September 1998 News

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People Insecure as Pakistan Shelling on Kargil Continues

12th September 1998

SRINAGAR: Hundreds of employees of All-India Radio, Doordarshan, state and central government offices had a narrow escape when some artillery and mortar shells fired by Pakistani troops from across the border in Kargil sector exploded near their offices yesterday. An official spokesman said transmission of radio station Kargil and Doordarshan remained suspended for several hours as the staff had to run for their lives after their buildings got partially damaged while three persons including a policeman were injured as a result of the shelling. Kargil district superintendent of police Deepak Kumar told UNI over phone this afternoon that the Pakistani guns were silent since this morning. However, he said people felt insecure as one never knew when Pakistani troops would start shelling again. He said some shops and business establishments in the Kargil town and adjoining areas remained closed today because of heavy shelling from across the border last night.

The SP said entire Kargil town was within the range of Pakistani fire. The district administration has set up several relief camps in safer areas where all assistance and help was being provided to the people who have fled from their houses because of shelling by Pakistan troops almost every evening. He said though a seven-km area on the Srinagar-Leh highway near Kargil was exposed to Pakistani guns, the highway remained open to vehicular traffic.He said the stocking of essential commodities in the Kargil district for six winter months have neared completion.

PTI REPORTS:

Five persons, including a woman, were killed in militancy related violence in Rajouri, Poonch and Udhampur districts of Jammu region since yesterday, official sources said here today. They said armed ultras struck village Marote of Surankote area in Poonch district and kidnapped three people. The three were made to stand against trees in a nearby forest and shot dead, the sources added. In other incident militants barged into the house of an employee of sericulture department, Altaf Ahmed in Saranthipatte area in Rajouri district and shot him dead.


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