India and Pakistan traded mortar shells, heavy automatics and small arms fire in Nowshera sector on Thursday afternoon as later troops continued targeting forward Indian positions and civilian areas without any provocation at frequent intervals in border Rajouri and Poonch districts for the past many days.
Pointing out that Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked firing at one or the other place on the Indian side almost on daily basis, sources said that latest incident of ceasefire violation came in Laam area. This came after a lull of less than 24 hour as Pakistani troops had on Wednesday night resorted to unprovoked firing in Nowshera sector from 8.45 pm to 10.30 pm.
There had been three incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Nowshera’s Kalsian area during Wednesday. Of them the first came at 5 am to 5.45 am and then 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.
The Pakistani troops have been using mortars, heavy automatics, Recoilless guns, and small weapons. The Indian army is retaliating ‘strongly and effectively to firing and shelling from across the border, said a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta.
Since May 1 this year, five people including an Army JCO and a BSF head constable have been killed and 12 others injured in unprovoked and indiscriminate mortar shelling and small arms fire at frequent intervals on the Indian side of the LoC by Pakistani troops in Rajouri and Poonch districts. The bodies of the Army JCO and BSF head constable were mutilated by Pakistan’s border action team (BAT) comprising its regular troops and terrorists.
The heightened tension along the LoC has already made an over 3,000 people including women and children migrate from their houses near the border to safer places. Of them, an over 1,000 are staying at camps set up by the district administration, while others have gone to the houses of their relatives.
A sizeable number of houses along the LoC have been damaged and scores of cattle killed or injured in shelling from across the border since May 1.