LoC saw 509 ceasefire violations in 2017; over 200 cases registered by Indian Army in August, September alone

More than 500 ceasefire violations have taken place along India's international borders until early October this year, which led to deaths of 14 Indian Army personnel

Rishiraj Bhagawati October 28, 2017 12:34:33 IST
LoC saw 509 ceasefire violations in 2017; over 200 cases registered by Indian Army in August, September alone

More than 500 ceasefire violations have taken place along India's international borders until early October this year, which led to deaths of 14 Indian Army personnel, the Directorate General of Military Operations said in response to an RTI query.

The letter, signed by Lieutenant Colonel ADS Jasrotia, in response to a query on the number of ceasefire violations along the border in Jammu and Kashmir this year, shows that over 200 ceasefire violations were recorded in August and September alone.

The list, updated with data until 4 October, says 16 ceasefire violations took place in the first four days of this month.

LoC saw 509 ceasefire violations in 2017 over 200 cases registered by Indian Army in August September alone

The fatal casualties shown in the list include deaths of Indian Army personnel only, and not of other security forces involved in such encounters.

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control has been a routine affair throughout 2017, the last of which was reported on Thursday.

On Thursday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by targeting forward villages and posts along the LoC in Poonch, ending over a week-long lull in the cross-border firing in the district.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has been crying foul over ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the border.

On Wednesday, Pakistan summoned India's deputy high commissioner for the fourth time in October over the alleged "ceasefire violations" by Indian troops along the Line of Control. Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned JP Singh and "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations" by the Indian forces in Leepa sector on Tuesday.

"The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws," Faisal said.

Another PTI report, quoting a home ministry official, said 2017 has seen the highest number of ceasefire violations in India in a decade. There were nearly 450 ceasefire violations in 2016, in which 13 civilians and as many security personnel were killed.

India shares a 3,323-kilometre-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 kilometres of the international border and 740 kilometres of the LoC fall in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

With inputs from PTI

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