December 9, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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2 Maoists killed in Nepal
Kathmandu, December 8
Two Maoist rebels and as many policemen were killed in separate encounters here as the Nepalese government intensified anti-terrorist operations. A group of Maoist rebels shot down two policemen at the local community police post at the famous tourist spot of Pokhara yesterday. The policemen were on duty to provide security to the tourists in the area. In another incident, during a search operation in Nuwakot district last night, the security forces shot dead one terrorist and arrested seven others, confiscating some explosives and arms from them. In Siraha, another Maoist was killed in an encounter with security forces, according to the Home Ministry officials. In Baglung, the army recovered 14 guns and some explosives from the terrorists who ran away leaving the arms behind.
BJP office torched
Pathanamthitta, December 8
The police fired in the air after rioters allegedly belonging to the National Development Front (NDF) attacked shops and vehicles and torched district BJP office late last night here as a sequel to December 6 strike organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other Muslim outfits. The trouble began following an altercation between PDP-NDF activists and RSS workers over pasting of posters on walls regarding the strike during which the state witnessed widespread violence.
60 hurt in clash
Chennai, December 8
Over 60 persons, including 17 police personnel, were injured in a clash involving the police, public and inmates of a law college hostel in the early hours here today. The police said the students, who picked up a verbal duel with employees of a hotel opposite the hostel over payment of bill, attacked the employees and the public. They started throwing stones from the hostel, some of which hit members of a police party.
Pak Embassy in Kabul
Islamabad, December 8
Pakistan will reopen its embassy in Kabul immediately after a new interim government is installed in Afghanistan on December 22. This was stated by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan, The Frontier Post said today. Mr Arif Ayub has been assigned to the post again.
Curfew in Lanka
Colombo, December 8
Sri Lanka announced yet another dusk-to-dawn curfew throughout the island from this evening, the fourth consecutive night that the people are being asked to stay indoors since Wednesday’s elections. Police sources said there were a few stray incidents of stabbing in different places, and the curfew was a precautionary measure.