Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, firing mortars that killed three civilians including a teenager.
According to the army, the unprovoked firing on Nambardar village in Baramulla district, 120 km west of Srinagar, began in the morning.
“Around 10.30am, they fired an 82mm mortar which fell on a house and resulted in the death of three civilians,” said Maj Gen Bipin Rawat, general officer commanding of the 19 Infantry Division, Baramulla.
The deceased were identified as Mohammad Liaquat, 15, Mohammad Shafiq, 32, and Shaheena, 20.
“There has been unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations in the Uri Sector since October 3. The Pakistani side has been attacking Indian villages with mortars and causing a lot of damage,” Maj Gen Rawat added.
India and Pakistan had agreed on a ceasefire along the LoC and international border in November 2003 as a confidence building measure.
According to army spokesperson Lt Col JS Brar, army officials have taken up the issue with Pakistani counterparts and told them to direct their troops not to fire at villages. “We are on a hotline with them,” Lt Col Brar added.
The army dismissed talk of having retaliated. “Keeping the danger to the lives of other civilians of nearby villages in view, Indian Army chose not to escalate the situation by retaliating,” said a statement from the army.
Though the nine-year ceasefire has been holding, there have been several violations by Pakistan, especially in the Poonch-Rajouri range along the LoC and Samba along the international border in Jammu.
Earlier this month, two villagers in Samba were injured in firing by Pakistani troops.