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Grenade attack on police hub in Valley

Srinagar(PTI): Eighteen policemen, including senior superintendent of police Abdul Qayoom Manhas, were injured on Tuesday when militants attacked the Anantnag district police headquarters, 55 km from here.

Official sources said the militants tossed a grenade as Manhas was entering the complex around 11.45 am.

Besides the SSP, station house officer of Kokernag police station G.M. Parray and 16 others, mostly escort personnel of senior police officers functioning from the headquarters, received splinter injuries in the blast, the sources said.

Seven of the injured were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment. Both Manhas and Parray suffered minor injuries, the sources said, adding that the condition of all injured was stable.

The blast triggered panic in the area and the militants escaped as people ran for cover, the sources said. The area was immediately cordoned off. A search has been launched.

Jessica case bail plea rejected

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bail petition by Manu Sharma, the main accused in the Jessica Lal murder case.

Sharma surrendered before a city court on November 13, two days after Delhi High Court rejected his application for regular bail.

The high court, while rejecting his plea, bail had observed that “there is a long chain of circumstantial evidence linking the accused with the crime which is inconsistent with his innocence and consistent with his guilt”. Following the order, a trial court has sent the accused to judicial custody.

Sharma had been out on interim bail in the case since January 25, 2002.

Refusing to interfere with the high court’s order dismissing the bail plea, a bench of Justices . Santosh and B.P. Singh rued that in these days, even if a murder takes place before a large gathering, not a single person comes forward to “help the prosecution”.

Sharma’s counsel Ram Jethmalani argued that Sharma was entitled to bail as the prosecution was in no position to prove the guilt of his client in the case pertaining to the killing of the model at Tamarind Court in south Delhi as none of the witnesses supported the police case.

hen the counsel kept on stressing that three judges of the high court had earlier granted interim bail to his client and there was no occasion for the fourth judge to reject the same, the bench asked: “In a murder case of this nature, why bail at all was granted'”

LTTE frees fishermen

Colombo (PTI): Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels freed 32 Indian fishermen on Tuesday following intervention by Scandinavian truce monitors, but detained seven trawlers, a spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission said.

The fishermen seized by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were sent back in one of the Indian trawlers captured by the rebels, the deputy head of the Norway-led mission, Hagrup Haukland, said.

Women burnt alive

Lucknow (PTI): Two women were burnt alive and about 35 huts set ablaze in a reprisal strike following the murder of a gram pradhan in Mahrajganj district on Monday, reports reaching the state home control said on Tuesday. The pradhan was allegedly murdered by some persons of the same village over a property dispute.

30 killed in crash

Shimla (PTI): At least 30 people were killed and 25 injured when a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus fell into the Ravi near Chamba district on Tuesday. The bus was overcrowded.

Pak intruder held

Jaisalmer (PTI): A Pakistani intruder was arrested by BSF jawans when he was allegedly sneaking into Indian territory, BSF sources said on Tuesday. The intruder, identified as Gulam Shabbir, a resident of Sangar district of Pakistan, has been handed over to the district police.

Godhra case

Ahmedabad (PTI): A terror court has granted bail to the sitting councillor of Godhra municipality, Salim Abdul Gaffar Sheikh, arrested for his alleged involvement in the train carnage of February 27 last year. Sheikh was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and two solvencies of Rs 15,000 each.

IAF rape slur

New Delhi (PTI): An Indian Air Force corporal has been arrested in Gurgaon on charges of raping his domestic help, police sources said. Arun Kumar Pathak was arrested after the tribal woman lodged a complaint with police. He was produced before a court which remanded him in judicial custody.


A Rs 3.4-crore project under the Swarn Gram Swarozgar Yojna is being implemented in Baramulla district to promote the handicraft industry in Jammu and Kashmir. Fourteen production centres and five sale outlets are being set up.

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