Thursday, May 16, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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ISI ferried killers to India

Jammu, May 15
The militants who attacked a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus and an Army residential complex at Kaluchak yesterday entered the country through the confluence point of the Devat and Basantar rivers along the international border (IB) early last morning.

Highly placed intelligence sources told UNI here this morning that undercover operatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) ferried the three Pakistani militants to the bordering Pakistani Lehri Kalaan village across the Zero Line opposite the IB, from where local ISI conduits guided them to another Pakistani village Sakrori.

The sources said they had come to a conclusion that the militants belonged to the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) after piecing together various clues and intelligence inputs.

They said the ISI sleuths chose Sakrori village for it laid adjacent to the confluence of the Devat and Basantar rivers and had been the traditional route used by drug traffickers and trans-border smugglers.

From Sakrori the three militants trekked a few kilometres through the rugged terrain and stealthily through the Basantar-Devat confluence point to reach Sapowal in India, the sources added.

After having reached Sapowal, the militants, who were attired in combat dresses, waited for a bus on the Jammu-Pathankot highway and stopped the Himachal Transport Corporation bus and boarded it, they said.

As the bus neared Kaluchak, they ordered the driver to stop it and thereafter sprayed bullets indiscriminately on the passengers. Then they forced their way into the Army residential complex and killed innocents, the sources said. UNIBack


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