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SHO, 8 cops hurt in militant attack
2 ultras, Pak national killed
Srinagar, August 10
An SHO and eight police constables were among 11 persons injured and two militants were killed in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, official sources said today.
SHO of the Zainapora police station Abdul Ahad receives treatment at a hospital
SHO of the Zainapora police station Abdul Ahad receives treatment at a hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday. — PTI photo

Talks to be held under Constitution, says Jaiswal
Srinagar, August 10
A day after the APHC (Abbas) rejected the talks with the Central government for being conditional, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal here today reiterated that the talks would not be held outside the Constitution. With this any further APHC-Centre talks might suffer even as the two sides had already held two rounds earlier this year.

 Sriprakash Jaiswal
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Cong blamed for militancy in J&K
Jammu, August 10
Senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta expressed concern over terrorist attack on Gupt Ganga temple at Bhaderwah and militants’ violence in other parts of Doda district and in Jammu and Kashmir.



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BJP disciplinary panel backs suspension of 6 leaders
Jammu, August 10
The disciplinary committee of the state unit of the BJP has endorsed the decision of suspending six leaders from the organisation on charge of anti-party activities taken by the president, Dr Nirmal Singh.

Unified Headquarters reviews security
Srinagar, August 10
The Unified Headquarters headed by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, met here today and reviewed the latest security situation in the state.

2 yatris killed, 50 hurt in accident
Jammu, August 10
Two Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 50 injured, six of them seriously, when a bus carrying them rolled down into a gorge at Banihal in Doda district today.

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SHO, 8 cops hurt in militant attack
2 ultras, Pak national killed

Srinagar, August 10
An SHO and eight police constables were among 11 persons injured and two militants were killed in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, official sources said today.
Security forces arrested a militant, along with 14 kg deadly RDX and two detonators, from the Macho area in Badgam district last night.

The sources said militants attacked the vehicle of SHO Abdul Ahad at Nagabal Zainpora in Pulwama district this morning, causing injuries to him and eight police constable, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs). The vehicle was also damaged in the firing, the sources said, adding that the militants later managed to escape.

Panic gripped Lal Chowk at Anantnag this afternoon when militants hurled a hand grenade towards security forces. However, the grenade missed the intended target and exploded without causing any damage.

Two sons of Ghulam Nabi — Jaffar and Ishrat — were injured when some unidentified gunmen fired at them at Kokernag in Anantnag late last night.

The injured were hospitalised, the sources said.

An official spokesman said the security forces gunned down two militants in an encounter at Kalaban-Chasana last night. Two AK rifles and some arms and ammunition were seized from the slain militants.

Jammu: A Pakistani national was killed last night by security forces in the border area of Paharpur Kathua district after he made an attempt to escape from their custody.

Official sources said Mohammad Hasim, 21, of Shakkargarh, Pakistan, was yesterday moving under suspicious circumstances in Paharpur village when a local youth caught him and handed him over to the security forces.

Sources said it was late in the night when he was being taken by troops to show them the place from where he had infiltrated when he freed himself and fled towards the international border to cross over to Pakistan.

The sources said despite repeated warnings he did not stop and troops fired at him as a result of which he died on the spot. His body was later handed over to the Rajbagh police station by the troops. — UNI

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Talks to be held under Constitution, says Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 10
A day after the APHC (Abbas) rejected the talks with the Central government for being conditional, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal here today reiterated that the talks would not be held outside the Constitution. With this any further APHC-Centre talks might suffer even as the two sides had already held two rounds earlier this year.

Replying questions at a press conference here today the minister currently on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, clarified that no Union minister could have said these talks will be held outside the ambit of the Indian Constitution. He, however, added that the APHC’s unwillingness to enter the dialogue process “should not be regarded as solid rejection”.

Mr Jaiswal, who arrived here yesterday, said there were “certain internal reasons” within the Hurriyat Conference for the failure of further dialogue with the Conference. The minister admitted that there had been a delay in the continuation of dialogue process with the Centre, adding that these were lingering on.

When asked about Pakistan’s role in improving the relations between the two countries, Mr Jaiswal expressed hope that the neighbouring country would cooperate in ensuring peace in the region. There was not much cooperation from the neighbouring country “otherwise the situation would not have been as it is now.”

He, however, added that there were “good signals” from Pakistan and the relations would further improve. 

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Cong blamed for militancy in J&K
Tribune News Service

Jammu, August 10
Senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta expressed concern over terrorist attack on Gupt Ganga temple at Bhaderwah and militants’ violence in other parts of Doda district and in Jammu and Kashmir. He said today these developments were an aspersion on the UPA Government at the Centre.

Mr Gupta said attack on the temple, other incidents of killings and abductions, indicated that things were shaping like the situation of 1993 when the BJP had to launch agitation to save Doda, and measures to tackle terrorism.

The coalition in the state adopted strange policies and POTA cases had been swept under the carpet he said and added that in 75-day rule of the Congress-led UPA at the Centre, incidents of terrorist violence had more than doubled and the killings/injuries to innocent persons and men of the forces had been quite higher than those recorded in earlier 150 days.

Referring to recent statements of the Central government leaders, including one of Union Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee for looking terrorism with a holistic angle, Prof Gupta said that the situation demanded firm action and not cliches.

The malady had its roots in the unrealistic partition of the country on the basis of religion to which the Congress was a party, he pointed out that late Maharaja Hari Singh of the state had acceded to India by using his legal authority but it was the Congress leadership which messed up and sowed seeds of separatism.

The BJP leader alleged that seeds of militancy were sown by the coalition of the Congress-National Conference which bungled in 1987-Assembly elections and gave an opportunity to Pakistan to exploit the injured sentiments of the people.

He alleged even today the Congress and its allies in Jammu and Kashmir are adopting old tactics to scuttle democratic values and encourage separatism at the cost of deficit Indian exchequer.

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BJP disciplinary panel backs suspension of 6 leaders
Our Correspondent

Jammu, August 10
The disciplinary committee of the state unit of the BJP has endorsed the decision of suspending six leaders from the organisation on charge of anti-party activities taken by the president, Dr Nirmal Singh.

After about two-month deliberation on the matter, the committee has submitted its report to Dr Nirmal Singh.

Dr Singh, who confirmed that the committee had upheld “my decision”, told this correspondent today that only two of the six leaders, placed under suspension, had sent their replies to the show-cause notice issued to them. He said: “Even in their replies they had leveled counter-allegations against the party leadership instead of explaining their point of view.”

The BJP chief said the report of the disciplinary committee would be discussed by senior functionaries in the party. He indicated that the final decision taken “by us” would be conveyed to the party high command in Delhi first.

A senior dissident leader said: “We are again taking up the matter with Mr Arun Jaitley who had assured us that no action was to be initiated against us.”

The party leadership had accused six BJP leaders of canvassing for Congress candidates in Jammu and Udhampur Lok Sabha constituencies in the recent poll, an allegation dissidents have refuted.

Meanwhile, the state unit of the party is planning to contest byelections in all four Assembly constituencies, Akhnoor, Basholi (in Jammu region), Amirakadal and Pahalgam (in Kashmir valley).

The byelections have been necesssitated due to the election of Mr Madan Lal Sharma (Akhnoor), Mr Lal Singh (Basholi), Ms Mehbooba Mufti (Pahalgam) to the Lok Sabha. The Amirakadal seat fell vacant after the demise of Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah.

Dr Nirmal Singh said: “We are in the process of selecting party candidates, at least for Akhnoor and Basholi seats, so that our campaign takes off much before other political parties launch their electioneering”.

Though the Election Commission is yet to finalise the dates for the poll, the BJP is keen on capturing Akhnoor and Basholi seats to make up for the rout that it faced in the 2002 Assembly poll, when it won only one seat, and the last Lok Sabha poll, where it drew a blank.

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Unified Headquarters reviews security
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 10
The Unified Headquarters headed by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, met here today and reviewed the latest security situation in the state.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Mangat Ram Sharma, the Minister of State for Home, Mr Abdur Rehman Veeri, the Chief Secretary, Dr S.S. Bleoria, the Director-General of Police, Mr Gopal Sharma, the GoC, 15 Corps, Lt-Gen Nirbhay Sharma, the Chief of Staff, 15 Corps and senior police and paramilitary officers attended the meeting.

The Union Minister of State for Home, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, who arrived on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir here yesterday, reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting with senior state civil, police and security officers. He had also a separate meeting with the Chief Minister and is visiting the relief camps in Jammu today. The Union Minister is also scheduled to see the border fencing in Jammu tomorrow before his return to New Delhi.

He pointed out that the aim of his visit was to review the overall situation in the state after the recent elections, relief and development works and find out ways to improve the situation.

The minister expressed his satisfaction over the overall scenario in the state where an increased number of tourists and pilgrims to the Amarnath cave shrine sent a clear message across the country that normalcy was returning here but “slowly.”

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2 yatris killed, 50 hurt in accident

Jammu, August 10
Two Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 50 injured, six of them seriously, when a bus carrying them rolled down into a gorge at Banihal in Doda district today.
The bus, which was part of a convoy carrying pilgrims from Jammu to the Pahalgam base camp, skidded off the road and fell into the 100-metre deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Chamalwas, official sources said.

Most of the pilgrims in the bus belonged to Madhya Pradesh, they said.

While two pilgrims died on the spot, the 50 injured have been admitted to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu. — PTI

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