Pakistani troops violate ceasefire thrice, targets 40 posts
JAMMU: Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire thrice
by targeting 40 Border Outposts and 25 border hamlets with heavy mortar shells
in Jammu sector and LoC areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving
nine persons injured.
As the ceasefire violations continued, anti-Pakistan
protests rocked Jammu and other areas on Tuesday to protest the firing and
shelling. Defence Spokesman Lt Col Maneesh Mehta said Pakistani troops opened
fire with small arms in Balnoie forward belt along LoC in Poonch district
around 1420 hours.
The Army retaliated effectively and the exchange of
fire is going on in the area, he said, adding there was no loss of life or
injury to anyone on the Army side.
In another ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers
resorted to firing and mortar shelling in Arnia town this morning, a police
A shell also exploded near the compound wall of a
police station in Arnia, leaving six persons injured, the police officer said.
“Pakistani Rangers had fired mortars and opened heavy
fire on BSF posts along the International Border since 2100 hours last night,”
BSF Spokesman Vinood Yadav said.
“As many as 40 BSF BoPs were affected by the fire from
Pakistan side”, Yadav said, adding that firing and shelling was targeted on
areas along the IB in Arnia, RS Pura, Kanachak and Pargwal sub-sectors along IB
in Jammu and Samba districts.
He said almost all the BSF posts in Kanachak and
Pargwal were targeted by the Pakistan Rangers. “BSF posts in Arnia and R S Pura
Sub-sectors were also targeted by the enemy,” the Spokesman said.
“BSF troops at all the places gave a strong and
befitting reply to the firing from Pakistan”, the spokesman said, adding that
firing in some places, particularly Pargwal is still on. “There is no loss of
life or damage to BSF “, he said.
There has been heavy firing and mortar shelling on 20
to 25 border hamlets along the International Border in Arnia, RS Pura, Pargwal,
Ganjansoo and Kanachak belts of Jammu district since last night, District
Magistrate, Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu told PTI.
Three persons have been injured in the firing in Jammu
border areas and have been hospitalised. In view of the firing, over 1000
people were shifted to camps overnight.
There have been nine ceasefire violations along the
LoC and eight along the IB in Jammu. These include seven in Poonch along LoC,
eight along International Borderin Jammu and two in Gulmarg sector of Kashmir.
Six persons have been killed and 50 others including
BSF jawan injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along LoC and IB in Jammu
and Poonch districts in the ceasefire violations this month.
On October 6, Pakistan had violated the ceasefire
thrice in Bhimber Gali, Kerni and Balakote-Mankote in Poonch district.
On October 5, there were two ceasefire violations.
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to heavy firing and
shelling in Arnia belt along IB in Jammu in which five persons were killed and
34 others were injured.
There was another ceasefire violation during the day
when Pakistani troops targeted forward India posts along LoC in Balnoie
sub-sector of Poonch district.
On October 4, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy
firing and mortar-shelling along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir,
drawing equal retaliation from the Army.
Pakistani Rangers violated the ceasefire fourtimes on
October 3 by shelling forward areas and villages along LoC and International
Borderin Gulamarg sector of Kashmir Valley and Poonch and Jammu sector inwhich
a girl was killed and six persons were injured.
On October 1 and 2, Pakistani troops had violated the
ceasefire twice along the LoC in Poonch district resulting in injuries to six
persons. Pakistani troops had targeted civilian hamlets on October two, leaving
six persons injured.
Protest demonstrations, meanwhile, continued in Jammu
for the second consecutive day today against the ceasefire violations by
Pakistan. The Youth wing of the Nationalist Congress Party held a protest demonstration
against the violation.
BJP workers also held protest demonstrations against
the firing at Manyari border belt of Samba district.