Cops shot dead in South Kashmir; Four injured in Ganderbal clashes; AFSPA to be revoked in Jammu and Kashmir by December this year; Militants killed in North Kashmir; Militants attack army patrol near Pampore; LeT claims responsibility for the attack near
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  • According to reports, two policemen were shot dead by suspected militants in two separate attacks at busy markets in Pulwama and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir on July 3, 2012. The assailants also decamped with the service rifle of one of the cops.
    Police sources said that the two constables were killed when some unidentified gunmen, suspected to be militants, shot at them at close range while the duo was on duty. Barely three hours after the shootout at Pulwama, unidentified gunmen again stuck at Yaripora area of Kulgam district killing another police constable. The assailants also snatched the service rifle of the constable. “2 Cops shot dead in South Kashmir”, Greater Kashmir, July 3, 2012 at

    In another development, according to reports, four persons were injured after clashes broke between police and students of Government Degree College at Ganderbal. The clashes broke out after the students of Degree College staged protests against the college authorities for allegedly beating a girl student for not being in college uniform. Eyewitness said that the students agitated against the incident and marched towards the main road and where they were intercepted by the police. At the main chowk, students refused to give up the protests and instead started sloganeering. The students pelted stones at the cops who retaliated with lathis to disperse them. “4 injured in Ganderbal clashes”, Greater Kashmir, July 3, 2012 at

    According to reports, Army seems to have finally agreed to the withdrawal of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from two districts of Jammu and Kashmir. According to media reports, AFSPA would be revoked from Srinagar and Jammu districts by December this year and a “corresponding” note from the Army is being sent to the Defence Ministry in this regard soon. This development is believed to be the outcome of one-to-one between J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Bikram Singh during last month here, when the General was on two day visit to the state. “Srinagar, Jammu to get Azadi from AFSPA”, Greater Kashmir, July 5, 2012 at

    According to reports, three unidentified militants were killed while a soldier and Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel sustained injuries in two separate encounters in Nowgam and Zachaldara areas of Handwara in Kupwara district of North Kashmir on July 5, 2012. The GOC said that three AK 47 Rifles, One Pistol, One Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL), some Indian currency, two compasses, one Global Positioning System, grenades and some other ammunition were recovered from the slain militants. “3 militants killed in Zachaldara gunfight”, Greater Kashmir, July 5, 2012 at

    In another incident, according to reports, militants attacked Army’s Corridor Protection Party (CPP) on Srinagar-Jammu highway near saffron town Pampore, killing a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) soldier on the spot and injuring another. Militants fled from the spot alongwith the AK-47 assault rifle of the deceased soldier. Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) carried out searches in the area; however, police said nobody was arrested. “Militants attack army patrol near Pampore”, Greater Kashmir, July 7, 2012 at

    In other developments, according to reports, militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) on July 7, 2012 claimed that its cadres killed two Army personnel at Pampore and decamped with a rifle. Meanwhile, the LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Gaznavi said in a tele-statement that cadres from LeT attacked Army personnel at Pampore on July 7 afternoon and killed two of them. They also decamped with a rifle of a killed force personnel. The LeT spokesman dispelled the police claim that cadres of the outfit are only active in Sopore area. “LeT claims responsibility”, Greater Kashmir, July 7, 2012 at