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J&K: 2 more Jawans lost their lives taking the death toll to 6,operation underway

The two killed soldiers were identified as junior commissioned officer (JCO) Madan Lal Chaudhary and NCO (non-commissioned officer) Ashraf Ali, both belonging to the state.

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2 more security personnel and one civilian have lost their lives, taking the death toll to 6. Whereas the number of terrorist killed by the army personnel has reached 4. Operation underway.

Earlier Two Junior commissioned officers and one Non-commissioned officer of the Army were killed and and nine others, including women and children, injured when a group of heavily-armed JeM militants dressed in army fatigues stormed a military camp here in a pre-dawn attack on Saturday, hurling grenades and spraying automatic gunfire as they entered the family quarters when everyone was asleep, officials said. Three terrorists have been killed so far, while the others are still holed up.

The two killed soldiers were identified as junior commissioned officer (JCO) Madan Lal Chaudhary and NCO (non-commissioned officer) Ashraf Ali, both belonging to the state.

Nine others – five of them women and children including the daughter of the slain JCO who had come to visit her father during school holidays – were injured. Two were in a critical condition.

“As part of the ongoing operations in Sunjuwan, the army has killed two heavily armed terrorists. The terrorists wearing army combat dress were carrying AK-56 assault rifles, large amount of ammunition and hand grenades.

“Search of their belongings confirms the terrorists to be from Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). Operations are in progress with extreme caution and restraint to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women and children in the houses,” a Defence statement said.

Most of over 150 houses in the complex have been cleared and occupants moved to safety, it said.

“Operations will continue till all the terrorists are apprehended or killed”.

Besides recovering arms and ammunition from the slain terrorists, JeM flags have also recovered from them.

Defence sources said that soldiers at the Sunjuwan Military Station close to Jammu city noticed suspicious movement near the camp around 4.45 a.m.

Suspecting they could be militants, the soldiers challenged them. But the gunmen hurled grenades and opened fire from automatic weapons, the sources said.

The militants then entered the JCO family quarters in the vicinity and holed themselves up in one of the houses.

“The attack has now been contained. Most of the families have been evacuated from the junior commissioned officers quarters where the terrorists had entered. Before the final assault on the terrorists, we are making sure that no civilians are harmed in this operation,” the statement said.

Sources said room-to-room intervention was going on to pin down the militants inside the JCOs’ residential building.

Army sources said the terrorists have been pinned down and the operation is being carried forward cautiously so that no further security force or civilian casualties occur.

Para commandos were airlifted from the army’s Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur town to flush out the holed-up militants, believed to be three to four in number.

The air force has been providing aerial surveillance to the security forces during the operation against the militants who have been surrounded inside one of the buildings.

All educational institutions within half a kilometre radius of the camp were shut down for the day.

 

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Parliament Winter Session: Both houses adjourned for the day

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New Delhi, Dec 14: Both the houses adjourned till December 17 after the opposition as well as the treasury benches’ members created a ruckus on Rafale fighter jet deal issue among others.

Soon after the House met the Congress, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other opposition members trooped near Speaker’s podium and started sloganeering.

The Congress members were demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe while the AIADMK members were protesting on the Cauvery water dispute. The TDP members were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Amid the protest, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: “Now that the Supreme Court’s decision on Rafale has come. The Congress should tender apologies for misleading the country.”

Tomar’s statement followed a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s decision to junk four petitions seeking court-monitored probe into the deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets in a fly-away condition from Dassault Aviation.

Gogoi said it “sees no reason to intervene” in the defence deal as there was “nothing questionable” in the decision-making process and the bench was not competent to go into the question of pricing and the choice of offset partner by Rafale manufacturer Dassault.

Soon after that the BJP members started sloganeering demanding apologies from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

As the din continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till 12 p.m.

 

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Kerala High Court grants conditional bail to Rehana Fathima

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Pathanamthitta, Dec 14: The Kerala High Court today granted conditional bail to Rehana Fathima, the activist and suspended BSNL employee who was arrested on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiment.

Fathima, who had tried to enter the Sabarimala Temple, was held by the Pathanamthitta Police on November 27.

She was arrested for hurting religious sentiment through a Facebook post.

The activist faces charges under Sec 153 (A) of IPC.

The 31-year-old BSNL engineer was unsuccessful in her bid to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine after the head priest threatened to lock the temple door if she entered it.

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Supreme Court dismisses petitions against Rafale deal

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New Delhi, Dec 14: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed all the petitions seeking a court-monitored investigation into the 36 Rafale fighter jets deal. 

“We are satisfied that there is no occasion to doubt the process. A country can’t afford to be underprepared. Not correct for the Court to sit as an appellant authority and scrutinise all aspects”, the apex court stated”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it ” ‘there is no reason for interference in the choice of offset partner and perception of individuals can’t be the basis for roving inquiry in sensitive issue of defence procurement”.

“we can’t compel the government to purchase 126 aircraft and its not proper for the court to examine each aspect of this case. It isn’t a job of court to compare pricing details”, it added.

The central government had defended the deal while admitting that there was “no sovereign guarantee from France, but there is a letter of comfort…”

The petitions seeking the probe were filed by Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, advocates M.L.Sharma and Vineet Dhanda, and AAP lawmaker in Parliament Sanjay Singh.

Reacting to the verdict, Bhushan one of the petitioners said: “In our opinion, the Supreme Court judgement is totally wrong, the campaign will certainly not drop and we will decide if we will file a review petition”.

Meanwhile,  TMC leader Saugata Roy told media that “the Supreme Court said what it thinks was right but the political parties demand a JPC probe into”.

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