Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in an encounter in South Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. Director General of Police SP Vaid said they had ambushed Indian Police Service officers while they were en route to Awantipora in Pulwana district. “The daring officers’ retaliatory fire killed both the terrorists,” Vaid said on Twitter.
Pulwama Senior Superintendent of Police Rayees Bhat, who was heading to Awantipora to attend a meeting along with his deputy and another officer, told Scroll.in that three militants began to fire at them while they crossed paths. Two were killed in retaliatory firing, but the third militant escaped.
While there is conflicting information on how the encounter unfolded, Bhat told Scroll.in that reports on security personnel intercepting the militants’ car were incorrect.
An official told Greater Kashmir that the police and Indian Army personnel had ambushed the three militants after receiving inputs that two militants were headed their way in a car. According to an India Today report, the Awantipora Police and 55 Rashtriya Rifles intercepted the vehicle after receiving a tip-off, and that the militants had opened fire after security personnel asked the driver to stop at a joint security post.
The police recovered arms and ammunition from the militants. Their bodies have been handed over to their next of kin, Inspector General of Police SJM Gillani said in a statement.
Watch Ruchir's journey: A story that captures the impact of accessible technology
Accessible technology has the potential to change lives.
“Technology can be a great leveller”, affirms Ruchir Falodia, Social Media Manager, TATA CLiQ. Out of the many qualities that define Ruchir as a person, one that stands out is that he is an autodidact – a self-taught coder and lover of technology.
Ruchir’s story is one that humanises technology - it has always played the role of a supportive friend who would look beyond his visual impairment. A top ranker through school and college, Ruchir would scan course books and convert them to a format which could be read out to him (in the absence of e-books for school). He also developed a lot of his work ethos on the philosophy of Open Source software, having contributed to various open source projects. The access provided by Open Source, where users could take a source code, modify it and distribute their own versions of the program, attracted him because of the even footing it gave everyone.
That is why I like being in programming. Nobody cares if you are in a wheelchair. Whatever be your physical disability, you are equal with every other developer. If your code works, good. If it doesn’t, you’ll be told so.
Motivated by the objectivity that technology provided, Ruchir made it his career. Despite having earned degree in computer engineering and an MBA, friends and family feared his visual impairment would prove difficult to overcome in a work setting. But Ruchir, who doesn’t like quotas or the ‘special’ tag he is often labelled with, used technology to prove that differently abled persons can work on an equal footing.
As he delved deeper into the tech space, Ruchir realised that he sought to explore the human side of technology. A fan of Agatha Christie and other crime novels, he wanted to express himself through storytelling and steered his career towards branding and marketing – which he sees as another way to tell stories.
Ruchir, then, migrated to Mumbai for the next phase in his career. It was in the Maximum City that his belief in technology being the great leveller was reinforced. “The city’s infrastructure is a challenging one, Uber helped me navigate the city” says Ruchir. By using the VoiceOver features, Ruchir could call an Uber wherever he was and move around easily. He reached out to Uber to see if together they could spread the message of accessible technology. This partnership resulted in a video that captures the essence of Ruchir’s story: The World in Voices.
It was important for Ruchir to get rid of the sympathetic lens through which others saw him. His story serves as a message of reassurance to other differently abled persons and abolishes some of the fears, doubts and prejudices present in families, friends, employers or colleagues.