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Lashkar ultra among six killed
Srinagar, October 9
At least six persons, including three militants, were killed in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley since yesterday. A police spokesman here said two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with the Army at Qaziabad in Handwara in Kupwara district list night.

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard as a group of Kashmiri women walk past in a Srinagar market on Tuesday. Security in the troubled region has been beefed up after the start of US-led attacks against Afghanistan. — Reuters

Infiltration continues unabated
Jammu, October 9
Though there has been no unusual military activity on either side of the 1260-km-long Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir since September 12, when the American Government announced war against global terrorism, there has been at the same time, no marked decrease in the rate of infiltration from across the LoC.

Pak deploys troops along border
Jammu, October 9
Pakistan is said to have deployed its troops along with the Rangers on the 187-km-long international border in the Jammu sector. Besides this additional troops have been sent to some pockets on the LoC this evening.

Anti-US protests continue in Srinagar
Srinagar, October 9
Anti-US demonstrations continued in parts of downtown Srinagar for the second day today in protest against the US-led airstrikes in Afghanistan, but did not disrupt normal life in the city, official sources said.


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Gujjars’ names ‘missing’ from voters list
Jammu, October 9
Voicing concern at the “continued stepmotherly” treatment meted out to them, Gujjar and Bakerwal leaders feel intrigued over what they call the “deliberate” attempt on the part of the Election Commission to deprive voters belonging to these two ethnic groups of their right to vote in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.


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Lashkar ultra among six killed
Tribune News Service and PTI

Srinagar, October 9
At least six persons, including three militants, were killed in separate incidents in the Kashmir valley since yesterday.

A police spokesman here said two unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with the Army at Qaziabad in Handwara in Kupwara district list night.

A militant of the Lashkar-e-Toiba was killed in an encounter with the security forces at Jathan Rafiabad in Baramula district yesterday. He had been identified as Abu Hamza of Pakistan. One AK rifle, four magazines and a wireless set were recovered from the site of the encounter.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead an SPO, Javed Ahmad Ganai at Khanpora in Baramula this morning. He succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a hospital.

In similar incident, unidentified militants shot dead Ghulam Mohammad Mir at Sheeri, in Baramula district yesterday.

One civilian was killed in an encounter between militants and the security forces at Nowhatta here late last night, the police said. The residents, however, alleged that he was shot dead by the security forces after unidentified militants lobbed a grenade on their picket and later fired at it. The civilian, identified as Gulzar Amad Malla was killed in the cross-fire between the militants and the security forces.

JAMMU: Militants killed a civilian in Udhampur district in Jammu division while a security personnel and an ultra died in separate incidents since Monday, official sources said.

Unidentified militants barged into the house of Abdul Subhan of Neosi village in Mahore tehsil of Udhampur district on Monday and dragged him out at gunpoint, an official spokesman said.

Later, his body with throat slit was found in nearby forest area, he said, adding that the incident had caused resentment among locals against the militants in the area. A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed when militants attacked him while he was on patrol duty in Mahore area of Udhampur district last evening. The militants later fled away.

Reports from Doda district said the security forces shot dead militant in the encounter in Mahumangat area.
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Infiltration continues unabated
M. L. Kak
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 9
Though there has been no unusual military activity on either side of the 1260-km-long Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir since September 12, when the American Government announced war against global terrorism, there has been at the same time, no marked decrease in the rate of infiltration from across the LoC.

Field reports indicate that while the rate of infiltration from across the LoC in Uri, Kupwara and Bandipore has not increased, the level of ingress from across Poonch and Rajouri has escalated during the past one month.

According to police sources, confusion has gripped various militant groups following conflicting messages received by them. While one report said that leaders of groups dominated by foreign mercenaries, especially Afghans, had been directed to return to occupied Kashmir, those from within the state were told to stay put.

The reason for this direction was that Pakistani agencies wanted to give an indigenous colour to the ongoing "jehad” in Kashmir and provide a chance to Afghan guerrillas to go back to Kabul and fight against western forces.

As gradual movement of foreign mercenaries started from south Kashmir and from Doda and Udhampur districts, the usual help from across the border was missing. As a result, a large number of foreign mercenaries stand stranded in areas north-west of Srinagar and north-west of Jammu close to the LoC.

Police sources said there has been a marked thinning of the presence of foreign mercenaries in Anantnag, Pulwama and Doda districts during the past one month.

The sources said field reports had revealed that those militants who had been told to return were directed to bring all weapons, ammunition and explosives with them which had to be deposited with rebel leaders stationed close to this side of the LoC.

This is indicative of a fresh plan by Pakistani agencies to push into Jammu and Kashmir new groups of militants, especially those belonging to Jammu and Kashmir. Reports reveal that militant training camps at 12 places across the border have been closed and trainees told to seek shelter in populated border villages. And those who have completed arms training, are to be pushed into Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiri youths who would be assisted in infiltrating into the valley would join the Hizbul Mujahideen, which is not dominated by foreign mercenaries, reports said.

This was being done to show to the world that the ongoing “jehad” was indigenous and it had no support from Pakistan.

The police sources said in Poonch district alone 250 militants had been killed during the past five months and a large number of rebels continued to operate in the area.

According to security experts, the current situation demands intensive operations against the militants within the state because American presence in Pakistan may not allow Islamabad to embark on any misadventure by attacking Indian posts.

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Pak deploys troops along border
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 9
Pakistan is said to have deployed its troops along with the Rangers on the 187-km-long international border in the Jammu sector. Besides this additional troops have been sent to some pockets on the LoC this evening.

A senior functionary of the Defence Ministry said: “We have no threat perception from Pakistan right now but we have to be on alert to foil its any game plan”.

He said during the past one week the level of Pakistani firing on the Indian border villages and posts along the border had declined but the rate of infiltration had gone up.

The Defence Ministry sources said despite “our preoccupation with the winter exercises in the area that falls under 16 Corps, we are under strict instructions to check infiltration at any cost”.

In reply to a question, he said “We have reports that the Pakistani agencies may encourage infiltration of Afghan refugees into our territory but we have orders to shoot anyone found intruding into the Indian territory”.

Asked if some Taliban and other Afghan refugees might sneak into Jammu and Kashmir the Defence Ministry sources said “We have instructions to treat any infiltrators as an enemy, irrespective of the country he belonged to”.

In reply to another question, he said one of the reasons for the deployment of troops on the border was to help the infiltrators to cross into the Jammu sector under the cover of Pakistani firing. “We have the will and the ability to foil it”, he said.

He said there would be no let up in anti-terrorism operations in the state and during the past three weeks the rate of elimination of ultras had increased though the level of infiltration had not declined.

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Anti-US protests continue in Srinagar

Srinagar, October 9
Anti-US demonstrations continued in parts of downtown Srinagar for the second day today in protest against the US-led airstrikes in Afghanistan, but did not disrupt normal life in the city, official sources said.

Groups of youth appeared at Nowhatta and some adjoining areas today and raised anti-US and pro-Taliban slogans, the sources said. The agitators were dispersed by the police.

Shopkeepers in Lal Chowk and some other areas downed shutters as a precautionary measure today because of fears of widespread demonstrations in the city.

Meanwhile, Baramula town in north Kashmir and Shopian in Pulwama district of south Kashmir observed partial strike in protest against the US-led strikes in Afghanistan.

Incidents of stone-pelting were reported in Baramula town, but there was no major clash between the police and the demonstrators.

The police fired in the air and burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators.

The demonstrators raising pro-Afghan and anti-American slogans, threw stones at police at several places in Baramula and Sopore towns.

Several people were injured in the stone pelting and police action. PTI, UNI
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Gujjars’ names ‘missing’ from voters list
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 9
Voicing concern at the “continued stepmotherly” treatment meted out to them, Gujjar and Bakerwal leaders feel intrigued over what they call the “deliberate” attempt on the part of the Election Commission to deprive voters belonging to these two ethnic groups of their right to vote in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

In a communication to the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr J.M. Lyngdoh, the Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board for Gujjars and Bakerwals, Haji Buland Khan, has alleged that more than 50 per cent of eligible voters of the two ethnic groups have not been registered as voters. He has said the name of these voters do not figure on the rolls.

Haji Buland Khan has requested the Chief Election Commission to order a revision of the rolls. He has stated, in the communication that a thorough revision of the rolls was done in 1988 and at that stage, too a large number of Gujjar and Bakerwals were left out.

Haji Buland Khan has suggested to the Chief Election Commission that another revision of the rolls be undertaken during the winter months when members of these two nomadic tribes return to their villages from the mountain pastures.

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