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DATE=7/3/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251396 TITLE=INDO / PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIAN COMMANDERS IN KASHMIR SAY THEIR TROOPS ARE TAKING HEAVY CASULTIES AS THEY TRY TO RECAPTURE "TIGER HILL," THE LAST STRATEGIC PEAK OVERLOOKING THE MAIN (EAST-WEST) HIGHWAY IN THE REGION. INDIA SAYS 23 OF ITS SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, RAISING THE INDIAN DEATH TOLL TO 240 SINCE FIGHTING BEGAN SEVEN WEEKS AGO. V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS INDIA SAYS IT HAS INFLICTED HEAVY LOSSES ON ENEMY FIGHTERS, KILLING AT LEAST 476 IN HEAVY COMBAT. TEXT: INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY, AS THEIR TROOPS GET CLOSER TO CAPTURING BUNKERS HELD BY WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS PAKISTANI-BACKED INFILTRATORS INSIDE INDIAN KASHMIR, FIGHTING IS INTENSIFYING. HEAVY FIGHTING IS NOW TAKING PLACE NEAR THE SUMMIT OF "TIGER HILL," WHICH INDIAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CAPTURE FOR SEVERAL DAYS. INDIAN ARMY COLONEL BIKRAM SINGH SAYS CASULTIES ARE RISING BECAUSE INDIAN TROOPS ARE SUCCESSFULLY PUSHING ENEMY FIGHTERS BACK -- CLOSER TO THE "LINE OF CONTROL" WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR. COLONEL SINGH SAYS FIGHTING AT FIVE-THOUSAND METERS, ALONG NEARLY VERTICAL RIDGES, AGAINST AN ENEMY ENTRENCHED IN BUNKERS, IS A DIFFICULT TASK. /// SINGH ACT /// HEAVY CASUALTIES ARE TAKING PLACE, BY THE NATURE OF THE TERRAIN AND THE FACT THAT THE TROOPS WHO ARE LAUNCHING ATTACKS, THEY ARE LAUNCHING AGAINST THE ENEMY IN THE HIGH REACHES AND ENEMY IS FIRING ALMOST DIRECTLY ON TO YOU AS YOU ARE GOING UP. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT. /// END ACT /// COLONEL SINGH SAYS NEARLY 700 ENEMY FIGHTERS REMAIN IN KASHMIR. THE FIGHTERS, HE SAYS, HAVE BEEN REINFORCED WITH SUPPLIES FROM PAKISTAN THROUGHOUT THE FIGHTING. PAKISTAN DENIES ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHTING, SAYING ITS TROOPS ARE ONLY ENGAGED IN RETALIATORY SHELLING ALONG THE "LINE OF CONTROL." /// REST OPT /// INDIA'S LAW MINISTER IS ACCUSING PAKISTAN OF UNSPECIFIED WAR CRIMES, SAYING INDIA WILL PRESENT EVIDENCE TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE IN THE NETHERLANDS. MEANWHILE, INDIA'S DEFENSE MINISTER, GEORGE FERNANDES, SAYS INDIAN TROOPS WILL -- IN HIS WORDS -- "THROW OUT THE INFILTRATORS COMPLETELY, WITHIN ONE WEEK." MR. FERNANDES MADE HIS COMMENTS SATURDAY, INAUGURATING A WAR MEMORIAL IN INDIA'S FINANCIAL CAPITAL, BOMBAY. FOR THEIR PART, MILITARY COMMANDERS REFUSE TO COMMENT ABOUT THE DURATION OF THE FIGHTING, SAYING ONLY THEY WILL FIGHT AS LONG AS IT TAKES, EVEN INTO WINTER, TO PUSH THE INTRUDERS OUT OF INDIAN TERRITORY. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/WTW 03-Jul-99 9:37 AM EDT (1337 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .