In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistan broke the LoC ceasefire with unprovoked firing and mortar shelling at Indian positions in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, triggering of a gun duel, a defence official said.
"Pakistani Army fired indiscriminately from small arms and automatic weapons from 1545 hours today on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Noushera belt of Rajouri district," a defence spokesman said.
Army troops deployed on forward posts retaliated and the exchange was continuing till last reports came in. This is the fifth violation of the ceasefire this month.
On April 5, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district by shelling forward posts with
On April 4, Pakistani Army fired mortar shells on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district.
On April 3, Pakistani troops had shelled mortar bombs on forward posts in Balakote sector of Rajouri district.
In the second ceasefire violation on April 3, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts along the LoC in Digwar area in Poonch sector.
As per the reports, heavy mortar shelling in Digwar area has created fear pyschosis among the area dwellers.
In the same area, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Naib Subedar S Sanayaima Som, was killed in an improvise explosive device (IED) blast along the LoC in Poonch sector on April 1.
It may be recalled there were four violations of the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch in March.
On March 9, army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was killed when Pakistani soldiers initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along the LoC in Poonch.
In 2016 there were 228 instances of ceasefire violation along the LoC, while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violation along the International Border (IB).
(With inputs from PTI)