JAMMU: A youth was killed when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by targeting border out posts and border hamlets by resorting to firing and mortar shelling along the IB in Jammu district today.
BSF troops retaliated resulting in exchange of fire, which was still going on when last reports came. A BSF spokesman said, "Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing of small arms and mortar shells on BoPs along IB in Kanachak and Pargwal sectors of Jammu district from 0540 hours". They targeted 12 BoPs along IB in these sectors, he said.
Pakistani rangers also shelled border hamlets in these sectors, a police officer said, adding that 22-year-old Sanjay Kumar was killed when a Pakistani shell exploded in Hamirpur Kona in Pargwal belt of Jammu. Mortar shelling has also triggered panic among people living in Kanachak and Pargwal forward areas. There are reports that Pakistan has also fired on BoPs in R S Pura belt, they said.
With today's ceasefire violations, there have been 8 ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers in August. On August 2 and 3, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four times by resorting to small arms firing in forward posts along LoC in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors of Poonch and Jammu districts.
There were two ceasefire violations on August one. Pakistani Rangers resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out posts along the International Border in R S Pura sector in Jammu district on Saturday night.
Pakistani Rangers also violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling on 3 BoPs along the IB in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district yesterday. There have been 18 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.