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Sawhney rushes to Sonia with complaint
Jammu, July 5
Two ministers of state Mr Yogesh Sawhney and Mr Gharu Ram ( both from the Congress) spent a night in the Amarnath cave. The reason — a helicopter, that had carried them to the shrine, did not return from Srinagar to pick them up.

105-year-old Islamia School gutted
Srinagar, July 5
One of the oldest seats of learning of repute, Islamia School, located in Rajouri Kadal in interior city, was razed to the ground in a fire last night. The cause of the fire was not known immediately.

Students and their parents gather near the historical Islamia School, which was gutted under mysterious circumstances at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar on Monday. Students and their parents gather near the historical Islamia School, which was gutted under mysterious circumstances at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar on Monday.
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A woman prays at a gurdwara on the occasion of Guru Hargobind Sahib's 409th birth anniversary
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Five militants among 8 killed in J&K
Srinagar, July 5
Four militants, including two top commanders, and a soldier were among six persons killed and six others were wounded while two militants were nabbed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours. Security forces, on a tipoff, cordoned off Devsar Kokernag village in Anantnag district early this morning to nab the militants.

New turn to copter row
Srinagar, July 5
The Amarnath cave helicopter flight row took a new turn today, with two Congress ministers distancing themselves from the crisis, a few days after two of their colleagues blamed Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for withdrawing the service from them. The two ministers are Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Transport, Mr Raman Bhalla.

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Sawhney rushes to Sonia with complaint
Our Correspondent

Jammu, July 5
Two ministers of state Mr Yogesh Sawhney and Mr Gharu Ram ( both from the Congress) spent a night in the Amarnath cave. The reason — a helicopter, that had carried them to the shrine, did not return from Srinagar to pick them up.

Mr Yogesh Sawhney says that the Chief Minister Mufti Mohd. Sayeed had ordered the pilot to do so.

The helicopter had carried Mr Yogesh Sawhney and Mr Gharu Ram with the Governor and his wife from Srinagar to the cave on July 2 for performing the fist Pooja.

The pilot brought the Governor, his wife and a couple of other persons back to Srinagar. Under the programme the helicopter had to carry Mr Raman Bhalla, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, and Mr Jugal Kishore, Minister of State for Tourism from Srinagar to the cave and bring them back along with Mr Sawhney and Mr Gharu Ram.

When the helicopter landed in Srinagar, Mr Bhalla and Mr Jugal Kishore were waiting to board the helicopter for the cave. The pilot informed them that he would not be able to fly to the cave due to bad weather.

However, Mr Sawhney said that the night he and his colleague spent in the cave the weather was clear. According to the Government spokesman, the pilot while returning from the cave had observed that the weather conditions was hostile for a safe flight.

He said neither the Government had asked the pilot not to fly to the cave nor was it aware of the decision of the pilot on the same day. He said even the Chief Minister cannot force the pilot to fly the helicopter to the cave. The pilot is the best judge of weather conditions.

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105-year-old Islamia School gutted
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 5
One of the oldest seats of learning of repute, Islamia School, located in Rajouri Kadal in interior city, was razed to the ground in a fire last night. The cause of the fire was not known immediately.

The century-old building, with a rich treasure of Islamic literature, has housed a premier educational institution known for imparting formal and religious education in the valley.

Established over 105 years ago, Islamia School, which has over a dozen other schools set up under it, is headed by the Mirwaiz (chief priest), Moulvi Umar Farooq. There was a spontaneous shutdown in the area soon after the news of the fire spread this morning.

The Awami Action Committee (AAC) and its parent educational society, Anjuman-e-Nusratul Islam, headed by Mirwaiz Farooq, has called for a general strike in the valley tomorrow. Its spokesman alleged there was a “deep conspiracy” behind the fire that destroyed all three buildings of the school in the dead of the night at 2.30 a.m.

Following the constitution of the Anjumen-e-Nusratul Islam by Moulvi Rasool Shah, great grand uncle of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in 1989, the school was set up a decade later.

The National Conference patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah, and other senior leaders have expressed shock and grief over the destruction of this premier institution. His father, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, was among those educated in this school.

Mr Farooq Abdullah also recalled the damage and destruction caused to the Islamia College of Science and Commerce and Madeenat-ul-Uloom, a rich library of religious books, at the Hazratbal shrine in early militancy.

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Five militants among 8 killed in J&K

Srinagar, July 5
Four militants, including two top commanders, and a soldier were among six persons killed and six others were wounded while two militants were nabbed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours.

Security forces, on a tipoff, cordoned off Devsar Kokernag village in Anantnag district early this morning to nab the militants.

When the security forces were about to storm a house, they came under heavy fire from militants. The fire was returned and in the exchange, two HUJI commander were killed.

Two AK rifles, one pistol, one magazine, 42 rounds, one wireless set and two pouches were recovered from the slain militants, who were wanted in several militancy related incidents.

In an encounter at Batpora Kulgam in south Kashmir, two foreign militants were killed. One havaldar was also killed while four civilians were injured.

Militants kidnapped and later killed Mohammad Ramzan Wani by slitting his throat at Rajwar in Kupwara district last night.

Two soldiers, including a driver, were injured in a mine blast near Dundhak bridge in Poonch district early this morning. The vehicle was also damaged in the blast.

Security forces arrested one militant each at Nagri Shopian in south Kashmir and Mahraj Bazar near here last night.

People at Magam Handwara in north Kashmir took to the streets in protest against the Special Operation Group’s ‘atrocities’ in the area.

The demonstrators, mostly women, blocked the traffic and alleged that SOG personnel destroyed household goods and other articles of Ghulam Mohammad during a search operation last night.

They said the inmates were beaten up by the SOG personnel after they refused to pay them money.

The Jammu and Kashmir police today detained 20 activists of the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference faction after they went on indefinite fast here to protest against alleged human rights violations by security forces.

Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, head of the human rights cell of the amalgam, along with activists, including three women, assembled at Partap Park in the city this morning and went on a day-long protest fast.

After nearly four hours, the police came to the spot and asked them to disperse. As the protesters stood their ground, the police took them into preventive custody.

The women participants were later freed and the rest of the detainees were lodged in the Kothibagh police station.

JAMMU: A militant was killed and two Army jawans injured, one of them seriously, in an encounter in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district, while security forces busted a militant hideout in the Surankote area of Poonch district since Sunday evening.

Security forces, on specific information, launched an operation in the Nowshera sector on Saturday night and found the militants.

In the ensuing gunbattle that ended on Sunday evening, one unidentified militant was killed and two Army jawans injured. The seriously injured jawan was airlifted to the Army Hospital at Udhampur.

One jawan was missing and a search was on to trace his whereabouts.

Security forces busted a militant hideout in the Mora Bachaie area of Surankote tehsil in Poonch district. One AK-47 rifle, a magazine and a bag of medicines were recovered in the operation.

A civilian was killed and an army jawan seriously injured in an improvised explosive device explosion in Poonch district on Monday morning.

The explosion took place near the Dhundak bridge when a Road Opening Party was moving in the area, causing damage to the vehicle and seriously injuring a jawan. A civilian was also injured in the mishap.

The injured civilian, identified as Gulab Din, succumbed to his injuries in the district hospital at Poonch later. UNI, PTI

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New turn to copter row
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, July 5
The Amarnath cave helicopter flight row took a new turn today, with two Congress ministers distancing themselves from the crisis, a few days after two of their colleagues blamed Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for withdrawing the service from them.

The two ministers are Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Transport, Mr Raman Bhalla. The two ministers, in a joint statement, said when the helicopter returned to Srinagar around 1 p.m. with the Governor and others from the cave, they were told by the pilot that another sortie to the cave was not possible at that time as the temperature at the cave had gone beyond the safety level. They said they accepted the pilot’s technical opinion and returned home.

After the resignation of four Congress ministers over duration of the Amarnath yatra this year, two ministers, Mr Yogesh Sawhney and Mr Gharu Ram, had blamed the Chief Minister for withdrawing the helicopter service from them at the cave on Friday last. They were stranded there and had to spend the night at the cave after attending the special prayers on the occasion of Vyas Purnima. The Governor, Lt-Gen S.K. Sinha, had led the special prayers, about two weeks prior to the formal beginning of the extended yatra from July 15.

The two ministers, according to a official spokesman, clarified that the Chief Minister had acceded to their request and arranged a state helicopter for them to visit the Amarnath cave on Guru Purnima on July 2. They could not visit the shrine to the delayed arrival of the helicopter at the helipad, they stated.

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