Soldier injured in Uri gunfight; Cross-LoC bus service suspended

A brief gunfight between militants and army on LoC in Uri sector on Sunday night resulted in injury to one army personnel.
Soldier injured in Uri gunfight; Cross-LoC bus service suspended
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A brief gunfight between militants and army on LoC in Uri sector on Sunday night resulted in injury to one army personnel. The injured has been identified as Kamal Kant of 4th JAKLI regiment.

According to reports, militants tried to sneak in from across the line of control near Kaman post in uri sector. The troopers deployed in the area challenged the militants, resulting in a brief gunfight.

Following the incident army launched massive search operation on Monday morning to nab the militants in the area. The army also stopped the cross-LoC bus service. 

The bus, which started its journey from Srinagar at 7 am with 14 passengers on board, was stopped by the army at Bandi in Uri tehsil of Baramulla district, a police official said. He added that 25 persons were waiting to board the bus at the Salamabad Facilitation Centre to go to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK).

An army spokesperson while confirming the event said that the move was taken as a precautionary measure. "The bus was stopped as a precautionary measure after inputs of some suspicious movement in forests," said Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesperson. The sudden suspension of the bus service, without any prior information, left passengers high and dry and they were unable to understand cause of suspension of the bus service. 

The stranded passengers were kept at a guest house in Uri and local authorities were waiting for directives from the higher ups. It was at around 2 p.m. that the local administration at Uri directed the passengers to return to Srinagar.

The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, also known as the Karawan-e-Aman (peace caravan) was launched in April 2005 on a fortnightly basis as a confidence building measure between India and Pakistan.

The frequency of the bus service for the divided families living on either side of the LoC, was increased subsequently. It now operates on a weekly basis. WITH PTI INPUTS

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