Restricted release of Interlocutors Report on May 16; Open fire in Kashmir University; Union Home Secretary to visit J&K on May 16 and 17; Grenade blast at Sangam leaves three injured; Union Home Secretary reviews security situation; Hizbul Mujahideen mil
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  • Reports noted that the interlocutors’ report on Jammu and Kashmir which has been hanging fire for over six months after it was submitted to Home Minister P Chidambaram will finally be made public albeit symbolically. According to Home Ministry sources, it has been decided to place five copies of the report in Parliament library on the May 16, 2012. The reports of government finally preparing to make the report public had gained currency after the three interlocutors met the Home Minister recently. After the meeting, the Ministry officials were veering around the idea to upload it on the MHA’s official website since it has already been published in detail in some of the newspapers. 1

    According to reports, three civilians were injured in a grenade explosion at Sangam on Srinagar-Jammu highway in south Kashmir district. Police said that unidentified persons lobbed a grenade towards soldiers manning the highway. However the device missed the target and exploded with a big bang injuring three pedestrians. 2

    Reports noted that the issue of revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some parts of Jammu and Kashmir remained the focus of meetings between visiting Union Home Secretary and State Government. The Home Secretary was on a two day visit (May 16-17, 2012) to assess the ground situation in the state and to take a review of the hiccups in cross-LoC trade. The detailed report about eviction of forces from industrial estates and other buildings was submitted to Home Secretary by the state government. Meanwhile, Home Secretary also discussed the issue of AFSPA with Governor N N Vohra along with other law & order and security issues. 3

    According to reports, Police has claimed to have apprehended a Hizbul Mujahideen militant from Nalwa area of district Doda. Police also claimed that the person was missing since 2002 and had crossed over to Pakistan Administered Kashmir for arms training. The recoveries from him included a Chinese pistol with two Magazines and 30 Rounds, one wireless set, one satellite phone and two hand grenades. 4

    In other developments, according to reports, a day after Kashmir’s police chief SM Sahai declared that militants won’t be allowed to disturb peace in Srinagar, 14 people including 10 civilians were injured, four of them critically in two grenade attacks that rocked Sopore and Batamaloo areas of the Valley. All the 14 fourteen persons were injured in Sopore grenade attack and police sources noted that Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) was behind it. 5