No Let-up In Pak Shelling

Jammu, June 3: | Updated: Jun 4 2002, 05:30am hrs
Pakistani shelling along the line of control (LoC) facing Jammu and Kashmir has so far shown no signs of let-up to indicate Islamabads efforts to curb cross-border terrorism, defence ministry officials said here on Monday. On the contrary, they said Pakistani guns have during the past 24 hrs enhanced their artillery and mortar fire in the Batalik, Kargil and Dras sectors targeting the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway and the civilians.

Retaliating this heavy artillery barrage, the Indian troops destroyed a Pakistani post and 13 bunkers in the Dras sector and another post was set on fire in Sunderbani area near Jammu, they said. There was no loss of life caused in the Dras-Battalik-Kargil sectors, officials said, adding though traffic on the Srinagar-Leh highway was stopped for some time, it resumed later.

However, in the remaining parts of the LoC and the international border, firing activities are restricted to intermittent mortar shelling. The areas affected are the Poonch, Noushera (Rajouri), Molu (Akhnoor), RS Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors in the Jammu region.

BSF sources said mortar shelling took place at Laam, Jhanghar, Kalsian and Kalal areas of the Noushera sector of Rajouri district from Monday morning without report of any loss on the Indian side.

Meanwhile, the fire which broke out on Sunday in the bushes near Kadyala village in Kathua district due to Pak firing was continuing on Monday, official sources said, adding, however, no damage was caused. They said efforts are on at full steam to douse the fire.

Meanwhile, minister of state for rural development and panchayati Raj Ajay Sadhotra and minister of state for irrigation & flood control Govind Ram visited those injured in Pak firing and admitted to hospital.