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Pakistan violates ceasefire again, one soldier injured in Akhnoor

Intensifying attacks, Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire on Tuesday by resorting to mortar shelling and firing on Army posts and civilian areas along the LoC in three areas of Noushera sector in Rajouri district.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2016 01:55 IST
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
Hindustan Times
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There has been five ceasefire violations in over 24 hours along the Line of Control (LoC).(HT File Photo)

Pakistani troops intensified attacks along the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday as they violated ceasefire multiple times by firing mortar shells and automatics weapons on army posts in Rajouri and Akhnoor regions, injuring one Indian soldier.

At around 5am on Tuesday, Pakistan fired automatic weapons and shot mortars on Indian posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district. Rajouri is some 150km northwest of Jammu.

“Pakistan opened unprovoked fire in Nowshera Sector at three locations this morning from 0500 hrs,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

Small arms, automatics and mortars were used, Mehta said, adding that Indian troops “appropriately responded with similar calibre while no casualties or injuries so far”.

Johnny Williams, inspector general, incharge Rajouri-Poonch range said, “Pakistan opened fire and shot mortars at three places on the LoC in Naushera. Now, they are firing at Jangral post”.

“The situation is being monitored closely and if it turns critical then we will evacuate the villagers”, he added.

Rajouri deputy commissioner Shabir Ahmed Bhat said that presently the fire is traded post to post between Pakistani and Indian armies on the ridge.

Then by around 5pm, another incident of crossborder firing was reported in Naushera and KG Sectors of Rajouri and Poonch districts respectively “using small arms, automatics and mortars”, Mehta informed.

Firing stopped at KG Sector at 8pm but intermittently continued in Naushera Sector of Rajouri district.

Rifleman Dharender Bisht of 2/9 Gurkha Rifles was injured in Pak firing in Bhudwaal forward post of Khour area in Pallanwala sector in Akhnoor on Tuesday evening. He was evacuated by army authorities and admitted to military hospital in Akhnoor.

Further there was no firing after 7.35 pm on LoC in Pallanwala sector, Mehta said, adding that the Indian troops were “appropriately responding to them”.

Meanwhile, an Intelligence official said that Pakistan had been trying to push a group of ultras from Naushera sector since India’s surgical strike on September 29.

“This morning they again tried to push ultras. They are said to be five to six in numbers The Indian army is alert to the situation,” he said.

The inspector general in-charge, Rajouri -- Poonch range, Johnny Williams, said the three posts under fire were Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri.

“The situation is being monitored closely, and if it turns critical, we will evacuate villagers,” IG Williams said.

Tuesday’s violation is the sixth such instance along the LoC since India announced that it had carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

On Monday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district, injuring 5 civilians, including five women.

Several shops were burnt down after a shell triggered fire in oil containers at a security force camp.

First Published: Oct 04, 2016 09:16 IST