Thursday, January 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

5 infiltrators, 7 ultras shot dead
20 kg RDX, explosives seized
Tribune News Service

Jammu, January 30
The security forces killed nine militants in Rajouri and Poonch district during the past 24 hours.

Official reports said the troops eliminated five militants, belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba when they infiltrated into the Keeri area of Rajouri district today. Reports said the militants had sneaked into the Peer Badeshwar area last night.

In another encounter the security forces killed three Lashkar militants in the Surankot area of Poonch yesterday and in Nowshehra area of Rajouri one militant was gunned down. Large quantities of arms and ammunition were recovered from the slain militants.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani troops resorted to firing on several border villages in Samba, R.S. Pura and Akhnoor sectors today and last night. There was no loss of life on this side of the border. The BSF jawans retaliated using small arms to silence the Pakistan gunners.

Reports said there was no incident of Pakistan shelling reported today.

However, official sources said the reports from across the border revealed that Pakistan had deployed additional forces and guns across Poonch and Rajouri during the past two days. The sources said it appeared that Pakistan was possibly preparing for a major strike in these two sectors.

The Indian troops have been put on high alert and directed to give a suitable reply in case the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling.

SRINAGAR: The troops recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 20 kg of RDX, 50 grenades, and five IEDs near the Line of Actual Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector early today, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

The troops of Mahar Battalion on a tip-off from locals unearthed a weapons hide-out at Jambhar Pattan near the Line of Actual Control, the spokesman said.

However, no arrests have been made so far. An official spokesman said the security forces foiled the attempt to trigger a blast from a powerful improvised explosive device kept in a pressure cooker and planted near a water tank.

Two militants, including a self-styled battalion commander of Hizbul Mujahideen were slain at Haran Chogal in Kupwara last night.

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