10 cops arrested after political leader shot dead in Indian Kashmir Jul 10, 2020 0 630 12345 DPASrinagarA political leader and his relatives were killed by militants in Indian-administered Kashmir following which 10 policemen tasked with protecting the family have been arrested, officials said on Thursday.Sheikh Wasim Bari, 38, a local president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his father, Bashir Ahmad, and his brother, Umer Bashir, were shot dead at their home in the Bandipore district late Wednesday evening, senior police official Vijay Kumar said.Kumar said the militants, who escaped after the attack, had been identified.A new militant group - which calls itself The Resistance Front - claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said it is a front of the three major militant groups operating in the Kashmir Valley.Ten policemen who were tasked with the Bari’s personal security and had been missing when the militants struck, have been held for lapses in duty.“We are taking a tough stand against them for dereliction of duty and failure to protect lives,” Kumar told reporters. “It seemed like a pre-planned attack from the CCTV footage. All three were shot (in) the head from close range,” he said.Besides Bari, his father and brother were also members of the BJP, which rules India at the federal level. Premier Narendra Modi in a telephone call late Wednesday night had expressed condolences to the family, senior minister Jitender Singh said.Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a separatist insurgency since the 1980s in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.India claims that Pakistan supports the militants, a charge Islamabad denies, calling them freedom fighters. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES China offers glimpse inside lab near Wuhan virus origin Jul 10, 2020 0 605 Australia locks down Melbourne as global cases top 12 million Jul 10, 2020 0 581 35 troops killed in Nigeria jihadist ambush, 30 missing Jul 10, 2020 0 2416 Iran hits record one-day virus death toll of 221 Tehran Iran reported a new single-day record death toll of 221 from the novel coronavirus on Thursday, after weeks of rising numbers in the Middle East’s worst-hit country. “Unfortunately in the past 24 hours we have lost .. Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers, sparking China fury AFP Sydney Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China’s crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing. Prime Minister Scott .. Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge AFP Tokyo Tokyo unveiled plans on Thursday to offer nightclubs subsidies to close as new coronavirus infections in the capital hit a single-day record, with many linked to entertainment districts. Under the plan, the .. Seoul mayor found dead after ‘#MeToo allegations’ AFP Seoul Seoul’s outspoken mayor Park Won-soon, long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate, was found dead, police said Friday. He was 64. A former Seoul City employee filed a police complaint -- .. Saudi-led alliance destroys two explosive-laden boats off Yemen Riyadh The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had destroyed two explosive-laden remote-controlled boats in the Red Sea that were allegedly launched by Houthi rebels. The coalition said .. Taliban can submit new list of prisoners: Afghan official AFP Kabul Afghan authorities said Thursday they have offered the Taliban a choice to submit a new list of 592 prisoners after Kabul refused to release inmates the militants demanded to be freed ahead of peace talks. Under ..