Indian troops will retaliate firmly to Pak: Army Commander
Indian troops will respond firmly and effectively to Pakistani provocations as they feel fit and where they deem fit, top army commander said here today while noting that the number of border ceasefire violations have increased over the last two weeks.
Udhampur: Indian troops will respond firmly and effectively to Pakistani provocations as they feel fit and where they deem fit, top army commander said here today while noting that the number of border ceasefire violations have increased over the last two weeks.
"We have seen over last two weeks or so that the number of incidents have increased," said Northern Army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda said.
"The response has to be firm," the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-in-C) of Northern Command told PTI while commenting on the Pakistani firing and ceasefire violations along the International Border and Line of Control (LoC).
Asked about instructions to the troops, he said "they will carry out firm response and retaliate effectively as they feel fit where they deemed fit. Nobody has to look over the shoulder to higher headquarter that this is what I need I need to do."
On the issue of the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Lt Gen Hooda said "the scene was largely peaceful (environment) along the borders in 2014 and 2013. But we have seen over last two weeks or so, the number of incidents has increased."
He said the incidents have taken place in Nougam sector where two BSF men lost their lives in two incidents.
"Now we are seeing that it has again started since yesterday along IB and LoC sectors today. There are increasing incidents that are taking place," he added. PTI
There have been nine incidents of ceasefire violations from across the border during the month of July so far.
A woman, Poli Devi, was killed and six others, including two BSF jawans, were injured yesterday in firing and mortar shelling in Jammu district by Pakistan Rangers.
Pakistan side resorted to ceasefire violations at several places along the International Border and the Line of Control across the Jammu region in which today in which four persons were injured in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district.
Pakistani troops today pounded a number of places along the International Border and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region with heavy firing and mortars.
The army early this morning also foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Poonch district by a group of militants trying to enter the Indian side, the defence spokesman said.
BSF officials said Pak Rangers have increased the arch of firing and shelling from Kanachak-Akhnoor sector to RS Pura sector now.
"Pakistani Rangers resorted to small arms firing and mortar shelling along IB in R S Pura sector of Jammu district since 0115 hours today," a BSF officer said.
They targeted five border outposts (BoPs) and some civilian areas in RS Pura and Tawi forward belts, firing 81 mm mortar shells around 0350 hours, he said.