September 1999 News


Pak fires 8 more missiles in Hamirpur village

21 September 1999
Daily Excelsior

JAMMU: Stepping-up shelling and firing on Indian locations—both defence and civilian, Pak troops last night fired eight more missiles in Hamirpur area of Chhamb sector and resorted to heavy shelling in Hamirpur, Pargwal and Pallanwalla. The shelling triggered fresh migration from Hamirpur.

Pakistan also intensified firing on all along the International Border in Jammu sector triggering a fresh wave of panic among the civilians living in the forward areas.

Official reports reaching here said all eight missiles fired by the Pakistani troops in Hamirpur area didn’t explode as the ground was wet due to heavy rains. Two missiles fell inside the houses while six others fell within the premises of the houses.

The houses, where missiles fell, belonged to Teru Ram Chowdhary, Sukhbir Singh Manhas, Kasturi Lal, Rashpal Singh, Jatha Singh and Chuni Lal. Besides one missile fell close to a flour mill owned by Attar Singh.

The missile attacks were followed by heavy shelling from across the border in Hamirpur at about 1700 hours. The shelling continued for one and a half hours. Indian troops effectively retaliated and silenced the guns of Pakistan.

Army troops also cordoned off the houses where the missiles had fallen. The civilians movement was restricted in the area. While two missiles were safely defused last evening, six others were defused today.

Over 40 families, which were still putting up in Hamirpur braving Pakistani firing and shelling, left their homes soon after the missile attacks and took shelter in Khour town and adjoining areas. Now, there was no civilians’ present in Hamirpur town.

Pak troops continued heavy firing throughout the last night on the International Border in Hiranagar, Samba, Ramgarh, RS Pura, Arnia, Suchetgarh and Kanachak sub sectors. Army and BSF jawans retaliated the firing. Exchange of shelling between the two sides was also reported from Pargwal island and Pallanwalla area of Chhamb sector last night.

Heavy firing along the International Border spread a wave of panic among the civilians living in the forward areas. People remained indoors during the day as well anticipating heavy firing from Pakistan. So far, there was no report of any civilian or security forces casualty in Pak firing on Indian side. Casualty, if any, on the other side wasn’t known.

Report received from border districts of Poonch and Rajouri said that there was also no let up in Pak firing on the Line of Control (LoC). The firing was intense in Nowshera, Krishna Ghati and Bhimber Gali sub sectors.

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