Physically-Challenged Persons Hold Sit-In

Srinagar – Several physically challenged persons sitting on a dharna in the Press Enclave here to press their demands were rushed to hospital when their condition deteriorated in the second day of their protest sit-in.

Talking to reporters before being packed in an ambulance, the president of the Association of Physically Challenged Persons, Abdul Rasheed Bhat, said the government had failed to fulfill the assurances held out by the chief minister last year in the wake of their hunger strike.

He said Omar Abdullah had directed constitution of a Handicapped Advisory Board and a Co-ordination Committee to undertake quarterly review of the pace of implementation of the assurances given to the less fortunate lot. However, no action has been taken on it, which has compelled the physically challenged persons to stage a sit-in.

3 Grenades, Rifle Recovered

Srinagar: Three hand grenades were recovered during search operations in Kokernag forests in Anantnag district of Kashmir, police said today.

Acting on specific information, police launched a search operation in the forest area of Kokernag and recovered three rusted hand grenades, a police spokesman said. A case has been registered in this regard.

Meanwhile, security forces recovered a rifle from an orchard in Zainapora area of Shopian district in south Kashmir, he said.

Militants had opened fire on a joint party of army and police from the orchard yesterday but security forces did not retaliate due to presence of the civilians.

The ultras had left behind the rifle along with a magazine and some rounds of ammunition, he added.

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