8 CRPF jawans killed in Kash­mir am­bush

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ashiq Hus­sain let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Eight CRPF jawans were killed and 20 oth­ers in­jured on Satur­day in a mil­i­tant am­bush on a con­voy in Jammu and Kash­mir’s Pul­wama district, the high­est sin­gle-in­ci­dent ca­su­alty in three years in the mil­i­tan­cy­hit state. Two mil­i­tants were also killed in re­tal­ia­tory fir­ing by se­cu­rity per­son­nel, po­lice said giv­ing de­tails of the sec­ond ma­jor at­tack on a se­cu­rity con­voy this month in the Kash­mir val­ley.

The Pak­istan-based Lashkar-eTaiba claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack. In a state­ment to a lo­cal news agency, LeT spokesper­son Abdullah Ghaz­navi said that two mem­bers of its ‘fi­day­een’ (sui­cide) Se­cu­rity per­son­nel stand guard near the CRPF bus that was at­tacked in Pam­pore in Kash­mir on Satur­day.

squad car­ried out the at­tack.

Kash­mir po­lice chief Syed Javaid Mu­jtaba Gi­lani at­trib­uted the rise in at­tacks on se­cu­rity forces to “high in­fil­tra­tion” of mil­i­tants through the Line on Con­trol (LoC).

In­dian sprinter Du­tee Chand de­fied all odds to qual­ify for the women’s 100 me­tres event at the Rio Olympics on Satur­day.

Chand broke her own na­tional record with a tim­ing of 11.30 sec­onds in the heats at the 26th G Kosanov Memo­rial Meet in Al­maty, Kaza­khstan, to win the berth. The qual­i­fi­ca­tion mark for Rio was 11.32 sec­onds. In the fi­nal, Du­tee clocked 11.24 sec­onds to win sil­ver, and shaved off 0.06 sec­onds from the na­tional record she had set ear­lier in the day. Vik­toriya Zyabkina of Kaza­khstan bagged the gold with 11.15 sec­onds while Jasim Iman Essa of Bahrain fin­ished with a time of 11.26 sec­onds.

The achieve­ment comes a year af­ter the In­dian sprinter suc­cess­fully chal­lenged the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions’ pol­icy of bar­ring women ath­letes with high an­dro­gen lev­els. A land­mark judge­ment by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport in July 2015 had cleared the road for her to com­pete again.

Chand will be the first In­dian woman sprinter in 36 years to make the cut in 100 me­tres. PT Usha, who com­peted at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, was the last to rep­re­sent In­dia in this event.

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