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7 Pak soldiers killed
Jammu, June 10
At least seven Pakistani soldiers were killed and several others wounded when Indian forces retaliated to Pak firing, destroying six enemy bunkers across Poonch sector today.

A soldier reads a letter A soldier reads a letter from home in Jammu on Monday. Reuters photo

5 ultras among 9 killed in J&K
Srinagar, June 10
Nine persons, including five militants, were killed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours, an official spokesman said. He said an encounter took place between militants and security forces at Arath village in Badgam district last night.

Drive against tinted glasses on cars
Jammu, June 10
A special police team, headed by DSP R.K. Chalotra, has been constituted to remove tinted glasses from cars following reports that a group of fidayeens have sneaked into the city and are planning to move about in such cars.

3 cops injured in clash
Jammu, June 10
Three policemen, including an SHO, were injured when they clashed with border migrants who blocked the Jammu-Akhnoor road near Domana here today. The SHO was admitted to the local Medical College.


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7 Pak soldiers killed
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An Indian soldier keeps guard from a bunker, close to the India-Pakistan border, some 52 km from Jammu, on Monday. Reuters photo

Jammu, June 10
At least seven Pakistani soldiers were killed and several others wounded when Indian forces retaliated to Pak firing, destroying six enemy bunkers across Poonch sector today.

Defence Ministry sources said the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and shelling. A couple of shells even exploded in the cremation ground and the dak bungalow. A wall of the dak bungalow was damaged in the explosion.

The sources said the Pakistani forces targeted several border villages, including Jhalas, Salotri, Saujia and Khari Karmara. More than six houses suffered partial damage.

The Indian troops retaliated with artillery and mortar guns and destroyed several Pakistani bunkers in Hillan and Kahota across Poonch. At least four Pakistani soldiers were killed when these bunkers were smashed in the Indian shelling.

Last evening, one civilian and one Army jawan were killed in Pak firing in Poonch and Rajouri sectors. Three civilians were also wounded.

Pak troops today also resorted to heavy firing and shelling from Arnia sector in R.S. Pora belt, killing two civilians. Three other civilians were wounded.

Defence Ministry sources said several villages were hit by the Pak firing and shelling. A number of civilians structures were partially damaged, leading to fresh migration from the border areas.

The sources said the Indian troops retaliated and damaged more than six Pakistani bunkers. At least three more Pakistani soldiers were killed. Soon after the Pak shelling, the entire market in Poonch was closed. Businessmen took shelter in trenches.

Indian troops cordoned off several villages, including Reva, to get ready for a major offensive.

A senior police officer said it seemed that the Pakistani field commanders were not ready to accept the directions from President Pervez Musharraf.

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5 ultras among 9 killed in J&K
Tribune News Service and Agencies

Srinagar, June 10
Nine persons, including five militants, were killed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours, an official spokesman said.

He said an encounter took place between militants and security forces at Arath village in Badgam district last night.

Two militants, reportedly foreigners, were killed in the night-long clash.

A house was also damaged in the clash, sources added.

A militant was killed by security forces in an encounter at Mankote. Two more Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were gunned down at Greevati Gali Singhpora last night.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead Mohammad Yousuf Lone in the house of his relative at Garoora, in Baramula district last night.

A teacher, Abdul Rashid Dar, was shot dead by unidentified militants at Chandakote in the same district today.

The body of Manzoor Ahmad Lone of Ayathmulla was recovered from nearby forests in Baramula district. He had been missing since May 12.

The police also recovered the body of Ghulam Mohammad Khan hanging from a tree in Bonagam in Kupwara district today.

JAMMU: An Army officer was injured in a landmine blast near the international border in Kanachak area of Jammu sector on Monday.

The victim, Captain Ashish Dera, suffered injuries when a landmine went off after he stepped on it while leading a patrolling party.

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Drive against tinted glasses on cars
Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 10
A special police team, headed by DSP R.K. Chalotra, has been constituted to remove tinted glasses from cars following reports that a group of fidayeens have sneaked into the city and are planning to move about in such cars.

During the last 24 hours, the police team has removed tinted glasses from over 400 cars.

Earlier, car owners keen to use tinted glasses could do so after obtaining permission from the SP, Traffic. Under the new regulations, only police officers of the rank of SP or above, ministers and legislators could move about in cars with tinted glasses. This concession had been given on security reasons.

However, in the Kashmir valley, the old order was still in force. Those who had secured permission from the SP, Traffic, were allowed to use tinted glasses in their cars.

The police was awaiting instructions from senior government functionaries. In the meantime, the drive against tinted glasses had been intensified.

An officer of the rank of Secretary in a government department too was asked today to remove tinted glasses from his official car. Of late, matador drivers too had started using tinted glasses, which had now been removed.

The drive also covered misuse of red lights in cars used by sons of legislators and bureaucrats.

The most disappointed car owners were those using cars as bars. A section of the youth belonging to the affluent class, who used to consume liquor while driving, would have to devise new ideas now.

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3 cops injured in clash
Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 10
Three policemen, including an SHO, were injured when they clashed with border migrants who blocked the Jammu-Akhnoor road near Domana here today. The SHO was admitted to the local Medical College.

According to the police, group of border migrants, camping at Domana centre, took to streets in protest against the meagre cash relief and the non-availability of basic facilities. The protesters blocked the highway for a couple of hours. The police swung into action and lathi-charged the demonstrators when the latter refused to lift the blockade. The protesters pelted the policemen with stones and in the ensuing clash three policemen, including the SHO, were injured. More than five migrants suffered minor injuries in the lathi-charge.

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