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2 Ministers stranded at Amarnath, airlifted
Jammu, July 3
Having been left stranded at the Amarnath cave shrine (12,000 ft) last night, two Congress ministers Mr Yogesh Sawhney and Mr Garu Ram, today accused the Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, of being responsible for the incident. The two ministers had gone the Amarnath shrine with the Governor, Lt Gen S.K. Sinha, yesterday to mark beginning of the yatra.

Two killed in sectarian violence
Srinagar, July 3
Two persons, including a schoolboy were killed and an equal number were injured when the police opened fire to quell sectarian violence at Wattergam village in Baramulla district, official sources said today.

Rights panel serves notice on police for custodial death
Srinagar, July 3
The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Right Commission has served a notice on to the police for the alleged slitting of throat of an arrested militant and ruthless beating up of those protesting against the act by security forces in Pulwama district last week.

Scouts, Guides attend camp at Gulmarg
Srinagar, July 3
A special national integration camp was inaugurated by Mr L.M. Jain, National Commissioner for Bharat Scouts and Guides, at Gulmarg yesterday. The aim of the five-day-long camp was to promote better international relations.



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Pakistani boy in BSF custody
Jammu, July 3
A Pakistani national Asif Khan (14), landed himself in the custody of the BSF here today when he tried to return to his country after staying illegally in India for about six months.

Army jawan killed while cleaning rifle
Jammu, July 3
An Army jawan was killed when a bullet went off accidentally from his rifle and pierced his skull at Satwari Cantonment here last night, official sources said today.

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2 Ministers stranded at Amarnath, airlifted
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 3
Having been left stranded at the Amarnath cave shrine (12,000 ft) last night, two Congress ministers Mr Yogesh Sawhney and Mr Garu Ram, today accused the Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed, of being responsible for the incident.

The two ministers had gone the Amarnath shrine with the Governor, Lt Gen S.K. Sinha, yesterday to mark beginning of the yatra. The spouses of the two ministers also accompanied them.

The situation took an ugly turn when the two helicopters carrying the Governor’s entourage returned to Srinagar without waiting for the ministers and their families.

Mr Sawhney told this correspondent over the telephone from Srinagar that he had flashed several SOS to the Chief Minister’s office and the police control room from 1.25 p.m onwards yesterday for evacuating them in a helicopter. However, there was no response and they had to spend the night in the freezing cold without any security.

Mr Sawhney said the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, has brought the matter to the notice of the Congress high command. Mr Sawhney was among the four ministers who had recently resigned following the controversy over the duration of the yatra.

The two ministers and their spouses were airlifted from the cave shrine this morning.

Meanwhile, an official spokesman clarified that the helicopter sorties were not operated when the temperature at the cave rises above 15°C. At high temperature, at an altitude of over 12,500 ft, the performance of the helicopter’s engine deteriorates tremendously and makes the flight unsafe.

The Raj Bhavan had requisitioned two helicopters for flying to the cave shrine. The first sortie of both helicopters took off as per schedule at 7.30 am in which two ministers and an MLA among others flew to the holy cave. The Governor returned to Srinagar at 12.50 pm, while the other helicopter carrying three persons returned at 1.10 pm.
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Two killed in sectarian violence

Srinagar, July 3
Two persons, including a schoolboy were killed and an equal number were injured when the police opened fire to quell sectarian violence at Wattergam village in Baramulla district, official sources said today.

A 12th class student Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat died on the spot and three others were injured when the police opened fire to disperse the stone pelting mobs who also set ablaze a police vehicle last evening.

Of the three injured, Ghulam Mohiuddin succumbed to his injuries in the hospital today raising the death toll in the incident to two.

Tension between two sects of Muslims increased in the town yesterday following a dispute over a piece of land with one section wanting it to be converted into a park and rival group opposing demanding that the plot be given to local Imambara, the sources said.

Fearing trouble, the police reached the spot immediately to bring the situation under control. However, angry mobs pelted stones on the police and set their vehicle afire, forcing the cop to open fire.

Following continued tension, the authorities promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 in the town, the sources said.

The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr Khurshid Ahmed Ganai and the Deputy Commissioner, Baramula, Mr Deeraj Gupta visited the affected village today to take stock of the situation, the sources said. — PTI
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Rights panel serves notice on police for custodial death

Srinagar, July 3
The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Right Commission (SHRC) has served a notice on to the police for the alleged slitting of throat of an arrested militant and ruthless beating up of those protesting against the act by security forces in Pulwama district last week.

Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, the SHRC issued a notice to the IGP Kashmir, Mr K.Rajendra Kumar, yesterday asking him to probe into the matter and report to the commission.

Terming the incident as “grim and unfortunate”, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice A.M. Mir, said “law should take its own course and nobody, including the Army, should take law in their own hands”.

Security forces arrested a militant Fayaz Ahmed Koli from Keller in Pulwama district on June 24/25 and the locals alleged that his throat was slit.

When people of the area protested against the incident on june 25, security forces allegedly beat them up leading to serious injuries to Gulzar Daded.

Gulzar and other working in the nearby fields claimed they heard the cries of Fayaz when his throat was being slit.

It security forces are awarding punishments on-the-spot what for are the courts then”, Justice Mir asked.

“If a person is alleged to have committed a crime let the court decide the punishment”, Justice Mir added. PTI
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Scouts, Guides attend camp at Gulmarg
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 3
A special national integration camp was inaugurated by Mr L.M. Jain, National Commissioner for Bharat Scouts and Guides, at Gulmarg yesterday.

The aim of the five-day-long camp was to promote better international relations. Scouts and Guides of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal besides the scouts of 23 states of India participated in the camp. In all, 700 scouts of 23 states and about 100 scouts of SAARC countries attended the camp. The Chief Commissioner of Bhutan was the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. L. M. Jain said such camps would go a long way in strengthening the relationship with SAARC countries. Referring to India and Pakistan relations under the present scenario, he said these scouts and guides would work as the messengers of peace and help in understanding the aspirations and feelings of each other.
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Pakistani boy in BSF custody
Tribune News Service

Jammu, July 3
A Pakistani national Asif Khan (14), landed himself in the custody of the BSF here today when he tried to return to his country after staying illegally in India for about six months.

Khan, a resident of Karachi, had strayed into India after a quarrel at home. He worked in a dhaba near the railway station here for four months and later went to Delhi.

He was taken to the BSF observation post at Triva near Ranbirsinghpura by a school girl from whom he had enquired about the way to Pakistan. A sum of Rs 75 in the Pakistani currency and Rs 243 in the Indian currency was recovered from him.
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Army jawan killed while cleaning rifle
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 3
An Army jawan was killed when a bullet went off accidentally from his rifle and pierced his skull at Satwari Cantonment here last night, official sources said today.

The deceased, identified as Havildar Rakesh Kumar, was cleaning his rifle when it went off. He was taken to GMC Hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries, they said, adding that police had registered a case.
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