerry Messenger app is the most trusted among militants to evade snooping by intelligence agencies. The OGWs of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashker-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahiddin only use the BBM for communication with the handlers in the Valley and Pakistan. According to reports, the recently killed sniper of JeM, who was a nephew of its chief Maulana Masood Azhar, was also using the BlackBerry Messenger app. anil raina



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