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The High Court has granted the state government two more weeks to explain the rationale behind referring only 17 instead of all the 100 cases of 2010 unrest killings to the commission of inquiry. It was in response to the PIL filed by Yasin Malik, JKLF chief, which questioned the government to provide for the reasons of this bias. The court said, “The government is required to answer why the commission is going into 17 cases and why other cases have been left out of the purview of the commission.”


Unidentified men hurled a grenade towards Munish wine shop near a police post at Narwal, Jammu, killing a person and injuring five others. Police have started investigations and about 16 suspects have been picked up so far from different locations believed to be involved in the attack. “We have constituted a special investigation team and they have been working on three different angles including the militancy, mischievous act to spread panic and rivalry,” a police officer said.


About six shopkeepers in north Kashmir’s Kupwara were injured when the Army personnel of 6 RR allegedly thrashed them. It is said that the shopkeepers had declined to stop their routine work when the Army asked them to down their shutters in the wake of some search operation in Ramhal area.


Nisar Naseem, a broadcaster and playwright, released his maiden book ‘Pagah Shole Dunya’, a collection of plays, in Ganderbal. The book was released by Mian Altaf, the minister of forest and environment in presence of Fayaz Ahmed Kaloo, chairman, Greater Kashmir Communications Private Ltd. at a function organized by Greater Kashmir Foundation at Manasbal club. Besides, many dignitaries including politicians and artists were also present on the occasion


Ghulam Hassan Khan, 62, brother of M Y Khan, chairman Chenab Valley Power Projects and former chairman, J&K Bank and Shareef Khan, former chief engineer, passed away. He was buried in Parraypora, Barzulla in Srinagar. The funeral was attended by Dr Farooq Abdullah, the union minister among others.


Four candidates withdrew their nomination papers for the election for four seats of Legislative Council from Panchayat quota in Jammu, leaving 37 candidates in fray. Initially 44 candidates, 28 from Jammu and 16 from Kashmir, had filed their nomination but after scrutiny of papers, three of them were rejected in Jammu, bringing down the number to 41.


In a high level meeting of house committee under the Chairmanship of Ajay Salhotra, an MLC, while discussing the issue regarding the conversion of the residential areas into commercial purposes, decided that stern action would be taken against those found guilty for ignoring the rules framed by the government. The chairman emphasized upon the concerned officers to fix the responsibility on those who have violated the rules and regulations and point out the places where these violations have taken place. It was mentioned that initially only two cities of the state would be taken into consideration.


Three persons were burnt alive when a car they were travelling in caught fire at Sainik Colony, Jammu. The incident happened when their overspeeding Alto car (Registration number JK02AC-3709) hit a road divider and turned turtle, police said. Soon after the accident happened, the car caught fire. Police has registered a case in this connection.


As per the Army spokesperson, Pakistan has once again resorted to small arm firing and ceasefire violation at forward village of Gulpur, Poonch. However, no causalities or damage in the firing were reported. The spokesperson added that the forces from Indian side did not retaliate.


Indian Army and the state police have launched a massive search operation in the dense forests in Lolab area following inputs that six militants who had recently infiltrated from Machil sector were hiding in the woods. A local daily newspaper quoted a police intelligence official saying they had intercepted a militant group last week and injured two militants in an encounter during which Army used heavy weaponry. He added they have also fired mortar shells towards militant positions.


Unknown armed persons fired two pistol rounds upon Reyaz Ahmad, assistant sub-inspector, a resident of Drusoo, Pulwama, outside his home in Pulwama, police said. However, the cop survived unhurt. The gunmen managed to escape from the spot. Pulwama police has registered a case in this regard and investigation is on. It is pertinent to mention that unidentified armed people killed a police cop in Barmulla. The Pulwama attack was second in two days.


Pakistan Army has asked Indian Army not to construct new bunkers and structures along the LoC and warned to target new constructions with gunfire and mortar shells. A local daily reported that Pakistan Army officials have warned that they won’t tolerate any fresh constructions along the LoC. “We would retaliate whenever it happens like the way we did in Churunda, Uri”.


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