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HindustanTimes Wed,24 Sep 2014

Pak violates ceasefire again, four injured

PTI  Jammu, August 11, 2014
First Published: 07:55 IST(11/8/2014) | Last Updated: 18:43 IST(11/8/2014)

Two BSF jawans were among four persons injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire for the third time in less than 48 hours by firing with small arms, automatic weapons and mortar shells on 10 border out posts and civilian areas along the International Border in Jammu district.

"Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing from small arms and automatic weapons on border out posts and civilian areas along the IB in Arnia sub-sector in Jammu district from around 2030 hours late last night," a BSF officer said on Monday.

BSF troops guarding the borderline along IB took positions and retaliated to the Pakistani firing which resulted in intermittent exchanges of fire, he said.

Two BSF jawans suffered minor injuries in the firing exchanges, the officer said, adding the exchanges continued till 0600 hours this morning.

The injured jawans have been identified as Head Constable Sumit and Constable Vaishnov Dutt.

Two civilians identified as 43-year-old Rani Devi and 22-year-old Raishu of village Sahaug in Arnia were also injured in the firing , the officer said, adding the injured have been hospitalised.

Pakistani Rangers resorted to sniper firing in Nikowal and Bhudwar BoPs in Arnia belt and then fired at Tent Gaurd post around 2030 hours on Sunday night. Later, they opened fire on Pittal, Pindi Charkan, Kake-de-Kothe, Chinaz, Nowa Pind and Jogna Chak BoPs.

Pakistani troops also fired dozens of mortar shells in Kodwal, Pindi, Sahugh villages before dawn and the firing ended around 0700 hours on Monday.

Four structures suffered damages in the firing including two in Kodwal, a banquet hall and a boundary wall of a house in Pindi, a police officer said.

This is the third ceasefire violation in less than 48 hours and the first along IB after an agreement to observe peace along the border between BSF and Pak Rangers at the Commandant level flag meeting at Octerio BoP in R S Pura belt of Jammu district on August 8 during which one captured jawan was handed over to BSF by Pak Rangers.

The fresh ceasefire violation comes ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh region's Leh and Kargil districts tomorrow, where he is going to inaugurate power projects and address troops in Leh.


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