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5 militants, 3 jawans killed
Srinagar, May 3
At least nine persons, including five militants and three security personnel, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday. Three unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Hayan Palpora village of the Kangan area in Srinagar district last night.

Houses damaged during a gunfight between militants and the Army at Kangan, Srinagar, on Wednesday Houses damaged during a gunfight between militants and the Army at Kangan, Srinagar, on Wednesday.
Tribune photo by Amin War

Security forces put on alert in Rajauri, Poonch districts
Jammu, May 3
After the massacre of 35 Hindus in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu, security forces in border districts of Rajauri and Poonch have been put on high alert. These districts have witnessed killing of innocent men and women in the past.

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5 militants, 3 jawans killed
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, May 3
At least nine persons, including five militants and three security personnel, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since yesterday.

Three unidentified militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Hayan Palpora village of the Kangan area in Srinagar district last night.

The police here said two Army jawans and a constable of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were also killed in the encounter. Three AK rifles were seized from the militants.

A militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba, identified as Sajad bin Ahmad, alias Sadh, from Peshawar, Pakistan, was killed in an encounter with security forces near Garoora, Bandipore, in Baramulla district last night.

One AK rifle, two magazines, 28 rounds and two hand grenades were seized from him, the police said.

Unidentified militants shot dead a labourer, Omi Chand, in Karalan forests of the Dessa area in Doda district on Monday.

A militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, Rayees Ahmad Baba, was killed in a group clash at Aglar Drabgam in Pulwama district today.

The police arrested a suspected militant of Al-Barq and seized an AK rifle, a magazine and 17 rounds from his possession at Burzulla here yesterday.

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Security forces put on alert in Rajauri, Poonch districts
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 3
After the massacre of 35 Hindus in Doda and Udhampur districts of Jammu, security forces in border districts of Rajauri and Poonch have been put on high alert.

These districts have witnessed killing of innocent men and women in the past.

The police is learnt to have advised the Hindus residing in isolated places not to open their doors at night and remain vigilant about movements in their vicinity.

The security forces and the Special Task Force have been ordered not to conduct search at night to avoid confusion as terrorists, at times, were combat uniforms.

On the other hand, a bandh was observed in Doda for the third consecutive day. All shops belonging to Hindus and Muslims remained closed.

Residents of the town started a dharna at the district headquarter to protest against the killings and in support of their demand for establishing Army pickets in isolated villages and regularisation of the special police officers (SPOs).

BJP president Rajnath Singh today visited Doda where besides addressing a public meeting, he also met kin of those massacred by terrorists. He did not proceed to Kulhand village due to security reasons.

He criticised the government for failing to protect lives of innocent people.

He said he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and seek foolproof security system in the area.

After addressing the public meeting, he flew, in a special aircraft, to Mumbai from Udhampur when he received a news about deteriorating health of Mr Parmod Mahajan.

Dr Nirmal Singh, state BJP chief, who accompanied Mr Rajnath Singh, said the state government had failed to provide a sense of security to the residents of the far-flung areas.

Meanwhile, it is learnt the police was planning to approach Interpol for issuing red corner warrants against the terrorist leaders, who were operating from Pakistan. They include, Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the United Jehad Council, Hafiz Sayeed, chief of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad and Mushtaq Zargar, leader of the Al-Umer.

Azhar and Zargar were releasd in exchange of the IC aircraft that was hijacked to Kandahar in 2000.

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