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APHC-called bandh hits life
20 protesters hurt in lathi charge
Srinagar, June 13
Life was hit in the valley today due to bandh calledby the APHC to protest the alleged desecration of a mosque and subsequent killing of two protesters and injuries to several others in the Kupwara area in the past three days. 

Five killed, 8 pilgrims injured in road mishaps
Jammu, June 13
Five persons were killed and eight Vaishnodevi pilgrims were injured in two separate mishaps in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir last night, official sources said today.


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Yatra: all depends on weather
Srinagar, June 13
Though the weather showed signs of improvement today, the authorities are yet to decide about the movement of pilgrims to the Amarnath shrine from the base camps at Pahalgam and Baltal.

Three militants killed
Srinagar, June 13
Three militants, including two belonging to the Lashker-e-Toiba, were killed and an Army jawan was injured in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir today, official sources said.


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APHC-called bandh hits life
20 protesters hurt in lathi charge
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 13
Life was hit in the valley today due to bandh calledby the APHC to protest the alleged desecration of a mosque and subsequent killing of two protesters and injuries to several others in the Kupwara area in the past three days. Several leaders of the Hurriyat Conference were cane-charged and taken in preventive custody here this afternoon after they had held a demonstration from the party headquarters in the Rajbagh area.

Tension gripped the Trehgam area near the district town of Kupwara today where demonstrations were also held leading to injuries to over 20 persons. The residents held demonstrations following the burial of Javed Ahmad Malik, who was allegedly killed in police firing at Trehgam yesterday. A curfew-like situation prevailed in Zurhama and adjoining areas today following demonstrations for the fourth consecutive day today. The trouble had started after the Army allegedly entered a mosque at Zurhama village near Kupwara on Friday night and desecrated the place of worship. One person had died during demonstrations on Saturday last. IG Police, Kashmir, S.M. Sahai said here that an unfortunate incident of firing had taken place near Kupwara yesterday in which one person was killed and several others injured. The matter was being looked into and investigations were in progress, he said.

All shops and business establishments were closed and skeleton transport service was plying on roads here today. There was thin attendance in government offices and schools remained closed. There were stray incidents of stone throwing from interior localities of the city.

A spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference here expressed concern over the “increasing incidents of the human rights violations” in the valley after the Prime Minister’s assertion on zero tolerance in this regard. “Efforts are on to deteriorate the situation so that hurdles are created in the ongoing dialogue process”, a spokesman of the APHC said here.

Meanwhile, a Defence spokesman here today clarified that the Army in Zorahama never entered the mosque.

There were rumours floated by some anti-national and anti-social elements and spread by persons who had lost capability to do anything except target tourists, labourers and civilians by throwing grenades.

He added the Army, in fact, had shown great restraint as is evident that eight Army persons, five policemen and seven civilians were injured due to stone throwing.

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Five killed, 8 pilgrims injured in road mishaps

Jammu, June 13
Five persons were killed and eight Vaishnodevi pilgrims were injured in two separate mishaps in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir last night, official sources said today.

Two persons were killed and eight injured when a Tata Sumo collided with a bus and then hit a motorcycle on the Jammu-Lakhanpur highway in the Chadwal area in Kathua district last night, they said.

While the motor-cyclist and his pillion rider died on the spot, all eight passengers of the Tata Sumo, on their way to Haryana after returning from the Vaishnodevi shrine, were injured and had been admitted to hospital, they said.

In a separate mishap, three persons were killed when a truck skidded off the road and fell into the Chenab in Kishtwar tehsil of Doda district last night, the sources said.

Only one body had been fished out of the river so far, they added. PTI

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Yatra: all depends on weather
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 13
Though the weather showed signs of improvement today, the authorities are yet to decide about the movement of pilgrims to the Amarnath shrine from the base camps at Pahalgam and Baltal.

The two-month-long annual yatra, which was to commence on Sunday last, could not be started due to snowfall and heavy rains which lashed the tracks leading to the Holy Cave in south Kashmir.

“Any decision to start the movement of yatris from Pahalgam would be taken only after the condition of the track is known,” said Mr H.K. Lohia, DIG, south Kashmir range. He said though the weather remained cloudy yet there was no downpour along the shrine route, which could increase the possibilities of pilgrims’ movement.

However, any decision could be taken by tomorrow morning only, he added.

There was no movement of pilgrims from Jammu for the third consecutive day today so as to prevent any rush of the yatris at the two base camps.

All those stranded in the Holy Cave periphery had been evacuated to Baltal by the evening, reports said.

A spokesman of the Amarnath Shrine Board said with a slight improvement in weather, possibility of resumption of the pilgrimage via Baltal had brightened up.

However, the decision to allow the yatra would be taken after reviewing the weather conditions tomorrow morning, he added.

Meanwhile, the Governor, Lieut- General (Retd) S.K. Sinha, also the Chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board, flew in to the Holy Cave this morning, besides Panchtarni and Baltal, to take stock of the evacuation operations.

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Three militants killed

Srinagar, June 13
Three militants, including two belonging to the Lashker-e-Toiba, were killed and an Army jawan was injured in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir today, official sources said.

Two militants were killed and an Army jawan was injured in an encounter at Gosia Colony in the Nambalbal area of Pampore, 16 km from here, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the sources said. — PTI

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