India, Pak on mine mission in Kashmir
Geneva (AP): India and Pakistan have embarked on a massive landmine-laying operation along their border in Kashmir, in possibly the largest deployment of mines in decades, a watchdog group said on Friday.
Numerous civilians and soldiers on both sides have been injured by the mines, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, in its 928-page report.
In July, Indian Army officials had said mines had been laid across 70,000 hectares of the frontier that divides Kashmir between the two countries, as part of troop build-up in December.
ICBL said it had evidence that at least six non-government groups had also set mines or improvised explosive devices in the area. Although the total number of mines in Kashmir is unknown, more mines were probably laid in the year that started May 2001 than in any year since 1999 said ICBL, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
The report will be presented next week in Geneva, at a meeting of countries that have ratified the 1997 treaty to ban the production, sale and use of landmines.
ICBL said there was also "extensive ongoing use" of anti-personnel mines by the government of Myanmar and by Russian forces in Chechnya and to a lesser extent by Nepal and Somalia. Although Georgia has had a moratorium on the use of mines since 1996, the country’s forces also apparently laid mines.
Nadia death-row trio acquitted
Calcutta: Calcutta High Court on Friday acquitted all three persons who were given the death sentence by a trial court in Nadia district, says our legal reporter.
In the same case, the high court also freed seven others who were sentenced to life imprisonment by the lower court. All the 10 people were convicted in a murder case that took place near Shantipur in Nadia and were in jail since May 1998.
A high court division bench observed that there was no sufficient proof to substantiate the crime of the appellant convicts.
According to the prosecution, a truck was going to Guwahati from Calcutta on May 3, 1998. On the way, a gang chased the truck between Shantipur and Krishnanagar. The gang members managed to stop the truck on the National Highway and allegedly killed the driver. The miscreants then fled away with the goods and the vehicle. The helper lodged a complaint with the police.
Hearing for sati cases
Jaipur (PTI): Rajasthan High Court has decided to hear a joint petition by women’s organisations seeking to be impleaded in sati related cases of Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts on September 20.
Organisations like Rajasthan University Women Association, Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Mahila Punarwas Samooh Samiti and Akhil Bhartiya Pragatisheel Mahila Association had submitted to the court, to be allowed to implead in the Rani Sati, Dholi Sati and Khemi Sati cases.
Bail plea rejected
Moga (PTI): A local court dismissed the pre-arrest bail application of senior Akali leader and president of Nagar Council Moga Kuldeep Singh Gill. A case was registered by the vigilance bureau on the plea of some shopkeepers. They had deposited a sum of Rs 1.75 lakh with Singh, but he failed to deliver ownership rights of the shops to them, they said.
Imposters loot man
Mumbai (PTI): A senior citizen was looted of cash and valuables worth Rs 38,000 by persons, posing as prospective flat buyers, at Santacruz. The man had intimated estate agents to sell his flat. On Thursday, three persons approached him on the pretext of buying the flat. Once let in, they assaulted the victim, sources added.
Tihar inmate dies
New delhi (PTI): A 25-year-old undertrial inmate in Tihar Central Jail died in hospital on Thursday night after falling sick, prison authorities said. Ganesh, who was arrested on September 9 under the Arms Act, died at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.
Guntur (PTI): Three members of outlawed Peoples' War Group surrendered on Friday. They severed ties with the PWG to protest against the looting of rice and abduction of children.
Agra (PTI): Police busted a gang engaged in printing and circulating fake currency notes of Rs 100 and Rs 500 denominations. They were arrested with notes worth Rs 30,000.
The Nehru Science Centre in Mumbai is organising a one-day national science drama festival on Saturday to boost scientific temperament among students. The plays revolving around science and society will focus on demolishing myths and superstitions.