In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC), an army JCO and a BSF head constable were killed on Monday after Pakistani troops fired rockets at a forward defence location (FDL) post of the BSF, India Today reported. The ceasefire violation took place around 8:30 am in the Mendhar sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The two were injured in the Pakistani rocket attack but later succumbed to their injuries. Another BSF jawan was also injured in the firing.
"At about 0830 hours, there was heavy firing from Pakistani (army) posts at BSF posts at LoC in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district with rockets and automatic weapons", a senior BSF officer told PTI. Troops guarding the border line retaliated effectively, the officer added.
Pakistan had violated the ceasefire seven times in April.
Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire in Poonch sector on 19 April and shelled mortars on forward posts in Noushera sector on 17 April.
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir by resorting to firing on forward posts on 8 April, drawing retaliation from Indian Army.
"Pakistani Army fired indiscriminately from small arms and automatic weapons from 1545 hours today on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Noushera belt of Rajouri district," a defence spokesman had said.
On 5 April, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district by shelling forward posts with mortar bombs. On 4 April, Pakistani Army fired mortar shells on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district. On 3 April, Pakistani troops had shelled mortar bombs on forward posts in Balakote sector of Rajouri district.
In the second ceasefire violation on 3 April, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts along the LoC in Digwar area in Poonch sector.
As per the reports, heavy mortar shelling in Digwar area had created a fear psychosis among the area dwellers. In the same area, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Naib Subedar S Sanayaima Som, was killed by an improvise explosive device (IED) blast along the LoC in Poonch sector on 1 April.
There were four violations of the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch in March.
On 19 March, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to shelling and firing along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali area of Poonch district.
On 13 March, Pakistani troops had resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector. On 12 March, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati and Chakan Da Bagh sectors along the LoC in Poonch district.
Pakistani shelling had caused damage to the LoC Trade Facilitation centre and LOC travel and trade was suspended for a few days.
On 9 March, army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was killed when Pakistani soldiers initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along the LoC in Poonch.
In 2016, 228 instances of ceasefire violations along the LoC were reported while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violations along International Border (IB).
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: May 01, 2017 13:09 PM