Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch sector

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

A defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said, "Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 11.30 am in Poonch sector along the Line of Control".

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], June 24 (ANI): Pakistan on Saturday violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector.

Earlier, on June 16, Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of J&K, killing an Indian Army jawan.

A defence official said that the body of the intruder was retrieved and handed over to the local police. "It is Pakistan rangers and the SSG who do that", said a senior Army officer.

"From the neutralised intruder, arms, ammunition and other war-like stores including a special dagger and a headband with a camera, knife, one AK rifle, 3 magazines were recovered", said the official.

The intruder's body also had a head-band mounted camera to possibly record their plan to commit some atrocity, which could have included the beheading of an Indian soldier. "The data and details of the camera will be analysed", he said. A fire-fight commenced soon in which the two Army soldiers and the two BAT members were killed.

Both martyred jawans belong to the state of Maharashtra and has been identified as Jadhav Sandip Sarjerao and Savan Balku.

The Pakistani firing continued till 3.30 PM yesterday even as the Indian posts retaliated strongly.

In a similar BAT attack on 1 May, two Indian soldiers were beheaded in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district.

"The timing of the attack, in the afternoon, and the equipment, such knives, they carried were clearly of regular soldiers". It had also beheaded Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.

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