The latest round of firing by Pakistan which started on New Year eve has left two persons dead, including a BSF jawan, and nine injured while five Pakistani Rangers have been killed in retaliatory firing by India. It comes barely two months after the last major escalation that left 13 people dead and displaced 32,000 border residents.
Dec 24: Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire on 24-12-14 by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling in forward areas in Pansar border outpost belt of Hiranagar sub-sector around 1.30 AM.
Dec 25: Pakistani troops indulged in small arms firing along the border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir for the second consecutive day, drawing retaliation from the Border Security Force (BSF).
Dec 27: The Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at Vikram outpost of the BSF (Border Security Force) in Arnia of RS Pura sector of the international border.
Dec 31: An Army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control or LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district, drawing retaliation from Indian forces.
Dec 31: Four Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliation after an Indian jawan was shot dead in the Samba district, 41 kms from Jammu. Pakistani Rangers who guard the border in Kashmir fired on a group of Indian soldiers on patrol killing a jawan from the Border Security Force.
Jan 1: Pakistani forces targeted 12 Indian posts late night on New Year’s eve along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, at an area where cross border firing killed an Indian jawan and four Pakistani soldiers hours before.
Reports suggest that a civilian was injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops through the night in Samba.
Jan 3: A woman was killed and eight other civilians were injured as Pakistani troops targeted villages and 13 border outposts with heavy mortar shelling in Kathua and Samba districts in Jammu and Kashmir.
The fresh ceasefire violations triggered migration from border villages and over 1000 people were evacuated from hamlets in Samba and Kathua district.
Jan 5: Unprovoked firing by Pakistan along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir continued unabated as Pakistani troops targeted four posts of the Border Security Force overnight. They fired small arms at the posts in Samba and Hiranagar sectors of J&K. No damage was reported on the Indian side of the border in this veasefire violation. the BSF retaliated to the firing.
Jan 6: Pakistani troops continued to fire across the border in Jammu and Kashmir overnight, targeting several BSF posts in violation of the ceasefire. The shelling over the last few days extended to as much as 3.5 km inside Indian territory in some places like Chakra, Sherpur and Londi.
The heavy shelling has forced nearly 10,000 people living close to the border to flee their homes. Schools and colleges have been shut down for an indefinite period of time.
(with inputs from PTI reports)
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