Two jawans injured, schools closed
JAMMU, Nov 20: Pakistan army today violated ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Nowshera sectors and also fired two rockets targeting Brigade Headquarters in Poonch but failed in their designs. Two security personnel sustained minor injuries in Pakistan shelling on the LoC.
Sources said Pakistani troops fired two rockets aiming Brigade Headquarters in Poonch, one of which fell inside isolated area of the headquarters while another exploded outside. The rocket explosions resulted into minor fire, which was doused immediately. However, there were no casualties or damage in the explosions.
Few days back, Pakistani troops had fired a rocket on the Brigade Headquarters, which had exploded at a shelter place and failed to cause any losses. In retaliation, Indian troops had targeted Pakistan army’s headquarters at Hajeera in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), leading to half a dozen fatal casualties of the enemy troops and over a dozen injured.
There was minor panic in Poonch town in the morning after two rocket attacks, which took place around 7.30 am. However, normal activity resumed within few minutes.
Simultaneously, Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling and firing.
Meanwhile, two soldiers were injured after Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and from small arms on areas along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts, prompting authorities to close schools in some places while the troops from this side retaliated effectively.
Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and fired from small arms on places in Poonch sector’s Digwar and Malti areas.
One Army man suffered injuries and was hospitalized, they said.
In another incident in Lam belt of Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector, a soldier was injured in sniper fire from across the border, sources said, adding that he has been hospitalized.
Following the ceasefire violations, schools in several places along the LoC were shut for the day, they said.
These include schools in Digwar, Ajote, Malti and Karmara areas, they said.
Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony was held at Border Security Force (BSF) Jammu Frontier Headquarters at Paloura today in which rich tributes were paid to the brave heart late Assistant Commandant Jabar Singh, who was killed in an accidental grenade blast at Samba sector along the International Border (IB) yesterday.
In the solemn ceremony, Ram Awtar, IG BSF Jammu, B S Tutti, DIG Jammu Range, SSP Jammu, Vivek Gupta and CRPF officers along with all BSF officers paid homage to the late officer.
Jabar Singh lost his life in an accidental blast on Monday when one grenade went off during training at Samba border. Two Inspectors and two Sub Inspectors were also injured in the incident. All the injured were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to the nearest hospital, but Jabar Singh had succumbed to his injuries.
The IG BSF said that the brave officer had been instrumental in befitting reply to Pakistan in May 2018 cross border fire in Samba sector.
The mortal remains of the officer will be sent to his native village for the last rites, where he would be laid to the rest with full honours. Last rites of the officer will be performed at his native village – Bhairmou in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.