Militant killed in Kulgam district, South Kashmir; Soldiers and militants killed on LoC; Model Code of Conduct comes into force in Jammu and Kashmir; Jammu and Kashmir to conduct Sixth Economic Survey
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  • According to reports, police and security forces trapped a group of militants in Kujjar village of Kulgam district on November 13 after the gunmen earlier broke a cordon in a neighbouring village. One militant has been killed in the encounter and searches are on in the area. On a specific tip-off a joint contingent of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Police, Army’s 1 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 18 Battalion CRPF cordoned off the village and laid siege around some houses where the militants were believed to be holed up. A police spokesman said the militant was asked to surrender but he opened fire at the search parties and was killed in retaliatory action.1

    In another development, reports noted that two militants and three Army men were killed in a fierce encounter near Line of Control (LOC) in Nowgam sector of Baramulla district on November 13. Srinagar-based Defence Spokesperson Lt. Col J.S. Brar said that the encounter started on November 13 when a group of militants were sighted in Saugam near Taut Mari Gali near LOC in Nowgam sector by 17 JAT Regiment. On being challenged, they opened fire which triggered the encounter. Two AK assault rifles were recovered from the scene of the encounter. 2

    Reports noted that the Election Commission of India has ordered enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of notification issued by the EC for conducting of polls to the four Legislative Council seats under Panchayat quota in the state. The state government on November 14 forwarded a communication in this regard from the Election Commission of India to various heads of departments and deputy commissioners. The Election Commission has asked ministers not to hold any official meeting with the Panchayat members, who form the electorate to the LC polls. 3

    In other developments, according to reports, Jammu and Kashmir is likely to conduct the 6th Economic Survey 2012-13 from December to estimate various parameters of economy. Sources in the Directorate of Economics and Statistics said that the six-month long exercise was likely to start by December and the preparations for the process were already underway. 4