BSF jawan killed in Pak. firing, Valley tense after Ismail’s death

first_imgAs fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistan left a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan dead in Jammu, the situation in Kashmir remained tense in the wake of killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail and his associate in an encounter.A BSF spokesman said Constable Bijender Bahadur was fired upon from Pakistani side around 12:20 a.m on the International Border in Jammu’s Arnia Sector.“Mr. Bahadur was on the duty at forward point along the fence when he sustained a bullet injury on left side of abdomen. He later succumbed,” said the BSF spokesman.Following the incident, the BSF said intermittent fire continued from both sides till morning, including mortar fire.A wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain constable, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, at the BSF headquarter in Paloura.Kashmir tenseIn the wake of killing of Pakistani militant Ismail, most schools and colleges in several Valley districts were closed as restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city to thwart any protests after Friday prayers.There were prohibitory orders under the police stations of Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal.No traffic was allowed. Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid were also disallowed. Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who leads the prayers there, was placed under house arrest.Train service also remained suspended across Kashmir Valley.Meanwhile, the bodies of Ismail, mastermind behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, and his Pakistani associate Chota Qasim were laid to rest in a graveyard located in Baramulla’s sparsely populated hillside.The killings sparked sporadic protests in south Kashmir as protesters held funeral prayers in absentia for the slain militants.A protest was also held in Kashmir University, where all exams being held on Friday were postponed.Encounter video goes viralA purported video of the Nowgam encounter, where these two militants were killed, went viral online on Friday.The video, wherein security personnel allegedly were placing feet on the bodies and pose for pictures, was also stopped by Facebook, according to the netizens.The Army has taken “cognizance of the video”.“The trampling of the bodies by the forces is condemnable. Only rogue forces disrespect the bodies,” said Dukhataran-e-Millat spokesman Nasreen.Meanwhile, separatists and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) paid tributes to the slain militants.last_img read more

In custody, Pune builder complains of ‘uneasiness’

first_imgA day after his arrest, fraud-accused builder Deepak S. Kulkarni checked into Sassoon General Hospital after complaining of breathing problems.Hospital sources monitoring his health said that while the blood supply to his brain had been temporarily affected, the builder was now in stable condition.Mr. Kulkarni, and his wife, Hemanti, were detained by a team of the Economic Offences Wing of the Pune Police in Delhi on Saturday. They were brought to Pune the same evening. S pecial judge J.T. Utpat sentenced them to seven days’ police custody.But in his first night in custody, around 12.30 a.m. Mr. Kulkarni started complaining of uneasiness. According to police sources, the developer, known as ‘DSK’, was speaking to one of the officers when he felt giddy and was about to fall. “This was averted and he was admitted to Sassoon General Hospital in the early hours of Sunday,” said a police officer.Mr. Kulkarni’s counsel said the builder suffers from high blood pressure after a near-fatal accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in May 2016.According to Special Public Prosecutor Pravin Chavan, the developer had borrowed ₹2,892 crore from various banks. He had also incurred debts of hundreds of crores in the form of unsecured loans, and allegedly duped over 3,000 investors of an ₹300 crore through investments in fixed deposits.last_img read more

India beat West Indies by 63 runs in first Test

first_imgIndia allowed the West Indies tail-enders to delay the inevitable before wrapping up the first cricket Test with a comfortable 63-run victory inside four days and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series in Kingston on Thursday. Score | PhotosChasing a victory target of 326, West Indies never recovered from the twin-blow dealt by debutant Praveen Kumar dismissing Darren Bravo (41) and Shivanarine Chanderpaul (30) as they were all out for 262 in 68.2 overs.The final pair of Devendra Bishoo (26, 33 balls, 2×4, 1×6) and Fidel Edwards (15 not out, 54 balls, 1×4) frustrated the Indian bowlers for around 10 overs after lunch. It was Suresh Raina who effected a freak dismissal with the ball rolling onto the stumps after hitting Bishoo’s thigh-pads to bring an end to the proceedings.It was a clinical performance by the Indian bowlers with Praveen being the pick snaring three for 42 and ending with a six-wicket haul in his very first Test match.Ishant Sharma (3/81) bowled some poor deliveries but got crucial breakthroughs. The Indians blew away the middle and lower-middle order in the morning session where the home team needing a further 195 for a victory lose six wickets with an addition of 95 runs.This was India’s second victory at the Sabina Park having clinched the series with a win during their tour of 2006. This is also their fifth overall win on Caribbean soil.The two teams now travel to Barbados where the second Test match will be held at Kensington Oval from June 28.It was Praveen’s incisive morning spell that sealed the issue for the Indians after a 68- run stand for the fourth wicket stand between Bravo and Chanderpaul. From 148 for three, the hosts were suddenly struggling at 149 for five.advertisementThe track was deteriorating as some deliveries kept taking off from the good length spot while a few kept very low. In general, it was a struggle for survival for the West Indian batsmen. All the lower order batsmen like Ravi Rampaul (34, 32 balls, 6×4, 1×6), Bishoo and Edwards showed stomach for fight, it was pity that the top-order didn’t have enough gumption to do so.The first half an hour didn’t have any indication of what was to follow as Praveen got into the act. Bravo who had looked confident shuffled across as Praveen angled one into him that sent his leg-stump for a toss.Chanderpaul was one man who could have been depended for his doggedness but he too perished when a Praveen delivery stopped and came onto him as he committed onto a cover drive.All he could do was to lob a simple catch to Suresh Raina as it was virtually all over for the Caribbeans.Carlton Baugh (0) was done in by an off-break from Harbhajan that kicked up to take his glove off to the leg-slip.Darren Sammy (25, 11 balls, 1×4, 3×6) came in and blasted Harbhajan for three consecutive sixes but didn’t have enough patience to survive.Amit Mishra got into the act as his flighted delivery dipped in late as Sammy failed to check his shot and offered simple catch to VVS Laxman at covers. .Failing to get the ball out of square, Nash missed a long hop from Mishra as the ball kept low and hit him plumb on the sheen. Nash was the eight West Indies wicket to fall.Rampaul on the otherhand carried a grim battle with Fidel Edwards for company. He hit a few clean blows as the ninth wicket partnership yielded 35 runs and helped West Indies cross the 200-run mark.Ishant Sharma who came back for his second spell bowled a few needless short-pitch stuff to Rampaul. However the delivery that got Rampaul was snorter that suddenly rose from short of good length. The batsmen couldn’t get out of the way as it kissed his gloves on the way to Dhoni who had to jump in order to take a smart one-handed catch.For those who had labelled Praveen as a ODI specialist would be in for a surprise after his six-wicket haul in his opening Test match. With favourable conditions, Praveen could prove to be a handful for any opposition with his ability to move the ball both ways.This performance may just be good enough to seal his place in the Indian Test squad that will tour England next month for a four-match Test series. He could well prove to be a an ideal new-ball partner for Zaheer on overcast English conditions.The other positive aspect will be Suresh Raina getting back to form with a fantastic 82 in the first innings and the incisive spells bowled by Ishant Sharma.advertisement– With inputs from PTIFor more News, click here.last_img read more