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Pakistan violates ceasefire thrice, targets 40 BoPs

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire thrice by targeting 40 Border Out Posts and 25 border hamlets with heavy mortar shells in Jammu sector and LoC areas in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving nine persons injured.

As the ceasefire violations continued, anti-Pakistan protests rocked Jammu and other areas today to protest the firing and shelling.

Defence Spokesman Lt Col Maneesh Mehta said Pakistani troops opened fire with small arms in Balnoie forward belt along LoC in Poonch district around 1420 hours.

The Army retaliated effectively and the exchange of fire is going on in the area, he said, adding that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone on the Indian side.

In another ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing and mortar shelling in Arnia town this morning, a police officer said.

A shell also exploded near the compound wall of a police station in Arnia, leaving six persons injured, the police officer said.

“Pakistani Rangers had fired mortars and opened heavy fire on BSF posts along the International Border since 2100 hours last night”, BSF Spokesman Vinood Yadav said.

“As many as 40 BSF BoPs were affected by the fire from Pakistan side”, Yadav said, adding that firing and shelling was targeted on areas along the IB in Arnia, R S Pura, Kanachak and Pargwal sub-sectors along IB in Jammu and Samba districts.

He said almost all the BSF posts in Kanachak and Pargwal were targeted by the Pakistan Rangers.

“BSF posts in Arnia and R S Pura Sub-sectors were also also targeted by the enemy,” the Spokesman said.

“BSF troops at all the places gave a strong and befitting reply to the firing from Pakistan”, the spokesman said, adding that firing in some places, particularly Pargwal is still on.

“There is no loss of life or damage to BSF “, he said.

There has been heavy firing and mortar shelling on 20 to 25 border hamlets along the International Border in Arnia, R S Pura, Pargwal, Ganjansoo and Kanachak belts of Jammu district since last night, District Magistrate, Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu told PTI.

Three persons have been injured in the firing in Jammu border areas and have been hospitalised.

In view of the firing, over 1000 people were shifted to camps overnight.


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