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Srinagar: Indiscriminate firing by masked militants on a CRPF convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district left at least six jawans seriously injured on Monday.

The CRPF bus was part of a convoy that was on its way to Jammu from Srinagar. The militants unleashed the attack near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara, 50 km from here, a police officer said.

The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Anantnag, the officer said, adding the area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

There have been a number of militant attacks in Kashmir recently. Just a few weeks ago a gun fight in Kupawara took the life of Colonel Santosh Mahadik. Another gunfight in the same district left one soldier dead last week.

Two alleged ISI agents were arrested last week from Kashmir other than three from Kolkata.  India and Pakistan held an NSA level talks on Sunday in Bangkok and terror was discussed in the meet. But it seems that none of India or Pakistan is able to figure out answers to this problem.

Soldiers and civilians continue to suffer while leaders are meeting and talking about the issue. Kashmir has apparently become a bone of contention that India neither can spit now swallow.

In last one month, half a dozen of such attacks have taken place where Indian army personnel were either seriously injured or died.

The attacks on CRPF bus is yet another example when Indian soldiers were caught unaware making them an easy target. It proves that attackers had a plan, information and knowledge and executed it successfully.

(With inputs from agencies)

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The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)