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Srinagar: Two guerrillas were killed late on Sunday near the line of control (LoC) in Kupwara district of North Kashmir where a soldier had also been killed on Saturday.

Kashmir_mapGunfights started in Tangdhar and Keran sectors of the LoC in Kupwara district during infiltration attempts by guerrillas on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Two militants have been killed in the ongoing gunfight in Keran sector while one soldier was killed on Saturday in Tangdhar sector, defense spokesman, Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi said here in Srinagar.

Operations in those areas have not been called off yet as searches continue at both these places, Joshi added.

In Tangdhar a group of five to six heavily armed men were intercepted on Saturday after they managed to cross into the Indian side from Pakistan.

In Keran, army troopers again intercepted a group of seven to eight guerrillas on Sunday after they sneaked into the Indian side.

(IANS)

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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)