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5 militants killed in encounter
Srinagar, July 21
Five militants of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), were killed in an encounters with Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir police in South Kashmir today.

Hearing on Ministerís bail plea deferred
Srinagar, July 21
A local court today again deferred till July 25 the hearing on bail applications of former Jammu and Kashmir minister and sitting legislator Raman Mattoo and a hotel owner involved in the sex racket.



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5 militants killed in encounter

Srinagar, July 21
Five militants of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), were killed in an encounters with Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operation Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir police in South Kashmir today.

One of the slain militants, indentified as Arshad Bhai, was responsible for the killing of nine Nepali labourers at Yaripora in South Kashmir on June 20.

A police spokesman said troops of 62 RR and SOG, on a specific information, cordoned off Sursoonu Yaripora village in South Kashmir early this morning to nab militants and their sympathisers.

However, when the village was being sealed, militants hiding there, opened fire and hurled hand grenades towards the search party.

The fire was returned and in a fierce clash three militants were killed.

A Defence Ministry spokesman said the body of the fourth militant was recovered near the site of the encounter.

Police spokesman said the slain militants belonged to the LeT and the HM. Two of the slain militants were identified as Saleem Nengroo and Moin Ansari, a resident of Partabgunj, Bihar. Three AK rifles, 12 magazines, 150 cartridges and one mobile phone were recovered from the slain militants.

He said a major tragedy was today averted by a police party when it detected and defused a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) fitted in a gas cylinder and planted at Wangam Shopian last night to target the security forces.

Defence Ministry spokesman said another militant was killed at Wampora Kulgam in South Kashmir today. ó UNI

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Hearing on Ministerís bail plea deferred

Srinagar, July 21
A local court today again deferred till July 25 the hearing on bail applications of former Jammu and Kashmir minister and sitting legislator Raman Mattoo and a hotel owner involved in the sex racket.

As the case came up for hearing, there was no lawyer to plead their case. The court later deferred the bail applications and asked the accused to engage a lawyer.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, Mohammad Yousuf Akhoon, had also rejected the bail application of another minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir and senior IAS officer Iqbal Khanday on July 14.

The cases of nine other accused, including Deputy Inspector-General of Border Security Force (BSF), a senior police officer and kingpin Sabeena will come up for hearing tomorrow.

Besides Mir, Mattoo and Khanday, the Central Bureau of Invstigation (CBI) has arrested former Additional Advocate-General Anil Sethi, Jammu and Kashmir Police Counter-Insurgency Kashmir (CIK) wing DSP Mohammad Yousuf Mir and Naaz Hotel manager Riyaz Kawa. ó UNI

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