8 Pak soldiers killed in Nowshera sector
25 January 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Indo-Pak troops again exchanged heavy mortar shelling in Nowshera sector in Rajouri district today after a lull. Atleast eight Pakistani soldiers were killed and 10 bunkers destroyed in retaliatory shelling by the Indian side. On the International Border, a minor boy was injured in heavy firing by Pakistan army in Gharana village of RS Pura sector this evening. He has been identified as Jyoti Parkash, 12, son of Charan Dass, a resident of Gharana. A Defence handout said the Indian army retaliated heavy Pakistani shelling during the day. In the evening, army destroyed 10 Pakistani posts and bunkers, which were being used by the enemy posts to target civilian and Defence installations on this side. Atleast, eight Pakistan army jawans were killed in the smashed bunkers. Several other enemy soldiers could be injured, the sources said, adding that no casualties or damage was reported on the Indian side. Exchange of shelling in Nowshera sector took place after a lull of over a fortnight. Already, the entire civilian population from the forward villages had migrated to the safer areas due to heavy shelling and firing. Meanwhile, a boy was hit by a Pakistan army’s bullet while playing outside his house in forward village of Gharana in RS Pura sector this evening. Injured Jyoti Parkash was evacuated from the spot and shifted to hospital by army. His condition was stated to be serious. Firing was replied by the Indian side. Indo-Pak troops traded firing at several other places also on the International Border during the day today. Exchange of firing was also reported from Galar and Ben villages, the most affected villages on the IB in Samba sector.