Sunday, June 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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13 Pak troops killed
Bid to blow up Srinagar-Leh highway
Tribune News Service and Agencies

BSF jawans patrol the desert area
BSF jawans patrol the desert area of Kutch at the Indo-Pak border on Friday. — PTI photo

Jammu, June 1
Amidst intense Pakistani artillery shelling aimed at cutting the vital Srinagar-Leh highway, Indian troops in a retaliatory fire today killed 13 enemy soldiers in Dras and R. S. Pora sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian troops mounted a heavy counter-barrage in the Dras sector, killing four Pakistani soldiers, wounding eight others and destroying 10 bunkers, besides damaging enemy gun positions, a Defence Ministry spokesman here said.

The spokesman said heavy exchange of mortar fire also continued in the Ranbir Singh Pora sector on the international border with Indian mortar shells scoring direct hits on a number of Pakistani bunkers, killing eight enemy soldiers and wounding some others.

An elderly migrant carries a bucket of drinking water
An elderly migrant carries a bucket of drinking water at a refugee camp in the Samba sector, some 40 km from Jammu, on Saturday. — Reuters photo

heavy mortar exchanges during the morning hours. Indian troops, using mountain artillery guns and mortars, also retaliated Pakistani fire in Poonch and Nowshehra sectors, destroying five enemy bunkers.

A civilian was killed and three others, including two women, were injured in shelling and firing by Pakistani forces along the LoC and the international border.

An 80-year-old man was killed in shelling in Gotrian area of Poonch district last evening, a police spokesman said. Two civilians, including a woman, were injured in the firing and shelling in Kanachak area of Akhnoor sector while another woman was injured in Manguchak in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.

Exchange of firing and shelling was continuing in Sajna, Balnoi and Chelja areas of Poonch district, the reports said, adding that casualties, if any, were not immediately known.

According to official sources, several sectors witnessed heavy firing and shelling from across Dras, Poonch, Nowshehra and Akhnoor sectors. The Pakistani troops resorted to small arms fire from across R. S. Pora and Hiranagar. However, in Hiranagar area in Kathua district, the Pakistani forces resorted to mortar shelling as well.

Reports said civilians migrated from eight border villages of Dras and Nowshehra.

Poonch: In order to save border dwellers from Pakistani artillery and mortar shelling, authorities today activated an early warning system (EWs) in the city, a senior district official said here.

“We have activated the early warning system involving people-to-people contact to save city dwellers from regular Pakistani artillery and mortar shelling after the Kaluchak militant strike,” Deputy Commissioner Ejaz Iqbal, said here.


Grenade blasts kill 4, injure 34

An unidentified relative sits besides a victim
An unidentified relative sits besides a victim, Nazir Ahmad, at a hospital in Srinagar on Saturday. 
— Reuters photo

Srinagar, June 1
Two children were among four persons killed and 34 injured, including three security personnel, in two grenade attacks by militants in the Kashmir valley since last night, official sources said here today.

At least 18 persons, including three women and a policeman, were injured when militants lobbed a grenade towards a security picket outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Anantnag district of south Kashmir this afternoon, the sources said. The injured were shifted to a local hospital and five of them were “serious”, they said.

In another grenade attack aimed at a BSF patrol party late yesterday, a boy was killed and 16 others, including two jawans, were injured at Chinar Colony near Gonikhan in the heart of Srinagar, the sources said. PTI


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