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J-K: Eight injured, three cars damaged as Pakistan targets Indian posts, villages

A two-year-old baby and three labourers are among the injured.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2017 14:22 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Pakistan army,Ceasefire violations by Pakistan,LoC
Villagers point to a hole caused by a mortal shell after Pakistan Army pounded forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. The latest unprovoked firing from across the border injured a civilian and damaged three cars in Bhimber Gali sector on Wednesday morning. (PTI File Photo )

At least eight civilian, including a two-year-old baby, sustained injuries and three cars were damaged as Pakistan army opened heavy fire and shot mortars on Indian posts and forward villages along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

A police officer at Poonch Police control room identified the injured child as Insha of Manjakote in Rajouri districts. Another injured civilian has been identified as Mohammed Ayyaz Ahmed, son of Mohammed Saddam Khan of Darati village. He has been shifted to a primary health center at Dhargloon.

Identities of other injured though could not be ascertained, police said among the wounded are three labourers.

The labourers, it said, were working at Sandote Basooni when they suffered minor injuries in Pakistan shelling in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector that runs along Poonch and Rajouri districts of the restive state.

The police officer informed that Pakistani troops opened fire around 7am.

The gun duel between the two sides is still on, he added.

Defence spokesman Col NN Joshi confirming the incident, said Indian Army is “retaliating strongly and effectively” to the provocation.

The ceasefire violation comes just a day after India’s Border Security Force (BSF) repatriated a Pakistani youth, Raja Ali of Sialkot, as a goodwill gesture.

The 22-year-old youth, who was mentally ill, had crossed the international border and had entered Suchetgarh on Tuesday morning when BSF jawans nabbed him.

Many Indian security personnel and civilians have lost their lives as there has been a considerable spike in incidents of unprovoked firing by Pakistan army this year.

According to media reports number of ceasefire violations already crossed 500 marks this year.

Meanwhile, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat will visit Jammu for standard presentation to an armoured regiment in Jammu on October 21.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 11:32 IST