23 killed in J&K, including one JCO
20 November 2001
The Asian Age
New Delhi: Twenty-three people, including a junior commissioned officer and 15 militants were killed in Jammu and Kashmir during the past 24 hours. A report from Baramulla said Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar and artillery shelling targeting civilian areas and security forces installations in Uri sector on Tuesday. However, the shells fell in the open field at Lalpul without causing any damage. Indian troops also retaliated, but the damage suffered by Pakistani troops was not immediately known. Official sources said that a three-hour- long gun battle between ultras and a security force search party at Sandoo Ganga Kandi area in north Kashmir late on Monday night left five militants dead. A junior commissioned officer also lost his life. A report from Baramulla said people in Wahibugh Bandipora took to the streets on Tuesday morning after the police handed over the body of a school student to his relatives. They alleged that the boy had been shot dead by security personnel when he was playing. Shops in Wahbugh remained closed.