After calling for DGMO meet over LoC firing, Pakistan violates ceasefire again

In another ceasefire violation, the Pakistani troops fired on Indian Army posts in RS Pura sector, Jammu.

Zee Media Bureau

Jammu/Visakhapatnam: In another ceasefire violation, the Pakistani troops on Saturday evening fired on Indian Army posts in RS Pura sector, Jammu.

The violation took place hours after Pakistan said that the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan should meet to address the ongoing border tension and firing incidents, local media reported.

Two people were killed and seven others injured early Saturday in heavy firing by Pakistan forces on BSF posts on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir`s Jammu district, officials said. India asserted its troops will respond to ceasefire violations.

A police officer had told a news agency that two villagers, identified as Muhammad Akram and his 13-year-old son Aslam, were killed and seven people, including Akram`s wife, his three children and a Border Security Force (BSF) constable, were injured in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers in Jodafarm village of RS Pura sector. The firing was retaliated to by the BSF troopers.

Meanwhile, speaking in Visakhapatnam, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Indian Army will respond to ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
Condemning the killing of civilians in the border areas in Pakistani firing, he said ceasefire violations by Pakistan were increasing but the BSF and the Army guarding the international border and Line of Control respectively are effectively working and countering those acts.

"Our Army is prepared to respond to each violation. The country has full faith that they (Army) are effectively protecting both the territory and the national interest," Jaitley told the media after commissioning India`s first indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette INS Kamorta into the Indian Navy.

"The loss of civilian lives is considered condemnable even in war. During peace, it is even more condemnable."

Jammu Divisional Commissioner Shantanu later told a news agency that firing with heavy weapons on 17 BSF border outposts in the RS Pura and Arnia sectors of the international border had earlier stopped in the afternoon.

“About 1,000 people who left their villages close to the international border yesterday (Friday) are still camped in contingency accommodations provided by the state government,” he added.

"We have around 25 villages those are close to the international border in Arnia area and contingency plans are in place to provide relief to these people if an emergency arises," he said.

All the injured people have been shifted to the Jammu Medical College for treatment.

Forced by Pakistan firing, more than 2,000 villagers from three villages close to the international border in RS Pura sector had on Friday migrated to safer places leaving their homes and cattle behind.
Under the state government`s contingency plan, the villagers have been temporarily accommodated in two government high school buildings and an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) building in RS Pura.

The divisional commissioner also held a meeting of senior officials including inspectors general of state police, BSF, senior officials of the intelligence agencies and provincial administration in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, authorities have suspended the superintendent of the ITI for her failure to unlock the gates of the institute on Friday for the villagers who had migrated to safety from three villages close to the international border in Arnia.

(With IANS inputs)

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