North-western border areas between India and Pakistan have suffered extensive damage during continuing fierce clashes.?
GV Village of Alamgir, PAN DOWN TO bombed crater
SV Villagers clearing bomb damage
CU Man with child ZOOM OUT TO GV wrecked village
SV Crying women (2 shots)
GV ZOOM OUT TO LV family among ruins
SV Indian troops filling sand-bags
SV Indian soldier on field radio (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO LV soldier climbing observation point
SV Indian troops patrolling village of Sehjra (2 shots)
CU Wrecked interior of building
SV Indian soldier examining ammunition boxes
LV & GV Puklean village burning (2 shots)
SV Shelled mosque
SV Soldiers patrolling village (2 shots)
SV Mountain goat PAN DOWN TO villagers' belongings
SV & CU Puklean High School damaged by shelling
GV Ammunition boxes in school window
SV PAN ACROSS village defensive bunkers
TS Soldiers patrolling village
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Background: North-western border areas between India and Pakistan have suffered extensive damage during continuing fierce clashes. Where the Indian Army has experienced less resistance than expected in East Pakistan, it has not enjoyed the same ease on its other border where both Pakistan and India, exerting constant air and ground pressure on each other, have gained fluctuating territorial advantages. Visnews cameramen Bob Turner and Jagdish filmed some of the damage caused on both sides of the border between last Wednesday and Friday (8-10 December).
SYNOPSIS: Small villages on either side of the West Pakistan border have suffered the full brunt of warfare recently as the Indian forces have fought a holding war, and the Pakistan army has attempted to make gains in Kashmir. These scenes were filmed on Friday in the Indian village of Alamgir, 35 miles from the front line, and 15 miles from Jullundur. The village is thought by the Indians to have been bombed in error by the Pakistan Air Force. The intended target may have been Adampur airport 4 miles away. Sixteen people were reported dead. 17 were injured, 6 of them seriously. These villagers didn't expect to be caught up in the war so early. One young girl lost six brothers in the attack. Indian troops have done what they could to help the people clear the rubble, and build new defences.
Meanwhile, in Sehjra, a small town just two miles inside Pakistan, Indian troops have been building fortifications after their advance from the border almost a week ago. They've also been widening their mobile communications network.
A constant lookout is being kept, particularly for Pakistani aircraft, and regular patrols are mounted through the remains of the village.
Ten villagers dies in this Indian attack, and 65 were taken prisoner. A wrecked dispensary was closely examined....it had housed a large quantity of ammunition.
A day earlier, on Wednesday, Indian troops had taken over several border villages such as this one at Pulkean. Shelling had taken its toll of buildings and casualties.
Most of the villagers' herds, household effects, and other belongings were widely scattered by the bombardment.
At the local high-school, Indian troops again found large quantities of arms and ammunition. Indian morale in this section of the front line is reported high, but military gains have been fluctuating between the opposing armies along the whole border, and battles are hard-fought.