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Bodies cremated, curfew in Bhaderwah
Tribune News Service and UNI

One of the injured of the Kishtwar massacre.
One of the injured of the Kishtwar massacre in Doda district at a hospital in Jammu on Sunday.  — PTI photo

Jammu, August 5
The bodies of 15 persons killed by suspected militants yesterday were cremated today amid tight security at Atholi village in Kishtwar tehsil in the tense Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, mourners refused to carry out the cremation of the bodies unless three youths belonging to the Hindu community, were not released. These youths had been arrested yesterday on charge of damaging several shops owned by Muslims in Kishtwar when they indulged in stone pelting.

While relaxation was given in the curfew restrictions in Kishtwar, similar restrictions were imposed in the adjoining town of Bhaderwah early this morning to prevent demonstrators, protesting against the killing of Hindus, from indulging in violence.

The police claimed the situation was improving fast and no untoward incident had been reported during the curfew period.

Senior civil and police officers along with fresh reinforcement of the security forces have been camping in Kishtwar to persuade the mourners to relent.

Senior police officers were trying to persuade people to abandon their plan of migrating from the villages in Paddar area which have become vulnerable to militant strikes. The yesterday's carnage resulted in migration of scores of families from Ludar village but when additional forces were sent in the area the rate of migration was checked.

The state government has decided to enrol youths living in far-flung areas of Paddar in Village Defence Committees and in addition to this special police officers would be appointed to guard sensitive villages and dhoks which the villagers use during grazing of their cattle.

The state government has already conveyed to the Centre that since it had no sufficient forces there was need for sanctioning additional companies of paramilitary forces which could be deployed in several areas of Doda district.

Official sources said the Union Home Ministry and the Defence Ministry authorities were evolving a new strategy under which a massive operations were to be launched against the militants camping in the upper reaches of Kishtwar, Udhampur, Poonch and Rajouri. It is learnt that a team of Army experts would be constituted to work out the plan for carrying out anti-insurgency operations on a largescale in various areas of the Jammu region.Back


Terrorism ‘not freedom struggle’

Aligarh (UP), August 5
Home Minister L.K. Advani today ridiculed Pakistan for terming terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as "freedom struggle", saying that killing of innocent people could never be accepted as struggle for independence and asserted that the nation had the will and capability to crush it.

Describing the cross-border terrorism as the "biggest problem" before the Vajpayee government, Mr Advani, without naming Pakistan, said "the neighbouring country" was spreading terrorism in India which was claiming lives of innocent people. PTI


Centre cautions states against ultras’ attacks
S. Satyanarayanan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 5
In the wake of intelligence inputs that Pakistan-backed militant groups might try to disrupt Independence Day functions in the country, the Union Home Ministry has asked all states and union territories to take all possible measures for the smooth passage of celebrations.

According to highly placed sources, there have been some intelligence inputs that militants belonging to terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad could try to carry out fidayeen attacks to disrupt Independence Day celebrations, especially in Jammu and Kashmir.

While the Centre has asked the states and union territories to make elaborate and tight security arrangements in and around the Independence Day function venues, it has also cautioned them against the possible terrorist attacks in crowded places like markets and cinema halls.

“Some intelligence inputs have indicated that terrorist outfits might try to create panic among the public by triggering bomb blasts in crowded places like markets as the concentration of the security forces will be more at the venue of Independence Day celebrations,” the sources said.

Another vital input given by Central intelligence agencies is that Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad outfits could engage lesser known splinter outfits in the country to carry out their nefarious acts. Meanwhile, the sources pointed out that the Union Home Ministry was closely monitoring various intelligence inputs and accordingly alerting the state police forces.

It has also ordered use of adequate Central forces in sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas to thwart any untoward incident.

In the Capital, the Delhi Police has already begun a massive security drill in and around the Red Fort where Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would hoist the national tri-colour and address the nation.

The police in tandem with the Army would throw a three-tier security net in and around the Red Fort.

The ceremony at Red Fort consists of the presentation of a guard of honour by the Armed forces and the Delhi police to the Prime Minister, unfurling of the National Flag accompanied by playing of National Anthem and firing of 21-gun salute, speech by the Prime Minister, singing of the National Anthem by schoolchildren and NCC cadets and release of coloured balloons at the end.Back

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