Monday, September 4, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

6 militants among 10 die in J&K

SRINAGAR, Sept 3 (PTI) — Six militants and three security personnel were among 10 persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir where a possible tragedy was averted with the timely detection of a powerful landmine, an official spokesman said today.

Two Lashker-e-Toiba (LET) militants and a special police officer were killed in an exchange of fire between the militants and security personnel who were conducting a raid on a house in Bogund-Super in Anantnag district.

Three militants — two of the LET and one of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen — were killed in an encounter which broke out while security personnel were carrying out search operations in the Mirbazar area of the district.

A militant and a jawan were killed in an exchange of fire when Army personnel, on specific information, cordoned off a house where militants were hiding at Saj village of Poonch district last evening.


Girl gets polio despite drops
From Bijendra Ahlawat

FARIDABAD, Sept 3 — The polio eradication programme launched by the Health Department has come under big question following the disclosure of a minor girl here succumbing to this disease even after getting polio drops for four times in the recent past.

The victim of the polio attack has been identified as Varsha (1) daughter of Raj Akhilanand Prasad of Shivraj Colony of Mewla Maharajpur in the district. The girl has been admitted to the government-run Badshah Khan (BK) Hospital here for treatment.

He told some newsmen that his daughter complained of pain in her neck four or five days ago, following which she was taken to a physician. The doctor advised the parents to take her to B.K. Hospital. The doctors there reportedly told the victim’s parents that the girl was under polio attack.

Mr Prasad claimed that his daughter had been administered polio drops at least for four times. He said while polio drops were given on two occasions by the District Health authorities at two special camps, she was given these drops two times at government hospital.

He said he and his family were shocked when doctors told them Varsha was affected by polio.

The family of the victim and some activists associated with health sector have sought a probe into the incident.

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