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First infiltration bid after ceasefire

First infiltration bid after ceasefire

Author: Excelsior Special Correspondent
Publication: Daily Excelsior
Date: April 14, 2004
URL:  http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/04apr14/news.htm#2

3 militants among 7 killed in Valley

For the first time since the creasefire between India and Pakistan came into effect last year, a Pakistani armed intruder was killed as Army foiled the infiltration bid by the militants to sneak into Kashmir valley from across the border.

This apart, six persons including two soldiers and an equal number of militants were killed and five jawans injured as ultras ambushed a vehicle and a patrol party in Kashmir valley since last night.

Official sources said that a Pakistani armed intruder was killed this morning as Army foiled the first infiltration bid by militants to sneak into Kashmir valley from across the border since the ceasefire between India and Pakistan came into effect last year.

The Pakistani infiltrator was killed in a gunfight at Satpore in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district of North Kashmir, a defence spokesman said.

He said troops observed some movement of militants trying to sneak into the Valley from across the border and laid an ambush.

The ultras opened fire on seeing the troops and in the ensuing exchange of fire, the unidentified militant was killed and an AK rifle, two magazines, 16 rounds, four grenades and Rs 600 were recovered from him, the spokesman said.

This was the first attempt by militants to sneak into the valley from across the border this season after the snow on the high altitude ranges surrounding the Valley started melting.

Infiltration had come down to zero level after India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire in November last year. However, the Army had viewed the trend as seasonal and said the level of infiltration could be judged once the snow starts melting throwing open the possible infiltration routes.

Meanwhile, a Sepoy Sanjay Kumar Chouhan was killed and another jawan, Kuldeep Singh was seriously injured when militants opened fire on an Army petrol at village Pazalpora in Bandipora area of Baramulla district in north Kashmir today, they said.

In another ambush, the sources said militants targeted an Army intelligence vehicle at village Dalwach in Qazigund area in Anantnag district of south Kashmir last night, injuring two personnel, the sources said.

They said one more person was injured when the vehicle in which he was travelling overturned after the driver lost control over it.

All the three injured were shifted to hospital, where one of them later succumbed to his injuries, the sources said.

Two unidentified militants were killed in separate encounters with security forces during search operations at Kramshore and Churmujroo in Badgam district of central Kashmir, a police spokesman said.

Two securitymen were also injured in the Kramshore encounter, the spokesman said adding two AK assault rifles, an under barrel grenade launcher and some ammunition were recovered from the slain ultras.

In a broad daylight murder, the spokesman said two unidentified militants abducted a shopkeeper Sajad Ahmad Zargar from his house at Marjanpora in downtown Srinagar this morning and later killed him in nearby Chirgari Mohalla locality of Kawdara around 11 a m.

The motive behind his killing was not known immediately, he said.

The sources said a civilian Nazir Ahmad was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him at Wachkoo village of Shopian in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

Ahmad reportedly ventured out of his house last night and fell to the bullets of unidentified gunmen. He was rushed to Srinagar's SMHS hospital where he succumbed to his injuries this morning.

However, residents of the village held protest demonstration today alleging that the deceased, a mentally retarded person was allegedly killed by security force personnel without any provocation.

Police recovered the body of one Gulzar Ahmad Kasana from the forest area of Marthed-Chakoora in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, the spokesman said.

Security forces recovered one .375 bore rifle, its one magazine and 18 rounds near Levdara from Qazigund area of Anantnag district, the spokesman said.

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