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Three youth killed in Jammu-Srinagar highway accident

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Jammu: Three youth were killed on Monday when an army vehicle hit their motorcycle on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur district.

“Three motorcycle-riding youth were hit by an army vehicle at Kud in Udhampur district on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Monday morning,” told senior police officer.

“The youths died on the spot. They were identified as Rinko, Kishore and Sansar, and all belonged to the Chenani town in Udhampur district.”

The officer said none of the three youths was wearing a crash helmet when the accident happened.

(IANS)

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Udhampur attack mastermind killed in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abu Qasim, the mastermind of the Udhampur attack on a BSF bus on August 5, has been killed in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Thursday.
“Abu Qasim, the operational commander of the LeT, was killed during the night in an ambush by the security forces in Khandaypora village of Kulgam district,” a police officer told IANS here.

Security forces laid an ambush in the area following specific information about the movements of the LeT commander.

“Abu Qasim fell into the ambush along with an accomplice. Abu Qasim was killed in the first contact (exchange of gunfire),” the officer said, adding the killing was a major success for the security forces.

Sporadic exchange of fire is under way in the area.

The officer said the LeT commander was active in the state for the last six years and was the most wanted militant commander in Jammu and Kashmir.

A resident of Pakistan, Abu Qasim was the mastermind of the Udhampur attack in which two BSF personnel were killed and 11 others injured, he said.

One terrorist was killed on the spot while another, Naveed was apprehended by villagers and handed over to police after he escaped from the site where the two LeT terrorists had carried out the attack.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the case. Naveed and two local accomplices are all currently in a jail in Jammu.

(IANS)

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Youth critically injured in Kashmir protest

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Srinagar: A youth was critically injured in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bijbehara town on Wednesday after security forces clashed with a stone pelting mob that was protesting over the Udhampur truck attack victim’s death.

The injured youth has been identified as Naseer Ahmad Dar, 25, a resident of Zirpora Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town.

Reports from Bijbehara said the youth was hit on the head by a teargas shell after security forces used force to quell the stone pelting mob.

Doctors at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura in Srinagar said the youth was operated upon.

The injured youth had earlier been taken to a nearby hospital in south Kashmir and later shifted to capital Srinagar after his condition deteriorated.

Clashes and shutdown continued for the third consecutive day in parts of south Kashmir after 16-year-old Zahid Rasool Bhat succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

He was one of the two persons injured in a petrol bomb attack on October 9 after miscreants attacked a valley-bound truck with at Udhampur on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

(IANS)

 

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PDP-BJP coalition failed to provide good governance: Farooq Abdullah

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NewsGram Staff Writer

Jammu:  Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday called for an united effort to maintaining communal harmony to thwart divisive forces.

Addressing mass communication post graduates here, he underscored the crucial role of media in promoting spirit of inclusiveness in diverse Indian society, especially at a time when fringe elements were out to destroy the time-tested fabric of religious harmony and unity.

“As long as we remain united, nobody will be able to weaken us,” Abdullah said adding that intolerance has no place in a country that has potential of taking the world along at the strength of its glorious ethos.

“Here I invoke your important role as budding journalists to expose those who incite passions for furthering their political agenda and help in strengthening the bonds of amity and brotherhood between various segments of society,” he said.

He maintained it is the duty of the central government to rein in the fringe jingoistic elements which are creating an atmosphere of frenzy by inciting passions.

“Loose cannons cannot be left free to generate animosity among the communities,” he asserted.

He expressed confidence that the prevailing spate of religious intolerance in parts of the country will evaporate, but sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in restoring confidence of the people in the system.

“The incidents like Dadri and Udhampur, in which a young boy lost his life, were demoralizing and disturbing,” he said, expressing shock over the death of Zahid Bhat, a helper who succumbed on Sunday to injuries sustained when his truck was firebombed in Udhampur, and said the killers are needed to be served harsh punishment.

On response of the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir to various challenges confronting to the state, he said they have failed in providing good governance and in building an atmosphere wherein various segments of the society live in peace and harmony.

(With inputs from IANS)