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11 ultras shot, arms cache seized
Srinagar, October 16
Eleven militants and an Army jawan were killed and two securitymen injured in a series of gunfights in Kashmir, where a teenaged boy was killed in an IED blast since last night, an official spokesman said today. Six militants, three each at Salinder forest in Bandipora and langate in Kupwara were shot dead by the security forces in an operation today.

Security cover to Lone, Geelani reduced
Jammu, October 16
The security cover provided to senior leaders of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference in the Kashmir valley has been reportedly reduced without disclosing the reasons. Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mr Abdul Gani Lone are now provided with a “thin cover” as majority of the security personnel deployed to guard them have been withdrawn.

JKPCC calls for bandh on Nov 5
Jammu, October 16
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has given a bandh call in the state for November 5 to protest against the alleged misrule of the National Conference. This was announced by the PCC Chief, Mr Mohammed Shafi Qureshi, at a press conference here today.

Indian Border Security Force troopers patrol a street in Srinagar on Tuesday. — Reuters


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11 ultras shot, arms cache seized

Srinagar, October 16
Eleven militants and an Army jawan were killed and two securitymen injured in a series of gunfights in Kashmir, where a teenaged boy was killed in an IED blast since last night, an official spokesman said today.

Six militants, three each at Salinder forest in Bandipora and langate in Kupwara were shot dead by the security forces in an operation today.

An Army jawan was killed in an encounter at Bandipora and two other jawans were injured and later hospitalised. Two militants were killed in Tootmargali in Kupwara today, he said.

Two militants were killed by the Army in an encounter at Sukhsarai in Pulwama district of south Kashmir today.

Two AK assault rifles, a pistol, a wireless set, six grenades and some ammunition were recovered from the slained militants.

Army search parties killed Pakistani militant Mohammad Maqbool at Sonam-Drungyari in Kupwara district last night and recovered 11 kg of explosives, 20 grenades, six detonators and some ammunition from him.

A 12-year-old boy was killed in an IED explosion at Gadool area in Anantnag district last night.

The BSF today averted a major tragedy when the road opening party of the force detected a powerful IED, planted by militants, at Trisal on Pulwama-Tahab road in south Kashmir.

Army search parties arrested three militants during combing operations at Lalpora in Kupwara district today and recovered a pistol, a wireless set, two grenades and some ammunition from them, he said.

Meanwhile, an attempt by arms courier to smuggle explosives into the Kashmir valley was frustrated and a huge cache of rockets, bombs and grenades was seized near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kupwara sector today, official sources said.

The troops found the lethal weapons abandoned by suspected smugglers at Nowshehra near the LoC, apparently after they found it difficult to carry it further in view of stringent security arrangements.

The area was immediately cordoned off and the weapons which included 13 107mm rockets, 15 solar rockets, eight RPG rockets with 15 boosters, one box containing IED’s, seven loose IEDs, 10 60 mm mortar bombs, 61 hand grenades, 10 rifle grenades and five remote control device chargers were seized, the sources said.

Earlier, BSF personnel smashed a militant hideout at Panzgam in Kupwara district which led to the recovery of a flame thrower, a pistol, its two magazines and 16 rounds, two pistol silencers, three RPG rockets with boosters and three mortar bombs yesterday. PTI
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Security cover to Lone, Geelani reduced
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 16
The security cover provided to senior leaders of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference in the Kashmir valley has been reportedly reduced without disclosing the reasons.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mr Abdul Gani Lone are now provided with a “thin cover” as majority of the security personnel deployed to guard them have been withdrawn.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani had been provided with 10 security personnel, including two personal security officers (PSOs), and six men have been withdrawn which includes the two PSOs. Mr Abdul Gani Lone had been provided with 13 security men and 10 have been withdrawn. As far as the Chairman of the APHC, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, is concerned two security personnel including one PSO, out of six have been withdrawn. The security cover reduction has been effected in case of other leaders except for Maulvi Umar Farooq, senior Hurriyat Conference leader and Chairman Awami Action Committee.

Prof Abdul Gani Bhat did not want to comment on it. He said “either the government had fallen short of the forces or was keen to provide security cover to its favourites.”

Sources close to other leaders seemed to be disturbed over the sudden reduction in the security cover. They said possibly the government wanted to restrict the movement of these Hurriyat leaders.

A senior police officer said “The exercise has been done after periodic review of the security requirements of various political leaders and those on the hit list of the militants,” he said when the review was undertaken it was found that Maulvi Umar Farooq had bigger threat perception than other Hurriyat leaders and hence the security cover was “reduced” except for the Kashmir Mirwaiz.

Another government functionary said Syed Ali Shah had stated publicly that if they “have any threat it was from the government.” If it was the case there was no need for providing them security cover.

The issue of providing security cover to the separatists had figured in the state legislative Assembly during the recent autumn session. The Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, had informed members that it was under the instructions from the Central Government that the Hurriyat leaders had been provided security personnel, including the PSOs.
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JKPCC calls for bandh on Nov 5
Tribune News Service

Jammu, October 16
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has given a bandh call in the state for November 5 to protest against the alleged misrule of the National Conference. This was announced by the PCC Chief, Mr Mohammed Shafi Qureshi, at a press conference here today.

Mr Qureshi said the National Conference government had deliberately avoided extending the Panchayat Raj Act, that is applicable in the rest of the country, to Jammu and Kashmir to retain the NC supremacy over panchayats. He described the Panchayat Act in the state as “undemocratic.’’ He expressed surprise over the delay on the part of the state government in constituting the panchayat committees.
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