May 1999 News

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Troops thwart infiltration bid

17 May 1999
Daily Excelsior

JAMMU, May 17: Troops gunned down two infiltrators including a guide of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and thwarted an infiltration attempt in Nangi Takri in Krishna Ghati area of Mendhar sector in Poonch district this afternoon.

This was for the first time during the past sometime that militants attempted to infiltrate into Indian territory in broad-day light at 12 noon from the Line of Control (LoC).

Official sources said an Army patrol party, which was maintaining a high alert on the LoC, saw a group of three infiltrators moving close towards Indian territory in Nangi Takri post of Krishna Ghati area. Troops sounded the adjoining pickets and challenged the militants when they came close to firing range.

A fierce exchange of firing ensued between militants and Army which continued for two hours. Militants were also given covering fire by Pakistan Army. During the cross-firing troops eliminated two infiltrators while their third associate was still hiding somewhere on the LoC.

Body of one of the intruder has been recovered from the encounter site while body of second infiltrator was still lying on the LoC. Due to continued firing from across the border, troops were not in a position to lift the body.

Identity of the slain intruder, whose body has been recovered, hasn’t been identified so far but he was stated to be a guide hired by the ISI to ensure infiltration of Pakistan-trained militants. There was no casualty on Army side in the encounter.

The exchange of firing between Indo-Pak troops was going on in Krishna Ghati area when the reports last came in. One of the infiltrator was still holed-up on the LoC and troops continued the operation to eliminate him. Pak troops were firing to ensure that holed-up ultra could either manage to infiltrate or return to Pakistan.

Sources said Pakistan Army initially pushed the group of three militants while a big group of 15-20 militants was waiting across the LoC. However, the alert Army thwarted the infiltration attempt successfully. Army have also recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the encounter site, the exact details of which were being worked out.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Army continued heavy firing on some Indian positions on the LoC in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri throughout the last night.

Defence sources said Pak troops fired 2400 rounds of small fire arms and 1195 rounds of heavy calibre on Indian position in Poonch sector. Indian troops retaliated but there was no casualty on either side. Pak also resorted to sporadic firing in Rajouri sector, which was retaliated.

In Nowshera sector, Pak Army fired 1400 rounds of small fire arms while in Sunderbani and Akhnoor the intermittent exchange of firing between the two sides continued.

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