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5 soldiers killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC, 8 of its army men gunned down

Six civilians lost their lives, while four security forces personnel were injured in the firing by Pakistan during multiple ceasefire violations between Gurez and Uri sectors in J&K.

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Srinagar/New Delhi: Pakistan on Friday indulged in heavy cross-border shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in which five security forces personnel and six civilians lost their lives but Indian troops retaliated strongly, killing eight Pakistani soldiers and injuring 12 others besides causing extensive damage to its infrastructure, officials and sources said.

Four Indian Army personnel, a BSF sub-inspector and six civilians were killed while four security forces personnel and eight civilians were injured in the firing by Pakistan during the multiple ceasefire violations between Gurez and Uri sectors in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The Pakistan army also resorted to heavy firing and shelling targeting villages and forward areas along the LoC in Poonch district, injuring seven people, including two Army porters, they said.

A number of videos released by the Indian Army showed destruction of several Pakistani positions and bunkers across the LoC with some of them going up in flames following the Indian retaliation.

According to intercepts of Pakistan Army’s communication, those killed included two commandos from its Special Service Group, the sources said.

In addition, a number of Pakistan Army bunkers, fuel dumps and terrorist launch pads across the LoC were destroyed and set on fire, they said.

Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said Pakistan used mortars and other weapons and deliberately targeted civilian areas.

“Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC spread across multiple sectors to include Dawar, Keran, Uri and Naugam. Four Indian Army soldiers have been killed in action and three soldiers injured,” he said, adding the nation salutes their supreme sacrifice.

Two civilians were killed in Kamalkote sector, also in Uri, while a woman was killed in Balkote area in Haji Peer sector, the officials added.

They said apart from various places in Uri, the ceasefire violations were reported from Izmarg in Gurez sector of Bandipora district and Keran sector of Kupwara district.

A defence official in Jammu said Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in Poonch district.

“Around 1345 and 1445 hours today, Pakistani army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along LoC in sector in Sawjian in Poonch,” he said, adding Indian troops retaliated in a befitting manner.

Heavy exchange of fire was going on when the last reports last came in from the area, officials said, adding it was the third day in a row that Pakistani troops were targeting Shahpur, Qasba and Kirni sectors of Poonch.

Earlier, Col Kalia said the Army foiled an infiltration bid, which was aided by the ceasefire violation, along the LoC in the Keran sector.

“Suspicious movement was observed by our troops at the forward posts along the LoC in Keran sector (in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district) today. The suspected infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops,” he said, adding.

This was the second infiltration attempt within a week. The earlier unsuccessful bid in Machil sector during the intervening night of November 7- 8 was foiled in which three militants were killed.

Three Army soldiers, including a Captain, and a BSF jawan also lost their lives during the operation.

In New Delhi, BSF officials said SI Rakesh Doval, 39, deployed at the force’s artillery battery at the LoC in Baramulla was killed after he sustained head injury in the firing around 1315 hours.

Constable Vasu Raja sustained splinter injuries on his arms and cheeks. He was deployed at the same forward defended location, they said, adding the constable is stable.

Almost all BSF units along the LoC are facing heaving firing since morning and an effective retaliation by the troops, artillery regiment and support weapons has been mounted, a senior officer of the force said.

The BSF works under the operational command of the Army at the LoC.

“The Sub Inspector has made supreme sacrifice in line of duty while facing heavy ceasefire violation from the enemy. The sub-officer was a resident of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand and joined the border force in 2004,” the officer said.

Doval is survived by his father, wife and a nine-year-old daughter, he said.


Also read: India says Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by firing in civilian areas along LoC, IB


 

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1 COMMENT

  1. India retaliated befittingly on 13 November , 2020 to Pak unprovoked firing along LOC in J&K.
    According to news reports , Pakistan indulged in unprovoked firing in more than one sectors along LOC in J&K on 13 November , 2020. In this firing , five Indian soldiers and equal number of civilians were martyred. Some newspapers said some civilians were injured as well. But Indian brave army retaliated befitting on the same day , killing 7 or more Pak soldiers and destroying enemy bunkers and stores of ammunition. According to one estimate , about 20 Pak soldiers were killed.
    In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alert through article “ CLIMAX OF YEAR 2020 CAN MAKE APPEARANCE DURING 10 OCTOBER TO 13 NOVEMBER – WORRISOME CONCERNS ON TERRITORIAL , ECONOMIC AND HEALTH FRONTS CALLING FOR MORE CARE AND APPROPRIATE STRATEGY” published at nirakhawaaz.com on 27 September , 2020 ( reprinted on 4 November , 2020 ). The related predictive alert in the said article of 27 September , 2020 reads as follows :-
    “( 3 ). It may be noted that in the article of 7 September , 2020 , the predictive alert for India during period 10 October to 13 November 2020 , reads like this also : – “ Last but not the least about this period , beware of designs of hostile countries”. In this regard planetary suggested additions can be made like this :- ( a ). Likely danger can come via any one or more of States as Rajasthan , Himachal Pradesh , Sikkim , J&K , Uttarakhand , Coastal States like Gujarat ( Kutch ) , a part of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Out of these States , Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim look to be in particular. While the period from 10 October to 13 November would call for alertness , dates such as 17 , 18 , 24 to 27 in October and 5 , 6 , 13 to 14 in November can be closely relevant”.
    After reading the aforesaid details , an observation can be made that the predictive alert of this writer on 27 September , 2020 may have probably been precisely useful.
    Link to reach the article under reference :-
    http://english.nirpakhawaaz.in/2020/11/04/climax-of-year-2020-can-make-appearance-during-10-october-to-13-november-worrisome-concerns-on-territorial-economic-and-health-fronts-calling-for-more-care-and-appropriate-strategy/

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