4 soldiers martyred as Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Rajouri

Delia Watkins
February 7, 2018

Defence sources said that Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic, mortars and missiles on the LoC in Manjakote, Shahpur and Naushera sectors.

Four army men including a young captain were killed and five others including an army man, two BSF personnel and two civilians injured in the Pakistani troops firing along the LoC in Rajouri district yesterday.

The Indian army claims Pakistan violated the line of control ceasefire 868 times a year ago, up from 228 instances in 2016, and 152 violations in 2015.

More than 14 people have been killed in Pakistani shelling on the LoC and the worldwide border since January 17.

Addressing to media, Lt Gen. Chand stated, "Pakistan army supports the terrorist in infiltration".

The issue of unabated ceasefire violations also led to a 10-minute adjournment during the Zero Hour.

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Highlighting the seriousness of the situation, officials said 860 ceasefire violations were recorded for the entire past year.

Elaborating upon the latest cycle of violence, they said it started from December 23 past year after a Junior Commissioned Officer of the Indian Army was killed in sniper fire from across the LoC.

They were identified as Captain Kapil Kundu, 23, from Haryana, 43-year-old Havildar Roshan Lal from Jammu and Kashmir, Rifleman Ram Avtar, 28, from Madhya Pradesh, and 23-year-old Rifleman Shubam Singh from Jammu and Kashmir. "Our forces will give them a befitting retaliation", he said.

Army chief General Rawat, meanwhile, said given the current mood, these bloody tit-for-tat fire assaults across the border are not going to ebb anytime soon.

The ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan was signed in October, 2003. Indian troops retaliated strongly, added the official. Destroying Pakistani posts is not enough and we also need to inflict human damage on Pakistan's army personnel.

Of the total ceasefire violations, 379 took place in 2017, 233 in 2016 and 222 in 2015.

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