India lodges protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violation in Akhnoor sector

India has lodged protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violation in Akhnoor sector in Jammu in which one woman was killed.

Updated: Jul 16, 2015, 09:58 AM IST

New Delhi: India has lodged protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violation in Akhnoor sector in Jammu in which one woman was killed.

According to government sources, India lodged the protest both in Islamabad as well as here. "Our High Commissioner in Islamabad raised the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Office and Pakistan's High Commissioner in Delhi was also conveyed India's concerns regarding ceasefire violation in which one woman was killed and some people injured," they said today.

India's reaction came a day after Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire twice by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in the Akhnoor sector in which a woman was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured.

Two jawans, Anjani Kumar and YP Tiwari, were among the six persons injured in the firing, the spokesman said, adding that the exchanges were restricted to the Akhnoor-Kanachak sectors with five Border Out Posts (BoPs) on the Indian side coming under attack.

Apart from the BoPs, the Rangers targeted civilian areas with small-arms fire and shelling at Bhalwal Bharth, Malabela and Siderwan along the border at 0910 hours, a police officer said, adding that the exchanges stopped at 1200 hours today.

Three mortar shells landed deep inside Kanachak sector along the IB, they said.

A 42-year-old woman, identified as Poli Devi, lost her life in the ceasefire violation. Among the civilians injured were 24-year-old Ramesh Kumar, 38-year-old Usha Devi and one Surinder Singh.

Meanwhile, India and Pakistan traded heavy firing exchanges on the International Border in Jammu district on Thursday on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to the region.