School Students Returning From I-Day Function Attacked

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Baramulla: At least three school children and a driver was injured when agitated youth pelted stones on an SRTC bus carrying students from Government Middle School Uri in north Kashmir’s Khanpora area of Baramulla. The School Children were returning back to Uri after participating in India’s independence celebrations that were held at police lines Baramulla.

Confirming the incident, Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir, J.P.Singh said that scores of children from Government Middle School Uri had attended Independence Day celebrations that took place at Police lines Baramulla.

“After the celebrations were over, all the school children boarded an SRTC bus that came under attack near Khanpora Bridge. Youth resorted to stone pelting and injured three children including the driver of the bus,” Singh said adding that the more children would have been injured if the driver would have stopped the bus.

DIG North Kashmir said that police have identified the stone pelters and hunt has been launched to trace them.

Meanwhile, parents alleged that police did not bother to provide security cover to their children. “Police took pains to bring them to Barmaulla and left at the mercy of the God soon after the function was over,” one of the parents said. 

Jammu-Srinagar Highway Remains Closed

JAMMU: Army and police today rescued eight jawans of Border Security Force from flash floods while the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remains closed due to landslides following heavy rains.

“Eight jawans of BSF got trapped in flash floods in a nullah in Abdullian area of Ranbir Singh Pura along international border,” an official here said.

He said Army and police joint teams rushed to the spot and started the rescue operation.

“With the help of Army boats, all the trapped jawans were rescued,” he added.

The National Highway, which was blocked yesterday due to landslides, remained closed.

“Due to landslides at Samroli, Khooni Nullah, Tikri, Panthal and Chenani, the highway got closed,” said an official, adding that the BRO men, police and other agencies were on job to clear the landslides.

The rescue operations were also in progress in Tawi river in Jammu district.

District administration has asked the people living along the banks of Tawi and Chenab rivers to vacate and shift to safer places as they were over flowing from danger mark.

At least 200 people were rescued in Kathua, Samba, Poonch and Jammu districts and three were rescued with the help of IAF chopper from River Tawi while nine persons, including three of a family were killed in house collapse and flash floods across Jammu region.

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