Four militants were killed in two separate encounters in Kashmir valley on Thursday.Three militants, identified as Sajad Khanday, Aqib Ahmad Dar and Basharat Ahmad Mir, all residents of Pulwama, were killed in an early morning operation at Yawran village of Keller in Shopian district.“We had credible inputs about their presence in the area. All the three bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter. It was a combined group of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),” said the police. Three rifles were recovered from the site.Dar, according to the police, had a long history and was involved in conspiring and executing many “terror attacks” in the area. Three AK rifles were recovered and were taken in the case records for further investigation,” the police said.In a separate gunfight that erupted in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, one Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed. “Yaroo area of Langate in Handwara was cordoned off following a tip. The search party was fired upon. One militant was killed,” said the police.The slain militant was identified as Danish Ahmad Dar, a resident of Sopore.“Dar was affiliated to JeM. One rifle and grenades were recovered from the site of encounter,” the police said.
The Delhi Police on Thursday registered a case of negligence and started investigating the circumstances leading to the embarrassing accident involving three members of the Ugandan contingent, including the chef de mission and the press attach, at the Commonwealth Games Village on Wednesday night.The incident had upset the Ugandan sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi and even apologies from his Indian counterpart M.S. Gill and Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell could not pacify him.Gill had apologised for the incident to Bakkabulindi and Ugandan High Commissioner to India Nimisha Madhvani over the phone. But continuing with their protests, the Ugandans skipped the dinner hosted by Gill on Thursday night.Gill’s apologies failed to move the Ugandans as they wanted a personal meeting with him and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna rather than a telephonic chat. They were unhappy also because of the delay and the way case was handled by the Indian authorities.Bakkabulindi had on Thursday sought an apology over the accident in which a tyre-killer at one of the Village entrances allegedly malfunctioned and hit the vehicle carrying the Ugandan officials. Apparently it happened as the security camera could not read the security pass on the vehicle.