Soldier killing: Youth Cong stop Delhi-Lahore bus

Amritsar, Aug 9 : The members of the Youth Congress on Friday stopped a Delhi-Lahore bus near Amritsar in Punjab, in an attempt to protest against the killing of five Indian soldiers in an ambush by Pakistani troopers on Tuesday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to reports, around 100 protesters, headed by their state unit president Vikram Chowdhary, stopped the bus carrying 30 passengers in the Chheharta area, which is 20 km from the Attari border.

The protesters stopped the bus for about half-an-hour while demanding for immediate termination of the bus service to Pakistan.

Around 25 protesters were rounded up before police released the bus, but the leaders were released later, reports said.

Earlier on Thursday, quelling the ruckus over his own and his ministry's contradictory versions over the killing of Indian soldiers along the LoC, Defence Minister AK Antony made a fresh statement in the Lower House of the Indian Parliament holding that special troops of the Pakistani Army were involved in the attack.

Antony had said that his earlier statement- which said terrorists in Pakistani army uniform carried out the attack- was based on the available information.

"My statement was based on the available information," Antony had said after drawing a flak from Opposition since his own ministry had said that the attackers were Pakistani army regulars.

With the Army Chief General Bikram Singh visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday and briefing the Defence Minister, Antony agreed that nothing happens along the LoC without the support of the Pakistani Army.

"It is now clear that the special troop of the Pakistani Army was involved in the attack. We know that no ambush is possible at LoC without the support of Pakistani army," Antony had said.

Sending a strong message to the neighbouring country, he said," Those in Pakistan who are responsible for this tragedy should not go unpunished."

Antony also said this tragedy will have a bearing on the Indo-Pak relationship.

The five Indian soldiers, who were killed in an ambush by Pakistani troopers on Tuesday along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, were cremated at their respective villages in Maharashtra and Bihar on Thursday.

Four of the soldiers were from 21 Battalion of Bihar Regiment and one from the 14th Maratha Light Infantry Regiment.

--IBNS (Posted on 09-08-2013)

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