CRPF foils Fidayeen attack, three shot
13 February 2001
Srinagar: Three militants belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit were slain as CRPF repulsed a suicidal attack on their camp in north Kashmir even as 20 people, including many militants, were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night. A civilian was killed and two others including a jawan were critically wounded when the fleeing militants exploded an IED near the camp, he said. An official spokesman said a jawan was killed and nine others including some policemen, escorting polling staff returning from duty at Baramulla were injured in an ambush by militants at Tarzoo in Baramulla on Monday. However, none of the polling staff members were injured. Nine militants and a security official were killed in separate encounters with security forces and police in Poonch in Jammu region on Tuesday night. The encounters yielded a big cache of arms and ammunition, he said. Militants shot dead two persons, identified as Ghulam Ahmad Ganai, Halqa(area) president of NC and Mohammad Akbar Khan, an alleged informer, in their villages at Sonapah and Saidpora in Badgam on Monday night. Militants abducted and later shot dead one person in Baramulla, while bodies of two unidentified persons were picked up by police from Kupwara on Tuesday, he said. In a bid to give a larger sense of representation to Sikhs, Sardar Harbans Singh, deputy chairman of legislative council, was inducted as cabinet minister of Jammu and Kashmir by Governor G C Saxena at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday. The move follows the killing of some members of the community by militants recently and reports of possible migration by them. The Governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Singh, who is the first Sikh cabinet minister in the state since 1975. He had earlier remained minister of state for one year in the farooq abdullah government till january 1990. With this induction, the strength of council of ministers in the state has risen to 24, including 15 cabinet ministers.