Pakistan violates ceasefire, targets Indian posts along LoC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2015 19:54 IST

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir, targeting Indian positions along the LoC and international border overnight and killing a Border Security Force (BSF) trooper.

BSF constable Abhijit Nandi of the 119 Battalion was killed during an exchange of fire between the two sides at 3:30pm in Nowgam Sector of Handwara along the Line of Control (LoC) on Sunday.

The Sonapindi post was targeted on Sunday night for around 20 minutes. The Indian Army's Kumaon Regiment, posted in the area, fired back at a range housing Pakistani pickets.

Reports not yet confirmed by the army suggested there was an exchange of light mortar fire, which is rare in this part of the Kashmir Valley.

Immediately afterwards, the army launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area of Lenda Began and Musa Began to flush out militants who might have sneaked in under the cover of gunfire.

According to the army, more than 150 militants are waiting at launch pads across the LoC to sneak into the Kashmir Valley.

There were also repeated ceasefire violations during Sunday along the international border in Arnia sector of Jammu, PTI reported. The Pakistani Rangers targeted six Indian border outposts with small arms fire and mortars.

“Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing and mortar shelling, targeting six border outposts along the international border in Arnia sector of Jammu district throughout the night," a BSF officer said.

The Pakistani troops used small arms and fired 82 mm mortar shells, triggering panic among villagers loving along the border, the officer said.

BSF troops retaliated, resulting in exchanges which stopped at 5am on Monday and there was no firing since then.

There was no loss of life or damage to the property in the firing and the situation is being monitored, the officer said.

There were three ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops within 12 hours along the international border in Jammu.

Earlier, Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire and fired at two Indian posts along the international border in RS Pura sector of Jammu district on June 22.

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