Four killed in Kashmir blast
New Delhi, July 21 (UPI): Four persons including three armymen were killed and 16 injured when a suspected sucide bomber rammed an explosive ladden car into an army vehicle in Srinagar, capital of northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, The Hindu newspaper reported Thursday.
"We saw an army jeep thrown on the footpath. We could see at least one dead soldier whose head was severe," said the newspaper quoting an unidentified eyewitness. The civilian victims were lying in a pool of blood, the newspaper said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police of Central Kashmir range Hement Lohia said the police could only retrieve engine of the car, which rammed the army jeep, the newspaper said. The blast occurred near the place, which houses the state government ministers.
Terrorist outfit Hizbbul Muzahiddin denied it was a suicide attack. A spokesperson for the organization said its cadre carried out the car bomb attack, the newspaper said.
Security forces seize arms meant for Maoists
New Delhi, July 21 (UPI): Indian security forces registered a record seizure of arms, amunition and narcotics transported by Nepalese Maoists for their Indian comrades, at the Indo-Nepal border in eastern state of Bihar, said The Times of India newspaper Thursday.
"The huge haul includes as many as 240 electric detonator, eight landmines and improvised bombs, 133 non-electric detonator, eight small arms including a Japanese revolver, seven double barrel guns and 12,300 live cartridges," said the newspaper quoting a senior Interior Ministry official.
It said the interrogation report of the apprehended persons reveal that the arms, ammunition and explosive were meant for the Maoists operations in different parts of northern Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Two killed in a communal clash
New Delhi, July 21 (UPI): Authorities in central state of Madhya Pradesh put district Dhar under indefinite curfew after two people killed in a communal violence, said the Hindu newspaper Thursday
The clashes were sequel to a conflict between two communities over a family dispute. One person belonging to lower caste Hindu family was killed Tuesday and another person, a Muslim was stabbed to death next day, said local police authority.
The newspaper said the clash took a worse turn when about a dozen strong mob allegedly killed one Raju. The injured persons in the communal violence were rushed to local hopital. In retaliation some people belonging to Hindu community stabbed Allah Noor to death next day, said the newspaper.
"To bring the situation under control, indefinite curfew was clamped and more policemen were deployed at the spot," state Director General of Police told the newspaper.
Inquiry ordered into bollywood actor Salman Khan case
New Delhi, July 21 (UPI): The government of the western Indian state of Maharashtra ordered a police inquiry into bollywood actor Salman Khan's links with underworld mafia, said The Hindustan Times newspaper Thursday.
Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil told the state assembly that telephone calls were being made to underworld don Abu Salem from a mobile phone belonging to Khan. He said the police had taped his phone.
Khan's name was dragged into controversy after a local newspaper published transcripts of his telephonic conversation with actress Aishwarya Rai in which he admitted his underworld links and threatened her with dire consequences.
"It was after receiving information from Intelligence Bureau that owner of a particular phone number is in touch with underworld don Abu Salem, the phone was placed under observation," said the newspaper quoting Patil.