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Amarnath yatra begins tomorrow

Srinagar, June 9
About 4 lakh pilgrims are expected to join the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath that commences on June 11simultaneously via the traditional route of Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Baltal on the Srinagar-Leh axis.


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A soldier, along with a sniffer dog, patrols the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Jajjarkotli in Jammu on Friday.
A soldier, along with a sniffer dog, patrols the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Jajjarkotli in Jammu on Friday. — PTI photo

BJP men court arrest
Jammu, June 9
The BJP “satyagrah” against massacre of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir and failure of the government to check terrorism gained further momentum today as more than 3500 party activists courted arrest under the leadership of Mr Shanta Kumar here today.

Army holds series of events in Kargil
Chandigarh, June 9
To bring the Army and the people of the remote confines of Kargil closer to each other, a series of events and festivals were organised by the Kargil Brigade over the past few days.


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Geelani granted bail
Jammu, June 9
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, arrested in connection with cases relating to “inciting communalism and working against the country”, was today granted bail by a Poonch court on health grounds.

Jawan killed in J&K
Srinagar, June 9
A security jawan was killed and another injured in a militant attack at Bandipora in North Kashmir today, official sources said.


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Amarnath yatra begins tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 9
About 4 lakh pilgrims are expected to join the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath that commences on June 11simultaneously via the traditional route of Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Baltal on the Srinagar-Leh axis.

The two-month-long yatra in upper reaches of Pahalgam will conclude on August 9 this year. The first batch of yatris from Jammu will arrive at Pahalgam and Baltal tomorrow evening for their onward formal yatra from two respective base camps on Sunday.

The security arrangement for the yatra was reviewed at a high-level police and security officers meeting presided over by Inspector-General of Kashmir S.M. Sahai here yesterday. The matters relating to other arrangements like establishing communication network, hotlines and police wireless network, satellite telephone facilities and other logistic arrangements at important places, including Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Pissutop, Zoji Bal, Sheshnag, Mahagunstop, Panjtarni and the holy cave also came up for discussion and given the final touch.

In his address, IGP said adequate security arrangement had been put in place and contingent of security forces were deployed in strength all along routes of the yatra and camps where yatris would be lodged.

All security wings, including the Army, the BSF, the CRPF, have been geared up to provide adequate security and other facilities to the yatris for the next two months so as to ensure a smooth conduct of the pilgrimage. Stressing on the police and security forces to remain vigilant, Sahai said close cooperation and extra alertness by different wings of security agencies was the key to frustrate the nefarious designs of disruptive elements.

“We will monitor the arrangements on a daily basis”, said H.K. Lohia, DIG Police, Anantnag-Pulwama range. Various facilities are also being provided for the yartris, which included additional checking counters at Sarbal, a few km short of Pahalgam. Against four checking counters at Sarbal last year, there would be eight counters this year, Lohia disclosed, adding that this would save the time for yatris. 

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BJP men court arrest
Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 9
The BJP “satyagrah” against massacre of Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir and failure of the government to check terrorism gained further momentum today as more than 3500 party activists courted arrest under the leadership of Mr Shanta Kumar here today.

Among other who courted arrest were Bhagat Singh Kohshari, former Chief Minister of Uttranchal, Suresh Bhardwaj and Ganeshi Lal, state BJP chiefs of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

The BJP organised a public meeting on Parade Ground in the city before courting arrest.

Maj. Gen. B.C. Khanoori (retd), and I.D. Swami, former union ministers, Rao Narbir Singh, Balbir Singh Saini (both from Haryana), Krishen Kumar Kapoor, Ramesh Dhawala, Rakesh Pathania, Dulo Ram (all from Himachal Pradesh) were also among those who courted arrest.

As it was the turn of the BJP activists from Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal and Haryana to court arrest, a large contingent from Himachal and Haryana came here to participate in the “satyagrah”.

Narotam Sharma, vice-president of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, was injured when the police pushed them near the Secretariat.

Shanta Kumar, who is also the vice-president of BJP, said India should destroy terrorist training camps in Pakistan as infiltration of ultras had not been stopped despite a dialogue with Gen Pervez Musharraf.

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Army holds series of events in Kargil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 9
To bring the Army and the people of the remote confines of Kargil closer to each other, a series of events and festivals were organised by the Kargil Brigade over the past few days.

The Kargil Awami Utsav, inaugurated by the General Officer Commanding 14 Corps, Lt Gen J K Mohanty stretched over a period of a week, engulfing the Kargil town with a spirit of festivities.

The highlight of the festival’s inaugural ceremony was a polo match played Kargil and Dras teams and a cultural programme. Haji and Buddhist pilgrims were also honoured.

Other programmes included an open painting competition and an inter-village archery competition. The paintings were later exhibited to encourage local talent. Students of local schools were presented with sports items and a visit to an infantry battalion was organised for the localities to give them an insight into the life in the army.

The General Officer Commanding, 8 Mountain Division, Maj Gen V.S. Tonk gave away the prizes to the participants. 

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Geelani granted bail

Jammu, June 9
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, arrested in connection with cases relating to “inciting communalism and working against the country”, was today granted bail by a Poonch court on health grounds.

Interestingly, Geelani in his bail application stated that he had respect for the law of India which the judge took into consideration while granting him bail.

The judge of the District and Sessions Court, Mr A.K. Shan, granted bail to Geelani on health grounds as he is fitted with a pacemaker and has some kidney trouble.

Geelani was also asked to furnish surety bonds of Rs 50,000 each in all the three cases.

The Hurriyat leader was arrested on Wednesday when he was heading towards Poonch in connection with public rallies in Surankote, Mendhar. — PTI

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Jawan killed in J&K

Srinagar, June 9
A security jawan was killed and another injured in a militant attack at Bandipora in North Kashmir today, official sources said.

They said militants attacked a security force patrol party in the Bandipora woods in Baramula district today. The security forces retaliated and one jawan was killed in the ensuing shootout and another wounded.

Later a reinforcement was rushed from nearby camps and the entire area was cordoned off, sources said. — UNI

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