Militant strikes in J-K trigger protests against Centre

Jammu/Samba, Sept. 27 (ANI): Supporters of various political outfits took to the streets in different regions of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday to protest against yesterday's dastardly twin militant attacks.

Supporters of Shiv Sena burnt effigies of Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers and shouted slogans in Jammu region.

"Pakistan trespassed into our land and instigated our policemen and army but our prime minister did not give its reply. We would like to tell the prime minister that they are killing by entering our houses and you are holding talks in Delhi and abroad. This is not acceptable to the people of India," said Akhilesh Singh, a protestor.

Meanwhile, in Samba town, supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blocked an arterial road to vent out their anger against the killings.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party has always told the Central Government that it is their weak governance and policies for what are happening here. Pakistanis come and behead our soldiers. They again come and kill people, make attacks here and our Prime Minister says that he would talk, with whom would he talk?" said Yudhveer Shetty, one of the protestors.

Three terrorists sneaked across the border into Jammu and Kashmir and killed 10 people, including a Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army, in two audacious attacks yesterday.

The militants, who were dressed in Army fatigues, first struck a police station in Hiranagar of Kathua district in Jammu at about 6.45 am, killing four cops and two others. They then attacked an Army camp in Samba district and killed four Army men, before being shot dead in a nine-hour-long gun battle.

The attack took place a day after Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh left for the U.S., where he is scheduled to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Sunday for talks.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh yesterday condemned the terrorist attacks in Jammu, and said such acts would not succeed in "derailing the efforts to find a resolution to all problems through dialogue".

"This is one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace," Dr. Singh said in a statement.

"We are firmly resolved to combat and defeat the terrorist menace that continues to receive encouragement and reinforcement from across the border," he added.

The leaders of the nuclear-armed neighbours are expected to discuss rising violence in Kashmir.

India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

India has accused Pakistan of supporting militants fighting security forces in Indian Kashmir since 1989.

Militant strikes in Kashmir, as well as shooting and mortar fire between Indian and Pakistani forces across the border, have risen this year after a decade of falling violence. (ANI)

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