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Bloody clash at IIT Mandi, four killed

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Mandi: A view of the cars damaged at IIT Mandi campus on June 20, 2015. At least four labourers were killed and nine injured when two factions of workers clashed in the IIT-Mandi construction work. (Photo: IANS)

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh): Four people were killed and nine injured in Himachal Pradesh when two factions of workers, involved in the IIT-Mandi construction work near here, clashed with one another, police said.

One of the two groups wanted members of the other to abstain from work to support their call for a strike over some demands, which led to the clash. Three vehicles were also torched.

“Two labourers died on the spot, while two succumbed to injuries in a hospital,” Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla told IANS. He said the injured were hospitalised.

“The striking workers forced the employees of the other contractor to abstain from work. This led to tension between the two groups, resulting in firing by private security guards of the contractor, whose employees were on the job,” said Chawla.

In retaliation, a mob attacked the security guards and the employees, which led to the deaths of four people.

Two were lynched by the mob comprising around 250 people carrying ‘lathis’ and stones, while the other two reportedly died after falling down from a steep hill, said another police official.

Three people also suffered bullet injuries.

The IIT campus is located in Kamand village near here, some 175 km from the state capital Shimla.

Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar told reporters in Shimla that the incident was related to a clash among workers of two contractors – one supporting the strike and the other refusing to join in.

CITU general secretary Kashmir Singh Thakur told reporters that the striking workers were indiscriminately fired upon by five to six hired gunmen of the contractor.

He said the workers were on strike to press their demands, including release of salary.

Thakur alleged the gunmen were hired by contractor Rajiv Sharma.

Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) is affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

However, no IIT official was available for comment. (IANS)

Mandi: A view of the cars damaged at IIT Mandi campus on June 20, 2015.  At least four labourers were killed and nine injured when two factions of workers clashed in the IIT-Mandi construction work. (Photo: IANS)
Mandi: A view of the cars damaged at IIT Mandi campus on June 20, 2015. At least four labourers were killed and nine injured when two factions of workers clashed in the IIT-Mandi construction work. (Photo: IANS)

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Pakistan targets nine Indian posts in Samba sector, firing continued overnight

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Jammu:  At 17.05 hours on Saturday Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire and started unprovoked firing on the international border in Samba district of Jammu region, targeting nine BSF border posts, an official said.

Pakistan Rangers have used mortars during the ceasefire violation.They targeted Khoada, Mangu, Ragal, Challyarian and other BSF posts, the source added.The civilians were working in the field when a shell fired from across the international border exploded near them.
.One civilian was killed and two others injured in unprovoked Pakistan firing near the Mangu Chak BSF post on Friday.Firing at some of these places is still going on.

Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh, yesterday said that Pakistan Rangers opened fire at the BSF posts when the fencing was being repaired.

“Pakistan is time and again trying to push in terrorists and ultimately they cut the fencing to get-in. That fencing was being repaired when the Pakistani rangers opened fire and one person has died in the firing,” Mr Singh said in Jammu city.

The BSF had given a strong reply to the Pakistani firing, he said, adding the exchange of fire had stopped at around 5.30 pm on Friday.

(IANS)

 

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Councillor’s driver’s killing sparks gang war

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Gurgaon: The driver of a Gurgaon councillor was shot dead here, triggering a retaliatory attack on Sunday that left a 35-year-old man injured in what police said was gang war.

The body of Ashok Kumar, 25, was found in Shakti Nagar area. He was also the nephew of gangster-turned-councillor Binder Gujjar.

Gujjar alleged that Sandeep Garauli and his gang were behind the murder. He told police that Ashok Kumar left his home around 1:30 AM on Sunday. He was fired at in his car.

A few hours later, Manish Khurana was injured in firing allegedly by the councillor’s men, police said. Khurana and Pankaj Bangia alias Golu were allegedly attacked by the Gujjar camp.

Gujjar’s camp believes that Khurana and his accomplices were responsible for the killing of Ashok Kumar.

Khurana told police that three to four man opened fire on him when he was at his home in Arjun Nagar.

Police said Khurana, who received a bullet in his head, also fired in retaliation. Khurana, who is linked to Sandeep Garauli gang, had contested the civic polls here against Gujjar in 2010 but lost.

An FIR against the councillor and his men was registered following the attack, a police officer told IANS. Some people were detained.

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Ceasefire violations: Indian envoy summoned over Pakistani civilian deaths

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Islamabad: In yet another case of ceasefire violations, Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat to the foreign ministry on Friday and lodged a protest over a “recent cross-border shelling that killed at least three civilians”.

The army said the civilians were killed due to “Indian unprovoked firing” in Nakial sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region on Thursday.

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“The Indian Deputy High Commissioner, JP Singh was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to protest against the shahadat (martyrdom) of three civilians, in Nikial sector, due to the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian Security Forces at the Line of Control,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“The Government of Pakistan has expressed its deep concern at the continuous unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian Security Forces and the intentional targeting of innocent civilians, which is highly condemnable,” the statement said.

The foreign ministry said Pakistan has stressed upon India to stop forthwith these ceasefire violations and respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement in order to restore peace and tranquility at the LoC and the Working Boundary.

Pakistan and India declared ceasefire along the LoC in 2003, however, border troops occasionally traded fire. Both countries accused each other of the ceasefire violations.