India lodges protest over ceasefire violations in J&K
Jammu: India has lodged strong protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in which two jawans were injured.
"We have lodged a strong protest over the firing on Indian forward post and ceasefire violation in Poonch sector with Pakistan counterparts through hot-line today", a senior Army officer told PTI.
BSF troops had also lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers over the ceasefire violations along International border (IB) in Kote Kuba Border out Post (BOP) in Jammu sector, a senior BSF officer said.
In two ceasefire violations in less than 24 hours, Pakistani security personnel last night fired on Indian forward posts in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir injuring two BSF jawans.
Firing rockets and using small arms fire, Pakistani rangers targeted BSF`s Border outpost(BOP) on the International Border(IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district around 7.30 pm.
The two injured BSF jawans were evacuated to a hospital in Samba district.
Pakistan troops had opened indiscriminate firing on the forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur Kerni forward belt of Poonch sector last night and it continued intermittently for few hours as Army troops also replied effectively.
A flag-meeting was held at Kote Kuba BoP along IB in which Commanding Officer (CO) 193 Battalion of BSF, Neeraj Dubey and 12-Chenab Rangers Wing Commander Kesar took part.
Pak Rangers denied their involvement in firing on Indian posts.
Pakistan Rangers had fired on Indian forward posts along IB in Kote Kuba BoP in Jammu sector on Sunday night thereby violating ceasefire between India and Pakistan applicable since 2003.
There has been an increase in ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border after the detection of a Pakistani tunnel in Indian territory in Samba forward belt on July 28 and subsequent protest lodged by the BSF over it with Pakistan Rangers on July 31.
A similar situation had developed in Jammu and Kashmir in the month of June this year in Poonch sector along the LoC when Pakistan violated the ceasefire five times by opening heavy small arms firing and rocket attacks on Indian posts in Poonch sector in which two jawans have been killed and four others injured.
There were five ceasefire violations between June 11 to June 16 this year along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
Finally, Brigade Commanders`s flag meeting was held on June 23, 2012 at Chakan-Da-Bagh LoC point in Poonch sector to bring halt to Pak firing and peace along the border line and resumption of the cross-border trade and travel between PoK and J&K.
Nearly 19 ceasefire violations have taken place this year followed by 51 cases in 2011, 44 cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir were registered in 2010 and 28 were in 2009.
"All activities across LoC are continuously monitored. Measures like strengthening of defences, deployment and redeployment of troops, infrastructure development and military modernisation are factored into our plans," officials said.
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