October 1999 News

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Major offensive planned against J&K militants

17 October 1999
The Hindu

SRINAGAR: The Kilo Force, which was raised recently from Rashtriya Rifles (RR) personnel, is planning massive operation against militants.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Kilo Force, Maj. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma, told press persons here on Sunday that they would soon finalise the plan for the offensive against militants, who had sneaked in from across the border. As the Force was only a month old. It was studying the ground situation.

The gun is not the ultimate solution and "we have to win the confidence of people by other means also", Maj. Gen. Sharma said. The Force would try to mitigate the suffering of the people under the "civic action" programme.

Kilo Force, which replaced the 8 Mountain Division, will carry out anti-militancy operations in North Kashmir. The 8 Mountain Division, which had landed in Srinagar in 1991, was moved to Drass during the Kargil operations.

Meanwhile, one woman was killed in shelling by Pakistan troops in Karnah sector since last evening. Reports reaching here said the shelling started around 7 p.m. last evening and was continuing till late afternoon today. Several houses were damaged in the shelling, in which Zulaikha, of Karnah village, was killed.

Reports from Tral in Pulwama district said that 19 civilians were injured in a grenade attack. The grenade, hurled by militants at security forces, missed the target and exploded on the road, causing injuries to 19 persons. All of them were rushed to hospital where the condition of many is stated to be critical.

Two militants were killed in an encounter in Hazratbal Srinagar. Two Ak rifles were recovered from the militants, identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Hurra and Bashir Ahmed. In another encounter, one militant was killed in Mansbal in Baramulla district today.

One militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Bahak Mahore in Udhampur district. Last evening, militants had hurled a grenade towards a security picket at Zaldagar in which two jawans and two civilians were injured.


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