Abhishek Saha

Abhishek Saha

Abhishek Saha is a senior correspondent. He reports for the Kashmir bureau.

Articles by Abhishek Saha
A paramilitary trooper stands guard in Srinagar on April 12, 2018.(AFP/ Representative photo)
A paramilitary trooper stands guard in Srinagar on April 12, 2018.(AFP/ Representative photo)

Police officer, jawan and four terrorists killed in south Kashmir encounter

By Abhishek Saha | Srinagar, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 11:55 PM IST
The encounter took place in a forest in Tral near Awantipura.
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Shopian district has been restive this year, marked by the death of security personnel, militants and civilians in several encounters.(PTI File)
Shopian district has been restive this year, marked by the death of security personnel, militants and civilians in several encounters.(PTI File)

Shopian engineering graduate who cleared NDA test joins Hizbul ranks

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 09:20 PM IST
A photograph of Abid Nazir brandishing an assault rifle appeared on the social media on April 18.
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Indian Army soldiers take positions outside the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu. A soldier from Kashmir is suspected to have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen after a photograph of him brandishing an assault rifle surfaced on social media.(AFP File Photo/For Representation)
Indian Army soldiers take positions outside the Sunjuwan military station in Jammu. A soldier from Kashmir is suspected to have joined the Hizbul Mujahideen after a photograph of him brandishing an assault rifle surfaced on social media.(AFP File Photo/For Representation)

Army soldier suspected to have joined Hizbul, Kashmir police investigating

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2018 09:27 PM IST
Photograph of Idrees Sultan Mir holding an assault rifle surfaced on social media on Monday.
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Boatmen row their boats during Shikara Festival at Dal Lake in Srinagar .(PTI File Photo)
Boatmen row their boats during Shikara Festival at Dal Lake in Srinagar .(PTI File Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir tourist season off to a brisk start but uncertainty looms

By Abhishek Saha and Ashiq Hussain | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 11:24 PM IST
Kashmiris are all too familiar with the cycle. The Valley has been rocked by violent protests periodically since the July 2016 encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah looks on during a press conference in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah looks on during a press conference in Srinagar.(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)

PDP-BJP govt has ‘divided’ Jammu and Kashmir like never before: Omar Abdullah

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 05:25 PM IST
National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said the rape-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua has revealed the depth of polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Security forces carry out search operations in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district after a gun battle with militants.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Security forces carry out search operations in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district after a gun battle with militants.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Soldier, four civilians killed in Kashmir’s Kulgam; two militants escape

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 10:42 PM IST
Kashmiri separatists called for a shutdown on Thursday to protest the deaths of the civilians that included two teenagers.
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This is the second instance of militants allegedly targeting civilians in Hajin this week.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
This is the second instance of militants allegedly targeting civilians in Hajin this week.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kashmir: Man found beheaded a day after abduction by ‘LeT militants’

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 06:06 PM IST
Police have identified Kashmiri militant Mohd Saleem Parrey and his Pakistani accomplices as the alleged killers of Mazoor Ahmed Bhat, a shepherd.
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Bashir Khanday, father of slain militant Rouf Khanday, at his home in Dehruna village of Anantnag in south Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Bashir Khanday, father of slain militant Rouf Khanday, at his home in Dehruna village of Anantnag in south Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

My son said his sole motive was martyrdom: Father of slain Kashmiri militant

By Ashiq Hussain and Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Dehruna (Anantnag)
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 07:18 AM IST
During a counter-insurgency operation, Anantnag SSP Altaf Khan sent for militant Rouf Khanday’s parents, urged them go inside the house and convince him to surrender.
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Kashmiri students throw stones at policemen as a tear gas shell explodes behind them during a protest in Srinagar on Thursday.(AP)
Kashmiri students throw stones at policemen as a tear gas shell explodes behind them during a protest in Srinagar on Thursday.(AP)

Students clash with forces in Kashmir amid protest over death of civilians

By Abhishek Saha | Srinagar, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 09:28 PM IST
Students took on security personnel at different institutes in Srinagar, protesting five civilian deaths. Scores of female students were among the protesters in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar. 
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Protestors shout slogans as they carry the body of Gowhar Ahmed.(AFP)
Protestors shout slogans as they carry the body of Gowhar Ahmed.(AFP)

Kashmir violence: Constable suspended after youth succumbs to firearm injuries

By Abhishek Saha, Srinagar | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 02:44 PM IST
Security forces foil separatists’ march to Shopian against the encounters in South Kashmir on Sunday that saw the death of 13 terrorists, five civilians and three soldiers.
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Paramilitary soldiers patrol during restrictions in downtown area of Srinagar on April 3.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)
Paramilitary soldiers patrol during restrictions in downtown area of Srinagar on April 3.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

Man injured during protests in Ganderbal dies, Kashmir shutdown continues

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 09:54 PM IST
Businesses, schools and colleges were shut in Kashmir on Tuesday following a call by separatists, while curfew-like restrictions were in place in parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir.
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Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Fedration raise slogans during a protest at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Fedration raise slogans during a protest at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Separatists to continue shutdown, Kashmir gunfights toll climbs to 20

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 10:24 PM IST
Separatist Hurriyat has also given call for a Shopian Chalo march on April 4.
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Army soldiers during a gunbattle between militants and security forces in Shopian,south Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Army soldiers during a gunbattle between militants and security forces in Shopian,south Kashmir.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Slain officer Lt Ummer Fayaz’s killers among 12 militants gunned down in Kashmir; 3 soldiers dead

By Abhishek Saha and Ashiq Hussain | Hindustan Times, Awantipora, Awantipora
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 07:58 AM IST
Four civilians were also killed and dozens suffered bullet and pellet injuries in clashes that erupted around the encounter sites in Kashmir.
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Kashmiri villagers during a funeral at Shopian, South Kashmir, on Sunday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Kashmiri villagers during a funeral at Shopian, South Kashmir, on Sunday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Kashmiri separatists call for shutdown on Monday to protest deaths of militants, civilians

By Abhishek Saha and Ashiq Hussain | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2018 09:14 PM IST
In one of the bloodiest days in south Kashmir in recent months, three separate encounters and protests left three soldiers, 12 militants and four civilians dead on Sunday.
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Soldiers take position inside an apple orchard during a search operation in Shopian on Thursday.(AP)
Soldiers take position inside an apple orchard during a search operation in Shopian on Thursday.(AP)

Kashmir: Militants kill police officer in Anantnag district, wife critical

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2018 08:25 AM IST
In a separate incident, militants attacked a man at Chancer in neighbouring Kulgam district. He has been admitted to a local hospital with a bullet injury in his leg.
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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Budgam district. The Budgam encounter come a day after two JeM militants were killed in Anantnag in a late-night gunbattle.(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)
Paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Budgam district. The Budgam encounter come a day after two JeM militants were killed in Anantnag in a late-night gunbattle.(Waseem Andrabi/HT File Photo)

Militant killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Budgam district

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2018 09:32 AM IST
The police said a woman was injured in the crossfire when the militant was trying to escape in Beerwah area of Budgam district.
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A police spokesperson said the preliminary investigation revealed that both militants killed in the encounter were Pakistanis and members of the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.(PTI File Photo)
A police spokesperson said the preliminary investigation revealed that both militants killed in the encounter were Pakistanis and members of the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.(PTI File Photo)

Two JeM militants killed in Anantnag encounter

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2018 11:15 PM IST
The encounter comes two days after two policemen, three soldiers and five militants were killed in the bloodiest encounter yet this year in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
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Soldiers near the site of gunfight in Kulgam. There have been several reports in the past of youth missing and social media posts claiming they have joined Hizbul Mujahideen. Police are now keeping a close tab on such cases.(HT File Photo)
Soldiers near the site of gunfight in Kulgam. There have been several reports in the past of youth missing and social media posts claiming they have joined Hizbul Mujahideen. Police are now keeping a close tab on such cases.(HT File Photo)

Son of Hurriyat faction’s new chief missing, social media post claims he’s joined Hizbul

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2018 10:33 PM IST
Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai replaced Syed Ali Shah Geelani as the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat party chief on Monday. The Sehrai family reported son Junaid as missing before social media posts about him surfaced.
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An army soldier takes position during a gun battle with militants in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.(PTI File Photo/Representative image)
An army soldier takes position during a gun battle with militants in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.(PTI File Photo/Representative image)

Two militants killed in encounter with security forces in Kashmir’s Anantnag

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2018 10:33 PM IST
Security forces recovered arms and ammunition, including AK 47 rifles and grenades, from the militants’ hideout.
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Forces did not give information about the number of militants trapped in Kupwara.(PTI File Photo)
Forces did not give information about the number of militants trapped in Kupwara.(PTI File Photo)

At least 3 militants killed in Kupwara gun battle

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2018 09:56 PM IST
Security forces had launched a cordon and operation in the forest area after specific inputs of militant presence.
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A man pours water on debris of a house damaged during a gunfight in Balhama area of Khanmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 16, 2018.(Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo)
A man pours water on debris of a house damaged during a gunfight in Balhama area of Khanmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 16, 2018.(Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo)

Body of Pakistani militant recovered from encounter site in Srinagar’s Balhama, toll reaches 3

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2018 05:26 PM IST
The body of Hamas, from Pakistan, was found when security forces were clearing the area of unexploded shells in Balhama of Khonmoh near Srinagar.
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Kamran Yousuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist who was released on bail six months after his arrest by the National Investigation Agency, at his house in Tahab village of Pulwama district, South Kashmir, on Friday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)
Kamran Yousuf, a Kashmiri photojournalist who was released on bail six months after his arrest by the National Investigation Agency, at his house in Tahab village of Pulwama district, South Kashmir, on Friday.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo)

Six months after arrest, Kashmiri photojournalist returns home on bail

By Abhishek Saha | Pulwama, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2018 07:30 PM IST
Accusing Kashmiri photojournalist Kamran Yousuf of pelting stones, the NIA charge sheet stated that he was not a real journalist because he hadn’t covered “any developmental activity of the government” in his career.
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Army soldiers take positions near a gunbattle area between militants and military forces at Balhama area of Khunmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 15, 2018.(Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)
Army soldiers take positions near a gunbattle area between militants and military forces at Balhama area of Khunmoh on the outskirts of Srinagar, on March 15, 2018.(Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

Two militants killed in overnight Srinagar encounter after attack on BJP leader

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2018 08:15 AM IST
The encounter started on Thursday afternoon after militants fired at the security officer of BJP’s Anwar Khan in Khunmoh area and escaped. The officer, Bilal Ahmad, received a minor “(bullet) grazing injury on one leg”.
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An Army soldier takes position during a gun battle in which three militants were killed, at Kokarnag in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on March 13 2018.(PTI File Photo)
An Army soldier takes position during a gun battle in which three militants were killed, at Kokarnag in Anantnag district of South Kashmir on March 13 2018.(PTI File Photo)

Militant killed in Anantnag encounter was from Telangana

By Abhishek Saha,Srinivasa Rao Apparasu and Azaan Javaid | Hindustan Times, Srinagar/Hyderabad/New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2018 11:49 PM IST
The Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGUH) – an outfit with alleged link to the al-Qaeda in Kashmir said the slain militant was Muhammad Taufeeq from Hyderabad.
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People shout slogans near the body of slain militant Eesa Fazili during his funeral procession in Srinagar on Monday.(Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo)
People shout slogans near the body of slain militant Eesa Fazili during his funeral procession in Srinagar on Monday.(Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo)

Father of militant killed in Anantnag encounter updates Facebook on son’s death, funeral

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 09:13 PM IST
Eisa Fazili's funeral saw a large turnout of people. Pro-Azaadi slogans were reportedly shouted and at some places, people clashed with the security forces.
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Security forces in Anantnag’s Hakura where three terrorists were killed in an encounter on Monday morning.(ANI Photo)
Security forces in Anantnag’s Hakura where three terrorists were killed in an encounter on Monday morning.(ANI Photo)

Three militants killed in encounter in J-K’s Anantnag, restrictions imposed in Srinagar

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 07:34 PM IST
Two of the slain militants have been identified as Eesa Fazli, of Srinagar, and Syed Owais Shafi, of south Kashmir’s Kokernag, while the identity of the third is being ascertained, a police statement said.
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Security forces in Anantnag’s Hakura where three terrorists were killed in an encounter on Monday morning.(ANI Photo)
Security forces in Anantnag’s Hakura where three terrorists were killed in an encounter on Monday morning.(ANI Photo)

Three militants killed in an encounter; shutdown in Srinagar

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2018 11:38 PM IST
Two of the slain militants have been identified as Eesa Fazli, of Srinagar, and Syed Owais Shafi, of south Kashmir’s Kokernag, while the identity of the third is being ascertained, a police statement said.
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Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu(PTI File Photo)
Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Haseeb Drabu(PTI File Photo)

PDP asks finance minister to retract comment on J-K, NC lashes out

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2018 08:41 PM IST
Haseeb Drabu was quoted by PTI as saying “Don’t see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue, it is a society which has social issues right now”.
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Policemen stand guard after Kashmiri separatists called for a day-long strike against the recent killings in Kashmir, in Srinagar on Wednesday.(Reuters Photo)
Policemen stand guard after Kashmiri separatists called for a day-long strike against the recent killings in Kashmir, in Srinagar on Wednesday.(Reuters Photo)

Kashmir remains shut as separatists call shutdown over shifting of political prisoners; Mirwaiz detained

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2018 05:38 PM IST
Hardline Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Geelani and moderate the moderate faction’s leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were detained after they tried to lead marches from Srinagar to Shopian.
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A view of the avalanche site in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir last year.(PTI File Photo)
A view of the avalanche site in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir last year.(PTI File Photo)

One killed, two injured in avalanche in north Kashmir

By Abhishek Saha | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2018 08:01 PM IST
Amandeep Singh, a bulldozer driver working on snow clearance duty, and two workers with him were hit by an avalanche at Ferkiyaan Top area in Keran sector. The workers are stable, a police officer said.
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