Less than three hours after alert Indian army foiled an infiltration bid by a group of heavily armed terrorists from across the Line of Control in Poonch sector, Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling, apart from automatics and small arms fire at various places in Krishna Ghati and Nowshera sectors on Monday.
Giving details, a defense ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta here said that “alert soldiers deployed along the LoC in Poonch noticed some suspicious movement of a group around 3.30 am. On being fired by own troops, the group returned the fire and ran back across the LoC”.
Later an intense combing operation in the area led to the recovery of eight rucksacks and other warlike stores left behind by the terrorists. These included one combat jacket each, one UBGL, one binocular, seven shawls, medicines, seven packets of ready to eat meals, one mobile phone, cells and personal clothing.
Less than three hours thereafter, Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling, besides automatics and small arms fire on the Indian side in KG sector around 6.20 am. It also resorted to shelling and small arms firing in Nowshera sector at 8.45 am.The unprovoked firing, during which Pakistani troops used 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, recoilless guns, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, lasted for nearly 2 – 3 hours at both the places.
Since Saturday, Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms fire at one or the other place along the borders in Jammu region, especially Rajouri and Poonch districts, sources said, attributing it to desperate attempts by people across the border to push in armed terrorists into the state.
However, on Monday, mortar shells by Pakistani troops fell near residential areas at Dabraj, Sagra and Balnoi areas in KG sector causing injuries to some livestock and damage to some houses, locals said. However, there have been no civilian casualties on the Indian side, they added.
The Indian troops “retaliated strongly and effectively & at all places, said a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta.
The latest incidents of ceasefire violation, which came close on the heels of the killing of 13 terrorists along the LoC in Kashmir Valley during the past few days, started a few hours after Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited LoC in Muzaffarabad and interacted with the troops on Saturday.
Quoting reports from across the border, sources said that a large number of terrorists were camping at various launching pads across the border waiting for an opportunity to sneak into the state. However, they have not been successful so far following heightened vigil being maintained by BSF and Army troops along the borders.