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Six militants among 9 killed in J&K
Srinagar, July 4
Six militants and a security force personnel were among nine persons killed in militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since last night, an official spokesman said here today. Two unidentified militants were killed during a cordon-cum-search operation in Kulgam area of Anantnag district, a defence spokesman said.

Awami National Conference to merge into NC
Srinagar, July 4
Decks have been cleared for the merger of Mr GM Shah’s Awami National Conference into its parent organisation, the National Conference, after the two parties were estrange for two decades. This was indicated by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and patron of the National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah, while addressing a day-long convention of Budgam district unit of the party yesterday.

Cop dies in accidental fire
Jammu, July 4
A police constable stationed in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today died after his weapon went off accidentally and the bullet pierced through his head, official sources said. Lekh Raj, head constable of the Indian Research Police, was on duty at a security camp in the Mendhar area of Poonch district when his weapon went off accidentally early, today, they said.

2 killed as Sumo falls into gorge
Jammu, July 4
Two persons died on the spot and one was seriously injured when the Tata Sumo in which they were travelling skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Gurah Pattain in Akhnoor this morning, the police said. The accident occurred when the vehicle bound for Jammu skidded off the road after the driver failed to negotiate a sharp turn. — UNI


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The newly-erected fencing along the Line of Control in Kupwara district. — PTI

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Six militants among 9 killed in J&K

Srinagar, July 4
Six militants and a security force personnel were among nine persons killed in militancy related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since last night, an official spokesman said here today.

Two unidentified militants were killed during a cordon-cum-search operation in Kulgam area of Anantnag district, a defence spokesman said.

Security forces also foiled an infiltration bid along the Indo-Pak border killing a Pakistani militant in a gunfight which also left a security personnel dead at Khour, 30 km from Jammu, official spokesman said.

In another incident, Army personnel spotted some infiltrators near the Zero Line in Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district and challenged them, he said.

The militant hid near Kamla village and in the ensuing encounter one militant and a security personnel were killed. Two other jawans and a civilian were injured. he said.

Two Lashker-e-Toiba ultras were killed in an encounter with security forces in Doda district. The encounter took place in Kotli forests last night after security forces started searches following a tip off about presence of militants, he said.

The militants were identified as Shabir Ahmed Itoo and Abu Hanief. Two AK rifles, five magazines, seven grenades, 170 rounds, one wireless set, nine detonators and some explosive material were recovered from the spot.

The police today recovered the body of Mohammad Ashraf Lon, who was kidnapped by militants from his house, from Bontal Gulipora in Pattan area of North Kashmir Baramulla district, the spokesman said.

Militants shot at and seriously injured one Altaf Ahmad Padder at Kulgam in Anantnag district last night. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries, he said.

The police recovered a decomposed human skeleton from Sagnferwani in Rajpora area of Pulwama district. The remains were identified to be that of Ashiq Hussain, who was missing since August 3, 2003.

Security forces arrested on militant at Onamgam in Bandipore area. Five hand grenades and 63 rounds of AK ammunition were recovered from his possession, the spokesman said.

The troops busted a militant hideout in Chandoosa area recovering 1500 AK rounds, six UBGL grenades, six hand grenades and some Pakistan-made milk powder, the spokesman said. Security forces also recovered some arms and ammunition including one AK rifle, a magazine and 20 rounds from a hideout in Surankote area of Poonch district, he added. — PTI
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Awami National Conference to merge into NC
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 4
Decks have been cleared for the merger of Mr GM Shah’s Awami National Conference into its parent organisation, the National Conference, after the two parties were estrange for two decades.

This was indicated by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and patron of the National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah, while addressing a day-long convention of Budgam district unit of the party yesterday. He said the former Chief Minister, Mr Shah had “accepted the invitation in the large interests of the people”, adding that committees constituted by both the parties would be discussing related issues in this connection.

Dr Abdullah had invited his estranged brother-in-law to return to the party fold, while both of them were attending a condolence meeting in connection with the death of a senior NC leader, Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah, here last month. This was followed by serious deliberations in the Awami National Conference to consider the offer. The ANC had announced on Tuesday to have constituted a four-member committee for the purpose.

The day-long convention held at Budgam yesterday was attended, among others, by the NC patron. Dr Abdullah, party President, Mr Omar Abdullah, and over 1,000 delegates from the central district of Budgam.

In its political resolution, the National Conference expressed satisfaction over the Indo-Pak dialogue initiated to find some acceptable solution to the Kashmir issue for restoring peace in the state. It sought adequate representation for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to “include all shades of opinion as also the rebel forces active in the state. This is necessary to make the negotiations result-oriented”, it resolved. The party also reiterated its demand for restoration of autonomy to the state in accordance with the Autonomy Report approved by the state legislature in 2000. “The convention, however, supports the formulation that if the negotiations produce a solution more acceptable to the parties concerned and in tune with the aspirations of the people of the state, the demand for autonomy will not be allowed to become a stumbling block in its implementation”, it resolved.

The convention also resolved to “fight nefarious designs” of the Muftiled coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. “The anti-people measures of the present regime are fraught with grave dangers and if remedies are not applied, the situation might explode for which the government will be wholly and solely responsible”, the convention resolved. The convention expressed concern over the approach of the government towards the Transfer of Property Act, the Permanent Residents (Disqualification) Bill, transfer of Auqaf properties to the Wakt Board, etc.

The economic resolution passed at the convention expressed concern over the “grave financial crisis” of the state that adversely affected all spheres of life.
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Cop dies in accidental fire

Jammu, July 4
A police constable stationed in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today died after his weapon went off accidentally and the bullet pierced through his head, official sources said.

Lekh Raj, head constable of the Indian Research Police, was on duty at a security camp in the Mendhar area of Poonch district when his weapon went off accidentally early, today, they said.

He was critically wounded and shifted to Mendhar hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, they said.

A case has been registered by the police, the sources said. — PTI
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Body found

Jammu, July 4
A partially decomposed body was recovered en route to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, official sources said here today.

During a routine search operation in Trikuta hills, near the shrine, police recovered the partially decomposed body of an unidentified male at Himkoti, they said.

The sources said the body may be of a devotee who had fallen into a 250-metre-deep gorge some days back, adding a case has been registered in this connection and investigation started. — PTI
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Farm worker buried alive
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, July 4
A Bihari farm worker, Mr Desai, aged 32, was today buried under a mass of loose earth at a dry seasonal rivulet at Panjora village. He was loading a tractor-trailer with earth from the bed of the choe when a loose mass of earth fell over him, burying him alive. The body was brought here for a post-mortem.
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