July 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India
4-phase poll likely in J&K
New Delhi, July 30
The four phases are likely to be spread over September-October.
The Centre will soon send 150 companies of paramilitary forces (roughly 15,000 personnel) to the state, sources told The Tribune today.
The Election Commission was planning to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the first time in the state.
The use of EVMs would be two-fold: it would demonstrate to the world the technological advancements made by India, and their use in a big way would show how India was committed to holding free and fair elections.
The forthcoming elections would be unique in terms of domestic politics too as probably for the first time, the Union Home Ministry, instead of the Prime Minister’s Office, would be calling the shots.
Of late, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister L.K. Advani, had been calling the shots in Jammu and Kashmir, marginalising to a considerable extent the role of the PMO. Last week’s appointment of Border Security Force’s Special DGP, R.C. Aggarwal, as coordinator of paramilitary forces deployed for smooth and peaceful conduct of the elections, was an indicator of this.
yatri, driver killed in blast
Srinagar, July 30
The militants lobbed a grenade on a taxi which was ripped apart, seriously injuring six persons on K.P. Road near Anantnag bus stand, 55 km from here, around 5.20 pm, official sources said.
The injured had been rushed to hospital where two of them were declared brought dead, the sources said.
The vehicle was heading for Pahalgam, the base camp for Amarnath yatra, they said.
The entire area had been cordoned off by the security forces.
The deceased had been identified as Ajay Narola from Uttar Pradesh and the driver of the vehicle Kuldeep Raj from Jammu, the sources said.
The injured had been identified as Sheel Agarwal, Manoj Kumar, Ajay Kumar and Ragu Vishat (all from Uttar Pradesh). The condition of Ragu Vishat was critical.
Senior police, Army, BSF and CRPF officials inspected the site and ordered further strengthening of the security arrangements along the Anantnag-Amarnath road.
No militant outfit had claimed responsibility for the attack so far, the sources added.
JAMMU: Three security personnel including a Captain, were killed when the militants ambushed a joint party of the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said here on Tuesday. PTI, UNI
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