8 die in J&K as marchers demand talks
8 May 2003
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Seven Muslim terrorists and an Army jawan were killed in two fierce battles in Kashmir while elsewhere on Thursday police broke up a protest to demand dialogue in Kashmir. Troops late on Wednesday cordoned off a jungle area in Yusmarg, 55 kilometres west of Srinagar, on a tip-off that a large number of terrorist were present, a police spokesman said. 'On seeing the approaching troops terrorists opened fire, injuring four soldiers, including an officer,' the spokesman said. One of the injured soldiers died on his way to hospital. Indian troops returned fire, killing five terrorists, the spokesman said, adding that a search operation was still continuing in the area on Thursday. Indian jawans shot dead two more terrorists in the northern Kashmir district of Kupwara early on Thursday, police said. The three-hour battle erupted after troops sealed off a remote village in a search operation. In Srinagar, police on Thursday used batons to disperse 2,000 Kashmiris who had taken out a peace march, carrying banners that read, 'No to violence. Dialogue is the only way out,' witnesses said.