October 2001 News

Pak firing in Kargil continues

7 October 2001
The Statesman

Srinagar: Following heavy shelling across the LoC, people in Kargilís border villages continued to flee even as Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across the LoC in Rajouri and the international border in Jammu division for the second day today. Defence sources said heavy shelling in Kargil triggered off a migration from Kaksar and Latu. A defence spokesman said with the Armyís help, the authorities have evacuated the residents of two Kargil villages. No casualties have been reported. Tension has gripped Kargil and its outskirts after heavy shelling by Pakistani artillery on Batalik, Drass and Kargil. Recently, 15 people were injured in Batalik when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked shelling. The sources informed that Pakistan has been shelling both civilian and Army positions along the LoC. The recent shelling, which also hit Kaksar, Latook, and Kharbu, injured a child and forced Latook residents to flee. The villages of Kaksar, Bearse and Latook in Drass were the worst-hit by the unprovoked and indiscriminate shelling. Three persons, including a sarpanch, were killed in separate incidents in the Doda district yesterday, an official spokesman said today, adds PTI. Mohammad Ramzan, a newly elected sarpanch, was shot dead by militants at his Udhampur residence last evening. In another incident in the Doda district, security forces shot dead an unidentified militant during search operations at Kapo in Gandoh. A machine gun, three grenades and 50 rounds were recovered from him. One person was killed by the security forces near the border outpost of Khatmarian in R S Pora sector of Jammu last night. The man was trying to illegally enter the state from across the border, the spokesman said.


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