January 2002 News

Five killed as army foils major infiltration bid

31 January 2002
The Statesman
Kavita Suri

Rajouri: Contradicting General Pervez Musharraf’s claims to denounce terrorism, the Indian Army killed five terrorists on Wednesday morning in Rajouri’s Keri sub-sector. This is the first major infiltration bid to be foiled after the Pakistani President’s much- hyped and “historic” speech. The infiltration of these five terrorists into Indian territory and their subsequent killing clearly indicates that Pakistan has not stopped pushing ultras . The Army had also flown in a group of mediapersons in an Air Force helicopter to Rajouri yesterday afternoon to show them the bodies of the terrorists. “There is conclusive involvement of Pakistan in aiding and abetting infiltration in this region after Gen Musharraf’s speech thus contradicting his well-publicised stand of denouncing and He told mediapersons that five terrorists were intercepted by a patrol party near Nagoon Heights at 6 p.m. the previous evening. The group was challenged and asked to surrender. However, they fired on the security forces. In the ensuing retaliatory fire, one terrorist was killed in the night. “Early in the morning, we killed another two of them when they tried to break our cordon. Soon after at 7 a.m. we killed the remaining two,” said the brigadier. There were many indications that the militants had infiltrated into Indian territory just the previous night. The killing of these five terrorists after Gen Musharraf’s speech on 12 January proves that Pakistan is not sincere in its promises that were made by its military ruler, the brigadier said. “There is a great deal of duplicity. They speak something and do something,” he said adding Pakistan, has in no way, stopped aiding and abetting infiltration into J&K. Pakistani troops today resorted to heavy shelling in J&K’s Rajouri and Poonch districts causing damage to civilian property, but there was no loss of life, a defence spokesman said in Jammu. Five people, including a special police officer and a constable of the state Intelligence, were killed while security forces averted a tragedy in the Kashmir valley overnight, UNI adds from Srinagar. Four people, including three children, were killed and five injured when unidentified militants triggered an IED at the local bus stand in Reasi district this evening, about 80 km from Jammu.


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