During a crackdown in the Warpora area of the Sonawari tehsil in the Baramulla district, troops opened fire on people and left five civilians dead.
1953: US Chargé in India Cables Washington
“Eyes only: (to) Secretary from Paul Hoffman. I saw Nehru for 45 minutes (on the) evening April 23. I told him that following my conversations with new Pakistan officials over (the) weekend in Karachi I considered that (the) moment was particularly opportune for the conversations he is planning to have with Mohammed Ali, (the) new Pakistan Prime Minister. He asked me why I thought (the) moment was opportune. I replied that new (the) Prime Minister was determined to meet him more than half way in order to reach (a) settlement on Kashmir and other differences since Ali realized (that it was) absolutely essential for Pakistan to achieve (a) solid understanding with India so (that) it could cut down its exorbitant expenditures on defense. Nehru said (that) he had barely heard of Mohammed Ali before recent events.
In spite of this somewhat negative reaction, he did not withdraw in any way from his previous commitment to do everything possible to settle by direct negotiations with Pakistan the differences dividing the two countries.
I am leaving India tonight hopeful that my visit here and in Pakistan has helped create (a) climate favorable to successful direct negotiations between the two countries.