December 2000 News

Army camp attacked; 3 killed in J&K

10 December 2000
The Pioneer

Srinagar: Militants on Sunday fired about half-a-dozen grenades at an Army camp and ambushed a police party injuring four personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. Unidentified militants fired five rifle grenades towards the Army camp at Tatoo ground near Batmaloo bus stand in central Srinagar around 12.50 pm, but no loss of life or damage to the property was reported. Army troops fired back in self-defence. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. Elsewhere in the state, on the 13th day of unilateral ceasefire, militants killed three persons while unidentified gunmen looted about Rs two lakh during the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, differences within the Hurriyat Conference on the modality of holding of dialogue with the Centre came to open when uproarious scenes marked by trading of charges and slogan-shouting almost disrupted a seminar on human rights here on Sunday. Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone was the target of attack by some constituents of the apex body of separatist outfits. The divergence of views surfaced when Muslim Conference leader, advocate G N Shaheen criticised Mr Lone for his recent statements from Pakistan about the presence of foreign militants in Kashmir and supporting the unilateral ceasefire announced by Prime Minister A B Vajpayee. Shaheen demanded an apology from Lone for his statement. However, Lone''s party started shouting slogans against Muslim conference which set off acrimonious scenes at the seminar. The other members of the Hurriyat conference representing various factions joined the two groups - pro and anti-dialogue. Former chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who was presiding over the seminar, took strong exception to the remarks of Lone over the presence of foreign militants in Kashmir and said: ''It was Lone who welcomed Taliban victory in Afghanistan. He was the also first person who said that he will welcome Taliban in Kashmir if they come to the rescue of Kashmiris.


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