Five civilians have been killed and 29 have been injured in a major ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers in Arnia of Jammu and Kashmir.
The latest worst shelling has been reported while people celebrating the holy Eid-ul-Azha festival. According to the reports, since October 1, Pakistani troops are violating the Line of Control (LoC) for the 11th time.
Reports say, a senior police officer said, “In one of their most serious ceasefire violations, Pakistan Rangers resorted to indiscriminate firing on Indian positions in Arnia sub-sector of international border during the night.”
The firing has reportedly started at midnight. The defense ministry said that the Pakistan Army had fired at Indian positions along the LoC in Poonch of Jammu & Kashmir, violating a 2003 ceasefire on Sunday.
According to police sources, “So far, 29 people, most of them civilians, have been injured in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan. The firing is still going on. The Pakistani Rangers are using mortars and automatic weapons in the attack.”
A police official said, “The number of civilians killed in Pakistani firing in Arnia has gone up to five as one more person has succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a hospital.” Residents of many villages in Arnia have reportedly started migrating to safer places.
According to Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, the violation was “effectively and appropriately responded to” by Indian troops. No casualties are said to be reported yet. He added, “Pakistan carried out firing with automatics and mortar shelling. No casualty was reported.”
However, according to reports, there have been over 100 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the line of control in recent months.
On October 1 and 2, reports say, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire two times along the LoC in Poonch district. Whereas, Pakistani troops had targeted border hamlets in forward areas along the LoC in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district on October 2 by shelling them with mortar bombs and firing.