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DATE=6/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250261 TITLE=INDIA / PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIAN AND PAKISTANI TROOPS EXCHANGED ARTILLERY FIRE ACROSS THE KASHMIR BORDER TODAY (SATURDAY), AS INDIAN FIGHTER JETS CARRIED OUT AN 11TH DAY OF ATTACKS AGAINST GUERRILLA INFILTRATORS INDIA SAYS CROSSED THE BORDER FROM PAKISTAN. V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS, INDIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE SEALED OFF THE REGION TO CIVILIANS AND NOW SAY THEY HAVE PROOF OF DIRECT PAKISTANI INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHTING. TEXT: INDIAN COMMANDERS DISPLAYED THREE CAPTURED WEAPONS WITH PAKISTANI MARKINGS AND DISTRIBUTED PHOTOS OF WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS THREE DEAD PAKISTAN SOLDIERS. THEY ALSO DISTRIBUTED PHOTOS OF PAKISTAN MILITARY DOCUMENTS, SAYING THEY WERE FOUND ON THE THREE MEN. SPEAKING TO REPORTERS IN SRINIAGAR, THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF INDIA'S JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE, BRIGADIER AROUN CHOPRA SAYS THE WEAPONS INCLUDED ONE MACHINE GUN. ALL THE WEAPONS, HE SAYS, SHOW CLEARLY VISIBLE PAKISTANI ORDINANCE MARKINGS. BRIGADIER CHOPRA SAYS THE THREE PAKISTANI SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN AN ENGAGEMENT ON THE THIRD OF JUNE. THE ACTION, HE SAYS, TOOK PLACE WELL INSIDE INDIAN TERRITORY. /// FIRST CHOPRA ACT /// THESE PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN AN ACTION SIX TO SEVEN KILOMETERS INSIDE THE "LINE OF CONTROL" ON OUR SIDE, AND THE BODIES WERE RECOVERED THERE. /// END ACT /// PAKISTAN HAS STRONGLY DENIED ITS FORCES ARE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHTING, SAYING IT ONLY GIVES MORAL SUPPORT TO KASHMIRI MILITANTS SEEKING INDEPENDENCE. BRIGADIER CHOPRA SAYS INDIA NOW HAS PROOF THAT PAKISTANI SOLDIERS ARE AMONG THE INFILTRATORS. /// SECOND CHOPRA ACT /// THIS IS CLEAR PROOF OF PAKISTAN'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE INTRUSIONS WHICH HAVE DONE INTO OUR TERRITORY ACROSS THE "LINE OF CONTROL." /// END ACT /// // OPT // INDIAN ARMY AUTHORITIES SAY THE BODIES OF THE THREE MEN WILL BE RETURNED TO PAKISTAN (LATER SATURDAY) IN AN EXCHANGE ACROSS THE "LINE OF CONTROL" -- THE CEASE-FIRE LINE WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR. // END OPT // INDIA ON SATURDAY SEALED OFF THE SECTION OF KASHMIR WHERE FIGHTING IS TAKING PLACE, SAYING COMMANDERS IN THE REGION ANTICIPATE AN ESCALATION OF FIGHTING. THE ORDER EFFECTIVELY BARS JOURNALISTS FROM FREELY MOVING ABOUT THE KARGIL, DRAS AND BATALIK SECTORS, WHICH LIE ABOUT 200 KILOMETERS NORTH OF SRINIGAR. INDIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY DEFENSIVE IN RECENT DAYS ABOUT REPORTS THEY ARE COERCING LOCALS IN THE AREA TO CARRY SUPPLIES FOR INDIAN ARMY TROOPS INTO COMBAT AREAS. MOST OF THE ESTIMATED 10-THOUSAND RESIDENTS OF THE AREA HAVE FLED THE FIGHTING. THE INDIAN ARMY SAYS ITS FORCES ARE ENGAGED IN FIERCE HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT, TRYING TO RECAPTURE AT LEAST EIGHT STRATEGIC PEAKS OCCUPIED BY THE INFILTRATORS. INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY THEY HAVE PUSHED THE INFILTRATORS BACK ABOUT SEVEN KILOMETERS -- ALMOST BACK TO THE "LINE OF CONTROL" -- AND HAVE CUT OFF MOST OF THEIR SUPPLY ROUTES. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/WTW 05-Jun-99 5:11 AM EDT (0911 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .