65-year-old woman injured in ceasefire violation on LoC: Kashmir police
A 65-year-old woman was injured in an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops on the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district late on Thursday, police said on Friday.
Officials said Noor Jehan was hit by a bullet in her leg when Pakistani army violated the ceasefire agreement and opened fire by small arms at the Indian Army’s 20 JAT posts around 11pm on Thursday in Saidpora area of Karnah in Kupwara.
“The woman was hospitalised and is stable,” Kupwara’s senior superintendent of police Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said.
Officials said that the exchange of fire between the two armies continued till 5am on Friday. They said Indian army also retaliated.
“The exchange of fire with small and medium arms continued till morning and has stopped now,” an official at Kupwara’s police control room said.
A call to army’s Srinagar based spokesperson Rajesh Kalia did not yield any response.
India and Pakistan, who have fought at least three wars since 1947, agreed in 2003 to maintain peace along the border, but violations intensified after bilateral relations plummeted in 2016. The two countries often accuse each other of violations.
Security forces fear that there would be increased infiltration attempts by militants this year owing to less snowfall in Kashmir in the winters. They say that the ceasefire violations by Pakistan are often aimed at pushing militants across the LoC.
“We are alert. There is no snow. The weather is also good. However, there have been no infiltration attempts from this side till now,” Dinkar said.