JAMMU, May 6: A BSF officer and two civilians were injured as Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar shelling and small arms firing targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district today.
Pakistan violated ceasefire for the second consecutive day today by resorting to heavy mortar shelling and firing along the LoC in Mankote and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district.
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Following the continuous ceasefire violation by Pakistan, the authorities in the state had ordered closure of schools falling along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts today.
In Mankote, a Sub-Inspector of the Border Security Force Gokul Anand Ojha was injured in shelling by Pakistan troops, the officials said.
The officer was hospitalised and he is stable, they added.
Two civilians – Maqsood Ahmed and Ashiq Hussain – were also injured in the shelling, which continued throughout the night, the officials said.
Pakistan army shelled the civilian areas to cause casualties, they added.
Due to the intense firing, a fire broke out in a forest area along the LoC, the officials said.
On Sunday, a Colonel-rank officer was injured in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch in Pakistani shelling, while a 25-year-old porter suffered splinter injuries when a mortar shell exploded near him in Keri sector of Rajouri district, they said.
Pakistan has violated ceasefire by 513 times along the LoC in the State in the past one-and-a-half-month.
The Pakistani side has suffered five to six times more casualties than the Indian side in retaliatory action, a senior official said.