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Friday, 28 November 2014

From Today's Papers - 28 Nov 2014

3 jawans among 10 dead in Jammu attack
* Militants in fatigues target village in Arnia, kill 4 civilians
* 3 terrorists gunned down
Tribune News Service
Jammu, November 27
Ten persons, including four civilians and three Army soldiers, were killed after a group of terrorists struck at a village along the International Border in the Arnia sub-sector of RS Pura today. Three terrorists dressed in Army fatigues were gunned down during a day-long gunfight with security forces. An Army jawan and a civilian were injured in the firing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit the Jammu region tomorrow.

The Army called in tanks to eliminate any remaining terrorist who might still be hiding in a bunker as the operation continued till late this evening. The state witnessed a record 71 per cent voting in the first phase of Assembly polls two days ago. The Prime Minister is scheduled to address two election rallies in Udhampur and Poonch tomorrow.

The terrorists infiltrated 3 km inside the Indian territory and opened indiscriminate firing on Territorial Army jawans, who intercepted them at a Ditch-Cum-Bundh (DCB) line.

Security agencies have been put on high alert in all districts of the region, particularly those along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who questioned the timing of the attack saying it could not be a coincidence, wrote on a micro-blogging site: “All check posts along the national highway in Jammu and other sensitive locations have been placed on high alert.”

“Three Army soldiers have been martyred, while four civilians have also lost their lives.

Besides, three terrorists have been gunned down by security forces so far. The operation is still on,” said Lt Col Manish Mehta, PRO (Defence) Jammu.

Sources said a group of terrorists infiltrated into the Indian side near Pindi post on the night of November 26 and 27.

“Terrorists changed their dresses and wore Army fatigues under a bridge and moved towards the civilian areas. Four pairs of shoes, clothes and some other items left behind by the terrorists have been recovered,” a source said. They opened fire on Army jawans at Pindi Kathar village of Jammu district, resulting in the death of a jawan.

PM in Jammu region today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to campaign for the BJP in the second phase of Assembly elections in Udhampur and Poonch districts on Friday. He will address a rally in Udhampur district, which is 100 km from Arnia.
9 Army men indicted for killing 2 in Budgam
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 27
The Army’s Court of Inquiry has indicted nine of its men, including a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), for killing of two youngsters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district earlier this month. The killings sparked widespread protests across the Valley.

The inquiry, which has recommended court martial proceedings against the nine Army men, has been submitted to the Northern Command for action.

Faisal Yousuf (17) and Meraj-u-din Dar (21) were killed and two others were injured on November 3 evening when troops of the 53 Rastriya Rifles, manning a checkpoint at Chattergam village in Budgam, opened fire on the youngsters’ car. The J&K Police had registered a murder case against the Army men.

Confirming that the inquiry into the Budgam firing incident has been completed, defence spokesman Lt Col NN Joshi said: “The report is pending due to legal formalities and has been forwarded to the Army authorities concerned.”

Sources say the inquiry report has been submitted to the Northern Command Headquarters for approval. After being perused by the legal department of the command, the Army authorities may recommend action against the accused Army men, which may either include initiating court martial proceedings or holding effectual proceedings.

The Court of Inquiry was conducted by Deputy Commander, Qazigund-based 2 Sector Rastriya Rifles. Prima facie the inquiry found that rules of engagement were violated, said sources.

‘Produce accused in civil court’

Mohammad Yousuf, father of Faisal Yousuf, who was killed in the firing, said the accused should be produced in a civil court and they should be punished as per the government law. Ghulam Mohammad, father of Meraj-u-din Dar, who was also killed in the incident, appreciated the way the inquiry was conducted by the Army.

Court martial recommended

    The Court of Inquiry recommends court martial proceedings against nine Army men
    Police investigations revealed the troops fired over 100 rounds at the youngsters’ car
    The Army initially claimed its men fired at the car when it didn't stop despite being signalled
    A preliminary report submitted by the Budgam District Magistrate and the SSP contradicted the Army’s claim
    The state government also ordered a magisterial probe

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