Sunday, May 11, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Mufti’s kin among 3 killed
Tribune News Service and agencies

Srinagar, May 10
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s relative was among three Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers killed in the south Kashmir district of Anantnag late last night.

Unidentified militants fired upon the Chief Minister’s relative Gul Mohammad Mir at Bijbehara, the CM’s hometown on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway last night when he was returning home.

Mr Mir and two others were wounded in the firing, sources said, adding that he later died on way to hospital.

Soon after the incident, unidentified gunmen shot dead two other workers of the PDP at Veeri Nowbugh. They were identified as Abdul Ghani Sheikh and Gul Mohammad Bhat. The area is the hometown of ministers and senior PDP leader, Abdul Rahman Veeri.

In another incident, Mohammad Shafi Mir and his wife Zaitoona Begum, suspected to be police informers by militants, were killed by unidentified ultras in their house at Chati-Bandi in Baramula district.

Two other civilians, Gadoos Magray and Tariq Ahmad Khan, were killed by militants for similar reasons in Kupwara and Badgam districts.

Militants kidnapped Mohammad Ramzan Bhat from his house in Buchoo village of Pulwama district in the wee hours, the sources said.

Security forces busted two militant hideouts located in caves in Poonch and Doda districts and seized a number of arms, ammunition and explosives during the period.

One hideout was busted in the Surankote forest belt of Poonch in the wee hours and two AK rifles, 1981 rounds, 16 UBGL launchers, 37 hand grenades, 57 detonators and 350 batteries were among the arms and ammunition seized from it.

Besides, 21,000 kgs of ration, 21 blankets and one specialised surgical kit with huge quantity of medicines, were also seized from the cave.

Another hideout was busted in Doda’s Banihal area and one RPG, two AK rifles, 12 magazines, 13 IEDs, 19 grenades and 32 detonators were seized.

JAMMU: Heavily armed militants today attacked a Special Operation Group post in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, injuring a policeman.

Militants fired rifle grenades and opened heavy fire on the post in the Rolka area of Bani forest.

The security personnel retaliated and an exchange of fire lasted for about six hours in which a policeman was injured.

The militants later fled the area.


Now ‘peace bus’ to Bangladesh

Kolkata, May 10
Close on the heels of the arrival of a Pakistani parliamentary delegation on a goodwill mission, a 40-member all-women team of Indian writers, intellectuals and activists will undertake a peace bus journey to Bangladesh on Wednesday with a view to checking ‘worsening Indo-Bangladesh relations’. The peace bus will leave here for Dhaka for a week-long solidarity tour. PTI

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