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Students seek quashing of death sentence
Srinagar, October 10
As protests demanding quashing of the death sentence on Md Afzal Guru in the Parliament attack case continued, Kashmir University students today boycotted classes, while six activists of the Javid Mir-led JKLF faction were detained here for violating prohibitory orders.


Policemen chase away students of Kashmir University during a protest against the death sentence of Afzal Guru in Srinagar on Tuesday. Policemen chase away students of Kashmir University during a protest against the death sentence of Afzal Guru in Srinagar on Tuesday. Reuters

5 militants, JCO, 3 soldiers killed
Jammu/Srinagar, October 10
Five militants and four Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed while the security forces busted a hideout and apprehended an ultra in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, an official spokesman said today.


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Students seek quashing of death sentence

Srinagar, October 10
As protests demanding quashing of the death sentence on Md Afzal Guru in the Parliament attack case continued, Kashmir University students today boycotted classes, while six activists of the Javid Mir-led JKLF faction were detained here for violating prohibitory orders.

Hundreds of students demonstrated inside the university campus at Hazratbal on the outskirts of Srinagar for several and police used a mild cane-charge to push back the protestors when they tried to spill out on to the main road.

No one was injured in the police action, they said.

The students, including girls, shouted slogans and carried placards claiming Afzal was "innocent" and demanding revoking of the death sentence.

The protests did not affect a seminar by the Kashmir unit of the Indian Red Cross Society to mark a year since the quake that flattened many villages and left over 1,000 dead but Governor S K Sinha, scheduled to attend, cancelled his trip.

A group of activists of the JKLF Mir faction led by Khursheed Ahmad assembled at Partap Park and started marching on Main Residency road shouting slogans demanding release of Afzal when police swung into action and took six of them, including Khursheed, into custody.

They were lodged in Kothibagh police station.

Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies meanwhile said it would present 13,748 signed petitions against the death penalty to the United Nations Special Rapporteur.

The signature campaign were collected over week, chairman of the body Pervez Imroze told reporters on "World Day Against Death Penalty". PTI

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5 militants, JCO, 3 soldiers killed

Jammu/Srinagar, October 10
Five militants and four Army personnel, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), were killed while the security forces busted a hideout and apprehended an ultra in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, an official spokesman said today.

Giving details about the fierce gunbattle in Poonch district, an Army spokesman said in Jammu that on receiving information about the presence of militants in the Chamraid-Andarwali Dhoke area of Surankote tehsil this morning, troops of 25 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 16 RR cordoned off the area to track down the ultras.

As the troops launched the search operation, militants hiding in the area opened heavy gunfire on them which was effectively returned. In the ensuing gunbattle, a self-styled area commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Abu Jabran, alias Abu Ali, was killed, he added.

A JCO and three soldiers also laid down their lives in the fierce gunfight, the spokesman said.

The operation was on when the report last came in and reinforcements had been rushed to the area, he added.

The spokesman said one more militant was killed by the security forces in an encounter that raged for several hours since last night at Nallah Ban in Poonch district of Jammu region, taking the total number of ultras killed in the gunbattle to four. Three militants had been killed last night, he added.

One AK rifle, nine magazines, seven hand grenades, one pistol, two magazines and two wireless sets were seized from the encounter site.

The security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir police busted a militant hideout at Marhote under Surankote police station in Poonch district last evening and seized 4 kg of explosives, five detonators and one remote mobile circuit box.

The security forces during a search operation at Bonagam village in the Devsar area of Anantnag district apprehended a militant along with one AK rifle, four magazines and 105 rounds last evening. UNI

 

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