Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in Poonch, 6 Civilians Injured
JAMMU: Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir injuring six civilians including two women, to which India retaliated.
According to an Army officer, Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing by small arms and automatic weapons and shelling of 81 mm mortar bombs in two forward sub-sector of Sabjian and Mandi since 1840 hours yesterday and intermittent firing continued till mid night, during which six civilians including two women were injured and six houses were damaged.
"There was no loss of life or injury to anyone among the armed forces on this side in Pak firing," the officer said, adding, that Indian troops gave a befitting reply to them.
Civilian population living in border hamlets of Gigriyal and Uripura along LoC were targeted during the firing, police officials said.
The injured have been identified as Hajra Begum, Sakina Begum, Zahoor Ahmed, Gulam Nabi, Khaja Ahad and Mumtaz Ahmed of Gigriyal and Uripora villages, they said, adding that the condition of one of the women is stated to be critical.
The injured were rushed to hospitals in Poonch and Mandi belts and most of them are out of danger, police said. At least six houses were partially damaged in the shelling, police said, adding, that five live bombs were
recovered in Uripora belt, which are being defused.
The fresh three ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were witnessed after a gap of one month and four days along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir.