Friday, July 21, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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Army officer among 18 killed
Tribune News Service

SRINAGAR, July 20 — At least 18 persons, including 13 militants, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday.

Six militants and a jawan were killed in an encounter at Kakora in Manjakote sector of Rajouri district yesterday. Two of the militants killed in the encounter were identified as Mohammad Afzal, alias Abu Umar, and Tahir Kamal, alias Abu Zahid.

A rocket projectile gun, five rifles, 13 magazines with 32 rounds, a pistol, three pistol magazines, 20 rounds of ammunition, 12 hand grenades, two wireless sets and Indian currency totalling Rs 2000 were recovered from the person of the deceased, a police spokesman said here today.

Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen, identified as Abdul Rashid Khan, a local militant, and Abu Umar of Faisalabad, Pakistan, were killed in an encounter with the forces at Dardpora village, Kralpora, Kupwara district.

A young Army officer also lost his life in the encounter.

Despite being hit by a hail of bullets, the 24-year-old officer of 8 Grenadiers, Lieut Ravinder Chhikara, managed to gun down the mercenaries.

In another incident, four militants were killed in an encounter with the forces at Machil in Kupwara district. Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter.

Unidentified militants shot dead two civilians, Javed Ahmad and Manzoor Ahmad, when they opened fire at the house of Ghulam Rasool, a retired girdawar, in Shira village of Doda district.

Militants shot dead police constable Manzoor Ahmad near Jamia Masjid in Shopian town of Pulwama district. He succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to hospital. Another civilian was injured in the incident.

The police recovered the body of Jehangir Ahmad of Nagbal Shopian near Transport Yard, Parimpora, here today.

Life remained affected in Baramulla district for the second day today following the killing of four local youths who were residents alleged were killed in a “fake encounter” by the forces on Monday.


Construction ban in Shimla
Tribune News Service

SHIMLA, July 20 — In a landmark decision, the Cabinet today banned all construction above Cart Road in Shimla and restricted the height of new buildings in other areas to three storeys.

Construction in the sinking and sliding zone in the northern parts of the town between the Central School and Kalibari has been banned. This also includes Lakkar Bazar and Ruldu Bhatta.

The Chief Secretary, Mr A.K. Goswami, said here today that construction of all type in the core area above Cart Road including government buildings, had been banned.

The height of buildings had been reduced from six storeys to three in the area between Cart Road and the bypass. Basement would be counted as one storey.

It would be mandatory to construct an additional floor for car parking.

The Cabinet decided to impose a ban on all construction in the green belt. Privately owned green belts will be allowed to be utilised for recreational and tourist purposes without a permanent structure.

It had been decided now to allow digging on slopes more than 45 degrees.

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