January 2000 News

PM calls meeting on Kashmir; NC leader shot

16 January 2000
The Times of India
Law Kumar Mishra

SRINAGAR: The Prime Minister has convened a high-level meeting on Kashmir on Monday. It is expected to be attended by home minister Advani, defence minister Fernandes, state governor Saxena and chief minister Abdullah.

Heads of security agencies involved in the counter-insurgency operation in the counter-insurgency operation in the state would also attend the meeting.

The Monday meeting will discuss the security scenario in the state, particularly after a series of attacks on highly fortified security and Army camps by the "Fidayeen" group of the ISI on Saturday, official sources said.

Meanwhile, a ruling National Conference leader, Ghulam Qadir Bhat alias Qadir Hindustani, was among 10 persons killed. The militants also damaged the Uri-Wagoora transmission line in the Kashmir Valley plunging large areas into darkness.

A group of militants with automatic weapons and grenades attacked the house of Qadir at Malangpora Pulwana in south Kashmir on Saturday night. The militants gunned down four - Qadir, his son Amir Ahmad, nephew Zahoor Ahmad and his bodyguard Bashir Ahmad.

Other guards posted there retaliated, killing Mehrajuddin alias Shaheen, a self-styled company commander.

The slain militant was involved in many militancy-related incidents in Pulwana district.

In another incident, two militants and one BSF jawan were killed in an encounter at Zizbal in Tral, 70 km from here.

A BSF spokesman said the encounter was still on. Security forces also averted a major tragedy when they recovered and defused four powerful improvised explosive devices from the shop of Abdul Salam Lone in Lathi Shat Sopore village on Saturday night.

Earlier militants detonated at least four powerful improvised explosive devices damaging the Uri-Wagoora electric transmission line at Kutipora Khah in Badgam early on Sunday morning.

Militants also killed a girl at Bandipora while the body of an unidentified person was recovered at Charsoo Anantnag, the spokesperson said.


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