Commissioned Officer was injured as Pakistani troops pounded Indian posts with 15 rockets and opened indiscriminate machine gun fire along the Line of Control in Poonch district in the "biggest" ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir.
There were 17 infiltration bids and nine truce violations along the border this year. The last ceasefire violation occurred on January 26 when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Kanachak sub-sector of Jammu.
Pakistani troops fired 15 under-barrel grenade launcher rockets on five Indian forward defence locations from its eight border posts along the LoC in Krishna Gati sub-sector of Poonch district at around 1815 hours last night, Brigadier General Staff, 16 Corps, Brig Gurdeep Singh told PTI today.
It was followed by the heavy firing by machine guns on the forward posts, he said adding "the heavy and indiscriminate firing continued for two hours".
The rockets missed the intended target and exploded near the posts, he said adding that one JCO Subedar P C Thakur of 17 Mahar Regiment was wounded and taken to a hospital.
Indian troops fired from small arms weapons and intermittent exchanges ended early today, he said.
"It was for the first time such a large number of rockets were fired and also several Pakistani posts were involved in the firing with heavy weapons," Brig Gurdeep said.
"This is biggest ceasefire violation so far. we will lodge a strong protest with our Pakistani counterparts at a flag meeting today," he said.