Aug 172012

In yet another incident of ceasefire violence within a week, a BSF jawan was today injured after Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Arnia sector of Jammu district.

A total of 155 ceasefire violations by Pakistan and 49 incidents of firing at BSF positions along the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir have taken place since 2009 killing 15 Indian security personnel, the Government said today.

“There was a cross border heavy firing on Indian posts of Pindi and Pital along International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu district around 1630 hours today,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG), BSF, J S Oberoi, told PTI.

The heavy firing continued for over two hours and is intermittently going on, Oberoi said adding one BSF jawan was injured in the firing and has been hospitalised.

He is injured but his condition is stable, the DIG said.

Of the 155 ceasefire violations along the LoC, 28 were reported in 2009, 44 during 2010, 51 in 2011 and 31 between January and August till date, Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
A total of nine security personnel were killed in these ceasefire violations, he said.
The Minister said 49 incidents of firing from the Pakistani side were reported along the International Border in J and K between 2009 and July 2012 killing six BSF personnel.

Of the 49 incidents, seven were reported in 2009, 26 in 2010, 11 during 2011 and five between January and July this year. Ramachandran said all incidents of ceasefire violations are investigated and protests are lodged with the Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings and meetings between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) and Director Generals of Border Guarding Forces of the two countries.


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