Pak opens mortar fire on Indian posts, villages in Jammu, Rajouri
Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.india Updated: Oct 25, 2016 13:37 IST
Pakistan violated truce deal yet again, and opened fire from automatic weapons on Indian posts and border villages in the districts of Rajouri and Jammu on Tuesday.
The attack, also using mortars, was continuing across the Line of Control and the international border in Naushera sector and Suchetgarh area of RS Pura sector, defence sources said.
“Since 10 am, Pak army has been firing intermittently at Indian posts and forward villages,” an official said. “They are using automatic weapons and firing mortars as well. The army is responding in equal measure.”
The sources said the exchanges were initially intense. By afternoon, Pak troops were opening fire intermittently.
The areas being targeted by Pak troops are Baba Khori, Kalsian and Kalal.
BSF Jammu frontier DIG Dharmender Pareekh said Pak rangers opened unprovoked fire in Suchetgarh area of RS Pura sector for an hour till midday.
A scribe from RS Pura informed HT that Pak rangers fired three mortar shells that exploded in the field without causing harm.
The number of Pak violations since India’s September 29 surgical strikes has gone up to 41.
Pakistan had, through Sunday night, pounded 25 Indian posts and over 18 villages from north of Suchetgarh in RS Pura to Chenab River in Akhnoor in Jammu sector. It killed a BSF jawan, Sushil Kumar of Pehova in Haryana’s Kurukshetra, and Vicky, a six-year-old son of a labourer from Bihar.
Eight others, including two BSF personnel, were injured in that skirmish that lasted till 6 am on Monday. At least 50 cattle died and 182 others were also wounded on the Indian side.
On Monday, security forces smashed a militant hideout in Rajouri district and recovered a rich haul of arms and ammunition.
“A search operation was carried on Monday night,” a police official said. “The hideout was smashed from where we recovered three IEDs (improvised explosive devices) weighing 21 kg, one AK-56 rifle, 97 AK rounds and five kg of explosive powder.”