3rd Ceasefire Violation In Poonch, One Injured

3rd Ceasefire Violation In Poonch, One Injured

20 June 2013
Kashmir Times


Poonch: In the third ceasefire violation this month, Pakistani troops today opened indiscriminate firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector in which a civilian was injured after an infiltration bid was foiled by Indian troops. Officiating PRO Defence, S N Acharya, said that a group of four armed persons from Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK) were seen moving towards an Indian forward post in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district around 9.50 AM. Alert Indian troops took position and opened fire at them, he said adding they were pushed back towards PAK. Contact was established with armed group and when challenged by Indian troops, they started firing indiscriminately targeting Indian troops. Indian troops took position and opened fire on the infiltrating group, and they were pushed back towards PAK, he claimed. However, intelligence reports said that as the infiltration bid was foiled, Pakistani troops opened heavy firing on Indian posts Kranti, Kirpan and Ghora from their Daku, Battal and Roza Posts. Three militants were engaged in the firing by the troops and their fate was unknown as operation was going on in Krishna Ghati sector. In another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened indiscriminate fire in Mandi, Krishna Ghati and Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch sector. In another incident, Pakistan violated ceasefire agreement in Poonch Brigade area with small arms at 11.00 AM today. Calibrated responses were given by own troops, Acharya added. The injured, identified as Mohammad Shafiq, son of Mohammad Sharief, resident of border village of Shahpur, Poonch, was hit by a splinter near Sher Shakti Post Mandi, reports said. Injured civilian has splinter wounds in the head. He has been admitted in civil hospital, Poonch and his condition is stable. Firing of heavy weapons stopped at 2.30 PM at Krishna Ghati Sector and at 3.30 PM at Poonch sector. However, intermittent small arms firing continued till late evening, he claimed Sher Shakti, PP1 and PP2 in Mandi sector, Kripan and Kranti posts in Krishna Ghati sector and Bahadur, Rekha and Neck Posts in Poonch sector also came under firing. Small arms and 82 mm mortars were fired on Indian posts and Indian troops also retaliated, resulting in exchanges, the PRO added. Panic gripped several forward area villages in the area as the fire continued till late evening. Meanwhile, the high alert has been sounded along the line of control and the troops are maintaining constant vigil to thwart any infiltration bids. Earlier this month, a Junior Commissioned Officer was killed when Pakistan opened heavy fire with automatic weapons and rockets on Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch sector. Pakistan troops also opened small arms firing on Indian posts in Nangi Tikri forward area along LoC in Krishnagati. Last month, Pakistani troops had pounded Indian posts along LoC in the Poonch sector with rockets. A Brigadier and two jawans were injured when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the LoC in Tutmari Gali sector in valley.