September 2000 News

Line OF Control Witnesses Heavy Exchange Of Fire

5 September 2000
The Pioneer

Srinagar: The Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir Valley has again become hot topic with exchange of heavy fire and artillery between Pakistani and Indian troops over the past two days. While Karnah and Tangdar sectors witnessed a daylong shelling on Monday, the main spot of trouble on Tuesday was Uri. More than half a dozen civilians have got injured and over a dozen residential houses and police post were destroyed in the shelling from across the border. The guns started booming simultaneously in Karnah and Tangdar at 2 p.m. on Monday, which continued till late in the evening. Several shells fell into civilian areas causing extensive damage to residential houses besides causing injures to residents. As many as seven houses got damaged in Tangdar. One of the shells fell near a police post at Karnah causing damage to it. Reports said that at least five civilians were admitted in Tangdar hospital with splinter injuries. The cross-border shelling spread to Uri sector on Tuesday, in which at least three civilians were injured. Reports said that the shelling started early in the morning and continued intermittently till evening. Some of the shells fell in civilian area causing damage to property. In Silikote village three houses were damaged under the impact of the raining shells. Four residents were reported to have suffered injures. The shelling has caused panic among the local residents of whom several were reported to have migrated to safer areas. The locals fear that the exchange of shelling might intensify in the coming days as the Millennium Summit of the United Nation draws nearer. Infact a savage kind of fear has gripped the minds of people in entire Valley, apprehending some bloody mischief to be carried out in the state on the occasion.


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