New trend in pattern of Pakistani Border Firing
3 October 2000
The Times of India
Jammu: In continuing heavy mortar shelling in the Poonch sector since Sunday night, the Pakistanis have been targeting civilian areas and causing casualties and damage to property. This is seen as a new trend in the pattern of Pakistani border firing. The Pakistanis have also been targeting civilian areas in the Rajouri sector, but the shelling of Poonch has been particularly heavy, matching that along the Uri sector in Baramullah where also indiscriminate Pakistani shelling has been causing loss of civilian life and property. The Pakistanis fired a barrage of mortar shells at Guntrian, Shahpur and Kaiyan villages in the Poonch sector on Sunday night. Sharva Bi, 50, was killed in Guntrain, while three persons were injured at Shahpur and Kaiyan. In the Jhangar sub-sector in Rajouri, an Indian soldier was killed and more than a dozen civilian houses damaged on Monday. Intermittent Pakistani firing also continued along the international border in the Samba, Ranbirsinghpura and Akhnoor sectors. In the Samba sector, which the Pakistanis are increasingly probing for infiltrating militants and subversives, four Pakistani militants were gunned down on Monday night by a joint team of the Army and the police. A large quantity of arms and explosives was also seized. The encounter took place at Katli Nallah, when all four Pakistani militants, whose infiltration was expected from a wireless intercept, were confronted and eliminated. Eight kg of RDX, 31 pistols, three time devices, three handgrenades, ammunition and Rs 5 lakh in Indian currency, suspected to be fake, was recovered after the encounter. The number of pistols seized is the largest ever in the Samba sector. Meanwhile, two of the three militants involved in the killing of a forest guard and five of his family members in Mendbar tehsil of Poonch district were gunned down by Army troops on Monday. They were identified as foreign mercenaries belonging to Harkatul Jehad Islami (HUJI).